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January 4th-6th, 2019

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.

Ages 9 through adult. INT/ADV

The workshop will be held at Contemporary Ballet Dallas
5400 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75206

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

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4:30 - 6:00PM Jazz
6:00 - 7:30PM Ballet
7:30 - 9:00PM Zion Dance Project

1:30 - 3:30PM Advant Ballet Workshop
3:30 - 4:30PM Choreography
4:30 - 5:30PM Modern/Audition
6:30 - 8:00PM Theatre Nick Leos
8:00 - 9:15PM Hip Hop

9:00 - 10:00AM Stretch and Core
10:00 - 11:15AM Modern
11:15 - 12:30PM Jazz
1:30 - 3:30PM Modern Workshop
3:30 - 4:30PM TBA
4:30 - 5:45PM African Workshop
5:45 - 6:00PM Scholarships, Lecture, Q&A
* 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?

*****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.
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.
Abigail Hardy

Abigail Hardy began her dance training at a young age developing a love for performance, choreography, and teaching. She has training in the dance techniques of ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, and modern. Hardy had the privilege of attending Belhaven University (Jackson, MS) where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance with honors in Dance. She has training in pedagogy of dance, Modern Dance Teaching Methods and Ballet Teaching methods. She has received training from artists of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Houston Ballet, José Limón, Milwaukee Ballet, Dance Company Mooe, Ad Deum Dance Company and The Royal Ballet.

Hardy has been teaching and choreographing for over ten years both nationally and internationally. From 2013-2014, Hardy was a member of Bal Mahada Dance company on an international tour. She has traveled to South Korea, France and Barbados as a guest artist performing and teaching. Hardy is currently the co-director of the Zion Dance Project based in Dallas, TX.
Vincent Hardy

A native of San Diego, during his childhood Vincent started as a praise (liturgical) dancer & director. Mr. Hardy’s interest in studying other forms of dance began in high school under the direction of Sandra Foster-King at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Later he continued his dance training under scholarship at the Academy of Performing Arts in San Diego. After high school, Mr. Hardy attended the University of the Arts (UArts), School of Dance in Philadelphia where he received a BFA in Ballet Performance.

After his first professional job dancing for Complexions in NYC, Mr. Hardy moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a commercial dancer in television, film and video projects At the same time, he choreographed for studios throughout the LA area. He moved to Dallas in 2016 to join the growing arts boom with his wife, ballet dancer Abigail Marie Hardy.
Brian Stevens

Brian Stevens grew up in the Dallas Fort Worth area where he received his training from top instructors including Justin Giles and Dana Bailey. He furthered his education on scholarship at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC and The Edge Performing Arts Center in LA. Throughout his training Brian assisted for Tremaine and Dupree Dance Conventions across the country. Assisting faculty members of these nationally recognized dance conventions allowed Brian to have a hands on experience in teaching other dancers movement and technique. The assistant opportunity also helped him to further create his unique choreography style in contemporary and jazz.

Brian is currently the Artistic Director of Wanderlust Dance Project, named as one of "Theater Jones Top Ten Dance Performances of 2016”. Wanderlust Dance Project is "the first and only Non-Profit 501(c)(3) of it's kind, where pre-professionals learn and rehearse from some of the dance industry’s top choreographers, while dancing alongside working professional dancers". Brian is also the Artistic Director of KJ Dance’s pre-professional dance company, Pulse. Under his direction the company has been nationally recognized as New York City Dance Alliance’s Outstanding Studio. His choreography for large and small groups, solos, duets, and trios have won multiple high scores in the country. Under his mentorship Brian has had individual nationally recognized dancers as well. Brian tours the country with the Dupree Dance Convention faculty as a choreographer and instructor. He is the founder and designer of the internationally recognized costume company, Artistic Dance Designs, which launched in 2013. Brian teaches and mentors The Joffrey year round trainee program in Frisco, TX. He teaches at a number of dance intensives and workshops including the North Texas Summer Dance Intensive, Dallas Repertoire Ballet Intensive, Dancers Give Back Dallas and Dallas DanceFest. He travels teaching Master classes and setting choreography at studios, schools and professional companies across the country.

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.

Terrance M. Johnson
Jazz / Modern

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.
Ann Sterling Dale
Modern Workshop

Ann Sterling Dale is from Statesville, NC and graduated from Elon University with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography. She attended The Ailey School in 2010 and was part of the Jennifer Muller The Works Scholarship Program. Ann Sterling has performed professionally in North Carolina with the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet, and in New York City with The Next Stage Project and BalaSole Dance Company. She has also presented and performed her work A Battle Waged in the 2012 Young Choreographer's Festival. Ann Sterling has performed as a company member with Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, Texas from 2012-2015.  While in Houston, she taught for Houston Academy of Dance, West University Dance Center, METdance, and the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. Ann Sterling has choreographed HFCC Performing Arts Company's summer productions of Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, and Beauty and the Beast in Oscoda, Michigan.

Ann Sterling studied further at The Ailey School in the Professional Division Scholarship Program and performed in Matthew Rushing's work for The Ailey School's 2015 Winter Concert as well as his work for the Hudson Yards Alvin Ailey Project in September of 2016. Ann Sterling was also invited to be a member of the Tabernacle Dance Company and performed at the 2016 Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem last October. She has performed and taught for Project Dance in New York City, Costa Rica, Oklahoma City, and Houston. She has taught as Faculty for the Ballet Hispánico Tap Program, The School at Steps, and City Moves Dance Studio in New York City. Ann Sterling also has her Pilates Mat 1 Certification. She is currently dancing with Zion Dance Project and is honored and thrilled to be on Faculty for the Epicenter for the Arts and Ingredients Dance Company this year!
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