Summer Intensive

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Enjoy the highest quality dance training in the heart of St. Louis with artists from The Big Muddy Dance company!

What the summer intensive offers:

The Big Muddy's summer intensive program will expose students to the highest quality dance training, taught by the artistic director, dancers of The Big Muddy Dance Company, and guest faculty. Each dancer will also receive a Big Muddy Dance Company 2019 Summer Intensive T-shirt. The program will culminate with an in-studio showcase presented on the last day of each session. Family and friends welcome!

Ballet: Ballet serves as a foundational technique for nearly all styles and dance vocabularies in some capacity. Dancers will focus on ballet technique as a tool for developing proprioception, coordination, strength, and efficiency of movement.

Contemporary: A class designed to expand awareness of the body in relation to itself and the space it inhabits through a means of guided exploration. Dancers will focus on tools for improvisation, manipulating weight, and moving into and out of the floor.

Jazz: Focus on high energy athleticism in conjunction with varying technical elements integrated throughout center combinations and locomotor phrases.

Choreography: Dancers will have an original work created on them by artists of The Big Muddy Dance Company. The work will be performed as part of the end of the week Showcase for friends and family.

Acting Workshops: (Sessions 1 & 2) Dancers will work with acting coach Janet Brown to incorporate elements of character development and improvisation into their dancing, increasing personal awareness and emotional depth.

Company Repertoire: (Session 3) Dancers will learn Big Muddy company repertoire taught and coached by company members and will perform excerpts as part of their end of the week Showcase for friends and family.

Yoga: (Session 3) Yoga will serve as an opportunity to build a balance of strength and flexibility for dancers, while emphasizing the importance of breath in movement and increasing body awareness.

Mental Toughness: (session 3) Dancers will learn the mental tools to increase focus, confidence, and consistency, propelling performance to significantly higher levels. These tools have been adopted by some of the most elite athletes, artists, and business professionals in the world.

  • Session 1: Ages 10-13
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Mental Toughness
    10:30-12
    Mental Toughness
    10:30-11
    Mental Toughness
    10:30-11
    Mental Toughness
    10:30-11
    Mental Toughness
    10:30-11
    Jazz
    11-12:30
    Jazz
    11-12:30
    Jazz
    11-12:30
    Jazz
    11-12:30
    Lunch
    12-1
    Lunch
    12:30-1:30
    Lunch
    12:30-1:30
    Lunch
    12:30-1:30
    Lunch
    12:30-1:30
    Contemporary
    1-2:30
    Contemporary
    1:30-3
    Contemporary
    1:30-3
    Injury Prevention
    1:30-3
    Contemporary
    1:30-3
    Choreography Rehearsal
    2:30-6
    Choreography Rehearsal
    3-6
    Choreography Rehearsal
    3-6
    Choreography Rehearsal
    3-6
    Choreography Rehearsal
    3-5:15
    Dinner
    5:15-6:15
    Showcase
    Warm-Up
    6:15-7:30
    Showcase
    7:30PM

    Session 1 Faculty

    Ballet:

    Karina Cardella

    Contemporary:

    Acting Workshop:

    Dr. Janet Brown

    Choreography:

    Geoffrey Alexander

  • Session 2: Ages 14-17
    Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Ballet
    9:-10:30
    Ballet
    9:-10:30
    Ballet
    9:-10:30
    Mental Toughness
    10:30-12
    Mental Toughness
    10:30-11
    Mental Toughness
    10:30-11
    Mental Toughness
    10:30-11
    Mental Toughness
    10:30-11
    Jazz
    11-12:30
    Jazz
    11-12:30
    Jazz
    11-12:30
    Jazz
    11-12:30
    Lunch
    12-1
    Lunch
    12:30-1:30
    Lunch
    12:30-1:30
    Lunch
    12:30-1:30
    Lunch
    12:30-1:30
    Contemporary
    1-2:30
    Contemporary
    1:30-3
    Injury Prevention
    1:30-3
    Contemporary
    1:30-3
    Contemporary
    1:30-3
    Choreography Rehearsal
    2:30-6
    Choreography Rehearsal
    3-6
    Choreography Rehearsal
    3-6
    Choreography Rehearsal
    3-6
    Choreography Rehearsal
    3-5:15
    Dinner
    5:15-6:15
    Showcase
    Warm-Up
    6:15-7:30
    Showcase
    7:30PM

    Session 2 Faculty

    Ballet:

    Dustin Crumbaugh

    Contemporary:

    Jazz:

    Brandon Fink

    Acting Workshop:

    Dr. Janet Brown

    Choreography:

  • Session 3: Ages 18+
    Week 1
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Jazz
    10:45-12:15
    Jazz
    10:45-12:15
    Jazz
    10:45-12:15
    Jazz
    10:45-12:15
    Mental Toughness
    10:45-12:15
    Mental Toughness
    12:15-12:45
    Mental Toughness
    12:15-12:45
    Mental Toughness
    12:15-12:45
    Mental Toughness
    12:15-12:45
    Lunch
    12:15-1:15
    Lunch
    12:45-1:30
    Lunch
    12:45-1:30
    Lunch
    12:45-1:30
    Lunch
    12:45-1:30
    Contemporary
    1:15-2:45
    Contemporary
    1:30-3
    Contemporary
    1:30-3
    Injury Prevention
    1:30-3
    Choreography
    2:45-6
    Choreography
    3-6
    Choreography
    3-6
    Choreography
    3-6
    Choreography
    1:30-4:30
    Week 2
    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Ballet
    9-10:30
    Jazz
    10:45-12:15
    Contemporary
    10:45-12:15
    Jazz
    10:45-12:15
    Contemporary
    10:45-12:15
    Jazz
    10:45-12:15
    Lunch
    12:15-1:15
    Lunch
    12:15-1:15
    Lunch
    12:15-1:15
    Lunch
    12:15-1:15
    Lunch
    12:15-1:15
    Contemporary
    1:15-2:45
    Feldenkrais
    1:15-2:45
    Feldenkrais
    1:15-2:45
    Feldenkrais
    1:15-2:45
    Contemporary
    1:15-2:45
    Choreography
    3-6
    Choreography
    3-6
    Choreography
    3-6
    Choreography
    3-6
    Choreography
    3-5:15
    Dinner
    5:15-6:15
    Showcase
    Warm-Up
    6:15-7:15
    Showcase
    7:30PM

    Session 3 Faculty

    Ballet:

    Brian Enos (week 1)
    Dustin Crumbaugh (week 2)

    Contemporary:

    Geoffrey Alexander (week 1)
    Marc Macaranas (Week 2)

    Jazz:

    Pilates:

    Kelly Schneider

    Mental Toughness:

    Choreography:

    Geoffrey Alexander (week1)
    Marc Macaranas (week 2)

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Dustin Crumbaugh

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Dustin Crumbaugh (Houston, TX) began his formal dance training at Houston Metropolitan Dance Company's pre-professional second companny, Houston Met Too. Since graduating high school, he spent two years as a dance major at Point Park University where he performed works by renowned choreographers such as Margo Sappington, Robert Battle, and Harrison McEldowney. He completed his traineeship with Ballet Austin, where he performed works by Stephen Mills, Gina Patterson, Septime Weber, and Dwight Rhoden, and trained at LINES Ballet, where he studied under master teachers such as Alonzo King, Maurya Kerr, and Amy Raymond. Dustin joined Houston Metropolitan Dance Company as a professional company member in 2005, and in 2007 joined Luna Negra Dance Theater under the direction of Eduardo Vilaro, performing works by Edgar Zendejas, Alejandro Cervera, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. He then danced on scholarship at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and participated in Springboard Danse Montreal, working with Jose Navas/Cie Flak and Julian Barnett. In 2009, he performed with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater until joining The Big Muddy Dance Company in 2011, with whom he has performed works by Lauri Stallings, Lou Conte, Paula David, and Harrison McEldowney. As a member of The Big Muddy since 2011, Dustin co-directs the Convergence Trainee Program alongside Brian Enos.

Kameron N. Saunders

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Kameron N. Saunders was born in St. Louis, MO. He is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City with his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography. He graduated from Metro Academic & Classical High School while doing his dance training at COCA (Center of Creative Arts). There he studied ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and choreography; all a part of their Pre-Professional Program. His performance experience includes UMKC's Conservatory of Music and Dance, Webster University, COCADance and Ballet Eclectica - two of COCA’s student dance companies. Kameron is currently a principal dancer with Afriky Lolo; a West-African dance company in St. Louis, MO under the direction of Diadie Bathily. He has also performed as a guest artist with Störling Dance Theater in Kansas City. Kameron has worked with renowned artists such as Alicia Graf Mack, Anthony Redd Williams, Antonio Douthit-Boyd, Sally Bliss, Christine O’Neal, Kirk Peterson, Michael Uthoff, Jon Lehrer, Kate Skarpetowska, Kirven J. Douthit-Boyd, Edgar Anido, Ray Mercer, Sabrina Madison-Cannon, Gary Abbott, DeeAnna Hiett, Cecil Slaughter, Lara Teeter, Lee Nolting, Frank Chaves, Ron K. Brown, and Daisha Graf. Kameron has choreographed for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Washington University, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, The Big Muddy Dance Company, and COCA. Kameron has presented several of his works at festivals including Modern Night at the Folly in Kansas City, Spring to Dance in St. Louis, and Deeply Rooted Dance Company's Emerging Choreographer's Showcase in Chicago. In the spring of 2011 Kameron entered the National Society of Arts and Letters “Art of the Solo” choreography competition where his work ‘Runner’ won first place in the St. Louis chapter sending him to compete nationally in Birmingham, Alabama where he won fifth place. Most recently Kameron choreographed for Tony award-winning actor Ken Page for his original play for dance, Sublime Intimacy, which premiered in December of 2015. Kameron has returned to his home studio, COCA, and now serves as the company rehearsal assistant to former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater principal dancers, Antonio and Kirven Douthit-Boyd.

Christina Sahaida

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Christina Sahaida grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and began her dance training at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. Following high school graduation, she attended Butler University in Indianapolis, IN, graduating in 2012 with honors, a BFA in Dance Performance and a Secondary Major in Spanish. She moved on to dance with Ballet Quad Cities then joined Texture Contemporary Ballet as a resident dancer in 2013. She thanks Texture directors Alan Obuzor and Kelsey Bartman for challenging her with the company’s diverse and demanding repertoire, while also nurturing her individual voice as an artist and pushing her into the realm of contemporary dance. During her time outside of the dance studio, Christina works at Trader Joe’s, enjoys doodling, writing, and thrift shopping. She is very excited to work with the Big Muddy Dance Company and bring exciting dance into the St. Louis community!

Dustin Crumbaugh

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Dustin Crumbaugh (Houston, TX) began his formal dance training at Houston Metropolitan Dance Company's pre-professional second companny, Houston Met Too. Since graduating high school, he spent two years as a dance major at Point Park University where he performed works by renowned choreographers such as Margo Sappington, Robert Battle, and Harrison McEldowney. He completed his traineeship with Ballet Austin, where he performed works by Stephen Mills, Gina Patterson, Septime Weber, and Dwight Rhoden, and trained at LINES Ballet, where he studied under master teachers such as Alonzo King, Maurya Kerr, and Amy Raymond. Dustin joined Houston Metropolitan Dance Company as a professional company member in 2005, and in 2007 joined Luna Negra Dance Theater under the direction of Eduardo Vilaro, performing works by Edgar Zendejas, Alejandro Cervera, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano. He then danced on scholarship at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and participated in Springboard Danse Montreal, working with Jose Navas/Cie Flak and Julian Barnett. In 2009, he performed with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater until joining The Big Muddy Dance Company in 2011, with whom he has performed works by Lauri Stallings, Lou Conte, Paula David, and Harrison McEldowney. As a member of The Big Muddy since 2011, Dustin co-directs the Convergence Trainee Program alongside Brian Enos.

Ellen Hinkel Reed

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Ellen was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, where she received her dance training from Diana Evans School of Dance and Kentucky Ballet Theatre. After moving to St. Louis, she performed with the Slaughter Project and aTrek Dance Collective while attending Saint Louis University. Ellen joined The Big Muddy in its premiere season in 2011 and received her doctorate in psychology the same year. Along with dancing, Dr. Ellen Reed is a Mental Training Consultant with Enhanced Performance, Inc., under the close direction of Dr. Jason Selk (best-selling author and one of the nation's premiere performance coaches). Ellen has worked side by side with Dr. Jason Selk for over 10 years, and she has extensive experience in mental training for performance, accountability, and execution in business, athletics, academics, and the performing arts. Ellen helps numerous athletes, students, and business leaders reach their peak performance through developing the mental toughness necessary for high-level success. Ellen’s most important role is “Mom” to her sons William and Thomas.  

Miranda Payne

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Miranda Payne has been a Dancer with The Big Muddy since the company was founded in 2011. Miranda holds a BFA in Dance from Webster University, and she has trained throughout the United States. Miranda has also performed with Stages St. Louis, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Variety Theatre and The Shoji Tabuchi Theatre in Branson, MO. Miranda has been a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists since 2009. Miranda's choreography has been performed at American College DanceFestival, and she has choreographed for Six Flags St. Louis. Miranda is a proud new mom to her daughter Lucy.

Robert Poe

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Robert Poe ( Aiken, SC)  began dancing with Carl Crosby at Crosby's School of Dance. He graduated high school from the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities with honors. For the past 15 years, Robert has performed professionally with the Columbia City Ballet, Cedar Lake II, the Nashville Ballet, and the Nashville Opera, the Missouri Ballet Theatre, and for 2 years in a row, Opera Theater of St. Louis where he recently performed in the critically acclaimed, world premier of "Fire Shut Up In My Bones". He sits on the Senior Outreach Committee for Big Muddy's Senior Embrace program as well. Robert's passion for dance education has led him to teach in studios all over South Carolina, North Carolina, Nashville, Illinois and Missouri while his choreography has been seen on the Nashville Ballet as well as their training company (NB II), Missouri Ballet Theatre, The Big Muddy Dance Company, and Texture Contemporary Ballet. Most recently, Robert has become Co-Director of Ballet 314, a professional ballet company based here in St. Louis with the desire to showcase local talent within this community. 

Geoffrey Alexander

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Geoffrey Alexander was born in St. Louis, MO. He spent the majority of his childhood singing, acting, and studying gymnastics, but it wasn’t until college that he found his passion for dance. He earned his BA in Theatre and Dance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where he began his formal training in modern and ballet. His professional career began with the aTrek Dance Collective working with internationally renowned artist such as Germaul Barnes, Jon Lehrer, Mathew Janczewski, and Alicia Graf. His desire to further his development led him to teaching aTreks contemporary classes and intensives. In 2011 he auditioned for, and became a founding member of, what became The Big Muddy Dance Company, directed by former Hubbard Street dancer Brian Enos. Throughout his career with the company he has studied from and performed works by notable choreographers such as Lou Conte, Harrison McEldowney, Lauri Stallings, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Kate Skarpetowska, Robert Moses, Robyn Mineko Williams, Daniel Marshalsay, Gabrielle Lamb, Shannon Alvis, and Brian Enos. In recent years he was able to revisit his love of musical theatre through various Variety Children’s Theatre productions including: Peter Pan,  Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and the Wizard of OZ. When he’s not dancing himself Geoffrey regularly teaches contemporary and jazz workshops, and choreographs at various studios, universities, and companies throughout the St. Louis area. 

Dr. Rachel Loeb

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Dr. Rachel, as she is known by her patients, grew up in Clarksville, Maryland.  She received a Bachelors of Science from Lehigh University before getting her Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan University in 2010. She studied acupuncture while at Logan University and continued her education at Acupuncture Society of America in Kansas City.  She now lives in University City, Mo with her husband and children.  She loves living in St. Louis and takes advantage of all it has to offer.

She has been interested in the human body since she was a competitive dancer as a child. At a very young age she saw the benefits of chiropractic and acupuncture in pain reduction, injury prevention, better athletic performance, and better general health.

This St. Louis chiropractor specializes in functional movement medicine meaning she loves asking the question “Why?” When she can identify why something hurts, she can not only fix it, but prevent problems from reoccurring.  She believes in the functional approach to health and medicine while creating a relationship with her patient.  Dr. Rachel wants to help you reach your goal whether it is to train for a marathon, work longer hours in front of a computer, have energy at the end of the day to cook a healthy meal, make the varsity team, have a healthy pregnancy, or just to feel better.

Besides working at Clayton Chiropractic Center, Dr. Rachel is also the company chiropractor for The Big Muddy Dance Company, the professional contemporary dance company of St. Louis.

Kelly Feder

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I have always been interested in human potential, how we unconsciously impose limits upon ourselves and how we move beyond them by recognizing both our strengths and our weaknesses. I spent 15 years in the field of youth development and outdoor education, helping children and young adults actualize their full potential and surprise themselves by achieving more than they thought possible. The context for this growth and learning was the natural world, both in residential camp settings and on extended wilderness treks.

Today my intention is the same: Helping individuals achieve their full potential, either moving beyond the limits of pain or mastering the skills of their artistic or athletic profession. The only difference is the context for learning. In Feldenkrais, we use movement and self awareness to discover how we limit ourselves and with curious exploration we find new possibilities.

I am passionate about sharing this integrative method with anyone interested in learning. I love to challenge the myth that growing old means becoming less mobile and in more pain. I delight in the opportunity to work with children with special needs and in the simplicity of helping someone find ease in an everyday task like looking over their shoulder without pain! I enjoy creative personalities and have worked with singers, dancers and musicians as well as the type A personalities that drive themselves to perfection. I have had the great privilege to witness wonderful change in myself and the people who come to me for support with the Feldenkrais Method. I invite you to come actualize your dreams and live life fully, intelligently and free of pain!

Marc Macaranas

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Born and raised in California, Marc received his education at the University of California, Irvine. His career in Chicago began in 2006 with Lucky Plush Productions and Mordine & Co. Dance Theater. In 2008 he joined DanceWorks Chicago as a founding dancer under the direction of Julie Nakagawa. Since then he has performed in Chicago, across North America and in Europe with Luna Negra Dance Theatre, RubberBanDanceGroup, The Seldoms and others. Currently, he is an ensemble member of Lucky Plush Productions and a dancer and choreographer with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre.

As a choreographer, Marc's work has been seen at Dance Chance: REDUX, Duets For My Valentine, Dance Chicago, and others. In 2015 Marc was recognized by Art Intercepts as one of "5 Dancers to Observe in 2015". He received an Individual Artist Program grant from the City of Chicago for his work with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, and was invited to perform his choreography at the Museo Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

Marc has conducted workshops, master classes, and teaching residencies across the country for dance studios, professional companies, university dance programs and community organizations.

Founded in 2016, DISASTERdance serves as a vehicle for Marc’s research as a performer, choreographer and educator. For more information, visit www.disasterdance.com.

Brian Enos

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Mr. Enos, artistic director of The Big Muddy Dance Company, trained primarily at Ben Stevenson's Houston Ballet Academy, and at the Maria Vegh Ballet Centre. He then went on to dance for several years with the Houston Ballet, followed by eight years as a company member with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Mr. Enos is also an accomplished choreographer, having created more than 30 works on companies across the U.S., including the Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet Met, Nashville Ballet, and Grand Rapids Ballet, among others. His approach to teaching, in addition to emphasizing strong technique, places a heavy focus on artistry, musicality, and finding the individual voice of each dancer.