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2019 Winter Workshop

December 31, 2018 - January 5, 2019


Bring in the new year dancing with BODYTRAFFIC! This workshop is designed for intermediate, advanced, and professional dancers age 18 and over who seek mental and physical breakthroughs.

Each day will consist of technique, BODYTRAFFIC’s exclusive repertory, and the creative process with Guest Artists: Sidra Bell, Alex Ketley and Wewolf.


Part 1 | BODYTRAFFIC and Sidra Bell

Monday, December 31  – Wednesday, January 2

9:30-11:15 Countertechnique with Lillian Barbeito

11:30-1:30 BODYTRAFFIC Repertory with Haley Heckethorn

1:30-2:30 Lunch

2:30-5:00 Creative session with Sidra Bell

Part 2 | BODYTRAFFIC and Alex Ketley

Thursday, January 3 – Saturday, January 5

9:30-11:15 Ballet with Guzman Rosado

11:30-1:30 BODYTRAFFIC Repertory with James Gregg 

1:30-2:30 Lunch

2:30-5:00 Creative session with Alex Ketley

Part 3 | BODYTRAFFIC and Wewolf

*this session is for ages 15+

Thursday, January 3 – Saturday, January 5

9:30-11:15 Countertechnique with Lillian Barbeito

11:30-1:30 BODYTRAFFIC Repertory with Jessica Liu

1:30-2:30 Lunch

2:30-5:00 Creative session with Wewolf


Email statement of interest indicating which part(s) you are applying for, along with supporting materials such as: headshot, body shot, resume, biography, and video links to: lillian@bodytraffic.com. Video length and content is not specified, indicating how the applicant would like to be perceived. 

There is no deadline for submissions. Applications will be accepted until the Winter Workshop is at capacity.  We will post on our website when it is full and we are no longer accepting applications.


$350 | 3 days

part 1 | Sidra Bell

part 2 | Alex Ketley

                       part 3 | Wewolf


$200 | selected participants are required to submit a non-refundable security deposit in order to hold their space.


Dancers who apply and are selected to participate in the entire program will receive a $100 discount if tuition is paid in full on or before November 1st, 2018.


Full-tuition and partial-tuition scholarships are available for exceptional contemporary dancers between the ages of 18 and 24. Only dancers who are enrolling in all 6 days are eligible. To be considered for a scholarship, send the following along with your application: video statement of financial need, proof of age, and 2 letters of recommendation. Scholarship applications are due on or before November 15th, 2018. Scholarship applicants will be notified of financial aid status on or before November 30th, 2018.


A Welcome Packet will be emailed to all registered participants at the beginning of December.


Participants are responsible for their own accommodations during the Winter Workshop. A comprehensive list of housing resources is included in the Welcome Packet and available upon request.



Sidra Bell is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University in Indiana, was artist-in-residence at Harvard University, was an Adjunct Professor at Georgian Court University and was an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College in New York City. She has a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. She was a University of Minnesota Theater Arts & Dance Cowles Visiting Artist and an artist in residence at Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle).

Bell has won several awards, notably a 1st Prize for Choreography at the Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany in 2011 for Grief Point. and a 2015 National Dance Project Production Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Bell has received many commissions from institutions and companies internationally and created over 100 new works notably for BODYTRAFFIC, Ailey II, The Juilliard School, Harvard University, Boston Conservatory, River North Dance Chicago, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Austin, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School, LEVYdance, Robert Moses’ KIN, METdance, University of Minnesota, Point Park University, Visceral Dance Chicago, Springboard Danse Montréal, Uppercut Dansteater (Denmark), and Motto Dans Kolectif (Turkey) to name a few.

In 2012, Bell was commissioned as the choreographer for the feature film TEST set in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1985 written/directed by Chris Mason Johnson (Frankfurt Ballet/White Oak Project). TEST was awarded two grand jury prizes from Outfest. Other commercial work includes casting and event coordination for MTV, Revlon, BookAFlashMob, Interview Magazine with photographer Billy Kidd and stylist Katie Burnett, NOWNESS with director Jovan Todorovic & all:expanded, Daisies Art Fair with director Sandra Winther & all:expanded, fashion photographer Lloyd Stevie & stylist Alison Mazur, and New York Times’ T Magazine (New York Times’ Style Magazine).

Bell has taught her unique creative practice at major institutions for dance and theater throughout Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States. She was one of the inaugural choreographers at University of North Carolina School of the Arts Professional Studies Program and a founding collaborator of the Movement Invention Project. She was also the inaugural teaching artist at University of the Arts Sophomore Coaching Performance progress where she has led a teaching team under her pedagogical methods since 2012. She is the Creative Director of the award-winning MODULE a New York City-based immersive laboratory for movement and theater artists.


Alex is an independent choreographer, filmmaker, and the director of The Foundry. Formally a classical dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, in 1998 he left the company to create The Foundry as a platform to explore his interests in alternative methods of devising performance. The company has allowed Ketley to pursue projects that would be difficult to realize within his commissioning career. For his independent commissioned work he has received acknowledgment from the Hubbard Street National Choreographic Competition, the International Choreographic Competition of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Saveaur, the Choo-San Goh Award, the Princess Grace Award for Choreography, four Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography Residencies, the Gerbode-Hewlett Choreographer Award, the Eben Demarest Award, the Artistry Award from the Superfest International Disability Film Festival, and his work was featured on So You Think You Can Dance. His pieces have also been awarded Isadora Duncan Awards in the categories of; Outstanding Achievement by an Ensemble, Outstanding Achievement in Choreography, and Outstanding Achievement by a Company. As an educator, he is currently a Lecturer at Stanford University’s Theater and Performance Studies Department and was the Resident Choreographer at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance for fourteen years until its closure in 2018.


WEWOLF is a Los Angeles based multi-disciplinary dance collective that is focused on creating and working on different projects that bring their methods of dance and visual arts together. Even though RubberLegz and James Gregg are from different backgrounds, they have the same views on the way they see dance and how they want to translate their two voices into one cohesive choreographic method. The mix of Rubberlegz’s self made abstract break technique with James’s background in contemporary, ballet, and urban dance has created a new visually dynamic style of movement. This language has made a splash in not only the dance community, but with creators in many different genres of the arts. Wewolf is interested in pushing boundaries in their work yet at the same time inspiring people worldwide with their creativity. They are a fusion of urban and contemporary dance like you have never seen before.


Co-Director of BODYTRAFFIC. Lillian is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico where she trained with the Santa Fe Dance Foundation and worked with The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Southwest Ballet and the Santa Fe Opera. She received a BFA from The Juilliard School where she studied on a 4 year, full-tuition scholarship awarded by Tomorrow’s Leaders of America.

As a dancer, Lillian had an extensive performance career that took her to Europe, New York, and then finally to Los Angeles, where she founded BODYTRAFFIC with Tina Berkett. She has taught internationally for organizations such as CalArts, Idyllwild Arts Academy, L’Artere and L’ecole de Danse in Quebec City, Lyon Opera Ballet, Northwest Dance Project, San Francisco

Conservatory of Dance, Southland Ballet Academy, The Wooden Floor, and UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures. Lillian is one of 28 teachers in the world who is certified to teach Anouk van Dijk’s groundbreaking Countertechnique. She has choreographed over 50 works for high schools, universities, competitions, regional ballet companies, and professional modern dance companies throughout the US and Canada. She is currently on faculty at Loyola Marymount University.


Was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she graduated from Las Vegas Academy as a dance major. In 2013 she moved to Vancouver Canada to join the Arts Umbrella Dance Diploma program under the direction of Artemis Gordon. During the two-year program, she participated in the Young Choreographers program mentored by Crystal Pite, allowing her to create two original works on the Arts Umbrella Dance Company.  In 2015 she was awarded the Emerging Artist scholarship by the RBC Canada Council. She joined Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot as an apprentice and has performed with Peter Chu’s Chuthis. Haley teaches and choreographs for schools on the west coast as well as teaching yoga. She is thrilled and honored to be joining BODYTRAFFIC and continuing her artistic journey in Los Angeles. Haley joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2018.


Jessica holds a BFA in Ballet as well as a BS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah. She received additional training from Alonzo King LINES Ballet, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and the Washington Ballet. Past projects include LED, SALT Contemporary Dance, and Oakland Ballet Company, performing the work of Lauren Edson, Gabrielle Lamb, Brendan Duggan, and Garrett Smith, among others. Jessica has presented choreography at Mudson, a Salt Lake City-based works-in-progress series, and choreographed for Municipal Ballet, Boise Dance Co-Op, and summer intensives for the University of Utah’s Ballet Department, Ballet West, and Boise State University. Additionally, she served as the assistant director of SALT II, the second company of SALT Contemporary Dance. Jessica joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2017.


Guzmán started dancing at the International School of Dance of Carmen Roche Scaena in Madrid on a scholarship sponsored by the Ministerio de Cultura de Madrid. Guzmán danced with Ballet Joven de Carmen Roche until 1999, when he was offered a scholarship to attend the School of American Ballet (SAB). After his time at SAB, Edward Villella invited him to dance with Miami City Ballet. From 2002 to 2007, Guzmán danced with Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporaneo. In 2007, with André Mesquita and Teresa Alves da Silva, Guzmán co-founded a cultural platform, Tok’Art.  He has performed extensively as a guest artist throughout Europe.  He teaches ballet, yoga, and movement workshops. Guzmán is currently BODYTRAFFIC’s resident filmmaker and has won awards for his film work. Guzman joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2012.


December 31, 2018
January 5
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