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Summer Dance Intensives

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Summer Dance Intensive and Junior Dance Intensive 

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 27 - August 1, 2020

Classes meet from 9:30 am–5 pm
Tuition: $450
$75 Non-refundable deposit due July 17
Balance due July 20

Housing on Webster University's campus is available for the 6-day intensive at the affordable price of $300 for 7 nights.

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

Requests due June 15, payment due July 20.

(Check-in Sunday afternoon, check-out Saturday afternoon if driving, Sunday morning if flying)

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

July 21 - 24, 2020
Classes meet from 9:30 am–4 pm
Tuition: $300
$50 Non-refundable deposit due July 13
Balance due July 14



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

2) Complete the 2020 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

2019 Faculty Bios

Summer Intensive (5-day)
Geoffrey Alexander
Michael Baxter
Betsy Brandt
Maggi Dueker
Dr. Lynnette Khoo-Summers
Mariko Kumanomido
Monica Newsam
Donna Patzius-Hill
Beckah Reed
Ashley Tate
Michael Uthoff

Junior Intensive (3-day)
Geoffrey Alexander
Dr. Rachel Loeb
Monica Newsam
Donna Patzius-Hill
Beckah Reed
Michael Uthoff
Nicole Whitesell

Maggi Dueker
Interim Chair
Visiting Assistant Professor, Ballet, Jazz
Maggi Dueker is a Visiting Professor and the Interim Chair of the Department of Dance at Webster University. She founded and is the Director of Webster's Summer Dance Intensives. Her choreography has been performed by the Webster University Dance Ensemble, Convergence and for the American College Dance Festival, Dancing in the Streets and National Dance Day among others. Maggi is an MFA Candidate in Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and received her BFA in Dance from Webster (Summa cum laude). She performed professionally with Giordano Dance Chicago II, Royal Caribbean International, the MUNY and as a freelance performer with Melissa Thodos and Dancers and Chicago Arts Project. She has previously taught at Northwestern University, Giordano Dance Center and currently teaches for the Big Muddy Dance Company. For her work at Webster, Maggi has been nominated for the Kemper Excellence in Teaching Award.

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
Guest Faculty; Contemporary Jazz
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.

Michael Baxter
Guest Faculty; Musical Theatre Dance
Michael Baxter is the newly appointed Artistic Associate of The Muny. Over the years he has served The Muny in a variety of capacities including performer, choreographer, and teacher. In 2012, he was designated Resident Choreographer, a position created for him, overseeing the creative expansion of the Muny Teen Program and collaborating with creative teams of more than 40 different productions. He also worked closely with the producing artistic and administrative staff to develop and implement a fully immersive professional training experience for all of the youth programs throughout the summer season. Last summer Michael choreographed The Muny's Centennial Gala: An Evening With The Stars and served on the choreographic support team for The Muny's epic and historic production of Jerome Robbins' Broadway. He currently serves as the director and choreographer of the Muny Teen Troupe.

Baxter has had a varied career as a performer, director, and choreographer, having worked in theaters all across the country. His work has been seen on national tours, off-Broadway and at acclaimed regional theatres such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Bucks County Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. Recent collaborations include associate work with award-winning directors and choreographers - Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Gordon Greenberg, Dan Knechtges, and Jessica Hartman.

Outside of his theatrical career, Michael enjoys being in the classroom and values the importance of a strong and well-rounded education for aspiring artists. He feels honored to have appeared on the guest faculty of The Growing Studio, Broadway Theatre Connection, StudentsLive-Passport to Broadway, Wright State University (The Musical Theatre Initiative), AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) and College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) – University of Cincinnati. Michael is a graduate of The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University where he now serves as an adjunct faculty member. 

Betsy Brandt
Adjunct Faculty; Modern
Betsy Brandt is an interdisciplinary dance educator, dramaturg, writer, maker, and mover. She currently holds faculty appointments at Webster University and Lindenwood University, teaching courses in history, theory, composition, and technique. As a dramaturg, Betsy has collaborated on projects with Sara Hook, Paul Matteson, Elizabeth Johnson, Kate Corby, Jennifer Monson, and Tere O'Connor. She has presented her writing and scholarship at the Congress on Research in Dance and as part of the Lorado Taft Lectureship Series. A member of the inaugural Dance Writing Lab at the National Center for Choreography, Betsy is currently writing about dance as a catalyst for social justice. She earned her MFA in dance from University of Illinois: Urbana Champaign.

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 received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Monica Newsam
Adjunct Faculty; Aerial 
President of NEWSAM AERIAL DANCE, was born in Panama. Monica's internationally acclaimed body of work stretches across four continents. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National School of Dance and Folklore in Havana. She continued her exploration of international movement styles in India where she received a Post Graduate Diploma in Indian Classical Dance at Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra and Yoga at the Sivananda Yoga Center of Kerala. In 1999, inspired to take dance into the local community, Monica and her sister, Graciela, co-founded Gramo Danse Company, the first aerial dance company in Panama. In 2003, Monica received a Master's Degree in Education from Lindenwood University. She began exploring aerial circus techniques which lent new perspectives to her artistic work. Since 2008, Monica works with the St. Louis non-profit consortium ANNONYArts. In 2017, Monica and Graciela Newsam published a pioneering Aerial Dance Curriculum for Dancers. Through her extensive creative output, Monica seeks to expand global awareness of aerial dance as an exciting, expressive movement discipline.

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, 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.

Ashley Tate
Guest Faculty; Hip Hop
Ashley L. Tate is the founder, artistic director, and lead choreographer of Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC), a full service dance organization based in the Greater St. Louis area. Ashley has studied dance for over 30 years. 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 is an adjunct instructor of dance at Washington University in St. Louis and the former chair of the dance department at Grand Center Arts Academy. She 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. Her work has chosen to be featured in choreographer's showcases at the Peridance Capezio Center, TADA! Theater, and Baruch Performing Arts Center, all in New York City, as well as the Choreographer's Carnival in Chicago, Illinois and Versatility Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado. Ms. Tate is a 2018 recipient of the Spencer T & Ann W. Olin Fellowship for Women in Graduate Study. She is a graduate student in the Performing Arts Department at Washington University in St. Louis, pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance.

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.