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SW Committee CCA Fall ’17 Seminar Welcomes Alex Brooks

Alex BrooksAlex Brooks grew up dancing in the Dallas community and has been heavily influenced by those around her. As a student at Dance Industry, she was given a chance to teach and choreograph solos for her younger peers and that is where she found her love for teaching. She’s trained at prestigious summer intensives including Hubbard Street Dance Summer Intensive, San Francisco Conservatory, and The Soul Escape Company Intensive. She attended Marymount Manhattan and decided that her path would be different than others and was ready to dive into the world of teaching and choreographing. She continues to train and most recently performed as a company member in the 2017 SoulEscape Performance. Alex is so content to be sharing her love of dance with any and everyone.

SW Committee Fall ’17 Seminar Welcomes Sara Padilla

Sara PadillaThe SW Committe of CCA welcomes Sara Padilla to our Fall Seminar at Doubletake Dance Studio. Sara is a very well-rounded dancer, having trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, partnering, contemporary, modern, African, and hip hop. She received artistic and academic scholarship to pursue dance at Southern Methodist University where she performed the works of Adam Hougland, Joshua Peugh, and Millicent Johnnie and developed and showcased her own unique style of choreography. Sarah graduated summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a minor in Religious Studies in 2014. She has trained with The Dallas Repertoire Ballet, Joffrey, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, and the Martha Graham School and has performed for numerous events such as the Dallas Cowboys halftime show, The Nutcracker, Tarantella, BeautiControl, Dance Africa, Kenny Loggins, and Rob Reiner’s “LBJ.” She has choreographed a production of “The Lion King Jr,” several competition pieces, and premiered an original work at the 92nd Street Y in NYC as part of a mentorship with esteemed choreographer Doug Varone.

August 9 Day of Dance

The SW Committee CCA will be offering classes on Saturday, August 9th at The Dance Movement with Dayna Meixell, June Smith, and Kaarlo Lawler.  Classes start at 3:00 with Dayna Meixell to 4:45. Dayna will conduct a technique class of her favorite Cecchetti studies. June Smith and Kaarlo Lawler will teach from 5-7. Their class is a request and review class with both Kaarlo and June teaching. Please send your requests and reviews to by August 5th, so that June and Kaarlo have time to prepare.

The Dance Movement is located at 10301 Custer Rd, Plano, TX 75025

These classes are being offered to SW Cecchetti Council members. The cost of both classes is being covered by the committee. We hope you can join us!


Dance Planet 18 Video is Here!

DancePlanet 18

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SW Committee CCA Dance Planet18 Performance Scheduled!

SW Committee CCA Dance Planet18 Performance Scheduled!

The SW Committee CCA Dance Planet18 performance has been scheduled for an April 12 performance at 1:24 pm. The title of the work  is”Tchaikovsky Waltz.” It’s not too late to join the dance! Stay tuned for rehearsal info. Don’t forget to fill out the form to participate. Questions? Send me a note, or speak with Ms. Meixell.

SW Committee Perform Dance Planet 18!

SW Committee Perform Dance Planet 18!

As part of the Dance Council of North Texas, the SW Committee CCA will participate in Dance Planet 18! on April 12-13, Dallas, TX. Advanced students (or those Intermediate Two students given permission to take the Variation class) who attend the Southwest Committee’s March Seminar will have the opportunity to perform at the annual Dance Council of North Texas Event—-Dance for the Planet.   They will learn the dance choreographed by Ms. Dayna Meixells, present it at the end of seminar showcase, attend a mandatory rehearsal at the Dance Movement and then perform at Booker T. Washington.  Dancers may enjoy the dance event on their own as desired. Please download this form for more information and permission to participate.

SW Committee CCA Joins Dance Council of North Texas

SW Committee CCA Joins Dance Council of North Texas

The SW Committee CCA joined the Dance Council of North Texas this year. The Dance Council has been in motion for forty years in the North Texas area promoting and encouraging all aspects of dance.  “DCNT provides artistic, educational and cultural opportunities to people of all ages, ethnicities and abilities through dance festivals, master classes, scholarships, professional recognition, adaptive dance programs, collaborations and partnerships. DCNT is an organization of professional and non-professional dance companies, independent artists, teachers, performers, movement specialists, students, dance enthusiasts and businesses.” We look forward to being a part of the Dance Council of North Texas.

Our liaison Karla Harris is coming to UNT !

Our liaison Karla Harris is coming to UNT !

Karla Harris is the former Owner/Director of Northbrook Dance Centre and Artistic Director of Ballet Theatre North, a regional ballet performing company. She danced in NYC with the Radio City Rockettes after graduating with a BA in foreign language from Millikin University. She holds her Advanced Teacher’s Certification with the CCA and is a Permanent Examiner and Liaison Officer.
Ms. Harris teaches ballet, pointe and the Cecchetti syllabus work throughout the Chicagoland area, as well as guest teaches at the CCA International Summer School at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

Giovanni Allen Will Bring Sparkle to CCA Spring Workshop

Giovanni Allen Will Bring Sparkle to  CCA Spring Workshop
We want to welcome Mr Giovanni to our Spring workshop Giovanni Allen is originally from New York City where he received his early training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and American Ballet Theater. He did his undergraduate work at California Institute for the Arts in LA. In 2008, he was invited to choreograph at the Barcelona International Course of Dance in Spain as well as the Greece Dance Festival. He has worked with artists such as; Rodolfo Castellanos, Jean Emile, Juan Borona and Roger Jeffrey. After Spain, he was chosen to represent Cal Arts at the American College Dance festival in 2009. That same year he was cast in the NYC Broadway holiday show ‘’Radio City Christmas spectacular”. In the summer of 2010, he made Texas home where he has been teaching modern, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, and ballet and choreographing for numerous studios in the metroplex. Giovanni has made a name for himself in the Dallas area. He brings that certain “Spark” to every class and piece of work. He draws from a large range of influences, musical, literary, social and even nature. His goal is to simply spread his vision and teachings all over the world.


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