Welcome to our 2018 Summer Intensive

August 6 - 10 ~ 9:00 - 3:30 

$300 for the week

$80 daily  


Open to Non-EDA dancers as well.  This intensive is for dancers ages 9 and older looking for a more comprehensive week of training. With the foundation being ballet based throughout the week. Styles studied during this week include Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Acro with other styles being offered by our staff & various guest teachers during this week. 

Space is limited.  Contact us today to reserve your spot.

2018 Guest Teachers

Rory Freeman

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 Rory Freeman recently finished performing as a Principal Dancer with Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound on the brand new show “After The Curtain.” He has toured with the company for the past 3 years across the nation as well as performing on The Ellen Degeneres Show.  Most recently, he had the honor of performing in Sonya Tayeh’s first full length show in New York City called “You Still Call Me By Name.” You may have  seen him as a Featured Dancer on the hit television shows America’s Got Talent Season 11.  Rory has worked with some of the top music artists such as: Taylor Swift, Paula Abdul, Earth, Wind, & Fire, and Jack Wagner.  Music video credits include: Taylor Swifts’ “Shake it Off’ and Paula Abdul’s’ “Check Yourself”. In 2014, he was part of the skeleton crew to create a number as part of the Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics. Rory is blessed to have been able to perform all over the world with the world renowned dance company, MOMIX. Before his career started he proudly earned his BFA in Modern Dance from SUNY Purchase (NY) in 2010. This gave him the opportunity to perform pieces by Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, Bella Lewitsky, and Luca Veggetti.  At the age of 18, he received the prestigious Silver Award in Modern Dance from the National Foundation for Advancements in the Arts (NFAA).  Rory is a part of the faculty and judges for various national conventions and competitions. He has taught & choreographed at numerous studios across North and South America. Rory is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Move: The Initiative, a 4 day Dance Intensive based in Rhode Island.   

Skooj

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 Sarah-Katarina (SKooJ CorE-O) brings her knowledge and talents to the Performing Arts with experience in performance, choreography, instruction, and adjudication.  SKooJ’s organic approach toward movement created the

Boston Community Dance Project (BCDP), a professional collective expressing their passion of story telling through contemporary and fusion movements. BCDP’s work can be seen at NYC Dance Week, NYC Carnival, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, and our annual BCDP show every August! SKooJ is also the Former Artistic Director of the Boston-based Static Noyze Dance Company (World Of Dance:NYC/NJ Champions and 5x Best Theme Winner), whom are a Theatrical Hip Hop Company that have guest performed for Former Governor Devaul Patrick, Harvard Business School’s New Venture Competition, and for colleges throughout the country.  Her Choreography and direction has also been featured on the HGTV series

"Spontaneous Construction", NESN, The Dr. Oz Show! and on the most recent WayFair.com Commercials as well as MTV’s new show PROMPOSAL! Her talents have also paired up with TedEX Boston/Philadelphia, New Balance, Broadway in Boston, LA’s own Club Jete, and Carnival Choreographer’s Ball Anniversary Show! SKooJ is also part of the adjudication world being on the judges panel for Prelude Urban Dance Competitions, Turn It Up Dance Challenge, Kids Artistic Revue (KAR), Elite Dance Challenge, and Diva Dance Competitions. She also travels the country and teaches at their conventions and nationals locations setting productions on their selected elite dancers throughout the season! Most recently, SKooJ is on faculty of

the new craze Artistic Dance Exchange and has started assisting Brian Friedman at his RADIX Dance Convention classes!  SKooJ CorE-O entered the Music Video scene with choreographing for International Pop Artist Tamara Rodriguez, Pop/R&B Artist Erene, and Lucia Marie's House of Blues Tour! Other credits include “Digital Love” by Makio, “Dance With You” by Bad Rabbits ft. Clinton Sparks, "Stay With Me" Cover by Keith London “Medicine” by Jack Newsome and her own dance concept videos with McCarthy Visuals, Moonculture Films, 4ward Productions, and Kuto Films. Most recently catch SKooJ choreographing for Ari B and featured in Pineapple Citi’s newest video “Rose Colored”. Lastly, SKooJ partnered up with Salty Bovine Films with setting artistry for their past three short films ADONIS, MOSDEN, and TRENT while most recently showcaing her acting talent in movies Basic Math starring Cameron Diaz, TED2 with Mark Wahlberg, and Patriots Day!  Sarah-Katarina (SKooJ CorE-O) has gathered all her adventures, journeys, and

experiences to inspire thousands of movers around the world. Her heart will continue to mentor the next generation, build the industry, and spread movement to all. Make sure to check out her work and #FollowTheArtistry.

Michael Susten

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 Michael is a New York City based choreographer and dance educator. He holds a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance with a focus in choreography from the University of the Arts and was awarded the “Choreography Prize” upon graduation.   He is currently teaching at Broadway Dance Center, The Joffrey Ballet School and STEPS on Broadway. He as also had the privilege of being a guest teacher at Point Park University, The University of Pennsylvania, Dean College, Millenium Dance Complex as well as numerous Performing Arts High Schools.   As a choreographer, Michaels work has been showcased in the Philly Fringe Festival, The APAP Showcase, Pushing Progress Showcase, Koresh Artist Showcase and the Choreographers Canvas. His work has also been fortunate enough to be a finalist in the International Choreography Competition, Dance Underneath the Stars Choreography Festival and was the 2nd runner up at the Artist Simply Human Choreography Competition. He has been recognized by Dance Studio Magazine and Dance Teacher magazine and was featured in their story “An Eye for Professionalism.”   As a performer Michael was a dancer for Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida for five years and had the chance to perform in the Festival of the Lion King and Main Streets Welcome and Trolley show.   As a Director Michael has produced and directed over twenty dance concerts with Xhale Dance Company and Michael Susten & Company. Performing sold out concerts in Philadelphia and NYC. Debbie Allen said “Michael Susten creates beautiful and original work” and a review in NYCStuff said “Michael Susten is a choreographer who is unafraid to explore the dynamics of motion and emotion, his choreography is athletic with a balletic undertone.”   Michael has had the honor of working with so many talented dancers over the years, being a mentor to them and helping them achieve their goals. This summer the Michael Susten & Company workshop completed its 5th workshop, providing dancers with an experience to work with some of the best choreographers/educators in the business. This summer he had dancers attend the event from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Ohio, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California & Canada. His students have been accepted to top dance Universities around the country (Point Park, PACE, Oklahoma City, University of the Arts, Fordham, NYU & Boston Conservatory) and has students performing in dance companies, Broadway and theme parks around the world.   Michael is currently traveling around the country teaching, choreographing and adjudicating the next generation of dancers and hoping to instill a strong foundation of respect and love for dance. 

Steve Vaughn

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STEVEN VAUGHN was born in the Midwest and raised in Massachusetts. He graduated with Honors from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, earning a BFA in Modern Dance, 

focusing on choreography. As a senior at the University of the Arts, Steven began working with Parsons Dance as an apprentice, performing at the Joyce Theater with the company while 

finishing his BFA.  At graduation, he was honored with the Stella Moore Prize for Four-Year Achievement and the Award for Excellence in Modern Dance. Upon graduating he then joined Parsons Dance full time, under director David Parsons; touring and teaching with the company. He danced with Parsons both domestically and internationally, including Italy, China, Brazil, Russia, and more. This opportunity afforded him the opportunity to work with Monica Bill-Barnes, Kate Skarpetowska, and Robert Battle. Additionally, Steven taught throughout the United States including various dance college programs, the Broadway Dance Center and Joffrey School, as well as, masterclasses in Italy and Israel. His choreography has been set on the Philadelphia based SHARP Dance Co. under director Diane Sharp- Nachsin. SHARP Dance Company commissioned several of Steve’s early choreographies and continues to tour his work nationally. Steven’s work was selected for the 2014 Emerging Choreographer Commission for Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, and Harvard University, among others. Steven is 

featured twice in Jordan Matter’s New York Times Bestseller, “Dancers Among Us” and TV and film experiences include Teddy Forance and Jon Arpino’s dance documentary “Movement One” 

starring Stephen “tWitch” Boss, “Operatic Heat: Parsons Dance presents ‘Remember Me’”, “All the Right Moves”, the feature film “Now You See Me” and “Law and Order: SVU”.  Since re-locating to Philadelphia, Steven earned a MFA in Dance from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA (2017) and currently is on faculty at Georgian Court University in New Jersey. His troupe, Open Category Dance Co. (OCDC), based in Philadelphia with a home base at Dance One Studios in Douglassville, PA, produces thought-provoking work inspired by social satire in the forms of dance, media, film, pantomime, visual art, installations and installments. The company tours nationally and focuses heavily on education to motivate young artists to realize their potential and continue contributing to the arts and conversations surrounding the arts. The mission of OCDC is to challenge conventional thinking about staged and filmed performances with work that emphasizes simplicity, musicality, consideration and entertainment built on a strong  foundation of both ballet and modern technique.

Kaitlyn Salisbury

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Kaitlyn Salisbury is a native of Rhode Island and grew up dancing at Atwood Performing Arts Center, Festival Ballet Providence and The Gold School.  In 2012, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Kaitlyn has been performed with companies including Synthesis Dance Project under the direction of Tracie Stanfield, traveled around the country performing as a principal dancer with Arch Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Sheena Annalise, and worked with Amit Shah and his company Mystic India: The World Tour. Most recently she performed with XY Dance Project in their first full length show REVEAL, under the direction of the amazing Nijawwon Matthews. She has just finished sailing around Asia with Royal Caribbean as a dancer/aerialist on Quantum of the Seas! One of her proudest accomplishments to date is the creation of MOVE: The Initiative, a dance intensive she created with her dear friend Rory Freeman, that takes places twice a year in the New England area. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook! 

Kayla Luoma

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 Kayla Luoma has been dancing & performing since the age of 2 and competed since the age of 6. She trained under the direction of her grandfather, Jim Caisse, and mother, Melissa Caisse. She formerly Co-directed their family owned dance studio alongside her mother that ran successfully for 56 seasons. Kayla has also studied with Juan Sanchez, Joe Melchiona, Paul Franklin, Joey Dowling, Sarah Jo Fazio, Raymond Lukens of ABT, Rhapsody, Geo, Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Dave Scott, LaurieAnn Gibson, Wade Robson and has assisted for dancer/choreographer Cris Judd. Kayla has attended and premiered on the FOX Network television show "SYTYCD" Season 8 and season 10 auditions making it to the final 50 girls both times. Kayla also trained at the Ballet Seminar at UNLV for four years. She has done guest performances and choreography for MIMO Theater group in Florida as well as many dance conventions and performances abroad such as representing the U.S. in Bermuda at the Goombay Festival, Norwegian Cruise line, Mexico, Las Vegas, and N.Y.C. Although Kayla's roots are in tap, jazz, & ballet, her main focus is in contemporary, hip hop, fusion, & jazz. As she is a true believer in being a well-rounded performer she keeps busy by taking classes at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and attending annual workshops continuing to train in all genres. She is a graduate of Dean College with an AA in Dance. She has assisted and worked with the Boston University dance team and is a member of the Boston Community Dance Project contemporary company based in Boston M.A. in which she opened for Singer/ Songwriter Erene and performed at Carnival Choreographers Ball NYC. You can find Kayla teaching classes in her hometown of Leominster Massachusetts along with studios across the east coast. She is currently an adjudicator & choreographer for Sheer Talent Ltd, DanZa Intensive, and High Demand Dance competition. Kayla has undying passion and desire for dance, which she endlessly enjoys passing on in her classes. 

Nick Anthony

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Nick Anthony is a multi-faceted creative artist, entrepreneur, and teacher, best known as a professional dancer and choreographer. Hailing from Massachusetts, he grew up dancing and competing at the Hackworth School of Performing Arts in Easthampton, a studio that has been in his family for over 80 years. Being born into the dance world, it’s fair to say that the performing arts have always been in his blood. 

Nick graduated magna cum lade from Quinnipiac University in 2010 with a B.S. degree in Entrepreneurship and 

Small Business Management. While he was focused and eager to learn more about the world of business, he 

continued to develop his artistry by minoring in music at school and consistently furthering his dance training on the side. Shortly following the completion of his degree and with a tenacious drive to create his own unique career path in the art and entertainment industry, Nick relocated to Los Angeles, CA in 2011 to pursue his goals. Since then, Nick has established a vast and versatile resume of experience within the dance world. 

As a dancer and performing artist, Nick has been represented by Bloc Talent Agency and Clear Talent Group. 

His work spans the gamut of media from film, television, and music videos to commercials, web series, and live stage 

performances. Some of his more notable credits thus far include: Dr. Ken, Arrested Development, Dance Moms, All the Right Moves, Real Life: the Musical, Lindsey Stirling, Neon Trees, Wednesday Atoms, Kidz Bob, Signature from "Britain's Got Talent,” Disney, Coca-Cola/Ryan Seacrest Productions, GAP, and the NBA D-League. 

As a choreographer, judge, and dance educator, Nick has worked independently and through his own company for over ten years. Having a reach all over the US, as well as in parts of Canada and Central America, he has 

collaborated with hundreds of dance studios, schools, colleges, workshops, conventions, competitions, events, and 

students of all ages and levels, both in the classroom and for stage. While his training spanned an array of dance 

styles growing up, Nick now primarily focuses on hip hop, contemporary, and acro/tumbling and he shares his 

knowledge, experiences, movement, and what he does regularly across many platforms. Currently, Nick is a regular faculty choreographer, teacher, and/or panel judge for several national dance organizations, including: Generation IV Dance, Move: The Initiative, Dance Educators of America, American Dance Awards, Dance Masters of America, DanceXplosion, and Headliners Dance Competition. Most recently, Nick has joined the Hollywood Dance Jamz convention family. He is thrilled to be a part of their incredible faculty and to be touring the country with them 

for their 2017/2018 season! 

Nick has also worked with/on a number of projects in the dance world as an organizer, manager, producer, and 

director. Some of the more notable positions he has held include: Event Coordinator for Travis Wall, Nick 

Lazzarini, Kyle Robinson, and Teddy Forance's dance company Shaping Sound; Executive Director for Generation IV Dance; Co-Executive Director for The Dance Council and its events, IV REAL MVMNT and UN.Conventional; Co-Producer for Curtain Call Costumes' promotional campaign and magalogue for their newest fashion line, NX3;  Founder/President of NAKOA Network, LLC (present title). 

Currently, Nick is focused on continuing to build his name, reputation, and brand in the dance world through his broad range of work. With a student first mentality, he consistently studies and trains hard, striving to further develop his skills, abilities, and strengths to assertively push and combine his creative passions and ideas with his business acumen and endeavors; and ultimately, to help him better serve those he collaborates with. While Nick frequently finds himself on the road in his career, Toluca Lake, CA is where he calls home.

Evan Lacombe

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Evan Lacombe is a NY based Performer/ Choreographer, and also a proud Fairhaven MA native. He is a graduate from the Pace School of Performing Arts BFA Commercial Dance program. His credits include dancing in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Feat. The RockettesDawn music video by Echo Black, and choreography for the HIV Hero Awards. He has also performed as a company member with Project Moves Dance Company regionally, and at the Dancers Responding to Aids concert in NYC under the direction of Rennie Gold. Evan played the role of Macavity in CATS (regional), chorus member in Anything Goes(regional), and many NY based projects.

Evans primary mission is to create dance among artistic communities teaching classes that are informed, inventive, and motivating. Find him on Instagram @evan_lacombe