Summer Dance Intensives
Now Accepting 2017 Applications!
The Department of Dance at Webster University is pleased to present an exciting five-day
program for intermediate and advanced high-school aged students as well as a three-day
program for middle school students. Dancers will be challenged technically and artistically
through a wide variety of classes taught by Webster faculty and professional artists
from local companies. In addition to daily ballet and modern classes, students will
have the opportunity to be exposed to jazz, musical theatre dance, aerial, improvisation,
tap and hip-hop. Daily discussions will explore topics important to aspiring dancers
such as nutrition, injury prevention and treatment, and the life of a professional
Location: Jean and Wells Hobler Center for Dance
130 Edgar Road
Webster Groves, MO 63119
(Students entering 9th grade and above in the fall of 2017)
July 24-28, 2017
Classes meet from 10 am–4 pm
$50 Non-refundable deposit due July 7
$300 Balance due July 17
Housing on Webster University's campus in West Hall is available for the 5-day intensive at the affordable price of $150 for the week!
Please download and complete the Housing Application to make a reservation.
Requests due June 15, payment due July 24.
(Check-in Sunday evening, check-out Friday afternoon)
(Students entering 6th-8th grade in the fall of 2017)
July 31-Aug 2, 2017
Classes meet from 10 am–4 pm
$35 Non-refundable deposit due July 7
$215 Balance due July 17
Due to popular student demand, the Junior Intensive program has been extended to THREE
1) You can Apply and Pay Online and choose
to pay the deposit or full tuition, or you may download and print the Application.
Then, print and complete the
2) Emergency Contact Form
3) Video/Photo Release and
4) Junior Summer Dance Intensive Liability Waiver OR
Summer Dance Intensive Liability Waiver.
(If applicant is under the age of 18 and will be car-pooling with someone other than a parent or guardian, a Driver/Pick-Up Authorization Form is also required.)
5) These forms should then be emailed (email@example.com), faxed (314-963-6102), or
Webster University Department of Dance
ATTN: Aquila Rosewind, Summer Intensives
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119
Checks can be made payable to Webster University.
For additional information, contact the Department of Dance at
314-246-7747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Faculty Announcement Coming Soon!
2016 Faculty Bios
Director of the Summer Dance Intensives
Adjust Faculty; Ballet and Jazz
Maggi trained professionally in Chicago on scholarship with River North Dance Chicago, Giordano Dance Center and Melissa Thodos and Dancers. She performed regionally and internationally with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago II. In addition, she performed as a freelance artist with Melissa Thodos and Dancers and Chicago Arts project, among others. She also performed for Royal Caribbean International and served as the Dance Captain to her cast.
Assistant Professor; Modern, Ballet, Composition and Theory
James was Founding Artistic Director for the Bare Bones Dance Project in New York City and James Robey Dance in Connecticut. His professional performing career included the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company, Connecticut Ballet, New York Dance Theater, Ground Works Dance Theater, Off Center Dance Theater, Ohio Dance Theater, Covenant Ballet Theater of Brooklyn, Cleveland Opera, Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, Norwegian Cruise Lines, and Busch Gardens.
Professor of Dance; Composition and Theory
At Webster University, Beckah served as the Program Head and Department Chair from 2006-2013 and has been teaching dance at Webster since 1986. Beckah served as co-artistic director for Wishbone Dance Theatre and as co-artistic director for GASH/VOIGT Dance Theatre (GVDT), an all women's contemporary dance theatre ensemble based in St. Louis. The company toured throughout the world to countries such as Turkey, Greece, Hungary, Russia, Taiwan, Costa Rica, China, and Germany. Beckah later founded ANNONYArts, a St. Louis-based performing arts company dedicated to supporting a consortium of independent movement and performing artists, and served as Artistic Director from 2003-2013.
Alicia Graf Mack
Lecturer in Dance; Ballet, Modern, and Outreach
Alicia Graf Mack is a former lead dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has also been a principal ballerina with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Alicia has danced as a guest performer with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Beyonce, John Legend, Andre 3000 and most recently, Alicia Keys on the 2013 Set the World on Fire World Tour. In addition, she’s appeared at many galas and festivals including the Youth America Grand Prix and the International Stars of the 21st Century. In 2007, Smithsonian Magazine named Alicia an American Innovator of the Arts and Sciences. Mrs. Mack is a recipient of the Columbia University Medal of Excellence, an award given each year to one alumnus who has demonstrated excellence in their field of work. In 2008, she had the honor of delivering the keynote address to the graduates of Columbia University’s School of General Studies. She has made national television appearances as a featured guest on Live with Kelly and Michael and The Tavis Smiley Show. Mrs. Mack graduated magna cum laude with honors in History from Columbia University and holds a MA in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis. She has contributed to some of the most prestigious national magazines in her industry; Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine and Dance Spirit. Recently, she wrote the historic cover story, “Beyond Role Models” for Pointe Magazine’s June/July 2014 diversity issue featuring Ashley Murphy, Ebony Williams and Misty Copeland. She has also authored the foreword of American Dance: The Complete Illustrated History by Margaret Fuhrer. Alicia Graf Mack is the Co-Founder of D(n)A Arts Collective, an initiative that she created with her sister, Daisha, to empower and enrich the human experience through dance and music (www.dnaartscollective.com
Adjunct Faculty; Ballet
After studying at her mothers studio, Patzius Performing Arts, and later at Webster University, Donna went on to dance professionally in principal roles with Ballet West in Salt Lake City UT, Atlanta Ballet, and BalletMet in Columbus OH. Donna was also a trainee with Milwaukee Ballet. Her signature role was Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Since returning home to St. Louis in 2002, Donna has been the Artistic Director of Midwest Ballet Theatre where she teaches company class and privately coaches the advanced students.
Guest Faculty; Aerial Dance
While training at The American Dance Festival, Leslie was selected by Janis Brenner to perform alongside her company Janis Brenner & Dancers for the Hollins University Masters of Fine Arts Concert. Leslie has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and The Miller Theatre in New York City for the National American College Dance Festivals, The Harris Theatre in Chicago for Chicago Dance Festival, The Kranzburg Arts Center with Diva La Tap, at Forest Park for Tom Brady's Production of PRODIGAL, and at Satori Studio for Airborne Soiree and Aerial Fusion directed by Monica Newsam. In 2013, Leslie was invited by ANNONYArts to create and direct her own dance concert entitled Elements. Elements included aerial silks, lyra, cube, hip hop and tap choreography and she invited guest artists from the United States and Panama to perform.
Lynnette Khoo-Summers, PT, DPT
Guest Faculty; Injury Prevention
Lynette received a B.A. in Dance and Public Relations from Colorado State University, a M.S. in Physical Therapy, from Washington University in St. Louis- School of Medicine followed by her DPT. Lynnette danced professionally in Chicago before injuring both of her knees. She is now an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Co-director in the Medical Program for Performing Artists, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine. Her focus is in musculoskeletal and orthopedic injuries with particular specialization of treating various performing artists including dancers, musicians, and circus artists, and other artistic sports like gymnasts and figure skaters. Lynnette evaluates and treats injuries with a strong emphasis on movement-related diagnosis and specific intervention for movement and postural problems especially in the performing arts and instruction for understanding artists, their injuries, and their overall health. Musicians.
Adjunct Faculty; Tap
Jan has taught tap at Webster University since 1990. Jan toured nationally as performer and teacher with the award-winning Metro Theater Company. Her work with MTC included performances at the Kennedy Center, the Detroit Institute of the Arts and at Powell Hall with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Jan then founded and artistically directed Tapsichore, a contemporary rhythm tap company that toured regionally and collaborated with dancers Acia Gray, Suzanne Grace, musicians Kim Portnoy, Ken Palmer, Paul deMarinis and composer Bob Chamberlin among others. She was one of eleven tap artists chosen from an international pool to work with the late tap master Charles “Honi” Coles at the Colorado Dance Festival's first Tap Creative Residency. She has performed and taught tap improvisation and technique for the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the St. Louis Tap Festival, St. Louis Dance Festival, the Missouri Arts Council's Missouri Touring Program and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis. Jan served as a Regional Representative for the International Tap Association for several seasons and sat on the Steering Committee for that organization during its early years.
Guest Faculty; Hip Hop
Ashley is the founder, artistic director, and head choreographer of Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC) in St. Louis, MO. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Science from Texas Christian University, where she served two consecutive years as captain during her four-year stint as a member of the TCU Showgirls Dance Team. She has been an instructor for National Dance Alliance, a cast member in a Sony Dreamworks motion picture, and a bodily-kinesthetic intelligence presenter for St. Louis Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS). Ms. Tate has choreographed for NCAA basketball and football halftime shows. She was a member of the Saint Louis Rams Football Cheerleaders, serving as a captain for two years and served as the head cheer and dance coach at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She also taught hip hop at the Downtown Dance Center, home of the The Big Muddy Dance Company. Ms. Tate is now a member of the Regional Arts Commission Citizen Review Panel and a board member for Missouri Dance Organization. Ms. Tate is the chair of the dance department at Grand Center Arts Academy and an adjunct instructor of dance at Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Tate was invited to a private audition for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour and is a recipient of Grand Center’s Emerging Artist Visionary Award. She has served as a judge for the Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation’s Teen Talent Showcase. She was also a winner of the Pulse On Tour Dance Convention Protégé Scholarship, a Monsters of Hip Hop Scholarship (and a former Monsters Show Nominee), and is signed as a dancer and dance educator with Clear Talent Group in Los Angeles, California. Her work was recently chosen to be featured in choreographers showcases at the Peridance Capezio Center and the TADA! Theater in New York City.
Adjunct Faculty; Ballet, Jazz and Musical Theatre Dance
Ellen had performed in modern companies in Chicago and St. Louis as well as around the world aboard Royal Viking and Royal Cruise Lines. Ellen is a proud member of Actors' Equity and has performed in musical theatre venues regionally in the United States including the Goodman in Chicago and Stages St. Louis. Ellen has choreographed a variety of musicals, plays and/or dance pieces in the St. Louis area for professional venues including Stages St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, New Jewish Theatre, Echo Theatre, and The Temporary Theatre Company.
Adjunct Faculty; Ballet and Partnering
Michael is an internationally renowned artistic director, choreographer, teacher and dancer, and former artistic and executive director of Dance St. Louis. Uthoff was born in Santiago, Chile, to former dancers, Ernst Uthoff and Lola Botka, both members of the Jooss Ballet and founders of the Chilean National Ballet. After high school arrived in New York to attend the Juilliard School of Music, School of American Ballet, and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. He danced with the José Limón Company and was a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. In 1972, Uthoff established the Hartford Ballet in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1992, Uthoff accepted the position of artistic director of Ballet Arizona. Uthoff created his first dance for the Joffrey Ballet in 1967, his ballets have entered the repertory of companies all over the world. His large-scale works include The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Hansel and Gretel, Alice in Wonderland, Awakening, Dias de Muertos, and Romeo and Juliet. He has directed and choreographed for opera companies internationally and has served on the Board of Dance/USA and panels of the National Endowment for the Arts. Uthoff’s recent career as guest teacher, choreographer, and artistic advisor includes entities such as the government of Chile, the Shanghai Ballet of China, the California Ballet of San Diego, Portland Opera Performing Institute, Andanza Dance Company of Puerto Rico, the Ballet Estable of the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he held the post of artistic director, and his own Michael Uthoff Dance Theatre, which premiered in 2003. In January 2012, he received the prestigious Excellence in the Arts award from the Arts & Education Council in St. Louis. In 2010, Uthoff received an honorary doctorate in fine arts from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He holds an honorary laureate degree from Saint Joseph College in Hartford. In October 2007, he received the Chilean North American Institute's Distincción Ernst Uthoff Award for his distinguished 40-year career and outstanding contributions to dance. Mr. Uthoff continues choreographing and teaching nationally and internationally and is assisting JCCC in Overland Park, KS with New Dance Partners, a sister to Dance St. Louis’ New Dance Horizons.
Dr Rachel Loeb
Guest Faculty; Injury Prevention
Dr. Rachel Loeb received a Bachelors of Science from Lehigh University before getting her Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan University in 2010. She studied acupuncture while at Logan University and continued her education at Acupuncture Society of America in Kansas City. Dr. Rachel has been interested in the human body since she was a competitive dancer as a child. At a very young age she saw the benefits of chiropractic and acupuncture in pain reduction, injury prevention, better athletic performance, and better general health. Besides having her private practice, Dr. Rachel is also the company chiropractor for Big Muddy Dance Company, a professional contemporary dance company of St. Louis.
Jennifer Huffman Olivas
Adjunct Faculty; Jazz
Jennifer is from Festus, Missouri. Growing up, she spent most of her time upside down, dancing and flying through the air as she traveled and competed in dance and sports acrobatics. Jennifer graduated from Webster University with a BFA in Dance, and since then has performed all across the United States and Europe, in China, South Korea and Australia. She has performed with distinguished groups as: David Dorfman’s Dance Out of Seasons, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de
Montreal’s The Nutcracker, The Slaughter Project, Paul Taylor 2 inEsplanade, Inaside Chicago Dance, Neglia Ballet’s Nutcracker and MusicalFare’s "American Rhapsody.” She was a founding company member of Lehrerdance and continued with them for three years before she spent four seasons dancing with Diavolo Dance Theater, and still continues to join the company as an understudy. Jennifer's teaching credits include: 14 years experience teaching dance and acrobatics around the world, including Academy of Dance in Fürth, Germany, Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, and currently at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Webster University in St. Louis. Jennifer and her husband, Omar Olivas, joined forces in choreographing works for Orange County High School of the Arts, Bringham Young University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Webster University, University at Buffalo, & Salt Dance Company.
Dr. Bill Russell
Coordinator of Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention
Dr. Bill specializes in the treatment of Dancers, Musicians and Actors and maintains an on-site clinic for Webster students, treating acute and chronic injuries using a variety of physical medicine techniques and Pilates based exercise programs. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Logan University, holds a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians in sports medicine, and has studied Acupuncture extensively in China and the United States. He is an active member of The International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and Performing Arts Medicine Association, and has published numerous articles and lectured nationally and internationally on Dance Medicine.
Director of Music
Adjunct Faculty, Musician for Dance
Alan Schilling is the Music Director for the Department of Dance at Webster University, St. Louis, MO where he accompanies dance classes, master classes for visiting guest artists and composes music for various dance concerts. He has accompanied master classes for the Amy Marshall Dance Company, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Martha Graham Dance Company, Pilobolus Dance Theater, River North Chicago Dance Company, Bill Evans, Ting-Ting Chang, and Carolina Marquez. As a free-lance musician, he has performed as a percussionist in orchestras for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet and Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Companies, the St. Louis Symphony, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Muny Opera of St. Louis, the Fox Theater and Timber Lake Playhouse orchestras. Schilling recently completed a month-long Turkish drum technique retreat in the Catskill Mountains, where he studied and performed with Raquy Danziger, Glen Velez and other visiting Middle Eastern Artists. You can hear him on numerous recordings covering a variety of styles ranging from French cabaret to American folk and jazz, and classical recordings with the St. Louis Symphony (including “Ogoun Badagris” for percussion Ensemble - Nonesuch Records