Summer Dance Intensive

Webster Dance 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 dancer. 

Location: The Jean and Wells Hobler Center for Dance
Loretto-Hilton Center
130 Edgar Road
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Junior Summer Dance Intensive July 22-24, 2015 (Students entering 6th-8th grade in the fall of 2015)
Classes meet from 9:30am-2:00pm.
Tuition: $200
          $30.00 Non-refundable Deposit due June 26
          $170.00 Balance due July 8

Summer Dance Intensive July 27-31, 2015 (Students entering 9th grade and above in the fall of 2015)
Classes meet from 10:00am-4:00pm.
Tuition: $350 (includes daily lunch)
          $50.00 Non-refundable Deposit due July 1
          $300.00 Balance due by July 17


Housing on Webster University's campus in West Hall is available for the 5-day intensive at the affordable price of $150.00 for the week! For an additional $10.00, linens can also be reserved. 
(Check-in Sunday evening, check-out Friday afternoon)


TO REGISTER: 
1) You can Apply Online and choose to pay the deposit or full tuition. (Housing is also available here.)
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, a Driver/Pick-Up Authorization Form is also required.)

3) These forms should then be emailed (dance@webster.edu), faxed (314-963-6102), or mailed to:
Webster University Department of Dance
ATTN: Lorraine Stippec
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 dance@webster.edu.

summer intensive poster


Bios of Faculty for 2015:

Maggi Dueker
Director of the Summer Dance Intensives
Adjunt 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.

James Robey
Department Chair
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.

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.

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. 

Lara Teeter
Head of Musical Theatre, Musical Theatre Dance, Tap, and Theory
Lara was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the 1982 revival of the Rodgers and Hart classic On Your Toes performing the role of Junior Dolan, originally portrayed by Ray Bolger in 1936. Other Broadway credits include The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Pirates of Penzance, Happy New Year, and Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. National Tours include the role of Don Lockwood in Singin' In The Rain, Will Parker in Oklahoma!, and the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz starring Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt. Lara has performed at Lincoln Center with the New York City Opera as Silas Slick in Naughty Marietta, and as Herman in The Most Happy Fella. Recordings include the original Broadway cast recording of the 1982 revival of On Your Toes, the Gershwin Trust/Library of Congress first ever recording of Gershwin's Lady Be Good, and the Grammy Award nominated recording of The Wizard of Oz starring Mickey Rooney and Eartha Kitt. In the summer of 2000, Lara made his Carnegie Hall debut performing the role of Henry Higgins in a tribute to the work of Lerner and Loewe.

Mariko Kumanomido
Adjunct Faculty, Modern and Ballet
Mariko danced professionally in NYC 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. 

Redd Williams
Guest Faculty, Hip Hop
Anthony “Redd” Williams has performed on tours, in music videos and in television commercials for some of hip-hop’s biggest recording artists including Marques Houston, Beyonce, Corbin Bleu, Lady Gaga, Angela Winbush and for Adidas Industrial. His choreography has been performed by Nelly and featured at Showtime at the Apollo and the Missouri Black Expo. Redd has worked with choreographers Laureianne Gibson, Cecily & Olisa, Ro Ro, Kennis and Rosero & Jamal. He has assisted with choreography for artist Kishaya in the Starbucks Dancing Commercial and D Girl Music Video. In 2004, he won the U Got Served Dance Off for choreography. Redd also teaches hip-hop at the Millennium Dance Complex and the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in Los Angeles, California.

Jan Cosby
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.

Summer Beasley
Guest Faculty, Musical Theatre Dance and Modern
Summer has performed with MADCO, Intensely Fun Dance Theater, Reach…a movement collective, That Uppity Theater Company, Karlovsky and Company Dance, and Leverage Dance Theater. She has collaborated with artists to produce Panorama, Gramo Danse, and FOUR: A Dance Collaboration. Her choreography has been set on companies in Panama City, Panama, Kansas City, MO, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis, MO. 

Leslie Murphy
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.

Ellen Isom
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. 

Leslie Murphy
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.

Ashley 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.

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, the professional contemporary dance performers of St. Louis.

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.

Alan Schilling
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.)