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49th Annual Summer Dance Workshop

July 19-30, 2021

4 daily classes from 10am – 5:30pm in a variety of genres, including modern, jazz, hip hop. ballet, and flamenco.
Classes are offered IN PERSON and ONLINE – we’re trying out this hybrid thing!


10-11:30am: Horton Modern Technique (Advanced Level) with Khamla Somphanh
11:45-1:15pm: Hip Hop with Dr. grace shinhae jun
2:15-3:45pm: Modern Technique with Terry Wilson
4-5:30pm: Ballet with Jeremy Zapanta

10-11:30am: Horton Modern Technique (Advanced Level) with Khamla Somphanh
11:45-1:15pm: Flamenco with Carlos Villatoro
2:15-3:45pm: Big Moves Modern Technique with Blythe Barton
4-5:30pm: Jazz with Rebekah Brown


is currently Assistant Professor at San Diego Mesa College and has danced professionally with both San Diego Dance Theater (2010-2017) and Malashock Dance (2009-2017). Her company, Blythe Barton Dance, was founded in 2010 and continues to present relevant work that explores the range between technical modern dance and intimate gestured moments, with continually shifting dynamics and intricate manipulations of bodies and space.

REBEKAH BROWN, San Diego Dance Theater Teaching Artist and Operations Manager, received her BFA in Dance from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College. She has taught and choreographed for over 15 years, drawing inspiration from her training in ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz. In addition to her ties to San Diego Dance Theater, Rebekah is the founder/director of H2O Dance Company, co-curates both ‘Fresh Dances’ and ‘ArtMOVES’ (the dance stage at ArtWalk San Diego).

DR GRACE SHINHAE JUN is a mover and thinker who focuses on community, compassion, and empowerment to embody rhythm and expression. She directs bkSOUL, an award-winning performance company that merges together movement, poetry, and live music to center on issues of social justice, and teaches at UCSD, SD City College, and with trancenDANCE. Grace received her PhD in Drama and Theatre from UCSD/UCI and MFA Dance from Sarah Lawrence.

KHAMLA SOMPHANH has worked in concert dance for over 25 years. Prior to moving to San Diego, she performed in the Bay Area with ODC/San Francisco Dance Company and taught at Mills College, Berkeley Ballet and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. She has numerous performance credits, including with the first national touring company of “The King and I.” She trained at Duke Ellington High School of Performing Arts in Washington, DC and received her Horton Pedagogy Certification from the Alvin Ailey School. Currently, Somphanh is Artist-In-Residence at Canyon Crest Academy and Artistic Lead for the San Dieguito Dance Ensemble.

CARLOS VILLATORO brings a background rich in dance instruction and performance to San Diego’s flamenco scene. A graduate in Danza Folklorica Mexicana from the INBA in Mexico City, his formal instruction in flamenco began in 1998 after his first trip to Spain. In 2006, Villatoro was chosen to star as a flamenco dancer in “Carmen” with The San Diego Opera. In 2007 he joined Academia Franco as a flamenco dance instructor. Since then, Villatoro has appeared as flamenco dancer with the San Diego Opera and the Los Angeles Opera. In 2010 he founded the Flamenco Sur Dance Company, where he continues his flamenco instruction in San Diego today.

TERRY WILSON has been performing, teaching and choreographing in San Diego for 32 years. She is the current Artistic Director of San Diego Dance Theater, taking over the role from Jean Isaacs who retired in January 2021. Her performing years included many dances created by Jean Isaacs and Nancy McCaleb, as well as many other local, national and international artists. In 2000, Terry received the San Diego Area Dance Alliance Tommy Award for best female performer in San Diego. She has choreographed for six seasons of SDDT’s Trolley Dances. In 2015 and 2019, as part of the City College Dance Collective, Terry’s work was seen at the San Diego International Fringe Festival, where the Collective won best site-specific performance and best dance performance, respectively. Highly valuing education, Terry earned a BS in Psychology from SDSU and an MFA in Dance on full scholarship from the University of Michigan. Terry is a professor at San Diego City College and lecturer at UCSD. She is deeply invested in the dance community in San Diego and hopes to create more opportunities for everyone to perform and enjoy movement!

JEREMY ZAPANTA began training at Burbank School of the Ballet under Elizabeth Sutton. He graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of California, Irvine as a William J. Gillespie and Glorya Kaufman Scholar where he studied under David Allan, Donald Mckayle, and Jodie Gates. Zapanta has danced as a Soloist with California Ballet, as well as San Diego Dance Theater and Malashock Dance. Zapanta has danced with the Traverse City Dance Project in Traverse City Michigan for five summers and recently toured with the group to New York City. Currently, Zapanta is performing with The Rosin Box Project.