THE Fall 2021
Virtual COLLEGE dance AND Career PREP WORKSHOPS

Start early. Demystify the process.
Set yourself up for success. 


Getting into your dream school and dream job of the future can feel overwhelming. We are ready to help by breaking down the process into easy to understand, manageable steps. Get guidance and support from experts to help you kill that college or summer intensive audition, or prepare a stellar portfolio for your application. Our workshops will help you be properly prepared by demystifying a process that can be daunting.

*Intermediate & Advanced Dancers from 7th to 12th grade, and their parents, are encouraged to enroll.



College and Career Prep

VIRTUAL Workshops

A two-weekend, four-part Fall 2021 series


Saturday, Sept 18 and Sunday, Sept 19
Saturday, Oct 9 and Sunday, Oct 10
3-4:30pm PST/6-7:30pm EST
45 minutes presentation/45 minutes guided Q&A
*Intermediate & Advanced Dancers from 7th to 12th grade, and their parents, are encouraged to enroll.


Julie Friedrich, Presenter
Brought to you by Francisco Gella Dance Works

In spite of how many things have changed since the onset of a global pandemic, some things remain the same. You will still need to audition for college dance programs and summer intensives. Getting into your dream programs and schools will still take preparation and strategy because gaining acceptance is fiercely competitive. Preparing and understanding the process and how to approach a high-stakes activity may be even more important now as many programs are conducting some or all of their auditions virtually.  


Whether you are a seventh-grader or a senior in high school, our workshops will assist you in taking the mystery out of the process. Timely and comprehensive, we will provide the tools and the knowledge you need to be ready for success. Parents and/or mentors are invited and strongly encouraged to participate in the workshops along with the dancer. The content provided will apply to auditions and application processes for any college dance programs as well  as summer intensives. 


Take one, two, three or all four workshops. If you sign up for all four, you’ll receive a bundle discount. If you sign up by August 23, you’ll receive an additional earlybird discount for the bundle.


If you are unable to make one or both LIVE, you will be able to watch the workshop on recording.



Virtual Workshop Bundle for Individual Families

Weekend #1


Saturday, September 18 - ‘Making the Right Choice: Creating Your List of Schools’  


Sunday, September 19 - ‘Creating Your Dance Portfolio’ 



Weekend #2


Saturday, October 9 - ‘Preparing Early: Creating Your Strategic College Plan’


Sunday, October 10‘ - Tips from the Inside: How to Get Into Your Dream School’



$525 USD Earlybird Registration (by September 6th) 

$540 USD Regular

*or register for individual workshops below in class description

*video recording will be available if you are unable to attend live

$540.00 USDAdd to cart

Day 1: Making the Right Choice: How to Create Your List of Schools

Saturday, September 18

3-4:30pm Pacific/6-7:30pm Eastern


45 minutes presentation

45 minutes guided Q&A

*Intermediate & Advanced Dancers from 7th to 12th grade

*Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their student


Starting your career preparation by dancing in college matters. We’ll explore all of the reasons this is true and take a dive into all of your collegiate options. 


There is a school out there for you. It might not be a school that you have on your radar at this moment or one you aren’t even aware exists. During this session we will explore a wide variety of college programs. We’ll even go beyond the borders of the United States by looking at the top 25 dance programs around the world.


By the end of this session, you’ll know how to create a list of schools that’s right for you. These are the factors in creating your list that we will go into in detail:


  • The match between a program and your ultimate goal

  • Looking at the course offerings

  • BA vs BFA

  • Geographical location

  • Financial costs

  • Faculty

  • Repertory learned and performed

  • And so much more…

 *video recording will be available if you are unable to attend live


$145.00 USDAdd to cart

Day 2: Creating Your Dance Portfolio 

Sunday, September 19

3-4:30pm Pacific/6-7:30pm Eastern


45 minutes presentation

45 minutes guided Q&A

*Intermediate & Advanced Dancers from 7th to 12th grade

*Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their student



In this session, you’ll learn how to create a successful dance portfolio, something you’ll need to be properly prepared for a college dance program. Your dance portfolio (used for your application to a college dance program) is a fully representative picture of who you are as an artist and a human being.

Items of focus that we will cover in detail:


  • Resume

  • Recommendation Letters

  • Essay

  • Pre Screen Supplements

  • Photographs

  • Solo Piece

 *video recording will be available if you are unable to attend live


$145.00 USDAdd to cart

Day 3: Early Preparation: Creating Your Strategic College Plan 

Saturday, October 9

3-4:30pm Pacific/6-7:30pm Eastern


45 minutes presentation

45 minutes guided Q&A

*Intermediate & Advanced Dancers from 7th to 12th grade

*Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their student


Planning your training experiences as early as 7th grade can give you a huge edge once it comes time to plan for college choice, applications and career. This session will give you the tools for your own strategic planning.  We’ll show you how to be forward thinking by presenting the following vital steps to be ahead of the game.


  • Learn what is essential in a training environment 

  • Discover the skills you must be acquiring for a sustainable career in dance

  • Understand how to cultivate your references

  • Discover the intensives, conventions,, workshops, and award programs will be of most benefit to your collegiate planning and your own goals

  • Understand the techniques and classes that are crucial to setting yourself up as a young dancer and emerging artist

  • Learn where and how to access high-quality training

 *video recording will be available if you are unable to attend live


$145.00 USDAdd to cart

Day 4: Tips from the Inside: How to Get Into Your Dream School 

Saturday, October 10
3-4:30pm Pacific/6-7:30pm Eastern


45 minutes presentation

45 minutes guided Q&A

*Intermediate & Advanced Dancers from 7th to 12th grade

*Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their student


Your best advice is from an expert who has navigated the often complex process of acceptance into a college dance program many times over. With our track record of helping many students successfully get into the colleges of their choice, this session will further demystify the process by giving you the most important tips that aren’t often considered, but that can make the biggest impact. 


Most important to your success is finding the right fit in a college program, and most importantly a school that gives you the attention you deserve. The school must want to invest in you as both a dancer and a human being. Here are the important issues we will delve into:


  • Finding a school that appreciates what you have to uniquely offer as an artist. 

  • Approaching the live audition for college and intensives strategically

  • Properly researching schools and programs 

  • Planning for an effective and insightful on-campus visit 

  • Using your dance skills in applying for schools as a non dance major

  • Accessing financial aid – grants, scholarships, on-campus work-study and loans

 *video recording will be available if you are unable to attend live


$145.00 USDAdd to cart

COLLEGE PREP WORKSHOPS CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: No full refunds will be issued for registered participants. A 50% refund will be issued up to ten 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 is 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.

SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT

The Francisco Gella Dance Works (FGDW) Equity Scholarship Program is based on the belief that when given an opportunity to learn and do what they love, every student with motivation can succeed. Therefore every student deserves at least one chance to try. But we are fully aware that not every student has the financial means or support to participate in training and educational dance programs that will give them access to the information they need in pursuit of their goals. To level the playing field of opportunity and identify talent, FGDW offers financial support through full and partial tuition scholarships to eligible applicants for all of its intensives and workshops.

If you need financial assistance to be able to attend, please visit our scholarship program information page to submit an application. https://franciscogelladance.com/scholarships

ABOUT OUR PRESENTER JULIE FRIEDRICH 

Julie Friedrich

Artistic Associate 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 20 years. Julie received her primary dance education from Meredith Baylis of the Joffrey Ballet School and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. 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 five years. In Europe she had the opportunity to dance with Compagnia Zappala Danza and Teatro di Bari. Throughout her career she has danced works by George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Ohad Naharin, Septime Webre, Nacho Duato, Guy Weizman, Roberto Zappala, and various other European and American choreographers. Upon returning to the United States, Julie joined the acclaimed contemporary dance company BodyTraffic as one of its founding members, where she danced for the last three years of her professional dancing career. 


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 created the senior seminar course, a class that prepared students for entrance into college. At both of the arts high schools, Julie was the lead senior seminar advisor to all of the graduating dance students going into 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, Arts Umbrella, Cal Arts, Tisch at NYU, and Pace University 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, through the Young Arts Foundation, President Obama and the White House named Julie one of the most influential arts teachers in the country for her mentorship of young dancers.  


Currently, Julie serves on the performing arts faculty at the Windward School in Culver City, where she teaches, directs, and curates the dance program. Along with her full time work at Windward, she serves as a guest teacher for Westside Dance Project and Danceology. Since 2012 she has been an integral part of the artistic team at Francisco Gella Dance Works. In 2019, Julie was named the artistic associate of career and college programs for all of FGDW. Through her work with FGDW she has been a lead faculty member at the New Century Dance Project, New Year’s Training Camp, and Ballet Plus Miami. In 2016 Francisco and Julie created the Pre Professional Dancers Institute, a five day program they direct, serving the highest level of young artists in the nation. Most recently she has been involved with the creation, implementation, and teaching of the Tech Trio, a virtual training program under the umbrella of FGDW. Julie continues her work mentoring students in preparation for their entrance into the collegiate world through her College Preparatory Program that has developed into a nationwide program serving students and families.