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BODYTRAFFIC | 2019 Summer Program | ages 18+

June 24, 2019 - July 26, 2019




Artistic Directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett are pleased to announce BODYTRAFFIC’s 2019 Summer Program with international guest artists: Niharika Senapati (Chunky Move/Countertechnique), Micaela Taylor (TL Collective), James Gregg (Wewolf), Clementine Deluy (Pina Bausch and Sasha Waltz), Candelaria Antelo and Arthur Bazin (Hurycan), and Hofesh Shechter’s company member at Loyola Marymount University.


This five-week intensive comprised of technique, improvisation, repertory, and the creative process is designed for advanced/professional dancers and choreographers (18+) seeking artistic and technical breakthroughs, as well as community building opportunities.


Week 1 | June 24–28 with Niharika Senapati (Chunky Move)

Week 2 |  July 1–5 BODYTRAFFIC with Micaela Taylor (TL Collective)

Week 3 |  July 8–12 with James Gregg (Wewolf) and Hofesh Shechter Company member

Week 4 | July 16-20 with Clementine Deluy (Tanz Theater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and Sasha Waltz&Guests)

Week 5 | July 22-26 with Candelaria Antelo & Arthur Bazin (Hurycan)

Week 1 | Niharika Senapati – Chunky Move/Countertechnique

Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28

Week One will include a daily Countertechnique class and Chunky Move repertory with Anouk van Dijk’s muse and master Countertechnique Teacher Niharika. During the afternoon session, dancers will also delve into Niharika’s own creative process.

Sample Schedule:

9:30-11:15 | Countertechnique Class + Practical Tools

11:30-1:30 | Chunky Move Repertory

2:30-4:30 | Creative Practice with Niharika

Week 2 | BODYTRAFFIC + Micaela TaylorTL Collective

Monday, July  1 – Friday, July 5

Sample Schedule:

9:30-11:00 | Ballet with BODYTRAFFIC Company Member

11:00-1:00 | Repertory with BODYTRAFFIC Company Member

2:00-4:30 | Creative Process with Micaela Taylor

Week 3 | James Gregg – Wewolf + Chien-Ming Chang – Hofesh Shechter Company member

Monday, July  8 – Friday, July 12

This week will be comprised of technique and repertory with James Gregg and an immersion into Hofesh Shechter’s movement qualities and concepts as well as repertory by Chien-Ming Chang.

Sample Schedule:

9:30-11:00 | Technique

11:00-12:30 | Repertory with James Gregg

1:30-2:30 | Hofesh Shechter inspired warm-up

2:30-4:30 | Hofesh Shechter Repertory 

Week 4 | Clementine Deluy  – Tanz Theater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and Sasha Waltz&Guests

Tuesday, July 16 – Saturday, July 20

Sample Schedule:

9:30-11:30 | Technique (Pina Bausch Inspired)

11:45-1:15  | Sasha Waltz Repertory

2:30-5:00 | Creation and Reseach

Work intimately for 5 days with Clementine Deluy, a guest artist of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch and dancer with Sasha Waltz&Guests. Technique will likely start on the floor and progress with exercises in center or at the barre to strengthen the body, giving it the tools that it needs to approach the more choreographic material in the second part of the class.

Week 5 | BODYTRAFFIC + Candelaria Antelo and Arthur Bazin – Hurycan

Monday, July 22 – Friday, July 26

Sample Schedule:

9:30-11:00 | Technique

11:00-1:30 | Existing Hurycan Repertory

2:30-5:00 | Creative Session with Hurycan

The final week will include a daily warm-up, existing Hurycan repertory, and the creative process of Candelaria and Arthur. This week will culminate in a site-specific performance that will be FREE and open to the public.


  1. Submit Application Fee via PayPal           Application Fee Application Fee 
  2. Email statement of interest indicating which week(s) you are applying for, along with supporting materials such as: headshot, bodyshot, 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.

DEADLINE: There is no deadline for submissions. Applications will be accepted until the Summer Program is at capacity.  We will post on our website when the Summer Program is full and no longer accepting applications

*Please note that materials will not be reviewed until the application fee has been processed.
** Selected participants are required to submit a non-refundable security deposit in order to hold their space.


$675 | one week

$1300 | two weeks

$1875 | three weeks

$2400 | four weeks

$2875 | entire program


$225| one week

$425 | two weeks

$625 | three weeks

$825   | four weeks

$1025 |  entire program


Full-tuition and partial-tuition scholarships will be awarded to exceptional contemporary dancers between ages of 18 and 24. Only dancers who are enrolling in all  5 weeks are eligible. To be considered for a scholarship, send the following along with your application: video statement (NOT a written statement) of financial need, proof of age, and 2 letters of recommendation. Scholarship applications are due on or before April 15, 2019. Scholarship applicants will be notified of financial aid status on or before April 30, 2019.


Participants are responsible for their own accommodations during the Summer Program. BODYTRAFFIC provides a comprehensive list of housing resources in our WELCOME PACKET that is sent to all confirmed participants and is available upon request.



Are you a responsible and friendly dancer with leadership skills who seeks FREE TUITION and ACCOMMODATIONS for Weeks 3-5 of the Summer Program? We are offering one dancer tuition and free housing from July 7-27 in exchange for services. If you have a clean driving record and up-to-date driver’s license, please consider applying! Responsibilities include daily transport of Teen Intensive participants to and from Santa Monica College and supervising teens at the “BODYTRAFFIC Apartment”. Due to the nature of this position, the selected person may miss minimal parts of the program and/or have truncated breaks. To apply for the HOUSING INTERNSHIP, please send your dance application materials and video introduction that states why you are interested in this particular opportunity to:  Lillian@bodytraffic.com


BODYTRAFFIC seeks a videographer to film participants and edit the footage into 1-3 minute promotional videos. The ideal candidate will have a video camera with high-quality lenses, have formal training/education/experience with cinematography, ability to edit and meet deadlines, and a friendly disposition.  This opportunity is a chance to gain experience, build your reel, and is an unpaid internship. To apply for the VIDEOGRAPHY INTERNSHIP, please send your CV, portfolio, and video introduction that states why you are interested in this particular opportunity to:  Lillian@bodytraffic.com


BODYTRAFFIC seeks a photographer to capture participants and edit images for promotional purposes.  The ideal candidate is enrolled at a college or university, has basic knowledge of Lightroom and/or Photoshop, a good eye, creative brain, and collaborative spirit. They also have a high-quality camera with good lenses, an ability to meet weekly deadlines, and a friendly disposition. This opportunity is an unpaid internship. To apply for the PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNSHIP, please send your CV, samples of your work, and video introduction that states why you are interested in this particular opportunity to:  Lillian@bodytraffic.com


     NIHARIKA SENAPATI (Chunky Move/Countertechnique)

Niharika Senapati is a dance artist based in Melbourne who has performed in works for Chunky Move since 2012, working closely with the company’s artistic director Anouk van Dijk as a dancer and assistant. Works performed for Chunky Move include ANTI–GRAVITY (2017),  Rule of Thirds (2016) Depth of Field (Dance Massive, 2015), gentle is the power (M1 Contact Festival Singapore & Summersalt Festival, 2015), Embodiment 1:1:1 (ACCA, 2014) 247 Days (Dance Massive, 2013) and An Act of Now (Melbourne Festival, 2012). She was Choreography Assistant for Safe Places (Schauspiel Frankfurt, 2016) and Complexity of Belonging (Melbourne Festival, 2013). Alongside this, Niharika has worked with Australian artists such as Lucy Guerin, Emma Fishwick, Rachel Arianne Ogle, Brooke Stamp, Joanna Pollitt, Jacob Lehrer, and Leisel Zink. She performed in Fishwick’s microLandscapes (Next Wave festival, 2016) Ogle’s precipice (Perth Winter Arts Festival, Aug 2014) and Zink’s fifteen (Next Wave Festival, May 2012). Niharika has received the Australia Council’s Artstart grant allowing her to deepen and refine her improvisation practice and has begun creating her own choreographic work, in addition to completing a 3-week artist residency at Performing Arts Forum in France and participating in workshops in Italy and Belgium. Niharika became a certified Countertechique teacher in July 2014. She is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts.

     MICAELA TAYLOR (TL Collective)

Micaela is a professional dancer/teacher/choreographer from Los Angeles, CA, where she trained at Marat Daukayev School of Ballet and Los Angeles County High School of the Arts. She graduated from Cornish College of the Arts and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance, 2014. She has worked and performed with Ate9 Dance Company, Zoe Scofield, Camille A. Brown, Kate Wallich, & BODYTRAFFIC. Nonetheless, her choreographic passion led her to found Los Angeles based contemporary dance company, The TL Collective in 2016. Her individual movement style of Hip Hop combined with contemporary technique has led her to find a new way for people to move which is best described as Contemporary/Pop. Alongside the launch of The TL Collective, Taylor has been commissioned to choreograph and teach by LA Contemporary Dance Company, AMDA College, Springboard Danse Montreal, MoveNYC, Cal State Long Beach, and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. Her work has been presented by Gelsey Kirkland Performing Arts Center, ACE Hotel, Raymond Kabaaz Theatre, Grand Performances, and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. She is the recipient of the Inaugural EMERGE Choreographic Award and will be choreographing for Gibney Dance Company and BODYTRAFFIC in the 2018/2019 season.

     JAMES GREGG (Wewolf)

Colorado-born, Oklahoma raised. James Gregg is now an international choreographer. He has created choreographic works on Whim W’Him, Danceworks Chicago, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Ballet X, Northwest Dance Project, Nashville Ballet’s Emergence, Springboard Danse Project Montreal, River North Dance Company, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Cirque du Soleil at Sea and L’Ecole Superieure de Danse de Quebec. Most recently, James was the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award. He was also the winner for Ballet Austin’s 2014 New American talent choreographic competition, a finalist in Milwaukee Ballet’s 2013 Genesis Choreographic competition, and in 2011 the winner of the International Choreographic Competition at Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur.

As a performer, James has worked with Bodytraffic, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Aszure & Artists, Rubberband Dance Group, and River North Dance Company. Throughout his career, he had the opportunity to do the works of many renowned choreographers including Victor Quijada, Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton, Crystal Pite, Rodrigo Pedernieras, Frank Chauves, Danny Ezralow, Mauro Bigonzetti, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cayetano Soto, and more. James also has been featured in several music videos, feature films, and in TV documentaries and specials. Elton John, Lyon, Kresha Turner, Ils Dansent, On the road, and Soul Survivors are a couple of examples of this. These experience to work with such a variety of artists and different artistic avenues has given James the tools to create his own language and helped mold his choreographic voice and vision. His biggest interest is to create movement from the inside out and exploring different paths and routes through which the body can move. Discovering how these various avenues can evoke emotion and how those emotions translate throughout the body.

     CHIEN-MING CHANG (Hofesh Shechter Company) 

Chien-Ming Chang is originally from Taiwan were he trained at the Taipei National University of the Arts. He danced for Cloud Gate 2 and then Bern Ballet under the direction of Cathy Marston before joining Hofesh Shechter Company in 2008. Ming has performed in Hofesh’s Uprising, In your rooms, Political Mother, No Face, Political Mother: The Choreographer’s Cut, Survivor, Sun, Orphée et Eurydice (Royal Opera House production), barbarians, and Grand Finale.

     CLEMENTINE DELUY (Pina Bausch and Sasha Waltz) 
Clementine began her classical dance education at the Ecole Nationale de Marseille, then enrolled at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon, and graduated at the Folkwang universitat der Junste in Essen-Werden (Germany). In 2002, she joined Sasha Waltz & Guests and participated in various works such as noBody, Inside Out, Impromptus, Dido and Aeneas. In 2006, Clémentine became a member of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch where she danced in many pieces of the company’s repertoire and created Bamboo Blues and …como el musguito en la piedra, ay si, si, si… She had the honor of dancing Pina Bausch’s role in Cafe Müller and participated in the film, PINA, directed by Wim Wenders. She has been a guest artist with the company since 2014. In 2015, Clementine further collaborated with Sasha Waltz & Guests on Romeo and Juliet, Women Project, Figure Humaine for the opening of the Elbephillarmony in Hamburg. In 2017, Clémentine was one of the interpreters of Kreatur. She had the role of Exodos in the Ruhrtriennale project in 2018 and will be in the cast of the new production Rauschen. Clementine has also taken part in works by choreographers Pascal Merighi, Fabien Prioville, Juan Kruz de Garaio Esnaola and as well theater directors Daria Lippi and Marc Wagenbach.  She choreographed the runway show video for the fashion designer Gabrielle Greiss. She was involved in two projects between the Pina Bausch Foundation and the Gesamtschule Vohwinkel with students of Wuppertal: Kinder zu Olymp, which was awarded in Berlin, and Hey Jung Und Laut volume 1-, collaborate work with Pascal Merighi. Clementine will be part of the 2019 artistic team for the restaging of Pina Bausch’s Iphigenia auf Tauris for the Semperoper in Dresden, a project led by the Pina Bausch Foundation. Supported by The Globe in London, Clementine has oriented herself to more theatrical artistic research in collaboration with Thusnelda Mercy, Jack Laskey, and Ben Wishaw.


Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she began her contemporary dance training at ARTE XXI dance school, directed by Orcar Araiz. In 2004 she traveled to England, where she obtains in 2007 a Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA) Honours Degree in Contemporary Dance by the NORTHERN SCHOOL OF CONTEMPORARY DANCE in Leeds. That same year she moves to Spain, where she participates as a dancer and musician in Cadiz along with the choreographer Jivko Jeliazkov from DERIDA DANCE COMPANY. Then, in Madrid, she collaborates with directors such as Veronica Santiago Moniello, Sebnem Yuksem and Lucyanna Pettengyl. Since 2008, she enrolls as a dancer in the piece “Desordances 4” from DANI PANNULLO DANCE THEATER, and in the following year, she joins the choreographic line at the CONSERVATORIO SUPERIOR DE DANZA MARÍA DE ÁVILA in Madrid, which she graduates in June 2013. Throughout those years she works with several dance/theatre companies such as LABORATORIO C (“Estación Dignidad” in 2009) directed by Francisco Leiva, MEY-LING BISOGNO DANCE COMPANY (“Peep Box” in 2012), and participates in the works of choreographer LUCIO BAGLIVO (“No Land” in 2013 and “Solo juntos in 2015). In parallel to her activity as a dancer, in 2010 she began collaborating as a choreographer with ARTHUR BERNARD BAZIN, and together they create the piece “Discordio”, winner of the 1st price at the First Vallecas Choreographic Competition in Madrid. In June 2011 both are invited to share a creative process at La Gomera Choreographic Center, where they began to work on the project “Te Odiero “. Thanks to this piece they receive several awards from competitions in Spain, Germany and France. In 2013 they create the HURyCAN company and premiere the work “Je Te Haime” awarded at the 27 International Theatre & Dance Fair, Huesca (Spain), as the best dance performance. In 2016 they start the creation of a new piece “ASUELTO”, rewarded the following year with the same price from Huesca. Between 2012 and 2017 the work of HURyCAN was presented internationally in five continents.


His beginnings were in drama in the outskirts of Paris, where was coached by Frederic Batiste. He continued to train in the French capital combining drama with visual arts studies, where he was eventually awarded to General University Diploma in Plastics Arts (DUG) by the University of Paris. He trained in Madrid at ‘LA USINA’ school and collaborated with Camille C. Hanson at the LADINAMO DANCE dance company. He participated to the first creation of the LA PHARMACO dance theater company: “The Book of Poisons”, directed by Mariluz Arcas, that received the 2009 MALAGA CREA and 2009 INJUVE prizes. He joined the ‘María de Ávila’ High Conservatory of Dance in Madrid and in July 2010 collaborated with the DEHECHO dance company on “The Dream of Sleeplessness”. In September that year, Arthur was invited by Sharon Fridman (Projects in Movement), to engage in the creative process of “At least two faces”, awarded in 2011 by the International Fair of Huesca (Spain) and “How far … ? “, Winner of the first prizes of the Burgos-New York international choreographic contest (Spain) in 2011 and the VIII Iberoamerican contest of choreography Alicia Alonso (Cuba) in 2012. He was the choreographic assistant in the” Rizoma ” project and still works with this company to this day. In 2010, Arthur started researching with Candelaria Antelo, following which they created a piece entitled “Discordio”, which won the 1st Choreography Contest in Vallecas (Spain). In July 2011, they were artists in residence at the ‘La Gomera choregraphic center’ where they start the creative process of “I Hate You”. The piece won various choreographic contests in Spain, France and Germany. In 2013, they baptized their company HURyCAN and presented “Je te haime”, which was awarded by the 27th International Fair of Huesca as the best dance performance.



Co-Director of BODYTRAFFIC. She 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.


Tina grew up in New York City. Under the tutelage of Michele Cuccaro Cain, she trained and learned to love dance. Tina attended Barnard College, Columbia University and graduated summa cum laude with degrees in math and economics. Upon graduation, she joined Aszure Barton & Artists and performed with the company throughout the United States, including at Jacob’s Pillow and Spoleto festivals. Tina became Aszure Barton’s assistant and taught alongside Barton both in the US and abroad. She had the incredible honor of being a founding member of Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Hell’s Kitchen Dance, where she also served as the company’s dancer liaison. In 2007, she moved to Los Angeles and founded BODYTRAFFIC with Lillian Barbeito. Tina often says BODYTRAFFIC is the dream come true, that she never knew she had.  She is so thankful for the past 10 years and feels so in debt to all who played a part in this incredible journey.  In particular, Tina must thank her family, Bryan, and Jack for being her greatest inspirations and supports.


Joseph was born and raised in the beautiful hills of upstate New York and can be easily identified from a distance by his cacophonous laughter. He began his studies at The Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester, New York and continued his training at The Juilliard School on tuition scholarship from New York City Dance Alliance, where he received his BFA under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. Joseph has had the opportunity to perform works of Jíri Kylián, Crystal Pite, Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot, Kyle Abraham, Shannon Gillen, Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham, José Limón, Camille A. Brown, Joeri Dubbe and Sylvain Emard. He has also performed alongside Brian Brooks Moving Company at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance festival, and in Kate Weare’s residency at BAM Fisher Hall. Joe joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2016.


Natalie began training at various dance schools in the Los Angeles area including company work with Westside Dance Project in Redondo Beach, and Pacific Festival Ballet in Agoura Hills. She continued training at the Miami City Ballet School and Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program. Leibert has attended workshops and programs at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, the Joffrey Ballet School, the School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Juilliard School, in addition to Nederlands Dans Theater and Batsheva Dance Company. Natalie joined Hubbard Street 2 as an apprentice in August 2014 and was promoted to full company member in August 2015 through 2016. She joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2016.


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 Artistic Associate and resident filmmaker. Guzman joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2012.


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