JUNE 15 – 26

A real-time virtual dance intensive

TRAIN with renowned professionals and experts for 3-4 hours per day, in ballet, contemporary, choreography, Jiri Kylian repertory, jazz, commercial, hip hop, mentoring and career advice.

Laguna Dance Festival’s summer intensive brings together internationally renowned dance artists from NDT, NYCB, Kidd Pivot, Forsythe Company, Gibney Dance and USC Kaufman for 10 days of dance. Included in this one-of-a-kind REAL TIME experience are technique classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Composition, Jazz, Commercial, Hip Hop, Repertory, Film Editing and professional networking opportunities including mentoring by Jodie Gates from June 15 – 26.


Jodie Gates, USC Kaufman: Ballet, private coaching & career advice

Jermaine Spivey, Kidd Pivot: Contemporary & Composition

Fiona Lummis, Netherlands Dance Theatre: Ballet & JirI Kylian repertory

Gonzalo Garcia, Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet: Ballet

Spenser Theberge, The Forsythe Company: Contemporary

Jake Tribus, Gibney Dance: Contemporary & Repertory

Jakevis Thompson, Commercial Artist: Commercial & Hip Hop

Justin Pham, Commercial & Convention Artist: Jazz Fusion

  • Additional fees do not apply to students who have already secured their spots and registered prior to Covid-19. 
  • New students– Weekly fee – $250
  • New students – Daily fee – $50
  • NOTE: All students must complete a liability release via email.

Detailed Daily Schedule:

Click here for schedule

Zoom class meeting details will be sent out by June 12th, see you in the Zoom room!




Jodie Gates is vice dean and artistic director of the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, where she is also a professor of dance. She is the new school’s first director, and was given unprecedented responsibility for implementing the artistic vision and creating a dance curriculum and faculty from the ground up.

She was a celebrated principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet, as well as a principal guest artist with several companies around the world. Her guest appearances included the gala at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Benois de la Danse in Moscow, dancing Odette/Odile in Swan Lake at the Ballet de Monterrey, Mexico, to appearing in well-known festivals such as Spoleto in Italy, The Edinburgh Festival, the Nijinsky Festival in Hamburg, Germany, and The Melbourne Festival in Australia. As an internationally recognized choreographer, Ms. Gates has published more than 70 original dance works and also regularly stages the ballets of renowned choreographer William Forsythe for professional companies internationally.


Gonzalo Garcia is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. Born in Zaragoza, Spain, Mr. Garcia began studying ballet at the age of eight at Maria Avila’s school. In 1995, he attended the summer session at San Francisco Ballet School. Following this session, Mr. Garcia participated in the Prix de Lausanne, becoming the youngest dancer to receive a gold medal. He then returned to the School to resume his studies and was selected by Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director of San Francisco Ballet, to perform in a world premiere ballet created especially for the 1996 Spring Student Showcase. Mr. Garcia joined San Francisco Ballet as a member of the corps de ballet in March 1998. In 2000, he was promoted to soloist, and in 2002 to principal dancer. Mr. Garcia was invited to perform Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina with New York City Ballet as part of the Company’s Balanchine Centennial Celebration in 2004. Mr. Garcia joined New York City Ballet in October 2007 as a principal dancer


Jakevis Thomason is from Greenville, South Carolina and started his training at Dianne’s School of Dance. He decided he wanted to keep pursuing his passion for dance during high school and discover more than just the competitive dance industry, eventually leading him to being a part of the USC Glorya Kaufman Class of 2020. Here he learned from faculty and other students the complexities that the art form of dance offered and expanded his own knowledge about artistic movement. Jakevis enjoys exploring his teaching skills and choreographic voice in combination with the hybrid movement and vocabulary that USC Kaufman has introduced to him and sees himself as bringing this movement knowledge to the commercial, concert, Broadway and studio scenes of dance. He looks forward to performing and teaching as long as he can in his career in hopes of one day being able to choreograph and creative direct for musical artists on tour, Broadway shows and dance companies across the world.


Jermaine Maurice Spivey, an award-winning dancer, educator, and choreographer, joins the faculty of USC Kaufman as an Artist in Residence for the 2018-2019 academic year. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Spivey attended the Baltimore School for the Arts. After graduating with BFA in dance from The Juilliard School, Spivey moved to Lisbon, Portugal, where he danced with Ballet Gulbenkian (2002-2005). In 2005, he joined the Cullberg Ballet and was first introduced to Crystal Pite. In 2008, he joined Pite’s company Kidd Pivot. Since then, Spivey has also worked freelance and as a guest artist for, among others, Hofesh Shechter Company, Robyn Live 2016, The LID, Arias Company and The Forsythe Company (2013-2015). He also participated in the cast of the American Repertory Theater’s production The Shape She Makes, created by Susan Misner and Jonathan Bernstein.

Spivey has taught at The Juilliard School, UCLA, NYU Tisch, Baltimore School for the Arts, LA Dance Project, The Performing Arts Project, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Spring Board Dance Montreal, the Towson State University Department of Dance, Nuova Officina Della Danza, Dance OUT, Salt Contemporary Dance, and Gothenburg Opera Danskompani. He serves as a choreographic assistant to Crystal Pite, staging many of her works with companies such as Cedar Lake Ballet, Carte Blanche, Hessisches StaatsBallett Wiesbaden, and Nederlands Dans Theater. Spivey also works as a choreographer for the Westside Dance Project, Hollins University, Generation IV Dance, and the Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Summer Intensive.



Spenser Theberge is a freelance performing artist and creator from Portland, Oregon, USA. He received his early training from the School of Oregon Ballet Theater, Columbia Dance, and the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. Spenser graduated from The Juilliard School in 2009 and began dancing with the Netherlands Dance Theater II. In 2012, Spenser was promoted to Netherlands Dance Theater I where he created with and danced the works of Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Lightfoot Leon, Crystal Pite, Johan Inger, Hans van Manen, and Alexander Ekman, among others. In 2013, Spenser ​joined The Forsythe Company as a guest artist for the final two seasons of the company before its closure in 2015. Freelancing since then, Spenser has most recently been seen as a guest artist with Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot, the Gothenburg Opera Dance Company, and the ARIAS Company.


Justin Pham is a choreographer, dancer and creative director originating from San Diego, California. In addition to studying dance at USC Kaufman, Justin is receiving his Minor in Cinematic Arts, focusing primarily on film production. Throughout his time in school, he has signed with Go2 Talent Agency and was featured in the Top 20 of “So You Think You Can Dance,”where he had the opportunity to perform in the Emmy award-winning number, Brand New. While his love for dance is strong, Justin has found a true passion for choreography. In addition to teaching and setting pieces for dance studios across the country, he has directed and produced multiple independent dance films and was a finalist at the 2017 McCallum Chore- ography Festival. Most recently, Justin was awarded as a finalist at the prestigious Capezio A.C.E. Awards, where he presented an original work at the Montal- bán in Hollywood in January of 2020. Justin hopes to create a more cognitive and educational perspec- tive on dance and choreography, specifically through the mediums of film and television, and to become a multifaceted and interdisciplinary artist, who will innovate the dance industry for generations to come.


Fiona Lummis was a leading dancer for twenty years with Netherlands Dance Theatre.. She received the Gouden Theaterdans Prijs for her performances in William’s Forsythe’s “Steptext” and was awarded the Oeuvreprijs in recognition of her career in The Netherlands. Presently, she stages the works of Jiri Kylian internationally, and is on faculty at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and is an esteemed faculty member and visiting artist at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. More information here.


Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Jake Tribus grew up training at CC & Co. DanceComplex, competing in styles including contemporary, jazz, hip hop, tap and ballet. During his junior year of high school, Jake attended Next Generation Ballet in Tampa, Florida, on full scholarship, while training in classical ballet under the directorship of Peter Stark. Upon graduation from high school, Jake received a full academic scholarship to USC to pursue his BFA at the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. While pursuing his studies at USC, Jake has worked with recording artists along with performing world-renowned repertory at USC. During high school, Jake pursued philanthropic work by co-founding a non-profit organization called Artists Giving Hope, raising money for various charities by teaching classes and performing around the U.S. He currently is the president of an official student organization at USC called the Southern California Choreographic Collective, whose mission is to showcase the emerging choreographic voices of Kaufman dance majors and raise money in partnership with Dancers Responding to Aids. Upon graduation, Jake hopes to engage in both commercial and concert opportunities, build his choreographic voice along the way, and continue to give back.


Monday, June 15 — Friday June 26, 2020




Intermediate and Advanced Pre-Professional
Ages 14+

Weekly Fee: $250

New Students Daily Fee: $50

Additional fees do not apply to students who have already secured their spots and registered prior to Covid-19.