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"Deep Dive" with Jordan Lang & Guests

Kick off your Summer training with our weekend "Deep Dive" Intensive hosted by Jordan Lang and guest faculty too amazing to miss!

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"Deep Dive" with Jordan Lang & Guests
"Deep Dive" with Jordan Lang & Guests

Time & Location

Jun 07, 2024, 6:00 PM – Jun 09, 2024, 6:00 PM

Laguna Hills, 23091 Del Lago Dr, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, USA

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About the event

Join WESTSIDE Dance Project's Co-Artistic Director, JORDAN LANG as he brings an incredible line-up of artists to WESTSIDE for a "Deep Dive" into movement and artistry.  The 3-day Intensive includes classes on Friday (6-8pm), Saturday (9:00-6:00pm) and Sunday (9:00-6:00pm).  See below for faculty details on this don't miss weekend.

Workshop open to Int/Adv dancers only.  Workshop fee is $425.  Secure your spot by registering here and sending class fee via Venmo to @WestSideDanceProject.  This event will sell out.  Your spot will be reserved upon receipt of class fee.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Friday, June 7

6:00-8:00pm (Jordan Lang)

8:00pm - WDP Informational Meeting

Saturday, June 8

9-11am  (Jordyn Santiago)

11-11:15 break

11:15-1:15pm (Taylor & Jerimy) “Partnering"

Lunch 1:15-2:00

2:00-4:00pm (Jordan Peliteri)

4-4:15 break

4:15-6:15pm (Gigi Todisco)

Sunday June 9

9-11am  (Jordyn Santiago)

11-11:15 break

11:15-1:15pm (Taylor & Jerimy) “Partnering"

Lunch 1:15-2:00

2:00-4:00pm (Jordan Peliteri)

4-4:15 break

4:15-6:15pm  (Gigi Todisco)

WORKSHOP FACULTY:

Jordan Lang:

Jordan  was born and raised in Long Island, New York where he began his dance  training at the age of 12 with David Sanders Dance Dynamics and later  Seiskaya Ballet Academy. Continuing to pursue his passion for the art  form, Jordan chose to attend Marymount Manhattan College’s BFA program  with a ballet concentration in 2015 after receiving a scholarship from  the New York City Dance Alliance College Scholarship Foundation. While  at Marymount, Jordan was a part of the Marymount Manhattan Dance Company  from 2015 to 2019 performing works from a variety of choreographers as  well as partaking in educational outreach programs for young children.  Throughout his college career Jordan danced as an assistant for NYCDA as  well as worked exclusively with his dear friend Martha Nichols on  countless projects. In the summer of 2019, Jordan joined Ballet BC under  the direction of Emily Molnar. In his time with Ballet BC, Jordan had  the honor of performing multiple works by Vancouver native Crystal Pite,  later artistic director of Ballet BC Medhi Walerski, Sharon Eyal, Johan  Inger, and Aszure Barton. While at Ballet BC Jordan was able to  continue his passion for working with children through outreach programs  while recognizing one of his greatest passions in collaborating with  choreographers in the creative process such as David Raymond, Tiffany  Tregarthen and Dorotea Saykaly. In 2021 Jordan began working with Yin  Yue Dance Company as a guest artist on new creations as well as acting  as the  assistant choreographer for a new work with the Boston Ballet.  In 2022, Jordan went on to join Ballet Jazz Montréal as a guest artist  under the direction of Alexandra Damiani,  performing works by Adonis  Foniadakis, Juliano Nunes, Crystal Pite, Anne Plamondon, and Ihsan  Rustem. In his time with the company, Jordan was given the opportunity  to choreograph on the dancers for multiple fundraising events, expanding  him into the role of choreographer. Within the last few years, Jordan  has had the good fortune to perform in theaters across the globe,  meeting and collaborating with artists from around the world as well as  acting as guest faculty for many contemporary intensives held across the  U.S. Jordan is so proud to call Westside Dance  Project his home and has welcomed the opportunity as Co-Artistic Director to channel all that he’s gained through  his career and act as a conduit for the next generation of young artists  to experience the present influences of contemporary dance as well as  explore their own intelligent creative capacities.

Jordyn Santiago: 

Originally from North  Carolina, Jordyn Santiago is a dancer, teacher and choreographer  currently based out of Los Angeles, CA. Jordyn grew up training at The  Dance Theatre of Jacksonville, under the direction  of Debra Baile and Melissa Jackson. She has traveled and trained across  the United States as well as abroad in Israel and Europe. Jordyn has  studied with artists such as Danielle Agami, Jiri Pokorny, Medhi  Walerski, Adi Salant, Bryan Arias, Diana Matos and  Jermaine Spivey. Jordyn has toured as a backup dancer with Los Angeles  based band ‘Half Alive’. She had the opportunity of dancing for the  motion picture production of ‘In The Heights’ with Warner Brothers Entertainment. Jordyn has performed at the Lincoln  Center in Washington D.C in an Opera titled ‘Prism’ under the direction  of Beth Morrison Projects. Since moving to LA, Jordyn has danced in  music videos for Griffin Matthews - “Witness Uganda”,  Zolita’s - “I  Fu***** Love You” and Buzz’s newest single “Soul”.  She has also taught at several well-regarded institutions and  collectives, including Peridance Capezio Center, Broadway Dance Center,  Brick House NYC, Marymount Manhattan and The University of the Arts.  Most recently, Jordyn had the opportunity of presenting  her first solo work “All There Is” in Los Angeles for an all Queer Artist showcase. She has also had the opportunity of setting a piece on  the graduating class of The University of The Arts Greensboro this year.  This is Jordyn’s third season dancing for LA  based Contemporary Ballet repertory company BODYTRAFFIC.  She is  incredibly grateful to get to travel the world alongside such a dynamic  group of artists.

Taylor Graham: 

Originally from New York, Taylor is a queer dancer, choreographer, and movement director.  As of Fall 2022, she took on the role of Assistant Director at Brooklyn Ballet, as well as Company Teaching Artist. Taylor has trained under the direction of International company artists of Hanover Dans Theatre, Nederlands Dans Theatre, Batsheva, William Forsythe, Alonzo King Lines, Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot, Nicole Von Arx, and Kate Wallich/The YC.  She was Artist in Residence throughout Ireland 2019-2021 and has performed solo work in NYC and in Europe. Taylor performed with LA based dance company TL Collective throughout 2021.
  Recent achievements include being a part of creative and performative works with Felix Landerer in Berlin, being a featured dancer in HAAi’s ‘Baby, We’re Ascending’ music video and performing for PUMA in NYFW. Her solo dance film “Here & Gone” was selected by Kyle Abraham for 92Y Future Dance Festival, was selected for the Berlin Independent Film Festival, and won Best Screen Dance for the Hollywood Shorts Festival.  She continues to indulge in further creations of dance on film in collaboration with photographer & DP Jim Lafferty.  Taylor teaches and creates work alongside Rubberband Dance Group & Les Grand Ballet’s Jerimy Rivera. The pair work primarily in NYC and travel to Atlanta, Salt Lake City and LA to work with professional contemporary, street dance, and circus professional artists. Their combined teaching practice emphasizes functional partnering, floorwork and heightening body awareness through tactile physicality.

Jerimy Rivera: 

A native New Yorker, where his roots in various dance styles have made him quite a versatile performer. Jerimy began intense training as a gymnast at the age of 7 with goals of reaching the Olympics. At the age of 9, Jerimy auditioned and was accepted into The School of American Ballet to further his gymnastics skills, where he began his training with Olga Kostritzky and Jock Soto. Around the age of 13, performance opportunities with New York City Ballet in productions such as ‘The Nutcracker’ in the role of Nutcracker Prince, ‘Swan Lake’, and ‘Harlequinade’ eventually lured him to leave gymnastics to focus solely on dance. He continued to perform young dancer roles in The Royal Ballet’s production of ‘Cinderella’ and The Bolshoi Ballet’s ‘Pharaoh’s Daughter’. While training in ballet, Jerimy widened his training at The School at Steps on Broadway, studying musical theatre, jazz, hip-hop, and modern. As a teenager, Jerimy studied intensely for two years at the JKO School of American Ballet under the likes of Franco Devita and Raymond Lukens; he then continued on to train with Francois Perron, Nadege Hottier, and Marina Stavitskaya at Manhattan Youth Ballet as a member of the junior company. Jerimy additionally studied as a fellowship student at The Ailey School. In 2012, Jerimy toured Europe with the International Tour of West Side Story the musical. In 2013 he then joined Les Grands Ballet Canadiens where he dance for five seasons. Les Grands Ballet Canadiens granted Jerimy with many performance opportunities, to name a few, Mercutio in ‘Romeo and Julliet’ ,Valerio ‘Leonce et Lena, Man of Desire ‘Death of The Maiden’. Jerimy most recently dance for Rubberband Dance Group, a contemporary dance company out of Montréal Canada and Parsons Dance, a modern dance company in NYC. Currently Jerimy is working with the Metropolitan Opera in the new production El Niño, traveling for teaching + choreographing opportunities with his partner, creating film projects and teaching gymnastics.

Jordan Pelliteri:  

Born in Scottsdale, Arizona, Jordan Pelliteri grew up training at Plumb Performing Arts Center. She attended the New York City Dance Alliance convention throughout her training and was awarded the mini, junior, and senior national title which enabled her to tour around the United States and assist the NYCDA faculty. She attended one year at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City and then decided to continue her studies at Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, British Columbia. There, Jordan went on to work with artists and choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Eric Beauchesne, Fernando Hernando Magadan, and Medhi Walerski. In July of 2017 Jordan performed repertoire works at Netherlands Dans Theatre/Korzo Shortcuts XL and the ITS Festival in The Netherlands. In February of 2018, Jordan and others from Arts Umbrella debuted in Ballet BC’s Romeo and Juliet choreographed by Medhi Walerski. As of August 2018, Jordan became a company member dancing with Nederlands Dans Theatre 2. Since then, she went on to perform new works and repertoire works by Jiri Kylian, Alexander Ekman, Philip Chbeeb, Brian Arias, Medhi Walerski, Marco Goeke, Sharon Eyal, Crystal Pite, and Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon. In October 2019, Jordan danced in ‘Kunstkamer’ (a full evening work involving both companies Nederlands Dans Theatre 1 and 2) in the Hague, Netherlands to celebrate NDT’s 60th anniversary season. Jordan has premiered two of her own works on dancers from NDT 1 and 2 in 2019, and 2021 for the Switch by NDT dancers performance in the Netherlands. Jordan has won three Youth America Grand Prix choreography awards and two national critics choice awards from the New York City Dance Alliance.

Gigi Todisco:

Gigi  Todisco is a queer filipina professional dancer/choreographer/movement  director based in Los Angeles, CA. Most recently, Gigi was recognized  for her versatile resumé by being named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to  Watch” for 2023. Dance Magazine described her work by leaving “her  unique stamp on everything she does, imbuing each project with her  gritty, avant-garde, effortlessly cool sensibilities—whatever corner of  the industry she finds herself in.” She works in both the commercial and  concert dance worlds. Gigi choreographed and performed for Kali Uchis’  set as part of Tyler the Creator’s world tour, Call Me If You Get Lost  2022, her Coachella performance 2023, and headlining Red Moon In Venus  Tour in 2023. In addition to choreographing and performing, Gigi has  movement directed for artists such as Post Malone, Kali Uchis, Olivia  Rodrigo, ZHU, NIKI and Islands. She performed in operas by Kanye West,  “Nebuchadnezzar” and “Mary”. Gigi also has appeared in commercials for  brands like Hennessy, VANS, On Running, OnStar, and Rothy’s. Todisco  worked extensively with Micaela Taylor as a company member of The TL  Collective and rehearsal director setting new works for companies such  as Rambert Dance (UK) and Gibney Dance Company (NYC).

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