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Summer Intensive

LACDC Summer Intensive

The LACDC Summer Intensive (age 15+) offers a space to freely express yourself, discover and explore in a non-judgmental, uplifting, and supportive environment where your uniqueness is celebrated. Join LACDC Co-Founder Kate Hutter Mason, Artistic Director Jamila Glass, and an array of L.A.'s top contemporary artists for advanced classes in ballet, contemporary, modern and jazz technique, improvisation, LACDC Repertory, and more. The curriculum of the intensive is focused on technical growth, expanding artistry, and creative exploration. If you want to develop your versatility in a wide range of movement vocabularies, then this is the place for you.

*Students ages 15-17 will be considered via an application process.

JULY 15-26, 2024

TIME

  • Monday - Friday
  • 10:00am - 4:30pm 

LOCATION          
Stomping Ground L.A.          
5453 Alhambra Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032

RATE

Register

One Week (Early Bird): $625        
Two Weeks (Early Bird): $975        
One Week (New Student): $675        
Two Weeks (New Student): $1000        
One Week (Returning Student): $575        
Two Weeks (Returning Student): $925  

  • Early Bird Rates & Returning Student Rates Available
  • Early Bird Rates end on March 31st at 5pm PST
  • **To be eligible for the "returning student" rate, a student must have attended any of our previous winter or summer intensives as a full-time student. Previous Drop-In Students are not eligible.

More Info

  • Daily Technique Classes
  • Daily Repertory Classes
  • Intimate Class Environment
  • FREE Public Showcase
  • One LACDC Logo Shirt

View our FAQs

For questions not answered on the above FAQ Sheet, email Community Relations Manager Jessie Lee Thorne - [email protected].

Faculty

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Kate Hutter Mason

Board Member

Artistic Director 2005-2015
LACDC Co-Founder 

Kate Hutter Mason is founder and owner of Stomping Ground L.A. – a community arts complex founded in 2020 on the native lands of the Kizh, Chumash, and Tongva Nations known as El Sereno/East L.A. As a foundational experience for this next step in her artistic and entrepreneurial career, Kate co-founded the L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC) in 2005, and held the Artistic Directorship from 2005 - 2015. Today, she serves as the President of the Board of Directors. Additionally, Kate works in the corporate sector applying her skills learned in non-profit arts as Director of Strategic Initiatives for the aerospace design and manufacturing company, Click Bond, that was founded by her parents and is in its 2nd generation of leadership as a family-owned and operated company. Kate is thrilled to hold many careers in balance and see how each is informed by the other including continuing to instruct dance, choreograph, and be the mother of two spirited and wonderfully free willed children, Charley and Rory, with her husband Eric.

Kate is an alumnus of the Walnut Hill School and a graduate of the University of Southern California with a BFA in Theatrical Design. Kate also holds an MFA in Dance and Choreography from Purchase College, SUNY. Kate has presented her choreography at prestigious venues throughout L.A. including the Broad Stage, Celebrate Dance at the Alex Theater, Ford Amphitheatre, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, L.A. Theatre Center, Diavolo Dance Space and Highways Performance Space. Kate was also the movement director for the band Foster The People on their 2013 Summer Tour and part of the Move campaign by indie clothing retailer Alternative Apparel. Kate has been a visiting artist at USC, UCLA, California State Long Beach, Santa Monica College, Scripps College, Chapman University, Ohio State University, Wayne State University, and Loyola Marymount University.

*Photo by Malachi Middleton

Jamila Glass | Photo by Zack Whitford

Jamila Glass

Artistic Director

  • Founding Company Member in 2005
  • Artistic Director in 2021

Filmmaker and Choreographer Jamila Glass is known for creating cinematic journeys of movement, shaping characters, and building worlds that reflect what makes us human. In addition to creating work as the Artistic Director of L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (where she joined in 2005 as a founding member), she has choreographed extensively in film and television. Her choreography work includes projects on Netflix, HBO, Hulu, BET, and PRADA and garnered mentions in NY Times, L.A. Times, Essence Magazine, Ebony Magazine, and Mashable.  She recently choreographed and co-directed two commercials for Splice, the music industry's highest quality, royalty-free sample library.

Glass began her formal training as a nine-year-old scholarship student at The Discovery Dance Group in Houston, Texas. She continued dancing in her spare time as a vocal music major at the multi-Grammy award-winning High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Jamila graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Cinema-Television (Film & Video Production) and a Minor in Advertising.

As a performer, she has worked with Ryan Heffington, Galen Hooks, Nina McNeely, Kathryn Burns, David Dorfman, Adam Parson, and Mecca Vazie Andrews.  Other credits include Netflix Original film Mascots from Christopher Guest, American Horror Story, Paul McCartney, Colbie Caillat, Foster the People tour, Mastercard, American Apparel, Samsung, & the NY Times Best Selling photography book Dancers Among Us.

Beyond the stage, Jamila, a director/screenwriter, has produced films through her production company The Cutting Room where she has directed 20 critically-acclaimed short dance films, a television pilot, and 2 music videos that have garnered international praise, including film screenings in London, Paris and Lebanon. Her previous work as a freelance editor includes documentary shorts, national radio commercials, and an award-winning independent television network. Her directorial work for LACDC includes and then life was beautiful, INSECTOS: arte y vida (commissioned by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain), and SUMMON (featuring the music by Emmy and Oscar award-winning and Grammy-nominated Kris Bowers).  She previously served LACDC's Media Director and Summer/Winter Intensive Director, elevating the company's visibility across continents.

She has taught at Schools: Pace University, UCLA, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, Texas Christian University, Hussian College Los Angeles and has created work for LACDC, Texas Christian University, Cal State Fullerton, University of Illinois Edwardsville, and Co/Motion Creation Intensive (Boston).  

Recent News: Texas Christian University’s (TCU) dance students had such a wonderful experience with Jamila Glass during her Spring 2023 residency that their School of Classical & Contemporary Dance invited her to return in the Fall of 2023 to do another teaching & choreographic residency. She was honored to share the bill for their 2023 Fall Concert with world-renowned choreographer Sidra Bell.

Jamila is represented by Movement Talent Agency and is a member of the Television Academy, the Choreographers Guild and SAG-AFTRA.

Watch her teaching reel and check out her class schedule.

*Headshot by Zack Whitford

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Jessie Lee Thorne

Community Relations Manager

Jessie Lee Thorne (she/they) is a multifaceted artist hailing from Los Angeles, California, with a skill set spanning dance, choreography, filmmaking, and creative production. Beginning their performance journey in Italy under Walter Matteini, Jessie toured extensively across Europe, Israel, and Russia. Later, as a founding member of Micaela Taylor’s The TL Collective, Jessie spent six years touring across the US, Canada, Panama, and Germany. Their prowess extends to directing and choreography, evident in award-winning films and stage productions like "Topia," commissioned by Boston Moving Arts, which received accolades such as "Best Dance Film" at the Paris Play Film Festival and "Best Screendance Short" at Indie Short Fest. Jessie's live adaptation of "Topia" premiered at The Odyssey Theater LA in 2023. Upcoming commissions include: The Boston Conservatory, Backhausdance and Mash Up Dance Company.  Their commercial dance and choreography work can be found in music videos for renowned artists including but not limited to RY X, Emmit Fenn, David Archuleta, Kevin Mchale and films like Universal's "Bobbleheads" among others. As an educator, Jessie has shared their expertise through classes and workshops at esteemed institutions like The Boston Conservatory, Chapman University, and UCLA. Jessie Lee Thorne is dedicated to a lifelong pursuit of cultivating connection through the transformative power of art.

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Heavy Boots

SI Faculty

HEAVY BOOTS creates dance theater dynamic that focuses on film and media production. HEAVY BOOTS commits to create a safe, inclusive, and challenging space that allows its collaborators artistic liberty and experimentation through a movement vocabulary we provide them. Focussing on abstracting the human condition and its interpersonal relationships, HEAVY BOOTS creates content that facilitates conversation surrounding complex behaviors and themes. By blending domestic and pedestrian behaviors with experimental dance HB creates a movement language digestible to vast audiences through accessible platforms.

 

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Ilya & Megan

SI Faculty

Megan Doheny and Ilya Nikurov met working as dancers for the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC), where they spent a total of 9 seasons performing the works of artistic director Rami Be’er throughout Israel, as well as international tours to more than 20 different countries. They were both awarded the Yair Shapira Prize for their contribution to contemporary dance in Israel (2018 & 2021).

Megan and Ilya began creating works together in 2015, and served as resident choreographers for the International Dance Journey Program in addition to creating pieces for KCDC’s main company as a part of the Alternative Stage Platform in Israel.

In 2021, they established their collaborative dance project, “Outrun The Bear”. Since then, they have been invited to perform their works throughout Europe, Israel, The United States, Japan, Mexico, Singapore and South Korea. In 2023, they collaborated on a new work during Megan’s time as an Artist in Residence at LA Dance Project, and were guest artists at Chapman University. Currently, they enjoy engaging with international audiences through live performance, nurturing artistic relationships across borders through creation and collaboration, and sharing their researched approaches to partnering with movers around the world in their “SYNC UP” explorative workshop.

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Grasan Kingsberry

SI Faculty

Grasan is an Emmy, Grammy, ACCA, and Regional BroadwayWorld Award-winning artist. With a BFA from The Juilliard School, he was featured in 11 Broadway productions including the Tony winning Best Revival of Once On This Island. Grasan contributed to the original 2005 Broadway production and the 2015 Tony, Grammy, and Emmy-winning revival of The Color Purple. Other Broadway credits: Motown, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Leap of Faith, On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Finian’s Rainbow, Catch Me If You Can, and Aida. TV: Mozart in the Jungle (Ben), Smash, Royal Pains, All My Children, Today Show. Film: The Aerialist, and I Am Legend. He has worked with choreographers such as: Robert Battle, Camille A. Brown, Donald Bryd, Warren Carlyle, Jiří Kylián, Jerry Mitchell, Casey Nicholaw, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Ohad Naharin, Paul Taylor, and Sergio Trujio. He has worked and performed with recording artists such as Beyoncé, Michelle Williams, Deborah Cox, Toni Braxton, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Holliday, Heather Headley, Harry Connick Jr., Bernadette Peters, and Wynton Marsalis. Aside from his fruitful career on Broadway, Grasan is a choreographer, director, model, vocalist, commercial actor, international teacher, and mentor who currently serves as faculty at USC Kaufman School of Dance and Debbie
Allen Dance Academy. 

 

Rebecca Lemme

Rebecca Lemme

SI Faculty

Rebecca Lemme is a choreographer, performer, educator, and visual artist. Founded in 2014, she is also Artistic Director of the performance group Acts of Matter. Her choreographic work has been commissioned for numerous universities and professional companies, and she teaches extensively in Release, Ballet and Improvisation. Significantly informed by both Release and Laban/Bartenieff techniques, she has created a unique movement style for the stage and the classroom that encourages investigation, problem solving, and versatility. Rebecca holds a BA from Princeton University in English and Theater and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Choreography.

Rebecca is an Associate Professor of Dance at California State University, Long Beach. She has been a full-time faculty member at California Institute of the Arts, where she also taught during her MFA candidacy. Additionally, Lemme has been on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, Roosevelt University, Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studio, Visceral Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet Chicago.

Rebecca has been commissioned and presented by LA Contemporary Dance Company, Heidi Duckler Dance Theater, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, Los Angeles Theater Center, River North Dance Chicago, Thodos’ New Dances, California Institute of the Arts, Loyola Marymount University, Columbia College Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Grand Valley State University, The Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival, and was a finalist chosen to present choreography for The A.W.A.R.D. Show! 2010: Chicago. Her work with Acts of Matter has been performed throughout Southern California and Chicago and toured to New Mexico in Fall 2018. Thematically and physically, Rebecca’s work is grounded in an unfettered willingness to attempt something while accepting the possibility of its failure. This physical exertion—this act of trying—is the core of humanity in her work.

Rebecca has toured nationally with contemporary repertory companies Luna Negra Dance Theater, River North Dance Chicago, Hedwig Dances, among others, working with and performing choreography by Jose Limon, Robert Battle, Daniel Ezralow, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Eduardo Vilaro, Frank Chaves, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, and Alejandro Cervera.

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Myles Lavallee

Collaborator

Choreographer | 2023 Creative Residency

Myles Lavallee was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ, where he trained at various dance studios. He grew up competing in dance competitions and won many awards including JUMP’s Teen National Title and NUVO’s Teen 1st Runner Up. In high school, he attended Arizona School for the Arts before moving away to NYC to study at the School of American Ballet. In 2011 Myles joined Ballet Arizona where he danced for four seasons. In 2014, he moved to Canada to join Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and in 2016, Myles joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for two seasons. Some of the choreographers he had the pleasure of working with and performing their works include, Crystal Pite, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, and George Balanchine. He was commissioned twice to choreograph for Ballet Arizona's Innovations program, and created pieces in both LGBC and HSDC choreographic workshops. Myles now lives in Los Angeles as a freelance artist and choreographer and travels frequently to teach and work with dancers around the country. He has been awarded the outstanding choreography award at YAGP’s Semifinals in '22, '23, and '24. He has last been seen guesting with Para Mar Dance, Post Ballet, Ishida Dance, Heidi Duckler Dance, & BODYTRAFFIC, as well as in several music videos and on Netflix and YouTube. He has recently been in process with LACDC for a new creation that will debut in the fall of '24. Myles is extremely passionate about teaching, choreographing and sharing his love for dance! 

Lady Noir

Lady Noir

SI Faculty

NAACP Image Award nominated Director on the rise, Tiffany Johnson is being sought after to helm some of the most critically acclaimed and audience loved projects in film and TV. Tiffany has directed award winning short films, music videos, a segment for Netflix’s Strong Black Lead and multiple episodes of television including Netflix’s Dear White People, Showtime’s Black Monday, Amazon’s Hunters, Peacock's Poker Face and the HBO Max documentary The Beauty Of Blackness. Also known as Lady Noir, Tiffany has not only made her mark as a NAACP Image Award nominated Director but has also embarked on a longtime passion of learning to DJ, infusing her unique artistic vision into the realm of music.

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Madison Olandt

SI Faculty

Madison Olandt is a movement artist and director based in Los Angeles. She graduated from UCLA, with a double major in Psychology and World Arts Cultures/Dance. Madison has worked with companies such as Diavolo LA, Jacob Jonas The Company, Pilobolus, Whim W'Him Seattle Contemporary Dance, Peridance Company, Dallas Black Dance Theater, USC Kaufman, UCSB Dance Company, Mike Tyus and Co, Mashup Dance Company, Iluminate, and more. She's created work in partnership with Google, Performance Paradigm, FILA, TEAM WANG, Cartier, The Music Center, Marriott Bonvoy, Anthropologie, STANCE, COACHELLA, 88 Rising, and other major brands. Her passion for film has brought her into many different spaces; creating choreography for feature films, short films, music videos, and documentaries. Her movement language comes from everywhere and simultaneously nowhere. Madison is interested in the relationship between multiple bodies in space, as much of her work centers around partnering and hyper connectivity as it relates to the human experience. 

 

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Omar Olivas

SI Faculty

Omar was born and raised in Santa Ana, California. He began his training at Saint Joseph Ballet, now the Wooden Floor, under the artistic supervision of director, Beth Burns. Omar has a Masters in Kinesiology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and graduated with a BFA in Dance as a Haggerty and William Gillespie Scholar from the University of California, Irvine, where he was a member of Donald McKayle’s student repertory dance company, Etudes. As a professional, Omar has performed nationally and Internationally with such distinguished groups as Diavolo Dance Theater, BackhausDance, Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, and Neglia Ballet. Omar premiered Donald McKayle’s Minstrel Man at the Conservatoire de Paris and Tammy L. Wong’s About Last Night for the inaugural Da:ns Festival at the Esplanade in Singapore. Aside from dancing, Omar has been teaching and choreographing dance for over 15 years. He was invited by La Salle College of the Arts, in Singapore, to set a piece for The Esplanade Da:ns Festival in 2008. He has taught master classes and set brand new works all over the world including at La Salle College of The Arts in Singapore, Ballet Centrum in Fürth Germany, University of California Irvine, Brigham Young University, Webster University, Lehrer Dance, BackhausDance, LACDC, and Ballet Centrum in Fürth Germany. In the summer of 2022 Omar earned his certification in Countertechnique under the guidance of Anouk Van Dijk. Omar is on faculty for the department of Theater and Dance at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and also co-manages CrossFit 1020 with his wife.

 

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Cody Potter

SI Faculty

Cody is a non binary dance artist currently based in Los Angeles. They began their dance and performance career in NYC, where they were a dancer and Assistant Director for In-Sight Dance Company, a nonprofit service and performance organization in Queens. Since moving to Los Angeles, they have had the pleasure of making live performances with WhyteBerg, Mollie Wolf, Heidi Duckler, Robin Conrad, Invertigo Dance Theater, Rosanna Gamson World Wide, Acts Of Matter (Rebecca Lemme)  Iris Company, LACDC Choreo Lab and Summation LA. They have also had the opportunity to work within the commercial industry with Toogie Barcelo, William Ylvisaker, Jessie Lee Thorne, Reggie Watts, Amy O’Neal, Panther Modern, Ani Taj, Sam Pinkleton, Billie Eilish, Fyohna, Austin McKenzie, Heavy Boots, AJ Lambert and Teddi Gold. 

 

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Gerran Reese

SI Faculty

I am Gerran Reese, I have been teaching dance throughout the world for the past fifteen years and consider this my true passion & purpose. I grew up in Portland, Oregon where I trained in all styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and African.

I am currently faculty at The Movement Lifestyle,  TMilly Studio, The Brea Space,  Monsters of Hip-Hop Convention (A list), AMDA (BFA Program for Performing Arts,) and The Nexxt Move Dance Convention. I have taught internationally at LAX (Paris, France) Studio 68 (London,) SDA Camp (Poland) Base Studios (London), and Brent Street (Sydney).

I have worked for artists such as Beyonce, Britney Spears, Kelly Rowland, T-Boz, Daniel Bedingfield, Carmit, Estelle, Muse, Amei, Rochelle Jordan, Kona Rose, Two-feet, and many more. I have worked with top choreographers such as Kevin Maher, Brian Friedman, Tessandra Chavez, Travis Payne, Tabitha & Napoleon, Derrell Bullock, Hi-Hat, Andye J, Tony Testa, and many more.

Credits include: Disney’s – Black is King, Monsters of Hip Hop Show Cast 2014, The Jefferson Dancers, and The NBA Blazer Hip-Hop Squad. I have done commercial campaign work for Reebok, Puma, and Nike. As well as dancing for television programs such as X-Factor, America’s Got Talent, The View, Dancing With the Stars, The TV-Land Awards, The Emmy Gala, and The Grammy’s.

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Melissa Schade

SI Faculty

Melissa Schade is a Los Angeles based choreographer. With work ranging from stage to screen, her movement tells stories, excites audiences, and brings music to life.  Some of her favorite projects include choreographing for artists like The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, Benjamin Booker, and Big Dipper and brands such as Nike, Fiat, Covergirl, and Vivienne Westwood. She is a movement director for photographer Ryan McGinley and together they have shot for the New York Times, Vogue, Vogue Italia (cover), Vogue China (cover), Harper's Bazaar (cover), Vanity Fair (cover), Apple Music, and Samsung, just to name a few. Melissa teaches contemporary, ballet, jazz, tap, and modern all over the United States to students whose experience ranges from beginner to professional. Over the past 22 years, some of her favorite faculty positions have included Ryan Heffington’s The Sweat Spot, Harvard-Westlake Middle School, and LA Contemporary Dance Company Summer Intensive. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Arizona.

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Tyrell & Latrina

SI Faculty

Creative Directors, Producers, and Choreographers... Tyrell Washington and Latrina Bolger Washington are a dynamic duo whose work has been brought to life by some of the biggest names on some of the biggest stages and platforms around the world. This couple is known for their wide range of dance styles and techniques to help capture any creative or artistry thrown their way. From the most sought after dancers, they have evolved into the creative multi-talented force behind the set design, visual storytelling, and choreography on countless shows. They serve as Supervising/Creative Producers on Jimmy Fallon’s Clash of the Cover Bands, Associate Performance Producers on The Voice, American Idol, and American Song Contest, and Choreographers on America’s Got Talent and HBO Max Legendary. Tyrell & Latrina have worked on numerous tours, live stage shows, award shows, including The Academy Awards, The Grammy’s, BET Awards, Billboard Awards, and more! They were among the first to creative produce live television in a pandemic. Throughout their career, Tyrell and Latrina have choreographed for a vast variety of artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Andy Grammer, LL Cool J, Jennifer Hudson, and so many more! This fun, easy-going couple creates magic on and off the stage!

 

LACDC's Summer Intensive immerses you in the LACDC company experience where you will have the opportunity to train and explore with a diverse group of teachers in an open and supportive environment, where your uniqueness is celebrated. You will dive into daily classes in a variety of contemporary dance styles that will encourage your versatility as a dancer and awaken your experimental spirit as an artist.  While working alongside other advanced pre-professional and professional dancers, you will have the opportunity to expand upon your current training and try new techniques that challenge, strengthen and advance your abilities as a well-rounded contemporary performer.  The program also focuses on LACDC's value of community and the group dynamic in the creative process.  We encourage a collective experience and artistic achievement as a group throughout the two-week intensive.

Check the hashtag #LACDCsummer on Instagram for more information from a student perspective.

The LACDC Summer Intensive faculty will be announced as teachers are added to the roster.  

Past intensive teachers have included Jasmine Albuquerque, Benjamin Allen, Mecca Vazie Andrews, Doug Baum, Roya Carreras, Genevieve Carson, Christian Denice, Mike Esperanza, Roderick George, Jamila Glass, Maria Gillespie, Britney Hall, Chad Michael Hall, Ryan Heffington, Charlie Hodges, Antonio Hudnell, Dominique Kelley, Derion Loman and Madison Olandt, Rebecca Lemme, Nathan Makolandra, Jillian Meyers, Bradley Michaud, Genna Moroni, Kitty McNamee, Nina McNeely, Nadine Olmo, Micaela Taylor, Gerran Reese, Melissa Schade, Spenser Theberge, Jessie Lee Thorne, WHYTEBERG, Alyson Van, Kevin Williamson, Stephanie Zaletel and more!

In addition to our guest teachers, Co-Founder of LACDC Kate Hutter Mason & Artistic Director Jamila Glass will be teaching repertory, improvisation, and composition.  The faculty roster is subject to change.

There is no deadline to register. Registration is open until we are full. We will post on the website when we are sold out.

There is no audition requirement.  The intensive is taught at a pre-professional / professional level (Ages 18+) and is recommended for advanced dancers with a minimum of 3-5 years of training in Modern, Ballet, and/or Jazz.  It is not recommended for dancers who are new to contemporary dance or are looking for an introduction to modern or contemporary technique.  The classes are fast-paced and rigorous, with a focus on pushing advanced dancers to the next level in technical skill and performance abilities.

Students 15-17 years old will be considered via a video submission application. If you are 15-17 years old and you attended a previous LACDC intensive as a full-time student, you are free to register and do not have submit a video again for open registration.

The difference between each week is that there is a new set of teachers to work with.  Students have the option to sign up for either week or both weeks. Students taking only the second week have the option of performing select material at the showcase.

The main attraction of taking both weeks is that students get more time to work on pieces of choreography and hone their performance quality in the work. The overall comfortability of the students and relationships developed between them are also stronger moving into a second week of work together.  

Additionally, the level of improvement and development over two weeks is significant in comparison to the one-week participants as they have more time to work on their craft. Students taking the full intensive will also perform in a showcase at the end of the second week.  

  • Monday – Friday:
  • Technique /  10-11:45am
  • Lunch  / 12pm-12:30pm
  • Repertory / 12:45-2:45pm
  • Technique  / 3-4:30pm

*This is a sample schedule and subject to change.

Technique can include floorwork, release technique, contemporary jazz, jazz, ballet, hip hop, and improvisation.

Yes. LACDC provides need-based and talent-based scholarships to advanced level dancers ages 15-17 and 18+. Dancers will be selected for half or full-tuition scholarships.

Scholars are selected through an application process. If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship, please fill out the scholarship application first before filling out the official registration form.

The summer intensive typically attracts students from around the world, including pre-professionals (college & high school students) as well as professional movers.  Our age demographic ranges on average from 15-35.  Students are normally seeking advanced-level classes taught in a fast-paced environment.  They are hungry for information, and want to expand beyond the styles they are comfortable with.  We often find that they are searching for ways to feel more confident in who they are inside of dance and leave with a renewed sense of self.

Check out footage from previous Intensives on LACDC's YouTube Channel. Also, check out past Summer Intensive highlights on Instagram via our OFFICIAL HASHTAG: #LACDCsummer

Sign up for our newsletter or join us on Facebook & Instagram to get updates on our 2024 Summer Intensive.

Trailer | Summer Intensive 2022 | L.A. Contemporary Dance

The venue is Stomping Ground L.A. (SGLA), 5453 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles, California 90032.

Parking Info: In consideration of our neighbors, please consider these parking options first:

  1. SGLA parking lot
  2. Parking on Alhambra Ave
  3. Parking on areas of side streets that are not in front of homes. Please note the street cleaning signs on Bullard Avenue on Thursdays and Fridays.  (You will get a ticket.)

*Also, if there are trash cans out on the curb, please do not move them from their spots.

These are the COVID Compliance Measures in association with the venue Stomping Ground L.A.

  • NO VAX CHECKS
  • MASKS OPTIONAL FOR ALL ACTIVITIES AND PERFORMANCES
  • BEVERAGES ALLOWED INSIDE THE SPACES - NO FOOD INSIDE THE VENUE

After submitting payment, be sure to complete your registration by filling out the online registration form.  Please note that we must receive payment first before filling out the form.  

Class schedule and further details will be sent in late June.  Please note that the faculty roster is subject to change. Notify us immediately if your contact information changes.

If a student must cancel their registration due to a conflict or not attend the program due to an unforeseen circumstances such as illness or injury, LACDC must be given written notice by email to [email protected].

Cancellations or withdrawals from the program made by June 24, 2024 will receive a 50% refund.  After July 8, 2024, there will be NO refunds. There will be no exceptions made to this policy in the event of a cancellation or unforeseen circumstance.

We respect the privacy and sanctity of studying together in a class environment. Therefore, we will not be allowing anyone to observe class.

The chances of students getting off the waiting list depend on the number of registered students who cancel their participation in the program.  We take people from the waiting list up until the first few days of the Intensive.  We have also been able to pull students from the waiting list every year, so it is beneficial to sign up for the waiting list if you still have a strong interest in training with LACDC.

We have had students from around the world come and train with us.  Past countries include Argentina, Australia, Austria, China, Canada, England, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, & Turkey.

Past colleges include:

Ailey/Fordham, AMDA, Arizona State University, Adelphi University, Bard College, Boston Conservatory, Brigham Young University, Cal Arts Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Carnegie Mellon University, Chapman University, Columbia College Chicago, Cornish College of the Arts, El Camino College, Elon University, George Mason University, Howard University, Indiana University, James Madison University, Johnson C. Smith University, London Contemporary Dance School, Long Beach State, Loyola Marymount University, Malone University, Marygrove College, New York University, New Zealand School of Dance, North Carolina School of the Arts, Northern Kentucky University, Oakland University, Ohio University, The Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, Palm Beach Atlantic University, Point Park University, San Diego State University, Santa Monica College, Sarah Lawrence College, Slippery Rock University, Southeast Missouri State University, Stephen F. Austin University, SUNY Purchase, Temple University, Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Texas Women’s University, Towson University, Tulane University ,UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Akron, University of Arizona, University of Auckland, University of the Arts, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Idaho, University of Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of North Texas, University of Oklahoma, University of Oregon, University of the Philippines, University of Rochester, University of South Carolina, University of South Florida, University of Southern California, University of Tennessee, University of Utah, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Wyoming, The Urdang Academy London, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wayne State University, West Texas A&M University, Wright State University, Yildiz Technical University.

Past high schools include:

Campbell Hall, Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts, High School for the Performing & Visual Arts (HSPVA), L.A. County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) and Las Vegas Academy of the Arts

Thank you to LACDC for giving us such an open space these past few weeks.  It’s been so wonderful being able to explore and go deeper in my passion in such a safe space.  I’m just so grateful that dance gives us a community of people who just get it.  I literally can’t see my life any other way.  — Nicole Flores  

I’ve had such an amazing two weeks at LACDC’s intensive!!  I’ve learned so much about myself and what I need to work on all while meeting the sweetest humans.  We learned so many styles at this intensive, but of course hip hop was my favorite. :)  — Chelsea Raymond

I cannot put into words how thankful I am to have been a part of such a refreshing and fulfilling experience. I’ve met so many wonderful souls I hope to dance with again. — Ally Pawlowski

Absolutely loved this intensive last year! I was travelling from Australia and this experience was priceless! My movement vocabulary and skill evolved from start to finish and all the choreographers were incredibly inspiring. I still utilise the exercises and improv practices to this day ❤️ highly recommend xx

Contact Community Relations Manager Jessie Lee Thorne - [email protected]

Please note that following housing and transportation options are merely suggestions and are not affiliated with LACDC.  The housing options below provide a sampling of what the area has to offer.  All coordination and responsibility is in the hands of the participant.

Venue: Stomping Ground L.A. | 5453 Alhambra Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032

The venue is in close proximity to these neighborhoods:   
Alhambra, Baird Park, City Terrace, Downtown LA, Echo Park, El Sereno, Happy Valley, Montecito Heights, Monterey Park, Newton Park, Sierra Vista, Silver Lake, South Pasadena, and University Hills
 

LA Metro
You can map out your trip here: http://www.metro.net/riding/

The simplest way to pay your fare is with cash every time you board a bus or train.  You can also purchase a Metro day pass with the TAP card.  For more information, go to: http://www.metro.net/riding/fares/

Rideshare
Uber.com OR Lyft.com

  • LA Live: Sports and entertainment complex that features popular dining venues, Regal Cinemas movie theatre, Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes, the interactive Grammy Museum, ESPN Zone, the Conga Room and the Nokia Theater. Located next to Crypto.com Arena
  • Crypto.com Arena: Hosts LA sports teams, as well as concerts.
  • REDCAT, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Music Center: Encompasses the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. All present live music and theater performances, including nationally – touring theater productions and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
  • Fig at 7th: Shopping and Dining
  • Little Tokyo: Shopping and Dining
  • Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA): Features one of the country’s most prolific permanent collections of art create after 1940, and presents ongoing exhibitions.

There are 2 types of scholarships available for advanced level dancers to train at LACDC’s Summer Intensive with LACDC Co-Founder Kate Hutter Mason, Artistic Director Jamila Glass, and an array of L.A.'s top contemporary artists.

Summer Youth Scholars:
Half and Full-Tuition Scholarships for dancers, age 15-17.

Summer Scholars: 
Half and Full-Tuition Scholarships for dancers, age 18+.

Apply Today

Summer Scholars are chosen via an application process. The general application requirements include submitting a Letter of Interest (including a description of your financial need) & a Dance Video Submission. Dancers eligible for these scholarships are highly encouraged, but not required, to attend the full two-week summer intensive.  All materials will be submitted via the online application. 

Important Dates:
-Application Deadline: April 5, 2024 @ 5pm PST
-Notify Recipients and Submissions: April 9, 2024
-Must accept position by April 14, 2024
-Must complete payment by June 1, 2024 (if applicable)

We will respond to all applicants by April 9, 2024.   After you submit your application, all you have to do is wait for our response by April 9th. 

All dancers 15-17 years old who are first-timers at the LACDC intensive must first submit materials for acceptance into the program and will be considered via a video submission application.

For scholarships: As it is a competitive application process, dancers are free to submit an additional dance video according to the listed scholarship guidelines to share more of their artistry, or we can use the same video they have already submitted.

If you are 15-17 years old and you attended a previous intensive as a full-time student, you are free to register and do not have submit a video again for open registration.  If you are 15-17 years old, attended a previous intensive as a full-time student, and you want to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete a scholarship application.

Yes, if you are a past Summer Scholar or Winter Scholar, you can apply for another scholarship for this intensive.

Any additional scholarship opportunities will be announced here.

The venue is Stomping Ground L.A. (SGLA), 5453 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles, California 90032.

Parking Info: In consideration of our neighbors, please consider these parking options first:

  1. SGLA parking lot
  2. Parking on Alhambra Ave
  3. Parking on areas of side streets that are not in front of homes. Please note the street cleaning signs on Bullard Avenue on Thursdays and Fridays.  (You will get a ticket.)

*Also, if there are trash cans out on the curb, please do not move them from their spots.

Click on the Travel Guide for some recommendations of where to stay and how to get to the space by public transportation each day.  Unfortunately, LACDC is not able to offer housing or transportation for the Summer Intensive, and it is the responsibility of the student.  But, we have had students travel here from all over the world, and often find that students stay with other students, sublet apartments together, and figure out carpooling options for the duration of the intensive. We will try to facilitate making these connections with other students interested in housing and transportation options as best we can.

Contact Community Relations Manager Jessie Lee Thorne - [email protected]

Since this is an intensive for advanced dancers, we admit select students under 18 on a case-by-case basis based on the strength of a student's dance background.  The student should also be comfortable learning with a group of adult dancers who are over 20 years old and have the discipline to remain focused in class, keeping side conversations to a minimum. We will expect everyone to conduct themselves in a mature and professional manner.

All dancers 15-17 years old who are first-timers at the LACDC intensive must first submit materials for acceptance into the program and will be considered via a video submission application.

"Advanced" refers to the extent of a student's training in ballet, modern, jazz, and contemporary. The student should be able to learn advanced material in a fast paced environment and have a healthy training background in these styles.

15-17 year olds are considered via an application process. The general application requirements include submitting a Letter of Interest (including why you want to take this intensive with LACDC), Training Background & a Dance Video Submission. All materials will be submitted via the online application.

There is no deadline to apply. We will accept submissions until the program is full.

If you are 15-17 years old and you attended a previous LACDC intensive as a full-time student, you are free to register and do not have submit a video again for open registration.

Yes, we offer a handful of scholarships for the intensive.

Contact Community Relations Manager Jessie Lee Thorne - [email protected]