Springfield Ballet Company Summer Intensive Workshops
Week One: June 14 to June 18, 2015
The Springfield Ballet Company’s 2015 Summer Intensive Workshops are a great way for dancers to supplement their training and improve their skills, while working with outstanding master teachers in a positive, nurturing environment.
Classes are held daily from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Theatre II at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.
Only 20 dancers will be accepted to each week-long session; and admission is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dancers must be at least 10 years of age and dancing at an intermediate level. Please dress professionally for each class and bring proper dance shoes.
Contact SBC Artistic Director Julie Ratz at 217.544.1967 with any questions. The deadline to apply for Week One is Monday, June 1, 2015 (or when all spots have been filled).
William Gill - Modern, Jazz & HipHop
Ashley Rockwood - Jazz
William Gill (Will Gill) is a Chicago native who has taught professionally throughout the U.S., and internationally for the past 12 years. He recently moved back to Chicago after touring with The Dallas Black Dance Theatre for seven years. Will has worked with such noted dance legends as Donald Bryd, Alonzo King, Donald McKayle, and Milton Myers. In 2005, Will was asked to teach and perform with The Austrian Dance Festival in Vienna. During the festival, Will performed the legendary solo ”Ostrich”, choreographed by the renowned, Asadata Dafora. Since his return to Chicago, Will has been teaching and choreographing at Joel Hall Dance Studios, Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center/The School of Homer Bryant, and Visceral Dance Studio. He is also on staff at Inaside Dance Chicago as the Modern Dance Teacher for the main company. On the performance stage, Will is a principle dancer for the musical, “Showboat”. This current production has been performed at Chicago’s Civic Opera House, The Houston Grand Opera House, and The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. As choreographer and coordinator, Will is working with acclaimed Chicago artist, Nick Cave. Cave is also the Dean of Graduate Fashion Studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. Most recently, Will was the choreographer for Cave’s production “Heard, NY”, which received critical acclaim and an extensive write-up in the New York Times.
Ashley Rockwood discovered a love for dance at the age of 2 at Daryl Jervis Dance Studio in Toledo, OH. There she trained proficiently in tap and jazz. While in high school on summers, Ashley was a performer at King’s Island in Cincinnati, OH. She then went on to attend Point Park University and receive a B.A. in Dance with a concentration in jazz. There she worked with choreographers Ron de Jesus, Lauri Stallings, Doug Varone, and Jeannie Hill. She is a member of Actors Equity Association and has been in several theatrical productions including the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s productions of “42nd Street”, “Music Man”, “Hello Dolly”, and “Me and My Girl”. She is also a member of AGMA and was a principal dancer/swing in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of “Showboat”. This past holiday she was a featured dancer in the annual “Welcome Yule” with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ashley danced with Giordano Dance Chicago for 7 years of which she toured, performed, and taught all over the world. Ashley also danced with Beyonce on Oprah’s Farewell Episode and the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. She will be working with London choreographer Jasmin Vardimon in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of “Tannhauser” opening February 9, 2015. Ashley has choreographed and designed costumes for companies and schools all over the United States. One of her proudest moments was being on the cover of Dance Magazine in March 2013. Her love and passion for dance has opened many doors. She is a firm believer in being versatile and keeping her artistry fresh and evolving.
Save the dates for our Summer Intensive Workshop WEEK TWO! August 3 to August 7. Be sure to check our website at www.springfieldballetco.org!