Summer Dance Intensive

August 22nd - August 26th, 2022

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 Petite Company dancers and Beg/Int level dancers

Ages 8-10 should register for the Petite Company Intensive

DFR Junior Company dancers and Intermediate level dancers

Ages 11-13 should register for the Junior Company Intensive

DFR Teen & Senior Company dancers and Advanced level dancers

Ages 14-18 should register for the Teen/Senior Company Intensive


Master Classes - Summer 2022


Lauren Barrett - Tuesday, August 23rd

2:30 - 4:00pm Junior Company/Intermediate Contemporary Master Class

4:00 -5:30pm Teen/Senior Company/Advanced Contemporary Master Class

5:30-6:30pm Petite Company Beginner/Intermediate Contemporary/Jazz 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!


Benjamin Briones - Tuesday, August 24th

2:30 - 4:00pm Teen/Senior Company/Advanced Ballet Master Class

4:00 - 5:30pm Junior Company/Intermediate Ballet Master Class

Born in Mexico City, Benjamin Briones, Director and Founder of Benjamin Briones Ballet and Resident Choreographer, graduated from The National School of Classical Ballet, The National School of Contemporary Dance and The Royal Academy of Dancing. His eclectic educational background includes training in Cuban and Royal Ballet styles, as well as the study of Graham, Cunningham, Limon and Francis modern dance. He is a former Soloist at Ballet El Paso, Ballet Austin, Connecticut Ballet, Ohio Ballet and Ballet Theater of Annapolis. Briones’ many works include Si Senior, Amour Nuovo, In Between, Ripples, Lights On, I Will Always Love You and Seven.

After retiring as a dancer in 2006, Briones was appointed as Ballet Master at The Staten Island Ballet from 2006-2009, where he also began his choreographic career serving as Resident Choreographer. He was also appointed as a Resident Choreographer at Ajkun Ballet Theatre (New York), which culminated in the founding of the company in 2012.

Briones is dedicated to teaching dance as the highest art form, he does so extensively throughout New York City, including prestigious dance schools such as: Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway, Peridance, The Joffrey Ballet School, Mark Morris Dance Group and Ballet Arts Center for Dance. Briones regularly teaches internationally at Centro de Arte y Ballet and UAEM University in Mexico City. Immersed in the art of dance, Briones’ passion is dedicated to giving back to the community, especially to those who seek a way into the dance world looking for an artistic escape.

We are so excited to welcome Benjamin to the DFR Family!

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Amelia Burkhardt - Wednesday, Aug 25th


2:30 - 4:00pm  Junior Company/Intermediate Jazz Master Class

4:00 - 5:30pm  Teen/Senior Company/Advanced 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 fourth Summer Intensive with us!!


Kenny Hernandez - Wednesday, August 25th

2:30 - 4:00pm  Senior Company/Advanced Hip Hop Master Class


4:00 - 5:30pm  Junior Company/Intermediate Hip Hop Master Class

5:30-6:30pm Petite Company Beg/Int Hip Hop Master Class

Kenny Hernandez is a self taught dancer and choreographer from The Bronx, NY. Growing up, he started to build his street style by training with different teams and groups based in NYC. Kenny later continued his training through different places such as Broadway Dance Center, EXPG, BrickHouseDance, and MonstersDance.

Kenny has a passion for teaching and has taught workshops and classes all over the country and in Australia. He loves inspiring and wants to share his knowledge and passion for dance with all of his students.

We are so excited to welcome Kenny to the DFR Family!