Program Director: Justin Greer
Dance Intensive DetailsWhy come to New York City? Because NYC is the center of the performing arts world, and our teachers here are working artists as well as excellent instructors! Our teachers represent the current performing community and can speak from recent, relevant experience. Our teachers are doing it nightly, and teaching you during the day. From Broadway to concert dance to choreography, our faculty represent today's performer, and we want to share that with you. IN ADDITION, we will offer you skills and techniques that will serve you in your upcoming auditions for colleges. Whether it is a college audition or a Broadway show, there is a way to approach the art of the audition that is unique and special...and we are going to share with you our secrets!
Dance IntensiveA wide-ranging dance experience taught by experts in their fields. Emphasis will be on technique and exposure to many different styles. Ballet and Modern classes daily with master classes in many differing styles will get you in shape and prepare you for the rigors of a career in dance, or just for the fun and artistry of dancing all day everyday! We will attend a dance performance this week.
Housing is limited, please call our office at 888 497 3553 to add housing.
Directors and Faculty
Justin GreerJustin Greer is the assistant dance captain and swing for the Tony Award-winning revival of ANYTHING GOES. Other Broadway: SHREK THE MUSICAL (original Company), THE PRODUCERS (u/s Leo Bloom), URBAN COWBOY (Original Company), SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL (Original Company), ANNIE GET YOUR GUN and THE HERCULES SUMMER SPECTACULAR (Aladdin). Some of his favorite roles include the title role in BATBOY (BATCC Best leading actor nomination), Will Parker in OKLAHOMA, and Jinx in FOREVER PLAID. Find out much more about Justin at www.justingreer.net
Rachel BressRachel's credits include "Sex and the City", The NBA All-Star Game half time show, "The Electric Company", "The Today Show" and "The View", and "DittyDoodle Works" on PBS, which received a NY Emmy Award. ?Rachel has worked as an associate to such notable choreographers as John Carrafa (On a Clear Day...), Christopher Gatelli (Chess), Mark Dendy (Pippin), Graciela Daniele (The Pirate Queen), and Josh Prince (Shrek the Musical). She has worked as Associate Choreographer to Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (9 to 5) (The Apple Tree). Rachel is the co-founder of the New York based company, Stage Door Connections and holds a Bachelor's Degree and a Certificate in musical theater from Northwestern University.
Michael NovakMichael Novak is currently a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company, where his debut season earned him a nomination for the prestigious Clive Barnes Foundation Dance Award. He has danced repertory by Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, and Vaslav Nijinsky, and received his BA in Dance from Columbia University.
Michael Spencer PhillipsMichael Spencer Phillips received his BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Michigan. Upon graduating, he received a scholarship to study at the Merce Cunningham School in New York City, where he became a member of the Cunningham Repertory Group. In 2002, he joined RIOULT, a contemporary dance company under the artistic direction of Pascal Rioult, with whom he currently performs throughout North America, Mexico, and Europe. His additional performance credits include Battleworks Dance Company under the direction of Robert Battle, New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, DRA's Fire Island Dance Festival, Jennifer Muller/The Works, and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
Wendy SeybWendy Seyb's most recent credits include The Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway and HBO. Career highlights include Off-Broadway's Yeast Nation and The Toxic Avenger; and regionally with Harry Connick, Jr. on his children's musical The Happy Elf. She continues to create original dance comedies with her company EveryDay Man Adventures.
Ellen Stokes ShadleEllen Stokes Shadle has been a part of the NYC dance community since 1996, presenting her first professional piece at the 92nd St. Y. From 1999-2009, she served as artistic director of ellen stokes shadle/DanceWorks. She has enjoyed an extended relationship with Greenwich Academy since 2004 serving as artist-in-residence, and guest choreographer. Ellen is also an accomplished Pilates instructor and teacher-trainer. More at www.ellen-inc.com
Benjamin WegmanBenjamin Wegman has danced professionally with Jeanne Ruddy Dance, Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Keith Thompson's danceTactics, Headlong Dance Theater, CityDance Ensemble, SCRAP Performance Group, The Pillow Project, Troika Ranch, MCDance Meyer/Chaffaud, Washington National Opera, and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange (2006-2011). His most recent work, Hammock, was commissioned by the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
Location InformationEstablished in 1984, Dance New Amsterdam has provided dance education and performance opportunities for emerging and established artists. Dance New Amsterdam offers classes, certification courses, artistic residencies, and studio and administrative subsidies. Dance New Amsterdam, which was formally known as Dance Space Center, was created by five choreographers- Laurie DeVito, Michael Geiger, Danny Pepitone, Lynn Simonson, and Charles Wright who were committed to establishing a space where any artist could come, learn, develop, and perform.
Since its inception, Dance New Amsterdam has showcased work from some of the prominent dance artists today including Sean Curran, David Dorfman, Monica Bill Barnes, Wally Cardona, Nora Chipaumire, Robert Battle, Bill Shannon, Stephen Petronio, Jorge "Fabel" Pabon, Ronald K. Brown, Mark Morris, and Urban Bush Women.
Dance New Amsterdam's 25,000 square foot space located in The Sun Building in Lower Manhattan includes a 130-seat theater, six dance and rehearsal spaces, and two gallery spaces used for exhibitions and receptions.
*Tuition does not include one-time registration fee($150), weekend stays, or airport transportation.
If you have questions or need help registering, please call 888-497-3553
** USPA highly recommends that students secure travel insurance to cover trip cancellation, interruption, and/or medical emergency. For more on travel insurance, please visit: Assurance Solutions.
Dates, Prices, Directors, and Faculty subject to change without notice. The faculty is comprised of college professors representing their schools and professional industry artists. Images are of USPA programs, but may not represent actual program or location. Photos by Tito Deverya (UCLA TFT), Lauren di Matteo, and Chris Vanderhorst.
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