DANCE LAB: Online Summer Intensive

Dance Lab is a new online summer intensive at Colorado State University

CSU Dance Lab is committed to offering excellent technical and artistic instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Synchronous online classes are offered in classical and contemporary techniques.

Our Pre-College Dance Seminar package provides mentorship in choreography, writing, and orientation to dance in higher education. In light of these changes to our curriculum, we are opening registration for any dancers age 15+ on a first-come, first-served, basis. To ensure detailed and individualized feedback, registration will be limited to 30 participants per week.

At Dance Lab, you'll advance your understanding of:

  • Classical and Contemporary Dance Techniques
  • Theory
  • Reflective Writing
  • Choreography and Composition

At Dance Lab, you'll have the opportunity to:

  • Choreograph your own college audition solo
  • Draft a college entrance essay
  • Attend engaging lectures
  • Expand knowledge and skills
  • Contribute to a collaborative process
  • Showcase your artistry

Schedule (Monday – Friday)

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. Ballet
  • 11 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. Contemporary (modern, jazz/hip hop)
  • 12:15-1 pm.: Pre-College Dance Seminar
Schedule

Monday – Friday 

9:30-10:45 a.m. Ballet
11 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. Contemporary (modern, jazz/hip hop)
12:15-1 pm.: Pre-College Dance Seminar 

Dates

Monday - Friday, August 3-14, 2020

Pricing

  • Registration Fee: $40
  • 1 Week of Technique: $50
  • 1 Week of Pre-College Dance Seminar: $10
  • 2 Weeks of Technique: $100
  • 2 Weeks of Pre-College Dance Seminar: $20

*Pre-College Dance Seminar includes choreography of audition solo, composition of artist statement, Q&A with current dance majors, and more.

Judy Bejarano, Instructor, Modern

Judy Bejarano Promotional PhotoJudy Bejarano teaches improvisation, choreography, and modern technique at CSU. She is also well known for her innovative evening length productions as the artistic director of IMPACT Dance Company, whose performances speak to issues in our everyday lives. She collaborates and creates custom events with area art groups as well as for private events. Bejarano is increasingly interested in redefining the relationship between performer and audience, therefore, IMPACT’s work can be found in nontraditional spaces, from art galleries to airplane hangars. Bejarano is increasingly interested in the use of dance as a collaborative outreach tool and has a long term relationship with the arts programs at Pathways Hospice. The company also has a well established integrated arts outreach program called Every Voice Matters. Bejarano’s work has been selected for many regional and national festivals including National American College Dance Festival, Colorado Choreographers Showcase, and Gala Concert for the National Dance Association Festival. Her topic driven work often uses original text, dance, and projection and continues to be commissioned at the university level and by independent dance, theatre, and music groups. Bejarano, an enthusiastic and demanding instructor, also teaches throughout the region. She received her M.F.A. from C.U. Boulder in dance with an emphasis in choreography.

Grace Gallagher, Instructor, Hip Hop

Grace Gallagher headshotRaised in Hickory Corners, Michigan, Grace Gallagher started her training with jazz, ballet, tap, and contemporary movement forms. Upon graduation from high school, Grace went on to attend Arizona State University, where she trained in modern and urban dance technique. After earning her B.F.A., Grace went on to live in New York City where she spent her time interning and training at Broadway Dance Center. Shortly after, Grace decided to try out the commercial scene in Los Angeles. She was accepted into the Edge Performing Arts Center's rigorous scholarship program. Upon completion of the program, Grace was hired by Edge to help kickoff their kids program. Recognizing her passion for teaching and choreography, Grace made the decision to leave the commercial dance industry to pursue a career in dance education. Grace went on to earn her M.F.A. in Dance along with her K-12 teaching certification from Arizona State University.

Grace has extensive experience as a guest teaching artist and choreographer in numerous contexts including: guest teaching at public and private universities, community colleges, and high schools, teaching at a variety of studios nationwide, hosting professional master classes and workshops, and serving as a faculty member on a national convention. Grace has also taught a variety of courses at Colorado State University and Arizona State University and has worked for two separate non-profit programs that utilize dance as an emotional outlet for underserved youth.

Additionally, Grace artistically directs her company, gracegallagherdance where has created four original evening length works; CONSequence, 40 Love Letters, JUXTAposition, and RElate. Her work has also been shown at Nasty Woman|Phoenix Unite, Artel PHX, Phoenix Center for the Art's Beta Dance Festival, and Breaking Ground Dance Festival. Grace has earned over a dozen choreography awards, and has been recognized as one of Phoenix's "emerging artists" by JAVA Magazine. She recently returned from touring Germany with America's Got Talent runner up, The Silhouettes.

Grace now lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband and two dogs, where she continues to teach locally and travel all over the country setting work and sharing her love for dance.

Susie Garifi, Instructor, Jazz

Susie Garifi Promotional PhotoSusie Garifi holds a M.A. in Dance Education from New York University, a B.A. in Dance from Colorado State University, and studied with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in their Independent Study Program. Currently, Susie is employed at CSU as an instructor in the dance program where she teaches courses for dance majors and non-majors alike. She also dances professionally as a company member in IMPACT Dance Company in Fort Collins, Colorado, and is an outreach co-coordinator of their program 'Every Voice Matters.' Susie was on the dance faculty at Front Range Community College for 11 years, and has taught and choreographed for several dance studios in the Northern Colorado community. In addition to her teaching career, Susie and her husband are part owners of JAY'S Bistro. Susie enjoys sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with the community and looks forward to continuing to do so for many years to come.

Madeline Harvey, Instructor, Ballet, Seminar

Madeline Harvey Promotional PhotoMadeline Jazz Harvey is a dance educator, choreographer, and performer specializing in classical and contemporary ballet. She began her performance career at age fourteen as an apprentice with Charlotte Ballet, under the direction of Patricia McBride and Jean Pierre Bonnefoux. She attended summer intensive programs on full scholarship at Chautauqua Institution, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and The Juilliard School. In 2010, Madeline joined Carolina Ballet Theatre where she served as a principal dancer, resident choreographer, and outreach coordinator for five full-time seasons. Highlights include performing the role of Giselle, Alonzo King’s Map, Dwight Rhoden’s Beatle Juice, and various works created for her by artistic director Hernan Justo. She also performed as a guest artist with companies including Repertory Dance Theatre, American Repertory Ballet, Olney Ballet Theatre, and Colton Ballet Company of Augusta. After three performances as an invited guest artist, Madeline became a full member of Judy Bejarano’s IMPACT Dance Company in May 2020.

Madeline has been teaching and choreographing since 2006 in a variety of community and collegiate settings. In 2007, she was the youngest recipient of the New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship Award. Human connection and vulnerability drive her choreographic process. She values collaboration and is honored to have co-created works with composers, musicians, visual artists, and members of the National Organization for Parents of Murdered Children (South Carolina Chapter). Madeline’s choreography has been featured in concerts and festivals across the nation including as part of the Regional Ballet Association and American College Dance Association. She led full-time instruction at Charlotte Ballet, Davidson College, and DanceArts Greenville, and seasonal instruction at Repertory Ballet Academy, Springfield Ballet Company, and Canyon Concert Ballet, among others. In addition to guest teaching, she has created original works for UNCC, Davidson College, Converse College, Furman University, and Tampa University. She is honored to have served as a répétiteur for Mark Diamond, Jerri Kumery, Shaun Boyle, and Bryan Arias.

Madeline holds a B.A. and Professional Training Certificate in Dance from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an M.F.A. in Choreography from Jacksonville University. She was appointed as Instructor of Ballet at the University of South Carolina in 2015 and became assistant professor of Dance at Colorado State University in 2017. She is credited with the development of ShapeX, a program designed for children with Type II Diabetes. Sponsored by grants from General Electric and the Greenville Heath System, this curriculum promotes health and nutrition through movement-centered activities. Madeline’s research investigates play as a paradigm for choreographic process. Recent projects examine the artistry of parenting through dance. Her dance film, Embodiment, was featured as part of the Horsetooth International Film Festival (2019) and Screen Dance Miami (2020). She is currently working in collaboration with psychologist Zeynep Biringen to develop dance interventions for emotional availability and attachment from pregnancy through postpartum.

Matthew Harvey, Instructor, Ballet

Matthew Harvey Promotional PhotoMatthew Harvey began his dance training at the age of nine. He studied at Repertory Dance Theatre in Allentown, Pennsylannia, under the direction of Jennifer Haltzman Tracy and Trinette Singleton. He attended Summer Dance Intensives on scholarship at Joffrey Ballet School and Chautauqua Institution. Harvey danced as a trainee under the artistic direction of Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride at North Carolina Dance Theatre, now Charlotte Ballet, from 2006 to 2007. He moved to Greenville, South Carolina in 2007 to join Carolina Ballet Theatre. Harvey has been featured as a guest performance artist with Olney Ballet Theatre in Maryland, Marion Ballet Theatre in Florida, Universities of North and South Carolina, and various cities across South America. In addition to dancing, he teaches a variety of dance styles including ballet, jazz, contemporary, and body conditioning. Harvey has been choreographing since 2006, including works for Carolina Ballet Theatre, Dance Spirit Magazine Competition, and the Youth American Grand Prix.

Lisa Morgan, Instructor, Guest Lecturer

Lisa Morgan Promotional PhotoLisa Morgan has been a member of the CSU dance faculty since 2000, teaching modern dance technique, choreography and most recently focusing on teaching methods for children's dance. She works closely with regional schools, K-12 educators and state agencies to increase movement experiences for children in public schools. She is on the committee for the 2017-2018 revision of the Colorado Dance Academic Standards for the Colorado Department of Education and is part of the initiative to establish teacher licensure for dance in the state. She coordinates the dance portion of BRAINY (BRinging Arts INtegration to Youth), a program designed to bring students from Title I schools to the University Center for the Arts to experience music, theatre, dance, and visual art for a day. She works with CSU Music Therapy, teaching movement to undergraduate and graduate students. She coordinates Moving Through Parkinson's, a movement therapy program for individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease and was the assistant director of IMPACT Dance Company, a contemporary dance company based in Fort Collins, from 1997-2016, and continues to work as a collaborating artist with the company.

Alexandra Pera, Guest Artist, Czech National Ballet
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Alexandra was born in Romania and raised in Canada, where she started with gymnastics and then transitioned to ballet, jazz and tap at the age of seven. She trained professionally at the Quinte Ballet School of Canada and Charlotte Ballet School (formerly North Carolina Dance Theatre), and attended summer intensives at the National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre, and Chautauqua Institution. Upon graduation, she joined the Washington Ballet's Studio Company under the directorship of Septime Webre, where she danced featured roles and a varied repertoire, both with the main and junior companies. After two seasons in D.C., she was offered a contract with Alberta Ballet in Calgary, Canada. There, under the directorship of Jean Grand-Maitre, she once again had a varied repertoire of new creations, modern pieces, and full-length classics for four seasons. This was followed by one season with Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio, with Edwaard Liang as director and choreographer for the company. 

In 2015, she joined the Czech National Ballet in Prague, where after one season she was promoted to demi soloist. With CNB, Alexandra has had wonderful opportunities to perform Soloist and Principal roles from her first year in the company. Her repertoire includes full length classics, contemporary, modern, and new creations. She has been featured in works by John Cranko, Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Kenneth Greve, Javier Torres, Youri Vamos, Michael Corder, Alexander Ekman, Ohad Naharin, Mauro Bigonzetti, and Glen Tetley among others. Throughout her career, Alexandra has had the opportunity to tour all over Canada, Spain, and China with different companies. 

In 2018, she performed as a guest principal dancer in a new creation by Jiri Bubenicek to commemorate 100 years since the founding of Czechoslovakia. She has also danced as a guest in an International Ballet Gala at the National Theatre in Bucharest, Romania. Most recently, in 2019, she appeared alongside Alina Cojocaru and Sergei Polunin in Johan Kobborg's new Romeo and Juliet at Arena di Verona in Italy, in front of an audience of 15,000. Aside from dancing, Alexandra is very passionate about photography, and also very much enjoys teaching and coaching ballet.

Lucas Segovia, Guest Artist

Lucas Segovia body shotOriginally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lucas started dancing at the age of 16. Three years later, he joined Ballet Argentino as a soloist under Julio Bocca's direction. By the end of the second season, he was promoted to principal dancer. He was the only dancer, along with ballet star Manuel Legris, to perform a solo piece in Bocca’s farewell performance for over 300,000 people and broadcast on national TV.

Lucas has also been part of The Washington Ballet and of Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, directed by Christopher Wheeldon and with residency in both New York and London. He has also danced with The Joffrey Ballet for six seasons, performing in virtually the entire repertoire of the company as a soloist or principal dancer. Lucas has danced works by choreographers like Balanchine, Robbins, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Wayne McGregor, Alexei Ratmansky, William Forstyhe, Val Caniparoli, Yuri Possokhov, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, among many others.

Mr. Segovia has appeared in Drury Lane's production of West Side Story, starring as Bernardo. He has also toured with the Broadway production of An American in Paris, and was recently seen in the New York City Center production of Brigadoon, both directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. In March of 2018, he starred in the musical Oklahoma! as Dream Curly.

Throughout his career, he has danced in more than 300 cities around the globe, performing in some of the most important venues for dance in the world. He has also been a cover model for various publications in Chicago and has appeared as principal dancer in several music videos of internationally recognized artists.

 

Lucas has been awarded with the Premio Clarin, the most prestigious recognition for the Arts in Argentina, and was recently granted Permanent Resident Status as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability.

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