Summer Dance Intensive
WebsterDance Summer Intensives 2015!
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 it's first
annual 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
Classes meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the five-day intensive and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the three-day intensive.
Bios of Faculty from 2014:
Michael is an internationally renowned artistic director, choreographer, teacher and dancer, assumed the newly titled post of artistic and executive director of Dance St. Louis on July 1, 2006. Uthoff was born in Santiago, Chile, to former dancers, Ernst Uthoff and Lola Botka, both of the Jooss Ballet and founders of the Chilean National Ballet. He started dancing after high school and a year later 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.
Huffman is a Missouri native who graduated from Webster University in Saint Louis, since then she has gone on to perform professionally in Chicago, New York, and is currently performing with Diavolo a world renown acrobatic dance company based out of Los Angeles. Diavolo is known for their physically demanding acrobatic maneuvers and their use of elaborate set pieces.
James was Founding Artistic Director for the Bare Bones Dance Project in New York City and James Robey Dance in Connecticut. Currently, he is Chair of the Department of Dance at Webster University. 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.
Mariko, originally from St. Louis, MO, studied at Alexandra School of Ballet under Alexandra Zaharias. In New York City, 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 recently moved back to St. Louis to dance with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Co, under the direction of Jennifer Medina. She is currently teaching creative movement at St. Louis Ballet, and modern dance and ballet at COCA.
Maggi is a St. Louis native, Director of the Summer Dance Intensive, and Summa cum Laude graduate of Webster University. While in school, she performed with Webster Dance Theatre, Webster University Dance Ensemble and as a member of the Equity Ensemble at the Muny. Upon graduation, she moved to Chicago where she trained 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 taught dance at Northwestern University, Giordano Dance Center and at various studios throughout Chicago. She also worked for Royal Caribbean International and served as the Dance Captain to her cast.
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, a company with homes in two Missouri cities and as co-artistic director for GASH/VOIGT Dance Theatre (GVDT), an all women's contemporary dance theatre ensemble based in St. Louis. Beckah (Voigt) created full evening length works collaborating with Susan Gash and a variety of nationally and internationally renowned composers, visual artists, writers, and videographers. The company toured throughout the world to countries such as Turkey, Greece, Hungary, Russia, Taiwan, Costa Rica, China, and Germany. GVDT spent fifteen years self-producing their work, conducting educational residencies and international cultural exchanges. The company received support from numerous private individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies such as the US Department of State. 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.
Monica, artistic director of En L'Air Aerial Dance Company, was born in Panama and discovered her passion of movement and dance at age five marking the beginning of a life long journey in defining her vision. Encompassing four continents she has assembled an international body of work - dance and choreography. She received her BFA at the National School of Dance and Folklore in Havana, Cuba where she performed professionally with the Cuban dance company "Retazos" in Cuba and Ecuador. Upon her return to Panama she created the first contemporary dance company "Creadanza" that performed throughout Panama.
Ashley L. Tate
Ashley is the founder, artistic director, and head choreographer of Ashleyliane Dance Company (ADC) in St. Louis, MO. She also continues to teach jazz funk at the Downtown Dance Center in St. Louis - home of The Big Muddy Dance Company, and is a signed dancer and dance educator with Clear Talent Group in Los Angeles, California. Ashley is an adjunct dance faculty member for WashU as well as the Technical Administrator/Editorial Assistant for the Department of Music. While receiving her B.S. from Texas Christian University, she served two out of four years consecutively as captain of the TCU Showgirls Dance Team. Ashley is a former member and captain of the St. Louis Rams Football Cheerleaders and has also served as the head cheer and dance coach for SIUE. 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 Are Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS). Her choreography has been presented for NCAA basketball and football halftime shows as well as organizations and productions regionally and nationally.
Location: The Jean and Wells Hobler Center for Dance, Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road
Summer Dance Intensive Tuition: $350 (includes daily lunch)
Junior Summer Dance Intensive Tuition: $200
Affordable housing options are available!
For additional information, contact the Department of Dance at 314-246-7747 or email@example.com.