Summer Dance Intensive

August 17th-August 20th, 2020

Master Class series for Intermediate and Advanced level dancers Ages 11- 18 

See Schedule and Master Class instructor bios below!

Dance Factory Ridgefield's Summer Dance Intensive/Master Class series is designed to get our Company dancers ready for the upcoming Fall/Spring Dance Season.  Dancers should come prepared with proper dance attire and shoes for each style, hair neatly pulled back in a bun or ponytail, and ample water.

Both the Intermediate and Advanced Intensives include Ballet,  Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop Master Classes with DFR staff and exciting Guest Artists!

DFR Junior Company dancers and Intermediate level dancers

Ages 11-13 should register for the Junior Company Intensive

DFR Senior Company dancers and Advanced level dancers

Ages 14-18 should register for the Senior Company Intensive

Due to COVID-19 restrictions - dancers wishing to participate that are not members of the DFR Junior or Senior Company may participate via Zoom only.

Zoom links and passwords will be emailed to all registered students

Please see our Covid-19 Protocols here

Master Classes - Summer 2020


Lauren Barrett - Monday, August 17th

1:30 - 3:15pm Junior Company Contemporary Master Class

3:15 -5:00pm Senior Company Contemporary Master Class

Lauren grew up dancing at Robin Horneff’s Performing Arts Center under direction of Robin Horneff and Kelley Larkin (Studio L). Through the studio she was able to train closely with teachers such as Gil Stroming (Owner, Break The Floor Productions), Larissa Saveliev (Founder, Youth America Grand Prix), Ray Leeper, Michelle Barber, Ricci Milan, Joe Lanteri, Mike Minery and Rose Ivory-Yamout. She has performed on “The View”, CBS morning show, ESPN, ESPN2 and in an International American Express Commercial. She has been a member of two contemporary companies in NYC. Synthesis Dance Project - Dir. Tracie Stanfield - where she performed at Capezio ACE awards, DUMBO Dance Festival, SoNo CT festival and the Elan Awards. As well as  :pushing progress - Dir. Calen Kurka - where she had the chance to perform at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Lauren has taught at the New Dance Group, NYC and choreographed for showcases there as well as Bridge For Dance, NYC. She has performed with Busta Rhymes, Debbie Gibson, Ethan Stiefel, Sasha Radetsky and The Temptations. She has also had the privilege of choreographing for the College of Charleston Dance Team, Ramapo College of New Jersey dancers as well as teaching at International Dance Day events and at National Dance Showcase’s Conventions. Lauren has been teaching and choreographing for over 20 years. Her students have gone on to be signed with Bloc Agency and Clear Talent Group, top ten on SYTYCD, Radio City Rockettes, Broadway as well as performing on TV, films and commercials. She's helped her students to win numerous awards, titles and and accolades as well as winning over 50  choreography and concept awards herself. She is so excited to be a part of this studio and looks forward to helping the students to reach their goals! 

We are so very fortunate to have Lauren as a resident choreographer and instructor at Dance Factory Ridgefield!


Annie Corrao - Tuesday, August 18th

2:00 - 3:45pm Junior Company Ballet Master Class

3:45 -5:30pm Senior Company Ballet/Pointe Master Class

Annie graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania; where she majored in dance, with concentrations in education, performance, and choreography. She currently works as an educator and choreographer for Standing Ovation Studios in Armonk, NY and dances for the Megan Flynn Dance Company, based in Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Corrao worked for the Muhlenberg College Dance Center teaching creative movement, ballet, pointe, and modern classes. She developed her own teaching philosophy and practice, which was influenced by her professors, Karen Dearborn, Teresa Van Denend Sorge, and Megan Flynn, that draws from her Creative Movement teaching background, somatic techniques, and knowledge of anatomy. Since graduating she has taught for many prestigious area studios and summer camps including Dance Factory Ridgefield.  She has performed in works by Heidi Cruz-Austen, Jessica Lang, Trinette Singleton, Jeffrey Peterson, Amanda Selwyn Dance Theater, Dalit Agronin, and Emily Medd. She has also presented work at the American College Dance Association Festival, Moving Stories Concert at Muhlenberg College, and the International Dance Festival presented by Nickerson-Rossi Dance.

We are so excited to welcome Annie back to DFR for our Summer Intensive!

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Amelia Burkhardt - Wednesday, Aug 19th


2:00 -3:45pm  Junior Company Jazz Master Class

3:45 - 5:30pm  Senior Company Jazz Master Class

Amelia was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, CA. Throughout her training, she was on competition teams, winning many first place and overall soloist awards. Amelia was selected for numerous scholarships from competitions and conventions all over California, including a one year scholarship to Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles. Some of Amelia's credits include The Hello Kitty National Tour, Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush, Promo for Disney's 'Camp Rock 2', FOX 'Mobbed', Good Day L.A., and regional productions of In The Heights(Dance Captain), Beauty and The Beast and Peter Pan. She has also worked alongside of celebrities Demi Lavato, Rosario Dawson, Jane Fonda, Wilmer Valderrama, and Howie Mendel. She has danced for famous choreographers, NappyTabs, Tyce Diorio, Matt Cady, Galen Hooks and Neil Schwartz. She was a featured dancer and one of the assistant production coordinators for the world famous dance show, Choreographers' Carnival. She was a company member and assistant for the popular LA based company, Mischief Makers. They are invited to perform all over the country, including Hawaii, Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Etc. Amelia also travels the United States judging studio dance competitions for Starpower, Imagine, and Revolution Talent Competitions. Over her professional career, Amelia has been teaching at several dance studios, high schools, and universities on the East and West Coast, including UCLA, Cal State Channel Islands, and University of Delaware. She currently is a traveling faculty member for Liberate Artists INC teaching and choreographing alongside Phil Wright, Comfort Fedoke, Lauren Froderman, Mollee Gray, Etc. She is also now on faculty at Steps On Broadway in NYC. Amelia continues to reside in NYC pursuing her dance, acting, and teaching career.

We are so pleased to welcome Amelia back to DFR for her third Summer Intensive with us!!

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Aliya Perry - Thursday, August 20th

2:00 -3:15pm  Junior Company Hip Hop Master Class


3:30 - 4:45pm  Senior Company Hip Hop Master Class

"People don't remember your steps, they remember how you made them feel" 

This is a personal belief/quote Aliya Perry has lived as a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher to hundreds of students for close to 20 years. Her Background Experience Includes: BA in Dance & Theater, Award Winning Competition Choreographer, Event Producer for numerous Live Red Carpet Events for the Hollywood Dance Industry with elite sponsors such as The Sag-Aftra Union & So You Think You Can Dance Experience and a Professional Dancer with Bloc Talent LA who has worked and/or studied with industry choreographers such as Brian Friedman, Tricia Miranda and More!).  Aliya's passion for dance can be infectious and she's excited to contribute her passion/talent to DFR !

We are so pleased to welcome Aliya back for her third Summer Intensive with us!!