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This workshop is designed for highly dedicated dancers to experience NEW and exciting 
technique, styles, combos and training from some of today's top dance industry faculty. 

This Summer Dance Intensive program is open for all dancers currently registered for the
2018-2019 season at Premiere Dance Academy, and ONLY invited dancers and teachers
at other dance studios/ academies by our camp directors.  This is not an OPEN TO ANYONE
Summer Dance Intensive. If you wish to attend please contact one of our camp directors.
Thank you.

Summer Dance Intensive August 24th – August 28th, 2020

The Summer Dance Intensive Camp Artistic Director (Lisa Horvath) will review all registrations to
ensure your dancer is placed in the correct level(s).

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August 24th – August 28th, 2020


HOMG SDI - August 24th -August 28th, 2020 - Daily Schedule

Summer Dance Instensive

FACULTY

AMY BURNS - Tap - August 24th - 28th

Amy Burns

Amy will be teaching, Tap August 24th - August 28th

Amy Burns Bio

Amy has trained and performed extensively in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern Contemporary & Lyrical Jazz from a very young age, and has been teaching and choreographing Tap full-time for 26 years throughout the Lower Mainland, Northern B.C. (Smithers) and annual Summer School programs on Vancouver Island.

She has a long list of accomplishments and award-winning competitive performances in Canada and the U.S. In July of 2009, it was with great excitement that she and 22 of her students participated in the “New York City Tap Festival” where they trained with world-renowned Masters and by audition, were chosen to perform their award-winning routines “Off Broadway” to a sold-out theatre. That evening Amy was honored with being chosen as the recipient of the “2009 NYC Tap Festival Outstanding Teacher/Choreographer Award” for her “Outstanding Dedication and Commitment to the Art of Tap Dancing”. It is with great joy and pride that Amy was able to nourish her own heartfelt passion and love of Tap for many years amid her hectic schedule, to perform professionally as a member of Vancouver’s “Urban Tap Squad Company”, throughout British Columbia and beyond. In September 2006 they showcased part of their tour show, “Urban Interludes” to sold-out audiences at The Vancouver Roundhouse.

Her “passion” for Tap leads her to train extensively each year (for the past 28 years) in advanced/accelerated workshops and festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, attending “Tappin With The Masters 1993” in Portland Oregon, “The Seattle Tap Festival” – 1994, 1995, “Minneapolis Tap Festival” - 1998, successfully auditioned and was chosen to attend an exclusive Residency Workshop in NYC in 1999 with Heather Cornell Manhattan Tap, “Minneapolis Legends of Tap” – 2000, “The Edge” in Los Angeles – 2002, “The New York City Tap Festival”/NY City – 2004, “Edmonton Tap Giants Festival” – 2005, “Maui Tap Festival” - 2006 & 2007, “The Chicago Human Rhythm Project” - 2007, “Tap City Tap Festival in NYC” - 2009, “Third Coast Rhythm Project in Texas” - 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, and 2017, “Tappin in the Twin Cities” (Minneapolis) – 2015, 2016,2017,2018 & 2019. In August of 2016 and June of 2019, she took the opportunity to travel to New York City, where she trained at Broadway Dance Centre and Steps on Broadway!

All of these festivals have given her the priceless privilege to train with extraordinary historical world-renowned Tap Masters such as the late amazing legends of Tap - Jimmy Slyde, Harold Cromer, Cholly Atkins (Motown Choreographer), Robert Reed and Vancouver’s own, Jeni Legon. Amy has also been privileged to train numerous times with Heather Cornell (Manhattan Tap), Brenda Bufalino (American Tap Dance Orchestra), Dianne Walker (“Lady Di”), Skip Cunningham, Lane Alexander, Terry Brock, Jason Samuels, Lisa LaTouche, , Bruce Stegman, Chester Whitmore, Leelah Petronio, Mark Mendonca, Johnson & Peters, Lynn Dally, Chloe Arnold, Grant Swift, Mark Yonally, Yukiko Sashimi (“Smiley”), Jimmy Payne, Acia Gray, Derick Grant, Tre Dumas and Nicole Hockenberry among many, many others.

In addition to her own passion for and dedication to ongoing training, Amy takes many of her students each year to Tap Festivals throughout the U.S. to experience and learn from the same historical Tap Masters and meet other students from around the world who share the same passion.

In 1998, Amy had the thrill of a lifetime, when she trained at the Minneapolis Tap Festival with “legend extraordinaire” Savion Glover and his brother Abron Glover (then performing on Broadway in “Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk”). She has also participated in the VTDS Tap Festival in Vancouver for 13 years and was privileged to perform in the 2003 VTDS Festival finale at the Vancouver Playhouse, “It’s About Time, It’s About Tap”. Since its inception Amy’s students are so honoured to perform in the International Tap Day celebration in honor of the birthday of the legendary “Father of Tap”, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

It is Amy’s desire to share with her students of all ages, her diversified training, technique, musicality and rhythm, and most of all, her genuine love and passion for Tap Dance. Her renowned and unique choreography comes from within her soul and captures the very essence of “Tap” and its beautiful rhythms speak to this beautiful and historical language. With her love of teaching children of all ages and adults, she foremost encourages fun and embracing the love and joy of “Tap”, with patience and positivity. She teaches and encourages her students to “un-tap” the joy of this wonderful instrument and music within them and to truly hear and articulate their own “joyful noise”.

 

Andrea

ASHLEY IRVIN - Jazz - August 24th - 28th

Ashley Irvin

Ashley will be teaching Jazz, August 24th - August 28th

Ashley Irvin Bio

Ashley Irvin is a multi-talented professional dancer/choreographer from Calgary, AB, Canada where she found her love for dance under the guidance of Susan Mensinger and many others. Ashley has trained and performed internationally in Los Angeles, Alvin Ailey (New York), Las Vegas, Toronto, Vancouver, Germany, Austia and Switzerland. Currently she is based in Germany as choreographer/coach/dancer/stage producer with Academy Concepts and various other training programs and productions

Her camera and stage work includes work with Helene Fischer, Dj Bobo, Supertalent, Let's Dance Germany, America’s Best Dance Crew, Kanye West, The Dream, and Groove Academy to name a few. Ashley’s repertoire includes jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop, African, Horton, ballet and ballroom styles. Ashley brings passion, personality, and high production value to all her projects.

 

Ashley

CHRISTIE LEE MANNING - Contemporary - August 24TH - 28th

Christie Lee Manning

Christie Lee Manning will be teaching, Contemporary August 24th - August 28th

Christie Lee Manning Bio

Christie’s latest role was playing Queen Elenora in UnTitled Dance Company’s third full length production, ‘Astoria’. Prior to that she played the iconic Shirley MacLaine in the premiere of ‘Welcome To The Grand’, a jazz theatre production celebrating 100 years of cabaret. Christie also shined as a leading actress and dancer in ‘How To Solve A Problem Like Murder’, an immersive phenomenon currently entering its fifth season, and ‘1.9.2.7’, a smash hit 1920s immersive prohibition production.

Christie has worked commercially with such artists as Jack Whitehall, Lenny Kravitz, Michael Buble, Nelly Furtado, Miike Snow, and Suzie McNeil. Other credits include The Voice, Netflix, New Balance, Telus, Nickelodeon, Ikea, Equinox,‘Package Deal’ (TV), ‘Warehouse 13’ (TV), and Sky 1's 'Got To Dance' Season 5, mentored by celebrity judge Adam Garcia.

Christie has worked extensively with Lukas McFarlane’s contemporary company, UnTitled. In the past three years, Christie has been a principle dancer in the company’s last four major projects, ‘Got To Dance’ Season 5, ‘Exposed’, ‘The Suffocating Truth’, and ‘Astoria’. Before that she spent two years working with Canadian company Lamondance, touring Brazil for two seasons and performing annually in Vancouver, BC. Christie sees herself as a storyteller and strives to create work that challenges the boundaries and stereotypes of jazz theatre. Her dream roles are where she can immerse herself as a performer, challenging herself both as an actress and a mover. Christie is currently studying Meisner with international acting coach Scott Williams, and hopes to be a vehicle for other storytellers for years to come.



 

Andrea

SHERI URKOW - Ballet - August 24th - 28rd

Sherri Urkow

Sherri will be teaching Ballet, August 24th - August 28th

Sherri Urkow Bio

Sherri Urkow received her training in London, U.K at the Ivy Baker School of Dance, Grandison College and Bush-Davies, under some of Britain’s top instructors. She holds her Licentiate and Associate Teaching Diplomas in Classical ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap and also holds major examinations in National, Classical Greek, Ballroom and Drama. She has also trained extensively in Musical Theatre, lyrical, modern & contemporary.

Sherri appeared in the Oscar winning movie “Oliver”, as well as various theatre productions, including “Carousel”, “Camelot” and “Under Milk Wood” to name a few and has performed for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret at the Royal Albert Hall. She has performed extensively with top names in the British entertainment industry.

After a successful professional career, she taught at all 3 of her former schools and in 1975, accepted the position of Senior instructor at the St.Albert School of Dance, Alberta, where she taught for 18 years, eventually becoming Artistic Director. In 1993, she opened her own studio, The Art of Dance in St.Albert and also founded the Stardust Dance Company, a semi-professional group, whom have performed world-wide.She has won numerous awards as a choreographer and has choreographed for many functions, including the Alberta Winter games, the Opening of the Special Olympics, the Senior Winter games, Legends Gala and a special performance for the Premier of Alberta.

Sherri’s students have gone onto prolific careers in dance, including Chicago’s Hubbard St, Azure Barton & Artists, Les Ballet Jazz du Montreal, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Cirque du Soleil, Princess, Disney, Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruise lines. A firm believer in giving back to the community, her students performed regularly at local functions and special charity and fund-raising events.

Sherri has been a member of the Alberta Dance Educators Association and served in all of their executive positions, as well as serving on various cultural boards. She won the Mayors Excellence in Teaching of the Arts Award, as well as Small Business of the year. Sherri decided to close her studio in 2013 to focus on other projects and family.

She is still in great demand as an adjudicator, judging competitions and festivals across Canada as well as a freelance choreographer and guest instructor and is looking forward to being part of this event. She wishes all participants good luck and remember to have fun !

 

Sherri

WENDI DANBROOK - Lyrical - August 24th - 28th

Wendi Danbrook

Wendi will be teaching Contemporary August 20th - August 24th


Wendi has been involved in the dance and entertainment industry for over 22 years. She has touched a wide range of the performing arts, television, modeling, stage performances, adjudicating as well as owning and operating 3 successful studios.

Wendi started her training at the young age of 4 in Edmonton; and throughout her later years followed her passion for dance to training facilities in New York and Los Angeles studying with some of the most well-known and respected teachers in the dance industry. As a free-lance Choreographer and Creative Director Wendi continues to travel across Canada, the US and Europe and Asia.

In 2015, Wendi returned from Asia where she choreographed for So You Think You Can Dance Vietnam.

Last year Wendi worked with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines teaching the auditions in Edmonton Alberta.

As the Director of Entertainment for the 2000 Winter Games and 2002 Alberta Summer Games she choreographed the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. She also choreographed the opening ceremonies for the International Aids Walk and Cancer Walk for Life in 2001

She has also produced and choreographed music videos for many local emerging artists such as Jasmine Singh as well as sat on the judging panel and choreographed for the professional CFL Edmonton Eskimos Cheerleading Team.

Wendi believes her greatest accomplishments have been the ability to train, mentor and inspire hundreds of students, many of whom are now teachers, choreographers and professional dancers around the world.

Toni

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