Bend Dance Workshop
Join us at Gotta Dance Studio & Company September 20 & 21, 2019 for a weekend workshop offering classes in Acting for Dancers, disco, hip hop, jazz technique, jazz funk, Latin jazz, musical theatre, tap and burlesque (adults 21+). BDW will also provide the opportunity to audition for select scholarships. For those who register before September 1, classes are $20 per hour; $140 for the eight-class series. For those who register after August 31, classes are $25 per hour; $170 for the eight-class series. Burlesque, excluded from “series,” is a flat rate of $45 (3-hour experience, wine included). Payments will be automatically processed the first of September for those who registered without payment in August. Registrations after August 31 will need to account for payment the day of online enrollment. Classes are non-refundable after August 31. See weekend schedule and teacher bios below.
Schedule for Friday, September 20, 2019
Burlesque with Tony (Adults 21+): 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Schedule for Saturday, September 21, 2019
Group Warm-Up: 8:45-9:00 a.m.
Jazz Funk with Ali: 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Tap with Sara: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Hip Hop with Ali: 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Disco Mock Audition with JT and Tony: 5:15-6:15 p.m.
Jazz Technique with Tony: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Musical Theatre with JT: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Acting for Dancers with JT: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Latin Jazz with Tony: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Musical Theatre with JT: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Jazz Technique with Tony: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Latin Jazz with Tony: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Acting for Dancers with J.T.: 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Meet the Instructors!
JT Horenstein studied Opera and Theatre at Northwestern University, now lives in New York City and works on both coasts.
Currently serves as… Creative Director and Choreographer for Madison Square Gardens, Knicks City Dancers, Bryant Park, NYC, and RG Live Events, LA.
Career highlights… Creating and choreographing segments for Dancing With The Stars, The Sing Off, America’s Best Dance Crew, Academy Awards, Concerts, tours and videos for Ricky Martin, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Garth Brooks, Brian Setzer Orchestra, My Chemical Romance.
Creative Direction… for Nike, Reebok, Nissan, Hyundai, Upfront Summit, Samsung, CES-Vegas and New York City Fashion weeks.
Performed on… Broadway, 1st National and European Tours (Grease, Tommy, La Cage Aux Folles, White Christmas), Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, NYC (Cavalaria/ Pagliaci).
JT can be seen… on film in Fame, Rent, The Muppets, Stuart Little, The Flintstones, Jackass 2, and on TV on The Nanny, Suddenly Susan with Tony Bennett, and Mad TV. Currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, JT teaches theatre dance and acting through choreography around the globe.
JT’s Mission: “Get that DRAMA in your DANCE!”
Tony Guerrero is a Texas A&M graduate who has spent sixteen years in the NYC entertainment industry.
Currently serves as… Class creator and faculty member of Broadway Dance Center, Applause NY, Peridance and guest co-choreographer for the NY Knicks City Dancers and Brooklynettes.
Toured with… The US/Canada tour of Saturday Night Fever as the Latin Feature (plus a run on the Las Vegas Strip), and toured the world three times with West Side Story (Bernardo).
In New York… After his NYC debut in Rock Stars NYC (Off-Bwy), Tony celebrates twelve seasons as a dancer/actor/stunt performer with the NY Metropolitan Opera, where he was last seen as the lead dancer in Cavelleria Rusticana/Pagliacci (presented Live in HD in movie theatres worldwide).
On Stage… Tony’s other favorite theatre credits include Man of La Mancha, Urban Cowboy, Guys and Dolls, Evita, Tommy, La Cage and Copacabana.
Recording Artists/Music Videos… Pitbull, The Lonely Island (featuring Nicki Minaj), Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Lisa.
Favorite TV/Film… Orange is the New Black (Ahmed), SNL, Younger, Person of Interest, The Wolf of Wall Street, Blindspot, The Get Down and HBO’s The Normal Heart.
Ali Fox, choreographer, teacher and dancer, studied jazz, tap, ballet, modern, lyrical, theater and hip hop for 10 years before joining Dance Vision Performing Company in 2005. While continuing her dance training, Ali found a passion for choreography and began teaching at just 16 years old. She went on to work for Disney Radio as their head choreographer for their Portland, OR talents.
Currently, Ali is the Co-Director at Dance Vision in Portland, OR, teaching a variety of dance classes to all ages, while also choreographing for high school dance teams all over the Pacific Northwest. Her award-winning choreography has gained recognition for its captivating musicality and she enjoys fusing different styles to remain versatile. She choreographed for Columbia Sportswear’s Winter Fashion and can be seen in Con Bro Chill music video “What I Like.”
She has been awarded scholarships with Millennium Dance Complex, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pulse Protégé and most recently Monster’s of Hip Hop LA Finale.
Sara White was raised in Portland and began taking ballet lessons at the age of 7. Sara trained in ballet throughout her school years at Renoux Dance Studio in downtown Portland under the direction of Christina Hintz. As a young dancer, Sara performed in Ballet West’s production of The Nutcracker, as well as Pacific Northwest Ballet’s productions of both The Nutcracker and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sara attended summer dance intensives at Whitman College in Washington and the University of Oregon. In high school, Sara was a member of the Sunflares dance team at Sunset High School. Senior year, her team was invited to perform at halftime of a Portland Trailblazers NBA playoff game.
Sara continued to study dance, including jazz and tap, at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Due to a knee dislocation and subsequent surgeries, Sara did not dance for several years until she was about to graduate from college. At that time, Sara began training in tap with Sally Mack and also took classes from Terry Brock, both in the Portland area. In 2001, Sara and her husband relocated to Bend, Oregon where Sara began dancing with Gotta Dance Studio and Company. She taught tap, ballet and jazz, and also received the opportunity to compete in several competitions within the Pro-Am category. Among the many she attended, Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention and Competition was the most notable. Sara co-choreographed three-platinum and first-place award-winning tap routines and also competed with the GDSC Hip Hop Crew. In 2010, Sara had the opportunity of her lifetime when she got to dance backup for her hero, Weird Al Yankovic, at his concert in Redmond, Oregon.
Sara, her husband and son moved back to the Portland area in 2011 and Sara began teaching tap at MVP Dance Elite. In 2017, Sara also began teaching tap, ballet and jazz at both Portland Dance Center and Encore Performing Arts Center. Sara continues to train when possible and greatly enjoys teaching her students and encouraging their growth as both dancers and individuals.