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Division I

Finalists Danielle Agami

was born and raised in Israel. From 2002-2010 she danced for the Batsheva Dance Company. She also acted as artistic director and rehearsal director for Batsheva Dancers Create and received the Yair Shapira Prize for Excellence in Dance. In 2011, Agami created original work at various colleges and training programs enabling her to form Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY. Since June 2012, she created Sally meets Stu, Sheila, TacTics and will premiere Mouth to Mouth in 2014. In addition to Ate9, 2013 brought commissions by Ohad Naharin for the Batsheva Ensemble, Northwest Dance Project and L.A. Dance Project.

Nichelle Bane

was a member and soloist with the Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo. She was a line captain on the Princess Cruises Line. Some of her television and movie credits include Friends, Clueless, Austin Powers 2, Totally Blonde, and commercials for Mervyns, McDonald’s, and Bacardi. Nichelle has worked with the likes of Marguerite Derricks, Mia Michaels, and Vincent Paterson. Nichelle is currently on faculty at Edge Performing Arts Center and Los Angeles Ballet Academy. She has taught all over the US, and is an award-winning choreographer. Nichelle is the founder and artistic director of the Los Angeles based Reflections Dance Company. Recently Nichelle worked with Astra Dance Company to help bring two unique dance shows to the stage: Eleanora, an Edgar Allen Poe story and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, a 1920 German silent horror film. Both premiered in 2012 at the El Portal Theater.

Melissa Barak was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Barak has achieved a multitude of accomplishments as both a professional ballet dancer and choreographer. She has been awarded the Choo San Goh and Mae L. Wien awards for Outstanding Choreographic Promise as well as having been named one of the “25 To Watch” from Dance Magazine. She has created new

works for companies including New York City Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet. While dancing professionally with New York City Ballet and Los Angeles Ballet, she performed principal roles in Balanchine’s Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Serenade and performed with Christopher Wheeldon’s company, Morphoses, in 2009.

Jeffery Duffy began dancing

at the age of 3, but it wasn’t until his freshman year at Pebblebrook High School for the Performing Arts that he began training in classical ballet, Horton, and Graham modern techniques. He attended his fist summer intensive at The Dance Theatre of Harlem, where he was asked to stay for the fall. Since then he has trained at Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Academy East, The School of American Ballet, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Jeffery was also selected to attend the 2013 Assemblee Internationale in Toronto. He was a performer in Sylvie Guillem’s 6000 miles away performance at Lincoln Center and has performed works by Monica Bill Barnes, William Forsythe, and Paul Taylor. He is currently in his third year at The Juilliard School.

Lauren Edson, originally

from Boise, Idaho trained at Ballet Idaho, North Carolina School of the Arts and The Juilliard School. Her professional experiences include Trey McIntyre Project, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Idaho and Idaho Dance Theatre. As a choreographer, her work has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Ailey Citigroup Theatre, On the Boards and Jacob’s Pillow’s Inside/Out Series. Her awards include the Grand Prize Award at the 15th Annual Choreography Festival, winner of Ballet Pensacola’s 2013 National Choreographic Competition, Great Works 2012 Choreography Prize, Audience Favorite Award at Milwaukee Ballet’s 2013 Genesis and Winner of Northwest Dance Project’s 2009 International Choreographic Competition.

Will Johnston

received the majority of his training at AKA Dance Company under the direction of Kelly and Alex Velasquez. He holds an MFA in Dance from the University of California Irvine, a BFA in Dance Performance and Dance Choreography, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Some of Will’s credits include Clear

Talent Group, Tayeh Dance, Justin Gile’s SoulEscape, Erica Sobol’s collidEdance, Stacey Tookey’s Still Motion, Donald McKayle’s Etude Ensemble, Boogiezone’s Breed, Fox’s Glee, and Sigur Ros’ Brennistein music video. Will is the Co-Director of Boogiezone’s contemporary company, ENTITY. He travels around the country with Intrigue Dance Intensive and holds classes at Edge PAC in Hollywood and Boogiezone Utopia in Torrance. He has taught and choreographed for numerous studios and workshops across the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Australia.

Alexander Jones

was born in Bell Flower, California and raised in San Francisco. He is a 2010 California Arts Scholar and a 2011 Sunny Brown Foundation award winner and has danced professionally with Dawson Dance SF. He has also performed works by Paul Taylor, Monica Bill Barnes, and Emery LeCrone. He began his formal training at the San Francisco Ballet School where he stayed for eight years on full scholarship and studied extensively at the Lines Ballet School and at the Academy of Ballet in San Francisco and in 2011, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco under the direction of Elvia Marta. Alex is currently a third-year student in the dance division at The Juilliard School.

Kelli Leighton is the artistic

director and founder of the awardwinning company CORE Contemporary Dance (formerly known as CORE Dance Collective). In March 2011 she choreographed Silent Noise, in collaboration with Gottfried Helnwein, which debuted as the first dance piece commissioned by the Crocker Art Museum. Other works she created were featured at prestigious events including the White Wave Festival (2011) and the International Choreographers Competition (2012). For two seasons, 2010-11 and 2012-13, Kelli was awarded Dance Educator of the Year for the Sacramento region, and recently opened Leighton Dance Project, a premier training center and home of CORE.

Marissa Osato graduated

Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in Dance and BA in Literary Journalism. Marissa has danced with modern dance legend Donald McKayle’s repertory company, Etude Ensemble, Boogiezone’s BREED Dance Company, Erica Sobol’s collidEdance, and Tessandra Chavez’s Unity LA. She has performed on shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show and

FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, and has worked with musical artists such as Coldplay, Rihanna, Patti LaBelle, Taylor Dayne, and Charice. Marissa teaches at studios across the U.S. as well as in Europe, Australia, Guam, and South America. She is the proud co-founder and co-director of ENTITY Dance Company.

Teddy Tedholm

has a unique style of movement and obvious love of dance that mark his noteworthy performances. For several years Teddy has traveled the United States assisting major choreographers including Billy Larson, Erica Sobol and Emily Shock. He considers his choreography to be research, both of new types of movement and new topics or ideas. He currently resides in New York City where he produces his own work for various performances. Most recently his work was nominated for a World Dance Award for Best Choreography in a Concert/Live Performance.

Melissa Thodos has been

described by critics as “a choreographer with a bright and lively imagination” or as Broadway legend Ann Reinking put it “she has a way of moving; of approaching dance, that is informed by history, based on her personal experience, and totally unique.” Her work has been presented in venues coast to coast, including Alaska, as well as internationally. Born in Evanston, Illinois, Melissa received early dance training at the Evanston School of Ballet. She continued her study of both classical and contemporary technique at Skidmore College. She was a featured performer, choreographer and teacher with The Chicago Repertory Dance Ensemble performing her own work as well as works by Paul Taylor, Lar Lubovitch, Zeva Cohen and established Chicago based artists. As a choreographer, Thodos has received numerous awards and grants.

President & CEO’s Statement

The Choreography Festival invites you to experience some of the newest and most exciting dance being created today. At the same time, the Festival provides unique and vital educational experiences to young people throughout the Coachella Valley. Since its inception, we have featured over 500 choreographers and awarded nearly a half-million dollars in prize money. Our Lifetime Achievement honoree Jacques d’Amboise once said “Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy.” We agree. And that’s one of the reasons that we decided this year to host the first annual Palm Desert International Dance Festival, of which the Choreography Festival is a signature event. Dance is universal but not always adequately celebrated. We wanted to shine a brighter spotlight this season on this joyful art form. We are so happy you are here to help us do that.


On behalf of the Board of Trustees, staff and volunteers of the McCallum Theatre, I want to welcome you to our Theatre for the Sixteenth Annual Choreography Festival. We are so proud of this program and the opportunities it has provided over the years to so many talented artists, under the auspices of our education division, the McCallum Theatre Institute.

Our deepest thanks to each of our sponsors, particularly the City of Palm Desert and Palm Springs Life. Please take a moment to scan the full list of sponsors noted in this program book. We could not bring this wonderful Festival to our community without them and we value their support. We hope you enjoy today’s performance and return for outstanding performances next week by I.aM.mE Crew, Lula Washington Dance Theatre and Ballets Jazz de Montréal. Your support of dance at the McCallum Theatre will allow us to continue with these fine programs. And while Irving Berlin cautioned us that “there may be trouble ahead,” he knew that we should “just face the music and dance.”

Mitch Gershenfeld President & CEO

Artistic Director’s Statement Welcome to the 16th annual Choreography Festival and debut of the Palm Desert International Dance Festival. So much dance bursting in such a short space of time offering a range of styles from neoclassical to hip hop. This year’s choreography competition, original and fresh, may prove a tight contest. New is a $10,000 Grand Prize. The powerful and diverse line-up includes many returning finalists and past winners as well as work from brilliant newcomers and we, the audience, are really the true winners. Among other things, these works explore the depth and importance of community and personal relationships with music ranging from Vivaldi to Mumford & Sons, and poetry by Allen Ginsberg. In addition to public performances, the McCallum Theatre Institute is offering more dance via its Field Trip Series and Aesthetic Education Program. Highlights include Milwaukee Ballet, featuring the choreography of Petr Zahradnicek, winner of last year’s Paid Engagement Award, and multiple Festival award winner, Backhausdance. The Institute continues the exceptional East Valley Dance Project, now in its 7th year and the Studio Project now in its 3rd year. Both projects encourage local students to explore dance in all of its dimension and splendor. Jacques d’Amboise our 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient has a special history with the McCallum Theatre. In 1991, Jacques came to the young Theatre and mounted The Shooting of Dan McGrew utilizing school children from all across the valley with local choreographers and dance teachers assisting in the endeavor. Twenty-two years later the circle is complete as we honor Jacques for his career as dancer, actor, choreographer and educator. I invite you to read more about this phenomenal deserving talent and gifted human being on page 7. The Palm Desert International Dance Festival will also inspire. Lula Washington Dance Theatre founded by our 2000 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Lula Washington, affords a unique reflection of the human experience and a glimpse into the culture of Black America. The company has been busy teaching at four local dance studios while sharing Lula’s incredible life story. Additional performances by Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Canada’s preeminent dance troupe and I.aM.mE Crew, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 6 winner, offer a fresh approach to concert dance “Inspiring, Motivating, and Energizing” audiences everywhere. Kudos and gratitude to our sponsors, the McCallum Theatre staff and crew, the City of Palm Desert, and you, the audience, and a fond farewell salute to our decorated war hero, Colonel Rudy Bellan, who passed away in August. He and his dancer wife, Joy, have been sponsors of the Festival since its inception in the Palm Desert Civic Center Park. We will miss you. Now on with the show!

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Sponsors Presenting City of Palm Desert

Platinum Harold Matzner

Gold Mette Bodtcher & Ted Giatas Donna MacMillan George Papas

Silver Carolyn Kissel Anderson The Coeta & Donald Barker Foundation Rebecca Benaroya Rosemarie & Dean Buntrock Dr. Russell Grant & Paul Cracchiolo Frank & Alvera Gaeta Susan & Warren Gelman Madeleine Larson Terry & Paul Lubar Barbara & Jerry Lundberg Francesca Luzuriaga Bette & Bill Pattis

Bronze Bob Archer & Chuck Hilliar Roger Bredahl & Marvin Meyers Jean C. Carrus John Conboy & Robert Messner Marge & Jim Eggers Marcella Halter Kay Hanson Lori & Tom Huling Gloria & Roy Kohn Maryanov, Madsen, Gordon & Campbell, CPAs Olga Morales Elise & Marty Pasetta Barbara Platt Linda & Manny Rider Louis & Mary Silver Foundation Sally St. John Jean B. Viereck Jerry Weyer Chip Wickett

Copper John Bomgardner Cardriner Bowden COD Alumni Association Bernard Debonne Tom & Mary French Angie & Harvey Gerber Jennie & Bob Inch Cookie Miller Cynthia & Morris Muscatel Dr. & Mrs. Theodore Pavlick Mike & Erika Swimmer Barbara Sylvor-足Marks Sherwyn Turbow

We wish to thank the following individuals and organizations for their generosity in making this event possible.

Contributors Suzan Appel Mary Kay Arbuthnot Betty Battista Cardriner Bowden College of the Desert Costco Donna Jean Darby Sharon DiHaworth Sylvia Gregoire Jack Hartin Barbara Klein Ms. Maxine Marcellin Amanda Mercer-足Neder Terri Neuman Patino Protective Services Linda Rider Gloria Rosen Carol Sansevero Beverly Schow Marcia Stein Tom Steinwachs Barbara Weightman Wendy Willson Phyllis & Murray Wine

Media KESQ - Gulf California Broadcasting Palm Springs Life Magazine 3

Over the past 16 years the festival has‌ presented the works of 561 choreographers presented 577 pieces of choreography awarded $492,300 to deserving choreographers awarded 11 paid engagements served 9,912 workshop/residency participants honored 16 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients served 28,900 audience members

What fun it is that we are dancing with the stars. Congratulations on a wonderful future. DONNA MACMILLAN GOLD SPONSOR


Thank you McCallum for all the joy that you bring to the community. GEORGE PAPAS GOLD SPONSOR

Congratulations on McCallum Theatre’s grand jeté into an exciting future! With warm wishes, METTE BØDTCHER & TED GIATAS GOLD SPONSORS


Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients 1998 Marc Breaux Award winning dancer, director and choreographer 1999 Grover Dale Tony Award winning director and founder of

1998 Mambo Mania Javier Velasco/San Diego Ballet

Samel Loves Lilith Brian Fretté/Hit & Run Productions 1999 Bulb Bubba Carr/Subliminal Movements

2000 Lula Washington Choreographer and dance educator

2000 Common Ground Carley Conder/Scottsdale CC

2001 Joe Tremaine Dance educator and choreographer

2001 Subway Frit and Frat Fuller/Kin Dance

2002 George Chakiris Golden Globe & Academy Award winning dancer and actor

2002 Le Coeur Illumine´ Marie de la Palme

2003 Dee Dee Wood Emmy Award winning choreographer, director and dancer

2003 Sliding Down Garrett Ammon/Ballet Memphis

2004 Carmen de Lavallade Dancer, actress and choreographer 2005 Donald McKayle Choreographer, dancer and dance educator 2006 Rudy Perez Choreographer and dance educator 2007 Glen Tetley Choreographer (dedication) 2008 Alan Johnson Choreographer, dancer and director 2009 Nigel Lythgoe Choreographer, dancer and Executive Producer of So You Think You Can Dance 2010 Eugene Loring Choreographer and dancer (dedication) 2011 Julie McDonald Dancer and Founder of MSA Agency 2012 Colleen Neary/Thordal Christensen Dancers and Artistic Directors of Los Angeles Ballet 6

Grand Prize Winners

2004 Flicker and Shift Laura Gorenstein Miller/Helios Dance Theater 2005 Duet Viktor Kabaniaev 2006 Their Song Greg Sample/CDA Las Vegas 2007 Falling Petals Ting-Ting Chang/ Dream Dance Contemporary Arts 2008 A Ritual Dynamic Jon Lehrer/LehrerDance 2009 Forces Jamel Gaines/Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn 2010 Fragments Olivier Wevers/Whim W’Him 2011 Monster Olivier Wevers/Whim W’Him 2012 Two Against One Lauren Edson/Boise Dance Co-op

2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

Jacques d’Amboise Recognized as one of the finest classical dancers of our time, Jacques d’Amboise now leads the field of arts education with a model program that exposes thousands of schoolchildren to the magic and discipline of dance. In 1976, while still a principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Mr. d’Amboise founded National Dance Institute in the belief that the arts have a unique power to engage and motivate individuals towards excellence. His contributions in arts education have earned him numerous awards and honors including: The Governor’s Award for outstanding contributions to the arts and culture of New York State (1986); The Paul Robeson Award for excellence in the field of the humanities (1988); The First Annual Producers Circle Award for public service (1989); a 1990 MacArthur Fellowship: The Capezio Award (1990); The Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1993); The Museum of the City of New York – $24 Award; The National Caring Award, The Caring Institute (1995); The Kennedy Center Honors (1995); NCEA St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award (1996); The National Medal of Arts (1998); The Dance Magazine Award (1999); Town Hall Friend of the Arts Award (2000); The Heinz Award (2001); People First Honoree, People Magazine (2002); The Arison Award (2002); The James Keller Youth Award, The Christophers (2002); The Mayor’s Award for Arts & Culture (2004); induction into The American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2007); The Children’s Champion Award, Child Magazine (2007); The Vasterling Award for Artistic Vision and Excellence in Dance (2010); The Fred and Adele Astaire Award (2011); Dance Teacher Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2011); and The Nancy Hank Fellowship – Duke University. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Juilliard School, Duke University, Boston College, University of the South, Franklin Pierce College, St. Joseph College, Montclair State University, Monmouth University, Bates College, Saint Peter’s College, the College of New Rochelle, and Bank Street College of Education. Mr. d’Amboise is also an Honorary Big Brother.

He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin’, a 1984 PBS documentary film about his work with NDI, won an Academy Award, six Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award, the Golden Cine Award, and the National Education Association Award for the advancement of learning through broadcasting. He has also served as a full professor and Dean of Dance for two years at SUNY Purchase, and for 11 years as visiting professor at the College of Creative Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara. Mr. d’Amboise began his ballet training with Madame Seda in Washington Heights, New York. Within a year, at the age of eight, he continued his studies at the School of American Ballet with George Balanchine, Anatola Oboukhoff and Pierre Vladimiroff. At age 12 he performed with Ballet Society, the immediate predecessor to New York City Ballet. Three years later, barely 15, he joined New York City Ballet and the following year made his European debut at London’s Covent Garden. As Balanchine’s protégé, Mr. d’Amboise had more works choreographed specifically for him by The Ballet Master than any other dancer, including the ballets: Stars and Stripes, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Episodes, Figures in the Carpet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jewels, Raymonda Variations, Meditation, and Brahms- Schoenberg Quartet. Mr. d’Amboise is most remembered for his portrayal of what critics called “the definitive Apollo.”

“The arts open your heart and mind to possibilities that are limitless. They are pathways that touch upon our brains and emotions and bring sustenance to imagination. Human beings’ greatest form of communication, they walk in tandem with science and play, and best describe what it is to be human.” — Jacques d’Amboise

As a choreographer, Mr. d’Amboise’s credits include almost twenty works commissioned for New York City Ballet. Mr. d’Amboise’s work in dance education has taken him all over the world—from the extremes of Yakutsk, Siberia, to the Danakil Desert in Ethiopia, from over 1,200 feet below sea level at the Dead Sea to the mountains of Nepal, and from the dryness of the Atacama Desert in Chile to rainforests on the island of Kauai in the Hawaiian Chain. Over the last 30 years, NDI programs in New York City and its associates, both nationally and internationally, have reached and influenced over 2 million children, in particular the programs National Dance Institute have integrated with the city of Shanghai, China.


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Opening Remarks by Kajsa Thuresson-Frary

ACT I Subtle Passages Choreographer MELISSA THODOS Company Thodos Dance Chicago Music Don’t Blow It by Cliff Martinez & A1 by Olafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm Lighting Design Nathan Tomlinson Costume Design Nathan Rohrer Dancers John Cartwright, Annie Deutz, Ray Dõnes, Tenley Dorrill, Kyle Hadenfeldt, Joshua Manculich, Jon Sloven, Alissa Tollefson, Jessica Miller Tomlinson, Diana Winfree

Imagine Choreographer NICHELLE BANE

Saturday November 9, 2013 $10,000 Grand Prize $3000 Second Place $1250 Ensemble Awards $1000 Small Group Awards $750 Duet Awards $500 Solo Awards Paid Engagement Award


Company Reflections Dance Company Music Imagine by Drehz Lighting Design Allan Clark Dancers Olivia Bollfrass & Jarrod Paulson

La Follia Choreographer MELISSA BARAK Company The Barak Ballet Music La Follia by Antonio Vivaldi Costume Design Ruth Fentroy Dancers AJ Abrams, Seth Belliston, Season De Angelis, Kelly Ann Sloan

ACT II A Voided Space

As the Sky Settles



Company ENTITY Dance Company Music After the Storm & I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons Lighting Design Will Johnston & Marissa Osato Dancers Victoria Acker, Courtney Bradley, Karen Chuang, Aimee Ferguson, Aisha Gibbs, Alec Guthrie, Tess Hewlett, Will Johnston, Grayson McGuire, Raymond Naval, Marissa Osato, Ashley Paige, Diana Schoenfield, Emily Silber, Bailey Stump, Mikeal Villela, Anthony Westlake

Company ENTITY Dance Company Music Joy by Ellie Goulding & Jim Eliot & Explosions by Ellie Goulding & John Fortis Lighting Design Will Johnston & Marissa Osato Dancers Victoria Acker, Courtney Bradley, Karen Chuang, Aimee Ferguson, Aisha Gibbs, Alec Guthrie, Tess Hewlett, Will Johnston, Grayson McGuire, Raymond Naval, Marissa Osato, Ashley Paige, Diana Schoenfield, Emily Silber, Bailey Stump, Mikeal Villela, Anthony Westlake

Open it to Speak Choreographers JEFFERY DUFFY & ALEXANDER JONES Company LANGUAGE Music Adagio, Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach, My Funny Valentine by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, America by Allen Ginsberg, & Abide with Me by Henry Francis Lyte & William Henry Monk Dancers Jeffery Duffy & Alexander Jones

I Hit the Ground Choreographer LAUREN EDSON Company lauren edson + dancers Music Wild is the Wind by Dimitri Tiomkin & Ned Washington, Crown of Love by Arcade Fire & Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) by Sonny Bono Lighting Design Jason Fassi Costume Design Lauren Edson, provided by Ballet Idaho Dancers Lauren Edson, Yurek Hansen, Jason Hartley, Nell Rollins, Mallory Welsh, Jem Wierenga


my feet. Choreographer TEDDY TEDHOLM Music A Case of You by Joni Mitchell Dancer Teddy Tedholm

Home Choreographer KELLI LEIGHTON Company CORE Dance Collective Music To Build a Home by The Cinematic Orchestra Lighting Design Myke Kunkel Costume Design Tina DeVine Dancers Alexis Bailey, Blair Cacanando, Anne David, Cat Davis, Christina Day, Jamie Day, Andrew Hopper, Marguerite Knipe, Jacob Montoya, Ashley Willingham

Getting There Choreographer MELISSA THODOS Company Thodos Dance Chicago Music Intro by The XX Lighting Design Nathan Tomlinson Costume Design Branimira Ivanova Dancers John Cartwright, Annie Deutz, Joshua Manculich, Diana Winfree


Sally meets Stu Choreographer DANIELLE AGAMI Company Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY Music Keyboard Concerto in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach & Desert Sunrise by Setrak Sarkissian Lighting Design Andrew Munie Costume Design Natalie Capell/Atelier de Moda Dancers Danielle Agami, Sarah Butler, Ariana Daub, Margot Gelber, Rebecah Goldstone, Nadav Heyman, Sarah Lyman, David Maurice, Scott McCabe, Genna Moroni, Julia Planine-Troiani

2013 Lifetime Achievement Award

Jacques d’Amboise Presented by Marie de la Palme Video Masterclass with Jacques d’Amboise by Karen Goodman & Kirk Simon

East Valley Dance Project Video by point7west

Division I Award Presentation Finalist Placement Awards Second Place Award Paid Engagement Award Grand Prize Award

As a young girl in Cincinnati, my dream was to come to New York and dance with Balanchine’s New York City Ballet. My best friend and I would spend countless nights dancing around her living room, and one of the sturdy armchairs was my partner. I had named this armchair Jacques D’Amboise. To actually come to New York a few years later and then dance with him was my dream come true. He would frequently come to adagio class when I was a student and ask to try some steps with me. My diary confesses the excitement and regard he inspired. We soon became partners and had a thrilling time dancing onstage—our motto was “dance with abandon”. Balanchine was always trying—with great difficulty—to teach men how to dance with a woman—not in spite of her but for their mutual glory. Jacques was willing to learn and his integrity dictated that he practice this very sophisticated concept of service. He ennobled the role of the male dancer beyond bravura technique. He always presented his ballerinas first, and it takes a great person to do that. Congratulations, Jacques, on a much deserved honor and award.

Suzanne Farrell

Presented by Shea New & Mitch Gershenfeld

Division I Judges Margo K. Apostolos Larry Billman Kevin Carlisle Jodie Gates Carl Jablonski Molly Lynch Donald McKayle Jamie Nichols Michele Roberge SUZANNE FARRELL, JACQUES D’AMBOISE & GEORGE BALANCHINE


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ACT I Beauty Lies Beyond Choreographer JARED BAKER Company University of Arizona Music Run Boy Run by Yoann Lemoine & Ambroise Willaume Dancers Drew Adams, Marissa Dudenake, Emily Hollowell, Terra Kell, Amanda Kolodney, Bailey Krouse, Hannah Larson, Carey Segal, Danielle Snyder, Kelsey Walsh, Alex Yonkovich

Fragility Choreographer JESSIE RILEY Company Westside Dance Project Music Opening by Philip Glass Dancers Alyssa Allen, Paige Borowski, Samantha Grayson, Megan Guise, Nicole Ishimaru, Jessica Richens, Hayoung Roh, Jack Taylor

Latcho Drom Choreographer CHARLES MAPLE

Sunday November 10, 2013 $3000 Grand Prize $1000 Second Place $625 Ensemble Awards $500 Small Group Awards $375 Duet Awards $250 Solo Awards

Company Maple Youth Ballet Music Tzigane by Maurice Ravel Lighting Design Charles Maple Costume Design Genelle Johnson Dancers Erin Crittendon, Juliana Godlewski, Hayley Johnson, Hyemi Kang, Camille Kellems, Chiara Mooney, Anna Reiser, Ali Wilson, Sadie Wood

After the Storm Choreographer DANA METZ Music After the Storm by Mumford & Sons Dancers Chaz Buzan & Teisha Metz


Divergence Choreographer CONNY MATHOT Company Los Angeles Ballet Academy Music Divergence by Daniel Bernard Roumain Dancers Nisha Batta, Lesley Cole, Maria Parades, David Precido, Lia Solomon, Sophia Tatum, Genevieve Waldorf, Brennan Wall, Zoe White


Rolling in Stillness


Choreographer CHORONG YANG Company Irvine Valley College Music Pacific Ocean by John Grout, Intermittante by Keili Olsen & Sweet Demure by Beats Antique Lighting Design Jim Rynning Costume Design Chorong Yang Dancers Jenan Berri, Meghan DeGrave, Stormy Gaylord, Michelle Hicks, Alex Lee, Stephanie Lin, Nicole Osbon, Megan Pulfer, Madison Simons, Rukako Takahashi

Little Pieces Choreographer AMY BATES NAKAMURA Company Mount San Antonio College Dancers Music The Swell Season by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová & Finland by Penguin Café Lighting Design Kevin Owen & Keith Neves Costume Design Amy Nakamura Dancers Breana Centeno, Emily Davis, Melissa Espinosa, Felix Galvan, Priscilla Gonzalez, Jenessa Howard, Anthony Languren, Raquel Ortiz, Serena Ortiz, Rebecca Rey, Courtney Roush, Mina Yamakawa

ADD BONES, a Pinch of Flesh and a Dash of Spirit

edge of the world Music Si Tu Vois Ma Mere by Sidney Bechet, I’ve Never Heard This Song Before by Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn & Für Alina by Arvo Pärt Costume Design Ann Bruice & Meredith Cabaniss Dancers Gianna Burright, Genevieve Hand, Yvette Johnson, Jamie Kuljis, Alannah Pique, Charlotte Pique

Dissociative Identity Choreographer COURTNEY HANAWAY Company Northern California Dance Conservatory Music Exurgency by Zoë Keating Costume Design Courtney Hanaway Dancers Kaleigh Bane, Kelly Fiedler, Michelina Hanlon, Madelin Jamison, Tessa Magda, Nicole Smith, Kelsey Sweeting

Concentric Harmonies Choreographer FRANCISCO GELLA Company COLABO Youth Dance Collective Music Selections from Infra by Max Richter Lighting Design Eileen Cooley Costume Design Annie Acain & Elizabeth Keife Dancers Steffi Acain, Hannah Keife, Brooke Phenicie, Abby Rogue, Carissa Shimko


Choreographer JEN BRADFORD


Company Northern California Dance Conservatory Music Emboli, Kalmukki & Sarma by François Kokelaere & Paul Lazar Costume Design Susan Broaddus Dancers Kelly Fiedler, Madelin Jamison, Maya Kupperman, Tessa Magda, Richard Mazza, Makeila Lee, Kaitlyn Prather, Nicole Smith, Kelsey Sweeting, Liselle Yap

Company Mount San Antonio College Dancers Music Moan by Anders Trentemøller & Flint March by Brian Eno Lighting Design Kevin Owen Costume Design Amy Bates Nakamura Dancers Alejandra Alvarado, Mayra Causor, Emily Davis, Melissa Espinosa, Lenin Fernandez, Felix Galvan, Anthony Languren, Raquel Ortiz, Susan Pease, Rebecca Rey, Courtney Roush



The Studio Project



East Valley Dance Project

Assistant Chihiro Sano Company The Studio Project Music Where the Light Gets In by Senne Center Stage, Indio Dancers EveAnne Lippold & Lulu Schoenfeld

Video by point7west

Closer Together

CK Dance, Palm Springs Dancers Baley Kaiser, Lindsey Poist, Alexis Ruvalcaba, Darianne Zimmer

Choreographer JENNIFER BACKHAUS Assistant Chihiro Sano Company East Valley Dance Project Music Closer by Deadmau5 Dancers Guadalupe Aguilar, Heidi Alcantar, Gabby Mendez-Bautista, Crystal Beltran, Betty R. Bonner, Freddy Cardenas, Joselyne Carlos, Luz Carlos, Mikaela Ceja, Mirella Deniz, Serena DeRenard, Cecilia Felix, Anahi Fernandez, Nancy Fernandez, Alyssa Gamez, Naila Gamino, Carolina Garcia, Linda Hernandez, Cyclali Jimenez, Florinda Jimenez, Jennifer Jimenez, Filiberto Lopez, Gerardo Oropeza, Marbella Oseguera, Maria Rafael, Edna Crystal Ramirez, Jorge Ramirez, Perla Ramirez, Dulce Ramos, Maria Ramos, Berenice Reyes, Roseangel Rodriguez, Estefania Salgado, Juliana Taboada, Pam Vallejo, Laura Venegas, Julianna Vidales

COD Dance Department, Palm Desert Dancers Tyler Haycox & Aprylle Linch Dance Dimensions, Palm Desert Dancers Kira Chrisco & Haley Forte The Dance Program, Cathedral City Dancers Jada McLean, Magali Cabrera, Alysa Izurieta Xavier Dance Academy, Palm Desert Dancers Jourdan Flynn, Emma Keenan, Regina Rover, Elizabeth Stenmoen

Division II Award Presentation Finalist Placement Awards Second Place Award Grand Prize Award Presented by Shea New & Mitch Gershenfeld

Division II Judges Barbara Arms Jennifer Backhaus Larry Billman Kevin Carlisle Jamie Nichols 13

Judges Margo K. Apostolos (DIVISION I) is

Co-Director of the Cedars-Sinai/USC Glorya Kaufman Dance Medicine Center. She is also Associate Professor of Dance at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance where she developed the Dance Minor program, directed the dance concert each semester and coordinated the Open Gate Dance Program. Dr. Apostolos has authored and presented numerous articles on her research and design in robot choreography. In addition to her PhD and post-doctoral studies at Stanford University, she earned an MA in Dance from Northwestern University. She has served as visiting professor in the Department of Psychology at Princeton University and has taught in Chicago, San Francisco, Stanford University, Southern Illinois University and California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo. Dr. Apostolos previously worked for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Cal Tech as a research scientist in the area of space telerobotics and is the recipient of the prestigious NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship.

Barbara Arms (DIVISION II) is an internationally

noted dancer, choreographer and educator who established her career as a principal dancer for Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo from 1952 until 1958. While touring with Ballet Russe, Barbara was privileged to dance and study with Alicia Alonso, Alexandra Danilova, Maria Tallchief and Frederic Franklin. After moving to California, Barbara was selected to be part of a company established by New York City Ballet for the Southern California area and danced in productions of Swan Lake, Serenade, Firebird, and Raymonda. Her teaching career began at Western Washington University, Bellingham, in addition to coordinating and performing in the dance productions there. While teaching at Cal State University Fullerton, Barbara became the Artistic Director of the resident company, Dance Repertory Theatre. Under her ten year leadership, the company performed extensively, touring in Russia, Yugoslavia, the Philippines and the Midwest. She was later appointed Dance Program Coordinator for the university. She teaches locally and gives master classes. Barbara performed with the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies in 1993 and 1994.

Jennifer Backhaus (DIVISION II) is the

Founder and Artistic Director of Backhausdance, Orange County’s award winning contemporary dance company. As a choreographer, Jennifer’s works have been commissioned and produced by the Los Angeles Ballet, Utah Regional Ballet, Chapman University, Mount San Antonio College, Santa Ana College, Impact Dance Theater, TDC of the Bay Area and Brigham Young University, among others. For Backhausdance


she has created many works, three of which (Sitting on January, Love and Other Impossibilities and Shift) have received Lester Horton Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography. She has also received four awards from the McCallum Theatre’s Choreography Festival. Ms. Backhaus is currently on the dance faculty at Chapman University and recently completed her Master of Fine Arts in Dance degree from the prestigious Hollins University/American Dance Festival program.

Larry Billman (DIVISION I & II) studied dance

at the Lester Horton School and with Jack Cole and Eugene Loring in his hometown of Hollywood. He made the transition from performer to writer/director and began a 35-year-long career with Disney live entertainment, creating hundreds of shows for their theme parks worldwide. His other credits include directing Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice and serving as Creative Director for six nonDisney theme parks in Japan. As an avocation, he began writing books about Fred Astaire and Betty Grable, which led to Film Choreographers and Dance Directors. He is currently a Dance on Film historian and lecturer at colleges and universities.

Kevin Carlisle (DIVISION I & II) is a multi-award

winning producer, director and choreographer who was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Birmingham, Michigan. He graduated from New York City’s Juilliard School of Music and received an honorary Doctorate from Sierra University. Lamb Chop on Broadway marked Kevin’s sixth appearance as director/choreographer on Broadway. Kevin’s name was first associated with television as the choreographer for The Garry Moore Show, The Dean Martin Show and The Bell Telephone Hour. Since then he has worked on over 500 television series, specials and stage productions. During his years with Solid Gold, Kevin created the Solid Gold Dancers. He received an Emmy Award for work on The Third Barry Manilow Television Special and in 1988 received an American Video Award. He was also given Tony Award consideration for choreographing Hallelujah, Baby! and The Happy Time. His credits include many commercials, industrial shows, stage and television in Canada, Belgium, Germany, France, England, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Japan.

Jodie Gates (DIVISION I) is Vice Dean and Director

of the new USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. With an innovative curriculum and unique vision, the Kaufman School of Dance will open its doors to the first freshman class in fall 2015. Ms. Gates is formerly a principal ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and as an international guest artist, and was featured in numerous television programs, celebrated galas and festivals. Her choreographic works are currently performed internationally, described as “visually compelling, powerful, beautiful,” by the Philadelphia Inquirer and “richly textured, deftly crafted and profound,” by The Orange County Register. Recent honors and

awards include American Association of University Women for her contribution to the dance field and recognized for her choreographic excellence named the Altria/ABT Fellow and a recipient of the Jerome Robbins ‘New Essential Works’ program. She is founder/director of the award-winning Laguna Dance Festival and is responsible for producing and staging William Forsythe’s ballets internationally.

Carl Jablonski (DIVISION I) began acrobat, tap

and ballet training at age four in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. At eighteen, he was dancing on Broadway in My Fair Lady, then in Paris for four years with George Reich’s Ballet Ho. Returning to New York after two years in the U.S. Army, he began assisting Ernest Flatt on Broadway productions of Fade Out Fade In and It’s Superman. Television credits include The Judy Garland Show, Calamity Jane starring Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett at Lincoln Center and The Carol Burnett Show, on which he danced for six seasons. He then began his choreographic career and was an Emmy nominee for NBC Follies. His choreographic credits include The Academy Awards, Donnie and Marie TV series, The Rock Music Awards, TV Specials for Bob Hope, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Suzanne Somers, Bob Mackie and Ray Aghayan; and theater productions of Gypsy, Ain’t Misbehavin’, My Fair Lady, Call Me Madam, and The Pajama Game. He also staged Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus and ABC Wide World of Sports.

Molly Lynch (DIVISION I) is an award winning

choreographer and artistic director. She is an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of California, Irvine. She is the Founder/Artistic Director of the National Choreographers Initiative; a project to nurture the development of new choreography. Ms. Lynch was the Artistic Director of Ballet Pacifica (1988-2003). She has created ballets for Sacramento Ballet, Nashville Ballet, BalletMet, Singapore Dance Theatre and Festival Ballet Theatre. She was the recipient of the 2001 Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, 2007 Outstanding Arts Organization Award – Arts OC and 2008 Irvine Barclay Theatre’s Jade Award for her extraordinary leadership and creativity.

Donald McKayle (DIVISION I), a recipient of

honors and awards in every aspect of his illustrious career, has been named “one of America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures.” He has choreographed over ninety works for dance companies in the United States, Canada, Israel, Europe and South America. Ten retrospectives have honored his choreography. Donald McKayle was honored at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and presented with a medal as a Master of African American Choreography. He has received Honorary Doctorates in Fine Arts from the Cornish College of the Arts, The Juilliard School, and the California Institute of the Arts.

Jamie Nichols

(DIVISION I & II) is critically acclaimed for the emotional intensity and eloquence of her dancing and choreography as Artistic Director of the contemporary dance company, Fast Feet (1980-2003). The Los Angeles Times describes Jamie Nichols’ work as “a memorable performance for its depth of feeling”, “remarkable gestural detail”, “galvanizing”. Ms. Nichols is the recipient of six Lester Horton Dance Awards for Outstanding Achievement, The Lester Horton Furthering the Visibility of Dance Award and the Dance Resource Center of Greater Los Angeles Meritorious Award for Outstanding & Extensive Years of Service and Leadership. She has served on multiple boards, committees, grant panels; mentored dance companies, and produced a variety of dance events in Los Angeles. Ms. Nichols currently teaches theatre movement and dance for actors at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood, contemporary dance at Live Arts Los Angeles and is in demand as a master teacher. As Executive Producer of Celebrate Dance since 2006 she has presented numerous dance companies at the Alex Theatre.

Michele Roberge

(DIVISION I) is the executive director of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at California State University, Long Beach. Under her tenure, the Carpenter Center has committed to offering superlative local, national and international dance performers prominently in its diverse presenting season. The theatre recently launched Arts for Life, free arts education activities for children, the CSULB campus, and the greater community. Roberge was executive director of the Balboa Performing Arts Theatre; has led educational, marketing and development departments at Irvine Barclay Theatre, the Norris Theatre for the Performing Arts, and Grove Shakespeare Festival. She holds an MA in theatre from the University of Michigan (Trueblood Fellow) and a BA in English Literature/Speech & Drama from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana.

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Board of Trustees 2013-2014 Honorary Chairman in Perpetuity President Gerald R. Ford OFFICERS Harold Matzner Chairman Mitch Gershenfeld President/CEO James R. Houston First Vice Chair Helene Galen Vice Chair Harold Gershowitz Vice Chair Arlene Schnitzer Vice Chair Robert Archer Treasurer Carole Miller Secretary/Parliamentarian


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OPERATIONS Alan De Zon Director of Operations

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Teaching Artist Faculty Mark Almy Paul Cracchiolo Karen Rae Kraut Calvin Larson Holly O’Farrell April Rhodes Gwendolyn Rose Kristine Waters

John Baciu, CCP Director of Human Resources

Don Alexander Robert Armstrong Jean M. Benson Charles Biggs Nancy Croom Frank A. Curry JoAnn Davis Frank E. Dimick Harvey Gerber Sandra Hill, ex officio Gary D. Hall William Hall Kay Hanson Garry C. Kief Joel Kinnamon, ex officio Andrew Kotyuk Donna MacMillan Douglas Martin JoAnn McGrath Milton D. McKenzie Kenneth P. Miles Cynthia Muscatel Cydney Osterman Leon Parma Bill Powers Carol Probst Michael Rembis Manny Rider Marion Rosenthal Michael V. Smith Ray Smith Peter Solomon Sally St. John Nancy Stone Robert Stonehill Marjorie Victor Robert Zimmer

Mark Adams Susan Ekins Joy Goldstein Ronald Gregoire Mary Sue Hawk Amanda Mercer-Neder Ed Monarch Muriel Myerson Eleanor Sidenfaden Joel Smilow Joan Traitel

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East Valley Dance Project


“The McCallum Theatre made us all feel happy. East Valley Dance Project will have a lasting effect on my attitude, confidence and self-esteem. This was the best experience of my life.” — Mirella Deniz Desert Mirage High School

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East Valley Dance Project, now in its seventh year, provides students at Desert High and Toro Canyon Middle Schools in Thermal powerful opportunities to experience and explore the art form of dance. While participating in the process of crafting a dance, students develop an understanding of its potential as a form of expression and gain access to the McCallum Theatre. This year, eighty-two students attended the audition workshop on October 4, and thirty-seven were subsequently chosen to work with Festival award winning choreographer Jennifer Backhaus in a seven day residency. As part of the Project, students perform the original piece of choreography in the Division II performance at the McCallum as well as for their peers in two performances alongside the professional Backhausdance company at Desert Mirage High School on November 15. Students in the high school dance class, added to the curriculum as a direct result of the partnership with McCallum, participated in four workshops with a professional dancer from Backhausdance. Over 1,200 students are touched by the East Valley Dance Project this year.


“This has been an incredible opportunity to work with exciting choreography and dancers from all over the Valley who share the same passion for dance.” — Darianne Zimmer, 16, CK Dance, Palm Springs

The 3rd Annual Studio Project invites area dance studios to send four of their intermediate to advanced dancers ages 11-21 to participate in a collaborative learning experience facilitated by Jennifer Backhaus, multi-year Festival finalist and award winner. A unique opportunity for growth, this project allows aspiring dancers to explore the contemporary modern movement style of Backhausdance, learn an original dance and perform on the McCallum Theatre stage in conjunction with the Division II performance on November 10. A total of seven rehearsals were held at the McCallum and at College of the Desert. The Studio Project ensemble consists of nineteen young dancers representing six Coachella Valley studios from Indio to Palm Springs.

The Studio Project

“The Studio Project made me realize how much I love dance. Getting to dance on a magnificent stage like the McCallum happens once in a lifetime for a young student like me. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!” — Alysa Izurieta, 15, The Dance Program, Cathedral City PHOTOS JACK HARTIN



I.aM.mE Crew Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 8:00 pm This popular dance crew has been touring the world since winning MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew in Season 6. They utilize the self-titled style, Brain Bangin to leave audiences in amazement and often confused to what exactly they just witnessed. The style is a series of connections and large scale visuals that create shapes and puzzles with the human body. I.aM.mE ranges from 15-28 years old, all races and cultures, and both sexes. They serve as a message to the world the possibilities that await a society that puts asides differences and comes together.   Lula Washington Dance Theatre Friday, November 15, 2013 - 8:00 pm The Lula Washington Dance Theatre  is a Los Angeles-based repertory dance ensemble that performs innovative and provocative choreography by Lula Washington. The Company tours internationally and has been received with acclaim and admiration. Lula Washington   has steadfastly focused on using dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history and culture. The Terrence Blanchard Project features music created by acclaimed film composer and jazz musician Terrence Blanchard. Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 8:00 pm Part ballet, part modern, part street dance, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal defies categories with its delicious blend of hip, funky moves infused with infectious energy, humor and imagination. The internationally renowned repertory company continues to evolve with all of the vitality and spirit of exploration for which it has been known since its inception in 1972.

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Division II

Finalists Jared Baker began his dance

training at Dance Concept in Fort Worth, TX under the direction of Debbi Jo Utter and Leslie Senevey. In 2008 he became a member of the Tremaine Performance Company and was later accepted in the School of Dance at University of Arizona. He was a 2012 finalist at the Choreography Festival at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, and won the 2012 International Choreography Competition at Jazz Dance World Congress. Upon graduating this past spring, Jared was awarded the prestigious Creative Achievement Award for the School of Dance. Most recently he has had the opportunity to perform in Bree Hafen’s Positive Space and now continues to dance, teach and choreograph across the country.

Jen Bradford

has reached a level of notoriety as an innovative choreographer, master teacher and influential educator. Her choreography has recently been presented at Jacobs Pillow as well as internationally at festivals, competitions, and theaters in France, Germany, Austria, Costa Rica, Mexico, Japan and across the US. As the owner of Northern California Dance Conservatory she has created a training curriculum that has led her students to professional careers around the world. She is the founder of Project Launch Dance Summer Festival bringing renowned choreographers and companies together with emerging young dancers for three weeks of training and movement exploration.

Meredith Cabaniss

recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. During her studies she was a Regent’s Scholar, member of the UCSB Dance Company and received undergraduate honors such as the Patricia Sparrow award for summer study, the Undergraduate Research Award for her departmental Honor’s Project, the Departmental Achievement Award

and a Corwin Award for choreography. She also studied with Batsheva Dance Company during their summer dance intensive in Tel Aviv, Israel. Meredith teaches and choreographs for studios throughout the Santa Barbara and Ventura area for both dance and yoga and will pursue the creation of a choreography collective in Santa Barbara in 2014. She is honored to be able to present work for this prestigious festival among so many talented choreographers and performers.

intensive programs in Alabama and California. He is artistic director of the Maple Conservatory of Dance and its performing entity, the Maple Youth Ballet. The Maple Conservatory of Dance is a premiere classical ballet school that utilizes the ABT National Training Curriculum to train serious dancers for careers in dance.

Dana Metz was born and

is a professional ballet and modern dancer, choreographer, artistic director and dance educator whose career spans more than 15 years. His award winning innovative choreography, and effective inspirational teaching methods are sought after by schools and companies across North America and around the globe. Francisco is the founding artistic director of NUEVO School of Contemporary Dance and Colabo Youth Dance Collective. He also serves as ballet director for the 24 Seven Dance Convention. Born in Bacolod City, Philippines, Mr. Gella now resides in Los Angeles, California. Francisco is grateful for the opportunity to present his work once again this year at the prestigious Choreography Festival.

raised in Arizona, and began her dance training at the age of eight. She studied ballet and modern dance at the School of Ballet Arizona and has worked with some of the industry’s top choreographers including Ray Leeper, Mandy Moore, Mark Meismer and Dee Caspary. One of the most popular teachers in Phoenix, Dana is noted for her innovative style and national award winning choreography. Ms. Metz has worked as a dance teacher and choreographer for the past ten years and travels extensively throughout the United States and Canada, teaching master classes and setting choreography for individuals as well as studios. Dana recently was named 1st runner-up at the Capezio A.C.E. competition at the 2010 Dance Teacher Summit and was able to show her own work at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. Currently she is teaching and setting choreography at Royal Dance Works.

Courtney Hanaway

Conny Mathot Australian

Francisco Gella

is currently a Trainee with the Festival Ballet Providence, RI. She began her training at Northern California Dance Conservatory. Courtney originally choreographed her piece Dissociative Identity at 16 years old, for her senior project and found a love for creating shapes and movement. In the past she has danced at Project Launch and worked with many incredible choreographers. She has also attended the Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet Summer Intensive in New York and toured with Young! Tanzsommer Festival in Austria, Italy, and Germany. Courtney is very excited for her piece to be performed at the Choreography Festival!

Charles Maple danced as a

soloist with American Ballet Theatre and a principal dancer with the Basel Ballet of Switzerland. He has appeared as a guest artist throughout the U.S, Europe, Mexico and South Africa. He has received a steady stream of commissions and awards for his choreography, which represents a diversity of dance styles that are firmly rooted in the traditions of classical ballet. Mr. Maple has directed the American Ballet Theatre summer

born and trained, Conny’s dance has taken her from Australia to the US, Asia, London and Europe. Her choreographic portfolio includes professional works created for corporate events, industrials, commercials, city festivals, broadcast awards, club entertainment, casino shows, theater, opera, ballet companies and television. Performance experience includes touring with Ballet, Opera and Musical Companies. She has also enjoyed performing in Plays and Commercial Ventures. Ms. Mathot has taught Master Classes and judged major dance festivals. Former students have gone on to work professionally in Dance Companies, Musicals and Commercial Ventures. Conny is currently the Assistant director at the Los Angeles Ballet Academy.

Amy Bates Nakamura received her training from the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. She received her BA in Dance from CSU Fullerton and MFA in Dance from UC Irvine where she was awarded the Leo Freedman Foundation Fellowship. Amy

has received two Grand Prize awards at the Choreography Festival, Division II and won the Showbiz Capezio Choreography Award five consecutive years. She has choreographed for the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards and most recently choreographed and played the role of the ballet mistress on Disney’s channel’s A.N.T. Farm as well as filming segments for the iPhone application, The Dance App.

Jessie Riley

trained with Alicia Head, Paula Morgan, Reid Olson, Stanley Holden across the U.S. and Europe. Commercially Jessie has worked for Disney, Nickelodeon, MTV, and Sony. She assisted Sonya Tayeh for everything from SYTYCD to international workshops from 20062010. Jessie has performed works by Peter Chu, Sonya Tayeh, Mike Esperanza, Lauren Adams, Billy Bell, Helen Blackburn, Mia Michaels, and many others, and was a member of Sonya Tayeh’s Tayeh Dance, and Mike Esperanza’s BARE Dance Company. She has also previously been in companies for Dee Caspary, Liz Imperio, and Donna Sternberg. Ms. Riley teaches Contemporary/Ballet and Contemporary for various conventions, intensives, and workshops; currently working with Justin Giles on SoulEscape. She has also hosted her own intensives in England, and Italy. Jessie formed her own company WESTSIDE Dance Project is 2009 geared towards young dancers training for a career in contemporary concert dance.

Chorong Yang began her

training in South Korea, focusing on modern, ballet and Korean traditional dance. She moved to California in 2009 joining the Irvine Valley College Performing Dance Ensemble under the artistic direction of past Choreography Festival Grand Prize Award winner Marie de la Palme. Her first choreographic work Rolling in Stillness was presented at the ACDFA’s 2013 conference in Amherst, Massachusetts and placed second at the 2013 Encore Dance Festival Competition in Huntington Beach. She just started working towards a BFA at the University of Utah’s Department of Modern Dance.

History The Festival, founded by choreographer Shea New, now in its sixteenth year, has grown tremendously in size, respect and support, in part due to the stellar talent that it has attracted. It began as a joint effort between the College of the Desert and the City of Palm Desert with the McCallum Theatre Institute, the education division of the McCallum Theatre of the Performing Arts, lending its support in the second year. The idea of the Festival grew out of the need to provide emerging choreographers with support and opportunities to showcase their art. In 2002, the Festival was fully incorporated as a McCallum Theatre Institute Program

Who we are The Festival is a promotion and celebration of dance. It includes: • A choreography competition

• Educational workshops, master classes and special presentations

• Public acknowledgement and recognition for

choreographers via honorary and financial awards including a lifetime achievement award for outstanding contributions to dance

and has since expanded its reach with a number of dynamic community projects.


What we do The Choreography Festival is dedicated to the advancement of dance as an art form, specifically through the support and promotion of quality choreography. The purpose of the Festival is to:   • Ensure support and attention to dance in the Coachella Valley   • Create venues for dance companies and choreographers   • Educate young dancers to the potential of dance as a career by providing opportunities for learning, performing and networking with professionals and by exposing them to a variety of dance styles   • Encourage and ensure new dance audience(s) by bringing dance to the general public

MCCALLUM THEATRE INSTITUTE 73000 Fred Waring Drive Palm Desert, CA 92260

The McCallum Theatre Institute seeks to enhance the role of the arts in our lives and community by inspiring greater awareness of their educational, cognitive, emotional and spiritual power. By encouraging an active and experiential study of the arts, the Institute advances the belief that all human beings are inherently creative. The programs developed by the Institute are designed to build on that creativity


by equipping individuals with the skills necessary for an enduring relationship with the arts and an understanding of their essential contribution to enlightened citizenship.


16th Annual Choreography Festival Program  

16th Annual Choreography Festival Program