SBC's Summer Intensive Workshop 2013
Week 1: July 29 to August 2, 2013
Hoogland Center for the Arts - Theatre II
The Springfield Ballet Company’s 2013 Summer Intensive Workshop is a great way for dancers to supplement their training and improve their skills, while working with outstanding master teachers in a positive, nurturing environment. Classes are held daily from 9:00 a.m. to noon in Theatre II at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Only 20 dancers will be accepted to each week long session; and admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dancers must be at least 10 years of age and dancing at an intermediate level. Please contact SBC Artistic Director Julie Ratz with any questions. Deadline to apply is Friday, July 26, 2013.
Week 1: July 29 to August 2, 2013
Elizabeth Chapman - BALLET
Elizabeth Chapman is currently in her 8th season with The Georgia Ballet. She also performs with Dance Canvas and the Lume Foundation. Elizabeth began her training with the Springfield Ballet Company in her hometown of Springfield, Illinois. She has also studied with American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School, The Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet, and Nashville Ballet, where she danced for two years prior to joining The Georgia Ballet. Elizabeth has especially enjoyed dancing the title roles in Paquita and The Firebird, as well as the Snow Queen and Dew Drop Fairy in The Nutcracker. In addition, she has loved the challenge of dancing George Balanchine’s Serenade, Who Cares?, Concerto Barocco, and Valse-Fantaisie. When not performing, Elizabeth’s passion lies in sharing her knowledge and love of dance through teaching students of all ages.
Lauren Ohmer - MODERN / DANCE THEATER
Lauren Ohmer was born in Savannah, GA, where she grew up dancing with Sue Braddy of Savannah Danse Theatre and at Ballet South, under the direction of Karena Brock Carlyle. Upon moving to Illinois, she spent five years training and performing principal roles with the Springfield Ballet Company. Lauren furthered her dance education at Butler University, where she earned a B.F.A. in dance with high honors and participated in multiple collaborative dance-theater projects with the university’s Department of Theatre in addition to performing with the Butler Ballet. In New York City, Ms. Ohmer continues to delve deeper into the art of dance-theater as a member of Anabella Lenzu / DanceDrama. Now in her sixth season with AL/DD and as the choreographer’s assistant, Lauren is committed to exploring the philosophy “Motion creates emotion / emotion creates motion,” which is the driving principle behind the company’s work.
Week 2: August 5 to August 9, 2013
Margi Cole - MODERN
Margi Cole graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts, received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a teacher and guest lecturer, she has taught for numerous educational and professional organizations such as the Alabama Ballet, the American College Dance Festival, Ballet Tennessee, Northwestern University, Columbia College Chicago, Lou Conte Dance Studio, the Joffrey Academy of Dance, and various other institutions throughout Illinois, the Midwest, and the Southeast. As a choreographer, Margi has been commissioned by The Alabama Ballet, Springfield Ballet Company, Sanspointe Dance Company, the Birmingham Museumof Art, Girl¹s Preparatory School of Tennessee, Beloit College and Columbia College Chicago.
As a performer, Margi has danced with well-known choreographers and companies, including Ralph Lemon, Joe Goode Performance Group, Liz Burritt, Stephen Koplowitz, Ann Boyd, David Rousseve, Bill Young, Douglas Nielsen, Timothy O¹Slynne, Paula Frasz, Colleen Halloran, Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, Mordine & Company Dance Theatre, Renee Wadleigh, and Ellie Klopp. In August 2011, Cole traveled to Finhorn Scotland to join 19 international performers to participate in the Deborah Hay Solo Commissioning Project.
Courtney Young - MUSICAL THEATRE
Growing up in a small town in Illinois, Courtney Young always dreamed of working with and learning from top talent on Broadway. Her dreams have more than been fulfilled. Some of the things she has learned along the way are. . .
• How to direct an audiences eye from Susan Stroman; • Artistic Abandon from Rob Marshall; • How to construct a production number from Robert Longbottom;
Courtney Young’s directing and choreographing theatre credits include director/choreographer of Singing in the Rain at the Weathervane Playhouse, resident choreographer of Susan Stroman’s Tony Award winning musical The Producers on Broadway as well as dance captain of Young Frankenstein on Broadway. As associate director/choreographer with Robert Longbottom, she worked on Carnival at the Kennedy Center, and workshops of Let Yourself Go a new musical of Irving Berlin songs as well as the US tour of Dreamgirls which debuted in NYC at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. She was thrilled to be involved with the same project in Seoul, South Korea.
Performing credits on Broadway and on tour include Young Frankenstein, The Producers, The Full Monty, Little Me, Fosse, Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and The Radio City Rockettes. Courtney has also performed regionally at The Goodspeed Opera House, The Old Globe Theatre and The Papermill Playhouse. Film & Television credits include the film The Producers, As the World Turns, Guilding Light and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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