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SunDance Guest Instructor: Dante Puleio

Dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Dante Puleio, was recently appointed Artistic Director of the Limón Dance Company. He trained at the Laban Centre in London, the North School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds UK, and received his BFA from University of Arts in Philadelphia. After a diverse performing career with the Limón Dance Company, touring national and international musical theatre productions, television and film, he received his MFA from University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on contextualizing mid 20th century dance for the contemporary artist and audience. As Artistic Director of LDC, Dante is committed to implementing that research by celebrating José Limón's histo

SunDance Guest Instructor: Roderick George

Roderick George was born in Houston, Texas, where he studied dance at Ben Stevenson’s Houston Ballet Academy. He continued to develop his skill by exploring other techniques at The Alvin Ailey School, Miami City Ballet, LINES Professional Program and the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, TX. Before starting his professional career, he was a bronze winner of the Youth American Grand Prix in New York City in 2005 and was elected as a Presidential Scholar under the Young Arts Foundation in 2003, where he performed for the US President. Roderick's career has included performing with Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (NYC), Basel Ballet/ Theater Basel (Switzerland), the Gote

SunDance Guest Instructor: Samantha Figgins

Samantha Figgins hails from Washington, D.C., and spent her early dance years training at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Dance Theater of Harlem summer intensives. She continued her education at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance, where she performed works by George Balanchine, Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp. Some of Samantha's career highlights include performing at the 2014 DanceOpen Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, being featured both on the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and in Pointe magazine's “10 Careers to Watch” in 2013, working with Beyoncé, and being featured in the dance film Enemy Within. Currently based in New York City, Samantha has been a member of Alv

SunDance Guest Instructor: Ilara Lopes

Ilara Lopes is a professional dance educator and choreographer based in Brazil, who enjoyed an illustrious performing career in classical ballet. Starting out at the very young age of four, her impressive career spans decades and has taken her all over the world. As an Examiner of the Royal Academy of Dance since 1995, Ilara has examined in Germany, Canada, Spain, the United States, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore Hong Kong, Central America, South America and Brazil. She has taught courses in several cities in Brazil, two consecutive years at Festival de Dança de Joinville, Ballace in Salvador, Passo de Arte in Indaiatuba and also abroad (Canada, United States, Mexic

SunDance Guest Instructor: Antonio Borriello

CCDT is thrilled to welcome Antonio Borriello as a SunDance "Surprise Wednesday" Guest Instructor, joining us online to teach modern technique classes from Leeds (UK) on July 8. Antonio was born in Italy where he started dancing at the early age of 8. He trained in The Netherlands at Codarts Rotterdam Dance Academy, graduating with a Bachelor Honours Degree in Dance. He danced with Phoenix Dance Theatre (England), Scapino Ballet Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and Florence Dance Company (Italy). He is now working as a freelance dance artist and instructor and is the Youth Coordinator for the Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds and York, and York Dance Scholars Head of Faculty. In 2014 Antonio also beca

SunDance Guest Instructor: Rachael Hunt

CCDT is thrilled to have Rachael Hunt return to SunDance this summer, this time as a "Surprise Wednesday" Guest Instructor. Rachael had an esteemed career as a classical ballet dancer, performing with some of Europe's top companies, and has become an established and highly regarded dance educator in the years since. She was a featured Instructor on the faculty of SunDance 2019, teaching Ballet technique to Programs A & B, as well as Program A Pointe & Ballet Repertoire for two weeks. This year she will be joining us online from London (UK) to share her incredible ballet classes with the 2020 SunDancers on July 8. Read on to learn more about Rachael... Tell us a little bit about yourself, whe

Alumni Feature: David Norsworthy

David Norsworthy spent two seasons as a member of CCDT, and has since maintained a strong relationship with the Company over the past decade, from guest performing to choreographing and teaching. During his years as a CCDT member he performed roles in works by dancemakers such as Danny Grossman, Robert Glumbek, Sidra Bell, Carol Anderson, Deborah Lundmark, and Charles Moulton, and notably was an original cast dancer in Colin Connor's ARENA. David is currently a Toronto-based dance artist who is “an exceptionally lucid performer, impressive and articulate” (The Globe and Mail). His recent choreographic project “Possibilities of Dialogue”, was co-produced by North York Arts, and other professi

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