DATES: August 3 - 4       LOCATION: Gibney Studio Downtown
Non-Refundable Application Fee: $20
Tuition Fee to Be Paid 2 Weeks Upon Acceptance: $249
(spot will no longer be held after 2 weeks)
A full payment of $249 is require to attend the 2 Day Program. This does not include the $20 NON-REFUNDABLE Application Fee. Upon acceptance to the program, you will receive a tuition form to pay the balance of $249


Ages 11-13

9am - 11am Ballet / Pointe 

11:30am - 1:30pm Pas de Deux

1:30pm - 3:30pm Contemporary Ballet

4pm - 6pm Anatomy / Injury Prevention

Ages 14+

9am - 11am Ballet / Pointe 

11:30am - 1:30pm Contemporary Ballet

1:30pm - 3:30pm Pas De Deux

4pm - 6pm Anatomy / Injury Prevention


Ages 11-13

9:30am - 10am Barre 

10:00am - 2pm Pas de Deux

3:00pm - 5:00pm Ballet Audition Workshop

Ages 14+

9:30am - 10am Barre 

10:00am - 2pm Pas de Deux

3:00pm - 5:00pm Ballet Audition Workshop

“Thank you for much for the wonderful partnering opportunities for all the young dancers.  My daughters Ena and Mio truly enjoyed every moment… Ms. Kat and Mr. Frank were absolutely amazing!”


Emiko N

“My daughter Sophie had a wonderful time last year.  The opportunity to partner with young men and take class from master teachers Kat & Frank was a positive experience.”


Susan W


Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux:

-Black leotard
-Pink tights
-Pointe Shoes
-Ballet Flats

Specialty Classes/Workshops:
There may be a specialty class added along with the body awareness workshops.  This may or may not include contemporary or modern.  Depending on the type of class and instructor you may be required to wear more loose fitted clothing, so feel free to also bring the following:
-warm up gear/sweater



Kat Wildish

Master Teacher: Ballet, Pas de Deux

Kat is one of those rare ballerinas who has appeared with both New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She performed with NYCB in 1981, dancing works by legendary choreographer/founder George Balanchine, who hand-picked her to perform in one of his last works, Adagio Lamentoso. In ABT (1986), then under artistic director Mikhail Baryshnikov, she performed in more traditional ballets like The Sleeping Beauty (in his version for ABT, Sir Kenneth MacMillan created the role of the “knitting lady” for Kat; Julie Kent was one of her assistants!). Kat has also been a guest artist with such companies as Zurich Ballet, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, The Eglevsky Ballet (then directed by Edward Villella), Bernhard Ballet, Connecticut Ballet, Fokine Ballet, the American Dance Machine, Dances Patrelle, and Louisville Ballet. More recently, Kat participated in American Ballet Theatre’s project of establishing uniform country-wide standards of instruction, and she is now an ABT® Certified Teacher of Primary through Level 7 (the highest) of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has also trained and mentored other teachers, notably for the Dance Educators of America and as a member of the U.S. Faculty of Education of the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Dance To study with Kat is to be the beneficiary of superlative technical training, a lifetime of accumulated ballet lore, and a generous, elegant spirit. She prepares her students not only to dance beautifully, but to live with grace.

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Laurie Kanyok

Master Teacher: Audition Workshop

Laurie Kanyok is the founder and director of Kanyok Arts Initiative and was a Twyla Tharp dancer for 10 years.  She was in the original Broadway cast of Movin Out as well as heading the 1st national tour.   She also worked on Come Fly Away with Ms. Tharp, taking the show from Broadway to Las Vegas and then the 1st National Tour.  Additional performing credits include Broadway’s Fosse and Saturday Night Fever along with a plethora of TV and film credits.  Laurie’s choreography can be seen in Cirque Du Soleil’s La Nouba, which is the resident show at Downtown Disney in Orlando, FL, and most recently in Christopher Gattelli’s In Your Arms, which is Broadway bound.  She has done choreography for numerous TV, film projects and specialty solo performances from Miss NY to Brian Boitano.

Laurie has extensive experience in casting and hosts audition workshops nationally. 

See details on the Kanyok Arts Initiative HERE. 


Frank Dellapolla

Master Teacher: Pas de Deux

Frank's resume features an extensive list of principal and soloist roles as a guest artist with companies across the US and internationally, including Chicago City Ballet, Universal Ballet (Korea), The Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco and Santa Fe Ballet Companies, Cynthia Gregory and Friends (NYC and South American tour), The Kozlov’s “International Stars of the US Ballet” (performing Balanchine and De Mille at the Kremlin), The NJ Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet and many other ballet companies across the US, Japan, South America and Europe.

Currently teaching and coaching ballet on an as needed basis in NYC and NJ including Peridance, Alvin Ailey Extension, Gina Gibney and privately.   I’m teaching now at Peridance and Gina Gibney.  In the past I’ve been a guest teacher and/or taught master classes for the Eglevsky Ballet (men’s class, pas de deux), Burklyn Ballet Theater in Vermont, Okamoto Ballet in Fukuoka, Japan and various schools in New Jersey, California, Santa Fe and elsewhere.

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Daniel Catanach

Master Teacher: Ballet / Variations

Daniel Catanach was born into a large Hispanic family and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He served as the Artistic Director for the Urban Ballet Theater for 10 years creating over thirty original ballets including the critically acclaimed “Nutcracker in the Lower”, which celebrated a ten year run in New York’s Lower East Side.  Early on in his career he was appointed to be the Rehearsal Director for the Kansas City Ballet where his duties included assisting Alvin Ailey on “The River.” Mr. Catanach was also the Ballet Master for the Armitage Ballet for three years. 

He has been a guest choreographer and teacher at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, STEPS on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, the Dance Teacher Summit, New York City Dance Alliance, and Manhattan Youth Ballet. Nationally, Mr. Catanach has been invited to create work and conduct master classes for the Kansas City Ballet, Ballet Lubbock, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Repertoire Ballet, Delaware Dance Company, Armitage Gone Dance, National Dance Institute, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute and NORD/NOBA Center for Dance in New Orleans. He also taught on the faculties of Paris Centre in Paris, France, Wilson Teatro da Danza in Rome, Italy and the Balettakademien in Stockholm, Sweden as well as in Canada, Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica. 

Catanach's choreography for film include “Valentine, "Gravity" and "Rites of Spring" as well as contributing and appearing in a Carpenter’s video when videos were still very new. He went on to work on many videos as a choreographer an New York City Dance Alliance, and later as a director for such artists as: The Divinyls, Sheila E., Joe Jackson and on a special benefit event with Madonna and Sandra Bernhard which also included the B52’s at the Brooklyn Academy of Music “Don’t Bungle the Jungle.” Internationally, Mr. Catanach created choreography for CBS Records France National tour of the film "Dancing Machine” which starred Patrick Dupond. His writing credits include off Broadway Musicals and Film scripts: Billy the Kid, IS, Robyn and Roadie’s Super Holiday World, A Country of Children and Did I Do It? 

He was first introduced to dance when he moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico to pursue a pre-law degree at New Mexico State University. He went on an exchange program to California State University Chico where he studied with Harold Lang and was awarded scholarships to the Lichine Ballet Academy in Beverly Hills, California, School of American Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York City. 

He was a principal dancer and soloist for most notable the Kansas City Ballet where he was critically praised for his portrayal of “The Prodigal” in George Balanchine’s “ The Prodigal Son” and referred to as “The company’s best dancer” by Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times for his interpretation of “The Gigolo” in Todd Bolender’s “Souvenirs.” He was also a principal dancer with the Armitage Ballet, the Garden State Ballet, Connecticut Ballet Theatre, Santa Fe Dance Ensemble, Santa Fe Repertory Theatre, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, among others. 

Mr. Catanach currently serves on the faculties of Steps on Broadway and Sheer Elite where he is the Master Teacher of 2 Summer Intensives in New York and Las Vegas. Mr. Catanach continues to create work and teach for dance organizations throughout the North and Central Americas.