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Ailey Experience


The Ailey Extension and Orsolina28 in partnership with Moncalvo in Danza will devote an entire week to the Great American dance, both classical and modern. The workshop will be focusing on Mr Ailey’s legacy that dance comes from the people and should be given back to the people. The Ailey Experience Workshop offers the chance to study with established teachers from The Ailey Extension as well as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater former company members. The week will concentrate on the teaching of ballet, Horton Technique and on the repertoire of masterpieces.
Moreover, professional dancers and teachers from the U.S will be teaching classes of Hip Hop and the Graham technique.

At the end of the week the Ailey Extension teachers’s will assign a merit-based scholarship to students from both intermediate and advanced courses. Students will be exposed to the diversity of Ailey’s legacy with technique classes in ballet, Horton, contemporary, hip-hop, West African, and Broadway jazz.

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Lisa Johnson-Willingham | Peter Brandenhoff - 16–22 July


Fatima Robinson | Jessica Castro - 16–22 July


Lisa Johnson-Willingham, born in Washington, DC, is a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and received a B.F.A. from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
She was a member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for six years, 1993-1999. Ms. Johnson-Willingham also danced with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, New World Dance Company, Donald Byrd/The Group, Joel Hall Dance Company, Deeply Rooted Productions, Cerqua/Rivera Art Experience, Nucleus Dance Collective, and Complexions.
As a choreographer, she has set pieces on such dance companies as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joel Hall Dance Company, Cerqua/Rivera Art Experience, Melissa Thodos and Dancers, One World Dance Theater and Hubbard Street II. Her leadership experience in the arts includes a decade-long position as Director of AileyCamp Chicago, working as Director of dance programs at the Dance Conservatory of Chicago High School for the Arts and Whitney Young Magnet High School, and teaching at Columbia College, Olive Harvey College, and Joffrey Academy of Dance.


Peter Brandenhoff was born in Denmark and graduated from the Royal Danish Ballet. He danced with the Boston Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and San Francisco Ballet as a soloist. As a guest, he performed with Royal Winnipeg Ballet, South African Ballet Theatre and Mzansi Productions, Les Ballets Grandiva, and Stars of the Royal Danish Ballet. His repertoire spanned from the classics of Balanchine, Bournonville and Petipa to the ultra-modern Redha, and he has been part of creating works with Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Val Caniparoli and Yuri Possokhov.
Peter’s passion for teaching was born in 2004 when he helped initiate an outreach trip with San Francisco Ballet to teach in South African townships. In 2008 he joined the faculty at Ballet San Jose School creating a successful boys program there.
His teaching engagements include Royal Danish Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Ailey School, San Francisco Ballet School, Oregon Ballet Theater, Lines Ballet, ODC/San Francisco, and Marin Ballet. In 2011, Peter completed his BA from St. Mary’s College, CA and a Fellowship in Administration at Cal Performances in Berkeley. He is also a contributor of articles on technique, music and mime for Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit and Dance Studio Life.


Laccio is an innovative, unconventional talent in dance and more. W magazine, one of the most important magazines of the New York press, calls him a “youthquake”, and Vogue says that he’s a talent “with the face of a Botticelli angel and the spirit of Johnny Rotten”. Young, eclectic, versatile, Emanuele Cristofoli, known as Laccio, was born on the 25th of June, 1981 in Agro Pontino, Italy.
His artistic life began through urban dance meets where his potential was immediately recognized.
He has diverse interests starting with his specialization in interior design at the Istituto Europeo di Design and going on to his commitment to fashion: he designed a successful collection received from Villanova in Kuwait to New York’s Bloomingdale, and then on the pages of Vogue in the UK and the international W magazine.
His career took many different directions: first a dancer, then a choreographer and art director.
Laccio can coordinate, organize and direct an event for TV, music or theatre in every detail grounding in originality and quality. Taking care of genre, goals, target audience, he can also work with suggestions from the client.
Laccio’s art direction has an innovative and iridescent mark which is clealy seen in the Modulo Project, the most dynamic and original company in Italy, and at the Modulo Factory, the first training academy devoted to urban dancers.
His career took many different directions: first a dancer, then a choreographer and an art director.
Now he is working as a choreographer at “The Voice of Italy”.
He will give form to the voices, working with singers and creating dances with his own company: Modulo Project. During the show he will cooperate with coaches J-Ax, Piero Pelù, Facchinetti’s and Noemi to bring out the singers character and uniqueness. He will bring freshness to the show that Rai 2 director, Angelo Teodoli, called “the platform to rebuid Rai2”.


Named one of Entertainment Weekly’s “100 Most Creative People in Entertainment,” Fatima Robinson was recently invited to teach a class at the White House to celebrate African American Women and Dance. She choreographed NBC’s live television production of THE WIZ which aired this holiday season. Fatima is the Show Choreographer for this year’s Academy Awards, and choreographed Pharrell’s unforgettable performance of the hit song “Happy” at the 2014 Academy Awards. In 2014/2015 she served as Performance Producer and Choreographer for NBC’s hit series the VOICE. Fatima also notably choreographed the 2011 Super Bowl Halftime show with the Black Eyed Peas, 2012 Coachella Tupac Hologram, as well as the 2007 and 2009 Academy Awards, making her the second African American woman in history to do so (Debbie Allen was the first). Recent film credits include Anchorman 2, This Is the End, and Lifetime’s ‘Whitney.’ Fatima is also the creative force behind breaking new artist Meghan Trainor and was the director of Meghan’s “All About The Bass” video (over 1 billion hits and counting).
Renowned for her ability to blend classic dance styles with her distinct hip hop flavor, Fatima has choreographed for notable spots including Chanel, H&M, Burberry, Pepsi, Gap, iPod, Nissan, Verizon, Motorola and Heineken. In addition, through her work with artists such as Pharrell Williams, Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Hudson, Sade, Prince, Rihanna, Major Lazer, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop, Mary J. Blige, and more, Fatima has been the choreographer behind many of the most memorable moments in dance entertainment. On television her choreography has been featured on such popular shows as The Academy Awards, The Voice, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and American Idol. Fatima has also been the creative director behind such notable events as Fashion Rocks, Soul Train Awards, BET Awards, The American Music Awards, VH1 Divas, and the Grammy’s. Her unique vision expands beyond just the steps of the choreography and into the outstanding overall look of these events.
As the New York Times notes, Fatima is “one of the most sought-after hip-hop and popular music choreographers in the world.” She received yet another MTV VMA nomination for Best Choreography last year for will.i.am’s #thatPOWER video. Her work as a choreographer and video director for the Black Eyed Peas has also earned her several MTV VMA nominations, including a win for Best Hip Hop Video for “My Humps” and Best Choreography for “Hey Mama.” She is also the director and choreographer behind the popular commercial campaigns for NAIR and Old Navy. Fatima is acclaimed by critics and peers alike and has received multiple nominations for American Choreography Awards, Choreography Media Honors and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Choreographer Off- Broadway, for her theatrical debut, Radiant Baby, a musical based on the life of artist Keith Haring, produced and directed by George C. Wolfe at the New York Public Theater.
Fatima’s film resume reads like a who’s who of Hollywood having choreographed the critically acclaimed Dreamgirls, Charlie Wilson’s War, American Gangster, Public Enemy, Ali, Confessions of a Shopaholic, as well as working with stars like Will Smith, Halle Berry, Isla Fisher, Eddie Murphy, Colin Farrell, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, The Rock, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Gong Li, Queen Latifah, and Academy Award winning directors such as Michael Mann, Mike Nichols, Ridley Scott, and the list goes on.


Jessica Castro was born and raised in Hartford Connecticut. She moved to New York City where she was immediately accepted into the Alvin Ailey American Dance program. Her career started as a Knicks City Dancer for the New York Knicks. Jessica has toured the world and danced for such artist as Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Janet Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Pharell, The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Kelly Rowland, Will Smith and Mary J Blige.
She has also been featured on such shows as American Idol, SNL, Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Ellen, Good Morning America, Americas Got Talent, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon, and more. Jessica has had the pleasure of performing on two Super Bowl halftime shows with Janet Jackson and Beyonce, and at the opening ceremony of The World Cup In Africa.
You can also see her in countless movies such as “Honey” where she was a principle dancer as well as Jessica Alba’s dance double and in “Idlewild” where she played Bobbie the Showgirl. Jessica has been featured in several commercials, industrials and award shows. Currently, you can see her in the smash hit “Fuerzabruta” in New York City.

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