During the summer, BSD offers a two-week dance intensive in June at our studios at 22 High Street. This intensive, divided into two levels, is jam-packed with classes in many different styles and techniques. Students will continue to take the basics, such as ballet and modern, while also being exposed to other classes such as ballroom, hip-hop, jazz, improvisation, bellydance, viral dance, and more! Featuring guest artists and teachers from around the country. Summer is the BEST time to improve as a dancer. Come sweat with us!
In August, we hold a two-week-long intensive for Intermediate/Advanced teen and adult students ages 12 and up. This intensive is for the experienced dancer who is looking to push their technique and artistry to the next level. Guest teachers will expose dancers to cutting-edge techniques and choreography, and dancers will have the chance to develop and refine skills in ballet, modern, and contemporary forms.
Participating in a dance intensive is a wonderful way for a dancer to improve quickly. Not only is the student fresh in the morning and ready for optimal learning; they will also feel a significant and satisfying difference in their strength and ability in a short period of time. Working with students every day allows the teachers to develop specific themes in depth, without having to wait a whole week to work with a student again. We highly recommend taking all available weeks of the dance intensive for maximum benefit.
Students in the Level I intensive take ten classes per week at a Beginning to Advanced Beginning level. Students in Level II take three classes per day for a total of fifteen classes per week at an Intermediate to Advanced level. Students study ballet, jazz, modern, improvisation, and conditioning. Students should check with the director to confirm the appropriate level.
During June/July intensive weeks, additional classes in pointe are offered at two different levels – Level I Pointe on Tuesday and Thursday; Level II Pointe on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Pointe classes are optional and require director approval.
This year’s dance intensive will feature Robert Royce of Dayton Ballet and Ballet Fleming, Jesse Tidquist of Ballet Fleming and Ballet Theater of Maryland, Rohan Bhargava of ROVACO Dance, Gierre Godley of Project 44, Michaela Mann, Dimitri Kalaitzidis, and Angie Moon.
Robert Royce began his ballet training at Greensboro Ballet in Greensboro, NC at the age of ten. He continued to study at the North Carolina School of the Arts under numerous teachers including Gyula Pandi, Mellissa Hayden and Duncan Noble. During the summers away from NCSA, Mr. Royce attended summer intensives at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hungarian National Ballet and School of American Ballet. At the age of sixteen Robert moved to New York to study under Richard Rapp and Stanley Williams at School of American Ballet.
Mr. Royce danced professionally for Cincinnati Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Ballet Theater of Maryland and the newly formed BalletFleming. During his career Robert has performed principal and soloist roles in Nutcracker, Serenade, Dracula, Spring Waters Pas de Deux, Tommy, along with many others.
Mr. Royce has served as Ballet Master and a staff teacher for Alabama Ballet, Ballet Theatre of Maryland, BalletFleming and Burklyn Ballet Theatre. Mr. Royce has been training and coaching professional and student dancers for the past sixteen years and has worked on many classical ballets including Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet and Graduation Ball. Robert has students who are currently dancing for Suzanne Ferrell Ballet, Nashville Ballet’s second company, and Joffrey Ballet’s trainee program. As a choreographer, Robert has received the 2001 Viewer’s Choice Award in the Scotsman for his Cinderella at the Edinburg Fringe Festival and a four-star review for The Little Mermaid in 2011, both with Burklyn Ballet Theater.
He spent the past few years teaching master classes and choreographing across the east coast as well as working with musical theater companies on numerous productions.
He is currently Ballet Master for New York State Ballet and has choreographed Carmina Burana, Dracula and Marriage of Figaro for the company.
Jesse Tidquist started her ballet training at the age of 4 and her love of ballet ultimately led her to The Charleston Ballet in Charleston, West Virginia, where she performed soloist roles in many ballets. She then joined Ballet Theatre of Maryland, also performing soloist roles. She moved to Philadelphia to train under Christopher Fleming and his company BalletFleming, performing in ballets such as Janis and Joe and Gaspar, a Pirate Fantasy.
She has been performing and teaching at Burklyn Ballet Theatre since 2010. While at Burklyn, she has performed many principal roles in classical ballets and soloist roles in contemporary works choreographed by Robert Mills of Oklahoma City Ballet, Alun Jones of Louisville Ballet, Jared Mesa of Western Arkansas Ballet, and husband Robert Royce. She joined New York State Ballet in 2017, performing as Mina in Robert Royce’s Dracula, the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, and soloist roles in Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, and Romeo & Juliet. She is looking forward to her second season with the company.
Gierre J Godley is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher currently living and working in NYC. He began his training in Arkansas under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell and Arleen Sugano, and he also had the privilege of training at the Ailey School. Gierre attended Millikin University where he received a BS in Biology and a Dance Minor and in 2010 he received his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a choreographer, Gierre has created works for The Steffi Nossen Dance Company, The Ailey School, Threads Dance Projects, Dance Canvas, Sacred Heart University, Eryc Taylor Dance, Fusionworks Dance Company, NYU, Dance on the Lawn, USF at Tampa and the Tidwell Project Dance Ensemble.
While completing his Master Degree, Gierre furthered his studies in pedagogy and was a founding instructor for the Future Dance & Dancemakers program at NYU. Since he has guest taught for numerous Universities & Companies across the US. His classes have been described as “through the roof with energy & substance!”
In 2010, Gierre created PROJECT 44, an all-male troupe dedicated to showcasing the beauty of male artistry throughout the arts. The group has been performing in various national and international venues since 2010. In 2016 Gierre was awarded the NECF Award and Echo Award. Gierre is currently on faculty at The College of Mount Saint Vincent, Suffolk County Community College, Connecticut Dance Center, and is a performer in the NYC Bessie Award Winning show “Then She Fell.”
Rohan Bhargava is originally from New Delhi, India and he holds a B.F.A in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. He works for Cameron McKinney/Kizuna Dance, Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, and 10 Hairy Legs in addition to serving as Artistic Director of Rovaco Dance Company. As an emerging choreographer, Rohan has earned many awards and commissions from reputed organizations such as Moving Beauty Series, Mare Nostrum Elements, Tamasha NYC, Mannes School of Music, The Dance Gallery Festival, and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center/CUNY Dance Initiative. He has taught nationally at New Brunswick High School (New Jersey), Sam Houston State University (Texas), University of Houston (Texas), Hunter Dance Center (Texas), Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx), and Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center (Brooklyn), as well as internationally in India in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. (Learn more about his work at )
Rovaco Dance was founded in June 2015 in New York City. It operates under the artistic direction of Rohan Bhargava and has showcased works at reputed venues across the country. The company is currently in residence at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, courtesy of a 2-year residency from CUNY Dance Initiative. Dedicated to creating bold, innovative, and physical dance works, Rovaco’s mission is to tell intriguing and authentic stories through movement. The aim is to create art that entertains, builds community, and sparks conversations. Rovaco’s teaching philosophy focuses on anatomically sound practices that help the body reach its full movement potential. Combining ideas of release, initiation, expansion, and momentum, the company’s movement aesthetic is cathartic and invigorating.
Indah M. Walsh is a choreographer, performer, and dance educator. She creates live gatherings that challenge assumptions of live performance through audience participation. Indah has performed in Italy, Southeast Asia, and the US. She earned a BFA in dance from Purchase College in 2008 and an MFA in dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2014. As a woman of mixed ethnicity who grew up in different countries, Indah‘s work contains humor with an underlying commentary on gender norms. In 2017 Indah was awarded a Creative Engagement Grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has showcased work at venues and festivals including Danspace Project, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, The Watermill Center, Seattle Asian Art Museum, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Dixon Place, Spoke the Hub, Triskelion Arts, and many others. Her work has also been featured in California at the Dance and Movement Workshop for Educators as well as Backhausdance Platform Production in Irvine. Indah has taught and choreographed works for high schools, colleges, and dance conventions including Steffi Nossen School of Dance, Gibney Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, Nevada Union High School, Taipei American School, Singapore American School, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Maxx Passion performed with Edisa Weeks/Delirious Dances, and the Artichoke Dance Company. She has taught master classes at ACDFA, Michigan Dance Day, Detroit School of the Arts, and for Léon Dance Arts NY & Brattleboro School of Dance’s summer intensive programs. Maxx was an artist in residence at OMI Dance International, and CAMAC Center D’Art in France. She performs and co-produces dance work with UnderOneDances, where they explore ways to engage an audience before, during and after the performance; she presented a paper on this topic at the Society of Dance History Scholars conference in Trondheim, Norway. Maxx received her BFA from the University of the Arts, and her MFA from the University of Michigan where she was the recipient of the Rackham Merit Fellowship. She is based in NYC. maxxismaxx.com
In past years, our intensive staff has included Oliver Greene-Cramer of Ballet Austin and Lar Lubovitch; Molly Christie, a certified Dunham teacher; Richard Rein, a former ABT dancer and Director of St. Paul’s School Dance Department; Alex Brady, who danced with Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Twyla Tharp; Maxx Passion, who dances with numerous modern companies in NYC including Edisa Week’s; and many of our talented local dance instructors.