- June 11, 2017 - June 23, 2017
Event Phone: 213-926-3861
80 Hours of Exceptional Training.
5 Expert Faculty Mentors.
1 Unforgettable and Transformative Experience.
*Space will be limited to 150 dancers per week. We expect that this will sell-out quickly.
ABOUT BALLET+ (beyond technique)
Highly-acclaimed choreographer and dance educator Francisco Gella has introduced his revolutionary dance training technique and philosophy to thousands of dancers around the world through private instruction and master classes. Young dancers now have the opportunity to spend a one or two-week intensive with him and his team through his innovative program called Ballet+(beyond technique) .
Ballet+ is more than a program, it’s a powerful idea and a transformative experience. The program is based on his extensive twenty-five year dance career and his background in gymnastics coaching. With an integrated teaching approach, he incorporates spirituality, psychology, physiology, and kinesthetic awareness – all toward developing dancers into holistic and versatile performers and most importantly, human beings.
Ballet+ (beyond technique) – The Miami Experience, accelerates the training of children, youth and pre-professionals and assists them in being fully prepared and motivated for a successful summer of dance experiences – whether going to an intensive, a national competition or staying at your home studio to train in preparation for a college dance program or professional audition.
With the guidance and knowledge of expert faculty mentors with years of experience dedicated to education, training, performance and choreography, young dancers will quickly become more aware of their own body and the mind’s connection to it. Regardless of how long they’ve been dancing, participants will grow more than they knew they ever believed they could and get closer to realizing their potential.
Ballet+ takes student dancers beyond technique to explore their limits as an artist, an athlete, and a technician.
Participation Requirements/Daily Schedule/Class Size
Ballet+ Miami is limited to intermediate and advanced dancers ages 8-21 only due to the rigorous requirements of the program. For the purposes of this workshop, ‘Intermediate/Advanced’ is roughly defined as a student preprofessional having danced for at least one year in a studio as a company member with a minimum of 3 hours of ballet training per week and 10 hours total weekly of dance classes, or enrolled in a conservatory setting with at least six hours of ballet a week and a minimum of 10 hours of total weekly dance classes. Although the above is required, what is most important is that dancers come with a strong desire to be challenged and grow.
Student Dancers may participate in either the first or the second week, or both. Dancers who participate in both weeks will receive a discounted tuition cost and will also be given priority for full participation in original choreography by Francisco Gella and others as well as repertory work from a world-renowned choreographer – reset by their repertoire. The work will be featured at a closing show on Friday evening, June 23 in the theatre at the South Miami Dade County Cultural Arts Center. Students who participate in the first week will learn some repertory, but will obviously not be able to participate in the final show on the 23rd. Students who participate in Week 2 only will have a limited opportunity to learn choreography and participate in the closing show. ALL dancers, regardless of which weeks they participate, will receive the best in training and inspiration from our faculty.
Dancers MUST commit to the full schedule for each week. No exceptions for other commitments will be made. The schedule will run from 9am-5 or 6pm daily. Saturday, June 17 will be a day-off.
Every class will have a teaching assistant and all classes are limited to 50-55 dancers max. Classes will be based on age group although faculty reserve the right to move a student to a different class if it is obvious they will benefit from the change.
Faculty Mentor Biographies
FRANCISCO GELLA, (Director)
Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Improv, Choreographer
Francisco Gella’s distinguished career as a professional dancer, choreographer, artistic director and dance educator in the genres of ballet, modern and contemporary dance, spans more than twenty-five years since he took his first ballet class at the University of Washington during his freshman year. Universities, schools, and companies seek after his award-winning innovative choreography, and highly effective inspirational teaching methods, across North America and around the globe. Francisco is the founding artistic director of Break The Floor’s ARIA Ballet Intensive, Ballet+ (beyond technique) Workshops, and is the lead ballet faculty for the 24 Seven Dance Convention. Born in Bacolod City, Philippines, Mr. Gella immigrated to the United States at age eleven and now resides in Los Angeles, CA
YUSHA MARIE SORZANO
Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Choreographer
Originally from The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Sorzano has been a member of Ailey II,Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Morphoses, TU Dance and the Los Angeles based BODYTRAFFIC. She has performed in principal roles with The Ailey company and in a variety of concert works from noted choreographers, including Ulysses Dove, Robert Battle, Hofesh Shechter, Mauro Bigonzetti, Judith Jameson and Ron K. Brown. She has worked with recording artists Wynton Marsalis, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Rihanna, and she has been a guest artist on “Dancing with the Stars.” She also starred as the principal dancer in the independent film “You Me and The Circus.” Ms.Sorzano is a faculty member of The Joffrey Jazz Contemporary Program. When not performing, she enjoys teaching master classes nationally and internationally.
JULIE ROSE FRIEDRICH
Ballet, Contemporary, and Improv
Julie Rose Friedrich grew up in Los Angeles, California. She received her training from Meredith Baylis and the Los Angeles County High School for the Performing Arts. She began her professional career under the direction of Septime Webre at American Repertory Ballet. Julie has danced for Les Grands Ballet Canadians, Orma Dance Company, Compagnia Zappala Danza, MotoMimetico and Bodytraffic. Currently, Julie teaches full time at the Windward School in Culver City, California. She has served as the senior seminar teacher for the dance department at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts for the past seven years. Julie has mentored numerous Young Arts winners, and her students have gone on to study at Juilliard, USC/Kaufman, SUNY Purchase, and Dominican Lines just to name a few. Previously, she has served on faculty at the Orange County High School for the Arts and as a master class teacher all throughout southern Italy. She has guest taught for the Alvin Ailey company, Lucinda Childs company, ATE9, and Bodytraffic.
Hai Cohen was born in Beer-Sheva Israel. He trained at Bat Dor Professional dance school and was awarded the American-Israel Cultural Scholarship, given only to the top dance students in Israel. His training continued with Bat-Sheva Dance Company. For five years Hai toured internationally as a soloist with Aylot Anegov Israeli Folk Dance Company. He was a member of Kamea Contemporary Dance Company and joined Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, under the direction of Rami Be-er in 2007. Hai toured internationally with Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and currently teaches Kibbutz repertory throughout the world. He joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2010-2013. He currently teaches modern and classical ballet at Idyllwild Arts and Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.
SALEEMAH E. KNIGHT
Saleemah is a concert and commercial dance choreographer who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona. Knight holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine. Saleemah received formalized training in Ballet, Modern and Jazz Dance from prestigious companies such as: Gus Giordano Chicago, River North Chicago and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. She has performed in Contemporary Ballet works choreographed by Donald Byrd and was a featured dancer in The Lion King Broadway Musical. She has also performed with Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx, Jillian Michaels, Tyrese, Ludacris and more. As a concert dance choreographer Saleemah has set several pieces for the stage, the latest work entitled 9 Minutes and Counting. She currently teaches Jazz and Modern Dance technique and performance-based courses at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.
MICHAELA PICKETT, SALT Contemporary Dance, BFA Chapman University
ALE PRECIADO, Sophomore in the BFA in Dance Program at Dominican University/LINES Ballet
LAURA PEREZ, Sophomore in the BFA in Dance Program at New World School of the Arts
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center provides a world-class, multi-disciplinary cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County. The Center plays a key role in the economic and cultural development of the area and opened on October 1, 2011.In addition to providing a diverse range of quality entertainment to people from all backgrounds and ages, the Center’s mission includes an emphasis on educational and outreach activities in partnership with community groups.
The Center’s multiple rehearsal and performing spaces also offers accessible state-of-the-art facilities to the Miami-Dade artistic community, presenters and audiences throughout South Florida. SMDCAC is located 10950 SW 211th St., Miami, FL 33189.
STUDENT HOUSING AND MEAL PLAN:
A Student housing option is available at Florida International University (FIU). All Ballet+ students will be placed in rooms in the same residence hall. Student dancers will be supervised by Ballet+ staff as well as supported by FIU housing staff. The deadline for reserving and paying for lodging and meals is May 1. For dancers participating in Week 1 only, this package includes three meals a day from Sunday, June 11 through Friday, June 16, and lodging from Saturday, June 10 with a checkout on Saturday, June 17. For dancers participating in Week 2 only, this package includes three meals a day from Sunday, June 18 through Friday, June 23, and lodging from Saturday, June 17 with a checkout on Saturday, June 24. For dancers participating in Week 1 AND 2, this package includes three meals a day from Sunday, June 11 through Friday, June 23, and lodging from Saturday, June 10 with a checkout on Saturday, June 24. Due to university policies, this option will only be available to dancers 13 and up. Each day students will be shuttled to the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center – about 15 minutes from the university. The lodging/meal plan cost is $750 for one week, or $1500 for two weeks. All students not opting for the housing and meal plan option will be responsible for bringing a bagged lunch and snacks to the program.