MPDC Summer Intensive

TEEN DANCE INTENSIVE

Participate in the ultimate week in training for the dancer who wants exceptional training by renowned choreographers.

Specific for tween & teen dancers 11 + up.

Classes include:

Ballet, Pointe & Variations, Modern Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Improvisation, S.E.D. (Style, Expression, Dynamics), Composition, Acro, Partnering, Acting, Yoga & Nutrition, Latin Ballroom and more!

Dates: June 15-19
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Price: $515
Registration deadline – May 26 / Space is limited
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GUEST FACULTY

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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.

ALLISON BOWES
JAZZ

Allison has been dancing for over 30 years and teaching for nearly 20 years. She received her training at West Side Performing Arts in Madison

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Allison Bowes Bio

Allison has been dancing for over 30 years and teaching for nearly 20 years. She received her training at West Side Performing Arts in Madison; the EDGE and the Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles; the Broadway Dance Center in New York; and Ballet Chicago.

She is trained in ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip hop and musical theater and has taught a variety of ages and styles. Her classroom emphasizes technique, core strength, and encourages students to “dance with intent!”

Allison’s experiences include teaching dance at multiple studios in the Madison and Milwaukee areas, dancing competitively with teams and as an individual, choreographing award-winning pieces for several high school, college, and studio dance teams, performing in scholarship shows in Los Angeles and New York, and traveling nationwide for numerous convention circuits – both as a student and assistant. At these conventions, Allison received over 15 scholarships to study at studios in LA and New York, won the titles of “Distinguished Performer” for LA Underground/LA Dance Magic in the junior and teen divisions, and was a finalist for Tremaine Dance Conventions “Dancer of the Year” in the junior, teen, and senior divisions.

Allison received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary English Education from Edgewood College and lives in the Madison area with her husband, Tom, and sons, Ryan and Simon.

VANESSA TEFF
YOGA & NUTRITION

Vanessa is the daughter of Dr. Joseph and Marguerite Teff. She was raised in a household that valued nutrition, chiropractic care and mindfulness techniques.

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Vanessa Teff Bio

Vanessa Teff

Vanessa is the daughter of Dr. Joseph and Marguerite Teff. She was raised in a household that valued nutrition, chiropractic care and mindfulness techniques. Her passion for nutrition was ignited in high school when she noticed the drastic positive effects nutritional therapy could have on one’s sports performance.

With the help of Standard Process whole food supplements, chiropractic care, massage and visual imagery, Vanessa made the Junior National Rowing Team competing in the CANAMEX Regatta in Mexico and the Junior World Championships in Banyoles, Spain.

As one of the top recruited rowers in the nation, she earned an athletic scholarship to UCLA. At UCLA she was named All-American three consecutive years, named Most Valuable Oarswoman by her teammates two consecutive years and served as team captain during her last two years. It was at UCLA that her passion for nutrition and healing engulfed her. Proper nutrition was the only way to effectively fuel the body and increase recovery time. This she used to her advantage in order to break the school 2K record during her sophomore year. Vanessa began studying with her father during college. On her free weekends she would travel to whichever city he was speaking in to help present his nutritional lectures.

After graduating college Vanessa moved back to Middleton to intensely study under Dr. Teff. She sought to learn it all: How he evaluated a person (biomechanically and nutritionally), how to find the main stressors and how to effectively create an environment for healing. In order to learn more about whole food & nutritional therapy, she began working for Standard Process consulting with healthcare practitioners around the state helping them to integrate nutrition into their care. During this time she had the profound opportunity to learn from the top nutritionists and herbalists in the field. She takes that knowledge and seeks to pass it on to the practitioners she continues to consult with and the clients she sees daily.

It’s her belief that we cannot change the healthcare of our nation without first starting to change the landscape in our own communities. In 2014, Vanessa finished her 200-hour training to become a registered yoga instructor. She offers group yoga classes at Martingilio Martial Arts as well as individual & small group lessons at the clinic. Vanessa is a registered yoga instructor, certified chiropractic technician, certified in cold laser therapy and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Nutrition.

Vanessa has a deep passion for helping others feel better & perform better – physically, emotionally and mentally. She is incredibly grateful for having been exposed to such healing from a young age and only seeks to pass it on. She works with all types of people, conditions and issues but has extensive training in female health conditions, prenatal care, athletic performance, detoxification, & digestive distress.