The Technique  Trio

for online learning

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

Accessible and Supplemental Technical Home Training


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 to keep your training and technique progressing forward. Online one-on-one sessions and group lessons from Francisco Gella Dance Works is your answer to maintaining your training and advancing your technical skills, even when you can’t access a physical studio. Our three masterful teaching artists are here to take you on as virtual students where they will provide the careful guidance and instruction it takes to progress towards your performance and career goals, even when your usual conditioning routine unexpectedly grinds to a halt. 

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Francisco Gella
CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER

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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 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

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

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


You miss your tribe. You miss your dance community and your group dance lessons. We get it. That’s why we are offering weekly group lessons, one once a day, Monday through Saturday, 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 when they cannot attend regularly scheduled dance classes or in-studio instruction. We especially  invite the following types of students and teachers to engage in our weekly group sessions:

  • Students whose studios are closed 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, Monday through Saturday. We are committed to providing value at an affordable rate, so all classes are just $7.99 each 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.


TWO FREE CLASSES!


2 FREE Classes for the Dance Community!

What's been months since the Pandemic broke out sometimes seems like years. During this time, we've had a whole lot of students training with us on a regular basis or whenever they have time. 

As an expression of gratitude for all of the support we've received, The Technique Trio is offering two free classes for any intermediate or advanced dancer in the community wanting to be motivated and inspired for the 2020/21 season. We hope to see you!

And if you participate, you'll receive a 10% discount off of our first week of fall classes during the week of September 7.

*Note: You must register for the free classes in order to receive the access link.

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Saturday, August 29

1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern

Francisco Gella, Instructor

BALLET

In this class, Francisco will emphasize the focus, details and dedication inherent in ballet training to offer powerful inspiration and lessons heading into an entirely new season - one that looks like nothing we've ever seen before.


*free*

$0.00 USDAdd to cart

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Sunday August 30

1pm Pacific/4pm Eastern

Francisco Gella, Instructor

CONTEMPORARY FUSION

Today's dancer needs both in-depth technical training in ballet and Modern as well as breadth in a lot of different styles and genres. Heading into this new season, Francisco will encourage dancers to strengthen their versatility by taking concepts practiced in ballet and modern techniques and applying them to a contemporary combination with compelling, emotional and inspirational music.


*free*

$0.00 USDAdd to cart

Week of
August 10th to August 14th


Register for the entire week

*Note*: There are two classes on Wednesday, August 12th, so be sure to select both the 10am and 11am classes!

$47.94 USDAdd to cart

Monday, August 10

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Francisco Gella, Instructor

BALLET CONDITIONING

This class is specifically designed to increase strength, agility and endurance using the classical technique with some unexpected conditioning exercises incorporated in between ballet barre exercises derived from gym workouts, gymnastics, and crossfit.

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

$7.99 USDAdd to cart

Tuesday, August 11

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Julie Friedrich, Instructor

POINTE CLASS: Maintenance Through the Art of Simple Pointe Work

Foundational combinations to keep the feet and legs alive. This class is designed for pre pointe, pointe, and boys who want to further develop their feet. No pointe shoes required.

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

$7.99 USDAdd to cart

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Wednesday, August 12

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Instructor


PORT DE BRAS: Promenade - Finding the Strength and Guidance of the Heel in Rotation

This class will concentrate on the propulsion of our technical foundation.

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 Modern Dance experience required.
  • If you cannot take this class live, you can register and use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

    *NOTE*: A second, separate Wednesday class (11am) is available below. Don't miss out!



$7.99 USDAdd to cart

Wednesday, August 12

11am - Noon PDT/2-3pm EST

Julie Friedrich, Instructor

BALLET CLASS

In this class, we will place special focus on building strength, stamina and articulation.

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.


*NOTE*: A second, separate Wednesday class (10am) is available above. Don't miss out!

$7.99 USDAdd to cart


Thursday, August 13

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Julie Friedrich, Instructor

BALLET CLASS: Focusing on Turnout

Where it comes from, how to utilize it, how not to over rotate, and how to always keep it engaged

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

$7.99 USDAdd to cart

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Friday, August 14

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Instructor

PORT DE BRAS: Transitions (Emphasizing the fingers)

Finding 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.
  • No previous experience in Modern Dance is necessary.
If you cannot take this class live, you can register and use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

$7.99 USDAdd to cart

Week of
August 17th to August 21st


Register for the entire week

*Note*: There are two classes on Wednesday, August 19th, so be sure to select both the 10am and 11am classes!

$47.94 USDAdd to cart

Monday, August 17

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Francisco Gella, Instructor

50/50 Ballet Class

Focusing on barre work for the first half of class then transitioning to centre barre in the second half.

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

$7.99 USDAdd to cart

Tuesday, August 18

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Julie Friedrich, Instructor

Pointe Class (for everyone!): Maintaining strength, articulation, and connection in your pointe work

This class is designed for pre pointe, pointe, and boys who want to further develop their feet. No pointe shoes required.

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

$7.99 USDAdd to cart

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Wednesday, August 19

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Instructor

Port de Bras: Application of proper placement of the upper body for a more balanced adagio

Focusing on the distribution of weight in the arms and back to strengthen adagio

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

*NOTE*: A second, separate Wednesday class (11am) is available below. Don't miss out!



$7.99 USDAdd to cart

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Wednesday, August 19

11am - Noon PDT/2-3pm EST

Francisco Gella, Instructor

Contemporary Fusion

Taking concepts practiced in ballet and modern techniques and applying 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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

*NOTE*: A second, separate Wednesday class (10am) is available above. Don't miss out!

$7.99 USDAdd to cart


Thursday, August 20

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Julie Friedrich, Instructor

Ballet Class: Dancing from your Back

Leading movement through the use of our back and spine. Be prepared in this class to do most of the combinations with your back facing the camera, so that I can visually see your back at work.

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

$7.99 USDAdd to cart

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Friday, August 21

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Instructor

Port de Bras: Moving through fundamental technical positions

Focusing in on placement and timing of the upper body in relationship to the lower body to strengthen placement and coordination.

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 necessary.
• If you cannot take this class live, you can register and use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

$7.99 USDAdd to cart

Week of
August 24th to August 28th


Register for the entire week

*Note*: There are two classes on Wednesday, August 26th, so be sure to select both the 10am and 11am classes!

$47.94 USDAdd to cart

Monday, August 24

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Francisco Gella, Instructor

Ballet Skill Building: Focusing on Fouette Arabesque and Fouette Turns (in various positions)

Taking those two skills and breaking them down at the barre with specific drills to improve the execution of those two technically complicated steps.

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

$7.99 USDAdd to cart

Tuesday, August 25

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Julie Friedrich, Instructor

Learning how to engage your powerhouse

The powerhouse is your core and diaphragm area, therefore focusing our combinations on these part of the body.

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

$7.99 USDAdd to cart

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Wednesday, August 26

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Instructor

Port de Bras: Preparing to turn with the placement and power of the arms

A ballet class concentrated on moving the whole body in preparation for proper placement for turns.

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

*NOTE*: A second, separate Wednesday class (11am) is available below. Don't miss out!



$7.99 USDAdd to cart

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Wednesday, August 26

11am - Noon PDT/2-3pm EST

Francisco Gella, Instructor

Ballet Conditioning

This class is specifically designed to increase strength, agility and endurance using the classical technique with some unexpected conditioning exercises incorporated in between ballet barre exercises derived from gym workouts, gymnastics, and crossfit.

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

*NOTE*: A second, separate Wednesday class (10am) is available above. Don't miss out!

$7.99 USDAdd to cart


Thursday, August 27

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Julie Friedrich, Instructor

Pointe Class (for everyone!): Maintaining strength, articulation, and connection in your pointe work

This class is designed for pre pointe, pointe, and boys who want to further develop their feet. No pointe shoes required.

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

$7.99 USDAdd to cart

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Friday, August 28

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Instructor

Port de Bras: Preparing to begin again!

A ballet class to revitalize our journey to and through port de bras for the season ahead.

CLASS NOTES TO STUDENTS:

• The class is recommended for any beginning/intermediate or advanced dancer with a solid basic understanding of ballet fundamentals.
• Barre or home barre alternative required.
• If you cannot take this class live, you can register and use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

$7.99 USDAdd to cart

Week of
August 31st to September 2nd


Register for the entire week

$23.97 USDAdd to cart

Monday, August 31

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Francisco Gella, Instructor

Ballet Class: Training Petit Allegro at the Barre

This class focuses on drills to help develop a precise approach to each petit allegro step.

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

$7.99 USDAdd to cart

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Tuesday, September 1

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Francisco Gella, Instructor

Contemporary Ballet Fusion

Taking concepts specifically practiced in ballet, modern, and lyrical styles then applying them to a contemporary fusion combination with a heavy focus using ballet steps.

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 use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.

$7.99 USDAdd to cart

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Wednesday, September 2

10-11am PDT/1-2pm EST

Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Instructor

Modern: A Basic and Efficient Modern Class

This class will concentrate on the articulation of the spine, grounding through the legs, and strengthening the core.

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 necessary.
• If you cannot take this class live, you can register and use the class until the next Monday following this current week of classes. Videos will be available by the next day after the class has been streamed.



$7.99 USDAdd to cart


The Technique Trio's Creativity Intensive

Thank you to all of the participants in The Creativity Intensive!

Information on the Fall intensive series is coming soon.