Summer is an exciting time at P&G! With company enrichment classes, a vibrant preschool program, and fun camps, it’s no wonder that many of our students choose to spend a part of their summer at their dance home. The highlight of our summer programming, however, is always our week-long Summer Intensives workshop.
Summer Intensives give area dancers the opportunity to work with world-renowned choreographers and master instructors. Taking classes with guests artists not only broaden the skills and horizons of our students, but also prepares them for a career in the industry and forms invaluable connections.
We’re proud to present our instructors for 2017!
Mary Beth Arrington
Mary Beth Arrington is a longtime friend of Power & Grace and regularly hosts master classes for company members. Originally from the Virginia Ballet School, followed by the Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Arrington is a well-known and respected dancer, having performed in many roles such as Swan Lake, Giselle, and The Nutcracker. Ms. Arrington is considered a master at teaching ballet technique and excels in choreographing contemporary ballets as well as restaging the classical ballets. She is currently the Artistic Director for City Ballet of Houston and an Honor Member of Southwest Regional Dance America.
A revered name in the ballet world, Luis Fuente was a principal dancer for the Joffrey Ballet, with whom he danced for 12 years and later served as Ballet Master for 3 years. He was a principal dancer for many world renowned companies including the National Ballet of Washington, Holland’s Het Nationale Ballet, London Festival Ballet, National Ballet of Spain. He later went on to serve as director and resident choreographer of the National Ballet of Spain. Throughout his career, he has also been invited as guest artist for countless dance companies in Europe and the United States. He has worked extensively for television, taught throughout Europe and the U.S., and coached professional dancers in major companies all over the world.
Visiting from Chicago, Ashley brings fresh and innovative jazz and contemporary material to our students while also emphasizing a strong technique. She has trained from a young age and her career highlights include dancing with Giordano Dance Chicago for seven years, dancing with Beyonce on more than one occasion, and even appearing on the cover of Dance Magazine. She is also the founder and Artistic Director of Dancers Awareness Project, which is on a mission to create opportunities for dance to make an impact and raise awareness on important issues in our community; the world.
An experienced instructor currently living in Los Angeles, our tap instructor, Kenji Igus, has shared the stage with notables such as Gregory Hines, Steve Zee, and Jimmy Slyde. He can be seen in a variety of media including doing work for ESPN, Capezio, and MTV, as well as videos for Jason Derulo, Tegan and Sara, and Derek Hough. Kenji has also toured with the legendary Jazz Tap Ensemble as a cultural ambassador representing the US Embassy. On his off days, Kenji teaches at UCLA and LA Valley College dealing with tap dance history and technique and can also be found teaching at Edge Performing Arts Center in West Hollywood.
Dates: June 12-16
Level I: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Level II: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Level III: 2:00pm-7:00pm
Level IV: 2:00pm-7:00pm
Placements will take place on the first day of the workshop. Please call to register.