National Choreography Intensive

National Choreography Intensive
July 16 (arrival day and audition class) – July 26, 2018 (July 27 departure day)

Huntsville, Texas – Sam Houston State University

12-day program tuition, room & board begins at $1750



The RDA National Choreography Intensive (NCI) 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 2018 is a culmination of this history plus so much more.



Janis Brenner
Director of Choreography

Janis Brenner is an award-winning dancer / choreographer / singer / teacher and is Artistic Director of Janis Brenner & Dancers in NYC. She has toured in 35 countries and is recognized as a “singular performer” with a multifaceted artistic range. Honors/grants include: NY Dance & Performance Award (“Bessie”) for her performance in Meredith Monk’s The Politics of Quiet, Lester Horton Award for Choreography in L.A., NY Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Fund for US Artists at International Festivals, US State Department, Asian Cultural Council, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, UNESCO, US Embassies in Moscow, Bosnia, Jakarta and Dakar, and a commission for the interdisciplinary work The Memory Project from the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her work has been staged on more than 50 companies and colleges and she performed with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble from 1990-2005, 2014 (recording on ECM Records). Ms. Brenner was with the Murray Louis Dance Company from 1977-84, working with Rudolf Nureyev, Placido Domingo, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Joseph Papp, Bat Sheva Dance Company, and Alwin Nikolais. Known for the caliber of its dancers, guest residencies and “emotionally authentic” and musically diverse work, Janis Brenner & Dancers has performed throughout the US, Asia, Russia and Europe since 1989 and has been presented by leading NY organizations. Brenner has been on faculty at The Juilliard School since 2009.

Jerome Begin
Director of Music

Jerome Begin was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a founding member of the Left Hand Path Ensemble and a freelance composer and performer currently living in New York City. His scores for dance and theater, as well as concert works, have been performed throughout the U.S. and internationally. Commissions include works for Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Juilliard, Sacramento Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Zephyr Dance, Santa Cruz Ballet Theater, San Jose Dance Theater, Utah Regional Ballet, Monsterless Actors, Ohio University, and Crash, Burn and Die Dance Company. He has served as a dance accompanist and teacher of music for dancers at dance festivals, universities, and dance schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. Begin was music director for the Regional Dance America Craft of Choreography conference, now the National Choreography Intensive, for several years and holds degrees in music composition and audio production from Ohio University and studied composition with Mark Phillips. He has been on the Juilliard faculty since 2008.

Gary Taylor
Director of Operations

Gary Taylor has served as the Director of Operations for the NCI for the past seven years.  He is 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 has been the National Choreography Intensive Director of Operations since 2010. He is currently on faculty with Festival Dance Center, the home of the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet.

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