Dance It! Spring intensive 2013

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Dance It! is a week-long annual dance workshop which takes place in Bulgaria during the academic spring break (April 1-7, 2013). It is an international collaboration which targets young dancers from Bulgaria (mainly) and from all over the world.

In the course of the week, young dancers (both professionals and advanced amateurs in training) take classes in five different styles: Classical Ballet (Balanchine style), Modern Dance, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Character Dance. The classes are taught by renowned teachers and choreographers from both continents who bring unique expertise to dancers who do not have the chance to experience it in their routine dance curricula. Each student also participates in a choreography set up during the course of the workshop.

The goal of the project is to give young dancers the opportunity to acquire knowledge of several fundamentally different dance forms and techniques, while also allowing them to take part in the creative process and experience international exchange and intercultural communication.

The spring program closes with a big final show – a combination of the new pieces of the choreographers involving all workshop participants and repertoire shown by specially invited renowned guest dance artists.

In the course of the workshop week, different dance master classes as well as public discussions on relevant topics also enrich the program.

Each year, five or six of the best workshop participants receive scholarships for summer dance intensive programs in renowned U.S. schools and companies.

Since 2008 more than 500 dancers from Bulgaria, Montenegro, Portugal and USA participated in all 6 editions of Dance It! More than 25 young talents received scholarships for schools such as Pacific Northwest Ballet School, School of Ballet Chicago, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studios, Syracuse University, Deeply Rooted Productions etc. Many of our scholarship students currently work in dance companies in Italy, Germany, the U.S. and in Bulgarian state dance institutions as well as private dance formations.



This project is being implemented with financial support from the America for Bulgaria Foundation.

America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF) is partnering with the Iliev Dance Art Foundation in the Dance It! Project since 2011. Founded in 2008, ABF is the successor of the Bulgarian-American Enterprise Fund (BAEF), an investment fund created by the United States of America, acting through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). One of the goals of the Foundation is to support private-sector art entrepreneurs and organizations. ABF’s mission in arts and culture is to promote greater appreciation of and demand for Bulgarian arts and culture in-country and abroad; to nurture Bulgarian creative talents to lead and compete in the global marketplace; and to enhance Bulgaria’s international cultural profile. With the Dance It! 2012 Project, America for Bulgaria and the Iliev Dance Art Foundation aim at building another cultural bridge between Bulgaria and the United States, as well as to provide opportunities for Bulgarian students in dance to get a feel for the American way of work and to get to know some of the most prominent choreographers and masters of American ballet. For more information, go to

Theresa Ruth Howard – Classical Ballet

Theresa Ruth Howard is a New York based teacher, writer and coach who has both performed and taught internationally. A former member of The Dance Theatre of Harlem and a founding member of Armitage Gone! Dance she has also appeared as a guest artists with Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Donald Byrd/The Group. She has taught at The Alvin Ailey School, The Joffrey Ballet School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and The American Dance Festival. She has taught at various institutions including Marymount Manhattan College, University of the Arts, and Hollins University where she was an Artist in Residence. Ms. Howard has also been a contributing writer to Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, and Dance Teacher. She taught extensively through out Italy working with The International Dance Association and Music Arts & Show in Milano (MAS), and has also contributed to the Italy’s Expression Dance Magazine. She, along with Dance Magazine’s Editor in Chief Wendy Perron, began an online dance Review Series entitled See and Say. Combining her philosophies of life and teaching, with the skills she garnered through outreach programs with diverse communities, she developed the personal development workshop “Principles of Engagement: Connecting Youth to the Infinite Possibilities Within” which gives teens a set of workable tools to increase their levels of success at tasks, and goals not only in dance, and all aspect of their lives. Most recently Ms. Howard created a Body Image Workshop based on the articles she has written for Dance Magazine, this prompted her to broaden her audience hence she has started a Body Image Blog ( which address issues concerning the body for young girls, women, dancers and non-dancers alike.


Ayo Janeen Jackson – Jazz

Ayo Janeen Jackson received her BFA at North Carolina School of the Arts. She is a former member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Ballet Preljocaj, and Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark on Broadway. Ayo has performed her choreography in New York venues such as at PS 122, Aaron Davis Hall, Dance Theater Workshop. Ayo has been a guest teacher at Hollins University and University of California, Irvine. Ms. Jackson has received both a Chris Helleman Award and a Special Project Grant from the Princess Grace Foundation. She was a dancer for the French star, Mylene Farmer in Paris. Ms. Jackson has worked on several projects with Julie Taymor; the movie “Across the Universe” and “Grendel”, an opera directed by Ms.Taymor, choreographed by Angelin Preljocaj and music by Eliot Goldenthal. Ayo also danced for the Greek singer Anna Vissi (choreographed by Mia Michaels), and in the Latin Grammys with Thalia at Madison Square Garden. She also danced in a silent film “The Great Observer”, choreography by Hinton Battle. Ayo is currently working as the assistant choreographer on Superfly, the Musical, directed by Bill T. Jones.

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Christian von Howard – Modern Dance

Christian von Howard is the Artistic Director of the VON HOWARD PROJECT, a Mid-Atlantic contemporary dance company based out of New York and Virginia. He is an Assistant Professor of Dance & Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University and also teaches at the Alvin Ailey School in NYC. Christian’s choreography has been produced in various venues across the globe including Germany, Japan, Bulgaria, Colombia, Chile, South Korea and in the states at Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Joyce SoHo, Dixon Place, DanceNow/NYC Festival, d.u.m.b.o. arts festival, the Ailey School and the Spoleto Festival (SC). His choreographic work has been commissioned by various dance companies, colleges and universities including Columbia College (SC), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Jacksonville University, The Power Company and various others. In 2006, Christian received a Choreographic Fellowship from the NJ State Council of the Arts. In 2010, his choreographic work was selected to represent the Mid-Atlantic Region at the 2010 National Conference of the American College Dance Festival Association at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Professionally he has worked with such artists as Doug Varone, Fernando Bujones, Douglas Becker, and has performed with numerous companies including Footprints Dance Co., Fred Benjamin Dance Co., Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Co., and the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Co. He holds a BFA from Texas Christian University and a MFA from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.


Andrea Burr – Hip Hop

IMG_4637Andrea is a professional dancer based in Los Angeles,California. She is signed with Go to Talent Agency and currently trains at Debbie Reynold’s, Millennium, and Movement Lifestyle dance studios. This past summer, Andrea was chosen as one of 8 girls in theUSto be in “The Mobsters Way”, the Monsters of Hip Hop show in LA. Now she assists on the Monsters of Hip Hop convention tour. Andrea was recently in a short film called  “Today is the Day”, directed and co-choreographed by Tamara Levinson and Daniel “Cloud”Campos. Last year Andrea danced with Rihanna on the X-Factor, where she performed the world premier of “We Found Love” choreographed by Tina Landon and Tanysha Scott. In 2011, Andrea lived inChinafor 6 months teaching hip-hop and performing around the country. Upon return to the states, she co-directed a full length hip hop dance show in Seattle. Some of Andrea’s credits include: August Jackson Industrial in Las Vegas, Poser’s LA, Carnival LA, Cruz Control’s show at the Moore Theater, Seattle Seahawks halftime show, Vietnamese music awards, and the Young Tanzsommer Austriatour with Westlake Dance Center Performing Group. Andrea is credited with award winning choreography which has been selected to perform at Disneylandin CA, and the RDA Dance America Festival inUtah. She has received scholarships to Steps on Broadway in NYC, Millennium Dance Complex in LA, Debbie Reynolds in LA and various convention scholarships from Monsters of Hip Hop, Company Dance, Hollywood Vibe, LA Elite, Encore, and West Coast Dance Explosion.


Petur Iliev – Character Dance

Artistic Director and Founder of the Iliev Dance Art Foundation. More information here.


Participants pay the registration fee in advance via bank transfer to Iliev Dance Art Foundation bank account:
First Investment Bank
IBAN: BG49FINV91501215317191

Registration Fees

Country Type For 1 Style For 2 Styles For 3 Styles For 4 Styles
EU – 15 Member States 70 EUR 85 EUR 95 EUR 100 EUR
New EU Member States (accepted after 2004) 40 EUR 50 EUR 55 EUR 60 EUR
Other Non-EU Eastern and South-East European Countries (Balkan countries, Ukraine, Georgia, etc.) 30 EUR 40 EUR 45 EUR 50 EUR

Participants should be aware that one dance style comprises of classes in dance technique and classes in choreography. If you want to take only technique classes or only repertoire classes, you still need to pay the whole fee.

Please keep in mind that the program is very intensive. It is possible that you find it difficult to keep up with the work in more than 3 or 4 styles (according to your level and motivation). Nevertheless, you can sign up for and visit all dance styles, but especially for the repertoire classes in the afternoon we advise you to focus on no more than 3 styles.


Iliev Dance Art Foundation is pleased to introduce for the first time in Bulgaria VON HOWARD PROJECT  – a contemporary dance company based out of New York City. The company will make its debut appearance during the week of “Dance It!” intensive program, with the premiere of “Surfacing” – a new dance work by choreographer Christian von Howard.

“Surfacing” is an ensemble work that explores the physical and emotional boundaries felt between mankind. Von Howard, along with his dynamic group of performing artists, delves in to the superficial layers of outward appearances.  “Surfacing” is guided by a pulsating soundtrack of 21st century electronic music with lighting design by Michael Jarett. Also on the program are repertory works by US choreographers Elizabeth Gillaspy and Ellenore Scott.


Interactive Discussion: “The Ailey School and the productions of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre – personal impressions of some famous New York choreographers”

Iliev Dance Art Foundation and Credo Bonum Foundation would like to invite you to a moderated conversation and discussion with the choreographers Theresa Ruth Howard and Christian von Howard, guest teachers in the spring edition of Dance It! 2013.

Theresa Ruth Howard and Christian von Howard will share their impressions and their personal opinion about the way of working and training at the prestigious Ailey School, about all other famous dance institutions created by Ailey as well as about his choreography and AAADT performances.


Contemporary Jazz Master Class with Eleonore Scott

Ellenore’s Contemporary Jazz Class is a fusion of movement isolations, syncopations, and tasked based improvisation requiring musicality, dynamics and technique. The class is a playground for exploring different movement vocabularies. Center exercises bring more attention to specific parts of the body while executing various dynamics. Tasked based improvisation will allow each student to fully express their own unique vocabulary choices. A phrase will be taught for the last half of class, giving the students a chance to utilize all they have learned during the “warm-up”. This class will be a fun and inspirational class for all.

ELLENORE SCOTT is a professional dancer and freelance choreographer in NYC. Originally from Santa Cruz,CA, Ellenore is most recently known for being a finalist and All-Star on the hit television series “So You Think You Can Dance?”. She is also the founder of ELSCO Dance, a project based modern dance company. Established in 2011, ELSCO Dance has performed in the New York Cityarea and hopes to expand to new horizons. ELSCO Dance strives to reinvent the dialogue of dance. For more information about ELSCO, head over to


Sneak Peek

The international intensive program Dance It! (April 1-7, 2013, Sofia) traditionally ends with a big final show – Sneak Peek – a work-in-progress performace, which can be seen only once. It stages all choreographies in the five different dance styles, developed during the program – a combination of the innovative work of the guest US choreographers which involves all Dance It! participants.

This year’s show includes also part of a choreography by Petur Iliev developed with around 100 students from four Sofia public schools participating in the “Dancing Kids” project of the Iliev Dance Art Foundation.

During Sneak Peek, Iliev Dance Art Foundation announces also the scholarships which are usually granted to the best Dance It! participants. The scholarships include their participation in famous summer dance intensive courses in the USA.

This year six scholarship recepients were selected during DanceIt!2013 Program to go to summer intensives in three partner dance organisations in the USA.

Three dancers were selected to participate in the Summer Course at Ballet Chocago:

  • Daniel Tichkov (18 years old, National School of Dance Art, Sofia, State Opera Ruse, Ruse, Bulgaria)
  • Marian Yankov (21 years old, State Opera Ruse, Ruse, Bugaria)
  • Nikol Dzhibrova (17 years old, National School of Music and Performing Arts, Burgas, Bulgaria)

One dancer is going to the Summer Course at Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB):

  • Andreya Andonova (17 years old, National School of Dance Art, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Two dancers are going to LA for Hip-Hop dance courses: