While They Rest, You Train
~ December 28-30, 2020 ~
- Early bird pricing ends March 31, 2020.
- If enrolling with a 50% deposit, the balance is due prior to December 1, 2020.
- Any studio or conservatory with 10 or more dancers attending, is eligible for a group rate discount. Please contact us in the chatbox below or email us to make arrangements.
Open and limited to all intermediate and advanced dancers ages 8-21 from in and outside of the United States who are serious about their training and artistry. For the purposes of this workshop, ‘Intermediate/Advanced’ is roughly defined as a student preprofessional having danced for at least two years in a studio as a company member with a minimum of 3 hours of ballet training per week and 10 hours total weekly of dance classes, or who has been enrolled in a conservatory setting with at least six hours of ballet a week and a minimum of 10 hours of total weekly dance classes. All participants must be serious about their dance training and want to improve.
FRANCISCO GELLA EQUITY DANCE SCHOLARSHIP
A limited amount of scholarships are available for especially deserving dancers. Scholarships will be allocated according to the combined consideration of both merit and financial need. Decisions on scholarships will be made on a rolling basis and a limited amount of scholarship awards will be offered, so it is best to apply early. Please click HERE to learn more about this opportunity and to apply.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINES
9/1 – Early Deadline for Fall Programs1st round review and priority in awarding scholarships
11/1 – Late Deadline for Fall Programs2nd round review and awarded from any remaining scholarship funds
8 Exceptional Faculty Mentors.
1 Transformative Experience.
A rigorous and holistic intensive to accelerate training, inspire and motivate greater individual effort, and prepare students for successful auditions, intensives, performances and competitions in the new year ahead.
Frequently called a ‘breath of fresh air’ by students, parents, teachers and directors alike, every one of Francisco Gella’s programs delivers on a central commitment: To transform hardworking young adults into remarkable young artists regardless of body type or background, and instilling a belief in them that anything is possible with hard work, a sense of purpose, and a willingness to take risks.
ABOUT NEW YEAR’S TRAINING CAMP
Highly acclaimed dance educator and choreographer, Francisco Gella has introduced his revolutionary dance training technique and philosophy to hundreds of dancers around the world through private instruction and master classes. And now through the guidance of the program’s artistic directors Francisco and veteran dance educator Julie Friedrich, preprofessional dancers from 8 years old to college-age have an opportunity to spend a challenging and fun-filled three-day training camp in beautiful Los Angeles. New Year’s Training Camp is a rigorous, holistic program that is structured to accelerate your training as a dancer, inspire you to go much further in your journey during the year ahead, and want more for your future. The technique-based program will focus on strengthening the body, mind, and spirit with a structured curriculum that will build on skills each day, resulting in opportunities to demonstrate your detailed artistry before the three days are complete.
The program will run from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm each day. On the first day, check-in will begin at 9:00 am with orientation beginning at 9:30 am. Classes include a strong foundation in ballet technique, complemented by Modern technique, Jazz technique, Contemporary Movement, African-based movement, Theatre Dance (Broadway), Improvisational techniques, Yoga, and workshops on healthy body maintenance and college dance/careers in dance.
Classes will be limited to no more than 50 dancers per group. Students will be broken into two age groups: ages 8-12 and 13 and older.
To help you prepare for the experience, here is a downloadable PDF of last year’s schedule to give you an idea of what to expect at NYTC. (Please note this schedule is subject to change for the 2020 program.)
A special feature of New Year’s Training Camp is an opportunity to be awarded scholarships to intensives and workshops from Francisco Gella Dance Works for the following summer and fall, as well as other programs from nationally-recognized companies and schools. We will hold an audition class on the second night of the program with scholarships awarded at the closing program.
CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER, FRANCISCO GELLA DANCE WORKS
Francisco Gella’s distinguished twenty-five career as a compelling dancer, award-winning choreographer, and widely-recognized dance educator began when he took his first formal dance class at the University of Washington at the age of nineteen. His innovative choreography and highly effective teaching methods are sought after by professional companies, universities, arts high schools, conservatories, and studios across North America and around the globe.
Francisco’s choreographic commissions include Repertory Dance Theatre, Ballet Pacifica, California Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet’s Shut-Up and Dance Production, PHILADANCO’s Danco on Danco program, Laguna Dance Festival, Tucson Regional Ballet, University of Utah Ballet Ensemble, University of Washington Faculty Concert, Irvine Valley College, Ballet East, DANCO/II, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Orange County School for the Arts and Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. His commission ‘Between the Lines’, set on PHILADANCO (The Philadelphia Dance Company), premiered at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts in April, at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, and was selected by PHILADANCO’S Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown as the company’s sole performance at the opening to the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
Among the recognition he has received includes numerous choreography awards at the Youth America Grand Prix International Ballet Competition including Outstanding Choreographer, and the Outstanding Choreography Award at the National Regional Dance America Conference in 2007. In 2013, Francisco premiered ‘Concentric Harmonies’ at Celebrate Dance in Los Angeles, a work that went on to receive the Grand Prize at the McCallum Theatre Choreography Festival in 2014. In 2014 and 2015, his work ‘Solstice’, performed by the Phoenix Ballet had its world premiere at the 60th Anniversary Gala of the Beijing Dance Academy and its European premiere at Poland’s prestigious Lodz International Ballet Festival. In May 2016, his work ‘Souvenirs de Mouvement’ was selected as a featured performance at the nationally recognized Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing & Visual Arts’ annual ‘Flying Horse Gala’. In 2018, Francisco’s work, performed by the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, was selected for the gala performance at the National High School Dance Festival. Most recently, Francisco was invited to return as a resident artist at the International Dance Festival Palm Springs in 2020 where he has again been commissioned to premiere a new work. And coming up in 2020 he has been invited to create new works for Ballet Idaho and Brigham Young University.
Francisco is the founding artistic director of NUEVO School of Contemporary Dance and COLABO Youth Dance Collective (2008-2015). As founding Chief Creative Officer of Francisco Gella Dance Works, he has created numerous educational programs; Ballet+ (beyond technique) workshops, the Preprofessional Dancer Institute, New Year’s Training Camp, Seattle Dance Advance, the Ballet Company Intensive, the New Century Dance Project (a youth dance festival), the College Prep program, and Dance 360 – an online educational community that provides ongoing knowledge and support for students, parents, and teachers. Additionally, Francisco is the lead ballet and modern faculty member for the 24 Seven Dance Convention and founding director of ARIA Ballet Intensive produced by Break The Floor. Born in Bacolod City, Philippines, Francisco now resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
JULIE ROSE FRIEDRICH
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER PROGRAMS, FRANCISCO GELLA DANCE WORKS
Julie Friedrich’s distinguished career as a professional dancer, mentor, and dance educator in the areas of ballet and contemporary dance spans more than 18 years since she joined her first professional company at the age of 17. Julie received her primary dance education from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and Meredith Baylis of the Joffrey Ballet School. Upon graduation, Julie joined the American Repertory Ballet under the direction of Septime Webre and then went onto join Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. Discovering her passion for contemporary dance during her time with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, she made the move to Europe where she danced professionally for the following five years. She has danced works by George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Ohad Naharin, Septime Webre, Nacho Duato, Guy Weizman, Alex Ketley, and various other European choreographers. Upon returning to the United States Julie joined the acclaimed contemporary dance company BodyTraffic as one of its founding members.
Currently, Julie teaches, choreographs and mentors students across the country. She teaches full time at the Windward School in Culver City under the direction of Alesia Young, and tours the country with Francisco Gella as part of his artistic team as one of his principle faculty mentors. In 2017 Julie became the associate artistic director of the Pre Professional Dance Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico under the direction of Francisco Gella. Julie has been on faculty at the ARIA intensive as part of Dancerpalooza for the last three years. Most recently Julie has signed on to become one of the main contributors to Dance 360 under the umbrella of Francisco Gella Dance Works.
Previously, Julie taught for over a decade at both the Orange County High School for the Arts and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. During her time at both schools, along with teaching ballet and contemporary, she was the lead senior seminar advisor to all of the graduating dance students going onto the professional and collegiate world of dance. Through her guidance, Julie has numerous Young Arts winners and her students have gone on to study at the Juilliard School, USC/Kaufman, SUNY Purchase, Tisch at NYU, and the Boston Conservatory just to name a few. Professionally, she has former students working in such companies as ATE9, Kyle Abraham, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Cirque Du Soleil, and on Broadway. In 2012 Julie was featured in the documentary film “ Fame High” for her mentorship of Grace Song, the first Korean American female to be admitted in dance to the Juilliard School.
In 2013, President Obama and the White House named Julie one of the most influential arts teachers in the country for her mentorship of young dancers.
YUSHA MARIE SORZANO
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT, FRANCISCO GELLA DANCE WORKS
Yusha-Marie Sorzano, originally from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, received her primary instruction from New World School of the Arts, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, and The Dance Theater of Harlem. In her senior year, she received an award for outstanding choreography from New World School of the Arts, as well as an award in dance from the National YoungArts Foundation. She went on to attend the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and in her junior year was invited to join Ailey II. Ms. Sorzano has been a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Morphoses, TU Dance, BODYTRAFFIC, and Camille A. Brown and Dancers. She has also performed as a guest artist with Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project. Ms. Sorzano has performed in principal roles with the Ailey company and in a wide variety of concert works, including works by noted choreographers Ulysses Dove, Maurice Béjart, Hofesh Shechter, Kyle Abraham, and Mauro Bigonzetti.
Additionally, she has performed alongside recording artists Wynton Marsalis, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Rihanna. Her theater, television, and film credits include being a guest artist on “Dancing with the Stars,” principal dancer in Chicago’s acclaimed Goodman Theater’s “Crowns,” and principal dancer in the independent film “You, Me & The Circus”.
Deeply passionate about the powerful role that educators play in the lives of young artists, Ms. Sorzano enjoys teaching both nationally and internationally. From Trinidad to the United States and beyond, Ms. Sorzano has had the pleasure of teaching at esteemed educational institutions and festivals around the world, including the Ailey School, Lines Ballet/Dominican Universities BFA Program, TU Dance, Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective, New World School of the Arts, The Windward School, Brasil’s Mostra Danca, and Italy’s Danzainfiera. Ms. Sorzano currently serves as the Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet Schools Dallas summer intensive and as the Associate Director for Community Management with Francisco Gella Dance Works.
Wilson Mendieta is a graduate of the University of Washington with an M.F.A. degree in Dance and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from the Evans School of Public Affairs. He also received a B.F.A. degree in Acting and B.A. minor in Dance from Montclair State University. Prior to earning his Masters in Fine Arts degree, he lived in the New York City area where he worked as a performer for television, radio spots, commercials, concert dance companies, and Off-Broadway and Broadway musicals. His choreography has been seen throughout the States including at The Kennedy Center in D.C. and has been invited to festivals in Venezuela and Australia. He’s taught at the University of Minnesota, Purchase, Montclair State University, Tisch School of the Arts, CAP 21, Steps on Broadway and Dance New Amsterdam, to name a few. His research on how to better equip performing arts students to have sustained careers in their fields has been invited for presentation at the International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts in Athens, Greece and the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Oahu, HI. He also has served as a panelist for several arts funding organizations including The National Endowment for the Arts.
Steven Sofia is presently teaching Dance and Pilates at Chapman University. Prior to joining the faculty at Chapman, he spent three years as an Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington for the Musical Theater Program. Steven is a Broadway performer, dance captain, choreographer and dance and Pilates teacher. His Broadway and National tour credits include Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, Chicago, Kiss Me Kate, Beauty and The Beast, Guys and Dolls (‘92 revival), and Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story. Some other credits include: A Chorus Line at Olney Theatre (Helen Hayes Award winner for the Best Musical in 2013), An Evening with Betty Buckley at Carnegie Hall, Applause at City Center’s Encores, Susan Stroman’s Contact with Sarasota Ballet at Asolo Rep. Theatre, and several Tony Awards and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade presentations. He also danced with The American Dance Machine where he worked with such choreographers as Ron Field, Agnes DeMille, Buzz Miller, and Gwen Verdon, to name a few. He has been an assistant to Broadway choreographers Tony Stevens and Chris Chadman. Steven restaged the National Tour of Chicago for Troika, a number for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Andy Williams, productions of Pippin, Anything Goes and 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the UW, a production for the Wings Theater, and directed and choreographed Pippin for NYU’s Cap21. Steven has been on the dance faculty with NYU, Cap21, SUNY Purchase, Marymount College, Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Steven is also a certified classical Pilates instructor.
Sam Picart, originally from Kansas City, Missouri, began his dance training in urban street styles at the age of 15 and began ballet training at 18 under his aunt Jennifer Picart-Branner, formerly of the Frankfurt Ballet. Sam received a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2013 and in 2016 he was the chosen winner of Ellen’s Dance Off competition and was a featured guest on the show. Sam’s training also includes the Joffrey Ballet Summer Program in NYC, Boulder Jazz Dance Festival, and the summer program at the Académie du Domaine Forget with Rubberband Dance. He has worked with notable choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Camille A Brown, Victor Quijada and Iyun Ashani Harrison. He continues to perform many solo pieces and has been featured at multiple Seattle Mariners baseball games, The Harlem Globetrotters halftime show, and has done commercial work for Microsoft.
While remaining a founding member of Iyun Harrison’s Ballet Ashani, Sam still finds time to make work of his own having choreographed for the Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences, Cornish College of the Arts, and both Cornish Preparatory & Summer Dance Programs, the Seattle International Dance Festival, Men in Dance Festival, and Pacific Lutheran University. In addition to teaching in studios all over the PNW including Northwest School of Dance and Exit Space School of Dance, he is teaching full time for Showstopper Dance Convention based out of Myrtle Beach. This past year Sam also taught at the Pacific Northwest Ballet summer program and PNB Dance Chance program. Currently, Sam is an adjunct instructor at Cornish College while choreographing and performing internationally.
Christian Denice grew up dancing in Westlake Village, California. Upon graduating high school, he began his professional dance career at Odyssey Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah, under the direction of Derryl Yeager. Christian spent the next three years at River North Dance Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, under the direction of Frank Chaves. Christian was named one of the top ten male dancers of 2010 by Time Out Chicago and received recognition as a notable Chicago dancer of 2010 by the Chicago Tribune. He has worked with and performed works by Robert Battle, Sidra Bell, Lauri Stallings, Roni Koresh, Frank Chaves, and Sherry Zunker to name a few. He has guest performed with the Montgomery Ballet, Greensboro Ballet and Company E, and BODYTRAFFIC. Recently, Christian lived in Montreal, Quebec, where he danced for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and had the privilege of internationally performing works by Andonis Foniadakis, Cayetano Soto, Wen Wei Wang, and Barak Marshall.
In addition to dancing, Christian teaches and choreographs nationally and internationally. Christian’s first commissioned work was through Odyssey Dance Theater, in Salt Lake City, in 2012, and was brought back for another new creation the following year. He has created new works for Odyssey Dance Theatre, River North Dance Chicago in collaboration with Frank Chaves, LEVELdance Chicago, DanceWorks Chicago, Interlochen Center for the Arts, METdance too, the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Visceral Dance Chicago, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University, METdance Houston, AXIS Connect Los Angeles, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, SALT II, and Modern America Dance Company. Christian spent a month-long residency at Interlochen Center of Arts in Interlochen, Michigan where he created a collaborative work between the students of Interlochen and the dancers of DanceWorks Chicago. In the past two years, DanceWorks Chicago has commissioned two new works for Christian. His choreography has been featured at Jazz Dance World Congress as well as at events including the 41st annual gala for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal. Christian his on faculty with The Joffrey Academy of Dance and Hubbard Street Dance HS Pro Program, and has taught a master class and repertoire workshops for the company in North America, South America, and Europe. Christian was the 2015-2016 winner of the University of South Florida’s Echo Choreographic Competition, and had a two-week residency at the university where he restaged his 2011 work, “raum”. Christian spent five weeks this past March in Athens, Greece where we restaged Andonis Foniadakis’ KOSMOS on the dancers of the National School of Dance. He is the 2016 winner of the Joffrey Academy’s Winning Works Choreographic Competition and had the honor of creating a work on the Academy in March of 2016.
More teaching artist announcements are coming soon!
We arranged for a limited number of discounted hotel rooms for dancers and their families traveling from a distance. You’ll want to make your reservation early since there is a limited number. Please check back closer to the program dates for details.
CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: No full refunds will be issued for registered participants. A 50% refund will be issued up forty-five days prior to the start of the program. An exception will be made for documented medical or health reasons due to an unforeseen injury or illness. For dancers with an injury or illness, 100% of the tuition will be refunded up to thirty days prior to the start of the program. If the illness or injury reported to the program director under 30 days, a 50% refund will be issued by check no more than five business days after the completion of the program and the other 50% may be used as a credit for another program in the next twelve months that is produced and owned by Francisco Gella Dance Works. In the case of any injury or illness, a documented note or letter from a licensed physician must be submitted before a refund will be considered.
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