Seattle Dance Advance

Training to Transform

~ November 29-December 1, 2019 ~

ENROLL

If enrolling with a 50% deposit, the balance is due prior to October 21, 2019.

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SDA 2019: Teacher Observer Pass $95.00

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SDA 2019: Tuition (ages 8-10) $550.00

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SDA 2019: Tuition DEPOSIT (ages 8-10) $275.00

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SDA 2019: Tuition (ages 11-13) $550.00

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SDA 2019: Tuition DEPOSIT (ages 11-13) $275.00

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SDA 2019: Tuition (ages 14-21) $550.00

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Teacher Observer Passes

Teachers are invited to observe classes throughout the weekend. In addition to observation, there will be several workshops planned for teachers or directors only.  A teacher pass must be purchased in advance for $95.

Parent Involvement

Parents are invited to the opening orientation session, the closing session, as well as a workshop or two that will focus on helping young dancers prepare for future study and careers.  The cost of these opportunities for involvement is built into the student registration cost.

A Thanksgiving Weekend in Seattle You’ll Always Remember.

Almost 30 Hours of Exceptional Training in 3 Days.

Expert Faculty Mentors Led By Master Teacher Francisco Gella.

Held at the Beautiful, Historic Studios of the Cornish College of the Arts.

This three-day holiday weekend intensive focuses on providing a strong foundation in technique accompanied by diverse movement styles and genres – all for the purpose of unlocking the potential that exists within every participant.

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 the Seattle Dance Advance Intensive

For dancers, the future is what they do now to prepare for their success. When given the proper information and tools, dancers, as well as their parents and teachers who support them, have the keys to unlock the potential that exists within. With the introduction of The Seattle Dance Advance Intensive the weekend following Thanksgiving holiday, master educator and choreographer Francisco Gella returns to the city that ignited his passion for the art form while a student at the University of Washington. Along with his team of expert faculty mentors, Francisco will share his deep knowledge and expertise refined in his 25+ years as a performance artist, gymnastics coach, teaching artist and dance maker.

Brought to you by Francisco Gella Dance Works and Dance Prodigy Booking, Presenting Sponsor.

ELIGIBILITY

The Seattle Dance Advance is limited to intermediate and advanced dancers ages 8-21 only due to the rigorous requirements of the program. For the purposes of this workshop, ‘Intermediate/Advanced’ is roughly defined as a student preprofessional having danced for at least one year 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 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. Although the above is required, what is most important is that dancers come with a strong desire to be challenged and grow.

Students will be grouped into three age categories; 8-10, 11-13, and 14 & up.  For most of the weekend, each age group will have their own class. There will be several classes that we may organize the dancers a bit differently. But for nearly all the classes, size will be limited to 50 dancers max. Although classes will be based on age group although faculty reserve the right to move a student to a different class if it is obvious they will benefit from the change.

CLASS SIZE

Space will be limited to up to 150 dancers for the three days (students will be broken into groups of up to 50 per studio based on age). We expect that this program will sell-out.

SCHEDULE

To help you prepare for the experience, here is a downloadable PDF of a previous years schedule as an example of what you can expect this year until we update the schedule closer to the program launch.

The daily schedule is as follows:  

  • Friday, 8:30am to 6pm
  • Saturday 9am to 6pm
  • Sunday 9am to 7 pm

Student Dancers are required to participate for the entire three days of the program to experience the desired results.

FRANCISCO GELLA EQUITY DANCE SCHOLARSHIPS

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.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINES

9/1 – Early Deadline for Fall Programs

1st round review and priority in awarding scholarships

11/1 – Late Deadline for Fall Programs

2nd round review and awarded from any remaining scholarship funds

Please click HERE to learn more about this opportunity and to apply.

2018 Faculty Mentors

2019 Faculty to be announced before the event.

FRANCISCO GELLA, Chief Creative Officer & Core Faculty

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Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Improv
Francisco Gella’s distinguished career as a professional dancer, choreographer, artistic director and dance educator in the genres of ballet, modern and contemporary dance, spans more than twenty-five years since he took his first ballet class at the University of Washington during his freshman year. Universities, schools, and companies seek after his award-winning innovative choreography, and highly effective inspirational teaching methods, across North America and around the globe. Francisco is the founding artistic director of Break The Floor’s ARIA Ballet Intensive, Ballet+ (beyond technique) Workshops,  and is the lead ballet faculty for the 24 Seven Dance Convention. Born in Bacolod City, Philippines, Mr. Gella immigrated to the United States at age eleven and now resides in Los Angeles, CA

YUSHA MARIE SORZANO, Associate Director for Community Management & Core Faculty

Ballet, Modern, Contemporary
Originally from The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Sorzano has been a member of Ailey II, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Morphoses, TU Dance and the Los Angeles based BODYTRAFFIC. She has performed in principal roles with The Ailey company and in a variety of concert works from noted choreographers, including Ulysses Dove, Robert Battle, Hofesh Shechter, Mauro Bigonzetti, Judith Jameson and Ron K. Brown. She has worked with recording artists Wynton Marsalis, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Rihanna, and she has been a guest artist on “Dancing with the Stars.” She also starred as the principal dancer in the independent film “You Me and The Circus.” Ms.Sorzano is a faculty member of The Joffrey Jazz Contemporary Program. When not performing, she enjoys teaching master classes nationally and internationally.

KARL WATSON, CORE FACULTY

Contemporary, Improv
Karl Watson grew up outside of Cleveland, Ohio. After training at local studios, he attended Butler University, graduating in 2012 with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance cum laude. Following his graduation, Karl worked with Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. He then joined Visceral Dance Chicago as a founding member. Karl currently works in Seattle with Whim W’him, under the direction of Olivier Wevers. Karl has had the opportunity to perform works by a wide range of contemporary choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Nacho Duato, Robyn Mineko Williams, Banning Bouldin, Fernando Melo, and Sidra Bell. In addition to his work as a performing artist, Karl is actively involved as an educator. In Chicago, he was the Associate Director of Visceral Studio Company. Karl now teaches throughout the Seattle area and is an adjudicator for VIP Dance.

STEVEN SOFIA, CORE FACULTY

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Jazz, Musical Theatre, Pilates
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.

More teaching artist announcements coming soon!

Program Facilities

Cornish College of the Arts

The original Cornish School building built by Nellie Cornish in 1921, today’s Kerry Hall houses the Dance and Music departments. Off the tree-shaded courtyard on the east side of Kerry is the entrance to the 200-seat PONCHO Concert Hall. Rehearsal rooms and departmental offices take up the bulk of Kerry’s space. The building’s top floor includes some spectacular dance studios. Named for Mrs. A. S. Kerry co-founder of the Music and Art Foundation that saved the Cornish School and ran it as a non-profit, Kerry Hall is a linchpin of the Capitol Hill’s Harvard-Belmont Historic District.

The Kerry Studios at Cornish are located at 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA.

Housing

The Seattle Dance Advance Team has 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.

This hotel is in Downtown Seattle, the Emerald City, which is typically described as one of the most livable cities in the United States. Seattle is filled with vibrant neighborhoods and restaurants and surrounded by beautiful bodies of water and mountains. The city is an exciting destination to visit.

Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison St. Seattle, WA 98104, (206) 583-03001, (855) 297-1426.

Please use this link to book your room for special rates.

For other hotel recommendations close to the studios where the program will be held, please search for downtown Seattle Hotels near 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA.

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.  

Feel free to contact us at seattledanceadvance@franciscogelladance.com if you have questions.