The Reach program is split into two sections. The first section, July 1-12 will include rehearsals and technique classes, while the second section, July 15-26, will include the outdoor performance in Cambridge, MA, on Wednesday, July 17 at 7:00pm, and continuing classes.
(No class July 4)
Monday - Friday, 9am to 2pm
We will spend the first
two weeks of the program learning skills and preparing for
the "tour." Daily activities will include:
- technique classes in ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop,
- creating a 45 minute performance from both repertory and original work developed by company members,
- special classes in teaching dance and dance composition.
||Company/Dance technique class
||Break; snack provided
"I learned more technique and I was taught different styles of dances that I had never tried before, and I also learned how it feels to be accepted by my peers for who I am."
- Frankie Domond, teen apprentice 2006
Christina Piscitelli (Director) received her B.F.A in dance from Emerson College. She performed and taught for Dance Collective’s educational programs from 1998 – 2006 and continues to teach residencies for Mass Movement, Inc. She began as co-director of the summer outreach program in 1999. In 2005, she became director of the program. Chris was on the faculty of the Ipswich Middle School where she taught drama and dance. For many years she taught for the Topf Center for Dance Education in their programs for the public schools. Other teaching credits include Emerson College Youtheatre, Lexington School of Ballet and the Ipswich Moving Company. For seven seasons she was choreographer for a freelance player troupe in Brookline. She has performed with American Dancer Heritage, MJT/Tslila Dance Company and Choreo. Chris has been performing at King Richard’s Faire since 1993 as a Gypsy Dancer and works with a local comedy group.
Lorraine Chapman, guest artist; professional staff 2011 and 2012. One of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch 2008, danced with Eliot Feld, Ballet British Columbia, and several Boston-based choreographers. Trained at The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and L’Ecole Superieure De Danse Du Quebec, her work has been presented in Seattle, Virginia, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, at The Yard, by the Alberta Ballet, and at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Inside/Out. Lorraine’s dance company LCTC (lorrainechapman.org) has developed a solid reputation in New England where it performs regularly. Lorraine’s work has been generously supported by World Music/CRASHarts, the LEF Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Summer Stages Dance/Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency Project.
Janelle Gilchrist, originally from Stoneham, MA, developed her skills and expertise through studies at Harriet Hoctor Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, Broadway Theater Project, Concord Academy, and Dance Theater of Harlem, and earned her BFA in Dance at the University of Hartford, CT. Currently, Janelle is a company dancer at Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre. She also is the director of in school programming for Balletrox, Boston and teaches ballet at Tony Williams Dance Center and Step by Step in Waltham MA. Prior to that, she taught dance for 3 years at the Moses Brown School in Providence, RI. Highlights of Ms. Gilchrist's professional career include her role as company dancer, performing in leading roles at the Hartford Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Island Moving Company, and BalletRox. In addition, Janelle has performed with Legends in Concert, Celebrity Cruises, Anna Myer, and David Parker. She has also held small roles in several major movie productions, including ‘27 Dresses’and ‘What’s your Number.’ Ms. Gilchrist has recently served as choreographer and casting director of two flash mob performances for Media Direct Productions, in Boston and in Las Vegas, NV.
Frantz Louizia, born and raised in Boston, discovered his love for dance at Boston Arts Academy. Proficient in many styles of dance, Frantz has studied extensively in ballet, tap, modern jazz, modern, hip hop, krump as well as traditional Haitian Folk dance. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance from Dean College in 2006. Mr Louizia's performances have taken him all across New England up and down the Eastern US seaboard, and into Canada. He has choreographed and directed for his family based dance company Arc en Ciel Dance Troupe Inc, a Haitian folkloric dance company. Frantz has been on staff for Boston University's summer outreach dance program REACH for the past four years. He teaches in the public schools as an artist/educator for Mass Movement, Inc. and also teaches at Franklin School for the Performing Arts and Dance New England.
Hanna Stubblefield-Tave has been dancing in the Boston area for 12 years and is currently a student at Columbia University in New York City. She participated in REACH during high school and is the program’s college intern this summer. She has trained in many styles of dance, with a focus in hip-hop under the direction of EnMotion, Inc. and in tap with Sean C. Fielder’s The Boston Tap Company, and Hanna continues to study a variety of dance forms at Columbia.
Brian Washburn is a former Reach apprentice, and has been dancing since the age of seven. He graduated from Northwest School of the Arts in 2011 where he studied ballet, modern, and jazz to broaden his dance repertoire. He now teaches dance throughout Boston at multiple studios, such as Tony Williams Dance Center and Urbanity Dance, as well as being an active member in dance companies such as Boston Urban Ballet, UrManity, and Jo-Me’ Dance. Brian continues to dance, while pursuing a business degree in entrepreneurship through Jones International University.
The Reach 2010 instructors (from left to right):
Christina Piscitelli, Derrick Louizia, Wayne Ong,
Micki Taylor-Pinney, Melissa Alexis and Sandra Parks
The Reach 2012 instructors (from left to right):
Jerusha Aman, Frantz Louizia, Christina Piscitelli,
Micki Taylor-Pinney, Ashton Lites, and Lorraine Chapman.