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Summer Dance Intensives

summer dance intensive

Summer Dance Intensive and Junior Dance Intensive 2019

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 dancer.

Summer Dance Intensive
(Students entering 9th grade and above in the fall of 2019)

July 29 - August 2, 2019

Classes meet from 9:30 am–5 pm
Tuition: $400
$50 Non-refundable deposit due July 16
Balance due July 17

Housing on Webster University's campus is available for the 5-day intensive at the affordable price of $230 for 6 nights.

Please download and complete the Housing Application to make a reservation.

Requests due June 14, payment due July 24.

(Check-in Sunday evening, check-out Friday afternoon)

Junior Summer Dance Intensive
(Students entering 6th-8th grade in the fall of 2019)

July 24 - 26, 2019
Classes meet from 9:30 am–4 pm
$35 Non-refundable deposit due July 16
Balance due July 17



1) You can Apply and Pay Online and choose
to pay the deposit or full tuition.

2) Complete the 2019 Summer Intensive Registration Packet.

3) Email your completed packet to or mail the forms to:

Webster University
Department of Dance, Winter Workshop
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

For assistance and additional information, contact the Department of Dance at 314-246-7747 or

Checks can be made payable to Webster University.

For additional information, contact the Department of Dance at  314-246-7747 or

2018 Faculty Bios

Summer Intensive (5-day)
Geoffrey Alexander
Maggi Dueker
Dr. Lynnette Khoo-Summers
Mariko Kumanomido
Donna Patzius-Hill
Beckah Reed
Michael Uthoff

Junior Intensive (3-day)
Geoffrey Alexander
Maggi Dueker
Dr. Rachel Loeb
Beckah Reed
Michael Uthoff

Maggi Dueker
Interim Chair
Visiting Assistant Professor, Ballet, 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.

Beckah Reed
Artistic Director
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.

Geoffrey Alexander
Geoff was born and raised in St. Louis. His journey to dance began with gymnastics, which he practiced from the age of seven to sixteen. During his sophomore year in college he began his dance training and in 2011, he earned a BFA in theatre and dance from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. After graduating, he worked as a dancer, choreographer, and instructor for aTrek Dance Collective and the Dance Co-op. Geoff was hired to perform with The Big Muddy in fall of 2011. He has choreographed on the Ashleyliane Dance Company, the SIUE dance department, and the Southeast Missouri State University dance department. Geoff currently works with the The Big Muddy's pre-professional training program by teaching, choreographing, and mentoring aspiring dancers.

Mariko Kumanomido
Adjunct Faculty; Modern
Mariko, originally from St. Louis, Missouri, studied at Alexandra School of Ballet under Alexandra Zaharias. She danced professionally with Buglisi Dance Theater, Jessica Danser/Dansfolk, and C.Eule Dance. In 2010–2011 she studied at the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance, training in Graham Technique, and completing the Graham Teacher Training Program, and performing with Graham II. While in NYC, she also taught beginning ballet and creative movement at Ballet Hispanico. She currently is pursuing her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Donna Patzius-Hill
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.

Lynnette Khoo-Summers,
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.

Michael Uthoff
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.