Summer Intensives

MEREDITH CROCKER

[LYRICAL]

Meredith Crocker White is an instructor, choreographer, and Artistic Director for Genia Johnson Dance Company in Chester, Virginia. She is a dancer, singer, and performer who has traveled extensively, including to LA to perform as a backup dancer for Asia Entertainment. When Meredith isn’t teaching dance, you can find her traveling and singing with local music groups and recording artists.

 

ARIEL OVERTON

[HIP HOP]

Ariel has had a passion for choreographing since she started dancing with Dazzlers Co. at 10 years old. It was there that she began her study and development of hip hop and jazz. From that point on, she began dancing at Beauty For Ashes, a dance company where she trained in hip hop, ballet, jazz, modern and African dance for five years. As her dance practice deepened, she eventually moved up to another dance company, Reaction, where she studied and performed hip hop for three years. Most recently, Ariel has been dancing with VCU Urban hip hop competition team, Blank Canvas. She’s currently been teaching at  Richmond Urban Dance and West End Academy of Dance.

 

CHRISTINE WYATT

[MODERN/CONTEMPORARY]

Christine Wyatt is a D(MV) artist who was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She moved to Richmond, VA in 2014 to attend Virginia Commonwealth University. She began her dance journey at the age of 9. After attending a performing arts summer camp at Flair Dance Studio in Baltimore, she never stopped dancing. Christine studied dance, music, and theatre at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School, continued to train in ballet and modern at the Baltimore County Youth Ballet Summer intensive, and performed in many youth companies, youth theatres, and school musical productions throughout middle school and high school. Christine received her B.F.A. in Dance & Choreography in May of 2018. Thirteen years of a multitude of experiences in dance (and music/musical theatre) she has sought out opportunities and knowledge to develop a clear philosophy about dance. Christine is currently on faculty at J’adore Dance Studio in Midlothian, VA. She has worked with professional dance artists like Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange, Jawole Jo Zollar/Urban Bush Women, MK Abadoo, Maria Bauman, Melanie Richards, Ching-I Chang Bigelow, Autumn Proctor, Dr. Gaynell Sherrod, and Alicia Diaz/Agua Dulce Dance Theatre. Her experiences have inspired her passion for community based work in dance and fueled her desire to decolonize her dance practice. Inspired by africanist movement values and aesthetics in American dance forms (such as Jazz, Tap, and Modern), Christine explores movement as a means for liberation in the body and spirit. Her class is rooted in utilizing technical principles to find groundedness and suspension. These principles are explored through repetition, and dancers are invited to embrace risk as a means of evolution. Dancers will gain experiential knowledge about movement and their bodies. Improvisational structures throughout the class will facilitate Christine’s desire to empower dancers and cultivate an environment that emphasizes the beauty of the individual voice.

 

JOAN GAVALER

[ACRO DANCE]

Joan Gavaler is a performer, choreographer, and educator. She relishes the creative process and embraces collaborative discovery in making new work. To further that interest, she co-founded Aura CuriAtlas Physical Theatre in 2013 to create performances blending dance, theatre, and acrobatics to tell stories. Over the past four years, the company has toured the East Coast and the Midwest United States and just finished a Spring 2018 tour. Through her career, Joan has choreographed over 60 original works and been a driving force behind four professional companies. She relishes collaborative discovery and has worked with poets,  visual artists, composers, musicians, actors, directors, acrobats, and physicists on dance and theatre projects.  She has been invited by over 40 organizations to present and teach in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, including presentations on the Alexander Technique in Lugano, Switzerland, a dance residency at Beijing Normal University, performances for American Dance Guild showcases in New York City, and movement consulting for the Virginia Shakespeare Festival.  Joan is a Professor of Dance at the College of William & Mary.

 

Jasmine Tubach

[BALLET]

Jasmine Tubach, member of RVA Dance Collective was born and raised in Williamsburg Va. She is a 2015 graduate from James Madison University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Sociology while at the university.

Jasmine began her dance training in Williamsburg at the age of nine at Broadway Dance Arts where she fell in love with dance. She also trained at the Institute for Dance and was a member of their ballet company. She had the opportunity to perform at the Kimball Theatre in Colonial Williamsburg. iDance is where she decided dance was her passion.

Jasmine’s passion to choreograph was developed and refined while at James Madison, where she choreographed seven works with four of them showcased in JMU’s Student Concerts and the other three in the student showcase. Jasmine believes art should be made to touch and change lives. Jasmine also had the privilege to be a member of JMU’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble and preformed with them in March of 2013 and 2014. She was able to represent JMU at the Route 11 Dance Festival, where she performed “Out of Frame” choreographed by Olivia Landrum, which was chosen to open for the Trey McIntyre Project.

Jasmine was able to develop her strong performance skills through the Virginia Repertory Dance Company (VRDC) at JMU. She had the pleasure of traveling to China with the company where she taught and performed in the Sichuan providence. She was also able to work closely with various artists across the country including Christopher K. Morgan, Karen Reedy, Nicholas Johnson, Emily Cargill and Eluza Santos from Brazil. Jasmine performed with VRDC on the JMU Main Stage Theatre, Dogtown Dance Theater, and at the Jack Guidone Theatre in D.C.

Since graduation, Jasmine has been teaching in Williamsburg. She enjoys giving back to her community in this way. She became a member of RVA Dance Collective in 2015 and she loves working with the company. “We have become a family” she says. The company was able to travel to West Virginia for a performance opportunity and Jasmine was very thankful for the dancing opportunities but also the opportunity to build relationships with other dancers. Jasmine is thrilled about the road a head knowing that she will continue to pursue her love of dance but she will continue to give the glory of her success to God.