CSI/IDAA Dance Camp Intensive brings in a guest faculty of professional dancers and dance professors from around the United States. The faculty is hand-picked for their unique strengths, talents, knowledge, and rapport with students to assure each student achieves their highest potential!
Check out the Dance Camp 2020 Faculty! Faculty subject to change as professional opportunities arise.
Born and raised in Kansas City, MO and now living and dancing in Fort Worth, TX, Alex started dancing at the age of 3. Alex danced with the acclaimed Priscilla & Dana's School of Dance, training and competing in musical theater, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, and hip hop. After graduating, Alex was given the prestigious title of Mr. Adrenaline with Adrenaline Dance Convention. As a title holder, he worked on the national tour with the company while assisting and training under artists such as Nick Bass, Caroline Lewis-Jones, Jen Freeman, Paula Morgan, and many more. Currently, Alex is working and touring with Adrenaline Dance Conventions and enjoys teaching at Beyond the Movement in Fort Worth, Texas.
Kevin Pajarillaga is a performer raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. Kevin is a full time company member with Northwest Dance Project under the direction of Sarah Slipper. He is also the associated director of Moving Forward Dallas, a nonprofit organization created to help nurture the Dallas arts community. Kevin has worked professionally with Bruce Wood Dance, Yin Yue Dance Company, Sonya Tayeh Dance Company, PRIOREDANCE, I.C Movement Project and guest performed with Parsons Dance Company, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. Kevin was a dancer for Gap Inc. 2018 Spring Campaign. Kevin has choreographed for The Juilliard School, Wanderlust Dance Project, the DREAMscape Gala, and Booker T Washington's REP II. Kevin has performed a range of repertoire including works by Crystal Pite, Alejandro Cerrudo, Ihsan Rustem Lar Lubovitch, Viktor Quijeda, Dwight Rhoden, Andrea Miller, Ronin Koresh, Ron Tassone, Christopher K Morgan, Douglas Bentz, and Kiesha Lalama. Kevin was included in creations with choreographers: Yin Yue, Sonya Tayeh, Sarah Slipper, Garfield Lemonius, Robert Priore, and Maleek Washington. Kevin has participated in workshops with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Gallim Dance, Paul Taylor Dance, Koresh Dance, and Dance Theater of Harlem. Kevin received the "All County Performing Arts Awards" by the MCPS Arts Super intendant and the "All States Dance Award" at the Goucher College Dance Festival in 2011 and 2012. Kevin continued his formal dance training at Point Park University (2012-2016) and has attended Springboard Danse Montreal 2015 & 2016.
Jillyn Bryant is a native of Dallas, Texas. Under the direction of Kathy Willsey and Megan Buckland, Jillyn began her serious dance training in 2006 at Academy of Dance Arts. As a recipient of the New York City Dance Alliance college scholarship fund, Jillyn attended Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. During her time there, she performed works by George Balanchine, Lar Lubovitch, Ohad Naharin, Christopher Huggins, Garfield Lemonius and Jessica Hendricks. She has also extended her studies with summers at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, San Francisco Conservatory, New Dialect and The Juilliard School. Bryant graduated in April of 2016 from Point Park University with a B.A. in Dance and a minor in Business Management. Upon graduating, Jillyn began working with Bruce Wood Dance in Dallas, where she is a current company member. Alongside performing, Jillyn teaches at her home studio, Academy of Dance Arts. She is also on faculty with Dallas-based project, Moving Forward Dallas: a unique intensive for young dancers to explore their creativity while getting a taste of the ever-evolving, professional dance world. Jillyn enjoys the never-ending learning that comes with dance, whether she is performing or teaching.
Laura Brick-Kempski is originally from Tampa, FL. She currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah and is a senior company member of Odyssey Dance Theatre. Previous to joining Odyssey Dance Theatre, Laura attended the University of Utah where she received a BFA in modern dance and a minor in psychology. While attending "The U", Laura participated in numerous foreign exchange programs such as "The Movement Exchange" in Panama and "The Berlin State Ballet school" exchange in Germany. She was a part of "The Performing Dance Company" from 2010-2014. During this time, she was honored to perform in works created by Andrea Miller, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Marc Bogaerts, and Eric Handman. Post college, Laura has continued to perform in works around the country while simultaneously touring nationally and internationally with Odyssey Dance Theatre. In 2014 Laura was invited to perform in Eric Handman's "Disappearing Days" at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and in 2015 she was invited to perform with Shaun Boyle and Artists in Tempe, AZ. In her time with Odyssey, she's been privileged to perform works created by Garrett Smith, Christian Denice, Bonnie Story, Mia Michaels, Dee Caspary and Derryl Yeager. Laura feels it's always important to continue to train. In her off seasons, she been accepted to and attended numerous programs such as; Salt Dance Fest, Northwest Dance Project's LAUNCH, American Dance Festival, Hubbard Street, Alonzo King's LINES, and Ballet West. Laura teaches at numerous high schools and studios in Utah and has had work selected and presented at Grand Prix Nationals in New York. Most recently, Laura received her RYT200HR Yoga certification through Corepower Yoga in Salt Lake City, UT. Her class is fused with Limon, Horton, Yoga, Pilates, Bartinieff Fundamentals, and release technique. Laura loves delving into the subtle nuances of proper alignment for each unique body that allows for a new awareness of our bodies as they fly through space. She's found a real love for implementing accessible and relatable conditioning and has created her own conditioning program that's unique to her class.
Born and raised in Long Beach California, Jay Stuart began his path in dance under the guidance of some of the most sought after teachers and choreographers in the industry, most notably under the teachings and training of internationally recognized master instructor, Paula Morgan. His journey with dance has allowed him to travel the country choreographing and teaching at countless workshops, master classes, and conventions, as well as perform on television, in theater, and in multiple other venues. Select credits include The Dirty Dancing National Tour, where he understudied the role of Johnny Castle, originally performed by the late Patrick Swayze, the world premier of "Seeing You," an immersive theater piece created by Randy Weiner and Ryan Heffington, and performing with Derek and Julianne Hough on Good Morning America to name a few. With a heavy focus on musicality and movement quality, Jay's class provides a challenging but safe environment to explore one's personal ability as well as define a strong sense of individuality through movement.
Studying dance both nationally and internationally from a young age, Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill graduated with an AA in Dance Performance at New World School of the Arts (Miami, FL) training in R.A.D, Balanchine, Graham, Horton, and Limón techniques where she performed works by Micheal Utoff and Freddick Bratcher. She went on to pursue her BFA at Arizona State University focusing on the works of José Limón, under the direction of Nina Watt, dancing soloist roles in Missa Brevis, Mazurkas, and Dances for Isadora. Furthering her studies, Lydia joined the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan where she danced in the reconstructions of Robert Moses’ The Supplicant, Netherlands Dance Theatre’s Fallen Angels, along with contemporary works by Alex Ketley, Christian Burns, and former Batsheva Dancer Bobbi Jene Smith. Since returning to Boise in 2011, Lydia founded Project Flux Dance, a nonprofit Boise-based dance company. She has choreographed over 30 professional works and collaborated with approximately 20 different organizations throughout the globe. Her choreography has received recognition and numerous awards nationwide. She continues to teach ballet, contemporary, jazz, and improvisation throughout the Treasure Valley.
Tanisha (Belnap) Morley was born in Payson UT. She started training at the age of 3 and started dancing professionally at the age of 14. She has appeared on Ovations A Chance to Dance, CBS networks Live to Dance, ABC's Dancing With the Stars multiple times as a guest performer starting at the age of 16, and So You Think You Can Dance season 11, where she was a top 8 finalist. After completing the international tour with SYTYCD she moved to LA to continue training and dancing with Erica Sobol. She has also enjoyed training under renowned dancers/choreographers such as: Alan Salazar, Mark Ballas, Shirley Ballas, Tillman O’Donnell, Jiri Pokorny, Erika Silgoner, Sonya Tayeh and Mandy Moore to name a few. Tanisha later moved back to Utah to dance with Odyssey Dance Theater. Tanisha has enjoyed her experiences touring both nationally and internationally, sharing her talents and connecting with wonderful people all over the world. She attended Mediterranean Dance Festival in Italy, where she was offered an opportunity to dance with Silgoner Dance in Rome (2015). Tanisha enjoys connecting with others through dance and is currently teaching in Southern California where she now lives.0