Photo by Barbara W Photography

Photo by Barbara W Photography



July 22nd – July 29th 2017

New College of Florida

Tuition: $400

Housing: dorm housing available on campus ($35/night)

Get ready to move this summer with Sarasota Contemporary Dance and guest teachers in sunny Sarasota for a week-long dance intensive, unlike any other!

  • Open to High School Students through to Professionals (Minimum Age 14)
  • Classes will be held Sunday-Thursday from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM, with optional evening rehearsals
  • Participant Choreographer Program* open to 4 selected participant choreographers
  • Participant Performances Saturday alongside Sarasota Contemporary Dance
  • Daily classes will include Countertechnique®, Urban Contemporary, Body Tool Kit, and Repertory


MILLICENT JOHNNIE (Urban Contemporary)

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Millicent Johnnie is a culture bearer, choreographer, scholar and world citizen. A child of South Louisiana and daughter of dance she follows in the footsteps of her immediate ancestors as well as her dance heroines. The Louisiana native went on to earn both her BFA and MFA in dance at Florida State University. Ms. Johnnie has served as a choreographer for the New York City Opera working with award-winning composers Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon. In addition, she has worked with the U.S. Cultural Ambassadors of Music- UNIVERSES, Grammy Award-winner Bill Summers, Los Hombres Calientes, and notable directors Peter Sellars, Rhodessa Jones, Robert Wilson, Chey Yew and Liesl Tommy, to name a few. Johnnie received commissions from companies like: Cleo Parker- Robinson Dance, Hubbard Street II, Alternate ROOTS (Uprooted: The Katrina Project). Her work has been presented on award-winning stages including: The Public Theater in New York City, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the National Black Arts Festival, Bam Harvey Theater, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Gammage Theatre, and internationally in South Africa, Brazil, and India.

Johnnie has received numerous awards and nominations for her work including: Prague International Dance Festival Award (“Best Choreography”), First Place International Dance Title for Hip Hop Choreography (Wrath, Phlava Hip Hop and Jazz Dance Company). Times- Standrard Beti’s Choice Award (2010 -“Best Director” and “Best Musical”—“Rent” produced by Ferndale Rep), and Theatre Bay Area Award (2015 -“Best Choreographer”—“Party People” produced by Berkeley Rep). Her work has been funded nationally by: New England Foundation for the Arts; National Dance Project (NDP)—Bamboula (Cleo Parker Robinson Dance) 2014, Creative Capital Project Grant in the Performing Arts—Cry You One (Mondo Bizzaro) 2013, National Theater Project (NTP)—Cry You One (Mondo Bizzaro) 2012, NTP—The Burning (Progress Theater) 2012, NTP—Party People (UNIVERSES) 2011, Multi-Arts Production Fund ( MAPP)—Cry You One (Mondo Bizzaro) 2011.

ROSANNA TAVAREZ (Countertechnique®)


Rosanna received an MFA in Choreography from The Ohio State University and a BFA in Choreography from University of Michigan. She has a diverse background as a performer/entertainer and has had the honor of working with Marina Ambramovic, Ryan Heffington (Sia), Travis Payne (Michael Jackson), Tony Michaels (Beyonce) and Rosanna Gamson/Worldwide. She also toured with N’SYNC and Jessica Simpson as one-fifth of the girl group Eden’s Crush and covered the Emmys, Grammys and Oscars in addition to hosting her own shows as a television personality for FOX, E!, TVGuide Network, and Telemundo/NBC.

She was selected to attend the Countertechnique Teacher Training program in 2016, and is now one of six certified American Countertechnique Teachers and one of twenty-eight in the world. She is currently on faculty in the dance programs at Relativity School and CalState LA. Rosanna also creates her own dance-theatre work in Los Angeles under the moniker LA DANSA DANSA. Her works have been supported by ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, UCLA Hothouse Residency and Show Box LA.


Participant Emerging Choreographer Program

Four Participant Choreographers will be invited to present a work in progress alongside Sarasota Contemporary Dance company members at the end of the festival. To apply for a Participant Choreographer Position, please send:

  1. Cover Letter detailing how this opportunity would benefit your current work and development as a dance maker;
  2. Two to three samples of your work, including at least 1 un-edited piece;
  3. Brief description of the work you would like to further develop and present at the end of the intensive, and;
  4. Number of dancers you would like to work with.

Please Note: All Participant Choreographers chosen will also be able to participate fully in the Summer Intensive program and take all daily classes. Additionally, Participant Choreographers will receive rehearsal time and mentorship throughout the week, and will engage in the Liz Lerman Critical Response Process (CRP) with audience members, post performances.

Participant Choreographer Materials Due by: March 16th, 2016

Please email completed application materials to:

Internships Available

Positions: Production Intern (2 available)
                  Marketing Intern
                  Administrative Intern
                  Photography/Videography Intern
                  Dorm Counselor (2 available)

                  *Please email for Intern application. Deadline: May 30, 2017

Production Internship (FILLED):
Candidate should have some experience with hang and focus and conventional lighting instruments, comfortable working on a ladder, and the ability to take on individual tasks. Production Intern will gain hands on experience throughout the festival. Tasks will include: help prepare the Black Box theatre for the culminating performance, assist with the guest artist performance: GRIT, and act as Assistant Stage Manager and assist with back of house operations during the performances.
**Production Interns need to arrive by July 21st

 Marketing Internship (FILLED):
Candidate should have a passion for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and experience with each of these applications. The Marketing Intern will be responsible for documenting and sharing the festival as it unfolds.
**Marketing Intern needs to arrive by July 21st

 Administrative Internship (FILLED):
Candidate should have basic administrative experience. The admin intern would be responsible for taking daily attendance/class numbers, assisting the registration table, and general administrative assistance throughout the week.
**Admin Intern needs to arrive by July 21st

Photography/Videography Internship (FILLED):
Candidate should have experience with film and have their own equipment. Intern will need to be able to photograph and video segments of the program for future promotional resources. You will not be responsible for filming performances.
**Photo/Video Intern needs to arrive by July 21st

Dorm Counselor (FILLED)
Candidate should have experience as an RA or counselor for either a college or summer program.
**Dorm Counselors need to arrive by July 21st and will receive their housing free.

Please email brief description of your experience within the desired internship field to

Internships will be awarded on a first come first serve basis, so long as the candidate meets the basic requirements for the internship position.


More Information:


Phone: 941.345.5755