SBC's Summer Intensive Workshop 2013

Week 1: July 29 to August 2, 2013
Week 2: August 5 to August 9, 2013

9:00 a.m. to noon daily
$150 per week, or $15 per class

Hoogland Center for the Arts - Theatre II
Deadline for application - July 26, 2013 (or when classes reach capacity)
(Recommended age for dancers is 10 and up)

Click HERE for an application (PDF document).

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 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.



Erica Wesselman has been a member of Carolina Ballet Theatre since 2005, and is a former member of the SBC. She has danced many leads with SBC, such as Juliet in Romeo + Juliet; Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker; and Princess Flourine in The Sleeping Beauty; and has performed as a soloist in numerous CBT productions, such as The Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Raymonda, Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, He Never Came Back, Celebration of Women, Amaranth, and Cirque de Ballet. Erica has also performed as a guest artist with Charlotte Youth Ballet. Erica works in the Arts Intergration Program with SmartArts, Metropolitan Arts Council; and she teaches at SCBT and CBT’s County School programs. She recently taught ballet, pointe, variations, character and barre conditioning at Piedmont Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive Workshop, and assisted in staging the ballet Snow White.

Please return payment and registration to:
Springfield Ballet Company, Attn: Summer Intensive, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701