December 10, 11 & 12, 2021


A three-day training and mentoring workshop, with Jodie Gates, Jermaine Spivey
and Bret Easterling.


Class Schedule:


FRIDAY 12/10

5:00 – 6:00pm – Ballet with Jodie Gates

6:00 – 7:00pm – Improvisation & Process with Jermaine Spivey

7:00 – 8:00pm – Repertory with Bret Easterling


9:30 – 11:00am – Ballet with Jodie Gates

11:00 – 1:00pm – Improvisation & Composition with Jermaine Spivey

1:00 – 1:30pm – Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:30pm – Repertory & Process with Bret Easterling

3:30 – 4:00pm – Discussion and Mentorship with all faculty and students

SUNDAY 12/12:

9:30 – 11:00am – Ballet with Jodie Gates

11:00 – 1:00pm – Improvisation & Composition with Bret Easterling

1:00 – 1:30pm – Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:30pm – Repertory & Process with Jermaine Spivey

3:30 – 4:00pm – Discussion and Mentorship with all faculty and students 




Bret Easterling is a dance artist, educator, and producer who received his BFA and the Hector Zaraspe Prize for Choreography from The Juilliard School.   He was a formative member of Gallim Dance before joining the internationally renown Batsheva Dance Company under the direction of Ohad Naharin.  Now based in Los Angeles, Bret is on faculty at USC’s Glorya Kaufman International School of Dance, an Ilan Lev Method practitioner, and a certified Gaga teacher who stages Naharin’s repertory at collegiate BFA programs and professional dance companies around the world.  He is an avid dance creator who was recognized as a Choreographic Fellow at the inaugural Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellowship at Jacob’s Pillow and an Artist in Residence at LA Dance Project.  Bret is the founder and Artistic Director of BEMOVING, a non-profit organization that produces accessible opportunities to witness and experience the transformative power of dance, and the co-creator of the Ghost Light Residency.


Jodie Gates has established a significant career in the dance field. For over thirty-five years she has contributed to the profession as a director, educator, coach, choreographer, producer and principal dancer. She continues to lead with kindness, bold ideas and risk-taking as guiding principles for her artistic vision.

Ms. Gates is currently the Founding Director of the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, where she is also a Professor of Dance. She was the school’s first Vice Dean and Director, and was given unprecedented responsibility for implementing the artistic vision and creating a dance curriculum and faculty from the ground up. The resulting curriculum, called “The New Movement,” is a new hybrid model for dance – expressed in studio practice, music, choreography, performance, new media and scholarship. READ FULL BIO


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.



December 10-12, 2021


Laguna Beach High School
Dance Studio
625 Park Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Intermediate and Advanced Pre-Professional
Ages 14+ – $200


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