SCD Summer Intensive

Summer 2022

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Be sure to join us next summer!

Summer Intensive 2021 // PC: Sorcha Augustine

GET READY to move this summer with Sarasota Contemporary Dance! Experience a week of high-intensity contemporary training in a supportive atmosphere. Join SCD Company members, professional guest artists, Rising Choreographers, and SCD's Artistic Director for an immersive and artistically diverse intensive this summer.

ALL payments are due by May 15th.

Intensive A:
May 21st - 27th (full)
Intensive B:
June 11th - 17th (full)
Intensive C:
July 16th - 22nd (full)


Summer Intensive Details:
Open to High School Students through Professionals (age 14+)
- Participants are guaranteed to perform on the Friday of each Summer Intensive
- Recordings will be available for purchase after each performance.
- Daily Classes include: Improvisation, Contemporary, Jazz Fusion, Afro-Fusion, Afro-Modern, and SCD Repertory
- All Rising Choreographers are considered for SCD's Main Stage Season (details below)

Summer Intensive Tuition:
$450 for 1 intensive
$225 Work Study and Emerging Choreographer tuition
$400 per intensive for 2 intensives
$350 per intensive for all 3 intensives 
$25 Application Fee (a one-time fee that applies towards tuition)

Housing Prices:
$350 +$50 Cleaning Fee 
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Meet scd's summer intensive artists!

May Intensive

Gilliane Hadley

Orlando based Choreographer, Teacher, and Dancer Gilliane Hadley has over 30 years of dance experience. Prior to teaching, Gilliane, a native of Miami, danced professionally with local production companies and special events.  She received her BFA in dance from New World College, where she performed the works of José Limón, Anna Sokolow, Michael Uthoff, Ellis Wood, Gerri Houlihan, and Peter London, to name a few.  Her dance education includes Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, EDGE Performing Arts Center, and New World School of the Arts High School.  She performed with the Isadora Duncan Dance Ensemble throughout South Florida, New York, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She was also a company member of Freddick Bratcher and Company and has danced for many international artists in videos, television, and concerts, including Carlos Vives. She was a dancer for Celebrity Cruises and was a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance Greece. At age 17, she discovered her passion for teaching/choreographing and has received much recognition throughout Florida for her teaching style and choreography. She taught for the Young Dancers Workshop in Gainesville, Florida, and was on staff for the 2005 Florida Dance Festival. After relocating to Orlando, she continued to develop her teaching style and choreography. Gilliane helped develop the dance program at Windermere Preparatory School, offering a strong emphasis on all dance styles while also allowing the dancers to have an artistic, creative outlet. She is currently a freelance choreographer and teacher who has spent the last 15 years discovering her style as a choreographer while teaching and working with dancers of all levels in various venues.

Class Description: Contemporary led by Gilliane Hadley integrate various traditional disciplines of modern dance foundations with current contemporary styles and fusion forms. These classes are for dancers who like creative challenges, connecting dance to other mediums, and physical challenges that require persistence and practice. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility and strength, total body connectivity, and creative problem solving.

Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancingers

Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers (Founding Company Member/Associate Director of SCDE), nominated for Best Female Dancer in Australia in 2009, has performed throughout Asia, Europe, Australia, and the United States with Australian Dance Theater and Cloudgate 2. Previously Assistant Professor at the Taipei National University of Arts, she has danced with and choreographed for Sarasota Contemporary Dance since 2012. In 2013, Xiao-Xuan co-choreographed Dreamfall featuring music by NOW Ensemble with Leymis Bolaños Wilmott. She has also danced as a soloist in Leymis’ Summer Days, of which the Sarasota Herald-Tribune wrote, “With…Dancigers’ total ownership of the characterization, it was stunning.” She was also a soloist in Gerri Houlihan’s Every Little Movement, of which the Bradenton Herald wrote, “A highlight on opening night was the long and unspeakably gorgeous solo by Xiao-Xuan Yang Dancigers. If you appreciate dance at all, you find yourself wishing the solo would never end.” In 2017, she choreographed and performed the solo Signal for New Music New College to music by Luciano Berio, with the Herald-Tribune calling the performance “stunning...precise". Xuan is also the dance instructor at Parkinson’s Place in Sarasota, and Associate Director of Sarasota Contemporary Dance Ensemble.

Class Description: This class works through the basic fundamentals of contemporary dance technique including floor work, inversions, improvisation, and phrase work.

Each class begins with a full body warm-up and then transitions into spacious, athletic, and sometimes inverted phrases, encouraging awareness to sensation, movement efficiency, and individual performance. A rich sense of community and support is fostered as dancers are guided to fall, roll, and fly across the floor together.

PC: Sorcha Augustine

June Intensive

Lisa del Rosario

A recipient of the award for Outstanding Dance Choreography in the B. Iden Payne Awards and nominated for Best Short Work and Best Dancer for the Austin Critics Table Awards, Lisa del Rosario is a multifaceted artist - dancer, teacher, choreographer, and Feldenkrais Teacher®. She teaches at Ballet Austin, Austin Feldenkrais®, and regularly creates dances on her own whim. Lisa is a native Texan, a University of Texas Dance alumni, and has been dancing professionally in the great city of Austin for over two decades. Clare Croft of the Austin American-Statesman referred to her as “One of Austin’s most thoughtful performers.” She has worked with many independent choreographers including Ellen Bartel, Alyson Dolan, Magdalena Jarkowiec, Sharon Marroquin, Rosalyn Nasky, Lauren Tietz, and companies including Andrea Ariel Dance Theatre, BLiPSWiTCH, Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Co, Ready/Set/Go, Sandie & Emily Productions, and Sheep Army.

Class Description: Tuning Into Body Intelligence: The Feldenkrais Method® provides an accessible means to tap our creative resources.

The class will begin with Feldenkrais® movement for mindbody preparation by exploring subtle sensations and integrative connections. Next will be guided improvisation to apply somatic findings to larger movements, playing in the creative force that arises from the body.

Monessa Salley

South Carolina native, Monessa Salley, is currently in her third season dancing and teaching professionally with the Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company. She is also a teaching artist for the Sarasota Ballet and Wholehearted Education. She holds a B.A. in Dance Performance from Winthrop University and an M.Ed. from Columbia College. After performing and serving as a certified dance educator for 12 years, she went on to pursue her MFA in Dance Performance and New Media at New York University’s Tisch School of Arts. She has previously toured and performed professionally with Sapphire Moon Dance Company, Vibrations Dance Company, T.O. Dance Inc., The Power Company Collaborative, and NYU’s Second Avenue Dance Company. Salley enjoys choreographing and presenting new works. She has a mind, body, spirit approach to dance and relishes in practicing and refining her craft, generating healing through dance, and enhancing community relations.

Class Description: Based on rhythms from Africa and the diaspora, Afro- Modern  is a contemporary class where students explore full body expression rooted in West African, Caribbean, and American dance traditions.The movement is designed to enhance rhythm, coordination, balance, weight shift, and increase stamina. 

The overall desire is for each dancer to be comfortable in their moving body and to find their own unique groove and mature playfulness within the moves.The class will be constructed as follows: warm-up, improvisation, stretching, and movement/skill practice, culminating with a combination of the movement techniques learned throughout class.  The class is suitable for varying levels in dance ability and the music selection is fun, energetic, upbeat, and rhythmically driven.

PC: Sorcha Augustine

July Intensive

Melissa Cobblah Gutierrez

Melissa Cobblah Gutierrez, born in Cuba and raised in Ghana and Cape Verde moved to the United States at age 14. She began her formal dance training at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus. After graduating with her Associate of Arts from MDC, she continued her dance studies at Florida State University from where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. During her time at MDC she also started working as a company member with Olujimi Dance Collective in 2016. Ms. Cobblah Gutierrez is a two-time leadership scholarship recipient of American Dance Festival for the summers of 2016 and 2018. She has worked and studied under the direction of many recognized artists such as Michelle Grant-Murray, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Nia Love, Sherone Price, A'Keitha Carey, Jorge Luis Morejon, Kehinde Ishangi, Millicent Johnnie, Tiffany Rhynard, Charles Anderson, La Toya Davis-Craig and Anjali Austin. She attended as a performing artist The Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program at Jacob's Pillow in 2019. Ms. Cobblah Gutierrez danced professionally with Urban Bush Woman for two seasons (2019-2021). She also toured internationally as an instructor and performer for the MSC Preziosa 2019 Cruise through the Kieron Sargeant Dance and Performing Arts Agency. She is a co-founder of The WoodShed Online Dance Platform and The Florida Black Dance Artists Organization. Ms. Cobblah Gutierrez was recently selected as a Knight New Work 2020 Winner through the Knight Foundation. Currently, she is a company member of Olujimi Dance Collective and is working as a guest instructor at New World School of the Arts while pursuing her career as a professional choreographer.

Class Description: Melissa's Afro-Fusion class is rooted in Afro-Diasporic and Africanist movement aesthetics that reflect Cobblah Gutierrez’s diverse training in Traditional and Contemporary Modern Dance, Olujimi Dance Technique, Ballet, Salsa, and West African Dance Techniques.

Throughout class students will experience a wide array of various movement principles and vocabulary existent within these different styles. Participants will also learn movement alignment, connect to their center and explore polyrhythms while maintaining a connection to their individual self and community.

Sea Lee

Born and raised in South Korea, Sea (pronounced as “Say”) Lee was trained both conservatively and professionally at SunHwa Arts High School under the direction of Seung Yup Hong. She received a BFA with Cum Laude honors from the University of Florida and MFA with a fellowship from Hollins University/ American Dance Festival. Sea has performed professionally with Moving Current Dance Collective, independent projects with Paula Kramer and a photographer Tom Kramer, and collaborated with Asolo Repertory Theatre with Kaleidoscope Connect project. Sea has been on the faculty at the University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College, and directed a dance program at Cypress Creek middle school. Sea’s choreography has been presented by Co-motion Dance Theatre (2013, 2014), HCC Dance Ensembles (2015-2021), ACDFA in University of North Carolina Greensboro (2013) and Florida State University (2011), University of Tampa (2015, 2016), Moving Current Dance Collective (2019) and presented at Hollins University, NewGrounds Festival, Sarasota Contemporary Dance and the American Dance Festival. Sea currently serves as a dance faculty at Hillsborough Community College and Sarasota Ballet, and teaches and performs with SCD, and with a physically integrated dance company, REVolutions Dance, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Class Description: Sea Lee likes starting her class with a “positive circle” where students share their positive thoughts for the day, to help create a supportive environment for the peer review/feedback process that often takes place in her class.

Through warm up, across the floor, and phrase works, Sea’s contemporary class explores head-tail connection, spirals, and folding and creasing hips to eventually find a resilient, easy relationship with the floor. The ultimate educational outcomes that Sea intends to achieve in studio-oriented classes are to sharpen the skills of reciprocity and relationship, the construction and deconstruction of “technique,” sustainability, and artistic rigor.

PC: Sorcha Augustine

SCD Rep (May, June and July)

Melissa Rummel

Melissa Rummel was raised in Dryden, Michigan where she started dancing at the age of seven. She graduated from Belhaven University with a BFA in dance, emphasis on modern dance and choreography. She has trained with companies such as Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, RiverNorth Chicago, Ad Deum Dance Company, and Sarasota Contemporary Dance. This is Melissa’s Seventh season with Sarasota Contemporary Dance and third as Studio Coordinator. Melissa is the Associate Director for SCD Ensemble(Student Training program) and the SCD Summer Intensive Director. She is passionate about teaching and currently teaches with SCD and Woodland Fine Arts Academy. She also enjoys fitness and the positive effect it can bring to others, and she strives to find new ways to combine her love of dance and fitness. She strives to never stop stretching herself as a performer, choreographer, and teacher.

Class Description: Participants will have the opportunity to learn repertoire from Sarasota Contemporary Dance during the SCD Summer Intensive. Works originally choreographed by Artistic Director Leymis Bolanos Wilmott, restaged this summer by Company member Melissa Rummel. 

PC: Sorcha Augustine