SCD Summer Intensive


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.


*Secure your spot by registering & sending in your deposit!

ALL payments are due by Friday, May 5th.

Intensive A:
May 20 - 26
Intensive B:
June 10 - 16
Intensive C:
July 15 - 21

Summer Intensive Details:
- Open to High School Students through Professionals (minimum age of 14)

- Daily Classes include: Improvisation, Contemporary, Jazz Fusion,  Afro-Fusion, Afro-Modern, and SCD Repertory

- Guest Faculty: Andrea Ward, Alyson Dolan, and  Courtney Jones

- SCD Rep will be restaged by SCD Company Member Melissa Rummel

Summer Intensive Tuition:
*All intensives require a $100 Non-refundable Registration Deposit

1 Intensive: $400 + $100 deposit
2 Intensives: $700 total + $100 deposit ($200 off!)
3 Intensives: $1,000 total + $100 deposit ($400 off!)

Work Study & Rising Choreographer Tuition:
$150 per Intensive + $100 deposit ($250 off!)

- Participant Performance Friday & Virtual Broadcast on Saturday alongside Sarasota Contemporary Dance

- Participant Rising Choreographer Program (only 3 per intensive, details below)

- SCD Faculty: Xiao-Xuan Dancigers, Monessa Salley, and Juliana Cristina

- All Rising Choreographers have a chance to be considered for SCD's Main Stage Season (details below)

Housing Prices:
*All Housing requires a $100 Non-refundable Deposit

$400 + $100 deposit
Total Amount Due: $500

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Summer Intensive 2021, Photos by Sorcha Augustine.

Opportunities & Internships

Rising Choreographer Program:
This unique and exciting program gives rising choreographers the opportunity to set and present their own work on summer intensive participants. Works will be performed at the end of the week showcase titled “In the Round” and may be considered to choreograph for SCD's Main Stage Season. (Only 3 per intensive, receive half off tuition)

ALL SCD Rising Choreographer applications are due by April 1st*
*$25 non-refundable application fee MUST be payed for application to be reviewed.
This payment goes towards your tuition if you are chosen and is in place of the $100 deposit.

Application FEE
Choreographer Application
Choreographer Tuition

General Work Study Internship: Age requirement - 18 & up
No experience necessary! Candidates will help on registration day, set up and break down each day, assist teachers with music, and help with basic tasks throughout the program. (Only 3 per intensive, receive half off tuition)

Costume Internship:
Help organize costumes for ‘In The Round’ Performance. Wash all costumes after Saturday’s performance and bring them back to SCD Studio by the following Monday.

Summer Deposit
Internship Tuition
Meet scd's summer intensive artists!

May Intensive

Andrea Ward

Andrea Ward is a contemporary choreographer based in New York City, originally from Sarasota, Florida. Her movement lives within a mergence of fluid and sharp dynamic, conceptually driven by nature and the deep subconscious. Recently she led a choreographic lab in Madrid, Spain for DANZA180 Studio. She’s also led classes in Paris and London, and has performed in Amsterdam and Italy. Andrea has studied with Enzo Celli, Jeff Docimo, Bryan Arias, Sidra Bell, Medhi Walerski, LaMichael Leonard of Bill T. Jones, Jiri Pokorny of Kidd Pivot, and Jos Baker of Peeping Tom, to name a few. She is also a musician and filmmaker, currently releasing an album and series of underwater movement concept films.

Class Description: Andrea's Contemporary Workshop is facilitated toward creating balance in our relationship to creativity in a dynamic world. Through guided visualization, improvisation, and contemporary choreography, dancers are invited to explore depths of internal sensation and sensitivity to space.

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

Courtney Jones

Named one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch in 2012, Courtney D. Jones is a professional dancer, actress and full-time teaching artist at the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts for Choreography. Professional credits include Broadway’s 1st National Tour of WICKED! Hope Stone Dance, Jennifer Muller/The Works, the Kevins Wynn Collection and the Freddick Bratcher and Company Contemporary Dance Theatre. Jones is a graduate of SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Modern Dance Performance and a minor in Psychology. She has performed the works of Jose Limón, Mark Morris, Doug Varone, Jacqulyn Buglisis, Roger C. Jeffrey, Michael Foley, Heather Maloney and Kevin Wynn. In 2004 Jones performed with the Kevin Wynn Collection and joined Jennifer Muller/The Works where she taught and toured internationally for four seasons.

Now based in Houston, Courtney is heavily involved in the theatre community as a performer and choreographer. Jones has served as an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of Houston, is a national guest and master class teacher at numerous and notable universities and dance festivals and is a freelance choreographer under her own CDJ Project. Her work has been commissioned by METdance Company, Urban Souls Dance Company, the Counter Current Festival, the YES! Dance Invitational, the DanceNOW Festival, Barnstorm Dance Fest, The Regional High School Dance Festival, Colorado Mesa University, Rice Dance Theatre, Arlington Heights High School and the Dance Gallery Festival.

Juliana Cristina

Juliana Cristina was born in West Palm Beach, FL. A graduate from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA). She received her B.F.A Degree in Danceunder the direction of current Artistic Director of American Ballet Theater (ABT) Susan Jaffe and Associate Dean Brenda Daniels former faculty at Merce Cunningham Studios, NY. During her time at UNCSA, Ms. Cristina has had the pleasure of performing works byAzure Barton, Martha Graham, Trisha Brown, Brenda Daniels, Kira Blazek, Helen Simoneau, Ming Lung-Yang and Juel D. Lane. Juliana has studied in Trainee Programs with Nashville Ballet, Ballet Palm Beach, CDI directed by Casey and Cassidy Noblett and the New York City Rockettes. Ms. Cristina has performed in multiple productions of the “Tales of Hoffman” with The Palm Beach Opera in (2014). This year is Ms.Cristina’s Fourth season with the Sarasota Contemporary Dance company; she has recently been promoted to “Development Associate” where she manages/refines all SCD Donor events and relationships.

Class Description: Juliana's Contemporary Floorwork involves continuously and sequentially directing and counter directing parts of the body in space. It includes classical approaches to enhance traditional training methods. Heighten your senses and indulge inyour inner artistry.

PC: Sorcha Augustine

July Intensive

Alyson Dolan

Alyson Dolan has been recognized by The Austin Chronicle as a “key modern mover” for the “stamina, concentration, and big jar of real that she brings to the potluck.” Her approach to making dances is motivated by a desire for deep listening in the choreographic process, with an interest in performance as a shared meditative or reflective experience. Dolan is on faculty at Cafe Dance, St Edward’s University and regularly works with McCallum Fine Arts Academy. She is in her 11th season with Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Company, is an original member of the Austin Soundpainting Collective directed by Andrea Ariel, and consistently presents her own work. Her most recent piece MAKING PURPLE was described as “choreography and performance for the twenty-first century” after a rich eight month process with six Austin dancers and composer Drew Silverman. Alyson was Sarasota Contemporary Dance’s inaugural Choreographer in Residence from 2012-2014, as well as a dancer with the company back in the Fuzión Dance Artists era. She is thrilled to return to Sarasota this summer for a month-long residency with SCD thanks to Leymis Bolaños Wilmott’s generous invitation.

Class Description: Alyson's "Tuning-in via Contemporary-Modern Techniques" classes begin on the floor and continue with a constant reminder of deeply rooted contact. Spacious, athletic, and often inverted phrases are explored and have been described as lush and clear with a horizontal, painterly sweep. Dancers are encouraged to bring awareness to sensation, movement efficiency, musicality and personal expression throughout class, promoting introspection, ownership, and acknowledgement of our unique bodies and movement histories. A rich sense of community and support is fostered as dancers deepen their experience both as a solo artist and an integral part of the ensemble. As generously described by a former student, “Only go to this class if you want to feel inspired, challenged, and tuned-in to this amazing instrument we call our body! Alyson's class is for-real."

Monessa Salley

South Carolina native, Monessa Salley, is currently in her fourth 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

SCD Rep (May, June, & 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