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Summer Intensive
Summer Intensive
Our Annual Summer Intensive workshop is a special opportunity for intermediate and advanced students who desire to dramatically advance their technical skills and improve their performance confidence. Classes include ballet, pointe, jazz, and contemporary. Concentrated study with Master Level guest teachers expose the students to the knowledge, motivation, and expectations of the professional world of dance, inspiring them to new heights of accomplishment summer after summer. Our Summer Intensive benefits those who dream to dance professionally and those who love to dance for recreation.

2019 Summer Intensive Brochure (pdf)

2018 Guest Teachers

Riccardo BattagliaRiccardo Battaglia (Pescara, Italy) began dancing at the age of eight at Scuola D’Arte New Step in his hometown. He is a three-time winner of the “Expressions” competition held in Florence as part of the Danzainfiera event and also won the Tip Tap Show competition in Rome. Mr. Battaglia trained at The Ailey School as a scholarship student, where he performed in the 2011 and 2012 Ailey at the Apollo galas. He has worked with choreographers including Matthew Rushing, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Robert Battle, Jennifer Archibald, Kate Skarpetowska, Manuel Vignoulle and Ryan Heffington. Mr. Battaglia has been a member of Elisa Monte Dance and Ailey II and he also performed with Lydia Johnson Dance, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, CelloPointe, Rebecca Kelly Ballet and Jennifer Muller The Works. He has danced in the 2015 #ENDHIV New York Gala, Moncler’s 2016 NY Fashion Week and KenzoxH&M Fashion Show and was featured in commercials for Quaker Oatmeal and Swarovski. Mr. Battaglia is on faculty at The Ailey Extension in New York and the Joffrey Ballet School in Chicago and has taught in several dance studios around the United States and Italy. He is currently dancing with Visceral Dance Chicago.

Paige FraserPaige Fraser, (Bronx, NY) trained at Ballet Atlantic Academy and Professional Performing Arts High School. She was a scholarship student at ABT, DTH, Complexions, Jacobs Pillow, and Juilliard summer intensives. Ms. Fraser attended Dominican University/Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet and later graduated Cum Laude from Fordham University/Alvin Ailey BFA in 2012.

Paige was a guest artist for Deeply Rooted ECS, Ruth Page Civic Ballet, and Randy Duncan’s highly acclaimed finale for Dance For Life Chicago (2014-2017). Paige has worked for artists such as Beyonce, Chanel Iman, and Jussie Smollett. She has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher, Essence, Lucky, and graced the cover of both Revolution Dancewear and Streetwise Chicago. She has taught masterclasses and choreographed for YAGP competition and Exclamations Dance Company directed by Kenneth Epting.

Ms. Fraser was a member of Ailey II for the 2011-2013 seasons under the artistic direction of Sylvia Waters and Troy Powell. She is a founding dancer of Visceral Dance Chicago now in her fifth season with the company. Paige appeared in the 2016 Intel Campaign “Experience Amazing” as their RealSense dancer. She is honored to be a recipient of a 2016 Dance Fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA and a recent Dance Magazine 2017 “25 to Watch”.

Alicia GrafAlicia Graf Mack is a former lead dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has also been a principal ballerina with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Alicia has danced as a guest performer with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Beyonce, John Legend, Andre 3000 and Alicia Keys. In addition, she’s appeared at many galas and festivals including the Youth America Grand Prix and the International Stars of the 21st Century. Mrs. Mack graduated magna cum laude with honors in History from Columbia University and holds a MA in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis.

Currently, Alicia is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Webster University in St. Louis, MO and on faculty at University of Houston. Alicia is the Co-founder of D(n)A Arts Collective, an initiative created to enrich the lives of young dancers through master classes and intensives.


Daisha GrafDaisha Graf started with a back-up dance career that’s spanned some of the largest urban hip-hop, pop, and R&B acts in recent memory- Rihanna, Diddy, Pitbull, TLC, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Ariana Grande, Big Boi, and Beyonce to name a few.

However, after reaching the top of the working commercial dance world, her passion and vision to express herself as a performing artist hadn’t quite satisfied her own self-fulfillment.

Landing endorsements such as the face of Miss Jessie’s and an ambassador for Devachan, Daisha’s versatile nature and willingness to never limit her endeavors continues to land her a multitude of endless opportunities. She has landed roles in feature films such as Step Up 2, and Step up 3D. She landed her first acting role in Vh1 original movie pilot and series “The Breaks.” Her music gained the attention of Jeff Robinson of MBK Entertainment where she developed over several years. Her talent also gained the attention of L.A Reid himself, who signed her on the spot. She now continues to work and perform diligently as an independent artist. S

Daisha is the co-founder of Daisha and Alicia Graf Arts Collective (aka D(n)A Arts), an initiative she and her sister Alicia Graf Mack created; committed to enriching lives through the arts.

Eddy OcampoEddy Ocampo, internationally renowned contemporary choreographer and dance teacher, has created ballets in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Russia and throughout the U.S. He has been commissioned for theater, opera and museum installations, among them premieres at the Landestheater Linz in Austria, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, South Coast Repertory in Southern CA and the St. Petersburg Institut for Contemporary Art in Russia. Eddy has set choreography on such dance companies as Giordano Dance Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theatre, Thodos Dance Chicago, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Odyssey Dance Theatre (Salt Lake City), Kannon Dance (St Petersburg, Russia), and many regional ballet companies in the U.S. He has also taught numerous artistic residencies for some of the most prestigious universities and colleges in the in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Turkey and Russia.

Mr. Ocampo served as school director of the Giordano Dance Center, as well as the director of Giordano II from 2000-2004. He is also the founding artistic director the American Jazz Dance Festival-New Generation in the Russian Republic. Mr. Ocampo has received many national and international awards for his choreography, among them, Mr. Ocampo is the recipient of the Dance Chicago Outstanding Choreography Awards in 2003 & 2004, the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation Choreography Award in 2005 & 2007, the National Choreography Recognition Award for Regional Dance America in 2012 & 2104 and has been honored as the 2005 Filipino American of the Year for his contribution to the arts community as a Filipino American. Mr. Ocampo resides in Chicago and is Co-Artistic Director of LEVELdance, a Chicago based, site specific and design based contemporary dance company.

Travis ProkopAssistant Professor of Dance at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX, Travis Prokop holds his B.F.A from West Texas A&M University and M.F.A. from Sam Houston State University. Performer, Instructor and Choreographer, Travis is currently a company member of HopeStone Dance and VIVO Ballet US Company, in Houston, TX.  Travis has performed at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D. C., and has studied the repertory of Jiri Kylian, GaGa, and Batsheva in Lucca, Italy with Bruce Michelson and Aya Israeli. Mr. Prokop has also appeared in Season 2, Episode 5 of ABC’s hit TV show, American Crime, and on the Fox TV’s very popular So You Think You Can Dance in 2009.

Instructor and choreographer of dance, Travis Prokop currently teaches and sets work for surrounding areas of Texas, including the Houston Ballet Academy, West Texas A&M University and Texas Tech University. Mr. Prokop has also served as and Adjunct professor for Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville, TX and Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, TX. Mr. Prokop’s choreographed work has been produced at The Dance Gallery Festival: New York, he has showcased four adjudicated works in the South-central conference of the American College Dance Association and set original choreography to CHICAGO: THE MUSCIAL.