Summer Intensive 2018

Summer Intensive 2018

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Alicia Graf Mack

Former Principal Dancer with Alvin Ailey

Alicia Graf Mack is a former lead dancer of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has also been a principal ballerina with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Alicia has danced as a guest performer with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Beyonce, John Legend, Andre 3000 and most recently, Alicia Keys on the 2013 Set the World on Fire World Tour. In addition, she’s appeared at many galas and festivals including the Youth America Grand Prix and the International Stars of the 21st Century. She has made national television appearances as a featured guest on Live with Kelly and Michael and The Tavis Smiley Show. Mrs. Mack graduated magna cum laude with honors in History from Columbia University and holds a MA in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis. In 2007, Smithsonian Magazine named Alicia an American Innovator of the Arts and Sciences. Mrs. Mack is a recipient of the Columbia University Medal of Excellence, an award given each year to one alumnus who has demonstrated excellence in their field of work. In 2008, she had the honor of delivering the keynote address to the graduates of Columbia University’s School of General Studies. Alicia is a gifted writer. She has contributed to some of the most prestigious national magazines in her industry; Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine and Dance Spirit. Recently, she wrote the historic cover story, “Beyond Role Models” for Pointe Magazine’s June/July 2014 diversity issue featuring Ashley Murphy, Ebony Williams and Misty Copeland. She has also authored the foreword of American Dance: The Complete Illustrated History by Margaret Fuhrer. Currently, Alicia is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Webster University in St. Louis, MO.

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Steve Rooks

Former Principal Dancer with Martha Graham, Chair of Dance/Choreographer for Vassar College

Steve Rooks danced with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, and the Martha Graham Dance Company, where he performed for over a decade and achieved the rank of Principal Dancer.

Mr. Rooks is currently Chair of Dance and Resident Choreographer at Vassar and the 2004 winner of the National Choreographic Competition at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He has been awarded Research Grants to travel to Latvia, Zambia, and in 2014 to Finland, where he choreographed “Plate Tectonics” on 24 international dancers. Mr. Rooks was commissioned by the Masterworks Festival to create ballets for a number of contemporary composers including Clarice Assad, Piet Swerts, and David Skidmore – all to live orchestra.
Mr. Rooks has served as an adjudicator for the American College Dance Festival, and a solo “Vista” was created for Aran Bell (ABT) for the 2014 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Four contemporary solos were recently submitted to the 2016 Youth American Grand Prix Ballet Competition.

Laura Morton

Laura Morton

Professor of Dance at Belhaven University

Laura Morton’s background includes extensive training in classical ballet, jazz, and modern from prestigious dance educators such as Anne and Nicholas Polajenko, ABT’s Alexander Minz, and at Ballet West with director Bruce Marks and Toni Lander. Her professional credits include Milwaukee Ballet, Delia Stewart Dance Company, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Ad Deum Dance Company. She has also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Houston.
Morton has taught nationally and internationally. Her teaching credentials include serving on the faculties of Summer Arts Session (Ravensburg, Germany), Pacific Northwest School of Ballet (Seattle, WA), Evergreen City Ballet (Auburn, WA), Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, (Houston, TX), Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy (Houston, TX), and Ad Deum Dance Company (Houston, TX). Morton presently serves as an Associate Professor of Dance at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. While holding these various positions, her responsibilities included instructing, rehearsing, restaging classical ballets, choreographing, as well as lighting designer and stage manager. All of these responsibilities enabled her to share the invaluable information passed on to her by the many remarkable teachers that have mentored her as well as her own years of teaching experience. Morton is presently pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Exercise Physiology.

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Richard Bowman

Ballet Faculty with the American Ballet Theatre

Richard Bowman began his training in New Zealand under careful guidance of his mother Christine Bowman. After completing all the Royal Academy of Dance examinations with Honors, he received a full scholarship to further his training at the Royal Ballet School in London. During this time, he studied with such notables as: Murray Kilgour, Jiahong Wang and Mikhail Messerer. Over the next decade, Mr. Bowman danced both as a soloist and principal with internationally acclaimed ballet companies, of which the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Leipzig Ballet and Australian Ballet are included. Throughout his career, he danced many leading roles, from the “Gaoler” in Kenneth MacMillan’s production of Manon, to “James” in Erik Bruhn’s production of La Sylphide. In addition to co-founding Danse Conservatory, Mr. Bowman also served as ballet master and principal artist for City Ballet of San Diego, California, Mr. Bowman also appeared as a principal guest artist for Sacramento Ballet, University of California, Irvine, and New Ballet West, San Marcos, for which Mr. Bowman also staged their production of Giselle. Mr. Bowman is a Certified Teacher with the ABT® National Training Curriculum, and is a faculty member for the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, just recently Mr. Bowman was appointed an examiner to the ABT® National Training Curriculum and is also a faculty member for Broadway Dance Center.

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Vincent Hardy

Former Dancer with Complexions, Choreographer/Teacher with Dance Revolution

Vincent's abilities earned him a scholarship to the Academy of Performing Arts in San Diego. He attended Philadelphia's University of the Arts, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet Performance, and was hired into Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2011, directed by former Alvin Ailey members Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. After touring with Complexions throughout the US, Italy and Israel, Vincent returned to California to pursue a career in commercial dance, performing and teaching choreography. His teaching credentials include serving on the faculties of Maple Conservatory (Irvine, California), Earl Mosley's Institute of the Arts (Kent, CT), The Academy of performing Arts (San Diego, CA), and Ad Deum Dance Company (Houston, TX). While holding these various positions, his responsibilities included instructing, rehearsing, and choreographing. Vincent recently received his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) studying choreography and sacred dance. Vincent Hardy was also formerly the Director of Stage Production at Belhaven University (BU).

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Randall Flinn

Founder / Artistic Director

Mr. Flinn began his dance training in Houston over twenty five years ago with Glenn Hunsucker, Camille Long Hill, Dina Vail and Patsy Swayze. His most recent modern dance influences have come from studies with The José Limón Dance Company and Steve Rooks, former principal dancer with Martha Graham. He has taught and choreographed locally as a guest artist for the Houston Ballet Academy, The Episcopal High School, Houston Met Dance Company, Joan Karff Dance Company, The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and North Harris Performing Arts Dance Company.

He was selected as a guest choreographer for Houston’s Dance Salad 1999, Dance Houston 2006, and Texas Weekend of Contemporary Dance 2007. Nationally, he has served as guest faculty and choreographer for Cirque Du Soleil’s-Alegria, Ballet Magnificat, Belhaven University, Friends University, Project Dance NYC, LA, and Sydney, Australia, as well as Hillsong and Dance Revolution Conventions.

Having lived throughout Europe and Asia for ten years, Mr. Flinn has also been a guest artist for Hong Kong Ballet, City Contemporary – Hong Kong, Guanzhou Modern Dance Company – China, Xaris Danz Europe, and Youth With a Mission International Schools of the Arts.

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Shizu Yasuda

Artistic Director of Ad Deum 2

Shizu is originally from Japan. She joined Ad Deum Dance Company in 2004 where she danced as a principal dancer, traveling and performing nationally and internationally. She was promoted to rehearsal director of Ad Deum’s Main Company in 2013, and in 2014, she became Artistic Director of Ad Deum II. Shizu also guests as a choreographer and dance teacher for many local and international companies, colleges, and dance studios.

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Payment info:

Age Requirements: 13+

Tuition Fee: $400.00
Daily Rate: $80.00

Pay and Register Online: Submit Registration Form and make payment via PayPal at our Summer Dance link below. If auditioning for Advanced/Professional level, please send videos to via YouTube link, Google Drive link, or Dropbox link. See details below.

Cancellation Fee: $50 non-refundable.

Daily Morning Gathering- 8:30-9:30am
Ballet Classes- 9:45-11:15am
Elective 1- 11:30-12:45pm
Lunch- 12:45-1:30pm
Modern Classes- 1:30-3:00pm
Elective 2- 3:15–4:30pm

Electives may include Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Conditioning, Dance as Worship, Choreography & Repertoire, Non-traditional Partnering, Art to Heart Talks, Q&A sessions, and more!

Evening Schedule:

Sunday: Ad Deum Spring Concert: 8:00pm at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston 3400 Main St. (optional, ticketed event)
Monday: Registration & Orientation: 8:00am at Dance Du Coeur Studios, 1 Extra Class Block: 7pm-8:30pm at Dance Du Coeur Studios
Tuesday: Free evening.
Wednesday: Ad Deum & AD2 Audition at studio: 4:30-6pm, 1 Extra Class Block: 7pm-8:30pm at Dance Du Coeur Studios
Thursday: Participant Showcase (free & open to public), 7:30pm at Dance Du Coeur Studios
Friday: Closing Gathering: 4:30-5:30pm at Dance Du Coeur Studios


Curriculum Information and Placement Classes: Ballet and Modern/Contemporary are the required daily dance classes along with a wide array of free choice electives. Your technical level for ballet and modern will be determined by the faculty during the first classes of the week on Monday. Level divisions range from classes for Beginners – High Intermediates.

There will also be a special division for Advanced – Professional Dancers age 18-up that are accepted by video audition only into this level. Video Auditions are due at least one month prior to event…1 minute of a ballet variation/combination and 1 minute of a modern/contemporary variation/combination. Send videos to via YouTube link, Google Drive link, or Dropbox link. 

At the same time we will offer a dance teacher’s educational intensive (no audition needed) with a focus on the art of teaching ballet and modern dance and rehabilitative and conditioning techniques. Teachers must be at least 18 yrs old and up. Please indicate on your registration form if you will be taking the Educational Track.

Auditions for Ad Deum and AD2 will be held during the last elective period on Wednesday. Bring the completed Audition Application, headshot, dance photo and dance resume. Dance combinations in ballet and modern will be given during this time.  Download the audition application HERE.

Dress Code: Everyone will need a pair of ballet shoes. Jazz, or hip-hop shoes are needed for those selecting those electives.  Texas summers are pretty warm outside but the indoor air conditioning can be chilly, so plan accordingly!
Females: Modestly designed leotards and tights are acceptable for all dance classes. Coverings such as T-shirts and shorts are permitted, though various instructors may have certain preferences.
Men: T-shirts, black tights or jazz/ sweat pants. No biker shorts to be worn in dance class.

Shuttle service: Daily shuttle from host hotel is included in tuition fee. We DO NOT offer shuttle services from the airport. You can book a Super Shuttle that will take you from airport to host hotel. Both airports have Super Shuttle right outside of baggage claim. Its best to book in advance online or by phone at least 3 days prior. There are many places where you can eat and purchase food and other needs within walking distance of dance center.

Host Hotel


Telephone: (281) 277-9700


Reservations can be made by reserving online, go to, then enter Group number of 2340959.  Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800- 325-0720 and refer to the Group number of 2340959.

Individual reservations must be cancelled prior to 12:00pm on the confirmed date of arrival in order to avoid a fee equal to one night’s room rate plus tax.

We require a valid credit card and photo ID to be presented at check in.

Check In Time: 3:00pm.  Check Out Time: 11:00am.

CUTOFF DATE: Reservations by attendees must be received on or before Friday, June 01, 2018.


Group room rates include the following for overnight guests:

• Free HOT Breakfast – including Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage and more.

• Free 5:30-7pm KICKBACK® – Each evening, kick back, relax and enjoy a rotating menu of free hot food and cold beverages.

• Free Long Distance – One hour every room every night.

• Free Wireless Internet Access – High speed Internet in all rooms and in the lobby.

• Free Soda and Popcorn – From 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm every night in the lobby.

Help spread the word and download the Summer Intensive brochure to hand out, or drop off at your local studio!  (PDF)

Contact us at with any questions!