SBC’s 2019 Summer Intensive Workshop
Session One – May 24, 25 & 26
Contemporary with Joshua Blake Carter
and Giordano Jazz Technique with Cesar Salinas
Fri: 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sat/Sun: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Two classes daily. $150

SBC’s 2019 Summer Intensive Workshop
Session Two – June 29 & 30; July 1 & 2
Contemporary Jazz with a Latin flair with Wilfredo Rivera
and Contemporary Partnering with Jacob Frazier
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Two classes daily. $200

Hoogland Center for the Arts
Theatre II
420 S. Sixth St.
Springfield, IL 62701

For more information, contact SBC at 217.544.1967.

The Springfield Ballet Company’s 2019 Summer Intensive Workshops are 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 in Theatre II at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. A detailed daily class schedule will be sent prior to each session.

Only 20 dancers will be accepted to each 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 dress professionally for each class and bring proper dance shoes.

Contact SBC Artistic Director Julie Ratz at 217.544.1967 with any questions.

The deadline to apply for Session One is Monday, May 20, 2019 (or when all spots have been filled), and the deadline to apply for Session Two is Monday, June 24, 2019 (or when all spots have been filled).

About the instructors:

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Joshua Blake Carter is the Director of Giordano II and the Operations Manager for Giordano Dance Chicago, where he was a company dancer for eight seasons. Joshua holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Arizona, where he began to find his choreographic voice. In 2009, he was selected as the winner of Wonderbound’s (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado) national choreography competition, dancemakers2.0, and in the spring of 2013 he was one of six winners commissioned to create a new work for DanceWorks Chicago’s DanceMoves choreography competition. Later in 2013, Joshua was awarded the Producers’ Panel Prize by The Ruth Page Foundation for his work, Ripen, as part of Dance Chance: Redux 5.0. In 2018, he was named a finalist for the Capezio A.C.E. Awards in New York City. Joshua’s works for Giordano Dance Chicago and Giordano II have been called “most entertaining” by Hedy Weiss (WTTW), and “fresh and cohesive… honest and genuine” by HalfStack Magazine. Other commissions include Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Nomi Dance Company, Visceral Dance Chicago, Artifact Dance Project and Illinois State University, as well as an original work for Embarq with the Joffrey Ballet. Additionally, Joshua created the finale for the 2016 event “Sing! featuring Elton John.” He is an active member of the Dance For Life Chicago Ambassador Committee, and as a dance educator, Joshua travels throughout the country in addition to being on faculty in several Chicago dance institutions.

Cesar G. Salinas, originally from Portland, Oregon, is Artistic Programs Manager for Giordano Dance Chicago. He began his formal studies in dance with Zohar School of Dance, under the direction of Ehud Krauss in Palo Alto, CA. There he was introduced to the classic jazz styles of Gus Giordano, Luigi, and Matt Mattox. He moved to Oregon where he studied at Willamette Ballet Academy under Deborah Higginbotham. Cesar went on to further his training at the University at Buffalo, where he graduated with a BFA in Dance. He received a scholarship to Giordano Dance School in Chicago, IL, in 2004 and 2005. From 2006 until 2011, Cesar joined the Giordano Dance Chicago as a full company member performing throughout the United States and Europe. During his tenure, he was proud to be a part of GDC’s educational outreach program, teaching science and health dance classes to 4th and 5th grade students in under-resourced public schools in Chicago. Cesar was honored to be on the cover of Dance Magazine (August 2007) and to teach at the Jazz Dance World Congress in 2007, 2009, and 2012. In 2013, he was chosen as a soloist for BalaSole Dance Company performing Hunted in New York City’s Alvin Ailey Citigroup where he received rave reviews: “richly physical performance that drew the audience’s unfettered enthusiasm” – Philip Gordon. Cesar toured the world with Royal Caribbean cruise lines as a performer in the Broadway production of Saturday Night Fever as well as an aerialist. In the January 2018 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine, Cesar demonstrates the Giordano Technique alongside Nan Giordano in honor of the company’s 55th Anniversary Season. Cesar is a certified teacher in the Giordano Technique at the Basic, Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, and Professional Levels of the Nan Giordano Certification Program® (NGCP®). Most recently Cesar returned to the stage at the Auditorium Theatre to perform Gus Giordano’s 1978 iconic solo Wings in honor of Nan Giordano’s 33 years at the helm and 25th Anniversary as Artistic Director for GDC. Lauren Warnecke of SeeChicagoDance wrote, “…you could almost imagine Gus himself up there performing the piece he made 40 years ago.” He currently teaches master classes and workshops, as well as choreographs for schools across the country.

Wilfredo Rivera serves as Artistic Director of the critically acclaimed Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre (CRDT). Wilfredo was born in Honduras, trained with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and was a founding member of River North Dance Chicago. Mr. Rivera was honored with the 2009 Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation Choreography Award, a 2001 After Dark Award and nominated for a 3ARTS Award in 2017 & 2018. Mr. Rivera’s concert work has been featured at The Auditorium Theatre, The Chicago Symphony Center with the Chicago Sinfonietta, Chicago Jazz Festival, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Harris Theater, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, DuSable Museum, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Links Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, and Mayne Stage. Theater choreography includes productions for Goodman Theatre, Forward Theater, Bailiwick Theatre, Metropolis Arts Center, Columbia College, American Theater Co., American Players Theater, Porchlight Theater and Pegasus Players. In 2016, he launched American Catracho; this 4-year exploration of the immigrant experience has premiered in segments and will debut in celebration of CRDT’s 20th Anniversary in 2019. For more information visit:

Jacob Frazier started his dance training in Ballet, Modern, and Jazz in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Butler Tech School of the Arts in 2012 and attended Point Park University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance with a concentration in Modern Dance. While attending Point Park, Jacob has had the privilege of training and performing a variety of works by José Limóne, Lar Lubovitch, Dwight Rhoden, Mark Morris, Brian Enos, Jessica Lange, Douglas Bentz, and served as dance/fight captain for Oklahoma! under the direction of Patrick Cassidy. In 2014 Jacob attended the Indigenous Dance Residency at the Banff Centre. After attending the residency Jacob returned to Banff as a company member with Red Sky in which he performed as a dancer and choreographer in multiple showcases in Banff and Vancouver, Canada. Jacob is currently in his third season dancing with Giordano Dance Chicago and his second season as a main company member. Love, light, and gratitude.