VIRTUAL & IN-PERSON
JUNE 20–JULY 1, 2022
2700 Ann Williams Way, Dallas, TX, 75201
Ages 13 & up
Professional Dance Workshop
For intermediate, advanced, and professional dancers.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre offers two comprehensive tracks for the Intermediate–Pre-Professional and Professional dancer. The diverse program will consist of classes taught by the top professionals of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Classes will be offered in Classical Ballet, Horton Technique, Graham based Technique, and Jazz.
PLEASE BE ADVISED: Space is limited and classes may be adjusted based on enrollment.
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Kurt A. Douglas is a graduate of New York’s LaGuardia High School of Music Art & the Performing Arts. Originally from Guyana, South America, Douglas earned a B.F.A. in dance from Boston Conservatory and an M.F.A. in dance from Hollins University in association with the American Dance Festival, Frankfurt Conservatory of Performing Arts, and the Forsythe Company. After graduating from the Conservatory, Kurt joined the Limón Dance Company, where he performed in many of Limón’s most influential works.
He received a 2002 Princess Grace Award and was honored by an invitation to perform for the royal family of Monaco. In 2007, Douglas became the first African American to portray Iago in The Moor’s Pavane, José Limón’s most famous work. Kurt was named one of Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch” in the January 2006 issue. He danced from 2002 to 2007 in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and joined Ballet Hispánico from 2005 to 2006 under the direction of Tina Ramirez. In 2009 he joined the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company during their 40th anniversary season, touring throughout the United States and Asia. In 2011 he began touring with the Tony Award-winning musical A Chorus Line throughout the United States, Japan, Singapore, and Australia.
Kurt Douglas joined the Boston Conservatory at Berklee faculty in 2015 where he is an Associate Professor of dance technique, repertory, critical theory, and pedagogy for modern dance. Kurt also serves as artistic director for the Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Summer Dance Intensive. Kurt reconstructed A Choreographic Offering for the Limón 71st Anniversary Season in 2017, and he continues to reconstruct and stage Limón’s work all over the world. Kurt also serves on faculty with the Limón for Kids Program and the Limón Institute in New York City, the official school of the Limón Dance Foundation. Kurt currently sits on the board for the Limon Dance Company & the Northeast Youth Ballet.
In 2017, Kurt was invited to perform for the Boston Conservatory’s 150th Anniversary Gala at Symphony Hall hosted by Alan Cummings. Some guest artist credits include Aszure Barton & Artists, Prometheus Dance Company, Thang Dao Dance Company, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Dzul Dance Theatre,and the Sean Curran Dance Company.
Douglas remains deeply invested in his teaching practices, Limón reconstructions, masterclass series, and conducting Limón Dance workshops in Haiti, France, England, Germany, Italy, Australia, and Mexico, and across the United States in New York City, Boston, Providence, Salt Lake City, Portland, Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Sioux Falls. He has also taught workshops at institutions such as the Limón Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Harvard, Southern Methodist University, the Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, Dean College, University of Illinois, SUNY Brockport, Skidmore College, and Festival Ballet Providence School.
A native of Jersey City, NJ, Freddie Moore’s professional career as a dancer, master teacher and choreographer began with his formal dance training at The Ailey School. After graduating from the school’s Certificate and Merit Scholarship programs, he went on to being a featured artist with Ailey II, Donald Byrd/The Group, Forces of Nature, Gallman’s Newark Dance Theater, and Blue Mercury Dancing Company. During his distinguished 36-year career, Mr. Moore has amassed credits in musicals, national television shows, music videos, and documentaries. Mr. Moore’s innovative choreography has received national and international recognition. His career as a master teacher has traveled him across the United States as well as to Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. A noted Master of the Modern Horton technique, Mr. Moore conducts artist-in-residence workshops in public and private schools. He has developed performing arts curriculum for schools and community-based programs and he works with churches around the world to develop liturgical dance ministries. A recognized community leader, he has received many honors for community service including commendations from the NAACP, the New Jersey Senate, the National Black Police Association, the Jersey City Community Outreach Team, and the Public Advocate for the City of New York. Mr. Moore is currently the Rehearsal Director for Ailey Student Performance Group (ASPG), Ailey Certificate Program Advisor and a faculty member at The Ailey School, Restoration Youth Arts Academy, Hudson Repertory Dance Theater as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of Footprints Dance Company.
Michelle Rambo’s energetic teaching style has been going for 16 plus years, in the styles of hip hop, jazz/funk and contemporary. She holds bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts Dance Performance from the University of Central Oklahoma and Kinesiology from East Central University. Michelle has choreographed for the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre and well-known professional Race Dance Company located in Oklahoma City, OK. She has taught at the American College Dance Association at Southeast Missouri State University and Anderson Indiana University. She is the Director of The Dance Effect assistant program plus instructor with The Dance Effect Intensive/competition organization. Michelle teaches at numerous dance studios in the OKC area and has taught consecutive years for the professional Dallas Black Dance Theatre Summer Intensive in Dallas, Texas. Michelle’s talents have been showcased during the pre-game performance for the Oklahoma City Thunder and at Disney World in Orlando, Florida and countless other stages. Currently, Michelle has been focused on teaching, traveling and judging for several dance competitions. She continues to spread her energy, knowledge and her love for teaching master classes to everyone who appreciates the art of dance.
PROFESSOR STEPHANIE POWELL is a tenured faculty member at Long Beach City College in Southern California. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley in Sociology and Education and a MFA in Dance from UC Irvine as a Chancellor’s Fellow. Powell is certified in the NYCB Workout, Zumba, Qiginition and BASI Pilates. She serves as an adjudicator for dance competitions and has modeled internationally for Redken and Trevor Sorbie of the UK. Her appearances on television include commercials, the Grammy’s, the Jay Leno Show, Tyra Banks FabLife Show, and dancing for artists such as Janet Jackson and Beyoncé Knowles. Ms. Powell is the principal interpreteur of the choreographic works for the late choreographer Donald McKayle and stages his work around the world.
FRANKIE LEE III
Frankie Lee III was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, received his BFA in Contemporary Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts & continued training at American Dance Festival, Springboard Danse Montreal, Shen Wei Dance Arts, The Merce Cunningham Trust, The Dance Company Experience & Alonzo King Lines Dance Center, to name a few. He has danced for Zaccho Dance Theater, Oakland Ballet, dawsondancesf, Helen Simoneau Danse, Antonio Brown Dance, Gaspard & Dancers, Zest Collective & The Dallas Conservatory, to name a few. He is the Founder & Artistic Director of FLEE DANCE & is a 2-time Isadora Duncan Award nominee, a Webby Award Winner & the 2022 Artist of Excellence Prism Award winner. Frankie is currently on faculty at the Dallas Institute of Dance, The Dallas Conservatory & he is the Company Instructor for Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) & DBDT: Encore!