ART BEAT: Lawrenceville ballet school to host 'LA Intensive' with dancers from TV

Most young dance students are avid fans of the hit television show “So You Think You Can Dance.” Over the past few seasons, the show has been a springboard for numerous aspiring dancers to leap to fame by showcasing their artistic abilities as well as their winning personalities.

From June 21 through 25, several of the most popular dancers from the show plus other notable dancers from such shows as “Dancing with the Stars” and “Glee” will be a part of Studio 33’s LA Intensive. This program consists of a weeklong offering of instruction in jazz, contemporary and hip-hop dance held at the studios of Lawrenceville School of Ballet, now going by its new name LSB Arts Academy. The school is at 3370 Sugarloaf Parkway in Lawrenceville.

Instructors will include “Dance” winner Joshua Allen, hip-hop specialist Twitch, Lauren Gottlieb, Eddie Garcia, John Gillette, Rachel Markarian, Michele Martinez, B Shaw, Tracie Stanfield, Sanju Rai, Amber Thompson and Lawrenceville School of Ballet’s own Brandon Chitwood, who is the new owner of this Gwinnett arts nonprofit organization.

The intensive packs 20 classes into five days. The roster of teachers has not only been on popular television shows, they have also choreographed for and toured with some of the biggest names in show business: Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Michael Jackson and The Pussycat Dolls, among others.

Alicia Wetzel Chitwood, co-owner of LSB Arts Academy, said, “All of our participants will get a glimpse into the professional end of the industry and will leave with a wealth of knowledge that will help them further their dance dreams and goals.”

The intensive is recommended for dancers of the intermediate level, ages 11 to 14, and above. It is also for dancers and teachers of these levels wanting to strengthen their overall dance training and experience exposure to celebrated teachers and performers.

Dancers attending will be sure to get a variety of teachers.

Many of the teachers are staying for several days, some for one day. There are four 90-minute classes a day for the five days, and lunch is provided. Not only will dancers take classes from the teachers, they will have time to “meet and greet” with these celebrities.

Brandon Chitwood said, “We want to bring L.A. and New York City teachers here for a weeklong intensive so dancers could get the best of both worlds. We decided to put this intensive on not only for our dancers at LSB but for all the dancers around us. This way, local dancers can all take classes together. So far our registration has gone beyond local. We have had dancers register from Sandersville and even from Alabama.”

Many of the dancers will be excited to see and take class again with Joshua Allen. Allen was the hip-hop teacher at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Festival in Montgomery in 2009. LSB is a member of this prestigious organization.

All of the guest dancers’ and teachers’ bios are on the LSB website at www.lsballet.com. One can also find registration information there, or call 770-963-2685.