DANCE This (Grades 9-12)


August 3-9, 2014
Fort Worden State Park
Register for DANCE This!

Immerse yourself in dance!

DANCE This! brings together technique, performance, and choreography, using the art of dance to learn about the world through culture.  The DANCE This! Camp at Centrum provides an opportunity for high school students to study a wide range of dance styles and techniques in a supportive, yet challenging atmosphere.

Students participate in Afro Brazilian, Ballet, Jazz & Modern, Hip-Hop and choreography classes with professional dance instructors.

Tuition, Room & Board is $850; scholarships are available.

Each day includes technique classes, repertory instruction and choreography sessions, with time for meals and exploring the Fort Worden campus. At the end of the week, students share their work at a Saturday showcase for friends and family.

View photos and comments from past DANCE This! experiences

The DANCE This! Camp at Centrum is open to students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2013 at all levels of dance experience–from beginner to advanced.

At Centrum, renovated Fort buildings, including classrooms, dormitories, performance and studio spaces, serve as home. While here, students are supervised by faculty and staff, including experienced dorm counselors. During free time students are asked to be in groups of two-to three if they are exploring the grounds of Fort Worden. They are not accompanied by supervisors during their free time, but they are asked to let the Dorm staff know where they are going. Food served at Fort Worden is organic, fresh, and local.

Centrum is located at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend. Perched on the Northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula, Fort Worden offers 450 acres of sandy beaches, wooded hills, wetlands, and a historic campus, with stunning views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic and Cascade ranges.

Produced by Seattle Theatre Group, DANCE This! brings together teen performers, choreographers, guest  artists and teachers to share their culture through the art of dance.  The DANCE This! Program started in Seattle in 1999 with a performance of cultural and contemporary dance at the Moore Theatre. It has grown into a multi-faceted program that includes performances at the Paramount Theatre, a two-week training Intensive in diverse styles and, the DANCE This! Camp at Centrum.

Seattle Theatre Group (STG) is a non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to operating Seattle’s historic Paramount & Moore Theatres, presenting diverse programming and maintaining extensive Education & Community Programs. We are pleased to be partnering with Centrum for this program.


Rex Kinney (Hip Hop)
Rex Kinney grew up in Seattle and began learning hip hop as a teenager. He has performed and choreographed for the Seahawks and Seattle Sonics/Storm Half-Time shows, Poncho’s Auction Gala, Village Theater, Experience Music Project, Seattle Academy, Kube 93.3 FM’s Summer Jam, opened for Cypress Hill, and in the music video “Do You Want Me” by Mion Lee Drew. He is currently the director and choreographer for the Shorecrest High School Dance Team. Under his direction, the team has won six straight District Titles, two WIAA State Dance/Drill Championships, a third place ranking at Nationals in 2007 and National Championship in 2010. In addition, he has taught at Cornish College of Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s REACH program, the UW Experimental College and Westlake Dance Center.

Christy McNeil (Jazz)
Christy McNeil has enjoyed life as a dancer since age three, training at a studio just outside of Seattle. At age fifteen, she traveled to Kazan, Russia to perform in the Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Festival with the Evergreen City Ballet. She was then honored with the Kreielsheimer Scholarship, a four year full-tuition plus expenses award, from Cornish College of the Arts where she earned her B.F.A. in Dance and was named an Outstanding Dance Major. Upon graduation, Christy joined the Cornish faculty while also teaching at Shoreline Community College and the Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop. She has held teaching residencies at Interlochen, Riverside City College, and has taught master classes at many festivals. Her choreography has been commissioned by Cornish Dance Theater, Riverside and Bellevue Colleges, Interweave Dance Theatre, Taproot Theatre, Theater Schmeater, the Sea Gals, and the Cornish Theatre department. A hybrid of modern, jazz, and ballet technique best describes the technical demands of her energetic and passionate class. Christy holds an M.F.A. from the University of Washington and is currently an Assistant Professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Dora Oliveira (Afro-Brazilian) Auxiliadora “Dora Oliveira” Newman has performed and taught Afro-Brazilian dance for 30 years. She has lived in Seattle, Washington for 23 years. Dora’s career as a professional dancer began in 1976 when she joined renowned Brazilian folkloric dance troupe, Exaltacao A Bahia. Dora has learned a repertoire that ranges from Afro-Brazilian dance forms through jazz, ballet, and modern dance. After obtaining a professional dance degree from the prestigious Federal University of Brazil, she moved to the US. Dora has toured the world as the principal dancer with Olodum – the world famous samba bloc. She was also a featured dancer on the opening credits and in the Brazilian dance episode of the PBS “Dancing” series. Currently, she continues to tour the US, Canada, and South America as lead dancer with Ocheami, Gansango, and Show Brazil. Recently, she has contracted to teach Brazilian dance at the Cornish School for the Arts.

Ellie Sandstrom (Modern)
Ellie Sandstrom, a Seattle Magazine “Spotlight Award Winner,” is originally from Minneapolis, where she began her movement training with Minnesota Dance Theater and later BalletArts Minnesota. She has studied various forms of dance technique, body conditioning, composition, improvisation and performance at dance festivals and schools across the country including Cornish College of the Arts, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance. Ellie worked and toured with dance companies locust and Scott/Powell Performance from 2000-2010. Her choreography, under the name SANDSTROMMOVEMENT, has received funding from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and from Artist Trust. Her work has been produced locally and nationally by organizations such as On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center and Perpich Center for the Arts, and commissioned by Seattle Dance Project, Creative Dance Center and Washington Ensemble Theater, among others. She currently teaches ballet and modern to young adults and beyond at Velocity Dance Center and contemporary styles and dance performance to middle school and high school students at Northwest School in Seattle, where she is the Dance Department Chair.

This program is generously funded by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Additional sponsors include the Washington State Arts Commission, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, The Baker Foundation, the College Success Foundation, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, The Forest Foundation, Rayonier Foundation, the Congdon Hanson Family, and nearly a thousand individual donors whose generosity celebrates the power of creativity to change lives.