Master Class Series
Promoting the on-going development of the professional and pre-professional concert dancer. Spectrum’s master classes are open to intermediate and advanced level students ages 14 and up.
Pre-registration is required for all master classes. Fee is $17 per class. All classes will take place at Spectrum Dance Theater.
We Yoga Workshop
Spectrum Dance Theater and We Yoga combine forces to celebrate community! Join us for a month long yoga series. All levels welcome.
Jan. 5th 7:30-9om
Jan 12th 7:30-9om
MLK Day – Special session celebrating community and diversity! $10 special
Jan 26th 7:30-9pm
Tap Workshop with Pamela Yasutake
Sunday January 18th 1:30-3PM
Sunday January 25th 1:30-3PM
Pamela Yasutake – A native of Seattle, WA, Pamela Yasutake is an accomplished performer/instructor/choreographer. She is a guest instructor with NW Tap Connection and Rainier Dance Studio. She is also on staff at various studios in the Tri-State area. Locally, Pamela has performed various times at the Paramount Theatre, in Seattle Theatre Group’s “Dance This…” production. In 2009, her choreographed piece was featured as the opening number for “Dance This…” She has also performed eight seasons with the Black Nativity Play of Seattle in which she performed the lead dancer role of Mary for two consecutive seasons. Pamela has performed at various Tap festivals across the country along side legendary masters of Tap.Pamela has taken master classes from many talented, notable dancers such as The Nicholas Brothers, Prince Spencer, Bunny Briggs, Dianne Walker, Ted Levy, Derrick Grant, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and many more. She has also worked with renowned artists such as Jamel Gaines, Kabby Mitchell III, Sonia Dawkins, Napoleon and Tabitha D’Umo, Teatro Del Millenio of Peru, Donald Byrd and Savion Glover. In addition, Pamela has performed with Jason Samuels-Smith’s company, Anybody Can Get It at Davidson College in North Carolina. Pamela is a member of Chloe Arnold’s company, Syncopated Ladies, an all female Tap dancing band and winners of the So You Think You Can Dance Season 11 Crew Battle.
Ballet Master Class with Christina Johnson
Sunday February 1st 1:30-3PM
Sunday February 8th 1:30-3PM
Christina Johnson - Born in Vienna, Austria, Christina began her dance education at age seven. She trained at the Boston School of Ballet, the School of American Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. By the time she was seventeen she began her professional career. She was a member of the Boston Ballet for two years before joining the Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she rose to become a principal dancer during her 13-year tenure. She danced leading roles in much of the company’s repertoire, including Swan Lake, Giselle, Firebird, Voluntaries, Prodigal Son, The Four Temperaments and Fancy Free. Christina has worked with distinguished choreographers and coaches, among them, Jerome Robbins, Frederic Franklin, Suzanne Farrell, Allegra Kent and Sir Anthony Dowell. She also has had original works created on her by Glen Tetley, Rui Horta, Alonzo King and Dwight Rhoden among others. She was a member of the Swiss companies, Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve for five years and the Ballett Basel for two years, where her repertoire expanded to include works by William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, James Kudelka, Ohad Naharin, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Twyla Tharp, Amanda Miller and David Parsons to name a few. Christina has been a featured guest artist with various companies worldwide, including the renowned Royal Ballet of London. She is a founding member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Christina made her Broadway debut in The Red Shoes. She is also featured in The African Americans, a book which portrays accomplished African Americans in various fields.
After her performance career Christina has been sought after as a teacher, coach and ballet master, and has worked with companies such as the Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Gotesborg Ballett, Ballett Basel, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo and Armitage Gone! Dance, to name a few. In addition, she assisted Frederic Franklin with the re-staging of Giselle for the Joffrey Ballet, and also assisted choreographers Dwight Rhoden, Nicolo Fonte, Trey McIntyre and Karole Armitage in creating world premieres. Christina held the position of Rehearsal Director for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Armitage Gone! Dance and Trey McIntyre Project.
Christina holds a MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany. She is a certified Life Coach and marathon runner, and speaks French and German.
David Leventhal – Contemporary Master Class
February 3, 2014 from 3:30-5pm
David Leventhal was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1997-2010. During that time, he appeared in more than 40 of Mark Morris’ dances, and performed principal roles in The Hard Nut, L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, on Motifs of Shakespeare. He received a 2010 Bessie (New York Dance and Performance Award) for his performance career with MMDG. He has taught technique and repertory classes for students of all ages at schools and universities in the U.S. and abroad, including UCLA, University of Michigan, Harvard University, The Juilliard School, University of Washington, University of Illinois, American Dance Festival and the Governor’s School for the Arts (Virginia) among others. David is Program Director and one of the founding teachers of MMDG’s Dance for PD® program, a collaboration with the Brooklyn Parkinson Group that offers weekly classes for people with Parkinson’s at the Mark Morris Dance Center, fosters similar classes in more than 100 communities in 10 countries around the world, and presents regular training workshops for teachers interested in leading Dance for PD® classes. He is the co-recipient of the 2013 Alan Bonander Humanitarian Award for his efforts to make the Dance for PD® program widely available. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for Arts and Health. Raised in Newton, Mass., he trained at Boston Ballet School and attended Brown University where he received a B.A. in English Literature.
Meredith Dincolo of Hubbard Street Dance – Contemporary Master Class
February 22, 2014 from 2:30-4pm
Meredith Dincolo began dancing at age seven in Indianapolis and continued her training under Iacob Lascu in Michigan. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1993 and moved to Chicago to pursue dance. In 1996, Meredith joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, where she spent four years under the direction of Lou Conte. In 2000, she joined Lyon Opera Ballet and went on to the Nationaltheater Mannheim, under Kevin O’Day and Dominique Dumais. Meredith returned to Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in November 2004.
Matthew Rushing of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – Register Now!
April 12, 2014 12:00 – 1:20pm
Modern/Jazz for ages 15-25
Matthew Rushing was born in Los Angeles, CA. He began his dance training with Kashmir Blake in Inglewood, CA and later continued his training at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. He is the recipient of a Spotlight Award and Dance Magazine Award and was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He was a scholarship student at The Ailey School and later became a member of Ailey II, where he danced for a year. During his career, Mr. Rushing has performed as a guest artist for galas in Vail, Colorado, as well as in Austria, Canada, France, Italy, and Russia. He has performed for Presidents George H. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, as well as at the 2010 White House tribute to Judith Jamison. During his time with the Company he has choreographed two ballets: Acceptance In Surrender (2005), a collaboration with Hope Boykin and Abdur Rahim-Jackson, and Uptown (2009), a tribute to the Harlem Renaissance. In 2012, he created Moan, which was set on Philadanco and premiered at The Joyce Theater. Mr. Rushing joined the Company in 1992 and became Rehearsal Director in June 2010.