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January 3rd-5th, 2020

Join us for our winter intensive as we host master teachers of all disciplines and genres. We are pleased to bring such an exciting and magnificent group of professionals together to help inspire and nurture the next generation of dancers. We have all worked or currently work in the industry, produced, toured, choreographed, been featured in major roles, music videos, as well as many other credits. . We are now all stand local community on the first weekend in January and thrive to help make a difference in your world of dance. Be inspired, Gain strength & Confidence, Train to continue your pre-professional or professional Career. This classes are suited for ages 11+ at and advanced level- Professionals.

The 8&1 Intensive Workshop Fee is $185 per student.

Ages 9 through adult. INT/ADV

The workshop will be held at
Rowlett Dance Academy
8405 Lakview Parkway - UNIT 240
Rowlett, TX 75088

If space permits, walk-in single class rate is $20.
Walk In for workshops (Gold Classes) is $30, if space permits.
Credit cards/checks/cash will be accepted.

Schedule is subject to change.

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5:30 - 7:00PM Jazz
7:00 - 8:30PM Contemporary
8:30 - 9:30PM Musical Theatre

2:30 - 3:30PM Modern Keon K. Nickie
3:30 - 5:00PM Afro Caribbean Workshop
6:00 - 7:30PM Contemporary 8&1 Dance Co.
7:30 - 8:30PM Hip Hop Robert Anthony

10:00- 12:00PM Avant Ballet Workshop
12:00 - 1:00PM Choreography
2:00 - 3:30PM Hip Hop
3:45 - 5:15PM Open Audition/ Company Rep
* Schedule Subject to Change




If i attend the intensive am I required to audition for the apprentice program/company?

Am I being judged at the intensive during my classes?
No, your technique level / performance quality will not be judged until the audition. 

How do I audition?
Have your head shot and resume ready and after classes on sunday, wait in the hallway and you will be instructed which holding studio you will move into.

Is there an audition fee?

What are the age requirements to audition?
Ages 12 + for the apprentice program
Ages 17+ for our professional company

What will my schedule be if casted?
All classes/ rehearsals will be on the weekend and schedule will follow once casted.  

How long is the apprentice program?
6 months long

If I am already in the program do I need to audition again?
Yes, we are keeping our program very small and are only taking a limited number of students.  So we require all students to re-audition each season. 

Will I get to perform with 8&1 if I am an apprentice?
Performance opportunities may be available but are NOT GUARANTEED. This is designed as study program. An opportunity for the serious dancer to train in a professional enviorment.

Will there be a performance opportunity for students associated with this winter intensive?
Yes. Starting Septemeber 2019.

*****More information will be provided upon casting*****

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Jill S. Rucci, Founder / Artistic Director of 8&1 Dance Company
Jazz / Contemporary / Stretch

Jill S. Rucci is proud to be back East after making her mark in Texas by building a successful Dance Company "8&1 DALLAS". Jill moved to Texas from NYC, where she was a principal dancer and guest choreographer for Vissi Dance Theater for over 10 years. Jill has trained, taught, performed and presented her choreography in many cities including Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York and Olbia, Italy. Ms Rucci enjoys producing and directing shows, and is proud to announce the success of her newest full length dance drama, "Exchange Street".

Jill received her dance degree from Dean College in Franklin, MA, where she studied all genres of dance, musical theater, dance education, and voice. While in NY, Jill also performed with , Bare Bones Dance Co., she performed and choreographed for New Jersey Squires and was a principal West African-stylized dancer with Magna BA Drum and Dance Co. Jill studied at Alvin Ailey and, while attending two of their intensive certificate programs, earned certifications in modern and contemporary. Ms. Rucci danced with Contemporary Ballet Dallas for their 2010 and 2011 seasons and also guest choreographed for CBD's "Wild and Free" and "Sidewalk Stories" concerts.

Ms. Rucci is a busy guest artist and choreographer throughout the United States. She is very pleased with her ever growing dance company 8&1 Dallas and is thrilled to announce that 8&1 is expanding East. She continues to strive to bring a new beat to the artistic community. Rucci, founder and artistic director of 8&1 DALLAS welcomes a sixth season of touring, training, choreographing and creating innovative and refreshing works.

Jill is pleased to announce the launch of 8&1 EAST in January 2018.

Kyra McCarty
Ballet / Musical Theatre

Kyra McCarty is a May 2010 graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, Alabama, receiving her diploma with a concentration in dance. In May 2014, she graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with dual degrees in Dance (BFA) and Mathematics (BS). Throughout her dance career, she has received scholarships to train with Tremaine Dance Convention, Hubbard Street Dance/Lou Conte Dance Studio, Bates Dance Festival, and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Additionally, she has had the opportunity to train at various summer and winter intensives including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, International Ballet Competition, Ballet West, Ballet Memphis and the International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD).

She has performed works by notable choreographers such as Fabrice Lemire, Martha Faesi, Allyne D. Gartrell, Jamal Story, Millicent Johnnie, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Ms. McCarty has numerous years of teaching experience with Dallas Black Dance Academy, Oxford Ballet School and the Deborah Kaye School of Dance both in Oxford Mississippi. Currently, Ms. McCarty performs and is rehearsal director for 8&1 Dance Company under the direction of Jill S. Rucci, in addition to serving as dance instructor and company director for Rowlett Dance Academy, owned and operated by Carol Ann Maggiotto. She loves working with and inspiring students by nurturing their passions and helping them reach their full potential. Ms. McCarty is a native of Oxford, Mississippi.

Robert Anthony
Hip Hop

ROBERT ANTHONY is one of DFW’s top hip hop personalities.

A dancer, teacher, and choreographer, Robert has recently been named Company Director of Park Cities Dance Hip Hop, overseeing classes and choreographing for the Adult and Kids’ companies.
He has also been named Assistant Producer of Big D Dance, a new entertainment company where his work will include coordinating event entertainment and flash mobs; presenting Hip Hop and Break Dancing workshops with top guests; and presenting the high-profile 2014 Dallas Dance-Off! in the Arts District.

Robert’s dance background includes hip hop (popping, house, locking, and b-boying), jazz, modern, and acrobatics. He continues his training in ballet, Latin/ballroom dance, and other current forms of dance. He has studied with many well-known choreographers locally and abroad; however, he credits his dancing career to his teacher and mentor, Keith Clark. A couple of his major credits have been dancing for international pop sensation Pitbull, Mexican pop sensation Lola, So You Think You Can Dance, and recently working with internationally acclaimed choreographer/dancer Laurie-Anne Gibson.
Robert holds, a MS in marriage and family therapy, a BA from Southern Methodist University in psychology/sociology, as well as directing Kids for Kids: United We Dance and the Move to Groove Ball.

Alexandra Hugo
Avant Chamber Ballet

Alexandra Hugo grew up in Arlington, VA and trained under the direction of Kee Juan Han at the Washington School of Ballet. In 2014 she joined Washington Ballet's Professional Training Program and was selected to participate in Suzanne Farrell's Master Class Series at the Kennedy Center. Alexandra has attended summer programs at Ballet West, the Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Orlando Ballet and Ballet Arizona.

Upon graduating from high school in 2016, Alexandra joined Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Graduate Program for 2 years. She had the to opportunity to perform in Balanchine's Western Symphony, Yoshi Nakano's New Work: The Symphony, Swan Lake, Harald Lander's Etudes, and Terence Orr's the Nutcracker with the main company. Alexandra is now in her first season with Avant Chamber Ballet.s.
Nick Leos
Musical Theatre Workshop

NICK LEOS is a theatre director and choreographer originally from Mesquite, Texas. He recently returned to Dallas from London, where he received an MFA in Theatre Directing from East 15 Acting School, founded by Margaret Walker and based on the work of Joan Littlewood’s famed Theatre Workshop. In London, he directed Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra Off-West-End at the Stockwell Playhouse. He also developed and directed Free Solo: A New Musical by Jack Godfrey and Celine Snippe, which had a run at the Drayton Arms Theatre, after being developed at the Camden Fringe Festival, Tristan Bates Theatre, and as part of the BEAM2018 Festival showcasing new British musicals.

He directed In The Continuum written by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter at the Bread & Roses Theatre. In the US, Nick was assistant director for the national tour of Catch Me If You Can directed by Matt Lenz, and associate director on Press Play directed by Sadie Jane as part of the Araca Project. In Dallas, he directed the US premiere of small hours by Lucy Kirkwood and Ed Hime at the Festival of Independent Theatres. His choreography credits include: Mame, Once Upon a Mattress, Damn Yankees, Curtains, The Wedding Singer, High School Musical, Titanic and The Sound of Music. He works regularly with Danielle Georgiou Dance Group, and has worked with Uptown Players, Theatre Three, Garland Summer Musicals, and Bishop Lynch High School. He currently teaches in the theatre department at Eastfield College and teaches dance at Rowlett Dance Academy.
Derrius J. Harmon (Bang)
Hip Hop

Derrius J. Harmon (Bang) began dancing in high school, at the age of 17, at Oscar Dean Wyatt High School. He spent his senior year training in jazz and modern. Bang attended Tarrant County College where he joined the resident pre-professional dance company, “Velocity.” Soon after, Bang ventured into street/club styles of hip-hop (popping, locking, waving, tutting, house, etc). He has worked with industry professionals on music videos & movies, as well as trained with some of the top choreographers in L.A. Currently teaching all over the DFW area, Bang embraces his love for choreographing by empowering the youth, and aims to help dancers train and prepare for the dance industry.
Hannah Fozkos
Jazz / Pilates

Hannah is currently studying Kinesiology and Dance at Chapman University in Orange, California. She spent several years as a member of the Rowlett Dance Academy Competition Team and Allegro Ballet Company. She is a current member of the Tremaine National Performance Company and travels the country as an assistant for the Tremaine Dance Conventions & Competitions.

She has choreographed for Sachse High School's pop group, Mane Attraction, for the past two years. Hannah understudied as an apprentice for 8&1's inaugural season and is now very excited to be a company member performing and traveling with Rucci's rapidly growing company.

Keon K. Nickie
Afro Caribbean/Modern

Keon is rom Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago, began his dance training in his native country before immigrating to the United States to further his education and dance studies. In 2007, Keon graduated with a BFA from Long Island University in Brooklyn. He has studied with The Ailey School, Balance Dance Theatre, Ballet Hispanico, Cheryl Byron and Something Positive, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Eclectic Dance Theatre, and Purelements.

He has performed works by choreographers, Gary Abbott, Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Asadata Dafora, Cheryl Byron, Autumn Eckman, James Gregg, Kevin Iega Jeff, Lisa Johnson-Willingham, Kevin A. Joseph, Bill T. Jones, Michael
Manswell, Harrison McEldowney, Mark Morris, Troy Powell, Pearl Primus, Matthew Rushing, Christian Spuck, Nathan Trice, Twyla Tharp, Dr. Melissa Vaughan, Lakai Worrell, Obediah Wright and Edgar Zendejas. Keon was blessed to be a part of the second company of Deeply Rooted Productions before joining DanceWorks Chicago in September 2011.

He also became a teaching Faculty member of Dance Rogue LLC in early 2012. Keon was previous member of DanceWorks Chicago. From 2014-2017, Keon became a member of The Dallas Black Dance Theatre. He has also performed with the Dallas Opera as an ensemble for the production of “Samson & Dalila”. This year Keon is blessed to be a faculty member of
Apex dance.
Avery D. Wilson
Improv / Choreo

Avery D. Wilson, a native of Baton Rouge, LA, is an accomplished dancer, singer, choreographer, and actor who loves the arts. He is the CEO/Founder of the MOKA Cheerleading and Dance Association (Motivating Our Kids to Achieve), and the Executive Director of the XLR-8 Nonprofit Organization. A graduate of Southern University, he began his studies of dance and theatre under the Mid-City Dance Project, and later studied at Studio Harmonic of Paris, France, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater of New York. Wilson has toured with industry directors and producers; and has performed works by notable choreographers including Bruce Wood, Talley Beatty, & Christopher Huggins. He has choreographed a variety of concert works and musical theatre credits including Beauty and the Beast, Fame, Smokey Joe’s Café, Hairspray, Aida, and a self-composed theatrical production What You Believe. Avery is blessed to continue his fifth year with Jill Rucci’s 8&1 Dance Company.
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