What would summer be without Momentum's Summer Intensive? This is our third year putting on a one of a kind Intensive for dancers looking to take their dance to the next level. We are stepping it up and making this year's intensive even bigger and better than all years past! Dancer's this year will experience a full 7 hour day of dance from August 7th-August 10th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm . Now that's intense.
The 2017 Intensive will be taught at an Intermediate/Advanced level to all dancers ages 9-18. We are happy to accomodate younger dancers if they have the experience to dance at this level.
The dancers will train in all styles from the industry's top choreographers and instructors. For three days the intensive will focus on a diverse curriculum for their week of training, experiencing education not only in technique but on performance and improv skills.
The fourth day of the intensive, "The Show," will be a day of blocking and staging dances, having a full show dress rehearsal, performance class. hair and make-up tutorials. The day will end with a live performance of all the material learned throughout the week for all parents, friends and family that would like to come view!
Our once a year intensive is open to all dancers, ages 9-18 trying to push themselves to the next level. This Intensive is NOT just for those interested in auditioning for MDC's company! If you only take one dance camp this summer make sure you are at this event of the summer!
General Schedule of Daily classes:
9:00- 10:30 am - Ballet
10:30 - 11:30 am - Tap/Improv/Acro
11:30 - 12:30 pm - Jazz/Contemporary
12:30 pm - 1:00pm - Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00pm - Stretch & Strengthen
2:00 pm - 3:00pm - Hip Hop
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Jazz Progressios/Leaps & Turns
Dancers auditioing for MDC Competitive Company or Breakthrough on August 12th are highly recommended to attend this intensive.
If a dancer is unable to attend audition on August 12th, you may use the classes at the intensive for your audition as some of the judges for the Company/Breakthrough Auditions will be teaching at the Intensive.
Dancers may drop in for a day at a designated "day rate" if unable to attend the full four days of the Intensive.
Dancers do not have to be members of MDC Competitive Company to attend, nor do they need to be auditioning for Company or Breakthrough at the end of the week. All dancers are welcome to attend this week of training!
Justine Menter, originally from Dallas, TX, is a choreographer known for teaching Kim Kardashian on Keeping Up the Kardashians and working with LMFAO. She is currently based in Los Angeles and has choreographed numerous productions within the entertainment, music & fashion industries. Some of her professional credits include America’s Got Talent, Faith Hill, Manny Pacquaio, Sephora, Sony, The View, award-winning web series Destroy the Alpha Gammas, LA Fashion Week and Choreographer’s Carnival. Justine is also the Creative Director of Flirt Dancers, a dance-entertainment company based in LA since 2009. She produces, directs and co-choreographs their bi-annual full-length shows and red carpet events.
Justine is on faculty at American Musical & Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in LA, International Dance Academy Hollywood (IDA) and traveling dance conventions Turn It Up and SouldeSoul Dance Convention, as well as various Summer Intensives in Los Angeles like Be Discovered and Hollywood Summer Tour. Justine has also had the privilege of teaching internationally in Cape Town-South Africa, Singapore, Norway and Mexico. Passionate about inspiring the youth of today, she continues to teach, judge & set choreography all over the world.
Her entrepreneurial spirit, unique musicality, and fresh, sassy approach to dance have earned Justine her notoriety. She currently resides in Los Angeles with representation by Movement Talent Agency (choreography/dance education), Jenny Stricklin Agency (commercial/print). You can keep up with Justine at justinementer.com and on social media @justinementer.
Joe-Joe Grooves – since receiving his BFA in Dance Performance in Jazz from East Carolina University in 2004, he has become an accomplished professional commercial hip hop dancer who’s worked with major artists such as Paula Abdul, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry, KeKe Palmer, Latin Popstar Chayanne, Sugarland,Tisha Campbell Martin, Nicki Minaj and P.Diddy. As well as well known choreographers such as Richard Jackson (Lady Gaga), Laurieann Gibson (Keri Hilson, Katy Perry,) Tyce Diorio (Paula Abdul, SYTYCD), Micheal Rooney (Paula Abdul, Kylie Minogue), Anthony Thomas (Janet Jackson), Chucky Klapow (Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, and High school Musical) and Kennis Marquis (Tamar Braxton, LL Cool J, and Britney Spears) just to name a few. He's been on 3 Major world tours traveling across the US, Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, the Carribean, and Mexico. He recently got to play the part of the infamous MC SKAT KAT from Paula Abdul's music video "Opposites Attract" for Paula's live concert, Motion Capture work for the FACEBOOK company (Happy Friends Day Dancer), KeKe Palmers new music video "Hands Free", and has just become anew member of the dance phenomenon iLUMINATE from America's Got Talent.
Rudy Abreu, originally from Miami, FL, received his early dance training under the direction of Manny and Lory Castro. Armed with this foundation and coupled with the passion to perform, Rudy went on to do various reality TV shows such as, Paula Abdul's "Live to Dance," "America's Got Talent" and at the age of 18, after placing in the top 8, he toured 77 cities around the U.S. and Canada with the "So You Think You Can Dance" tour. Shortly after, Rudy moved to LA and started teaching at several studios such as Millenium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle and now has his own class at Edge Performing Arts Center. Later, in May of 2015, Rudy went on to dance for Derek and Julianne Hough's "Move" Live on Tour and is now dancing behind JLO in her residency show "All I Have" in Las Vegas. Rudy continues to educate and connect with young dancers all over the
country, touring with dance convention "Artists Simply Human". He has choreographed for several artists such as Jacky Cheung, Derek Hough and Bears Den.
Justine Lutz moved to Los Angeles to pursue the commercial dance industry. Her TV credits include: FOX “Glee”, Disney “Liv & Maddie”, ABC’s “Suburgatory”, the American Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Radio Disney Music Awards, Much Music Awards, iHeart Radio Festival, the Teen Choice Awards, the Pan Armenian Entertainment Awards, Indonesian Choice Awards, The Talk, and Ellen. Justine has been seen on Samsung and Fuller Mops Commercials. She has worked with Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Pitbull, Ed Sheeran, Carrie Underwood, Charlie XCX, OMI, Tinashe, Ty Dolla $ign, Hailee Steinfeld, Dawin, Natalie LaRose, Aloe Blacc, Ariana Grande, Jordan Fisher, Dua Lipa, Zedd, Lindsey Stirling, Paramore, and with Emmy Award winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond in God The Father. She toured on iHeart Radio Jingleball with Hailee Steinfeld. Justine has danced in Wild For the Night 3D Movie directed by Casper Smart and Dance Camp film under Fatima Robinson. She also traveled on a International Promo Tour with Dawin. She has appeared in multiple music videos like "Beauty and the Beast" Ariana Grande, Natalie LaRose's "Somebody", Taylor Swift’s "Shake It Off", Ed Sheeran’s "Don't", Lindsey Stirling and Christina Perri's "Brave Enough", Carrie Underwoods "Something In the Water", Miguel and Dua Lipa's "Lost In Your Light" and Jordan Fisher's "All About Us" music videos. She has worked with NIKE and has modeled for multiple Dance Wear clothing lines. Justine toured with Shaping Sound the Dance Company in the US under Travis Wall. She also was on tour with Hailee Steinfeld on the Meghan Trainior's Untouchable Tour. She is continuing to make her mark in the industry in years to come. Justine will always stay grounded in pursuing a well rounded career of abundance and longevity.
Hugh Aparente is 19 years old originally from Detroit MI. He fell in love with dance ever since the moment he saw someone on YouTube. Hugh has trained in all styles but loves hip hop the most. You can catch Hugh on the new NBC Hit SHow "World of Dance" with Iam Eastwood and the Yound Lions!
MJ, originally from Charlotte, NC, is an alumni of the Edge scholarship program and has her BFA in Dance with a concentration in Choreography and Performance. Professionally, Melissa has performed for Sonya Tayeh Dance, Peter Chu, Beyonce on Billboard Awards, Edge’s annual show, Tessandra Chavez 'Unity' shows, Dancing Under the Stars Festival, and the REVERB Festival. She has danced in such shows as 'Battles' and 'The Endurance to Move' and her newest work will perform in Edinburgh, Scotland in August. The work Melissa is doing with her students to help provide a path for them to thrive as they have moved on to Julliard, Arts Umbrella, and Jacob’s Pillow, means more than her personal accomplishments. MJ is Looking forward to sharing the magic with those who are passionate and eager about the work they will do in this art form
YOU GOT THIS, GIRL! is an empowerment workshop dedicated to educating and inspiring young females. With the extensive knowledge and experience that co-founders Kim Gingras and Mel Mah have gained in the dance industry, their mission is to teach girls the importance of having a strong sense of self while pursuing your dreams. YGTG offers DANCE and YOGA classes that cultivate SELF-AWARENESS, SELF-CONFIDENCE, PERSONAL STRENGTH, and POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDES. The goal is to foster PASSIONATE, DETERMINED, and KIND-HEARTED individuals who will have all the tools necessary to chase after their biggest dreams. The company believes in encouraging girls all over the world to fearlessly pursue whatever makes them happy. Kim and Mel hope to guide young women closer toward their unique purposes, and help them create life-long journeys filled with peace, love, and joy.
“No dream is too big... as long as YOU believe that. YOU GOT THIS, GIRL!”
A successful dancer, international instructor and choreographer, Betsy Ann prides herself on inspiring and motivating her students to always follow their hearts and believe anything they put their mind to is possible. She began her training in Oakville, Ontario at the age of nine, where she discovered dancing was not an activity, but a way of life, and continued intense training as a competitive dancer in Atlanta, GA. She implemented the first Hip Hop dance program through the student Athletic Center at the University of Georgia in 2003, as well as taught and choreographed for the University’s multiple dance teams and award winning Gymnastics team. Upon her arrival to LA, Betsy started working with such industry names as Will Smith, Jamie King, The Backstreet Boys, Rob Zombie, Nike , K-Swiss, Jeff Dunham, and has appeared in numerous other music videos, TV shows and movies. Her work has been featured on MTV’s “MADE”, TBS “Dinner & A Movie,” VH1's "Love Games" and Twin River’s “Take Me to the River” national casino commercial.
She began touring internationally with her own instructional workshop in July of 2008 and has had overwhelming responses in Jamaica, Anguilla and The Cayman Islands. Before moving to Santa Barbara and founding Momentum Dance Company, Betsy was an instructor at the acclaimed dance studio, International Dance Academy (IDA) in Hollywood, CA teaching the industry's top dancers.
Betsy's life long dream came true when she started Momentum in 2014, and has been overwhelmed at its growth and the community's response to the company.
Michelle Vaughn is a professional dancer/choreographer originally from Lakeland,FL who now resides in Los Angeles, California. She has been featured on numerous episodes of the Nickelodeon show "Fresh Beat Band", danced on the Latin Grammys with Yandel, and most recently worked with Flo-Rida, Nicki Minaj, and Becky G. She is faculty at Debbie Reynolds dance studio and also an alumni for the Monsters of Hip Hop convention and A-List faculty. Her choreography can be seen on multiple NBA/NFL dance teams and she is also a nationally ranked choreographer for numerous high school and college dance teams across the country. She has traveled to India to cheer for the T20 Cricket championships and also teaches abroad in South America and other countries. She can be seen dancing on the HULU network show "East Los High" season 2 and just wrapped a national commercial for Wal-Mart directed by Seth Rogan.
Emma Winkler began dancing at the age of four years old. At the age of seven Emma was part of a competitive dance team training in tap, hip hop, jazz, lyrical, and ballet. By the age of 10, Emma began competing as a soloist winning numerous national awards and scholarships. In addition to competitive dancing, Emma began traveling as an assistant for the national convention Adrenaline Dance.
Emma’s professional career began at age 11 after attending Monsters of Hip Hop Convention in Dallas, TX. A top LA agency was in attendance and scouting talent and offered Emma a contract on the spot in front of over 500 people. She then went on to book her first job at age 13 with Macy’s Passport under the choreography of Brian Friedman and Nick Florez. Shortly after, she was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine in 2006 in an article called “Emma Enchanted”. She began working steadily and by the age of 16 she was co-starring and choreographing for feature films and videos such as “Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale”.
Now at the age of 24 she has danced and worked with many recording artists such as Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Natalie LaRose, Jennifer Lopez, JC Chasez, Bella Thorne, Zendaya, and Snoop Dogg to name a few. She has appeared on ABC’s “Suburgatory”, “The Late Late Show with James Corden”, commercials for LIV Dolls and Shoe Carnival, and the video game “Just Dance Disney Party”. Emma can also be seen as a featured dancer on all three seasons of Disney Channel’s hit series “Shake It Up” under the direction of Rosero McCoy. She has worked with many choreographers such as Chloe Arnold, Chantal Robson, and NappyTabs. She is also assistant to JR Taylor and just recently finished working alongside JR & Chris Judd for Season 11 of America's Got Talent.
Whitney Bezzant began dancing at the age of 3, training at Jazz’n Place Dance Studio in Utah. She danced in the Disney hits High School Musical 1 & 3, and in Bonnie Story’s company Expansion. She moved out to L.A. in 2011, where she began working under her mentor, Liz Imperio, on JLO’s world tour Dance Again, L’oreal commercial, Q’viva: The Chosen, DWTS Macy’s Passport, Mexican Billboard Awards, Princess Cruise Lines, and Playboy Jazz Festival with Sheila E. She is currently performing in Jennifer Lopez’s Las Vegas show “All I Have”. Whitney also loves to choreograph and has won awards for her choreography throughout Utah.