Traction: Summer Dance Intensive (2019)

Mon 6/17 - Fri 6/21 9:30am

One Week. Two Tracks.

June 17–21, 2019 | 9:30am–4:30pm

This week-long intensive is for pre-professional and professional dancers, teaching artists, and dance enthusiasts. Each day begins with dynamic classes in modern dance technique taught by Co-Artistic Director, Michele de la Reza, plus a rotating menu of offerings, including Gaga, Pilates, Ballet and Yoga taught by guest artists and company members. In the afternoon, you will choose one of two tracks designed specifically to support your career in dance, whether as a performer or a teaching artist.

Registration Information

  • Full Registration: $280 (9:30am–4:30pm)
    Full Registration includes morning classes and either the Performance Track or Educator & Teaching Artist Track.
  • Educator & Teaching Artist Track Only: $175  (1:00–4:30pm)
    This afternoon session is open to dancers as well as classroom, PE, or arts educators looking for new teaching strategies.
  • Morning Classes Only: $30 per day (9:30am–12:15pm)

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Morning Schedule

  • Monday, June 17
    • (10:30–12:15) Modern Dance Technique with Michele de la Reza
  • Tuesday, June 18 
    • (9:30–11:00) Ballet with Alan Obuzor of Texture Contemporary Ballet
    • (11:00–12:15) Modern Dance Technique with Michele de la Reza
  • Wednesday, June 19 
    • (9:30–10:30) Gaga with Maree ReMalia
    • (10:30–12:15) Modern Dance Technique with Michele de la Reza
  • Thursday, June 20
    • (9:30–10:30) Pilates with Sarah Zielinski
    • (10:30–12:15) Modern Dance Technique with Michele de la Reza
  • Friday, June 21
    • (9:30–10:30) Yoga with Mark Staley
    • (10:30–12:15) Modern Dance Technique with Michele de la Reza


Performance Track

The afternoon Performance Track offers workshops in contemporary partnering, improvisation, creative process, and repertory. Taught by Attack Theatre’s Co-Artistic Director, Peter Kope along with company dancers and guest artists, these workshops prioritize process, personal expression, anatomically sound principles, and creative play.



Educator & Teaching Artist Track

The afternoon Educator & Teaching Artist Track offers strategies for embedding movement and kinesthetic learning into the K-12 learning environment. Led by Michele de la Reza, these informative and experiential workshops focus on fostering student collaboration, critical analysis, communication and creativity to enhance teaching and learning.

Dancers as well as classroom, PE, or arts educators who are looking for new teaching strategies may also take this afternoon track only (1–4:30pm).





No audition required for pre-professional and professional dancers age 18 and up


Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring with me?

Please bring a water bottle with you each day. Also, with only 45 minutes for lunch, we recommend bringing a lunch each day. There are plenty of places to keep your lunch during classes. 

Where can I grab lunch if I forget?

There are a handful of places near us in the Strip District where you can grab a quick lunch. A couple of these places include: Edgar's Best Tacos, Penn Avenue Fish Company, Colangelo's, Cafe Raymond, Chicken Latina, and many more. If you'll need to purchase lunch during Traction, please let us know and we can offer additional recommendations and directions to help you out.

I'm traveling from out of town, where can I stay during Traction?

We are not providing lodging as a part of the registration, but here are some resources you can use to find a place to stay during your time in Pittsburgh.

  • South Side Traveler's Rest offers hostel style lodging which is fairly inexpensive.
  • There are a number of hotels in the area as well. Visit Pittsburgh offers a great resource for finding accommodations in the city.
  • You may also find some luck among the growing number of AirBnB's in the city.

Have more questions?

Please contact Lindsey Kaine ( for more information.