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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.

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 - 1:30PM Jazz
1:30 - 3:00PM Musical Theatre
3:00 - 4:15PM Modern
5:15 - 7:15PM Contemporary
7:15 - 8:15PM Hip Hop

1:00 - 5:30PM Ballet / Modern / Afro Caribbean
6:30 - 8:00PM Jazz
8:15 - 9:15PM Hip Hop

9:00 - 10:00AM Pliates
10:00 - 11:15AM Ballet
11:15AM - 12:15PM Contemporary
1:30 - 3:00PM Modern / Jazz
3:00 - 4:15PM African Workshop
4:15 - 5:15PM Musical Theatre / Choreography
5:30 - 6:00 Stretch & Revive
6:15PM 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
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.

Addison Reed

Addison spent her formative years studying ballet under Joyce Seaboryne-Bader, a.r.a.d. for the Royal Ballet School (R.A.D.), where she passed all exams with Honors. Her training includes: Texas Ballet Theatre School (year-round), Royal Ballet R.A.D Summer School (scholarship), American Ballet Theatre NYC, Joffrey Ballet NYC (year-round scholarship with New School University), Austin Ballet (scholarship), and Mignon Furman's American Academy of Ballet (full scholarship).  Addison studied at the Texas Ballet Theatre School (Dallas Campus) and performed with the corps de ballet of Texas Ballet Theatre in several full length classical ballets. While studying for her BFA on scholarship at Southern Methodist University, she performed in several pieces (ballet, modern, jazz) and was the only female freshman cast by guest artist Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros for his trio piece "Tango Tonto". She developed her jazz/contemporary skills training under TBT school's guest choreographer Alan Sherfield, co-owner of West Coast Dance Explosion. During her competitive years, Addison was awarded several prizes and scholarships (Edge, Steps, BDC) including Grande Prize of American Academy of Ballet's national ballet competition in NYC.

 Addison has worked professionaly in LA, NY, Texas, Canada and Europe, dancing in various shows, industrials, commercials, film, TV and music videos. Credits include: Muse, My Chemical Romance, Natasha Bedingfield, McDonald's, Toshiba, JcPenney, Law and Order, Texas Lotto, Stolichinaya, Prison Break, Life Ball, and L.A. Choreographer's Carnival. Addison also has Equity Musical Theatre and Opera credits including Carmen, Amahl and the Night Visitor, The King and I, West Side Story, Fame, Funny Girl and Showboat. She has choreographed for contemporary ballet companies as well as industrials including Dallas Neoclassical Ballet and JC Penney. She currently works as a dance convention teacher and judge in both America and Canada, and is a sought after master teacher and guest choreographer. Addison's choreography has won numerous titles (NYCDA, Hall of Fame, YAGP, Nuvo). Addison is known for her neverending positive energy and the warm and encouraging environment she creates, whether at a private lesson, studio session, or convention ballroom. Her goal is to inspire young dancers and to change their mind-body approach and encourage longevity and artistry.
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.
Jamie J. Thompson
Ballet / Modern / 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.
Avery D. Wilson
Contemporary / Modern / Musical Theatre

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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