Summer Camps and Intensives

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Ballet Intensive Faculty

  Leah Bueno  is a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor and Dance Injury Prevention Specialist.She is a former professional dancer who is now a STOTT PILATES® certified instructor and dance injury prevention specialist. She has worked with professional dancers from the Sacramento Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Washington Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Ballet Next, Pre-Professional Dancers, Young Athletes and active adults at DFX Pilates in East Sacramento. As the physical demands of dance increases it is important for dancer to understand how to care for their bodies. Many technical problems and injuries could be prevented by understanding the proper bio-mechanics of dance. This class will cover alignment issues, injury care, and how to maximize the bodies potential.

Leah Bueno is a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor and Dance Injury Prevention Specialist.She is a former professional dancer who is now a STOTT PILATES® certified instructor and dance injury prevention specialist. She has worked with professional dancers from the Sacramento Ballet, Los Angeles Ballet, Washington Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Ballet Next, Pre-Professional Dancers, Young Athletes and active adults at DFX Pilates in East Sacramento. As the physical demands of dance increases it is important for dancer to understand how to care for their bodies. Many technical problems and injuries could be prevented by understanding the proper bio-mechanics of dance. This class will cover alignment issues, injury care, and how to maximize the bodies potential.

 Originally from Roseville, California  Kevin MURDOCK-waters  began his training at Hawkins School of Performing Arts. He then went on to train at the San Francisco Ballet School where he performed roles in multiple company productions, including John Cranko's  Onegin , Rudolf Nureyev's  Raymonda , Christopher Wheeldon's  Cinderella  and Helgi Tomasson's  The Nutcracker  and  Romeo & Juliet . During the San Francisco Ballet student showcase, Kevin performed the second movement principal in George Balanchine's  Western Symphony . Since dancing first as an apprentice and then joining the company of Ballet Austin he has enjoyed performing as Hansel in Nelly van Bommel's Hansel and Gretel, the judge in Nick Kepley's  Season of Innocence , and various works by Stephen Mills, Pontus Lidberg, and Lar Lubovitch. 

Originally from Roseville, California Kevin MURDOCK-waters began his training at Hawkins School of Performing Arts. He then went on to train at the San Francisco Ballet School where he performed roles in multiple company productions, including John Cranko's Onegin, Rudolf Nureyev's Raymonda, Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella and Helgi Tomasson's The Nutcracker and Romeo & Juliet. During the San Francisco Ballet student showcase, Kevin performed the second movement principal in George Balanchine's Western Symphony. Since dancing first as an apprentice and then joining the company of Ballet Austin he has enjoyed performing as Hansel in Nelly van Bommel's Hansel and Gretel, the judge in Nick Kepley's Season of Innocence, and various works by Stephen Mills, Pontus Lidberg, and Lar Lubovitch. 

  Gretta Smith  has a huge passion for movement! It began at 7 years old in her first dance class, and the fire never died. After many years of dancing and teaching dance, Gretta needed a way to heal injuries and maintain flexibility. She took her first yoga class in college and fell in love with the way it made her feel! Yoga became a dance of the soul and spirit, a low impact way for her to feel strong and graceful.   In June 2014, Gretta opened Ohana Moon Yoga in Cameron Park, CA to provide an inviting and comfortable space for students of all levels and abilities to practice the discipline of yoga for health and well-being. Her goal is to guide students through self-nurturing movement that improves strength, flexibility and balance, while connecting mind, body and spirit. Gretta especially enjoys training athletes and dancers, always eager to find a method of movement that will strengthen, support and improve athletic performance. In her classes, you will hear lots of music of all varieties, see energy, and feel support to elevate you to experience your best!

Gretta Smith has a huge passion for movement! It began at 7 years old in her first dance class, and the fire never died. After many years of dancing and teaching dance, Gretta needed a way to heal injuries and maintain flexibility. She took her first yoga class in college and fell in love with the way it made her feel! Yoga became a dance of the soul and spirit, a low impact way for her to feel strong and graceful. 

In June 2014, Gretta opened Ohana Moon Yoga in Cameron Park, CA to provide an inviting and comfortable space for students of all levels and abilities to practice the discipline of yoga for health and well-being. Her goal is to guide students through self-nurturing movement that improves strength, flexibility and balance, while connecting mind, body and spirit. Gretta especially enjoys training athletes and dancers, always eager to find a method of movement that will strengthen, support and improve athletic performance. In her classes, you will hear lots of music of all varieties, see energy, and feel support to elevate you to experience your best!

  Laurel Tennant and Heather Wysong  co-founded the North State Ballet school in Chico, CA in 2015. Its program features a comprehensive curriculum and graded level system designed to instill a passion for dance that cultivates individual artistic expression built on a strong technical foundation. With programs available for ages two through adult, NSB promises a professional experience that will instill a love of movement, an appreciation for the art form, a dedication to discipline, and a commitment to excellence. Both women have been teaching for over 14 years and have trained in multiple ballet pedagogies, utilizing various qualities of each and blending them into a well-rounded and thorough ballet program.  Each boast extensive resumes and connections to multiple professional companies across the country, including Boston Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre (ABT), where they have successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Prior to the opening of North State Ballet, both women helped develop thriving ballet programs at other dance schools and are regularly invited to teach as guest master instructors at various dance schools throughout and beyond Northern California.  Whether their students are striving for a profession in the dance world or taking their first ballet class for fun, Heather and Laurel hope that their teaching and guidance will inspire their students to live their dreams and to dance with passion. 

Laurel Tennant and Heather Wysong co-founded the North State Ballet school in Chico, CA in 2015. Its program features a comprehensive curriculum and graded level system designed to instill a passion for dance that cultivates individual artistic expression built on a strong technical foundation. With programs available for ages two through adult, NSB promises a professional experience that will instill a love of movement, an appreciation for the art form, a dedication to discipline, and a commitment to excellence. Both women have been teaching for over 14 years and have trained in multiple ballet pedagogies, utilizing various qualities of each and blending them into a well-rounded and thorough ballet program. 
Each boast extensive resumes and connections to multiple professional companies across the country, including Boston Ballet School and American Ballet Theatre (ABT), where they have successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Prior to the opening of North State Ballet, both women helped develop thriving ballet programs at other dance schools and are regularly invited to teach as guest master instructors at various dance schools throughout and beyond Northern California.  Whether their students are striving for a profession in the dance world or taking their first ballet class for fun, Heather and Laurel hope that their teaching and guidance will inspire their students to live their dreams and to dance with passion. 

Teaching Assistant Training

Required for all students who would like to be a teaching assistant during the 18-19 season. Offered 3 times for students 12 and up.

June 25th 2-4 pm
July 10th 6-8 pm
July 24th 9-11 am

$40 per session

Next Generation Ballet and Contemporary Jazz Intensive 

July 16-20, 9:30-12:45

Required for HCJC 2 and 3 dancers

$250 for week