August 7 ~ 11 ~ 9:00 - 3:30
$375 Member for the week
$425 Non-Member for the week
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 Acro, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, with other styles being offered by our staff & various guest teachers during this week.
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Todd Shanks has been featured in Dance, Dance Spirit, Dance Studio Life, Dance Teacher and Dancer Magazines. As a performer Todd has danced in music videos, commercials, industrials and television programs including, “The Electric Company”, Kimberly Clark, “The View”, Volvo, Ford Motors, Race for the Cure, Wrigley’s, Paramount Pictures, “Good Day NY”, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Pilsen Beer, the United Way, UFO Jeans, 1010 WINS, Hope and Heroes, and the Lyme Disease Foundation. On stage he has performed with Synthesis Dance Project, Jette Performance Company, The Westchester Philharmonic, SDCF Dance Break, and the 2006 Miss Florida Pageant. Todd performed on field at Gillette Stadium for the 2015 and 2017 NFL Kickoff shows featuring T-Pain and Flo Rida respectively. His choreography has been seen in a commercial for BIC "Soleil" Razors and on ice for the opening number of “Stars, Stripes and Skates” staring 3- time National ice skating champion Johnny Weir. His choreography has also been featured on “The View”, ABC Nightly News, The MSG Network, NY1, CW 11, and at NYC’s Carnival, Steps on Broadway’s Faculty in Performance, Making Strides Boston, Dean College: 50 Years of Gold, Yankee FanFest and “The Game is in Us” (a Nike spec commercial). Before relocating to Massachusetts, Todd was on Faculty at Steps on Broadway in NYC for over a decade. He has been a guest teacher at the University of Florida, SUNY Brockport, Boston University, Skidmore College, ACDA, UMass Lowell, HSDF, the Ailey Extension, Ballet Hispanico, Jeannette Neill Dance Studio, Dance Masters of America, Dance New Amsterdam, Florida Dance Masters and many private dance studios throughout the United States. He is currently teaching on tour with Manhattan Dance Project and Dance Educators of America. Mr. Shanks is Program Coordinator for the Palladino School of Dance and Artist in Residence at Dean College in Franklin, MA.
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.
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 theBoston 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 ofthe 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, andexperiences 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.
Olivia Cece grew up in Cranston, Rhode Island, where she trained as an APAC competitive dancer for 18 years. She trained hard in traditional jazz and lyrical technique which lead her to win two national titles before turning 18. Immediately following graduation she spent her summer training in Miami, before moving to New York City to attend the Pace University Commercial Dance Program. After four years of training and working with some of New York’s best teachers and choreographers, she began her career in NYC. She booked Saturday Night Live dancing in a skit with Miley Cyrus Immediately following graduation, as well as her first professional show in NYC, “ The American Dance Spectacular,” choreographed by Al Blackstone. Olivia just wrapped filming two feature films this summer, where she can be seen singing and dancing in Disney’s “ Better Nate Than Ever,” Directed by Tim Federle, and Nickelodeon’s “ Blues Clues & YOU, Big City Dreams” for Paramount pictures! Olivia also just wrapped up dancing in a new Apple TV series starring Natalia Portman! She has been in commercial and live performances for Adidas, Apple, Hyundai, Scotch and Soda, Daily Burn fitness, and more. Olivia’s most loved credits involve performing on a live stage! Olivia was cast in the first national tour of the Broadway Show Charlie and The Chocolate Factory playing in the ensemble and the principal track of Veruca Salt. Following that tour Olivia booked the first national tour of the Broadway show The Prom where she played Kaylee. Olivia’s most recent credits include the workshop for Andy Blankenbuehler’s new off broadway show Only Gold and was cast in the first ever training intensive Boot Camp for Moulin Rouge Broadway!
Olivia has studied pedagogy, and has taught at over 50 studios across the United States. She has been on tour teaching and assisting for Artists Simply Human, Groove, and MSA ON TOUR. She now judges all over, and loves sharing her love for the art form. Olivia is so excited to see where her career will go next, and hopes to inspire the younger generation that anything is possible, with hard work and immense passion!
Hannah Ranco is New England based dancer, choreographer, and educator. She recently earned her BFA in dance studies from Dean College, and is now working as a dancer for the Boston Celtics.
Her work has been featured at Starlight Theatre with the Dance Complex’s Tiny and Short series as well as at Salem Arts Festival. At Dean, her work was chosen for multiple stage performances as well as to attend the American College Dance Association Conference in Vermont.
Hannah has also worked on multiple video sets and concerts with artists such as Sydney the Singer, Spose, Montell Jordan, and DJ Kool. Hannah not only loves dancing and choreographing, but she also has a passion for teaching! Cultivating a safe and encouraging environment for her students to learn is her top priority.
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 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.
Steve 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. After graduating he 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.
Steven has taught throughout the United States including various dance college programs, Broadway Dance Center in NYC , University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University , 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.
Steven earned a MFA in Dance from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA (2017). He served on Faculty at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ, 2014-2019. In addition to academic pursuits and studies, Steven has been serving as a Judge and Mentor at various dance competitions across the United States at Regional and National events.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Steven worked as a physical therapy trainer and Pilates instructor in New York City.
Now, having retuned to his childhood home on the South Coast of Massachusetts, is co-owner and director of The Studio on Pope’s Island in New Bedford, MA.
Amanda Gelonese first started dance in her hometown of Wolcott, CT at the age of five and danced competitively with Studio 1 Dance Center until graduating high school. She received her
BA in Dance Performance from Rhode Island College where she participated in many residencies with artists from across the country. Amanda continued to be Rhode Island College Dance Company’s rehearsal director for two years after graduating. She danced professionally
with Part of the Oath Dance Company under the direction of Colleen Cavanaugh M.D., where she also choreographed and was the company’s outreach coordinator. Amanda then went on to run the outreach program and worked with the apprentice company at Festival Ballet. Providence under the direction of Misha Djuric. For the past seven years she has been teaching recreationally and competitively at Duval Dance and Music Academy, located in
Scituate, MA, where her choreography has been recognized both regionally and nationally. Being able to use the education and wisdom she has obtained throughout the years and pass it
on to young dancers so they can start their own journey in finding their passion for dance is the
reason Amanda loves what she does so very much.
Ryley Polak is a passionate and energetic dancer who was born and raised in Rhode Island and received his BFA in Commercial Dance from Hussian College In Studio Los Angeles. Since moving to Los Angeles he has worked professionally with choreographers Mike Tyus, Mandy Moore, Ambrose Respicio and many more. Most recently he performed in Italy with Mike Tyus & co. At Orsolina28 and was in a Super Bowl commercial for Vroom in 2022. Ryley continues to educate himself in dance and life so he can share with dancers who either want to pursue dance as a career or as a hobby that keeps them healthy and moving.