Dance Intensive 2019

The One Summer Dance Intensive

Dance Artists International

Dance is an art form in which history and tradition is handed down from generation to generation through the bodies and characters of those who went before.

Dance Artists International is hosting a highly diversified, cutting-edge summer dance intensive at Studio Wayne McGregor, in London, from 22 July – 9 August 2019.

The One Summer Dance Intensive

An opportunity to engage a spectrum of dance styles from choreographers – past and present.

The Executive Director of Dance Artists International, Robert Dungey, has brought together a faculty of dance artists renowned for their virtuosity, astonishing technique and unparalleled expression. The faculty have been personally invited for their innate ability to communicate, nurture and mentor the next generation of dancers in a professional, safe and supportive environment.


Ballet technique classes, Modern technique (Graham based), ‘Dynamics, Rhythm & Texture’ Workshop with Alleyne Dance.


Gaga/dancers classes and classes in Ohad Naharin’s repertory – ‘Echad Mi Yodea’ (Who Knows One).


Explore and celebrate the choreographic works of some of the most important choreographers of the last 40 years.


Working directly with choreographers will enable dancers to develop and refine their technical ability to mentally and physically interpret, translate and present a choreographer’s ideas. This only comes from experience.

Week 2

Gaga Workshop

“We become more aware of our form. We connect to the sense of the endlessness of possibilities.  We explore multi-dimensional movement; we enjoy the burning sensation in the our muscles, we are ready to snap, we are aware of our explosive power and sometimes we use it.  We change our movement habits by finding new ones.  We go beyond our familiar limits. We can be calm and alert at once.”
Ohad Naharin

The Gaga Workshop will include Gaga/dancers classes and classes in Ohad Naharin’s repertory – ‘Echad Mi Yodea’ (Who Knows One) – which gives dancers an opportunity to learn excerpts of Ohad Naharin’s choreographic works and to apply their traning in Gaga to the repertory. 

Alleyne Dance
‘Dynamics, Rhythm & Texture’ Workshop

Dance Artists International is pleased to welcome Alleyne Dance to workshop ‘Dynamics, Rhythm & Texture’.

This is a physical Contemporary Class, which involves strong, complex and technical sequences in and out of the floor, focusing on performance/stamina and commitment throughout the session. Improvisation will also be explored as part of self-development.

The significant factors for the workshop are to develop the dancers’ creative mind, drive from passion, determination, strength, musicality and most importantly an intention/honesty in whatever choice they make throughout the session.

Alleyne Dance’s style has been inspired and developed from working with the likes of Akram Khan (fusion of Kathak and Contemporary Dance), Retina Dance Company (Release and Contact Work), Gregory Maqoma (Afro-Fusion Dance) and Henri Oguike (Classical Contemporary Dance based on Forsythe and Cunningham techniques).

Week 1

Hans van Manen Repertory

“What are we to do? For one thing, directly searching my own conscience, I believe an effort has to be made to perpetuate the repertoire.
Without repertoire, there is no tradition. And without tradition, there is no connection with all that has been done prior to the present. Tradition is not something of the past. Tradition is what we do with the past today. The future is about discovering the good things of the past and building on them. I see a task here for the media. And for the government ….”

Hans van Manen in his speech of thanks on the occasion of the presentation of the Erasmus Prize in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam on Friday 3 November 2000.

Week 1

Rudi van Dantzig Repertory

Rudi van Dantzig was a choreographer, former artistic director of the Dutch National Ballet and writer. Rudi was a pivotal figure in the rise of the world renowned Dutch ballet in the latter half of the twentieth century. He created over fifty ballets, often in collaboration with Toer van Schayk as set and costume designer. Van Dantzig’s best known works include Four Last Songs, Monument for a Dead Boy, Onder Mijne Voeten and full-length classics Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake.

Dance Artists International is pleased to welcome Jane Lord, graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School and former principal dancer with the Dutch National Ballet, to London this summer.

Week 2

Maurice Béjart Repertory

“”To dance is above all to communicate, to unite, to join together, and to touch others on a fundamental level of existence.” – Maurice Béjart

Dance Artists International is pleased to welcome Ronda Nychka, choreographic muse to Béjart, at our summer intensive.

Week 2

Mats Ek Repertory

“The prolongation, the extension of movements is very important to me. For instance, sometimes the foot or the head stays in a position while the body is already going into the next movement.”
Mats Ek

Mats Ek is a Swedish choreographer, dancer, stage director and former director of Cullberg Ballet. He created more than twenty works for the Cullberg Ballet as well as Nederlands Dans Theater, Paris Opera and Hamburg Ballet.
Dance Artists International is pleased to welcome Charlotte Brown (former dance artist Cullberg Ballet) and Lisa Drake (former dance artist Nederlands Dans Theater, Cullberg Ballet and current Rehearsal Director, Cullberg) this summer. Charlotte and Lisa will be teaching extracts from Mats Ek’s sensational work ‘Swan Lake’.

Week 3

Nacho Duato Repertory

Nacho Duato trained with the Rambert School in London, Maurice Béjart’s Mudra School in Brussels and The Ailey School in New York. He joined the Cullberg Ballet for a year before Jirí Kylián brought him to the Nederlands Dans Theater –  from where Nacho grew into a critically acclaimed dance artist, choreographer and director. Duato’s choreographic works are in the repertory of the most prestigious international dance companies.

Dance Artists International is pleased to welcome Jean Emile (former dance artist with Nederlands Dans Theater and Compañía Nacional de Danza) to our dance intensive, this summer, to share excerpts from Nacho’s work.

Week 3

Glen Tetley Repertory

Glen Tetley was an American choreographer who pioneered a hybrid modern style of ballet that changed the face of dance.

Tetley’s choreographic work a movement vocabulary that changed the way we look at dance. The distinctions between ballet and contemporary dance became forever optional.
Karen Kain, former prima ballerina and current artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, remembers Tetley as a choreographer who had a “ferocious demand for total artistic commitment”.

Dance Artists International is honoured to have Ronda Nychka, choreographic muse to Glen Tetley, at our summer intensive. Ronda will share extracts of Tetley’s ‘La Ronde’ originally created for the National Ballet of Canada.

Week 1

Philip Taylor
Choreographic Residency

Philip trained at the London School of Contemporary Dance before becoming a member of the London Contemporary Dance Theatre under artistic director Robert Cohan. He then joined the junior company of the Nederlands Dance Theater (NDT) before being asked by Jiří Kylián to join NDT1.

Philip created his first work for NDT2 – Haunted Passages.  He went on to create works for both NDT2 and 1, Cullberg Ballet, Intro Dans , Phoenix Dance Theater, Gauthier Dance Company Stuttgart, and the companies of Mannheim and Geising in Germany. 

Philip is the former artistic director of Staatstheater Augsburg and Gärtnerplatz-Theater where he created over 50 works and toured nationally and Internationally.
As a master teacher, he has taught Graham based, ballet, and creative workshops at Artez Arnhem, Royal Conservatory Den Haag, Modern School Amsterdam, Northern School of Contemporary Dance Iwanson International Munich, Mannheim and Heidelberg Conservatories as well as in the USA and Australia.

Philip also works for Kylián Productions International as a rehearsal director re-staging the work of Jiří Kylián.

Week 1

Rick McCullough
Choreographic Residency

Rick McCullough’s professional experience includes performing with the Netherlands Dance Theater, the Harkness Ballet of New York, and with the North Carolina Dance Theater. He served as Ballet Master for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. He was also the Artistic Director of the North Carolina School of the Arts Summer Institute on Roanoke Island Dance Company. He is Professor Emeritus of Dance from Florida State University and visiting professor at the School of Dance at University of Utah.

Rick has taught at universities, festivals, conservatories, schools and professional companies nationwide and Europe.  He has received numerous choreographic grants, commissions, and fellowships. His work has been performed by the Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theater, Ballet Pacifica, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Columbia Classical Ballet, School of American Ballet, Chautauqua Institution, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, and the North Carolina School of the Arts, among others.

Rick is married to Susan McCullough since 1972, has two lovely daughters, and two adorable granddaughters.

Week 2

Shamel Pitts
Choreographic Residency

Shamel Pitts trained with the Ailey School and the Juilliard School before joining Batsheva Dance Company under the artistic direction of Ohad Naharin for 7 years. He is a teacher of Gaga, the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, and has taught for both Batsheva Dance Company and The Young Ensemble.
Shamel created a poetic dance performance entitled, BLACK BOX: Little Black Book Of RED. This work has been performed in many spaces/galleries in Israel since 2015 and was presented by Batsheva DanceCompany’s for “BATSHEVA HOST” in February 2016. BLACK BOX has also toured to Brazil, Berlin and New York.
Upon leaving Batsheva in August 2016, Shamel has collaborated in the creation of several performance art works including A Herzliya Museum Of ContemporaryArt Commission Of: “Black, White, And RED” with Installation Artist Orly Sever and Light Artist Tom Love.
In September 2016, Shamel created the award winning duet, BLACK VELVET: Architectures And Archetypes, with Brazilian performance artist, Mirelle Martins. Shamel has currently premiered his final work in the triptych, BLACK HOLE: Trilogy And Triathlon, in Berlin, Bulgariaand The Israel Museum.

Shamel received a 2018 Princess Grace Award in Choreography.

Week 3

Dominique Dumais
Choreographic Residency

Dominique Dumais is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. At the invitation of then artistic director Erik Bruhn, she joined the National Ballet of Canada and created roles in William Forsythe’s the second detail and James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons.
Dominique is in demand as a choreographer of deeply emotional works whose non-classical vocabulary features angular movement and sculptural images.
She has created works for the National Ballet of Canada, Stuttgart Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, Ballet British Columbia, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Alberta Ballet, American Repertory Ballet, Komische Oper Berlin and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and the Mannheim Ballet where she was artistic associate and in-house choreographer.
Dominique is currently the director of Mainfranken Theater Würzburg.