Want to expand your dance training and be inspired doing it?Join us this summer August 13 – 17th for an amazing summer dance intensive! You do not want to miss this amazing opportunity to spend the week with professional guest artists & choreographers from all over! This week of dance is geared towards intermediate through advanced level dancers and will feature Elizabeth McMillan (artistic director of Vivid Ballet/ABT certified/former Ballet mistress of Houston Ballet), Leyna Woods (principle dancer of Vivid Ballet), Olivia Jenkins & Julie Haney (Ad Deum Dance Co.), Marian West (Grant Street Dance Company) and many more!
Each day will consist of a morning Ballet class followed by various styles of Modern including; Horton, Limon, Duncan, Graham & Release technique, Contemporary, Partnering, & Improvisation. Each afternoon an additional genre will be taught including; Jazz, Hip-Hop, Restorative Movement and more! The end of each day there will be rehearsal time for students to learn choreography. To close out the intensive, repertoire will be presented in an in-house showcase featuring what the dancers have learned. There will also be 2 optional nights of live worship, worship dance & prayer that all are welcome to be part of for no additional cost.
Camp runs August 13-17, 10am-4pm
Ages 11 to Adult
At least 3 years of Ballet & 1 year of Modern, Contemporary or Jazz required
Open to any dancer in or outside of Cavod Academy of the Arts.
$225 if paid in full by June 1st
$250 after June 1st
Drop in classes are $17 each.
*$50 non-refundable deposit due upon registration to reserve your spot, space is limited!Register for Summer Dance Intensive
Ballet – Solid color leotard, pink tights & Ballet shoes (pointe shoes optional, boys – solid t-shirt & black dance pants)
Solid color leotard, leggings or dance shorts & barefeet (jazz shoes optional for Jazz)
Hip-Hop – see above but layers such as sweatpants/t-shirts are ok. Please no sneakers that are worn outside, bring extra shoes if needed
Elizabeth “Betsy”, began her ballet training with the Alabama Dance Theater in Montgomery. At the age of thirteen, she was accepted into Houston Ballet Academy in the pre-professional division and Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. McMillan was promoted to the professional division of Houston Ballet Academy and placed on a full merit scholarship while performing with the Houston Ballet. Her other training includes Joffrey Ballet and USA International Ballet Competition School. In 2000, she joined Ballet Magnificat! touring nationally and internationally with the company for seven years, performing in Greece, Singapore, Costa Rica, and the Czech Republic in addition to the USA International Ballet Competition Gala in Jackson, MS and most major cities across the United States. In 2006, she accepted a position as Adjunct Professor of Dance at Belhaven University; two years later she was promoted to the full-time faculty position of Specialty Instructor of Dance. She has served on the faculty of Houston Ballet Academy, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Ad Deum Dance Company, Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Program and as Ballet Mistress for Houston Metropolitan Dance Company. She has been guest faculty for Ballet Academy East, Ballet Midwest, Met Dance, Yale Ballet, Ballet School of Stamford and Belhaven University. She was Assistant Repetiture to former American Ballet Theater Principal Dancer, Shawn Black for the re-staging of Giselle Act 1 and La Bayadere Kingdom of the Shades for Alabama Dance Theater. McMillan served as Shoreline Prin
cipal with New Haven Ballet for three years and was named Assistant Choreographer for New Haven Ballet’s 2012 production of The Nutcracker. She Co-Choreographed an original production of Cinderella and has choreographed original works for New Haven Ballet Company, Belhaven University and The Hartt School. She joined the faculty of The Hartt School in the Fall of 2014 and serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Dance Alliance.
McMillan is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She received her certification in September 2012. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Vivid Ballet and Connecticut Youth Ballet.
Ballet Mistress, Vivid Ballet
Born in California, Leyna Woods began her ballet training at the age of twelve at a local studio on scholarship. At fourteen, she was selected to be privately coached by a former dancer of American Ballet Theatre, Christina (Gibbs) Lyon. Under Lyon’s tutelage, Woods attended American Ballet Theater’s Detroit Summer Intensive (2006) and Kirov Academy of Ballet’s Summer Intensive (2008). A generous sponsorship to attend these intensives was provided by David Howard. In 2009, Woods was hired by the Crystal Cathedral to perform as a dancer in the Glory of Christmas productions. From 2006-2010, Woods founded and directed a small troupe of dancers, called Rejoice Ballet Troupe, which ministered to nearby nursing homes and churches. Most recently, Woods received further training and dance education at Belhaven University where she graduated in 2014 with her Bachelor of Fine Arts. Here she studied under the instruction of Laura Morton, Caleb Mitchell, and Ravenna Tucker. She was awarded the Bezalel Award (2010) and the Daniel Award (2014) and represented the university at two American College Dance Festival Associations (ACDFA). In 2012, she accompanied a group of Belhaven students and faculty to perform and host outreach events in South Korea.
Dancer/Teacher, formerly Ad Deum Dance Company
Julie grew up just south of Atlanta, GA where she began dancing at the age of 14. Throughout high school Julie trained at Into the Light Ballet. Here she learned the craft of various dance techniques, but more importantly began fusing her passion of worship with her ability to move and create. After receiving her Associates in Biblical Studies, Julie moved to Houston, TX to dance with Ad Deum II. She spent two years with ADII and then apprenticed with Ad Deum for a full season. During this time Julie had the privilege of serving (performing, teaching, etc) through dance in various locations across the globe including, but not limited to Hungary, Switzerland, Bulgaria, and The USA. She has also had the privilege of participating in Project Dance and being on staff at times for this wonderful organization. Julie has trained with incredible dance masters and choreographers such as Steve Rooks, Durrel Comedy, Roxane D’Orleans Juste, Vincent Hardy, and more! Julie is currently dancing with Bridge Dance Collective and teaching in the greater Houston area. Julie believes in cultivating a supportive community of like minded artist, who are passionate about sharing the love of God through the medium of dance. She is delighted to be a part of Cavod’s Summer Dance Intensive!
Dancer/Choreographer, formerly Ad Deum Dance Company
Olivia grew up dancing at a young age and quickly found a love for the art. At ten she began her education at The Georgia Youth Ballet where she danced under the instruction of Magdalena Maury and Jonsie Pollock. After high school, Olivia furthered her education in dance by attending Kennesaw State University. In 2014, Olivia moved to Houston Texas and began dancing for the Ad Deum Dance Company’s second company ADII. Here she learned how to apply her faith and desire for mission trips with her dancing. In 2015, Olivia became the associate director and seniordancer at ADII and founded SERVE Ministries and Collective. Outside of Ad Deum, Olivia has worked and done projects with Open Sky Arts Collective and the Project Dance Fondation. While in Houston, Olivia has taught and choreographed for many companies such as Elite Dance Academy, Texas Academy of Dance Arts, and Cindy K’s Dance.
Dancer/Teacher, Deep Vision Dance Company
Elizabeth Terschuur is a professional seeker, performer, dancer, choreographer and educator. She has an MFA in Dance from UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and a BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University located in Towson, MD. Her awards include grants from UCLA, Towson University, the Golden Key International Honor Society, National Society for Arts and Letters DC chapter, Washington Ballet, Boston Ballet, Harid Conservatory, and the Vienna Opera Ballet School in Austria. She is a graduate of the Washington School of Ballet under Roudolf Kharatian, Mary Day, Victoria Leigh and Patricia Berrend. She then joined the company under the direction of Septime Webre and now has performed as a contemporary dancer in LA then Washington DC for the past 10 years. Her teaching credits at UCLA included ballet and modern for two years as well as an internship coordinator in disability studies. She continued as adjunct faculty at The American Music and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in Hollywood for one year before returning to DC where she is currently on faculty at CityDance Conservatory at Strathmore Music Center, The Holton Arms School, The Madeira School, the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism at Towson University, the Washington School of Ballet, and the Maryland Academy of Dance. For over ten years she has been a professional contemporary dancer while continuing her work in dance ministry that seeks to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. She is a guest artist with the Lagniappe Project which brings artists in to work with people with life-altering, neurological conditions at the Sheppard Pratt Health System Hospital in Towson MD. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Maryland Council for Dance is on faculty at Goucher College as well as Rehearsal Director for Deep Vision Dance Company along side Nicole Martinell. She is the Founder of Special Olympics Dance MD.