Summer Dance Intensive

Summer 2017

August 7 –  11 @ 5-9pm (Week One)
August 14 – 18 @ 5-9pm (Week Two)

DVDA is proud to announce our 14th Summer dance Intensive for ballet students that have completed level 5x and above. The focus of the intensive is on ballet, the foundation of many dance forms. Students will also be offered classes in Pointe, Pilates, Variations, Stretching, Jazz, Modern, & other disciplines. A few select dancers may have the opportunity to participate in a partnering class. Guest teachers will enhance DVDA staff. The summer intensive is a wonderful chance for the students to grow technically and artistically and at the same time expose themselves to the varied disciplines of our art.


Don’t miss your chance to study with some of Pennsylvania’s finest talent!!

Intensive Schedule 2017 – Check back soon! 

If not a current student, please call the studio office to set up an audition at 215-822-4640

Week 1 Intensive Schedule 2017

Monday 8/7/17 –

5-6:00 – Yoga with Julia Mayo – Dance faculty DeSales University

6 – 8:00 – Ballet with Julia Mayo

8:00 – 9 – Variations with Lisa

Tuesday 8/8 –

5 – 7:00 – Ballet/Pointe with Valerie Amiss Cieslak (former soloist, PA ballet)

7:00 – 9 – Contemp with Steven Vaughn – former Dancer with David Parsons

Wednesday 8/9  –

5-5:30– Dance History with Julia Mayo – faculty DeSales Univ. Dance Dept

5:30 – 6:30 – Yoga with Julia Mayo

6:30 – 8:00 – Ballet with Julia Mayo

8:00 – 9 – Variations with Lisa

Thursday 8/10  –

5 – 6:00 – Pilates with Donna Luck

6 – 7:00 – Pointe class

7:00 – 9 – Contemp with Steven Vaughn – former Dancer with David Parsons

Friday 8/11  –

5:00 – 5:30 – Stretch Clss with Charity DiEmedio

5:30-7:30– Ballet with Charity DiEmedio

7:30 – 9- Modern with Jenn Yackel

Week 2 Intensive Schedule 2017

Monday 8/14/17  –

5 – 7:00 – Ballet with Trinette Singleton –former Principal Joffrey Ballet Co.

7:00 – 9 – Contemporary Modern with Tara Madsen – Freelance choreographer

Tuesday 8/15  –

5 – 7:30 – Ballet/Pointe with Valerie Amiss Cieslak (former soloist, PA ballet)

7:30 – 9 – Ballroom with Kate Rast

Wednesday 8/16 –

5-7:00 – Ballet with Trinette Singleton –former Principal Joffrey Ballet Co.

 7-9:00 – Contemporary with Barry Kerollis

Thursday 8/17  –

5-7:00 – Ballet with Daniel Mayo – BalletX

7 – 9 – Contemporary with Daniel Mayo

Friday 8/18 –

5 – 7- Ballet with Miss Charity

7-9 – Jazz with  Lauren Putty

 DVDA is pleased to announce that along with our amazing DVDA staff, our guest instructors for the intensive will include:

Trinette Singleton began her professional career with New York’s Joffrey Ballet in 1965. She toured throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, performing in ballets by notable choreographers such as Joffrey, Arpino, Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, DeMille, Jooss, and Tudor.  She was thrust into national prominence in 1967, appearing in the multi-media ballet, Astarte, created for her by Robert Joffrey.  Following her performing years, Ms. Singleton became Ballet Mistress/Teacher for the Joffrey Ballet.  She later joined the Faculty and Advisory Board of the Joffrey Ballet School, where she still teaches.  Miss Singleton taught in the BFA Program at The New School University in NYC, in 1999. Currently, Singleton is co-artistic director of Repertory Dance Theatre in Allentown, and also serves as a faculty member in the DeSales University Department of Performing and Fine Arts. She has been artistic director of The Joffrey Texas Workshop in San Antonio since 2006, and serves as guest teacher for The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. She staged Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi for ARB and choreographed Capriccios (2012) and Dreams Interrupted (2014) on the company.

Valerie Amiss Cieslak, former soloist, Pennsylvania Ballet – A native of New Jersey, Valerie Amiss trained with Victor Moreno and Alexei Yudenich. At the age of 12, she began studying at the Pennsylvania Ballet School. Ms. Amiss joined Pennsylvania Ballet in 1993 and was promoted to Soloist in August 1999. She has performed in such places as  will have manythe Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, the Sinatra festival in Portugal and at New York’s City Center.  Ms. Amiss has had the pleasure of performing many principal roles in George Balanchine ballets including Dew Drop and Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Titania and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Odette in Swan Lake. She has also performed featured roles in such works as Carmina Burana, Paquita, Giselle, Lilac Fairy, Blue Bird, Paul Taylor’s Company B, Bomb Squad Girl in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Christopher Wheeldon’s Continuum, Alvin Ailey’s The River, Jerome Robbins’ In the Night and The Concert, and Balanchine’s Bugaku, Rubies, The Four Temperaments, Scotch Symphony, Valse Fantasie, Western Symphony. Ms. Amiss retired from the Pennsylvania Ballet in 2006 and resides in Mantua, New Jersey, with her husband, former Pennsylvania Ballet Soloist Edward Cieslak and their son, Adam, and daughter, Lily. 

Tara Madsen – originally from New Jersey, earned her MFA in Performance and Choreography from Smith College in 2006 where she was awarded a teaching fellowship and the Gretchen K Moran Scholarship. She was a long time member of TANIA ISAAC DANCE. The company and they performed nationally at venues such as Bates Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow, Aaron Davis Hall-Harlem Stage, Dance Place in DC and numerous colleges throughout the US. As a freelance choreographer, Tara has presented her original choreography internationally at The  International Choreographers Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland as well as The  International Choreographer’s Showcase in Barcelona at Mercat de les Flors-Ciutat del Teatre and in Madrid at Sala Cuarta Pared. Nationally, she has presented her work at various venues such as The Philly Dance Fest, The Dance Sampler in Virginia, PS 122 in NYC, the Solar Powered Dance Festival 2005 and 2006 in NYC, The Monterey Dance Fest in California, The Durham Arts Council in North Carolina and the American College Dance Festival. She is an adjunct faculty at DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. In the spring of 2007 her work “Breaking Ground” (2006) was commissioned for the DeSales University Dance Ensemble concert. Her teaching credits include DeSales University Summer Dance Intensives, Smith College, Amherst College, American College Dance Festival Association and Boston University. Ms. Madsen received her BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where she was awarded “The Outstanding Choreographer Award” and the Lucy Isaaco Sack Scholarship. Tara is also a Certified GYROTONIC® instructor.

Julia Mayo is an assistant professor of dance at DeSales University.  Ms. Mayo is a native of Louisiana, where she performed with the Baton Rouge Ballet Theater under the direction of Molly Buchmann and Sharon Mathews. Julia continued her dance training in New York City and holds a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School, and an MFA in dance performance from New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts. Julia has worked directly with choreographers Eliot Feld, Aszure Barton, Seán Curran and Jacquelyn Buglisi and has performed repertory by Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, and Antony Tudor. Julia was a member of Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and has performed nationally and internationally with various companies. Her choreography has been performed throughout New York City, Wyoming, and Louisiana. Julia was on faculty at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education for three years working with students of all ages, including their pre-professional division. She served as the director of the dance program at Western Wyoming Community College from 2012-2014. Miss mayo is currently on the faculty of DeSales University Dance Department.

Daniel Mayo is originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He received his BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School where he performed works by Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Aszure Barton, and Eliot Feld. Daniel danced with Atlanta Ballet from 2007 until 2010, performing many classical roles as well as works by choreographers such as Twyla Tharp, Darrell and Grand Moultrie. He also performed in Lauri Stallings’ world premiere of BIG featuring Big Boi from Outkast. In 2010, Daniel joined the Montreal based company RUBBERBANDance Group under the direction of Victor Quijada. With RUBBERBANDance Group, Daniel performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as participated in multiple film projects, most notably for Bravo!FACT. Daniel has also worked professionally as a guest artist with The Atlanta Opera, Dance Grand Moultrie, and Bennyroyce Dance Productions. Daniel currently dances with BalletX.

Steven Vaughn was born in the Midwest and raised in Massachusetts.  He graduated with Honors and awards from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2009 earning a BFA in Modern Dance, focusing on choreography. Steve has been a dancer with Parsons Dance (under David Parsons) since 2008 touring extensively domestically and internationally, including Italy, China, Brazil, Russia, and more. With Parsons, he worked with Monica Bill-Barnes, Kate Skarpetowska, and Robert Battle. While in Philadelphia, he was privileged to work with Brian Sanders JUNK, Brandywine Ballet Theater (under Scott Jovovich), and more. He has taught across the nation including various dance college programs, Broadway Dance Center and The Joffrey School, as well as master classes in Italy and Israel. His choreography has been set on the Philadelphia based SHARP Dance Co. under director Diane Sharp- Nachsin, and was selected for the 2014 Emerging Choreographer Commission for Houston Metropolitan Dance Company. Steve is featured twice in Jordan Matter’s New York Times Bestseller, “Dancers Among Us” . TV and film experiences include Teddy Forance and Jon Arpino’s dance documentary “Movement One” starring Stephen “tWitch” Boss, “Operatic Heat: Parsons Dance presents ‘Remember Me’”, “All the Right Moves”, the feature film “Now You See Me” and “Law and Order: SVU”

 Kate Rast (Ballroom) – received her BFA from The University of the Arts and also trained at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and the American Dance Festival. Kate is a member of Dancefusion, SHARP Dance Company and Anne Marie Mulgrew & Dancers. She enjoys both reconstructing historical works and exploring new choreography by local artists in Philadelphia. Kate has also danced with Underground Dance Works and Between Movement Contemporary Dance Company. She was a guest artist with Esse Eficionado and joined Jeanne Ruddy Dance for its farewell season. Along with performing, Kate brings ballroom dance to the youth of Philadelphia as Artistic Director for Dancing Classrooms Philly.

Lauren Putty received her BFA from the University of the Arts, where she received the Choreography Prize and award for Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance. Lauren’s first professional choreography debut was at the 2005 Elan Awards in New York. Her performing experience includes Washington Reflections, Urban Bush Women II, and Parsons Dance Company. Choreographically, Lauren also received the Individual Artist Fellowship Grant in Baltimore, MD. In 2007 she set her first company work on Reflections Dance Company in Washington, DC, entitled, “Shades of Thought,” which was featured in the American Dance Guild Festival 2008 in New York. In 2010, she premiered her piece, “Hide,” on BalletX in Philadelphia. Lauren has completed residencies at Mercy High School in Baltimore, MD, Winston-Salem All County Dance Festival, and Stockton College in New Jersey. Her piece, “Sleeping in Wonderland,” was featured in the 2011 Regional Dance America showcase in Pittsburgh, PA. Lauren is the 2013 recipient of the Ellen Forman Memorial Award for choreography. Ms Putty has showcased in the Norristown Dance Festival and Koresh Spring Dance Festival with her company Putty Dance Project. Currently, Lauren is dancing with PHILADANCO and teaches adjunct at Stockton College.