Winter Dance Intensive
Join Hawkins School of Performing Arts for a special two-day winter intensive and train with incredible faculty from Los Angeles to New York! Classes offered for intermediate dancers ages 9-13 and advanced dancers ages 13-18 (exceptions upon prior approval). $125 for the entire weekend or $25 per class.
10:00 – 11:00 am Hip Hop with Kendra Jae
11:15 – 12:15 pm Contemporary with Dacia Biletnikoff
12:15 – 1:00 pm LUNCH
1:00 – 2:00 pm Pilates with Christine Crooks-Nguyen
2:00 – 3:00 pm Contemporary Jazz with Katie Kellerman-Demick
10:00 – 11:00 am Contemporary with Dacia Biletnikoff
11:15 – 12:15 pm Hip Hop with Kendra Jae
12:15 – 1:00 pm LUNCH
1:00 – 2:00 pm Contemporary Jazz with Katie Kellerman-Demick
2:00 – 3:00 pm Pilates with Christine Crooks-Nguyen
10:00 – 11:00 am Partnering with Jess Hendricks
11:15 – 12:30 pm Contemporary Ballet with Ashley Chin-Mark
10:00 – 11:15 am Contemporary Ballet with Ashley Chin-Mark
11:30 – 1:00 pm Improv Techniques with Jess Hendricks
Faculty for this intensive includes the following instructors from around the country:
Sacramento native Kendra Jae fell in love with inspiring crowds at the age of 6 when she joined the Sacramento Kings Hip Hop Crew. Soon after, she was signed to an agency and began working on commercials for companies such as WalMart and Bratz and working for top industry choreographers.
Trained in jazz, ballet, contemporary, modern, tap and hip hop, she participated in dance conventions throughout her teens where she won numerous scholarships which provided her the opportunity to assist and travel with conventions such as Pulse, HC dance and Co.Dance. Understanding she was 'born to inspire,' Kendra moved to Los Angeles at 18 to pursue her dream career in dance.
She continued her dance training at studios such as Millennium, The Edge, Debbie Reynolds and IDA and joined the faculty at the Rage Entertainment Complex in Granada Hills. Her love for her students inspired her to launch, “Pretty Panache,” a self esteem brand that encourages women of all ages to believe in themselves.
In 2015 Kendra auditioned to join Rich Fam, a family of artists from all over the world that enables aspiring dancers to train and perform. Shortly thereafter she was awarded a Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio Inaugural Scholarship that provided up to 25 hours of dance, yoga, Pilates, and workshops a week. The program developed the tools Kendra needed to accomplish her dreams. By the end of her program, Kendra was selected to join 18 other strong, talented and powerful women as dancers on Beyonce’s Formation World Tour.
Today Kendra continues to dance professionally and is signed to the BLOC Talent Agency. She also teaches master classes to share her passion and love for movement with students around the country.
Katie Kellerman-Demick is a Boston native who grew up studying at the Boston Ballet as well as a competitive dance school. She went on to attended Hofstra University on a dance scholarship, and graduated with a BA in dance performance in 2008. During college, she studied over the summers and performed at NYU Tisch. Katie has performed for various modern choreographers and companies in New York City including AMDC, Nathan Trice, and Larry Keigwin and danced for one season at Boston Celtics games. She was featured in a modern dance archive project in NYC recreating old works of late choreographers.
Katie has been a staff-member for the Capezio Ace Awards, one of the biggest choreography competitions in the country, as well as for the Dance Teacher Summit, a convention geared towards dance teachers, run by Dance Magazine. She has been teaching dance for 8 years in both New York and Boston to dancers ages 3-18. She has won numerous choreography awards at various regional and national competitions. Most recently she has spent her time on tour with the NUVO Dance Convention, a well-known convention that tours across the country with a renowned staff of dance educators. She is currently starting a new west coast chapter of her career choreographing and teaching in LA.
Christine Crooks-Nguyen began her dance study as a teenager under the artistic direction of Stuart Carroll and Sharon Newton with the Capitol Ballet Company. In her final season with Capitol Ballet, she continued her dance education at CSU Sacramento under the training of Nolan T'Sani, Lorelei Bayne, Lisa Ross, Philip Flickinger and Randee Paufve. It was in college that Christine found her passion for Kinesiology coupled with dance. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, she achieved Pilates comprehensive teacher training with a Dance Specialization from BASI (Body Arts and Science International). She currently teaches Pilates at Nephesh Pilates and Rehab and dances with TwoPoint4 Dance Theater as well as Off Kilter Dance.
Dacia Biletnikoff was born and raised in California. She started her formal training under Theodore Constant in Classical Ballet and Jen Bradford and Kelly Archer in Modern dance techniques. Upon deciding to focus on Modern dance and choreography, she attended London Contemporary Dance School, The Place. For three years she studied to receive her Bachelors of Arts in Contemporary Dance with First Class Honours. During her time at The Place, she studied under dancers and choreographers from Random Dance Company, Batsheva Dance Company, DV8 Physical Theatre, Scottish Dance Theatre, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. After graduation she continued choreography and performance in Bologna, Italy at Leggere Strutture, directed by Brigel Gjoka. Here she studied with dancers from the William Forsythe Company and Wim Vandekeybus/ Ultima Vez. From there, she accepted an apprenticeship with dance company Carabdanza in Madrid, Spain where she performed for eight months. Returning to California, she has worked with Ballet Novita, Nhan Ho Project, and Chadesh Contemporary Dance in Denver, CO. Currently she is performing as a soloist in the San Francisco Bay Area and choreographing and teaching throughout California.
Ashley Chin-Mark is currently dancing with the University of Utah’s Department of Ballet and Utah Ballet as a double major in Ballet and Communications. She performed in “Bow Out” by San Francisco Ballet’s resident choreographer, Val Caniparoli, and “One29”, by former Nederlands Dans Theater 1 artist, Lesley Telford. Ashley has also danced in Marius Petipa's "Grand Pas de Fiancees", staged by Maggie Tesch, and Eloy Barragan's "ILU-ILU2-2F4U", a contemporary pointe piece with screen dance elements, which was selected for the Finals of the 2015 ACDA Northwest Conference. In addition to performing, she taught Choreography Workshops at Ballet West’s 2016 and 2015 Summer Intensives.
Under the tutelage of Erin Born and Deirdre Hawkins, Ashley’s Classical Ballet training began at the Hawkins School of Performing Arts in 2000. Six years later, she joined Ballet Folsom as a company member. As a Principal dancer for five years, her most notable roles included Princess Aurora in “The Sleeping Beauty” and the title role in “The Firebird”. In addition to her training at Hawkins, Ashley has attended summer intensives at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Austin, and The Sacramento Ballet. Ashley is the recipient of scholarships to Ballet West’s and Long Beach Ballet’s summer programs, the Y.A.G.P. NY Intensive, the La Verne Krei Memorial Dance Scholarships for the Junior and Senior category (S.A.D.A.), and the Marguerite Phares Memorial Scholarship.
Combining her ballet background with collegiate experiences, Ashley is ecstatic to share her knowledge, especially the details of technique and the process of choreography, with her students.
Jess Hendricks graduated from the University of Colorado with a BFA in Dance. Her training consisted of summers at Perry Mansfield School of the Performing Arts, American Dance Festival, Harvard Dance Festival, EDGE Scholarship, Gus Giordano and Hubbard Dance Street. Her credits include commercials and industrials for Godiva, Loreal, Reebok, Toys R Us, Universal Studios, Volkswagon and Warner Brothers.
Jess has worked on the European tours of Hair, Grease and Jesus Christ Superstar as Dance Captain, performed for the opening premiers of Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby and can be seen in such movies as Living Out Loud and Between the Sheets. She has performed and assisted in the Elan Awards, Bob Fosse Awards, Ms. America Pageant, Carnival, Dance Break and Broadway Bares.
Jess has choreographed the New York musicals The Shaggs, The Book Of The Dun Cow and Dead City, the movie musical Free Fall ,and the music video Just A Dress for the Berlin Film Festival. Jess choreographed European artist Sofia Strati’s music video this cant be love in New York for eurovision.
Jess has taught at Universities and Festivals throughout Canada, Costa Rica, Cyprus, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway and the United States. She has danced with The Wes Veldink Movement, co-created her own company Two Peas & A Pod, and has recently created work with A Great Big World and Alicia Keys.
She has set work for METDance, Point Park University, Marymount Manhattan College and PACE University. Jess is currently an Adjunct Professor at PACE University and Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, on the faculty of 24 Seven Dance Convention and a Co-Founder of Dancers Give Back Dallas.
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Hawkins School of Performing Arts provides outstanding training for recreational or pre-professional dancers and performers in a safe, family-oriented environment. Our experienced, creative faculty encourages and nurtures students, inspiring them to find their passion for dance and the arts. And they do it alongside friends and teammates, their “dance family”. And like every caring family, we provide structure, support, goals, discipline – and of course some fun. We have trained students who have gone on to grace stages from Broadway to Europe, and worked in movies and television to Cirque du Soleil as well as those are simply looking for an experience that creates self-confidence, discipline and creativity. Whatever performance goals you may have, you will find a home at Hawkins School of Performing Arts.