Saturday, March 14th – Afternoon Showcase and Evening Concert
Sunday, March 15th – Master Classes
Youth Intermediate Beginner Master Class Registration Form for dancers ages 8-12 years old. See instructor bios below.
Registration opening soon!
If you are a studio or dance company interested in performing, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master Class Teachers:
Jenny Oliver, Modern
Over the past 15 years Jenny Oliver has worked to bring high caliber dance and performance to the Boston area. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Dean College, went on to the School at Jacob’s Pillow and continues to develop her artistry through residencies and collaboration. She was named the first choreographer in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts, a DanceMaker’s resident artist at the Boston Center for the Arts and was nominated for a Brother Thomas Fellowship through the Boston Foundation. She began the very popular Modern Connections class 6 yrs ago at the Dance Complex offering Horton-based modern dance to the general public. She’s creating access of dance for people outside of an educational institution while heading the modern curriculum at Deborah Mason Performing Arts Center. There she works with students from elementary through high school. For the past 5 yrs she has been on faculty at Tufts University and Emerson College. And when she is not teaching, she is working with Connections Dance Theater, a performance collective. This past summer, she premiered Hot Water Over Raised Fists, an immersive performance experience that centers the narrative of marginalized people within water injustice crises in the United States. She looks forward to continuing the work of dance-advocacy creating philanthropic pathways through collaborative art.
*Photo Cred: Stefanie Belnavis, The Diahann Project
Joseph Jefferies, Ballet
Joseph Jefferies trained as a student at Yuma Ballet Academy with Jon Cristofori and Kathleen Sinclair, as well as at Harid Conservatory with Olivier Pardina. Jefferies went on to dance professionally for 16 years, dancing with Pittsburg Ballet Theater and Ballet Arizona before joining Ballet Memphis for nine years. During his time as a professional dancer, he performed lead roles in works by Trey McIntyre, Lila York, Julia Adams, and Mark Godden. Later, Jefferies joined Les Ballet Trockadero De Monte Carlo and was able to tour and perform in over 25 countires around the world. During the couse of his professional dancing career, Jefferies has danced principal roles in several ballets including Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle, and Coppelia. Mr Jefferies is an award-winning choreographer creating over 30 works for companies including Ballet Memphis, Miami City Ballet, Peoria Ballet, Ballet Trockadero, Harid Conservatory, Ballet Yuma, Walnut Hill School for the Arts and Northeast Youth Ballet. He has won the RDA Emerging Choreographer scholarship twice and had his work selected and performed for New York City’s Ballet Builders Showcase and for the RDA National Convention in Montreal, Canada. Mr Jefferies currently is on faculty at Boston Ballet, Northeast School of Ballet and Acton School of Ballet.
Samantha Morales is a dance educator, choreographer, and freelance performer based out of New Hampshire. She received her Master’s in Dance Education from New York University specializing in the professions and higher education. Performance credits include WAXWorks, Dumbo Dance Festival, Ballet Inc. The Series, MultiPurpose Dance Project, and the Dance Research Forum Ireland. She was a Jazz & Contemporary trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School where she studied under leading industry professionals. Originally from Florida, she danced with Level Dance Company, DFS Company, and Dance Tallahassee Performance Company before going on to dance for Universal Studios in Orlando, FL.
Samantha is passionate about advocating for dance and brings a unique energy to her classes that pushes dancers to take risks and remain curious. Her personal teaching philosophy is that dance should foster individuality and provide a supportive environment to find one’s creative voice. As an educator, she values a safe environment where differences are welcome and encouraged. Her overall mission is to produce active, creative, and open-minded members of the community. Students that go on to be lifelong learners that question, reflect, and explore are incredibly crucial for the art of dance and humanity as a whole. Through her network of fellow artists, educators, and advocates, she plans to guide her students into collaborative work that keeps dance important. Visit http://www.samanthajmorales.com/
Danielle Coombs, Hip Hop
Danielle is a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in dance. During her time at UNH, she trained in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe and aerial. She was a member of the jazz, tap, aerial section of the UNH Dance Company, in addition, she performed in many dance and aerial showcases. Before dancing in college, Danielle danced at Adagio Dance Academy for 15 years training in styles of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and pointe, as well as dancing competitively for 10 of those years. Danielle is very excited to be joining the faculty at Sole City where she can continue her love of dance and inspire her students to share in her passion to keep dancing.