Intensives AT TNB
The Neighborhood Ballet is excited to offer three weeks of summer intensives during the 2019 summer season. These intensives are for dancers 8 to 18, and feature exciting guest teachers. TNB intensives are different from camps as they are centered on taking multiple dance classes per day and are for dedicated young dancers. In addition to daily ballet technique classes, our curriculum provides a broader dance experience through the exploration of a variety of dance styles such as contemporary and hop hip. Students will also be taking classes on dance history, nutrition, yoga, and stretch and strengthening.
Named “25 To Watch” by DANCE Magazine, Robert Dekkers is artistic director of Post:Ballet and the artistic director of Berkley Ballet Theatre. Collaborating with eclectic artists to create choreography that is “anything but risk averse” (SF Chronicle), Robert’s work has been presented at SF International Arts Festival, Tanzsommer Festival (Vienna), Ballet Builders Showcase (NYC), Against the Grain (Seattle), and WestWave Dance Festival (SF). Recent commissions include Kansas City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, sjDANCEco, Smuin Ballet, and Quixotic/Fusion. Robert teaches for LINES Ballet, Smuin Ballet, and ODC/Dance. He danced professionally with Ballet Arizona, ODC/Dance, Company C Contemporary Ballet, and Diablo Ballet, where he was nominated for an Isadora Duncan award for “Outstanding Performance- Individual” in 2013. He has performed in works by notable choreographers including José Límon, Val Caniparoli, KT Nelson, Lar Lubovitch, George Balanchine, Jodie Gates, Trey McIntyre, Twyla Tharp, and Paul Taylor. Robert also holds a degree in business from Rio Salado College.
Jackie Nash, a native of Connecticut, started her pre-professional ballet training at the Connecticut Dance School under the direction of Alan Woodard. She then spent two years in the dance and academic residency program at The Rock School, graduating in 2009. During her summer studies, she attended the Chautauqua Institute, Nutmeg Conservatory, Miami City Ballet and the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. She has enjoyed dancing principal roles in Yuri Possokhov’s Classical Symphony and Firebird, and the lead female in George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante. She has performed featured roles in works by Christopher Wheeldon, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Douglas Lee and Alexei Ratmansky. She has had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as James Kudelka for The Man in Black, Jorma Elo for 1st Flash and Ohad Naharin for Secus. Jackie was named one of Pointe Magazine’s “12 Standout Performances of 2017” for her work as a guest artist with Amy Siewart’s Imagery.
Maria Hooper received her classical ballet training at The Maryland Youth Ballet in Bethesda, MD with Tensia Fonseca and Michelle Lees and at The Washington School of Ballet with Victoria Leigh. Maria enjoyed a short professional career with Houston Ballet and Hartford Ballet before pursuing her first passion, academics, in college at UT Austin. With her beloved literature degree in hand, she naturally went on to teach ballet. She absolutely loves it, finding the experience of instructing and supporting students along their dance journeys to be a true source of joy and fulfillment. Maria has taught advanced dancers at Atlanta Ballet, Gwinnett Ballet Theater, and now at The Neighborhood Ballet where she will be joining the faculty in 2019.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest of the United States, Nathan Griswold began his dance training in Tacoma, Washington. After this he finished his formal dance training with special recognition at the Ben Stevenson Academy in Houston, Texas. He danced professionally with the Houston Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Ballett Augsburg and National Theatre Mannheim. His performance repertoire includes works by Itzik Galili, Leo Mujic, Emily Molnar, Christian Spuck, Kevin O’Day, Regina Van Berkel and Alejandro Cerrudo, among many others. Nathan works as a freelance dancer/choreographer, guests regularly with the Atlanta Ballet, and maintains a working relationship with the Alliance Theatre for the Very Young as well as other Atlanta arts organizations. As a dance educator, Nathan is a faculty member at the Atlanta Ballet, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and offers master classes in both ballet and contemporary movement at a professional level. In 2104 he co founded a 501c3 non-profit physical theater and installation company, “Fly on a Wall”, which acts as an idea house that creates and supports innovative performance. Nathan acts in local independent films and has appeared on the TBS series, “The Detour”.
Kalyn Hardman has always loved dance. Her passion and purpose led her to Oconee Youth School of Performance where she studied dance and musical theater. At a young age, she discovered that her creativity could not only transcend from mind to body but also from pen to paper. These two passions led her to pursue a formal education at the University of Georgia. As an English major and dance minor, she honed her craft as a flash fiction writer, aerialist, and modern dancer, but her appetite for movement was not yet sated. In 2014, she made the pivotal decision to move to Atlanta where she could immerse herself in the commercial dance industry. Once in Atlanta, she accepted an invitation to the Gotta Dance Atlanta scholarship program and worked with Cherrise Wakeham’s renowned contemporary company Project 7, all while completing her creative writing degree at Georgia State University. Through Georgia State, she completed and undergraduate honors thesis, interned at the Decatur Writer’s Studio, and aided in the publication of literary magazine Five Points. In 2016, she graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and concentration in creative writing. She also continued to seek out a career as a professional dancer, having performed at prestigious events including Usher’s New Look: United to Ignite and Ceelo Green’s Salute to America and she has worked on films such as Honey 4: Rise Up, Step Sisters, and YouTube Red’s newest series Step Up: High Water. Her love for a diverse list of dance styles has allowed her to work with choreographers such as Aakomon Jones, Jamaica Craft, Jamal Sims, and CiCi Kelley. Kalyn is a versatile dancer who seeks to spread empathy and positivity throughout the industry.
Summer CAmps At TNB
Our goal is for our campers to explore their artistry through movement and music. These week-long programs are an excellent way for young dancers to explore their innate creativity. Our goal is to learn a lot and have lots of fun in the process!
Campers are to bring their own lunch and snacks. On our final day of camp each week, we will have an in-studio performance for family and friends.
Camps for 3-5 Year Olds (9am-12:30pm)
Please visit our parent portal for camp schedule.
Camps for 5-8 Year Olds (9am-3pm or 8:30am-5pm)
Please visit our parent portal for camp schedule.