ZiRu Dance Intensive
August 14-18, 2023
Redwood City, CA
ZiRu Dance offers a new opportunity for international dance students to join our summer dance intensive.
The ZiRu Dance Intensive is an opportunity for students to learn from the ZiRu Dance professionals and veteran competition judges who have performed with the most prestigious Bay Area dance companies. This intensive is perfect for students who want additional technique training and want to learn about the pathways to professional and collegiate dance.
Karah is ZiRu Dance’s Associate Artistic Director, helping to slowly shape the company, repertory and programming. Karah serves as the LINES Ballet | Training Program Director and Summer Program Director. She takes pride in creating an environment of discovery, creativity, and transformation for students, educators and guest artists from around the globe. A priority is placed on diversity, versatility, and individuality as both genuine dance artists and human beings.
For over twenty years, she enjoyed dancing and touring with various companies including Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and worked with many choreographers ranging from modern pioneer Katherine Dunham to today’s Camille A. Brown. Karah has also taught extensively over the years - youth to professionals. She has been abroad in Canada, China, Spain and mostly in Brazil as a guest teacher, performer and adjudicator at the International Seminar of Brasilia for 15 years and is still bringing Brazilians back to the US to train. She was a full-time visiting professor for the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. For many years, Karah also taught throughout the LINES Ballet Education Programs.
Michele “Miche” Wong:
Miche is a dance artist with a demonstrated history of working with international and national touring companies as a dancer and choreographer. She has performed with ODC/Dance for the past 3 years. Prior to ODC/Dance she performed with: Garrett Moulton Productions (San Francisco Bay Area), Capacitor (San Francisco Bay Area), Santa Barbara Dance Theater (Santa Barbara, CA), Guangdong Modern Dance Company (performing in China, as well as touring to Germany, Slovakia, Australia, and Israel), and was a Founding member of ZiRu Dance (Bay Area). Miche is a seasoned professional with a BFA focused in Dance and a Minor in Exercise and Health Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
As a dance instructor, she is a versatile teacher of movement (Modern, Ballet, Cross-training) that includes floor work and improvisation with emphasis on musicality, physicality, and upholding the body's movement integrity. Her classes focus on a comprehensive warm-up grounded in the core or “dan tian.” The movement is technical, athletic, and musical in order to induce new feelings and pathways in the body without compromising a body’s structural integrity and groove. She has worked with a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and levels, from youth in East Oakland to professional dancers internationally.
Alejandro “Aleks” Perez:
Aleks is a first-generation Mexican American from Los Angeles California. His introduction to dance came at the age of 14 when he joined a street dance crew where they choreographed works to compete in the U.S. as well as other countries. His passion for dance only grew when he enrolled in a dance arts high school and began training in classical techniques. Before graduating from high school, he received a summer scholarship for the UCLA dance and theater intensive where he met and started dancing with Versastyle Dance Company. His hunger to expand in versatility grew during college. He attended the Alonzo King Lines Training program where he received a full scholarship to attend in 2016. He was then recognized as a full scholarship recipient of the Jacob's Pillow Summer program. Since then, he has been expanding his opportunities to perform and choreograph. He has been presenting work all over Los Angeles for the past two years.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10-11 Contemporary Ballet Basics Contemporary Ballet Basics Contemporary
11-11:15 Break Break Break Break Break
11:15-12:15 Hip Hop Movement Exploration Floor Work Modern Hip Hop
12:15-1 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1-2 Rep/Choreo Rep/Choreo Rep/Choreo Rep/Choreo Rep/Choreo