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August 4th-6th, 2017

Come and experience dancing at its best with three days of classes taught by 8&1 company members and friends. Some of DFW's most innovative master teachers gather for a weekend full of disciplined technique classes and inspiring choreography. Bring your passion and energy!  Great ready to work and sweat with 8&1.


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

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Ages 9 through adult. INT/ADV

The workshop will be held at Rowlett Dance Academy
8405 Lake View Parkway, Rowlett, TX 75088

If space permits, walk-in single class rate is $20.
Credit cards/checks/cash will be accepted.

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12:00 - 2:00PM Jazz
2:00 - 3:30PM Contemporary
3:30 - 5:00PM Musical Theatre
5:30 - 7:00PM Modern
7:15 - 8:15PM Hip Hop

1:00 -2:15PM Ballet
2:15 - 3:30PM Modern
3:30 - 4:30PM Leaps & Turns
5:45 - 7:00PM Contemporary
7:00 - 8:15PM Jazz / Funk
8:15 - 9:15PM Afro Caribbean

9:00 - 10:30AM Yoga
10:30 - 11:45AM Musical Theatre
11:45AM - 12:45PM Drum Discipline
1:45 - 3:00PM Modern
3:00 - 4:15PM African Workshop
4:15 - 5:15PM Lyrical
5:15 - 6:00PM Stretch & Revive
6:00PM Apprentice/ Company AUDITIONS
* Schedule Subject to Change



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

Am I being juged at the intensive during my classes?
No, your technique level / performance quality will not be juged 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 profesional enviorment.

Will there be a performance opportunity for students associated with this summer intensive?
Not at this time.

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

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Jill S. Rucci, Founder / Artistic Director of 8&1 Dance Company
Modern / Musical Theatre / Leaps & Turns

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.


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.

Clair Culin

Clair Culin recently relocated to Dallas, Texas from Atlanta, Georgia where she had been training since the age of three.  Growing up she was consistently recognized through scholarships and awards for her outstanding technique and showmanship.  Clair has trained with top teachers and choreographers from across the country and has been recognized both regionally and nationally for her talent and choreography. Her versatile resume boasts commercial work, modeling, and performances from The Nutcracker to such beloved musicals as Beauty and the Beast and Peter Pan. She has performed at the Falcons Half-time show for the Georgia Lottery, danced with the Atlanta Opera in Aida,  and has been in commercials for Avis and Scana Energy.  While in Atlanta, Clair was a member of the contemporary dance company Project 7, directed by the nationally recognized choreographer Cherrise Wakeham.  She was also showcased in Tyler Perry’s I Can do Bad All By Myself and performed with Jennifer Holliday at the Legacy Awards.

Currently, Clair is the Competition Director for the Dallas Youth Ballet as well as the Associate Artistic Director for the Apprentice Company of the Dallas Youth Ballet housed at Park Cities Dance. She has been teaching for over nine years and is a certified member of Dance Masters of America. Prior to moving to Dallas, Clair was the creative director and head of the dance program at Greater Atlanta Christian School.  She holds her B.S.Ed. Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia and is part of the esteemed Nu Delta Alpha Dance Honors Society. 

Jeremy Dumont
Musical Theatre

Jeremy Dumont is one of the most sought after choreographers for the theatre scene in the DFW area His work has been seen at such theaters and organizations as Casa Mañana, University of North Texas, Dallas Theater Center, Turtle Creek Chorale, Shakespeare Dallas, Uptown Players, Water Tower Theatre and the Dallas Children’s Theater. He is an accomplished educator having taught Dance and Musical Theater Intensives for Southlake ISD, UNT, Preston Center Dance, Casa Manana, Dallas Theater Center, The Greenhill School and the New York based Camp Broadway. Jeremy is a staff member at Park Cities Dance where you can catch his M. Theater class on Monday nights. Jeremy is also one of the founders and co-hosts of The Little Big Scene Podcast, a biweekly podcast that focuses on the local DFW theatre scene, as well as highlighting local artists.

McKenzie Rollinson

McKenzie received her BFA in modern dance performance from the University of Oklahoma. She grew up in Dallas, TX dancing competitively and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
McKenzie has had the opportunity to perform works by various artists such as Donald McKayle, Derrick Minter, Robert Battle, Austin Hartel, Jessica Lang, Peter Chu, and Christopher Vo.

She has attended numerous summer intensives such as Point Park, Jose Limon, and Doug Varone and Dancers. Currently McKenzie is a dance instructor and choreographer and is excited for her second year as a member of the 8&1 dance company.
Hannah Fozkos
Jazz / Choreography

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.

Chad Geiger
Stretch & Strength

Chad grew up in Rowlett, TX, where he attended Rockwall High School. Chad earned a spot on the school’s varsity gymnastics team his freshman year, and received numerous awards and honors over the course of his high school career.
After graduation in 2009, Chad attended Richland College, where he began his dance training under Gina Sawyer and Jenn Kaiser, former Artistic Director of Dallas Dance Company, and eventually earning his Associates of Arts degree. Chad joined Dallas Dance Company in February of 2011, and continued his training in the Dallas area.

Since joining Dallas Dance Company, Chad has received instruction from Ben Cameron and Amanda Ulibarri, and has performed works set by Justin Giles, Jessica Dillan, and Christopher Koehl. Chad recently traveled to New York where he trained with established actors such as Bart Shatto, Paul Valley, and Maggie Maes. Chad works as an Assistant Director at Dance Company of Wylie, where he enjoys teaching kids of all ages. Chad directs the studio's Pre-Tiny and Guy Hip Hop teams, and instructs classes in ballet, tap, jazz, acro, hip hop, lyrical and tumbling.

Chad is also currently entering his third season as a dancer with Dallas Dance Company, and is looking forward to future events and performances with 8&1 Dance Company.

Terrance M. Johnson
Jazz / Contemporary

Terrance M. Johnson is native of Alexandria, Louisiana. He began his dance training at the Dallas Black Dance Academy, the official school of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Under the mentorship of Michelle Gibson, Founder and Artistic Director of Exhibit Dance Collective, Terrance developed a passion for the art of dance that surpasses the virtuosity of technique and embraces a movement vocabulary that gives the body a voice to speak of cultural and life experiences. Terrance has studied with Master Teachers including Allyne Gartrell, Baba Chuck Davis, Milton Myers, Kevin Iega Jeff, and Christian Von Howard.

He began his professional career as a performing artist in 2010 as a member of Exhibit Dance Collective. In 2011 he became a member of Dallas Black Dance Theater II (DBDT II) where he served as Assistant Director. As a company member of DBDT II Terrance was afforded the opportunity to perform the works of renowned choreographers including Talley Beatty, Milton Myers, Baba Chuck Davis, Christopher Huggins, and Bruce Wood, just to name a few. In addition to performance opportunities at DBDT II, he also began his career as a choreographer by creating his first professional work “Luke” premiered by DBDT II in 2012.

Currently, Terrance is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in dance performance and choreography at Texas Woman’s University.

Vincent Hardy
Contemporary / Modern

Vincent Hardy is currently an Instructor and choreographer for the first ever Christian Dance Convention (Dance Revolution).He attended Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet Performance, and was hired into Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2011, a prestigious professional concert dance company directed by former Alvin Ailey members Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. After touring with Complexions throughout the US, Italy and Israel, Vincent returned to California to pursue a career in commercial dance, performing and teaching choreography.

His teaching credentials include serving on the faculties of Maple Conservatory (Irvine, California), Earl Mosley’s institute of the Arts (Kent, CT), The Academy of performing Arts (San Diego, CA), and Ad Deum Dance Company (Houston, TX). While holding these various positions, his responsibilities included instructing, rehearsing, and choreographing. Vincent recently received his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) studying choreography and sacred dance.Vincent Hardy was also formerly the Director of Stage Production at Belhaven University (BU).

Jamie J. Thompson
Afro Caribbean

From Belize, Central America, Mr. Thompson is a graduate of Belhaven University (Jackson, Mississippi) where he received his B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. He received additional training from Belize National Dance Company and Dramatic Forces School of Dance. Throughout his youth, he dedicated his time volunteering with different organizations that were purposed for the betterment of the arts and youths of Belize. His previous dance experience includes serving as dancer, choreographer and teacher for Belize National Dance Company and dancing with Talk Dance Company of Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Thompson is an alumnus of the internationally acclaimed Dallas Black Dance Theatre (Aug 2010- May 2014). Before his professional dance experience, he has directed and choreographed four productions for the Rotary Club of Belize, benefitting The Gift of Life Program (2006-2009). His special community interests include working with organizations that work for the development of youth. Mr. Thompson is passionate about education and artistic excellence. Recently, Jamie served as the Executive/ Artistic Director for the International Conservatory of Performing Arts in North Texas. His goal is to continue to establish a potent international organization that serves as a laboratory for the advancement of the arts: education, artistic excellence and commerce.
Sarah Verville
Vinyasa Yoga

Sarah’s yoga journey began back in 2005 while living & working in Colorado. A CorePower Yoga studio had opened down the street from her home and from then on, she was hooked! Sarah went on to receive her CorePower Yoga certification in May 2010 and has been teaching throughout the U.S. ever since. Sarah is a firm believer that yoga does something different for each individual, but seeks to share positive energy and a selfless intention with all who enter the studio. With her professional dance background, she creates gentle, yet challenging flows. Come check out her unique style and fresh approach, and fall in love with her Vinyasa class!
Avery D. Wilson
Contemporary / Modern

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 Theatre 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 works including musical theatre credits Beauty and the Beast, Fame, Smokey Joe’s Café, and Hairspray, and a self-composed theatrical dance production What You Believe. Avery is blessed to continue his third year as a company member with Jill Rucci’s 8&1 Dance Company..
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