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Our Summer Dance Intensive Is Going To Be Amazing!
Posted by Jamin Rathbun on 05/08/17.

Registration for our 2017 Summer Dance Intensive is open, with some past favorites and some new faces that are going to deliver an amazing series of classes for this summer's two-week program. Space is limited so register now for one or both weeks (June 5-9 and June 12-16). It will be a summer to remember!

This summer's intensive will feature long-time friends and favorites like Carl & Natassia Harris (Just Dance 2 &3, E3, Stage One Dance Competition) and Gwynn Root (Festival Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Columbia Ballet), and some new faces like Jill Eathorne Bahr and Patricia Cantwell (Coastal Ballet USA & Charleston Ballet Center for Dance Education, Kyle Morton Berry (Charlotte Ballet, Van Metre School of Dance), and Carrie Schmidt (Power House Dance, Dance Studio Training Academy).

Both weeks of our intensive (June 6-10 and June 13-17) will include an intense 5 1/2 hour daily schedule of ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and theatrical classes, with lots of opportunities to learn new choreography, push yourself, and benefit from the varied personal experience of this amazing group of dancers, teachers, and choreographers. In addition to being talented performers and teachers, these guests are all incredible role models and mentors. You will be inspired and changed.

Classes are available for both intermediate (at least two years of ballet) and advanced (at least three years on pointe) levels. Tuition is $300 per week or $500 for both. The intensive is 100% open to students outside of our studio, although space is limited and housing is not included.

Download the brochure or visit trinityartscenter.com/sdi for more information about the schedule, instructors, and cost. Email or call if you have any questions. We'd love to see you there!

Summer Dance Intensive

This Year's Instructors

Tanya Rathbun
Master Teacher, Dancer, Choreographer

Tanya Rathbun Tanya Rathbun, a mother of nine, and a lifelong dancer, choreographer and master teacher, founded her own studio, Trinity Arts Center, and non-profit arts organization, Trinity Arts Foundation, after nearly twenty-five years of dance instruction and performance. Her resume includes training with some of the most respected dance programs (Chicago City Ballet, Joffrey New York, Finnish National Ballet) and instructors (Maria Tallchief, Allegra Kent, Melissa Hayden, Homer Bryant, Joel Hall) in the US and abroad.

Tanya’s professional dance career has included a diverse range of experiences including professional ballet and jazz companies, commercial productions, master classes, modeling, pageants, fitness programs, and educational and inspirational speaking on body image, eating disorders, and faith, all culminating in the formation of her own school and company in 2006. Since that time, the studio has grown to more than seven-hundred students and thirty-five instructors, creating and choreographing original, contemporary dance productions, classical ballets (The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Peter and The Wolf, Le Corsaire), and broadway-style musical theatre productions (Annie, The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man) in our first eight years.

In addition to Tanya’s professional work, she is also active in her local community, helping to fund more than $250,000 in community-building scholarships and grants; regionally, as an member of the Screen Artists Co-Op in Asheville; and internationally, adopting four children from Ethiopia and Ghana, and traveling with the Project Dance organization to Hong Kong.

Jill Eathorne Bahr
Master Teacher, Choreographer, Director

Natassia Harrisk Coastal Ballet USA’s Choreographer Jill Eathorne Bahr is recognized for her unique and personal choreographic approach, Jill Eathorne-Bahr has been heralded as being sleek and explosive in her range of styles. Works of Bahr include her nihilistic Firebird and the “World War II Slant of Life in France” in Last Vestiges of a Torch Song Café in addition to her primal tale of a matriarch society turned upside down, The Rite of Spring. Her newest world premiere creation “Zorro” was a heralded landmark success.

Jill Eathorne Bahr served as Resident Choreographer of Charleston Ballet Theatre since its inception as a professional ballet company in 1987. Bahr been awarded two National Endowment for the Arts Choreographic Fellowships, four Monticello Choreographic Fellowships, the William Habich Choreography Award, the South Carolina Arts Commission Choreography Fellowship in 1997 – the first time offered in 10 years, two Astral Choreography Awards, and was part of the Celebration of the Uncommon Woman in Oregon. Bahr was most recently awarded the Verner Award from the SC Arts Commission recognizing outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina and a second choreography fellowship from the same organization in 2009.

Her choreography can be found in the repertoire of Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Ballet Eddy Toussaint USA, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, New American Youth Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Nevada Dance Theatre, North Carolina Dance Theatre, State of Alabama Ballet, Ballet Omaha, Joffrey II Dancers and the Fort Wayne Ballet. She has taught at many colleges including University of Akron, the University of South Florida, the University of Maryland/Baltimore and has adjudicated numerous American College Dance Festivals and Regional Dance America Festivals. Bahr recently served on the National Endowment for the Arts Dance Panel. She served as one of the 5 National Adjudicators at the Regional Dance America Festival that was held in Montreal in May of 2012.

Jill served as the Adjudicator of the RDA Mid-State Region in 2014, and the Adjudicator of RDA Southeast 2015. She will be one of the 5 National Adjudicators at the Regional Dance America Festival that will be held in Phoenix in May of 2017.

Patricia Cantwell
Artistic Director

Natassia Harrisk Patricia Cantwell oversees all aspects of the program , including building the entire dance curriculum, assigning teachers, and planning performances.

As an alumni of the School of American Ballet, she was principal dancer of Charleston Ballet Theatre and the Savannah Ballet. “Miss Patty” teaches the Intermediate and Advanced levels of the school.

After an illustrious performing career, dancing principal roles in Coppelia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, and Romeo & Juliet, Patricia, with herhusband Don spearheaded the creation of the professional company of

Charleston Ballet Theatre in 1987. In her role as Executive Artistic Director of South Carolina’s World Class Professional Ballet Company she has recruited many outstanding dancers, expanded the repertoire to include the finest in classical and contemporary ballet, and created a number of remarkable productions that have garnered fantastic acclaim. Mrs. Cantwell has been called one of the most articulate voices in the dance world.

Mrs. Cantwell came to Charleston from the Savannah Ballet, where she danced as principal ballerina, a position she also held with Southern Ballet. She began her training with the Atlanta Ballet and the Southern Ballet. Under a full scholarship, she trained at the School of American Ballet in New York under George Balanchine, Artistic Director of NYCB. Balanchine found Patricia dancing at a SERBA Dance Festival when she was 13 years old. She retired from the stagein 1988 after performing the principal ballerina roles in the entire Charleston Ballet Theatre repertoire. She is the former Board Chairman of the South East Regional Ballet Association, and has served on the Board of Directors of Regional Dance America, and the National Association of Regional Ballet in New York .

As co-director of the CBT Center for Dance Education, which teaches children and careertrack pre-professional dancers from age 3 and up. She has created an extremely successful summer workshop, which draws students Charleston from as far away as Taiwan. It is Patricia Cantwell’s hope that she continues to guide Charleston Ballet Theatre’s development in a way that involves and enriches the Southeast with excellent and innovative performances and dance education.

Carl Harris
Professional Dancer, Choreographer

Carl Harrisk Carl is a hip hop dancer and choreographer who has been dancing since he was nine years old, teaching and choreographing at his home church as part of a duo group with his sister (Natassia) called "God's Annointed." Since that early start, Carl and Natassia have gone on to teach, compete, perform, and choreograph for national dance competitions, studios, summer intensives, and a variety of commercial work including the "Just Dance" video game.

Although Carl and Natassia have competed and won platinum honors at the E3 and Stage One natoinal dance competitions, their heart is, and has always been, sharing their faith with their students, and inspiring them to dance with the same enjoyment and passion that you clearly see in the work that Carl and Natassia do.

Carl and Natassia continue to teach in their home studio (Dance Fever), performn as "God's Annointed," and travel, teaching dance workshops and classes around the country. Thye were recently featured in Felice Messam's music video for "Gloria," and in her live performances. They're both very thankful to be in a place where they can minister through dance. All glory goes to God!

Natassia Harris
Professional Dancer, Choreographer

Natassia Harrisk Natassia is a hip hop dancer and choreographer who has been dancing since she was eleven years old, teaching and choreographing at her home church as part of a duo group with her brother (Carl) called "God's Annointed." Since that early start, Natassia and Carl have gone on to teach, compete, perform, and choreograph for national dance competitions, studios, summer intensives, and a variety of commercial work including the "Just Dance" video game.

Although Natassia and Carl have competed and won platinum honors at the E3 and Stage One natoinal dance competitions, their heart is, and has always been, sharing their faith with their students, and inspiring them to dance with the same enjoyment and passion that you clearly see in the work that Natassia and Carl do.

Natassia and Carl continue to teach in their home studio (Dance Fever), performn as "God's Annointed," and travel, teaching dance workshops and classes around the country. Thye were recently featured in Felice Messam's music video for "Gloria," and in her live performances. They're both very thankful to be in a place where they can minister through dance. All glory goes to God!

Gwynn Root
Professional Dancer

Natassia Harrisk Born in Connecticut and raised in Jonesborough, Tennessee, Gwynn received her early ballet training at the Johnson City Ballet Academy, under the direction of Susan Pace-White. Gwynn continued her training in high school at City Youth Ballet and with Pat Holden and attended various summer intensives on scholarship. In 2007 and 2008 she finished in the top twelve in Youth America Grand Prix semi-finals (S.C.) Senior Classical Division. In 2009, she studied under scholarship at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

After finishing high school, Gwynn joined the Lousiville Ballet as a trainee and memeber of the corps de ballet, with whom she performed in The Three Musketeers, Coppelia, Cinderella, Giselle, The Brown-Forman Nutcracker (choreography by Val Caniparoli), selections from La Bayadere and Raymonda, and in contemporary pieces in Louisville Ballet's Choreographer's Workshop. In 2012, Gwynn joined Columbia Classical Ballet in Columbia, S.C., dancing in the corps de ballet. She performed in the Danse Manu solo variation and corps de ballet in La Bayadere, Princesses/Brides and corps de ballet in Swan Lake, Nutcracker, Etudes for the LifeChance gala and contemporary pas de deux and ensemble piece with the company at the Columbia Art Museum.

Gwynn has been invited by John McFall to join Atlanta Ballet this fall for a 5-month paid fellowship after which she plans to move to NYC to pursue advanced ballet training and performing opportunities.

Kylie Morton Berry
Professional Dancer, Choreographer

Natassia Harrisk Kylie Morton Berry, originally from Maryville, TN, began her training at Van Metre School of Dance and Appalachian Ballet Company under the direction of her mother, Amy Morton Vaughn. In 2007, Kylie received a contract with North Carolina Dance Theatre (now known as the Charlotte Ballet), where she remained for three seasons.

Kylie toured with NCDT’s main company in the spring of 2009, performing the works of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Alvin Ailey and Twyla Tharp. Kylie performed principal and soloist roles in Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s The Nutcracker and Cinderella, Mark Diamond’s City South and Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Alvin Ailey’s Night Creature and Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs. As well as several works by George Balanchine, restaged by Patricia McBride (2014 Kennedy Center Honoree), including The Four Temperaments, Who Cares?, Stars and Stripes, and Raymond.

Kylie was also featured as a demi-soloist in Dwight Rhoden’s world premiere of Othello. Since returning to Tennessee in 2010, Kylie has performed title roles such as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Cinderella, and Peter Pan with the Appalachian Ballet Company. Kylie teaches ballet and jazz at Van Metre School of Dance. She is also the company's rehearsal mistress and has choreographed several works for ABC. In 2013, she was awarded a scholarship for her choreography to attend Regional Dance America’s National Choreographic Intensive in Salt Lake City, Utah through the Southeast Regional Ballet Association.

She has recently been seen as a model for Eurotard Dancewear. This summer, she performed the role of Carabosse with the Charleston Ballet Theatre in Charleston, SC. In 2014, Kylie married Evan Berry.

Carrie Schmidt
Professional Dancer, Choreographer

Natassia Harrisk Carrie Schmidt's passion for dance began at an early age, joining the Golden Girls dance team as a teen, and attending a variety of dance competitions and conventions throughout her high school career.

As a senior, Carrie was recognized as a dance team All American, receiving a scholarship to attend the Broadway Dance Center in New York. Carrie attended college at Kilgore, joining their world-reknown dance team as a lieutenant and swingster before graduation, and opening PowerHouse Dance Studio in Kansas City.

In addition to owning and operating her own studio, Carrie travels annually, teaching master classes and choreography workshops, as well as working with drill teams and studios as a Primetime, Showbiz, Tribute, and Talent On Parade judge.