Summer 2021 Intensive Guest Instructors
Saturday, July 10 & Sunday, July 11
Since graduating Oklahoma City University with a Bachelors in Dance Performance, Ben has been touring extensively with several Broadway shows. Most recently, he could be seen in the Broadway Revival production of “Hello, Dolly!” starring Betty Buckley and Carolee Carmello. Before that, he was in the First National Tours of “Cinderella,” “An American in Paris,” and toured internationally with “West Side Story.” In addition to Broadway National Tours, Ben has been seen in over 15 regional production across the US and also had the honor of dancing at the inaugural Lincoln Center Honors in NYC. He is a proud member of Actors Equity Association. Teaching is another passion for Ben and he is currently on faculty with multiple competitions and conventions. His choreography has won awards at both the regional and national levels and many of his students have gone on to pursue professional careers of their own!
Saturday, July 24 & Sunday, July 25
Judy Rice is a graduate of the National Ballet School of Canada and has performed extensively across the US and Canada including the Joffrey Ballet, The National Tap Dance Company of Canada, and American Ballet Comedy. She has 20 years experience teaching for regional companies and festivals as well as Company Dance, DMA, DEA, CNADM, 3D Dance Network, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Joffrey Ballet, Broadway Dance Center and the Dance Teacher Magazine Summer Conference. Judy has been a judge for ADA and is on the faculty for Dance Masters Teacher Training School and CNADM training school. She is also a contributing writer to GOLDRUSH magazine. In May of 2000 she co-founded Behind Barres with pianist Paul Lewis and producer Rob Martens and to date they have produced 11 albums of ballet class music and have released three DVDs highlighting the do’s and don’ts of beginning pointe work and an intermediate ballet class to Volume I and an elementary ballet class to Volume II. Ms. Rice’s television credits include: Fame, All my Children, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and The Great American Dance Challenge. Since 1990 she has been an Associate Professor of Performing Arts at the University of Michigan.
Monday, August 2 & Tuesday, August 3
My mission is to provide unique training methods as well educating dancers to learn about their body with connections that focus on technical skills and movement quality, as well as providing an understanding of a dancer’s anatomy through Pilates, Body Mechanics, Kinesiology and Functional Movement. I have combined my love for dance with so many years of experience and knowledge and created an entirely new approach to training dancers. My program offers sessions with various styles for students to participate. These methods are an innovative way of training and conditioning for dance that will increase power, strength, flexibility, acro training, alignment, and balance with immediate and incredible results!