This challenging dance intensive for high level intermediate and advanced dancers allows each individual to achieve the highest level of excellence in a positive collaboration between the dancer and choreographers.

Dance students will not only work directly with directors from San Diego’s top dance companies and other local choreographers, but also experience creating and performing original pieces, all while collaborating with other students artists in our Acting/Screenwriting and Film Intensives. Classes are taught in a fast-paced, hands-on professional environment for conditioned dancers. This is great opportunity to expand your dancer’s repertoire and portfolio in a creative and interactive environment.

Just as in a professional company,  students will start each day with technique class in Modern/Contemporary, Ballet, or Hip Hop.  Throughout the three week intensive,  students will experience master classes taught by the most sought after dance instructors in the San Diego area.  In preparation for the Intensive’s culminating multi-disciplinary collaborative performance with the Acting/Screenwriting and Film intensives, afternoons with be spent learning professional level dance repertory from the directors of San Diego’s top dance companies and other local choreographers, including San Diego Dance Theater’s Artistic Director Jean Isaacs, San Diego Ballet’s Artistic Director Javier Velasco, BK Soul’s Artistic Director Dr. Grace Shinhae Jun and local choreographers Khamla Somphanh and Zaquia Mahler Salinas.  Other guest Master Teachers include Betzi Roe, Matt Carney, Blythe Barton, Trystan Merrick, and Anthony Rodriguez.

Most days will run from 10am till 4pm with free time around 12pm for lunch each day, with the final live performance on Friday, July 28.  The detailed daily schedule will be sent to you before the program starts.


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Trystan LoucadoTrystan Loucado has had the honor of studying ballet under the tutelage of Ahita Ardalan and has had the pleasure of performing the works of such great choreographers as Twyla Tharp, Robert Cohen and George Balanchine, as well as many of the classics. Mr. Loucado joined Nevada Ballet Theater in 2007 and has since danced for San Diego Ballet, Malaschock, Owen Cox Dance, City Ballet of San Diego and most recently Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo, touring internationally in 16 countries on five continents. He maintained a presence in his hometown of San Diego by returning regularly to perform with Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater. Trystan is happy to be back in San Diego full time with the California Ballet.


Jean Isaacs is a critically acclaimed, award-winning choreographer whose work has been presented in Switzerland, Germany, China, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada and Poland, as well as on both coasts of the US. In 2002, the Village Voice called her “a warm, witty, and wise choreographer,” and the New York Times said of her dances, “They were intelligent dances danced by sharp, speedy dancers.” Isaacs is the Artistic Director of the San Diego Dance Theater, the originator of the annual site-specific project Trolley Dances and the co-founder of the San Diego Dance Alliance, Three’s Company and Dancers, and Isaacs/McCaleb & Dancers. Her work has been commissioned by the San Diego Opera, The La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe Theater, Goodman Theater, The San Diego Repertory Theater, the Berkeley Repertory Theater, Long Wharf Theater, and for the “New Wave” Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.


Javier Velasco currently serves as artistic director of the San Diego Ballet, having created over 70 original pieces for the company since its inception, including 10 pieces in collaboration with composer David Burge, to commissioned scores. His ballet set to the poems of Kenneth Fearing, LOVE: 20 CENTS THE FIRST QUARTER MILE, was given the award for Best Choreography by the San Diego Area Dance Alliance, the third time he was honored by the organization. Most recently, Mr. Velasco wrote and directed THE TOUGHEST GIRL ALIVE, which premiered at Moxie Theatre and had a successful run at the New York International Fringe Festival. Mr. Velasco was recently awarded a Creative Catalyst Fellowship by the San Diego Foundation to create new work.   Javier’s distinct choreography redefines what most people would expect from ballet to bring inspired, provocative and thrilling performances year after year.
Javier Velasco has supplied dances for productions at the La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, and has a long-standing relationship with the San Diego Repertory Theatre, where he has staged productions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, CABARET, HAIRSPRAY, TOMMY, IN THE HEIGHTS, and many others.


Dr. Grace Shinhae Jun is a choreographer, educator, performer, and scholar who loves the language of movement and the power of knowledge. Her movement and rhythm are based on a union of hip hop and contemporary techniques that serve as the foundation for her artistic work that promotes positive expressions of hip hop culture as an accessible vehicle for activism, resistance to oppression and racism, and social change. As a performer, grace has worked with many different artists including Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, tammy l. wong dance company (Singapore), Allyson Green Dance, Gabe Masson Dance, and Collective Purpose. She currently teaches at the University ofCalifornia San Diego, San Diego City College, and for TranscenDANCE Youth Arts Project. Holding a BA in History from UCSD and an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College (New York), grace is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theatre & Dance at UCSD. Her dissertation and research focuses on race, gender, and class representations in the hip hop body and hip hop performance.

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