2016 DDCF Workshop

Throughout the festival, there will be various dance classes taught each day by prominent figures in the dance industry and those who are performing in the end of the festival gala. Three day, one day, and single class passes are available. Dance classes that will be offered include contemporary, modern, classical ballet, african, improvisation, hip hop, and more!

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO TAUGHT AT THE 2016 WORKSHOP

Patricia Solorzano

Keegan 'Seoul' Loye

Erika Red Stowall

Alexander Dones

Joori Jung

Kathy Cooke

Darby Wilde

Lisa Allai-Stop

Bree McCormack

Jill Cassidy

Paulette Brockington

Elizabeth Shea

White Wave

Tracy Halloran Pearson

Kelsey Rose

Paul O. Campo

Jessica Post

Cat Manturuk

Adriel Ruben

Kevin Ortega-Rojas

Kwang Min Kim

Take Root

Ferenc Fehér

Jodie Randolph

Adriel Ruben Adriel Ruben is the Education Director of ARTLAB J, a member of ARTLAB J DANCE, and is a program co-ordinator for Detroit Dance City Festival. He started at age 7 in Brazil, with gymnastics, acrobatics, mime and theatre. He received his BA in Physical Education from the Catholic University in São Paulo and joined the circus circuit as a dancer and aerialist. In 2009, he moved to California to study Physical Theatre. Adriel has worked with renowned choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Tabitha and Napoleon, Brian Friedman and more at Millennium Dance Complex. He danced at the Disney Adventure Park. Adriel has been in Detroit for 2 years and feels that the passion in this dance community is something he hasn’t seen in any other place in the world. 

Adriel Ruben

Adriel Ruben is the Education Director of ARTLAB J, a member of ARTLAB J DANCE, and is a program co-ordinator for Detroit Dance City Festival. He started at age 7 in Brazil, with gymnastics, acrobatics, mime and theatre. He received his BA in Physical Education from the Catholic University in São Paulo and joined the circus circuit as a dancer and aerialist. In 2009, he moved to California to study Physical Theatre. Adriel has worked with renowned choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Tabitha and Napoleon, Brian Friedman and more at Millennium Dance Complex. He danced at the Disney Adventure Park. Adriel has been in Detroit for 2 years and feels that the passion in this dance community is something he hasn’t seen in any other place in the world. 

Erika Stonewall Red, an artist residing in Detroit, MI has recently returned to her main passion, choreography. Her contemporary company (Big Red Wall Dance) expresses her views on using the body to convey emotions and personal conflicts or achievement, which she has experiences. Red’s Hip-Hop company (Red Pumps) express her curiosity with sexuality and high heels. Red believes in giving back to the community. Many people have given up on Detroit, but Red sees a future where people will be traveling to Michigan to be a part of the growing artists’ community. Red teaches throughout Michigan and is always looking network opportunities and collaborations.

Erika Stonewall

Red, an artist residing in Detroit, MI has recently returned to her main passion, choreography. Her contemporary company (Big Red Wall Dance) expresses her views on using the body to convey emotions and personal conflicts or achievement, which she has experiences. Red’s Hip-Hop company (Red Pumps) express her curiosity with sexuality and high heels. Red believes in giving back to the community. Many people have given up on Detroit, but Red sees a future where people will be traveling to Michigan to be a part of the growing artists’ community. Red teaches throughout Michigan and is always looking network opportunities and collaborations.

Patricia Solorzano Patty (MFA University of Michigan) is an artist, performer, and teacher whose work seeks to unravel and question our current social, political, economic, environmental crises. Born and raised in Michoacán, México, she received her BFA from Texas Christian University. As a dancer and choreographer she's shared work in Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Spain, Italy, Israel and México.

Patricia Solorzano

Patty (MFA University of Michigan) is an artist, performer, and teacher whose work seeks to unravel and question our current social, political, economic, environmental crises. Born and raised in Michoacán, México, she received her BFA from Texas Christian University. As a dancer and choreographer she's shared work in Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Spain, Italy, Israel and México.

Lisa Stop Ms. Stop's tap mentor was the late Professor Robert L. Reed.  She has also studied with tap dancers Savion Glover, Bril Barrett, Arthur Duncan, Dianne Walker, Jason Samuels Smith, Gregg Russell, Harold Cromer, Ardie Bryant and more. She has studied with Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance, Bad Boys of Dance, Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh, Twitch and Allison of So You Think You Can Dance and Rob Schultz. 

Lisa Stop

Ms. Stop's tap mentor was the late Professor Robert L. Reed.  She has also studied with tap dancers Savion Glover, Bril Barrett, Arthur Duncan, Dianne Walker, Jason Samuels Smith, Gregg Russell, Harold Cromer, Ardie Bryant and more. She has studied with Alvin Ailey, American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance, Bad Boys of Dance, Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh, Twitch and Allison of So You Think You Can Dance and Rob Schultz. 

Bree McCormack Bree recently graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.F.A. in Dance and a Minor in Business Management. In 2015 Bree moved to NYC to join the production team at Gibney Dance Center's Agnes Varis Theatre, and has since been dancing for TEDTED Performance Co. under the direction of Teddy Tedholm. Bree’s work also been presented at Detroit Dance City Festival, Motor City Choreographers Collective and Brighton Dance Festival, as well as NACHMO Theatre Series, and Fertile Ground in NYC.

Bree McCormack

Bree recently graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.F.A. in Dance and a Minor in Business Management. In 2015 Bree moved to NYC to join the production team at Gibney Dance Center's Agnes Varis Theatre, and has since been dancing for TEDTED Performance Co. under the direction of Teddy Tedholm. Bree’s work also been presented at Detroit Dance City Festival, Motor City Choreographers Collective and Brighton Dance Festival, as well as NACHMO Theatre Series, and Fertile Ground in NYC.

Tracy Halloren Pearson Tracy is the Artistic Director of ConteXture dance Detroit. She is a 2014 Kresge Fellow for music and dance. Tracy is on faculty at the prestigious Noretta Dunworth School of Dance and she is an assistant professor of dance at Marygrove College. She has most recently been highlighted in Dance Teacher Magazine for her approach to teaching modern class.

Tracy Halloren Pearson

Tracy is the Artistic Director of ConteXture dance Detroit. She is a 2014 Kresge Fellow for music and dance. Tracy is on faculty at the prestigious Noretta Dunworth School of Dance and she is an assistant professor of dance at Marygrove College. She has most recently been highlighted in Dance Teacher Magazine for her approach to teaching modern class.

Ferenc Fehér Ferenc Fehér is an experienced and successful dancer-choreographer, an autodidact who has performed with the Finita la Commedia group through the years. His style is a unique and expressive combination of freestyle dance, physical dance and animal movements. Ferenc's dance is the result of constantly improving and perfecting his repertoire of unique moves, and he has been making and performing his own choreographies all over the world since 2007.  

Ferenc Fehér

Ferenc Fehér is an experienced and successful dancer-choreographer, an autodidact who has performed with the Finita la Commedia group through the years. His style is a unique and expressive combination of freestyle dance, physical dance and animal movements. Ferenc's dance is the result of constantly improving and perfecting his repertoire of unique moves, and he has been making and performing his own choreographies all over the world since 2007.
 

Kelsey Rose Kelsey Rose Young is an up-and-coming performer, teacher and choreographer in Detroit. Kelsey is on faculty with Showstopper conventions, Fuzion dance camp, and Motor City Tap Fest. She is the director and lead choreographer for the pre-professional tap company – Detroit Tap Repertory, as well as a member of Shelby Kaufman’s tap company, G.L.Y.D.E., and Detroit’s Jordan Mac hip hop crew. She was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance - Season 12, advancing to Vegas. Kelsey has worked with the Jonas Brothers, Debbie Gibson, and Radio Disney and has performed in the Macy’s and Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parades, at the Detroit Jazz Festival, and at TedX Detroit. 

Kelsey Rose

Kelsey Rose Young is an up-and-coming performer, teacher and choreographer in Detroit. Kelsey is on faculty with Showstopper conventions, Fuzion dance camp, and Motor City Tap Fest. She is the director and lead choreographer for the pre-professional tap company – Detroit Tap Repertory, as well as a member of Shelby Kaufman’s tap company, G.L.Y.D.E., and Detroit’s Jordan Mac hip hop crew. She was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance - Season 12, advancing to Vegas. Kelsey has worked with the Jonas Brothers, Debbie Gibson, and Radio Disney and has performed in the Macy’s and Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parades, at the Detroit Jazz Festival, and at TedX Detroit. 

Paulette Brockington Paulette is a performing artist based in Detroit. She has taught several swing dance styles in the States, Canada and Europe. She directs the Detroit Lindy Workshop and The American Lindy Hop Championships.

Paulette Brockington

Paulette is a performing artist based in Detroit. She has taught several swing dance styles in the States, Canada and Europe. She directs the Detroit Lindy Workshop and The American Lindy Hop Championships.

Ferenc Fehér In my dances I use my personal movement vocabulary, which has developed over the years and is still constantly changing. My style is very close to physical dance and contemporary dance. I focus for the creative work for advanced and professional dancers. You will use the imagination in tandem with the physical body, to generate new movement ideas and work fluidly in an ensemble. We will practice these skills in guided improvisations that focus on variations of craft, group work, and individual movement invention. This will require heavy physical work.

Ferenc Fehér

In my dances I use my personal movement vocabulary, which has developed over the years and is still constantly changing. My style is very close to physical dance and contemporary dance. I focus for the creative work for advanced and professional dancers. You will use the imagination in tandem with the physical body, to generate new movement ideas and work fluidly in an ensemble. We will practice these skills in guided improvisations that focus on variations of craft, group work, and individual movement invention. This will require heavy physical work.

Professor Paul C. Ocampo received his MFA from Ohio State University in 2003. He choreographed and performed with Ballet Philippines from 1984-1990 and with Singapore Dance Theatre from 1990-1999. With BP & SDT, he participated in numerous International Festivals. Ocampo was an Associate Professor at Southern Utah University and taught modern, ballet, choreography, dance appreciation courses, folk and movement for actors. Paul teaches at Rutgers University. 

Professor Paul C. Ocampo received his MFA from Ohio State University in 2003. He choreographed and performed with Ballet Philippines from 1984-1990 and with Singapore Dance Theatre from 1990-1999. With BP & SDT, he participated in numerous International Festivals. Ocampo was an Associate Professor at Southern Utah University and taught modern, ballet, choreography, dance appreciation courses, folk and movement for actors. Paul teaches at Rutgers University. 

White Wave A pioneer of “Hallyu (한류): Korean Wave”, Young Soon Kim, an internationally acclaimed choreographer whose work has been hailed for its exhilarating, visually stunning, and emotionally rich.

White Wave

A pioneer of “Hallyu (한류): Korean Wave”, Young Soon Kim, an internationally acclaimed choreographer whose work has been hailed for its exhilarating, visually stunning, and emotionally rich.

Keegan 'Seoul' Loye  Keegan "Seoul" Loye has been breakin' for 10 years, and has achieved many great accomplishments. From sharing stages with mainstream artists such as B2K, Fat Joe, Tony Touch and more, to winning, hosting, and judging events across the nation, and one of his latest feats, performing in front of 20,000+ at the United Center with the Chicago Bulls as the Breakabulls! Seoul's passion for dance and culture have led him to begin his own dance studio in Grand Rapids, MI. For the past 5 years 61Syx Teknique Street Dance Academy has been helping students of all ages find their own passion for the art of Breakin' and the Culture that is HipHop. 

Keegan 'Seoul' Loye 

Keegan "Seoul" Loye has been breakin' for 10 years, and has achieved many great accomplishments. From sharing stages with mainstream artists such as B2K, Fat Joe, Tony Touch and more, to winning, hosting, and judging events across the nation, and one of his latest feats, performing in front of 20,000+ at the United Center with the Chicago Bulls as the Breakabulls! Seoul's passion for dance and culture have led him to begin his own dance studio in Grand Rapids, MI. For the past 5 years 61Syx Teknique Street Dance Academy has been helping students of all ages find their own passion for the art of Breakin' and the Culture that is HipHop. 

Jessica Post Jessica received her MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan in 2013 and her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 2006. She danced professionally in Chicago for five years with The Dance COLEctive and was a founding company member with Esoteric Dance Project. Most recently, she taught in the dance programs at Eastern Michigan University and Hillsdale College. She is also a certified Pilates instructor with over eight years of teaching experience. Her work focuses on collaboration, somatic techniques and cross-training methods for dancers.

Jessica Post

Jessica received her MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan in 2013 and her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in 2006. She danced professionally in Chicago for five years with The Dance COLEctive and was a founding company member with Esoteric Dance Project. Most recently, she taught in the dance programs at Eastern Michigan University and Hillsdale College. She is also a certified Pilates instructor with over eight years of teaching experience. Her work focuses on collaboration, somatic techniques and cross-training methods for dancers.

Elizabeth Shea Elizabeth is a contemporary dance artist specializing in somatic approaches toward dance-making. Liz has presented her choreography at Warehouse 2 in Tel Aviv, Israel, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Ailey Citigroup Theatre (NYC), the ODC Theatre (San Francisco) and has been a featured artist at many festivals nationally, including the 2016 WHITE WAVE Rising Series. She has also been a guest artist for many professional companies and universities. Liz offers her original methodology, Somatics Laboratory, at Dance Italia in Lucca, Italy each summer and serves as Director of Contemporary Dance at Indiana University.

Elizabeth Shea

Elizabeth is a contemporary dance artist specializing in somatic approaches toward dance-making. Liz has presented her choreography at Warehouse 2 in Tel Aviv, Israel, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Ailey Citigroup Theatre (NYC), the ODC Theatre (San Francisco) and has been a featured artist at many festivals nationally, including the 2016 WHITE WAVE Rising Series. She has also been a guest artist for many professional companies and universities. Liz offers her original methodology, Somatics Laboratory, at Dance Italia in Lucca, Italy each summer and serves as Director of Contemporary Dance at Indiana University.

KwangMin Kim As a Leader of Reed Dance Project Group, I have choreographed 7 pieces since 2010. In 2014, I was awarded the Grand-prix ‘Solo&Duet category’ at Seoul International Choreography Festival for the choreography of performance “Interaction” and GYALF Prize at Goyang Lake Festival for another choreography. In 2013, I received the Post Art Prize at Changmu International Dance Festival and Dance Collection Choreography Prize at Seoul International Performing in the preceding year.

KwangMin Kim

As a Leader of Reed Dance Project Group, I have choreographed 7 pieces since 2010. In 2014, I was awarded the Grand-prix ‘Solo&Duet category’ at Seoul International Choreography Festival for the choreography of performance “Interaction” and GYALF Prize at Goyang Lake Festival for another choreography. In 2013, I received the Post Art Prize at Changmu International Dance Festival and Dance Collection Choreography Prize at Seoul International Performing in the preceding year.

Alexander Dones Alexander is a choreographer /director/performer of contemporary dance and is currently based in Portland.He does independent works (r:ad) and teaches dance at Westside Dance & Gymnastics Academy. He has had the honor of working with notable artists & companies including Doug Elkins (NYC), artLab J (DET), Luna Negra Dance Theatre (CHI), and more, touring through Europe and the United States. Alexander's works have been presented in Portland, New York, and overseas, and he has had the honor of teaching workshops around the states and abroad. For more check out: www.AlexanderDones.com

Alexander Dones

Alexander is a choreographer /director/performer of contemporary dance and is currently based in Portland.He does independent works (r:ad) and teaches dance at Westside Dance & Gymnastics Academy. He has had the honor of working with notable artists & companies including Doug Elkins (NYC), artLab J (DET), Luna Negra Dance Theatre (CHI), and more, touring through Europe and the United States. Alexander's works have been presented in Portland, New York, and overseas, and he has had the honor of teaching workshops around the states and abroad. For more check out: www.AlexanderDones.com

Joori Jung  Joori, of Seoul, Korea, is ARTLAB J and Artistic Director and Choreographer of ARTLAB J DANCE. She received her B.A and M.A in dance from Kyung Hee University. She toured internationally with the Seoul Dance Theatre. She danced with various dance companies in Korea before moving to NYC, where she pursued her own choreographic work. In 2012, she moved to Detroit and established ARTLAB J, to expand to contemporary dance and the arts community.   

Joori Jung 

Joori, of Seoul, Korea, is ARTLAB J and Artistic Director and Choreographer of ARTLAB J DANCE. She received her B.A and M.A in dance from Kyung Hee University. She toured internationally with the Seoul Dance Theatre. She danced with various dance companies in Korea before moving to NYC, where she pursued her own choreographic work. In 2012, she moved to Detroit and established ARTLAB J, to expand to contemporary dance and the arts community. 

 

Kathy Cooke Founder|Artistic Director of Timberlane Dance, school of Northville Ballet Theatre. Trained under Rose Marie Floyd, Kathy holds the classical ballet Maestro Cecchetti Diploma. She serves on the CCA National Examining Board and Executive Board. Professionally, she danced with the Scottish American Ballet, National Ballet of MD and performed as a Guest Artist several principal roles in the classic ballets. Her passion is teaching ballet and inspiring students to dance for the glory of God.  

Kathy Cooke

Founder|Artistic Director of Timberlane Dance, school of Northville Ballet Theatre. Trained under Rose Marie Floyd, Kathy holds the classical ballet Maestro Cecchetti Diploma. She serves on the CCA National Examining Board and Executive Board. Professionally, she danced with the Scottish American Ballet, National Ballet of MD and performed as a Guest Artist several principal roles in the classic ballets. Her passion is teaching ballet and inspiring students to dance for the glory of God.

 

Darby Wilde Darby, an Assistant Professor at Illinois State University, she earned her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Michigan. Ms. Wilde performed with Eisenhower Dance for seven years and worked with guest artists including Colin Connor, Billy Siegenfeld, Mel Wong, Lila York, Bill Evans, and Demetrius Klein. Ms. Wilde’s work has been invited to Texas, Seattle, and Scotland. She was also involved in numerous outreach residency programs in elementary/middle schools throughout Michigan.

Darby Wilde

Darby, an Assistant Professor at Illinois State University, she earned her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Michigan. Ms. Wilde performed with Eisenhower Dance for seven years and worked with guest artists including Colin Connor, Billy Siegenfeld, Mel Wong, Lila York, Bill Evans, and Demetrius Klein. Ms. Wilde’s work has been invited to Texas, Seattle, and Scotland. She was also involved in numerous outreach residency programs in elementary/middle schools throughout Michigan.

Jill Cassidy Jill is a professional dancer, choreographer and fitness instructor based in Metro Detroit. Her work has been featured on stage, film and television and spans from studio work to college dance, dance teams and musical artists. Jill is a judge for Star Systems Dance Competition and is co-founder of Motor City Choreography Collective.

Jill Cassidy

Jill is a professional dancer, choreographer and fitness instructor based in Metro Detroit. Her work has been featured on stage, film and television and spans from studio work to college dance, dance teams and musical artists. Jill is a judge for Star Systems Dance Competition and is co-founder of Motor City Choreography Collective.

Cat Manturuk Cat is the founder and artistic director of comtemporary company DANCE CAT-ALYST. 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. 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. http://www.DanceCat-alyst.net

Cat Manturuk

Cat is the founder and artistic director of comtemporary company DANCE CAT-ALYST. 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. 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. http://www.DanceCat-alyst.net

Take Root Take Root has performed in Seoul, Korea, Costa Rica, Berlin, and Detroit, and at Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, TEDx, The Detroit Dance City Festival, and the National Dance Education Organization. They most recently performed in “Dance: American Art 1830-1960” at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The company is in-residence at Oakland University under the direction of Co-Founders/Co- Directors, Thayer Jonutz and Ali Woerner. www.takerootdance.com

Take Root

Take Root has performed in Seoul, Korea, Costa Rica, Berlin, and Detroit, and at Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, TEDx, The Detroit Dance City Festival, and the National Dance Education Organization. They most recently performed in “Dance: American Art 1830-1960” at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The company is in-residence at Oakland University under the direction of Co-Founders/Co- Directors, Thayer Jonutz and Ali Woerner.
www.takerootdance.com

Jodie Randolph Jodie Randolph is a choreographer and dance educator based in southeast Michigan. Jodie received her B.S. from Eastern Michigan University where she studied dance and management. She is the Creative Director and Resident Choreographer for Pure Existence, a professional contemporary dance company based in Ann Arbor, MI. As a choreographer, Jodie’s work has been recognized across the Midwest and she was named Choreographer of the Year in 2012. Jodie's passion is helping dancers find their unique voice by encouraging them to embrace key characteristics that set them apart. Her approach allows dancers to push physical and emotional boundaries.

Jodie Randolph

Jodie Randolph is a choreographer and dance educator based in southeast Michigan. Jodie received her B.S. from Eastern Michigan University where she studied dance and management. She is the Creative Director and Resident Choreographer for Pure Existence, a professional contemporary dance company based in Ann Arbor, MI. As a choreographer, Jodie’s work has been recognized across the Midwest and she was named Choreographer of the Year in 2012. Jodie's passion is helping dancers find their unique voice by encouraging them to embrace key characteristics that set them apart. Her approach allows dancers to push physical and emotional boundaries.


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