RDA National Choreograpy Intensive
July 22 through August 2, 2013
The RDA National Choreography Intensive (CI) is a multi-faceted program, providing dancers, emerging choreographers and seasoned choreographers the unparalleled opportunity to work, study and create under the guidance of nationally recognized professionals in the fields of music and dance. The NCI provides a vital training ground/working environment for choreographers and a one-of-a-kind experience for dancers to work within a variety of styles and train with some of the best teachers in the world. Tracing its roots back to 1961, it has been guided by luminaries from the professional dance world. NCI 2013 is a culmination of this history plus so much more.
Director of Choreography
Nelly van Bommel
Nelly van Bommel was selected as one of Dance Magazine’s ‘25 to Watch’ in January 2010. Her work has been featured in France, Taiwan, Canada and the US in major venues and festivals. A native of France, Ms. Van Bommel moved to the US in 2002 thanks to a fellowship from the Conseil Régional d’lle de France. Upon completion of the MFA dance program at Purchase College, she was presented with an Outstanding MFA Graduate Award for excellence. Ms. Van Bommel is also an alumna of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, as recipient of a full scholarship. In spring 2007, Ms. Van Bommel won 1st Jury prize at the Genesis International Choreographic Competition organized by the Milwaukee Ballet. Also in 2007 she was a finalist at the A.W.A.R.D Show in NYC. She has been an artist-in-residence at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (MAD AIR), a guest choreographer at Springboard Danse Montreal, and a guest teacher at the Taipei National University of the Arts where her work has been presented at the Kuandu Arts Festival. In spring 2010, Ms. Van Bommel was one of the three choreographers selected for Ballet Austin’s biennial choreographic project New American Talent/Dance. Her most recent work Pinguli, Pinguli choreographed for the Baryshnikov Arts Center Fall Gala premiered on September 20, 2011. Upcoming projects include a new production of Hansel and Gretel for Ballet Austin II in the spring of 2012.
Director of Music
Rob Wood has been Adjunct Associate Professor, Director of Music and Principal Pianist for the Department of Ballet for the last twelve years. In addition to his work in the Department of Ballet, he is currently Assistant Professor-Lecturer in the Department of Modern Dance, all at the University of Utah. This year along with various faculty assignments, Rob is directing the Graduate Show, co-teaches the 3rd year Choreography Workshop and co-directs the Performing Dance Company in its collaboration with the School of Music. Elaine Kudo’s staging of Twyla Tharp’s “Sweet Fields” will be at the center of this collaboration. Rob is also guest class pianist with Ballet West. Rob’s professional music-for-dance career spans over 30 years having worked closely with many professional dancers, teachers and directors. This includes recording ballet CD’s with international master teacher David Howard which are marketed worldwide by Roper Records in New York City. It also includes performing on stage with ABT Principal Ethan Stiefel at the Vail International Dance Festival. He has accompanied classes taught by such teachers/directors as Willam Christensen, Alonso King, Laura Alonzo, Bruce Marks, Toni Lander, Edward Villela, Violette Verdi, Gilbert Meyer, Suki Schorer, Patricia Wilde, Darla Hoover, Margo Sappington, Patricia Neary, Gretchen Ward-Warren and many others. From 2004 thru 2011 he has served six times as Music Director of Regional Dance America’s National Choreography Intensive working closely with renown choreographers Alan Hineline, Kathryn Posen and Janis Brenner. He is currently producing a Ballet CD as a tutorial to train teachers in the use of music in the ballet studio. Rob is known for being a musician with a clear sense of the intrinsic connection of movement and music. He is fully engaged in helping to provide the specific musical needs of directors, teachers and dancers.
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For More Information
RDA Executive Director
RDA Choreography Intensive
c/o PO Box 3327 Reston, VA 20195
For the Dancers
- Two classes daily in Ballet, Modern Jazz, Pointe or Men’s classes
- Bi-weekly evening seminars
- The dancer becomes part of a collaborative team, expanding their technique and increasing their confidence by working with the choreographers every afternoon and then performing the works in progress each evening.
Dancers must be studying dance at an intermediate to advanced level and be at least 13 years of age.
For the Choreographer
- Daily choreography session (after warm-up with the Directors of Choreography & Music
- May participate in morning class each day - Ballet, Modern, or Jazz
- Afternoons spent creating new works/assignments that will be shown that evening.
- Nightly critique sessions, discussing and dissecting that evenings works.
Choreographers must be studying dance at an intermediate to advanced level and be at least 16 years of age. A letter of recommendation from their Artistic Director must accompany their application. Choreographers are chosen by the Director of Choreography via a video audition of their work. Choreographers are accepted for the two week program only. Videos must be received no later than May 1, 2013.
Utah Valley University
Hampton Inn and Suites
Director of Operations
GARY TAYLOR, Founder and Artistic Director of the Winston Salem Festival Ballet, is recognized throughout the southeast for his mastery of innovative choreography, partnering, instruction, and performance. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts, he has been a professional dancer, working throughout the Southeast for past two decades before retiring from performance in 2006. As an award-winning choreographer and teacher, Gary is a 2-time award winner of the Regional Dance America (RDA) National Choreographic Award, in 1999 & 2006 and in 2004, he was awarded the prestigious RDA Choreographic Commission Award. The North Carolina School of the Arts honored him as the Outstanding North Carolina Teacher in Performing Arts in 1999 and the High Point Area Arts Council presented him with the 2007 Mayor’s Teacher Support of the Arts Award. Gary was the RDA National Choreography Intensive Director in 2010 and 2011, and will again serve in this role in 2012 in Winston Salem. In 2011, he had the honor of serving as the Adjudicator for RDA Northeast & Mid States Festival held in Pittsburg, Pa in May. Gary has choreographed original works for many ballet companies in the southeast and his versatility has led him to choreograph for over 20 different musicals. Gary has served on faculty for the following organizations: North Carolina Dance Alliance, Lecon de la Danse, Tennessee Association of Dance, North Carolina School of the Arts, Dance Masters of America, and High Point University Fine Arts Center and Performing Arts Department and has even conducted Master Classes for Cirque du Soleil’s world renowned cast of the touring show “Delirium.” He is currently on faculty with Festival Dance Center, the home of the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet.
Tuition and Food (Two weeks)
RDA Members: $900
Airport Transportation: $60
Tuition and Food (One Week)
RDA Members: $650
Airport Transportation: $60
Room (Two Weeks)
Room (One Week)
Quad: $400 (6 days)
Double: $650 (6 days)
Single: $1000 (6 days)
RDA Artistic Directors
There is no tuition charge for RDA Directors. Directors are only expected to pay for room and board costs, $150 per day.
Please Note: A $250 cancellation fee will apply. There are no refunds after July 4, 2012.
A Typical Day
Student/dancer Choreography Session
2nd Class/Choreography Session
Project Tier Choreographers
Critiques/Dancer lecture Tuesday & Thursday
(Schedule will vary slightly depending upon which group the dancer or choreographer is participating in.)
Arrival and Placement Day
* July 22
* August 2
Please arrange to fly into the Salt Lake City airport.