by invitation only
Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contact Improv, Pointe and Choreography
(Choreography: the students will learn an entire piece over the course of the week)
Receive more than a month’s worth of technique in a week, with a special performance for the parents on Friday at 4:30pm.
Choreog 3 Kevin
Choreog 2 Robert
Choreog 2 Goeff
Choreog 1 Elizabeth
Guest Modern Teacher/Choreographer: Robert Poe is a native of South Carolina and received his formal training at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities where his teachers were former members of Merce Cunningham Dance Company and New York City Ballet among other companies. He has danced soloist and featured roles with Columbia City Ballet, Cedar Lake II, Nashville Ballet, Missouri Ballet Theatre, and is currently an artist with the Big Muddy Dance Company. Robert also serves as the Ballet Master of Dance Arts in St. Louis.
Guest Jazz Teacher/Choreographer: Geoffrey Alexander earned his BA in dance at SIUE. In 2007 he joined Atrek Dance Collective and worked with artist such as Germaul Barnes, Jon Lehrer, Mathew Janczewski, and Alicia Graf. In 2011 he joined Big Muddy Dance Company, performing works by Lou Conte, Harrison McEldowney, Lauri Stallings, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Robyn Mineko Williams, and Brian Enos. He is the contemporary instructor for the Big Muddy while also teaching master classes and choreographing for various pre-professional companies, Universities, and studios.
Guest Ballet Teacher/Choreographer: Kevin Hockenberry is Professor of Dance at SIUE as well as the Artistic Director of Emote Dance Theater. Kevin earned his MFA from St. Mary’s College of California. He has performed with and choreographed for the Nashville Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Company C Contemporary Ballet, and Ballet Lubbock just to name a few.
Modern/Improv Choreography – Ben Mielke – recieived his BFA in Modern Dance from University of Illinois and his MFA in Modern Dance from University of Utah with a certification in Screen Dance (dance for camera). From 2005-14 he served as technical director, aerial rigger, and featured performer with Robert Wood Dance New York.
Pointe/Choreography: Elizabeth Conway – SSDC and DanceStation director – attained her BFA in Dance Performance from Webster University, is a Diploma Fellow of the Cecchetti Council of America, and is also the Dance Minor director of McKendree University.