Idyllwild Arts Summer Program


Artistry in Motion

Summer after summer, students ages 9-18 are challenged to hone their technique and expressive energy by exploring many different styles of dance. From ballet to modern, tap to hip-hop, jazz to pointe, our dance faculty will draw out each dancer’s inner confidence into becoming an authentic performer. This discipline’s framework is designed to mold young Junior Artist dancers by emphasizing fundamentals and essential techniques early on. As students progress and eventually “graduate” into the High School level intensives, students will train in a professional class environment that will propel them onward as accomplished dancers. Open your mind and immerse yourself in the vast world of dance.

Courses (Ages 14-18)

Dance Intensive

Dance Intensive

Ages 14–18

July 9–August 5
Two two-week sessions
Intensive I: July 9-22
Intensive II: July 23-August 5

Culmination: Student Performances
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.
Saturday, August 5, 10 a.m.

This two-week intensive focuses on the complete dancer. You will be submerged in the art of dance, with daily classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, musical theater dance, choreography and technique. Dancers will be divided into two levels on the first day of class after a placement audition.

Your dance faculty are all working professionals and will bring a rich diversity to your workshop. They will coach you on technique and performance. In class and lectures, instructors and guest artists will encourage you to open your mind and your body to new forms and expression, and help you understand how to bring energy and confidence to your performance. Classes focus on technique, artistry, and the overall understanding of what it is like to train in a professional environment. Classes are rigorous, so expect to be challenged and excited by the opportunities to greatly improve your skills.

Former faculty include Robert La Fosse, Jenifer Ringer, Jock Soto, Melissa Sandvig, Josie Walsh, Allyne Noelle, Larkin Miller, Lillian Barbeito, James Gregg, and Robyn Gardenhire.

Tuition, room and board: $3,165 per session.
Early enrollment in encouraged.

Faculty: Jonathan Sharp

Courses (Ages 9-13)

Dance Xplosion!

Dance Xplosion!

Ages 9–13

June 25-July 8
Two-week session

Student Performance
Saturday, July 8, 10:30 a.m.

Get on your feet and get ready for two full weeks of dance and art! Improve your skills as you learn fun and exciting new moves in jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop and musical theater. Improve your flexibility and technique, and get the tools you need to become a better dancer and performer. Create art-based on dance and movement using different mediums. Your two weeks will culminate in an entertaining performance for family and friends to enjoy.

This course is the springboard for the high school Dance Intensive, so two years of dance experience is required. Be prepared for a lot fun and a lot of work.

Tuition, room and board: $3,020
Day student: $2,620
Lab fee: $50

Enrollment limited to 20 students.

Faculty: Catalina Orlando-Parsons

Faculty Bios

Wendy Bystrzycki; BA in French with a minor in Theatre from University of New Mexico and her Master’s in Education from New Mexico State University. She studied at L’Ecole de Danse de Paris. She taught French, theatre and dance for several years at Desert Hot Springs High School. She works for “On Your Feet” Dance Productions. Wendy is as energetic in life as she is on stage.
(Dance Xplosion!)

Catalina Orlando-Parsons (a.k.a. Miss Kina) has been dancing for the past 19 years and is trained in many styles such as, ballet, jazz, musical theatre, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and modern dance. She spent ten years attending dance, performance, musical theater and art classes at Idyllwild Arts Summer Program. Since the year 2005, she has taught several styles of dance for “On Your Feet” Dance Productions in the Palm Springs area. Her area of expertise is in choreography and performance.
(Dance Xplosion!)

Ceasare Orlando started dancing when he was three. He taught his first class when he was 13 and has been teaching ever since. He has trained in many different styles including Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical/Contemporary, Modern, African, Ballroom, Latin, Belly Dance and Swing. Some of the best training he has received, happened while participating in Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, where he was a student for five years.
(Dance Xplosion!)

Jonathan Sharp: Ballet/Pointe/Musical Theater: Trained at the School of American Ballet by master teachers Stanley Williams, Peter Martins, Andrea Kramarevsky, Suzanne Ferrell, Alexandra Danilova, Suki Schorer, and Sean Lavery. Danced professionally with the Boston and Pennsylvania Ballets. Appeared in the Original Casts of five Broadway shows: The Red Shoes, Carousel, The Rocky Horror Show Live, The Dance of the Vampires, and Fiddler on the Roof. Currently on faculty at the California Dance Theatre, Inland Pacific Ballet, and the EDGE Performing Arts Center. ABT Affiliate teacher.
(Chair: Dance Intensive I & II)

Former Dance Intensive Faculty has included:
Ellen Rosa-Taylor; Dance Chair for the Idyllwild Arts Academy.
Patrick Frantz; Former member of the Paris Oprea Ballet and Director of Pittsburgh Ballet.
Josie Walsh; Former member of the Joffrey Ballet and very sought after choreographer.
Robert La Fosse; Former Principal Dancer of American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet.
Chad Michael Hall; Modern Dance Faculty, University of California, Irvine.
Allyne Noelle; Principal Dancer with Los Angeles Ballet.
Leslie Stevens; Starred in original cast of La Cage Au Folles on Broadway.
Lillian Barbeito; Director of Bodytraffic (Los Angeles based Contemporary Company).
Hai Cohen; Dancer with Bodytraffic.
Robyn Gardenhire; Former member of American Ballet Theatre and dancer for Twyla Tharpe.

Dance Photos