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Dance Intensity

Date: Aug 16-17, 2012
TIME: 8:00 Am - 3:30 pm

LOCATION: Roosevelt HS, Auditorium, 5110 Walzem Rd.

NEISD will host its eleventh annual Dance Intensity workshop from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16-17.  Dance and drill teams from the seven high school campuses and the North East School of the Arts will participate in this workshop featuring six choreographers from throughout the United States. The workshop will be held at Roosevelt  High School. 

  Dance Intensity  


The instructors for the Dance Intensity Workshop will include:

  • Jessica Etzel – is from Maryland.  She currently performs with Force Performing Company.  She was awarded the Frank Hatchett Scholarship at Broadway dance Center, and the Dance with the Force Award in Los Angeles.  She has been awarded the young choreographers award two years in a row by the American Dance Awards.

  • David Hernandez - David is a native of San Antonio, and began his training at the North East School of the Arts (NESA). He was seen in such productions as Beauty and the Beast (as the Pepper Shaker), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, On Your Toes, Footnotes: A Concert of Dance, and Steppin’ Into the Holidays: A Holiday Spectacular.  He attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA as a dance major where he was seen in the productions The Snow Queen by Doug Bentz, Pittsburgh Connections, Dance with Me by Ron Tassone, and Ursonata by Bill T. Jones (restaged by Roz LeBlanc). He has also done television, radio work, San Antonio Spurs Halftime performances, and charity events (Make A Wish Benefit and AIDS Benefit.) He was asked to assist and demonstrate for SYTYCD Allison Holker, KateeShean, from Broadway Tyler Hanes and also modern choreographer Chip Abbott. 

  • Curtis Holbrook – attended the North East School of The Arts the first two years of the schools existence.  He also taught at Dance Intensity for several years in the past and we are THRilled to have him back teaching in his hometown!

    Curtis’ Broadway credits include featured roles in West Side Story, Xanadu, All Shook Up, Addams Family, Taboo, Boy From Oz, Follies. Fosse, and Footloose.  

    Film: Hairspray and Across The Universe

    TV : Smash, Law & Order SVU, Nurse Jackie, and Smash.

  • Kelly Beamish –is a graduate of Oklahoma City University.  While in Los Angeles, Kelly has appeared in Bo Bice’s video “The Real Thing” and Ice Cube’s comeback video “Race Card” Kelly also performed in Disney’s “The High School Musical” Most recently she toured with “Curtis Adams Magic that Rocks Show” and appeared in NASCAR California Speedway commercial.

  • Sarah Fazio – from New York City is one of the foremost master teachers and choreographers in the country.  Sarah has choreographed in Las Vegas as well as for The Carman Heart of Champion Tour which aired on Pay Per View and the Dino Christmas Spectacular which aired on QVC>  She teaches for Dance Olympus, International dance Challenge, Dance America, Tam Jams and Starstruck.  She won The America’s Young Choreographer Award and also choreographs for Six Flags Productions.

  • Roy Lightner is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a degree in musical theater.  He is an award winning choreographer, dancer and actor.  Roy had taught master classes and judged all across the country.  Some of his regional theater credits include Hairspray, 7 Brides for 7 Brothers and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown.  Roy has traveled the world performing for Holland America Cruise Lines.  Next year he will be associate professor at Ithaca College teaching in the musical theater department full time and also directing their musicals.  This summer he directed a production of Miss Saigon in Pittsburgh and also a production of Legally Blonde last Spring at Ithaca. 


For more information, contact Diana Schumacher at (210) 407-0354


Posted on June 29, 2013