Summer Intensive

Experienced dancers age 7+ who have been evaluated for level placement can participate in our Summer Intensive. These master classes are taught by experts in dance education and have extensive professional experience. Advanced training in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and musical theatre training are essentials in developing into a high calibre performer.

Instructors

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Sandra

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Client 8

Sarah Gold

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Client 2

Joe

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Client 3

Leigh

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Sandra Shih Parks

Sandra Shih Parks received her BFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University and her MFA in Choreography from Smith College, MA. Originally from Taiwan, Sandra danced as a soloist with Four Seasons Ballet and Wu-I Dance Company in Taipei. She toured nationally and internationally with a Broadway production of the King And I. Sandra was a member of the faculties at Boston University, Bridgewater State College, National Taiwan University of Arts, among others and has presented choreography in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Manhattan Center, and Xinzhuang Cultural Performing Arts Center in Taipei.

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Sarah Gold

Sarah received her BFA in Dance from Oklahoma City University and has performed extensively while based out of NYC. She has performed internationally in “West Side Story” and “Broadway Christmas Wonderland.”  National credits include "An American in Paris" at Ogunquit Playhouse, and "Flashdance! The Musical" at Gateway Playhouse. Other global performances include Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas in Live, Love, Legs, as well as Celebrity Cruises Ltd in their original production of Elyria

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Joe Friedman

Joe is a California native and has thrived in the LA scene. Joe's success in Hollywood and beyond comes from his well diverse training while specializing in hip hop as a b-boy dancer.  Joe has performed world wide working for artists such as Charli XCX, Tiana Kocher, and Sage the Gemini.  Joe's full length shows include Broadway Christmas Wonderland in Tokyo, to lead aerialist in for Carnival and Celebrity cruise lines.

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Victoria Leigh

Victoria Leigh is a former soloist with American Ballet Theatre, The National Ballet of Canada, and principal dancer in Kiel, Germany. Ms. Leigh began her full-time teaching career as Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Oklahoma. During the ten years at OU, she performed in a number of ballets and modern works, and choreographed musicals, operas and operettas, and ballets. A move to Florida to teach for Ruth Petrinovic and her Academy of Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale was followed by six years of running Leigh-Franklin Academy, with her partner, James Franklin. Victoria retired from the The School of the Washington Ballet after 13 years of instructing.

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Gia Mongell

Gia Mongell made her Broadway debut shortly after graduating from The Juilliard School. As an original cast member of "An American in Paris", Gia performed Christopher Wheeldon’s Tony Award-winning choreography at The Palace Theatre as well as on the 69th Annual Tony Awards, serving as a swing and assistant dance captain across the run of the show. She was later invited to join the US National Tour and the show’s final run at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, France. New York theatre credits include I Married an Angel at City Center Encores! (choreographed by Josh Bergasse), Cendrillon at The Metropolitan Opera, and roles in concert pieces by Twyla Tharp, Pina Bausch, and Nacho Duato while at Juilliard. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance from Hunter College.

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Kathy Ricardo

Katherine Meloche-Ricardo has performed professionally for twenty-five years.  A former member of The National Ballet of Canada in Toronto, she trained with the schools associated with the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet.  Broadway credits span 15 years of performing and include "No, No, Nanette", "Grease" and Bob Fosse's "Dancin", where as a featured dancer, she had the opportunity to work directly with the late great choreographer and his wife, Gwen Verdun. Off-Broadway audiences will remember Katherine’s portrayal of Audrey in "Little Shop of Horrors". Regional Theatre credits include leading roles in "Pal Joey" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, choreographed by Anne Reinking and "Anything Goes" at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. In 1991, Katherine decided to focus her energy on teaching and opened Dance Pro's, Inc. in Upper Montclair New Jersey.  
 

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Xavier Lewis

Xavier Lewis, aka Xay Zoleil, is an American dancer, musician, writer, comedian, and DJ. Xavier has been teaching and performing in the Atlanta area for almost 10 years. Xavier was previously the Dance Director for Grayson High School and teaches at many studios in and around the metro-Atlanta area. Xavier has also been a background dancer for musical artists, such as B.O.B., and has received multiple awards for choreography.  He is currently a resident choreographer with Dance Canvas and Atlanta Contemporary.

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Katie Veldhuis

Katie Veldhuis is a Georgia native with a B.A. in Dance from Kennesaw State University. Training with Jonnie Kelley, Ruth Mitchell, Terrell Paulk, Nicolas Pacana, and other notable instructors at the Dancer’s Studio/Backstage.  Katie has performed on many stages across the country; highlights include performing at the Kennedy Center twice with Gala honors and working with Lauri Stallings and her company, gloATL, at Symphony Hall in Atlanta. She went on to cheer as an Atlanta Falcons Cheerleader with the NFL and was able to represent the Atlanta Falcons in New York City, Mexico City, Jamaica, and of course Atlanta. Katie is currently an instructor at Stellar Bodies in Buckhead and Midtown, TURN, and teaches dance at studios around North Atlanta.

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Cass Lievsay

Cass has been studying yoga for nearly 20 years and is currently registered with the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT-200 and a Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider (YACEP). Cass received her formal 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training through Soulful Yoga and SUP under the watchful support and guidance of Laura McCrory, among other influential teachers including Jody Struminger and TJ Mangrum.. Trained in a Kriya-based practice, Cass continues to make it her life’s mission to introduce people to the beautiful practice of yoga and all of its benefits. She is also a Certified Health Coach and enjoys encouraging people to find healthy habits and incorporate them into their daily life.

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Natalie West Pittard

Natalie is certified in several methods of pilates.  The Gyrotonic Method, Redcord, Kettlebells, and Dance. She has been teaching smart movement since 2008. She studied pre-physical therapy and dance at The University of Alabama and Kennesaw State University.  Natalie is also a former alum of The Dancer’s Studio!

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Sarah Lubatkin

Sarah began her dance journey at The Dancer’s Studio, under Jonnie Kelley, and is now the owner and director of the school.  She received her BA in Dance as a Ballet concentration from Kennesaw State University and a BA in Business Management.  While studying Sarah was an Atlanta Hawks Cheerleader and featured by the NBA in performances across China. Sarah was an original member and soloist in Atlanta based Clubesque and performed internationally in Royal Caribbean’s premier of Live Love Legs. Following her true passion Sarah is focusing on training and empowering the next generation of dancer’s at the studio.

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Maria Hooper

Maria received her classical ballet training at The Maryland Youth Ballet in Bethesda, MD with Tensia Fonseca and Michelle Lees and at The Washington School of Ballet with Victoria Leigh. Maria enjoyed a professional career with Houston Ballet and Hartford Ballet.  She finds the experience of instructing and supporting students along their dance journeys to be a true source of joy and fulfillment.

Instructors

Week 1

June 7 to 11

Level 1

9:45-10:45 Pilates

Natalie West

11:00-12:00 Ballet

Sarah Lubatkin

12:00-12:45 LUNCH

12:45-2:00 Modern

Sarah Lubatkin

2:15-3:15 Choreography

& Dance History

3:15-4:00 Hip Hop

Joe Friedman

Level 2

9:45-10:45 Pilates

Natalie West

11:00-12:15 Ballet

Victoria Leigh

12:15-1:00 LUNCH

1:00-2:15 Musical Theatre Jazz

Sarah Gold

2:15-3:15 Hip Hop

Joe Friedman

3:15-4:00 Choreography

& Dance History

Level 3

9:30-10:45 Ballet

Victoria Leigh

11:00-12:00 Pilates

Natalie West

12:00-12:45 LUNCH

12:45-2:00 Hip Hop

Joe Friedman

2:00-2:30 Choreography

& Dance History

2:30-4:00 Musical Theatre Jazz

Sarah Gold

Week 2

June 14 to 18

Level 1

9:30-11:00 Ballet

Kathy Ricardo

11:15-12:30 Jazz

Kathy Ricardo

12:30-1:15 LUNCH

1:15-2:45 Musical Theatre

Gia Mongell Binner

3:00-4:00 Choreography

Level 2

9:30-11:00 Jazz

Gia Mongell Binner

11:15-12:45 Modern

Sandra Parks

12:45-1:30 LUNCH

1:30-3:00 Ballet

Kathy Ricardo

3:00-4:00 Yoga
Cass Lievsay

Level 3

9:30-11:00 Modern

Sandra Parks

11:15-12:45 Jazz

Gia Mongell Binner

12:45-1:30 LUNCH

1:30-3:00 Ballet/Variations

Sarah Lubatkin

3:00-4:00 Yoga

Cass Lievsay

 

Week 3

June 21 to 25

Level 1

9:30-10:45 Ballet

Molly Caplan

11:00-12:00 Jazz

Molly Caplan

12:00-12:45 LUNCH

12:45-1:45 Choreography

1:45-2:45 Hip Hop

Xavier Lewis

3:00-4:00 PBT

(Progressive Ballet Training)

Jennifer Nicole Pedraza

Level 2

9:30-11:00 Ballet

Katie Veldhuis

11:15-12:00 Conditioning

Katie Veldhuis

12:00-12:45 LUNCH

12:45-1:45 Hip Hop

Xavier Lewis

1:45-2:45 PBT

(Progressive Ballet Training)

Jennifer Nicole Pedraza

3:00-4:00 Choreography

Level 3

9:30-11:00 Ballet

Maria Hooper

11:15-12:00 Pointe

Maria Hooper

12:00-12:45 LUNCH

12:45-2:15 Contemporary

Katie Veldhuis

2:15-2:45 Choreography

2:45-4:00 Hip Hop

Xavier Lewis