Creative Dance Center Teen Intensive July 29 – August 2, 2024

Experience freedom and growth this summer! A caring, non-judgmental, and inspiring faculty is ready to support your development as a dancer and creative artist.

Spend an extraordinary and enriching week with us at the Creative Dance Center during our Teen Intensive this summer. Students ages 13-19 have the opportunity to study with passionate, unique, and gifted dance educators. Each day features dance class followed by a facilitated talk back and discussion on issues pertinent to teens/artists/creators/dancers. After the talk back students will take a class in different styles or dive into the creative process.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity – register now!

At least 3 years dance experience is required. Email with questions about eligibility.

When: July 29 – August 2. Monday – Friday, 4:30pm to 8:15pm

Tuition: $405. Attendance is required for all 5 days.

Financial aid available. Click here to complete our online financial aid application. Please wait until you hear from CDC staff about your financial aid application before registering. Email questions to 

Teen Intensive 2024 Faculty and Schedule 

Amy J Lambert

Amy J Lambert is a Seattle-based dance artist who playfully choreographs and directs in the realms of theater and concert dance. She obtained her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts and is an active dance maker, producer, and dance educator. She is currently the director and choreographer for RicketySticks Dance-Theater (previously named AJnC Dance-Theater) and her work has received critical acclaim as she “creates works that masterfully blend the beautiful physicality of dance and the playful absurdity of theater…” (SeattleDances). Visit to find out more.

Mon July 29 2024 Schedule with Amy

Jazz Dance – 4:30-6:15pm
Have fun in this high-energy and upbeat class featuring a “studio jazz” style. Dancers will engage in classic jazz dance sequences, including isolations, progressions, rhythm practice, and a final combo. Stylistic intent, performativity, and dynamics of this art form will be highlighted. We will explore the historical context of jazz dance and the evolution of studio jazz dance. 

Talk Back – 6:20-6:40pm
A facilitated conversation about the importance of participating in your dance community in multiple ways and fostering an encouraging environment for yourself and your peers.  

Musical Theater – 6:45-8:15pm
This musical theater class will access jazz skills and intentions from the earlier class with the added component of storytelling, staging, and acting. Students will have the opportunity to explore choice-making to highlight storytelling and musicality as they create a routine, along with Amy, to a musical theater song.


Etienne Cakpo + Yaw Amponsah

Etienne Cakpo, originally from Benin, is the Artistic Director and lead choreographer/dancer of Gansango Music and Dance. Etienne has been building his repertoire of traditional and modern dance for over thirty years. As director of Gansango Music & Dance, Etienne leads the company’s work with dozens of public libraries, schools and independent arts agencies locally and nationally to make performance of dance and music from Africa available to a wide range of audiences, including young children.

Yaw Amponsah is a master percussionist from Ghana. Coming from a musical family from West Africa he is at home in the world of rhythm. A versatile player, Yaw can play many styles of music from Ghana including Highlife, Agbadja, Kpanlogo and more. His specialty is the music of the multi-part percussion ensembles of the Ashanti people. These sets of drums and corresponding rhythms can be made up of eight or more independent percussion parts. He is the leader of Anokye Agofomma and a member of Manghis Khan quartet.

Tues July 30 2024 Schedule with Etienne + Yaw

Afro-Contemporary Class – 4:30-6:15pm
Afro-contemporary dance is grounded in traditional movements found across the West African region. Modern West African dance movements are energetic, with large, bold and grounded rhythmic movements that build cardio vascular fitness and coordination. With live accompaniment, the music will get your feet tapping, heart pumping, and the fun movements encourage dynamic improvisation and joy of spirit.

Talk Back – 6:20-6:40pm
Etienne and Yaw will share their personal journey in dance and drumming, beginning from a young age and strongly influenced by their upbringing in Benin and Ghana, West Africa. Dance and drumming are an integral part of daily life, with dances practiced for social, historical, ceremonial or religious events. Etienne and Yaw invite an informal exchange to explore whatever aspects of their culture and life experience students are curious about.

Traditional Roots – 6:45-8:15pm
Etienne will demonstrate and teach a common traditional dance from his culture, challenging students to try something completely new, different, and 100% authentic. Traditional dances are generally accompanied by specific rhythms, are practiced in certain geographies or for particular events, such as weddings or funerals. Once the basic movements are learned, there is room for choreographic construction and personal stylistic enhancement. Yaw accompanies with lively traditional drum rhythms that guide the tempo and transitions of each piece.

Sarthak Sharma from Rangeela Dance Co

Born and raised in California, Sarthak Sharma officially started dancing 6 years ago and hasn’t stopped since. On his college dance team, UC Irvine Zamana, he served as Captain and learned and performed a variety of styles from BollyFusion, Bhangra, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Garba-Raas, to Semi Classical. He and his team competed all over the country, lighting up stages from CA to PA, even competing at Bollywood America 2019. After graduation, Sarthak moved to Seattle joining Rangeela Dance Company. Achievements include several top 3 awards at national collegiate dance competitions along with Rangeela productions. As a dancer, Sarthak strongly believes the most important part of any dance venture is enjoyment and having fun, and he cannot wait to share this experience with you!

Wed July 31 2024 Schedule with Sarthak

Bhangra with Sarthak – 4:30-6:15pm
Bhangra is a traditional Punjabi folk dance straight from the heart of India, with a range of movements that capture a spectrum of emotions, from delicate and graceful, to explosive and powerful. Starting by building strong foundations, this class will teach you to embody the pride of India and the Punjabi community as you string together variations of several core movements, creating and performing a beautiful symphony of energy, pride, and expression. 

Talk Back – 6:20-6:40pm
Sarthak will share how his relationship with dance shaped him and his outlook on life. With this starting point for an open discussion, he’ll invite his fellow dancers to reflect on and share their backgrounds and experience with dance. Sarthak will use this information to help you tap into the emotions you feel while listening to different types of music. Through interactive activities, you’ll learn how to reflect those emotions in your performance. Sarthak truly believes that a good dancer doesn’t just do the steps to a song, but rather is someone who lives, breathes, and embodies the song in their own way. 

Bollywood with Sarthak – 6:45-8:15pm
Bollywood – one of the most popular film and entertainment industries in the world, it is characterized by iconic songs and signature dance steps. This Indian dance form is an opportunity to bring out your best and most confident persona. Students will learn one of Sarthak’s own choreographies to an energetic and exciting Bollywood song. More importantly, students will be challenged to use what they learned in the Talk Back to really perform the choreography, not just do the movements. This class will require students to bring forth all of their personality and charisma to not only channel, but unleash, their inner Bollywood star. 

Victor Ramirez + Laura Mesick from Tlalokan

Victor Ramirez and Laura Mesick founded Tlalokan in 2022. Tlalokan is a cultural group dedicated to sharing Anahuac culture through dance and music with traditional instruments. Over the past two years, Tlalokan has visited numerous schools, libraries, and cultural celebrations in Washington with dance performances and artifact replica displays. In April 2022, Tlalokan consisted of just a handful of members, and now in 2024, has as many as 30 members, the youngest being toddlers. As time goes on, Victor and Laura work with the other members of the group and community to continue to create opportunities for cultural connection. Their goal is to inspire deeper connections to our ancestral pasts, and our spirits in the present.

Thurs August 1 2024 Schedule with Victor + Laura

Danza from the Cem Anahuac – 4:30-6:15pm
This style of dance comes from central Mexico, commonly known as “Danza Azteca, or Danza Azteca-Chichimeca.” While the dances have evolved greatly over the decades, the foundations they are built upon have been around for hundreds if not thousands of years. The dances, accompanied by live drumming on traditional instruments, each having a respective rhythm, tell stories about our experiences in life and our relationship with the Earth and the elements through movement and even the number of steps. This first class segment will teach the fundamentals of Danza, which include cultural significance and symbolism, and the first dance that represents the four basic elements of life: fire, water, air, and earth.

Talk Back 6:20-6:40pm
Victor will share a glimpse into the cosmovision and territories of Anahuac; the values, beliefs, practices that unite the people of Anahuac in their ways of life. Victor’s personal childhood experiences and a brief overview of Anahuac history will paint a more complete and rich picture of the Pre-Columbian Americas. Victor and Laura will also share their personal experiences with Danza and how movement, music, and culture has transformed their lives and communities.

Danza of the Waters – 6:45-8:15pm
In this second segment, Victor will demonstrate step-by-step a dance dedicated to the element of Water, fitting for Pacific Northwest, accompanied by the live drums called Huehuetls played by Laura. Instruction will start out at a lower speed, and once participants feel more comfortable, the rhythm will pick up, allowing the dance to flow more naturally and the dancers to be totally present in the moment with the rhythms.

Robbi A. Moore

Robbi A. Moore (they/them), from Hamden, CT, began dancing at New England Ballet and continued at Dee Dee’s Dance Center and New Haven Ballet. They are an alumnus of Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, the Ailey Summer Intensive, Cunningham Trust Workshop, Jacob’s Pillow’s Commercial Dance Program, and the Complexions Intensive. Robbi graduated magna cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and has danced with Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre, The Steps Repertory Ensemble, AATMA Performing Arts, Whidbey Island Dance Theatre, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Karin Stevens Dance, the Guild Dance Company, Kinesis Project Dance Theater, The Gray, PRICEarts, Coriolis Dance, Khambatta Dance Company, and Spectrum Dance Theater. Robbi recently worked for The Village Theatre as Associate Choreographer for “Little Shop of Horrors.”


Fri August 2 2024 Schedule with Robbi

Horton Basics – 4:30-6:15pm
Students will learn foundational exercises of the Lester Horton dance technique, a modern dance technique first developed during the 1920s-40s that is still practiced today by many schools and companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Talk Back – 6:20-6:40pm
Robbi will give a brief synopsis of their dance career to help broaden the students’ awareness of the dance community around them. There will be time for questions from the dancers. 

Contemporary Repertory – 6:45-8:15pm
Students will learn phrases from Robbi’s own choreography and also create their own creative phrases using the material they learned.