MPDC Summer Intensive

MPDC Summer intensive
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Participate in the ultimate week in training for the dancer who wants exceptional training by renowned choreographers. Guest Choreographers Bios listed below. ↓↓↓↓

Classes include:

Ballet, Pointe & Variations, Modern Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Improvisation, S.E.D. (Style, Expression, Dynamics), Composition, Acro, Partnering, Acting, Pilates, Lindy Hop, Cha Cha/Salsa and more!

Dates: June 17-21
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Price: $500

Students should bring their own lunch.  Student performance for family and friends on Friday at MPDC. 

Email us with any questions! Register for full week

Individual Classes:

Can’t commit to the full week?  No problem!! You can sign up for individual classes with individual trainers.  (Class schedule to the left) 

Summer Intensive Workshop Individual class prices are:

$15 – 45 min class
$20 – 60 min class
$30 – 90 min class
$40 – 120 min class

Individual Class schedule

Randy Duncan

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Jazz – June 17 & 18 is a @ 9:50 – 11:20 am
Intermediate Modern Jazz – June 17 & 18 @ 12:20 – 1:50 pm

Ian Hathway

Lindy Hop – June  18  @ 1:55 – 2:55 pm
 

JP Tenuta

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Pointe & Variations – June 17 & 18  @ 11:50 – 1:50 pm
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Pointe & Variations – June 19  @ 12:50 – 2:50 pm
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Pointe & Variations – June 20  @ 12:55 – 2:55 pm
Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, Pointe & Variations – June 21  @ 9:00 – 11:00 am
Intermediate Ballet & Variations – June 17 & 18  @ 9:50 – 11:50 am
Intermediate Ballet & Variations- June 19 & 20  @ 9:00 – 11:00 am
Intermediate Ballet – June 21  @ 9:00 – 10:30 am
 

Hanna Bricston

Advanced Contemporary – June 19 & 20  @ 9:00-10:00 am 
Intermediate Contemporary – June 19 @ 12:45-1:45 pm   
Intermediate Contemporary – June 20 @ 12:50-1:50 pm
Style, Expression, Dynamics (S.E.D)
Advanced – June 19 & 20 @  10:05-11:05 am
Intermediate – June 19 @ 1:50-2:50 pm   
Intermediate –  June 20 @ 1:55-2:55 pm

 

Monyett Crump

Hip Hop – June 20 @ 11:10-12:10
Hip Hop – June 21 @ 11:10-12:10

Samantha Trinidad

Cha/Cha & Salsa – June  17  @ 1:55 – 2:55 pm
 

Holly Walker

Acting – June  17 & 18 @ 3:00 – 4:00 pm
 

Imani English

Introduction to Pilates  – June 17 & 18 @ 9:00-9:45 am
 

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randy duncan dancer

randy Duncan
Modern Jazz

A native of Chicago, three-time recipient of Chicago’s prestigious Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Choreographer of the year.

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Randy Duncan Bio

Randy Duncan (Modern Jazz), a native of Chicago, has the unique privilege to be a three-time recipient of Chicago’s prestigious Ruth Page Award for Outstanding Choreographer of the year. He has received numerous other awards including the Artistic Achievement Award from the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, three Black Theatre Alliance Awards for theatre and the Gay Chicago Magazine After Dark Award for his work in Apple Tree Theatre’s production of Hello Again.

He earned an American Choreography Award Nomination for his choreography in the block buster movie Save the Last Dance, starring Julia Stiles. Mr. Duncan’s work can be seen in the companies of Joffrey Ballet, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, River North Chicago Dance Company, Bat-Dor Dance Company of Israel, Ballet Met of Columbus, Ohio and many others. While working in such theatres as the Goodman Theatre of Chicago, Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, South Coast Repertory in Orange County, CA, Actor’s Theatre in Louisville, KY, Washington DC Shakespeare Theatre, Court Theatre of Chicago and Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR, he has created original choreography for Hair, Carousel, Zoot Suit, Once On This Island, The Rose Tattoo, Amadeus, Antigone, Death and the King’s Horseman, Pirates of Penzance and the Pulitzer Prize winning play Ruined.

More recently, he returned from Yale University where he choreographed director Liz Diamond’s production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Randy continues his support for HIV/AIDS causes by donating his time and choreography to Dance for Life.

He is a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Union as well as Actor’s Equity.  In 1999, Mr. Duncan was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

He was also inducted into his alma mater, Illinois State University Hall of Fame. He teaches worldwide and for the past 19 years has been on the faculty of The Chicago Academy for the Arts (CAA), where he now serves as Dance Department Chair.

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HANNA BRICSTON
Contemporary / Improv

Hanna Brictson grew up and trained in the Chicago area, studying at Lou Conte Dance Studio and Gould Academy.

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Hanna Bricston Bio

Hanna Brictson (Contemporary, S.E.D., Improvisation, Partnering)


Hanna Brictson grew up and trained in the Chicago area, studying at Lou Conte Dance Studio and Gould Academy. She was an honored scholarship recipient to both Point Park University and Western Michigan University.

After graduating from Larkin High School’s Performing Arts Academy, Hanna joined River North Dance Chicago in 2004. While with RivNo, Hanna has been recognized as a Princess Grace nominee, and has been featured in Dance magazine.

She has choreographed all over the country, as well as national commercials and an original work for River North Dance Chicago.

She danced with River North Chicago for 11 seasons and with Visceral Dance Company this past season; along with directing her own youth company Integrity Dance. 

JP tenunta guest ballet dancer at MPDC

JP TENUTA
BALLET

JP grew up dancing at the Academy of Movement and Music and with MOMENTA and received his BFA in Dance in 2003.

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JP Tenuta Bio

JP Tenuta (Ballet)
JP grew up dancing at the Academy of Movement and Music and with MOMENTA

He completed his BFA in Dance at Northern Illinois University in 2003, where he studied with Randall Newsom and Judith Chitwood.  He performed for two years with the Nashville Ballet and two years with Luna Negra. He has also performed in the Chicago area with Lyric Opera, The Civic Ballet, Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet and with the Salt Creek Ballet.

JP continues to perform and choreograph for MOMENTA and toured Austria with them in June 2010.  He has taught in a number of Chicago area schools and is a regular faculty member at the Academy of Movement and Music.   

JP also has taught on the Dance Masters circuit and recently served as assistant director for MOMENTA as it toured for Tanzsommer International in Austria.  

monyett crump

Monyett Crump
Hip Hop

Monyett Crump first discovered his love for dance at the age of 15 after being inspired by dance icons such as Michael Jackson.

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Monyett Crump Bio

Monyett Crump (Hip Hop)

Monyett Crump first discovered his love for dance at the age of 15 after being inspired by dance icons such as Michael Jackson and the Jabbawockeez. Since then, he has trained in Urban Movement with some of the top instructors and professional dance studios all over the country. He has also been a part of some of Chicago and Los Angeles’s main urban companies including The Puzzle League, The Young Lions, immaBEAST, and CODA to name a few.

Monyett has had the honor of working with artists including Jennifer Hudson, Ciara, Chance the Rapper, DLOW, Jody Watley, and Keke Palmer. In addition to dancing, Monyett has choreographed and taught across the country and in the United Kingdom.

Monyett hopes to inspire dancers around the world, especially the next generation of dancers, and hopes to promote hard work and commitment.

Holly Walker
Acting

Holly Walker holds a double major in Business – Marketing and Theatre – Acting Specialist from the UW-Madison, and a M.F.A in Dance from the UW-Milwaukee

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Holly Walker Bio

Holly Walker- Producer, Director, Choreographer  (Acting)


Holly Walker holds a double major in Business – Marketing and Theatre – Acting Specialist from the UW-Madison, and a M.F.A in Dance from the UW-Milwaukee. 

Holly began her career as a performer.  Acting credits include: Nevada Shakespeare Festival, Ed T.V, Blade, Baby Face Music Video, X-Files, and Warner Brother’s Commercial, (Hulu Web Series) Battleground, and (Award Winning Web Series) Ethical.  Dance credits include: Madison Ballet – The Nutcracker, Walt Disney World/Animal Kingdom – FL, (Dance Scholarship) The Broadway Dance Center – New York. 

Holly has worked as a choreographer in Los Angeles with the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and East/West Players.  Holly has choreographed for Miller Genuine Draft’s Live Industrials in Milwaukee, WI & Orlando, FL.  Holly relocated to her hometown of Madison Wisconsin, where she continues to choreograph, direct, in addition to producing for film and stage.  Recently Holly started her own company – Shine On!LLC. 

She also published and co-illustrated a children’s book called The Little Girl Who Shined Just Right.  Currently Holly is the Director of Theater at Madison West High School.  Walkers show credits include:  Fiddler On the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, A Chorus Line, Steel Magnolias, Juvie (Awards received WHTF), The Miracle Worker, Urinetown, Multico 17-19, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. 

In 2016, Holly was honored with a Tony Award Nominee for Excellence in Teaching.

samantha trinidad mpdc guest dancer

Samantha Trinidad
Cha Cha / Salsa

Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Samantha began her journey at the age of four with classical dance training and later received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance.

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Samantha Trinidad Bio

Samantha Trinidad (Ballroom)
Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Samantha began her journey at the age of four with classical dance training and later went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. 

Shortly after graduating in 2007, Samantha began training with five time national Rhythm champion and former owner of Tempo Dance Studio, John Abrams, and has been teaching all styles of ballroom and Latin for the past twelve years.  From social to competitive, she makes patterns and technique clear and easy to understand so her students can reach their dance goals in the fastest way possible. 

Samantha currently competes in the Professional American Smooth division and is a Rising Star and Open Finalist.

ian hathaway

Ian Hathway
Lindy Hop

Ian Hathway began to dance living in the countryside in Brazil, and hasn’t stopped since. He has trained and taught a wide variety of partnered and solo dances, beginning with assisting the ballroom classes at his university.

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Ian Hathaway Bio

Ian Hathaway (Ballroom)
Ian began to dance living in the countryside in Brazil, and he hasn’t stopped since.

He has trained and taught a variety of partnered and solo dances, beginning with assisting the ballroom classes at his university.  As the years have gone on, his study has focused more tightly on Lindy Hop, Blues idiom dances, and Authentic Jazz. 

Ian loves the pure connection we can achieve in partnered dancing, and the musicality and expression found in these free-flowing and improvisational forms. 

He has performed with the St. Olaf College Ballroom Performance Group in his early days, and more recently with the Down & Outs Blues Troupe in London.

 

Imani English MPDC

Imani English
Pilates

A native of Madison, Imani began her dance training under at the Monona Academy of Dance and the Madison Professional Dance Center

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Imani English Bio

Imani English

A native of Madison, WI, Imani began her dance training under the direction of Jean Adams at the Monona Academy of Dance and the Madison Profession Dance Center’s pre-professional company.

She has received scholarships from The Wisconsin Dance Council, The Anthony Quinn Foundation, Dance Chicago and was also awarded the Rahm Emmanuel Scholarship to attend intensive programs at River North Dance Chicago.

Ms. English is a 2014 graduate and Valedictorian of the Chicago High School for the Arts. There, she performed repertoire from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Muntu Dance Theater, the Joffrey Ballet and performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Memoria. Imani has performed works by renowned choreographers such as Harrison McEldowney, Kristofer Storey, Demis Volpi, Christopher Huggins, Jennifer Archibald, Tahehiro Ueyama, among others.

Imani joined DanceWorks Chicago in 2014 and in 2016 joined Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s DBDT: Encore! where she spent two seasons. During that time, she also performed with the Dallas Opera in Samson and Dalila and most recently with Tony Award winning Dallas Theater Center in their production of the Broadway musical Hairspray.

Ms. Imani and has been on the faculty of the Dallas Black Dance Academy, The Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center, and Steps Dance Center, and has also taught for prestigious summer intensives in the Chicago area including, River North Chicago summer program, “Made In Chicago” Dance Intensive, and DanceWorks Chicago’s Dance360 program.

She looks forward to sharing her passion for teaching at MPDC!