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High school students ages 14-18 interested in majoring in dance may train with esteemed faculty from all over New England during the two-week New England Summer Dance Intensive at Dean College this July. During this time, you will perform in repertory with Dean alum and renowned choreographer, Jay T. Jenkins, and will also develop a college audition solo and portfolio with head shots.
2014 New England Summer Dance Intensive at Dean College Teacher Bios
Faculty may change and more faculty members will be added as the event nears!Margot Parsons, Boston College; Harvard University:Ms. Parsons trained in ballet and modern in Chicago with Richard Ellis and Christine DuBoulay and in New York with Richard Thomas, Barbara Fallis, and Maggie Black. Along with being invited to dance with Agnes de Mille and Pearl Lang, she performed with numerous companies including Choreoconcerts, Larry Richardson, Yuriko, The Ballet Ensemble of New York, the City Center production of the “King and I,” in Boston, with Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company, and with the original cast of “A Dancer’s Christmas.” She has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. with honors from the University of Utah. She is the choreographer and artistic director for her own company, DanceVisions, Inc., and has received grants and awards for her choreography that has been staged on many companies including Boston Ballet II. Parsons will set her work on BalletNY for performances in August at the Ailey Theater in New York. Leslie Woodies, The Boston Conservatory:A former soloist with the BOSTON BALLET COMPANY, Ms. Woodies toured the U.S. and Europe with Dennis Wayne’s elite company of dancers, and was a guest artist with the NEW YORK DANCE THEATER at Lincoln Center. Ms. Woodies had the honor of playing “Cassie” in the landmark, Pulitzer Prize winning production of "A Chorus Line," directed by Michael Bennett. TV and film credits include: "George’s House" for PBS, "The Kennedy Center Honors" for CBS, "A Chorus Line - the Movie" and she was a live-action representative for "Aladdin" for Walt Disney Studios. Her work includes shows for Paramount, Lifetime, the Disney Channel, Walt Disney World, the Premiere of the California Music Theater, the opening of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, and Industrials and Concert pieces. A recipient of the George Dennett Distinguished Career Award, a two time recipient of the Outstanding Dance Faculty of the Year Award at the Boston Conservatory, and a Guest Presenter at the Emerson College EVVY Awards, Leslie has taught and coached for the Boston Ballet Company, and every branch of the Boston Ballet School and its summer programs. Dante A. Sciarra, Brown University; Rhode Island College:Mr. Sciarra has performed on Broadway with “Chicago,” starring Jennifer Holliday, and throughout the U.S. and Europe with the National Tours of “Chicago” with stars such as Sandy Duncan and Patti Labelle. Additional performances include “Sunset Boulevard” with Petula Clark and “Hello Dolly” with Michele Lee. Mr. Sciarra has trained extensively with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Ann Reinking, Jose Meier, Tony Stevens, Chet Walker and Henry LeTang, with special training in Matt Mattox and Fosse Techniques. He has taught numerous master classes and has adjudicated many national dance competitions. Ali Kenner Brodsky, Salve Regina:Ms. Brodsky received a B.A. in Dance and Psychology from Skidmore College and had the great fortune of being mentored by Phyllis Lamhut while an Artist-in-Resident at Joyce SoHo (2003-2004). Her work has been presented at The Joyce SoHo, Movement Research at Judson Church, Skidmore College, SWEAT (NJ), OK Harris Art Gallery, the Dumbo Dance Festival, and Dance New Amsterdam. She is a company member with LostWax dance company, and teaches Pilates in Providence, RI. Julianne O’Brien Pedersen, Dean College:Ms. O’Brien Pedersen is the Dean of the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College. She received her B.A. in Dance from Connecticut College, her M.F.A. in Choreography from The Ohio State University, and is a certified movement analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff School of New York City. She performed as a founding company member and soloist with the Peter Sparling Dance Company, an award-winning company nationally recognized for its interdisciplinary projects, use of film and internet technologies, and Graham repertory. She has received grants and awards for her choreography, including funding from the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador, and her work has been presented across the country. She was also a member of the faculty of The Malashock Dance School of San Diego with a focus on designing curriculum for K-12 education. Prior to joining Dean College, Julianne served for a decade as Program Director and Professor of Dance at Eastern Michigan University where she received three teaching excellence awards.
Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Dean College:Ms. Pasquarello Beauchamp, the Founder and Artistic Director of inFluxdance, is a choreographer, dancer, artist and educator. With a B.F.A. in Performing Arts/Dance from Emerson College and an M.F.A. in Choreography from California Institute of the Arts, Rose’s interests lie in integrating dance, theatre, design, and media. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CLMA) which has rooted all of her work in somatics and body awareness. Her full-length work has been featured in various cities internationally including Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Montreal, Toronto and Mexico. Her choreography has been shown on the Fringe Festival Circuit where the company was voted Best in Festival at the San Francisco Fringe Festival in 2007 and 2008. She has danced with many contemporary companies and contact improvisation projects in San Francisco, Boston, and Central Virginia. Before coming to Dean, Rose was residing in Brockport, NY with her family and teaching as adjunct faculty at Alfred University and The College at Brockport.
Todd Shanks, Dean College:As a performer, Mr. Shanks has danced in music videos, commercials, industrials and television programs including “The Electric Company,” Kimberly Clark, “The View,” Volvo, Ford Motors, Race for the Cure, Wrigley’s, Paramount Pictures, “Good Day NY,” Lance Armstrong Foundation, Pilsen Beer, the United Way, UFO Jeans, 1010 WINS, Hope and Heroes, and the Lyme Disease Foundation. On stage he has performed with Synthesis Dance Project, Jette Performance Company, The Westchester Philharmonic, SDCF Dance Break, and the 2006 Miss Florida Pageant. His choreography was recently seen in a commercial for BIC "Soleil" Razors and on ice for the opening number of “Stars, Stripes and Skates” starring 3-time National ice skating champion Johnny Weir. His choreography has also been featured on “The View,” ABC Nightly News, The MSG Network, NY1, CW 11, and at NYC’s Carnival, Steps on Broadway’s Faculty in Performance, the 2007 Yankee FanFest and “The Game is in Us” (a Nike spec commercial).
DeAnna Pellecchia, Boston
University: Ms. Pellecchia is the
Co-Artistic Director/Choreographer of KAIROS Dance Theater, and has created
work with Grammy-nominated musicians Dave Eggar and Joshua Pierce, NYC
music icon and composer Johnny Reinhard, award-winning choreographer Ann Carlson,
and legendary choreographer Elaine Summers of the Judson Dance Theater. DeAnna
is a principal dancer with internationally acclaimed Paula Josa-Jones/Performance
Works, based in NYC, and has taught and toured locally, nationally and
internationally with companies including Kinodance Company, ANIKAI Dance, Anna
Myer and Dancers and Nicola Hawkins Dance Company, among others. She received a
B.A. in Dance/Performance with a dual minor in Business Management and Latin
from Roger Williams University. DeAnna also works with inner-city youth and
writes arts-integrated education curriculum for Boston Public Schools and
after-school arts-based programs. She recently co-authored the article "Speak
Out. Act Up. Move Forward: Disobedience-Based Arts Education,"
selected for publication by the Harvard Educational Review.
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Tuition:$1,950 (all-inclusive)$1,495 (commuter)
- Room & Board- Meals- Workshops & Classes- Solo Concert Finale- Professionally Staffed 24/7