AUGUST 17 + 18, 2024


Our Pre/Professional Dance Intensive offers a full weekend of classes designed for professional dancers and pre-professional dancers alike. Dance teachers are also welcome! Each day will consist of technique classes, Q&A sessions, audition prep, and more. The day will run 9-5 Saturday and Sunday. This intensive is aimed at Intermediate to Advanced dancers ages 13+.  Full schedule details coming soon. 


*Early bird rate- 10% off all prices!
Register & pay by 7.24.24


Age 13+


Per Person

Saturday + Sunday


5+ dancers Age 13+ with teacher



Saturday + Sunday
Teacher can take classes free



8:30am | Check in
9:00-10:15am |Progressing Ballet Technique with Chelsea Hilding
10:15-12:15pm | Intro to Countertechnique pt 1 with Joy Davis
12:15-1:00pm | Lunch
1:00-2:00pm | House Dance with Eli Motley
2:00-3:00pm | The Dance Photography Experience with Andrew Bowen
3:00-4:30pm | The Choreographic Toolkit with Caitlyn Schrader

5:00-9:00pm Mini Photo sessions with Andrew Bowen Photography *only available to Pre/Pro attendees


8:30am | Check in
9:00-10:00am | Pilates-based Conditioning with Annie Young
10:00-12:30pm | Intro to Countertechnique pt 2 with Joy Davis
12:30-1:15pm | Lunch
1:15-2:15pm | Get to know NC Dance Festival & artist Q&A
2:15-3:45pm | Musical Theater with Courtney Liu
3:45-4:45 | Personal Branding/Career Planning with Hannah Long and Sam Fink
4:45-5:00pm | Closing Thoughts



Teacher with 5+ Students


Teacher Price

Saturday + Sunday


Teacher with 1-4 Students


Teacher Price

Saturday + Sunday

Featured Instructors


Guest Instructor

Jake Tribus (he/him) is a 2020 graduate of USC’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance under the direction of Jodie Gates. He currently dances for Gibney Company, and joined in 2020. Tribus’ past training includes intensives with Netherlands Dance Theater, Batsheva Gaga Technique, The Juilliard School, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Additionally he has performed repertoire from choreographers William Forsythe, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Jîrí Kylián, Twyla Tharp, Johan Inger, Sharon Eyal, Paul Taylor, Victor Quijada, Aszure Barton, Sonya Tayeh, and Dwight Rhoden. Jake has performed on stages including The Joyce Theatre (with Gibney Company and the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance), The Shed (with A Quiet Evening of Dance by William Forsythe), the Kampnagel International Summer Festival (premiering Where There’s Form by Aszure Barton), and in 2022 the Fire Island Dance Festival (choreography by Akira Uchida and Micaela Taylor). He has also performed in music videos and on stage for artists including Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Lorde, Backstreet Boys, and Janet Jackson, among others. He most recently was a featured dancer in a fragrance campaign for fashion brand Carolina Herrera under the direction of Stephen Galloway. Jake is the recipient of a 2022 Princess Grace Award in Dance. Jake was a lead actor and dancer in “Daytripper,” a film directed and choreographed by James Whiteside in partnership with All Arts (a program of PBS). He is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, where he began his training at CC & Company Dance Complex. He also trained at Next Generation Ballet in Tampa, Florida, under the direction of Peter Stark.

2022 NCDF artist, Nicole Vaughan

Nicole Vaughan-Diaz

Guest Instructor

Nicole Vaughan-Diaz is a choreographer , filmmaker, and performer, newly-based in Asheville, North Carolina. Originally from Miami, FL, Vaughan-Diaz earned a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of South FL (2013), where she was granted the BRAVO and Hope Rietschlin scholarship awards for exceptional artistry. As a performer, Vaughan-Diaz has been an integral member of the critically acclaimed Kate Weare Company, from 2013 to current, and was nominated for the prestigious Princess Grace Award for Performance, during that time. Additionally, Vaughan-Diaz has had the pleasure of performing works by Doug Varone, Rosie Herrera, Sasha Waltz, Michael Foley, Kate Hilliard, Luke Murphy, and ODC/Dance.
In 2019, Vaughan-Diaz founded NVD Project, and has since presented work at venues including: Judson Memorial Church (NYC), The Public Theater (NYC), Arts on Site (NYC), and more. Vaughan-Diaz’s choreographic work has been hand-selected and presented by The Future Dance Festival (NYC), the North Carolina Dance Festival (Greensboro, NC), and was awarded the Challenge Winner Award (2019) at the 24th Annual DanceNOW Festival of New York City. Recently, NVD Project was commissioned by the American Dance Festival, as part of the ‘Made in North Carolina’ series, presented summer of 2023.

Eli Motley photo

Eli Motley

Dance Project Instructor

Elijah (Eli)  Motley  (Greensboro, NC) is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and MFA Graduate of Dance and Choreography. Eli holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Theatre and a Bachelor of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, and an MFA in Dance from UNC-Greensboro.  In 2015, Elijah joined a Hip Hop company called Baila Fusion where he began learning Breaking, Popping, House, and Krump. His studies took him to Israel for a summer semester to Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and New York City to study Gaga movement. After graduation he performed three seasons as a company dancer for Chicago Dance Crash and became a freelance performer/ choreographer in the Chicago area. Eli also taught Breaking, Popping, House, Modern and yoga at various studios in the city and conventions around the country. He has been commissioned to set choreography by various companies, taught at studios and public schools in Chicago, and co-founded a dance collective called Concepts Dances. In addition to performing, he teaches dance in university, private studio, grade school, and festival settings.


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