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 $6.99 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
May 18th to May 24th


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CONTEMPORARY BALLET FUSION
Class begins with a short ballet barre warm-up and transitions into learning a movement phrase with a contemporary ballet flavor which accesses our technique.

Francisco Gella, Instructor
​Monday, May 18​
3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST

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.

$6.99 USDAdd to cart

REVISITING PLIÉ

Emphasis on connecting the plie, which plays a vital role in your dancing, a connective step through all of your ballet work.


Julie Friedrich, Instructor
Tuesday, May 19
3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST

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.

$6.99 USDAdd to cart


PORT DE BRAS: Upper Body Placement
Application of proper placement of the upper body for a more balanced adagio
Focusing on the distribution of weight in the arms, back and NECK to strengthen adagio


Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Instructor
Wednesday, May ​20
3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST


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.

$6.99 USDAdd to cart

POINTE (for everyone): Building Strength, Stamina, and 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.

Julie Friedrich, Instructor
Thursday, May 21​
3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST

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.

$6.99 USDAdd to cart


PORT DE BRAS: Preparing to jump

We will NOT be jumping, but that doesn't mean we can't find the proper pathways to practice and strengthen our coordination. This class will concentrate on the relationship of the upper body with its counter part for preparatory jumps and petite allegro.


Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Instructor
Friday, May 22
3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST

CLASS NOTES TO STUDENTS:
· The class is recommended for any beginning/intermediate or advanced dancer with a solid basic understanding of ballet fundamentals.
· 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.

$6.99 USDAdd to cart

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BALLET CONDITIONING

This class with focus on exercises to strength the inner thighs, lengthen the hamstrings, and connecting the legs to the hips and core. The class
concludes with a series of dynamic stretches that will help elongate the hips, legs and feet.


Francisco Gella, Instructor
Saturday, May 23
3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST


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.

$6.99 USDAdd to cart

Schedule for Week of
May 25th to May 31st

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BALLET CLASS: Focusing on Resistance

Utilizing exercises at the barre to help further understand the concept of resistance with the legs and feet.


Francisco Gella, Instructor

Monday, May 25
3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST

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.

$6.99 USDAdd to cart

POINTE (for everyone)

Starting the week off with our basic combinations at the barre to get the feet and legs prepared for the week ahead. 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.


Julie Friedrich, Instructor
Tuesday, May 2​6
3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST

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.

$6.99 USDAdd to cart


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


Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Instructor
Wednesday, May 2​7
3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST


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 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.

$6.99 USDAdd to cart

NECK LINE AND THE USE OF OUR HEAD

Utilizing our head, emphasizing the line of your neck, into all of your ballet work.


Julie Friedrich, Instructor

Thursday, May 28
3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST

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.

$6.99 USDAdd to cart


PORT DE BRAS: Promenade and Fouette

We did them apart — now let's find them together. Finding the strength and guidance of the heel in rotation.


Yusha-Marie Sorzano, Instructor
Friday, May ​29
3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST

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.

$6.99 USDAdd to cart

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RE-EVALUATE RELEVE
This class explores the concept of releve, shifting the focus on just the feet and allowing dancers to understand how to rise up in releve using and with the support of the whole leg structure.


Francisco Gella, Instructor
Saturday, May ​30
3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST


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.

$6.99 USDAdd to cart

DANCE WORKSHOPS


May 17th
3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST
SUNDAY DANCE REFUGE (Improv)
Instructor, Francisco Gella
This class is FREE.

As dancers, we thrive on moving TOGETHER - physically, emotionally, and spiritually present with each other in a shared space. Corona has instilled deep feelings of loss and tries to steal our joy. Sunday Dance Refuge brings us all together in community to heal us in a visual and virtual space free of judgement and full of self-expression. As we come together to release our feelings and to cleanse our souls, you may just discover a new movement language to communicate powerful new ideas that will be needed when we find our way out of our homes.

CLASS NOTES for STUDENTS:
· This class will bring all participants together in community through a Zoom learning platform where all dancers are invited to be on video with everyone else.
· Anyone of any age who wants to move is invited to attend.
· We will hold this class each Sunday at the same time.

May 24th
3-4pm PDT/6-7pm EST
SUNDAY DANCE REFUGE (Improv)
Instructor, Francisco Gella
This class is FREE.

As dancers, we thrive on moving TOGETHER - physically, emotionally, and spiritually present with each other in a shared space. Corona has instilled deep feelings of loss and tries to steal our joy. Sunday Dance Refuge brings us all together in community to heal us in a visual and virtual space free of judgement and full of self-expression. As we come together to release our feelings and to cleanse our souls, you may just discover a new movement language to communicate powerful new ideas that will be needed when we find our way out of our homes.

CLASS NOTES for STUDENTS:
· This class will bring all participants together in community through a Zoom learning platform where all dancers are invited to be on video with everyone else.
· Anyone of any age who wants to move is invited to attend.
· We will hold this class each Sunday at the same time.