Summer Workshop Series: Monday’s 7:30-9 PM, July 9th – August 20

We are thrilled to offer our Summer Workshop Series on Monday evenings from 7:30-9 PM.  See schedule and class descriptions below.  $17 or card punch.  Choose to take one class or all!

Broadway Jazz with Mitch Rosengarten, July 9, 13, 20, 27

Mitch Rosengarten (former member of AEA, SAG, AFTRA) has enjoyed a thriving career as a dancer, singer, and actor, predominantly in theatre. His Broadway/National touring credits include The 1995 Broadway/National Tour revival of Hello Dolly! Starring Carol Channing, multiple companies of the ongoing revival of Chicago (Swing), West Side Story (both the USA and across Europe as the Chino and Baby John U/S), Applause! Starring Stephanie Powers. Regional credits include multiple productions of Guys & Dolls (Rusty, Ensemble), Fiddler on the Roof (Fiddler, bottle dancer), A Chorus Line (Paul), The Music Man (Tommy Djilas), etc. Mitch was part of the first working group on Fosse with Chet Walker and Gwen Verdon.

Class description:  After a thorough warm-up, dancers will have the opportunity to learn both original choreography and choreography from various shows Mitch performed in.  Jazz or character shoes are welcome though not necessary.  This workshop is geared toward the experienced dancer.

Gaga-inspired Modern with Milena Hartog, August 6

Milena Hartog was born in New York City, and moved to the Netherlands at age five. In Amsterdam, she studied at the Dutch National Ballet Academy and had the opportunity to perform works by Van Manen, Petipa, Balanchine, Van Schayk, and Naharin, among others. In addition, she danced in various productions with the affiliated HET National Ballet. The past few years, Milena has danced with State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, CA and Princeton Youth Ballet in Princeton, NJ. She was a guest artist for Lake Erie Ballet’s Nutcracker, where she performed the lead role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Milena has performed in, and choreographed numerous contemporary works across the country, and now works at Portland Ballet as the Assistant to the Artistic Director.

Class description:  Before choreographing and dancing in contemporary projects across the US, Milena was initially taught contemporary from masters from Netherlands Dance Theater and Batsheva. The Gaga-movement language was of great importance and is something she now implements in her own classes. Gaga allows for an experience of freedom, widening the range of movement, and fostering a greater confidence to improvise. Students should wear comfortable clothes (socks & clothes that cover knees and shoulders), and expect to find new ways of moving.  This workshop is geared toward the experienced dancer.

Contemporary with Victoria Perreault, August 13

Victoria Perreault received most of her professional training in Los Angeles on a Tremaine National Scholarship & in the San Francisco area with some of the most talented choreographers and educators. She has been a guest judge for Dance Masters Nationals in San Jose, CA.  Victoria also filmed a commercial with Star Wars George Lucas, performed for Tom Hanks, and danced on the TV pilot More than Entertainment.  In California, Viki wrote & directed Amour Du Mal (an original play told through dance) for Visual Rhythm Dance Company.  For years, she was guest jazz & hip hop instructor at San Jose State University, as well as a teacher for several amazing studios which included student Nick Lazzarini who emerged as the winner of SYTYCD first season. Some of her former students have gone on to Broadway and successful careers in dance.

Class description:  Dancers will be lead through a warm-up and choreography that moves in and out of the floor.  Be prepared to be challenged and inspired!  Geared to the intermediate to advanced dancer.

Heels with Victoria Perreault, August 20

Class description:  Dancers are welcome to take the class in any type of shoe or barefoot if best.  The style and mood of the movement are more important than the footwear.  Open to all experience levels.