Master Classes

Friday August 10th - Sunday August 12th

9:30 a.m - 3:15 p.m ALL WEEKEND!

The Dance Workshop provides a unique opportunity for dancers to learn from the best in the industry from around the globe! For all dancers ages 13 and up, classes will be provided by a number of instructors that will be performing and presenting work during the festival.



9:30-10:45                          Contemporary Jazz                        Brandon Harneck

11:00-12:15                            Contemporary                                        Biba Bell

12:30-1:45                                            Marcat Research/Guided Improvisation                                      Mario Bermudez gil/MarCat Dance

2:00-3:15                                Contemporary                                      Nick Neagle/NSquared Dance


9:30-10:45            Contemporary/Modern                    Sylvia Suttle/Suttle Dance  

11:00-12:15                                        ModHop Jazz                                              Cat Manturuk/Dance Cat-alyst

12:30-1:45                                Contemporary movement & Improvisation                              Alexander Dones/r:ad

2:00-3:15                                        Breathing Attack                            JaeDuck Kim/Modern Table


9:30-10:45                              Contemporary Improvisation KangSeok Lee 

11:00-12:15                              Contemporary                            Alexander Quetell

12:30-1:45                            Contemporary                                   Jiyoung Hwang

2:00-3:15                                    Contemporary Jazz                              Tracy Halloran/ConteXture dance Detroit

   International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit     111 E Kirby Street, Detroit MI 48202

 International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit

111 E Kirby Street, Detroit MI 48202



3 day pass $140
Attend any class during all three days of the festival

2 day pass $100
Attend any class during two out of the three days of the festival

1 day pass $55
Attend any class during one day of the festival

Drop-in $20
Attend one class during the festival

*Online sales closed. Please buy tickets at the Welcome Center! 


Jiyoung HWANG

Jiyoung HWANG is an international choreographer, performer, and educator from Daejeon, Korea. She's on PhD program and she holds M.A degree from Chungnam National University. She is a member of Meta Dance Company. She teaches contemporary dance at Kangwon National University, Chungnam National University and Chungnam Arts High School in Korea.

Jiyoung’s 「Dummy(2017)」 work was selected as the best choreographer at the New Dance Festival's next-generation choreographer competition. She was also recognized as a choreographer for Separate(2009), DREAMISNOWHERE(2010),  Push and pull(2010), Separate collar(2012), to exist N't(2013), Black(2014), choice(2015), Children (2016), pair(2017), Dummy(2017), Without People and People (2017). It was selected as the next-generation Atista hosted and hosted by the Daejeon Cultural Foundation in 2016-2017 and has been active internationally by appearing in guest performances of the Dumbo Festival in New York and Mexico.
Most recently, her perfomance on "Takeout Dancing Alone" in dance was given a reputation as experimental.


Brandon Harneck

Brandon Harneck graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2012 with a BA in Dance. He went on to spend two seasons with Thodos Dance Chicago, with whom he performed and toured nationally. Currently, Brandon is a company member with Art Lab J, a Detroit-based modern dance company. Throughout his career, Brandon has performed works by Shawn T Bible, Julie Blume, Autumn Eckman, Lizzie MacKenzie, Lauren Edson, Lucas Crandall, Brian Enos, Kristina Isabelle, Joori Jung, Sybil Shearer, Melissa Thodos, Ann Reinking, and Bob Fosse. Brandon is a full-time dance teacher at The Dance Company Conservatory in Port Huron, Michigan and is the artistic director of the Bluewater Dance Theatre, which provides performance and educational opportunities to dancers in the area. Brandon teaches primarily ballet, contemporary and modern dance technique.

Kang Seok Lee

Alexander Dones is a dance artist, choreographer, and educator originally from Portland, Oregon, USA.
As a freelance artist, he has lived and travelled between New York City, Chicago, Portland, Detroit, and

abroad, and has had the pleasure of working with many independent choreographers and companies in-
cluding MOMIX, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, NW Dance Project, artLab J, The NINES [IX], and more.

Since 2012 he has been working with internationally celebrated choreographer Doug Elkins whose works
include Fräulein Maria, Scott, Queen of Marys, and the critically acclaimed Mo(or)town/Redux. Alexander

has had the opportunity to perform in the USA and internationally at various festivals and theaters includ-
ing the Joyce Theater (NYC), Fall for Dance at City Center (NYC), Jacob’s Pillow (Beckett, MA), Théâtre

de Suresnes Jean Vilar (FRANCE), American Dance Institute (Washington, D.C.), Detroit Dance City Fes-
tival (Detroit), The Yard (Martha’s Vineyard), Dance+ Festival (Portland), and tours through Spain, Ger-
many, and more. Most recently, he was invited through an Artist Exchange Award to be the only American

artist to teach & perform at the 2017 New Dance For Asia Festival in Seoul, South Korea. His choreogra-
phy has been performed at various festivals and showcases nationally and overseas and he has had the

honorable privilege of teaching workshops at schools and festivals both around the country and interna-
tionally including the world-renown Pineapple Studios in London, England. Alexander creates his own

work with his friends utilizing dance performance, film, sound, and text, and currently floats between Port-
land and New York under the moniker r:ad (research: alexander dones.

Alex Quetell

Alexander Quetell was raised in Rochester, Michigan. He graduated with honors from Princeton University where he studied Dance, German, and Environmental Studies. His senior thesis was an immersive dance-theater performance, for which he received the Program in Dance’s top creative award for direction and choreography. He choreographed numerous student productions in dance, theater, and immersive performance, and is credited as choreographer for the first student production of Once: the musical.


His formal training was supplemented by workshops at Springboard Danse Montréal in 2015, 2016, and 2017, Northwest Dance Project’s LAUNCH, and workshops at ImPulsTanz Vienna. He credits Rebecca Lazier, Susan Marshall, Judith Hamera, and Alexandra Wells for their vital physical, intellectual, and choreographic training.


He has acquired a range of repertoire, including works by Tom Weinberger, Kate Wallich, Maxine Doyle, Ohad Naharin, Michael Getman, Francesca Harper, Loni Landon, Malcolm Low, Stephen Petronio, Doug Varone, Jodie Gates, Pam Tanowitz, Fernando Melo, Yin Yue, and Elia Mrak.


Quetell currently works in Seattle, where he dances with Kate Wallich + the YC2 and collaborates with Colemxn Pester’s Tectonic Marrow Society.

Dance Cat-alysts - Cat Manturuk


Cat Manturuk—a.k.a. Special Agent C—is the Artistic Director of Dance Cat-alyst Company, which specializes in a unique style called ModHopJazz. It combines the elements of Modern, Hip Hop, and Jazz to many funky grooves, including her songs “Motown Soultown," "Groovematic,"  "Get Up and Get Movin" and "Dance to the Beat." Cat’s class utilizes a strong technical warm-up and progressions across the floor that easily morph into a combination filled with grounded floor patterns, footwork, and isolations. One minute you may be doing a jazz kick slide, the next minute a helicopter, then finessing the end sequence with a cabbage patch! In addition, Cat incorporates postural awareness due to her strong background in exercise science and dance.



Cat Manturuk is the founder and artistic director of DANCE CAT-ALYST, a soul-driven contemporary dance company. A native of Detroit, MI, she holds a BFA in Dance and BS in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University.  Her music video credits lie with BET and MTVIndia, and she has been featured in Dance Spirit, Shape, and Elle magazine. DANCE CAT-ALYST seeks to educate audiences about health and dance through their style of movement called ModHopJazz.  Outreach programs and performances include: Nanjing, China; the NY Jazz Choreography Project; Battery Downtown Dance Festival; Brooklyn Dance Festival; Detroit Dance City Festival; Wellspring Cori Terry & Dancers; NYC’S Chelsea Piers Sports Center and Sky Rink; and Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Cat is a recipient of the ACDF Excellence in Performance and Choreography Award, a Harkness Scholarship, a National Dance Association Outstanding Scholarship, and Presidential Award. Her choreography has been noted as “creating heat…” by the LA Times and teaching role as “crisply alive…” by the NY Times.


Artistic Director / Choreographer

Mario's Biography: Mario, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Marcat Dance, is hailed by Dance Magazine as “25 to Watch” (2017) and received "Best Dancer" Award from the Certamen Coreografico Distrito de Tetuan Madrid (2017). In two years since founding Marcat Dance, Mario has choreographed three evening length pieces as well as seven short works for his company and has been commissioned to create for the National Company of Spain, the National Company of Wales, Flamenco Star Eva Yerbabuena, and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam.  As a teacher Mario has taught at Ballet Preljocaj (France), Wee Dance Company (Germany), The Playground (NYC), Batsheva Excellence Program (Israel), Oakland University, and has staged repertory of Ohad Naharin / Batsheva Dance Company on the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).
A native of Jaen, Spain, Mario discovered dance at the age of 20. He studied from 2008-2010 at the Centro Andaluz de Danza in Sevilla, and relocated to New York City in 2010 where he danced with Jennifer Muller/The Works and Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance. From 2012-2016, Mario lived in Tel Aviv, Israel dancing with Batsheva Dance Company performing work by Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Hofesh Shechter, and Roy Assaf. As a performer he has danced on some of the most prestigious theaters around the world including the Opera National de Paris (Paris, France), Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn, NY), and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.).


Sylvia Suttle began her dance studies in Regensburg, Germany at the Tanzschule Krippner wit Eva Eger primarily focusing on Modern Dance and Choreography.

Mrs. Suttle has worked with Robert Wechsler, Director, Choreographer, and Dancer with Palindrome and Motion Composer in 2007; studied with Andrew Palermo, company and owner and Director of Dre. Dance in 2009. She also joined the Full Circle Dance Company, directed by Diane Mancinelli from 2011 to 2012.

She has choreographed works that were performed in Germany for the University of Regensburg and in Michigan for the Berman Center for the Performing Arts, Henry Ford College ( Full Circle Dance Company), Oakland Dance Festival (ODF) American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), Sidewalk Festival, Dally in the Alley, Dance at Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, NewDANCEFest with Eisenhower Choreography Showcase, Regeneration, Assemble, and Women’s Work with Kristi Faulkner Dance, 2015-2016 Best of The 17th Detroit Dance Race, Summer Stage & Detroit Dance City Festival - Detroit Dance Races hosted by Artlabj, Koresh Dance Company Black box in Philadelphia, Going Dutch Festival in Elgin Illinois and her choreography “Obscure Sorrows”(2017) and “Seeking”(2018) both placed 2nd overall at Youth America Grand Prix and both were performed at the New York Finals Youth America Grand Prix Finals(2017-2018). Recently Mrs. Suttle won a Bronze (3rd Place) Choreographer Award and Gold (1st place) Ensemble Award with "Moment of Tangency" from Indianapolis City Ballet and ADC IBC – Youth International Ballet Competition.

Tracy Halloran

Choreographer KIM Jae-duk graduated from Korea National Univ. of Arts with BFA and MFA degree of dept. of Dance performance, and he got his PhD in Dance from Sungkyunkwan Univ. In 2006, he participated in Taipei Young Festival as the representative of Korea, choreographed ‘My Ground’ at TNUA(Taipei Nat’l Univ. of Art). <Darkness Poomba>, the most beloved work of his up to now, had its premier that year as well. In 2007 he was awarded the First Prize at Seoul Dance Festival with <Simchung Guyz>, and in 2008, with <Darkness Poomba>. He won Special Jury Award at Seoul International Choreography Festival and Excellence Award at CJ Young Festival. He also gave guest lectures at Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance. He has a talent for not only dance but also music. In 2009, he participated as a vocalist for O.S.T ‘Don’t want to fall in love’ of the movie ‘Dream’ directed by Kim-Ki-duk. In 2010 he won Young Dancer Award at The Modern Dance Promotion of Korea, and with <Darkness Poomba> again, won Honor of The

Year at Jeon-ju Dae-sa-seup Festival. The work was selected by PAMS-Choice of Performing Arts Market in Seoul, and since the year he works at Singapore T.H.E. Dance Company as a Resident Choreographer. Including those, various experiences of overseas performance broadened Kim's horizon, not only in Asia as Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore but also in Europe and in Latin American as Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina and Columbia. He is expanding his boundaries constantly.

In 2013, he founded the dance company ‘Modern Table’ based on his international experiences and appointed himself as an artistic director. In 2015, he choreographed and directed <Tension Espacial> being invited by Argentina Nacional de Danza contemporánea, and participated 'Camping ete' which was hosted by France's Centre National de la Danse as a supervisor representing Korea. In 2016, he has become the first Korean to win the choreography award at Helsinki International Ballet Competition. In that same year, his work <Sok-do> was selected as one of the BEST 5 by The Korean Association of Dance Critics and Researchers. Then <Darkness Poomba> was also chosen as the Best Dance of the Year by Korea Dance Forum. He won IDD(int’l Dance Development) Award at Dance Vision Awards 2017, hosted by The Modern Dance Promotion of Korea.

In 2017, he was active in NPO Dance Box in Kobe, Japan, New Zealand Dance Company, and Bale Teatro Castro Alves in Salvador, Brazil as a residency choreographer.  In addition, he has worked on <Kick>, <Awake>, <Joker's Blues>, <Clocker>,<Sinawi>, <Smile>, <Earthquake>, etc. include <Darkness Poomba>. He has become the desired choreographer both at home and abroad. His work is interdisciplinary that transgress borders between various genres. His dynamic curves and rapid movements make his own uniqueness. He re-interpreted Korea’s traditional material, but never settle for with its origin, and transcribed with more modern feature. He composes music for his choreography by himself. His method of producing is more intuitive and ‘Dionysus’, than structural.


Nick Neagle - NSquared

Nick Neagle holds a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College and founded the NSquared Dance Company in 2014. Nick has self-produced three shows in New York City and two domestic tours to Portland, Maine. He has shown works in over twenty five festivals and is a recurring choreographer for the Queensboro Dance Festival and the Moving Beauty Series, among others. He is also the resident choreographer for the Lower East Side Shakespeare Company, for which he was nominated for “Outstanding Choreography” in the 2016 Planet Connection Festival. His choreography has also won multiple awards including being a featured artists at the 2017 Detroit City Dance Festival. He has set work on Steffi Nossen's School of Dance, as well as on other pre-professional dance studios in the tri-state area. For more information about Nick and the company, visit


Biba Bell (b. 1976, Sebastopol) is an artist/scholar based in Detroit. Her performance work focuses on public/private spaces through architecture, domesticity, and social dance. She was a founding member of the performance collective Modern Garage Movement (aka MGM Grand, 2005-2011) and has danced for Walter Dundervill and Maria Hassabi. Bell was a 2016 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow, a 2015 DAAD Guest Professor of Experimental Performance in Germany, is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Wayne State University, and earned her PhD in Performance Studies from NYU.