The Technique  Trio

for supplemental, virtual training

Featuring your teaching artists
Francisco Gella, Julie Friedrich, and Yusha-Marie Sorzano

ACCESSIBLE AND SUPPLEMENTAL TECHNICAL HOME TRAINING TO ACCELERATE YOUR GROWTH


Training for dance performance doesn’t have a “pause button.” When life’s unpredictable nature gets in the way of consistent in-studio instruction -- schedule complications, personal situations, or self-isolation during a global pandemic -- you need a reliable option with proven results to keep your training and technique progressing forward. Virtual one-on-one sessions and group lessons from Francisco Gella Dance Works is your answer to advancing your training and building your technical skills - even when you can’t access a physical studio. Our three master teaching artists provide the expert, careful instruction and coaching it takes to progress towards your performance and career goals. 

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Francisco Gella
CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER and MASTER TEACHER

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Francisco got a late start in dancing. While many dancers begin classes before their 10th birthday, he did not take his first class until he was 19. But this delayed beginning to his career has shaped his motivational, empathetic, and comprehensive approach to teaching dancers of all ages.

Once he took that first class as a freshman in college, it was love at first sight. And this love led him to change his major to dance performance. He then spent the next four years of his undergraduate path catching up to his peers. All of his concentrated dedication to technical and artistic training within those four years prepared him not only for a stellar career as a professional dancer, but also as an exceptional teacher.  

In those four intensive years he also learned humility, self-reliance, grit, and sacrifice. Following his 15-year professional performance career and now as an educator and choreographer, he has frequently recalled what he learned in those years as an undergraduate, drawing upon the strength it took to succeed during those days when he took hours and hours of beginner classes, often alongside dancers a decade younger than him. 

After more than twenty-five years of professional experience, Francisco now dedicates much of his time sharing his wisdom and knowledge with young dancers as a teacher, coach, and mentor. Students who work with him one-on-one consistently experience nothing short of total transformation. A master motivator, Francisco uses his expansive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, results-oriented pedagogy, and charismatic ability to inspire dancers through his own life story to assist his students in discovering renewed belief in their own abilities. He is dedicated to leading his students toward an expanded sense of possibility. 

Francisco specializes in teaching private lessons and coaching solo work to any eager students with basic understanding of ballet technique and terminology. His areas of expertise are classical ballet, ballet stretch and conditioning, contemporary ballet, Limon Modern technique, contemporary, and improvisation.


Julie Friedrich
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER PROGRAMS and MASTER TEACHER

Julie Friedrich’s approach towards training in ballet stems from her life-long education with her mentor, Meredith Baylis, the former director of the Joffrey Ballet School. This approach is founded on the principles of quality over quantity. Julie’s teaching is also highly influenced by her time dancing for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. Other major influences include her years of dancing in Europe, where she fully immersed herself into the contemporary genre of the art form.

Her teaching style focuses on articulation, nuance, musicality, proper use of turn out, refinement within movement, and intelligent placement and connectivity.  Lauded by many successful dancers around the world, Julie’s performance quality and teaching prowess has reached global recognition. 

 As a teacher, Julie specializes in multiple areas of classical ballet, including: pointe work, variations coaching, ballet class (barre and center), and solo coaching in the classical/neo classical/contemporary idiom. In recent years, her main focus has been preparing students for collegiate and professional dance programs auditions. 

 Along with her professional and teaching accomplishments, Julie spent time creating and directing the college preparatory dance programs for both Orange County High School and Los Angeles County High School. She has since applied that experience and taken it to a national level, consulting with students and families around the country on planning young dancer’s future performance careers, including college preparatory work, pre-planning, and preparing dance-related college materials.


Yusha-Marie Sorzano 
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT and MASTER TEACHER

With a multicultural upbringing and a diverse training background, Yusha has always been attracted to versatility. Her approach is founded upon her experience in a number of  internationally recognized concert dance companies, including Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Morphoses, and Camille A. Brown & Dancers.

Yusha believes that aspiring dancers should root themselves in the foundational techniques of classical ballet and modern dance, while integrating additional styles such as contemporary, jazz and social dance. She also emphasizes the importance of physical conditioning to build versatility and strength and maintains that nurturing the soul of a dancer through mentorship is of equal importance to helping them establish a career trajectory. 

She eagerly teaches classical ballet, pointe, Horton-based modern, contemporary and contemporary ballet, improvisation, Afro-based movement, and conditioning.

Weekly Group Virtual Technique Classes


We invite you to join our tribe. Since the onset of the pandemic, The Technique Trio has provided training consistency to hundreds of dancers across North America. Our weekly group lessons (held once a day, Sunday through Thursday), offer an opportunity for you to not only supplement your studio or conservatory training, but to also be part of a community of high standards. Whoever you are, for whatever reason you need an online dance community and technique building opportunities, we are here for you. 

WHO ARE THE CLASSES FOR?

Our weekly classes are for anyone who dances that wants to stay in shape and/or is wanting to accelerate their development with our supplemental training. And when you cannot attend regularly scheduled dance classes or in-studio instruction, we invite you to join us. We especially invite the following types of students and teachers to engage in our weekly group sessions:

  • Preprofessional dancers in training who are ready to accelerate their training program
  • Students whose studios are closed or schedules are reduced due to quarantine 
  • Students already enrolled in an online studio program who want extra technique classes
  • College students looking to keep up their technique during periods of non-enrollment
  • Teachers and directors who want to keep their bodies, minds, and spirits “dance ready”
  • Professional dancers on hiatus without a daily class to maintain training and be prepared for performance

HOW DO I ACCESS THESE CLASSES?

Join us as often as you can throughout the week. One class is offered each day, Sunday through Thursday (with special classes on other days scheduled from time-to-time). We are committed to providing value at an affordable rate, so all classes are just $9.99 each (or a weekly package of classes at 10% off) with free basic registration on Zoom, our learning platform. All you need to do is register and be ready to jump into any class at the scheduled time -- and you’re good to go!

NOTE: For those who register, class videos will be shared by the next day after class and all will be available until the Monday following that week of classes. 

*Class schedules will change weekly with new themes and modalities. All are technique-based, taught by either Francisco, Julie, or Yusha.



*A Special Announcement On Upcoming Classes*

The Technique Trio will not be holding classes from July 26 through August 13. We will resume classes on Monday, August 16. You can now register for classes from August 16 - 27 below.

Francisco, Yusha, and Julie will all be running the Zeitgeist Dance Theatre Residency during the three weeks that we will not be holding classes. If you are ages 13-22, we encourage you to consider attending the New Century Dance Project Intensive on August 13-15. You can find information on the program and enrollment here: https://newcenturydanceproject.org/



Week of August 16 - August 20

Purchase the entire week's worth of classes and receive 10% off!

$44.99 USDAdd to cart

Sophia Oddi
Monday, August 16
10am-11am PDT/1pm-2pm EST
Sophia Oddi, Instructor

Port de Bras: Transitions

We will emphasize the wrist and fingers as we find the spaces and places to travel between. A ballet barre and center concentrated on transitions.

CLASS NOTES TO STUDENTS:

- The class is recommended for any beginning/intermediate or advanced dancer with a solid, basic understanding of ballet fundamentals.

- A barre or home barre alternative is required.

- If you cannot take this class live, you can register and take the class on your own up until the end of day Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available the same evening after the class has been streamed.

$9.99 USDAdd to cart

Tuesday, August 17
10am-11am PDT/1pm-2pm EST
Julie Friedrich, Instructor

Ballet Class: Skeletal Alignment

Focusing on the placement of the body, imagining your skeleton, bones, tissues, and joints as they live in your body to help you visualize how to execute movement.

CLASS NOTES TO STUDENTS:

- The class is recommended for any beginning/intermediate or advanced dancer with a solid, basic understanding of ballet fundamentals.

- A barre or home barre alternative is required.

- If you cannot take this class live, you can register and take the class on your own up until the end of day Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available the same evening after the class has been streamed.

$9.99 USDAdd to cart

Wednesday, August 18
10am-11am PDT/1pm-2pm EST
Julie Friedrich, Instructor

Pointe for Everyone!

Strengthen your feet, ankles and refine articulation. This class is designed for pre pointe, pointe, and boys who want to further develop their feet. Class can be taken on pointe or flat shoes.

CLASS NOTES TO STUDENTS:

- The class is recommended for any beginning/intermediate or advanced dancer with a solid, basic understanding of ballet fundamentals.

- A barre or home barre alternative is required.

- If you cannot take this class live, you can register and take the class on your own up until the end of day Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available the same evening after the class has been streamed.

$9.99 USDAdd to cart

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Thursday, August 19
10am-11am PDT/1pm-2pm EST
Francisco Gella, Instructor

At the Barre: Developing Speed

This class focuses on building speed for the legs and feet. Barre exercises designed to condition the fast twitch muscles of the lower body will be utilized to help a dancer execute barre steps at a fast tempo with precision and ease.

CLASS NOTES TO STUDENTS:

- The class is recommended for any beginning/intermediate or advanced dancer with a solid basic understanding of ballet fundamentals.

- A barre or home barre alternative is required.

- If you cannot take this class live, you can register and take the class on your own up until the end of day Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available the same evening after the class has been streamed.

$9.99 USDAdd to cart

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Friday, August 20
10am-11am PDT/1pm-2pm EST
Francisco Gella, Instructor

At the Barre: Extension Builder

The class begins with a barre warm-up then proceeds to a series of barre exercises to help strengthen and lengthen the legs for higher extensions in fondu, developpe and grand battement.

CLASS NOTES TO STUDENTS:

- The class is recommended for any beginning/intermediate or advanced dancer with a solid, basic understanding of ballet fundamentals.

- A barre or home barre alternative is required.

- If you cannot take this class live, you can register and take the class on your own up until the end of day Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available the same evening after the class has been streamed.

$9.99 USDAdd to cart




Week of August 23 - August 27

Purchase the entire week's worth of classes and receive 10% off!

$44.99 USDAdd to cart

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Monday, August 23
10am-11am PDT/1pm-2pm EST
Francisco Gella, Instructor

Contemporary Fusion

A favorite of Technique Trio students, this class borrows from concepts practiced in ballet and modern techniques and applies them to a contemporary combination with compelling, emotional or inspirational music.

CLASS NOTES TO STUDENTS:

- The class is recommended for any beginning/intermediate or advanced dancer with a solid, basic understanding of ballet fundamentals.

- A barre or home barre alternative is required.

- If you cannot take this class live, you can register and take the class on your own up until the end of day Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available the same evening after the class has been streamed.

$9.99 USDAdd to cart

Tuesday, August 24
10am-11am PDT/1pm-2pm EST
Julie Friedrich, Instructor

Ballet Class: Skeletal Alignment

Focusing on the placement of the body, imagining your skeleton, bones, tissues, and joints as they live in your body to help you visualize how to execute movement.

CLASS NOTES TO STUDENTS:

- The class is recommended for any beginning/intermediate or advanced dancer with a solid, basic understanding of ballet fundamentals.

- A barre or home barre alternative is required.

- If you cannot take this class live, you can register and take the class on your own up until the end of day Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available the same evening after the class has been streamed.

$9.99 USDAdd to cart

Wednesday, August 25
10am-11am PDT/1pm-2pm EST
Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Instructor

MODERN CLASS: Finding your Ground

A modern class concentrated on grounding, rooting, and moving in to the floor.

CLASS NOTES TO STUDENTS:

- The class is recommended for any beginning/intermediate or advanced dancer with a solid, basic understanding of ballet fundamentals.

- No previous experience in Modern Dance is needed.

- If you cannot take this class live, you can register and take the class on your own up until the end of day Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available the same evening after the class has been streamed.

$9.99 USDAdd to cart

Thursday, August 26
10am-11am PDT/1pm-2pm EST
Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Instructor

PORT DE BRAS: Focus and Intention

Focus and intention steer our artistic ship. Let’s dive in to what we focus on and how to steer the intention through a ballet barre and basic center exercises.

CLASS NOTES TO STUDENTS:

- The class is recommended for any beginning/intermediate or advanced dancer with a solid basic understanding of ballet fundamentals.

- A barre or home barre alternative is required.

- If you cannot take this class live, you can register and take the class on your own up until the end of day Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available the same evening after the class has been streamed.

$9.99 USDAdd to cart

Friday, August 27
10am-11am PDT/1pm-2pm EST
Julie Friedrich, Instructor

POINTE CLASS (for everyone): The Art of Delicacy

When you dance on pointe there is the need to feel light, execute the steps in a delicate manner, and look as if you are floating on a cloud. Even though we know it feels like you are at times are standing on a bed of needles, the visual image you project is one of delicacy and ease. This class is designed for pre pointe, pointe, and boys who want to further develop their feet. Class can be taken on pointe or flat shoes.

CLASS NOTES TO STUDENTS:

- The class is recommended for any beginning/intermediate or advanced dancer with a solid, basic understanding of ballet fundamentals.

- A barre or home barre alternative is required.

- If you cannot take this class live, you can register and take the class on your own up until the end of day Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available the same evening after the class has been streamed.

$9.99 USDAdd to cart