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.

Schedule for Week of September 28- October 2

Register for all four classes this week and receive 20% off!

$42.99 USD $35.99 USDAdd to cart

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Monday, September 28

3-4pm PDT/6-7pm 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.

$8.99 USDAdd to cart

Tuesday, September 29

3-4pm PDT/6-7pm 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 the teacher 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.

$8.99 USDAdd to cart

Wednesday, September 30

3-4pm PDT/6-7pm 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.
  • 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.

$8.99 USDAdd to cart

Thursday, October 1

3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST

Julie Friedrich, Instructor

Pointe: Wrapping our week with our pointe exercises

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.
  • 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.

$8.99 USDAdd to cart

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Friday, October 2

3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST

Francisco Gella, Instructor

BALLET CLASS: Utilizing Turn Out (all the time)

This class explores how one can use their rotational capacity to its fullest potential in the most effective and consistent way possible according to your body type. The class will also teach dancers how to push their turn out capacity when ready, realizing when to push for more when the body is stronger, ready, and more conditioned.

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.

$8.99 USDAdd to cart


Schedule for Week of October 5-8

Register for all four classes this week and receive 20% off!

$35.96 USD $27.99 USDAdd to cart

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Monday, October 5

3-4pm PDT/6-7pm 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.


$8.99 USDAdd to cart

Tuesday, October 6

3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST

Julie Friedrich, Instructor

Ballet Class: Barre Work is Done for a Reason 

The combinations and work you are doing at the ballet barre are essential. It is vital in setting the body up for the center and eventually for repertory and choreography. We need to understand why this is necessary, and how we can go forward using this idea. 

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.


$8.99 USDAdd to cart

Wednesday, October 7

3-4pm PDT/6-7pm 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.

$8.99 USDAdd to cart

Thursday, October 8

3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST

Julie Friedrich, Instructor

Pointe Class (for everyone!)

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.

$8.99 USDAdd to cart


Schedule for Week of October 12-16

Register for all four classes this week and receive 20% off!

$42.99 USD $35.99 USDAdd to cart

Monday, October 12

3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST

Julie Friedrich, Instructor

Pointe Class (for everyone!)

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.


$8.99 USDAdd to cart

Tuesday, October 13

3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST

Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Instructor

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

A center barre 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.

$8.99 USDAdd to cart

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Wednesday, October 14

3-4pm PDT/6-7pm 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.


$8.99 USDAdd to cart

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Thursday, October 15

3-4pm PDT/6-7pm 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.


$8.99 USDAdd to cart

Friday, October 16

3-4pm PDT/6-7pm 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.

$8.99 USDAdd to cart


The fall 2020 intensive 

October 9-11 / November 6-8 / December 11-13

Intensive Faculty

With diverse backgrounds as performing artists, educators, choreographers, mentors, leaders, entrepreneurs and scholars in the concert dance, commercial and education sectors, our expert faculty brings their knowledge and wisdom as fierce advocates for your success to every class.

FRANCISCO GELLA, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Distinguished thirty-year dancer, educator and choreographer. Co-artistic director of Zeitgeist Dance Theatre. Chief Creative Officer of Francisco Gella Dance Works.

Yusha-Marie Sorzano

Nationally recognized performer, choreographer and educator. Co-artistic director of Zeitgeist Dance Theatre.

Steven Sofia

Broadway performer, dance captain, choreographer and dance and Pilates teacher. Lecturer at Chapman University and Cal State Long Beach.

Benjamin Peralta

Dance artist and educator. Junior in the BFA Dance program at the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Founding member of Zeitgeist Dance Theatre.

Julie Friedrich

Award-winning dance educator, college advocate and performing artist. Associate director for dance at the Windward School.

Wilson Mendieta

Modern Dance and Broadway performing artist, and college educator. Assistant Professor at Chapman University.

Jeffrey Smith

Modern dance artist with Paul Taylor Dance Company, educator and choreographer. Full-time faculty at the New World School of the Arts. 

Rachel Harris

Dance artist and educator. Graduate of the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Founding member of Zeitgeist Dance Theatre.

Sophia Odii

Dance artist and educator. Graduate of the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Founding member of Zeitgeist Dance Theatre

Christian Smith

Dance artist and educator. Junior in the BFA Dance program at the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

And even more guest artists to be announced….

Why should I enroll?

  • Value: What you will learn will not only make you a better dancer, it will prepare you for a great year ahead and for a successful future. 
  • Access: Offered LIVE online and available by recording after.
  • Affordability: Options for daily, weekly, and full participation rates. Deeper discounts the more classes you take.
  • Exceptional: Our students have made outstanding progress since the start of our virtual programs because of our expert teaching.
  • Personal: Our teachers learn names and they give corrections.

Who can attend?

Our intensive is for any intermediate or advanced dancers ages 10 through college that wants to accelerate their growth! 

Enrollment

We’ve designed the intensive to maximize the ways that you can participate. Choose to attend the entire four-weekend series, one or more individual weekends, or any combination of individual days. 

Individual Weekend

$129 per weekend

October 9-11
November 6-8
December 11-13

(Class descriptions and purchase options below. Choose as many as you like)

Daily 

$49 per day

Friday, October 9
Saturday, October 10
Sunday, October 11

Friday, November 6
Saturday, November 7
Sunday, November 8

Friday, December 11
Saturday, December 12
Sunday, December 13

(Class descriptions and purchase options below. Choose as many as you like)

Scholarships

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.

To achieve our organizational goals of access to opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds and experiences, the scholarship program is an inclusive and open process. This allows our faculty and staff to identify students who may otherwise be overlooked. Applications are evaluated equally on both merit (achievement and potential for success) and demonstrated financial need.

Apply here

A once-a-month, virtual experience to rebound, restore, reinvent, and renew

Presented by Francisco Gella Dance Works
After months and months of pandemic disruption, it’s time to Rebound, Restore, Reinvent and Renew regardless of any challenges that still lie ahead. We have no choice but to persist. Join students from all over the world for all four weekends or as many as you are able to attend! You can even choose individual days without committing to an entire weekend. With a different theme and focus for each of the four weekends you’ll grow, be engaged, develop stronger focus, and most important, be inspired to find lasting value in your technical and artistic journey - even with limited space and without live in-person socialization.

Highlights:

  • Begins each intensive weekend on Friday at 3:30pm Pacific/ 6:30pm Eastern and ending each Sunday at 1:15pm Pacific/4:15pm Eastern

  • Registration options include daily, weekend and entire intensive series.

  • For intermediate and advanced dancers age 10 and up.

  • Take classes LIVE or later by recording. 

  • For those with significant financial need, scholarships are available.

Click below to purchase access to all 4 intensives

A closer look at each intensive weekend...

RESTORE

Friday, October 9 – Sunday, October 11

Most of us would acknowledge that COVID-19 has broken us all in one way or another, in small ways and in significant lasting ways. While we work toward getting back to a more normal existence, we can all use some healing. We can learn to give space for each other for restoring a belief in ourselves, accept that our virtual technical training has and can contribute to our growth, and allow each other to restore our purpose in dance and more importantly in life. It’s time for some much needed restoration.

Click below to purchase access to all days of this weekend intensive

$129.00 USDAdd to cart

REINVENT

Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 8

The dictionary defines the word ‘reinvent’ as changing something so it appears to be new.  From a dancer’s perspective, ‘reinvent’ can also be looked as an opportunity, a chance to better one’s technique, one’s artistic expression, and a newer, more evolved perspective on oneself.

This weekend’s intensive will focus on giving you an opportunity to look at something you probably already know but with a different set of eyes - in new, interesting, motivating and inspiring ways.  These new perspectives will breath fresh life into what can be at times, repetitive and monotonous.  You’ll develop a deeper appreciation, understanding and patience as you foster desire and dedication for your artistic, technical and personal journey.

Click below to purchase access to all days of this weekend intensive.

$129.00 USDAdd to cart

RENEW

Friday, December 11 – Sunday, December 13

The dictionary defines the word ‘renew’ as resuming a particular activity after interruption, giving that activity or action fresh life or strengthening that sense of renewal for an extended period of time.   

This weekend focuses on how dancers can renew their promise to better for themselves even with the limits put forth upon us by COVID-19.  Whether to renew our faith that “this too shall pass” and to continue to promise ourselves to keep working hard, this weekend will remind each individual of what’s important, that even with limits and restrictions we find the will to work harder, to get better, to stay dedicated so that we rise even stronger and more resilient when this whole pandemic finally passes.

Click below to purchase access to all days of this weekend intensive

$129.00 USDAdd to cart

A Breakdown of Each Day of Instruction for the Intensives...

Restore-Day 1

Friday, October 9th 2020

Introduction and Orientation

3:30-4:00pm Pacific / 6:30-7:00pm Eastern 

You’ll see who is participating with you, and hear from artistic director Francisco Gella about what to expect for the weekend and how to get the most out of the experience.

Ballet Class

4:00-5:00pm Pacific / 7:00pm-8:00pm Eastern 

This is more than about technique. We will restore our understanding of the beauty and timeless quality for the classical idiom, and restore our appreciation for this incredibly challenging vocabulary.

Improvisation

5:00-6:00pm Pacific / 8:00pm-9:00pm Eastern

It’s about going beyond! You’ll be inspired to restore a personal commitment to truly go beyond what’s familiar and comfortable, with tasks that will challenge your physical and mental limitations, pushing you to a new artistic capacity and maybe even a new language!

$49.00 USDAdd to cart

Restore-Day 2

Saturday, October 10th 2020

Ballet Class

9:00-10:00am Pacific / Noon-1:00pm Eastern

At the start of day two, you’ll be challenged to restore your own self-belief, to see that  you can always self-motivate and push for more in your approach during class. You’ll be pushed to improve your turn out, flexibility, endurance, rotation and length of body even when you are physically exhausted – because that’s where you’ll grow by leaps and bounds.

Modern Class

10:00-11:00am Pacific / 1:00-2:00pm Eastern

For many of you, this class will be introducing new concepts. You’ll restore a belief that you can only get better when you learn new material or learn something new about yourself. We will focus on correct technique for a contraction, weighted transition of under curve, and to understand what it truly means to be grounded.

Meal Break

11:00-11:30am Pacific / 2:00-2:30pm Eastern

Movement Phrase Work

11:30am-12:30pm Pacific / 2:30-3:30pm Eastern 

Through the movement introduced in this class, we will focus on ensuring that the combination being taught is specifically defined, adhered to, and performed clearly.  Your understanding of the vital importance of detail will be restored. 

Musical Theater

12:30-1:30pm Pacific / 3:30-4:30pm 

Let’s face it. There have been times in the last months since the pandemic started when you forgot that dance is meant to be fun! This class will restore the idea that dancing isn’t meant to be just hard work, but it can be engaging, quirky, and most of all joyfully exhilarating! 

Break

1:30-1:45pm Pacific / 4:30-4:45pm Eastern 

15 Minute Transition to a virtual social experience led by student dancer Kaylie Wood

The All Student Social

1:45-2:30pm Pacific / 4:45-5:30pm Eastern

$49.00 USDAdd to cart

Restore-Day 3

Sunday, October 11th 2020

Ballet Class

9:00-10:00am Pacific / Noon-1:00pm Eastern

Through hard work and dedication, we will restore the belief that anyone, including you, can achieve a beautiful rooted and high enough extension, with exercises that help develop the correct alignment and build strength to achieve an exquisite extension consistent with your own unique body type.

Jazz Technique

10:00-11:00am Pacific / 1:00-2:00pm Eastern 

restore the idea that jazz does implement codified tradition and the elements of the jazz tradition, depending on style and technique allows each dance to achieve a body line, accent and attitude akin to what the Jazz genre is timeless for)

Break

11:00-11:45am Pacific / 2:00-2:45pm Eastern 

Improvisation

11:45am-12:45pm Pacific / 2:45-3:45pm Eastern 

By focusing on exploring movement in multidimensional ways, we will restore your ability to create movements inspired by science and numbers, implementing tasks that help build the left-side of the brain while tapping into the right-side simultaneously.

Closing Session

12:45-1:15pm Pacific / 3:45-4:15pm Eastern 

Wrapping up with everything we all have learned, what we will carry with us from the experience, and how it has changed us in big and small ways.

$49.00 USDAdd to cart

Reinvent-Day1

Friday, November 6th 2020

Introduction and Orientation

3:30-4:00pm Pacific / 6:30-7:00pm Eastern 

You’ll see who is participating with you, and hear from artistic director Francisco Gella about what to expect for the weekend and how to get the most out of the experience. To prepare for the weekend, we will focus on the challenges you’ll need to address for improving and facing those particular obstacles without fear or judgment. 

Ballet Technique

4:00-5:00pm Pacific / 7:00pm-8:00pm Eastern

Our opening ballet class will focus on how you can reinvent the way you look at yourself when taking class, challenge you to go further, never settle, and then developing the resilience to keep going.  You’ll be challenged to present yourself with confidence - in a royal and regal way, honoring one of the primary principles of this very traditional yet beautiful art form.

Improvisation

5:00-6:00pm Pacific / 8:00pm-9:00pm Eastern

Your own experience with improvisation classes has informed what you think it is. We will take this particular improv class together to reinvent your perception of what it is – we will move beyond what is familiar and trendy. This class experience will help you accept and welcome movement that feels awkward and unfamiliar. These natural feelings come when something is new. New means different. Different means growth. Growth allows evolution.

$49.00 USDAdd to cart

 

Reinvent-Day 2

Saturday, November 7th 2020

Ballet Class

9:00-10:00am Pacific / Noon-1:00pm Eastern 

In our first class of the day, we will reinvent the way you perceive ballet and the tradition’s specific way of training men and women. The men will practice pointe work exercises and the women will perform combinations originally designed for a ‘men’s class’.  By breaking down these barriers, we will challenge gender roles and stereotypes. You’ll gain a new and broader perspective on classical technique.  

Contemporary Ballet

10:00-11:00am Pacific / 1:00-2:00pm Eastern 

Your preconceptions and ideas about classical ballet will be challenged and reinvented by experiencing movement inspired by the father of Contemporary Ballet, William Forsythe.  Or you might call this class something more fun, like ‘Ballet in a Blender’, taking classical steps and randomly putting a sequence together that is divorced from the structure of a classical variation. Add on non-classical music to accompany the combination, and you’ve got contemporary ballet. Get ready for a challenging and exciting class!

Meal Break

11:00-11:30am Pacific / 2:00-2:30pm Eastern 

Modern Technique Fusion

11:30am-12:30pm Pacific / 2:30-3:30pm Eastern 

What happens if you take aspects of Graham, Horton, Limon, and Taylor techniques, combining them into one class?  You’ll find out in this class! By allowing for a sequence of movements where each dancer has to focus, concentrate and distinguish each step clearly, you’ll learn to identify what makes each modern technique different as well as what they all have in common.

A Movement-Based Dance History 

12:30-1:30pm Pacific / 3:30-4:30pm Eastern

There is one very important piece of a dancer’s education and training that is frequently missing. Most dancers have a very limited knowledge of our art form’s history, the trailblazers and legends that came before us who revolutionized the way we see and experience dance today.  This class is an opportunity to reinvent your educational and academic perspectives. Knowing more means you appreciate the art form more. Knowing more means you’ll have a greater respect for the tradition.  And knowing more will give you the tools and knowledge to carve out your own unique voice, contributing your own legacy to the art form.

Break

1:30-1:45pm Pacific  /4:30-4:45pm Eastern 

15 Minute Transition to a virtual social experience led by student dancer Kaylie Wood

The All Student Social

1:45-2:30pm Pacific / 4:45-5:30pm Eastern

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Reinvent-Day 3

Sunday, November 8th 2020

Ballet Class

9:00-10:00am Pacific / Noon-1:00pm Eastern 

We’ll take the important concepts from Friday’s class, reinventing the way they are communicated to be sure they stick.

Contemporary Fusion

10:00-11:00am Pacific / 1:00-2:00pm Eastern 

Get ready to reinvent the way you apply your technical knowledge to movement that is more commercially contemporary based.  You’ll be encouraged to learn how to fully apply your technical training to your combination work.

Break

11:00-11:45am Pacific / 2:00-2:45pm Eastern

Building a Combination Together

11:45am-12:45pm Pacific / 2:45-3:45pm Eastern 

 We are going to reinvent the way a combination is taught and learned! Instead of coming into class with a prepared combination, the teacher will draw upon the students’ ideas. We’ll start by asking you to say a word and then ask another student to respond and react to that word with movement. We’ll keep repeating this process until a longer phrase is formulated which will then be put to music.  An exciting way to collaborate and become dance makers together!

Closing Session

12:45-1:15pm Pacific / 3:45-4:15pm Eastern 

Wrapping up with everything we all have learned, what we will carry with us from the experience, and how it has changed us in big and small ways. We’ll discuss how you see yourself as a reinvented artist and human being, how this session has changed the way you take class and how it has helped you to be more courageous in taking on challenges. 

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Renew-Day 1

Friday, December 11th 2020

FOCUS FOR FRIDAY: Improvisation for renewing one’s spirit.


Introduction and Orientation

3:30-4:00pm Pacific / 6:30-7:00pm Eastern 

You’ll see who is participating with you, and hear from artistic director Francisco Gella about what to expect for the weekend and how to get the most out of the experience.

We’ll discuss how this weekend will be ordered in a completely different way from the other weekends, in a way that will allow students to renew their inspiration and dedication to their training.

Improvisation for Fixing Technical Issues

4:00-5:00pm Pacific / 7:00pm-8:00pm Eastern 

 Whether it is fixing the challenging of working through feet or better port de bras, this improv class explores tasks that help fix technical issues that you may find difficult to fix or address.

Improvisation for Relaxation

5:00-6:00pm Pacific / 8:00pm-9:00pm Eastern 

Relax, it will all be okay! This class will allow you to discover a relaxed and less pressured way of moving. The focus is to get in touch with one’s breathing, resulting in a session powered by your breath, with nothing to prove - just everything to share.

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Renew-Day 2

Saturday, December 12th 2020

FOCUS FOR SATURDAY: Ballet all-day to renew your appreciation and love for the classical idiom.  The goal of this series of ballet classes is to allow you to fully appreciate the scope of the classical language - its uses, its versatility, and using the vocabulary itself to break from traditional gender norms.


Ballet Class

9:00-10:00am Pacific / Noon-1:00pm Eastern

A traditional and straight-forward ballet class with the instructor focusing on what they see needs special attention and concentrated focus.

‘Men’s Class’ for Everyone

10:00-11:00am Pacific / 1:00-2:00pm Eastern

Yes, the ‘men’s class’ is for the girls and guys both. We will all learn how men traditionally train for ballet to improve athleticism, pirouettes, and jumps.  Drills to emphasize the concept of ‘ballon’ will be implemented, which is what gives ballet men power, suspension, and flight in the air.

Meal Break

11:00-11:30am Pacific / 2:00-2:30pm Eastern

Pointe Class for Everyone (no pointe shoes required)

11:30am-12:30pm Pacific / 2:30-3:30pm Eastern 

All of us want better, more supple feet. In this class we continue the process of challenging traditional gender roles as our pointe class is designed for both the guys and girls to learn how the women train en pointe. We will all obtain a better understanding of lightness, pulling up to exude that lightness, and quick footwork and transitions.

Classical Variations

12:30-1:30pm Pacific / 3:30-4:30pm Eastern 

You’ll learn a particular classical variation or invent a new one that utilizes the steps and concepts of three previous classes.

Break

1:30-1:45pm Pacific / 4:30-4:45pm Eastern 

15 Minute Transition to a virtual social experience led by student dancer Kaylie Wood


The All Student Social

1:45-2:30pm Pacific / 4:45-5:30pm Eastern

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Renew-Day 3

Saturday, December 13th 2020

FOCUS FOR SUNDAY:  You’ll learn three different styles of contemporary classes, each exploring a different concept.  


Contemporary Focusing on Levels

9:00-10:00am Pacific / Noon-1:00pm Eastern 

This class will focus on a combination that explores the variation of physical levels, high to low, low to high, staying mid-level, etc.  You’ll gain a far better understanding of how to clearly show physical levels in your dancing. 

Contemporary Focusing on Spirals

10:00-11:00am Pacific / 1:00-2:00pm Eastern

Whether it is understanding how to spiral with the spine, arms, legs, pelvis, head, spiral upwards, downwards, sideways or elliptically - whatever the direction and style – you’ll have a great understanding of the concept of “spiraling”. 

Break

11:00-11:45am Pacific / 2:00-2:45pm Eastern 

Contemporary Focusing on Accents

11:45am-12:45pm Pacific / 2:45-3:45pm Eastern 

Accents. Powerful dancers know how to execute them with precision. Whether it’s sharp, soft, languid, fluid, staccato, fast, or slow, in whatever style combination is being taught, you’ll walk away from this class with a keen understanding on how clearly differentiate accents.  

Closing Session

12:45-1:15pm Pacific / 3:45-4:15pm Eastern 

Wrapping up with everything we all have learned, what we will carry with us from the experience, and how it has changed us in big and small ways. We’ll end the weekend discuss how to continue breathing fresh life into your perspective on each discipline. We will all leave with the goal of inspiring each other to resume our training, continuing to get better through this pandemic, and most importantly, renew something we’ve lost.

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