Summer Intensive is a two week program for Levels 4-8, comprised of all-day workshops taught by BCH faculty members and guest teachers from around the U.S and abroad. Counted among past guest teachers are Clara Cravey, Dawn Scannell, Zachary Carrol, Roudolf Kharatian, Davida Haas, Jane Weiner, Kristy Nilsson, and many others. The program is offered during the first and second full weeks of June.
Dates: June 4-15, 2018
Cost: approximate cost $575
Registration: Please e-mail us through our contact page or call to register. Visiting or new students must arrange a placement class prior to registration. Payments may be made on-line (see link on the bar above); check, cash or credit cards.
Links to PRIOR year information below, current year information is pending:
2017 Guest Faculty (2018 Guest Faculty “to be determined”)
Priscilla Nathan Murphy, originally from Singapore, she attended the Royal Academy of Dance, London. She has earned teaching certificates from RAD and the British Assoc for Teachers of Dance. Upon her immigration to the US, Priscilla was invited to join the Space Dance Theater Company by James Clouser, former artistic director of Houston Ballet. She was a soloist with the company for 5 years and went on tour nationally. Following that she danced with Chrysalis Dance Company and guested with several other companies. Her teaching career began with appointments at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston and Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy, where she enjoyed a long engagement of 20yrs and 30yrs respectively. As consultant at HSPVA she taught both classical ballet and modern dance technique as well as repertory and composition/improvisation classes. At Houston Ballet besides teaching classical ballet and modern dance she directed the Pre-School and Lower Division and developed syllabi and implemented programs and summer workshops. She was also coordinator of the modern dance program and held the appointed position of Principal of the Lower School for 10yrs. Her choreography has been commissioned by Ben Stevenson, Hubbard Street II, Texas Contemporary Festival, The International Sculpture Symposium, Houston Grand Opera, to name a few. She has taught internationally in Germany, China, and Singapore.
Isaac Sharratt was born in Tucson, Arizona, where he trained on scholarship at Ballet Arts. He became one of the first apprentices with Ballet Tucson at age 16 before he joined the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II Program in 2008. As a trainee, he represented the program for a dance festival in Cancún, Mexico. He joined the Company in 2009, where he appeared in the world premiere of Michael Pink’s Peter Panas Noodler the Pirate. Sharratt has also enjoyed dancing in Pink’s Dracula, Esmeralda, and La Bohème, and had the privilege of working with esteemed choreographers such as Darrell Grand Moultrie, Val Caniparoli, Timothy O’Donnell, Lucas Jervies, Mauro de Candia, Lila York, Gabrielle Lamb, and Matthew Neenan. Sharratt is also exploring choreography, creating works NEWaukee’s Naked Ballet events, NomadicLIMBS showcases, and studio performances for Milwaukee Ballet II and Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy. Sharratt also choreographed the music video for Volcano Choir’s “Tiderays,” This is his eighth season with Milwaukee Ballet.
Kristina Windom trained with Mary Day, Robert Steele, Julio de Bittencourt and Patricia Berrend at The Washington School of Ballet. She was selected for the company, The Washington Ballet, when under the artistic direction of Choo San Goh, and she performed repertory by many choreographers including Mr. Goh, George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Judith Jamison, Michael Smuin and Fernand Nault. She later danced with the Cleveland Ballet, Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet, Eric Hampton Dance and Washington Opera Ballet. This is her tenth year as full-time faculty at The Washington School of Ballet where she has taught a range of levels from beginners to professional dancers. She is also guest ballet mistress for The Washington Ballet, The Washington Ballet Studio Company and the Trainee Program. Kristina has a Master’s Degree in fine arts from the School of Dance at George Mason University and has taught for the last eight years as an adjunct professor at George Mason. She continues her studies with Irene Dowd, whose knowledge of anatomy, movement, and somatic principles has shaped Windom’s pedagogy.
Kendall Jackson is currently pursuing a BFA in dance from Belhaven University. She has received her training from Ballet Center of Houston and was a performing member of Houston Repertoire Ballet for 9 years. She has performed in leading roles such as Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Paquita demi-soloist role, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and “The New Girl” in Ms. Vittum’s Paper Suite. Her training also includes Paul Taylor American Modern Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and American Dance Festival.
BCH Faculty (see full bios on our BCH Faculty page)
Jodee Engle, modern dance, Ms. Engle earned her BFA in Modern Dance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has danced with the Sandra Organ Dance Company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Houston Grand Opera, Psophonia, Leslie Scates, and San Diego Opera, and Hope Stone Dance Company. She is a dance consultant at HSPVA and teaches at several other studios in the Houston area. JoDee is a founding member of Houston Dance Collective.
Barbara LeGault is a graduate of Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Barbara Le Gault trained under Margo Marshall and was formerly with City Ballet of Houston. Since that time she has danced many leading roles with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and the Louisville Ballet. She also danced with Tennesssee Festival Ballet , and with the Summer Festival Ballet in Lisbon, Portugal. Ms. LeGault was on the teaching staff of American Academy of Dance NHDT headquarters from 1987 to 2006. She has been on the faculty of Ballet Center of Houston since 2008 and is ballet mistress of Houston Repertoire Ballet.
Kristy Nilsson performed and trained with Atlanta Ballet and Charleston Ballet Theatre. She attended Univ of Oklahoma for Dance Pedagogy and graduated from HSPVA in Houston. Kristy has been teaching full-time since 2001 and has choreographed more than 100 concert works including nine full-length ballets.
Victoria Vittum, owner and artistic director