2021 LDF SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE: Moving Together in Person

A collaboration with Orange County Music and Dance

JUNE 14 – 19 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


An intensive week of daily in-person dance classes within small cohorts. Classes include Repertory, Contemporary, Jazz, Composition, Seminar, Conditioning and Ballet taught by world renowned instructors. Registration open to intermediate, pre-professional and collegiate level dance students.


  • $500 tuition for the full week of classes.

  • Class size is limited.

  • Scholarships available to qualified applicants –CLICK HERE to apply.


For questions please email info@lagunadancefestival.org

Phone: 949-715-5578


Daily Schedule – 10:00am – 4:00pm 

(Daily check-in begins at 9:30am)


Monday – Friday

10:00 – 11:20 – Ballet Class

11:30 – 12:50 – Contemporary, Improvisation, Composition or Jazz

12:50 – 1:30 – Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:15 – Repertory & Phrase Work

3:15 – 4:00 – Lecture or Training Session



2:45 – 4:00 – Q&A, Showing


Note: There are three cohorts (Groups #1, #2, #3) running concurrently from 10:00am – 4:00pm each day, please expect your detailed schedule with teacher’s names and studio numbers to be sent via email one week prior to June 14th.




Jodie Gates
Fiona Lummis
Maria Kowroski
Krystal Matsuyama
Justin Pham
Jermaine Spivey
Spenser Theberge


Jodie Gates has established a significant career in the field of dance. For over thirty years she has contributed to the profession as a visionary leader, artistic director, educator, choreographer, producer, stager and principal dancer. She is an experienced founder of programs and organizations, and serves as a facilitator for artistic collaborations and educational initiatives nationally. Ms. Gates leads with integrity, bold ideas and risk- taking as guiding principles, and continues to usher momentous ideas forward to create groundbreaking and lasting change within the dance field, while creating a positive impact more broadly in society. READ MORE


Krystal Matsuyama-Tsai is a Japanese-American freelance movement artist born and raised in Southern California. Recently coming to question her voice as an Asian-American artist, her work explores the psychosocial effects of cultural experience on identity. A collaborative movement artist and educator at heart, embarking on a journey of integrating different mediums into her artistic practice excites her. Recently Krystal completed her MFA in Dance from UC Irvine and currently works independently as a movement coach in the Southern California area, as well as with Las Vegas contemporary dance company chuthis. as a performer and educator for the company’s movement intensives.


Maria Kowroski was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she began her ballet training at age seven with the School of Grand Rapids Ballet. Ms. Kowroski entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 1992. She became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in the summer of 1994 and was invited to join the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in January of 1995. In the spring of 1997, Ms. Kowroski was promoted to the rank of soloist and in the spring of 1999, she was promoted to principal dancer.


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. READ MORE


Justin Pham is a dancer, choreographer, and creative director originating from San Diego, California. He graduated from the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance with a BFA in Dance and Minor in Cinematic Arts, where he had the opportunity to study under renowned artists and directors such as William Forsythe, Jodie Gates, and Desmond Richardson. During his time in school, he signed with Go 2 Talent Agency, performed in iLuminate’s Las Vegas show, and was featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” where he advanced to the Top 20 and performed 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 setting pieces across the country, he has directed and produced multiple independent dance films and was a finalist at the 2017 McCallum Choreography Festival. Most recently, Justin was awarded as a choreographic finalist at the prestigious 2020 Capezio A.C.E. Awards where he presented a new work at The Montalbán in Hollywood. Justin is the co-founder of Artists Collaborate Together (ACT), a production company with a focus on networking, building relationships, and celebrating art. He is also a guest instructor for studios across the nation, as well as virtually on the global dance network, CLI Studios. Justin hopes to create a more cognitive and educational perspective on dance and choreography, specifically through the mediums of film and television, and works to become a multifaceted and interdisciplinary artist to innovate the dance industry for generations to come.


Jermaine Maurice Spivey was born in Baltimore, Maryland USA and is a graduate of Baltimore School for the Arts and The Juilliard School. From 2002-2017, Jermaine lived and worked predominately throughout Europe. He has been a company member of Ballet Gulbenkian and Cullberg Ballet, worked as a freelance/guest artist for Hofesh Shechter Company, Robyn Live 2016, The LID, Arias Company and The Forsythe Company from 2013-2015 as well as a cast member of American Repertory Theater’s original production The Shape She Makes conceived by Susan Misner and Jonathan Bernstein. Since 2008, Jermaine has been a member of Crystal Pite’s project based company Kidd Pivot. He has rehearsal assisted and/or staged Crystal Pite’s work for companies such as Cedar Lake Ballet, Carte Blanche, Hessisches StaatsBallett Wiesbaden, Netherlands Dance Theater and Paris Opera Ballet.


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.



A big thank you to our scholarship sponsors!


Joy Dittberner

Fire Leaf Extracts


Nancy & Mike Meyer


Cindy & Bill Shopoff





Monday, June 14 — Saturday, June 19, 2021
Orange County Music and Dance
17620 Fitch, #160
Irvine, CA
Intermediate, Pre-Professional, College/Professional
Ages 14+

Weekly Fee: $500