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2020 Summer Program (Ages 18+)

June 29 - July 24


We are committed to mentoring and sharing our work with dancers at all stages in their careers. We would still love the opportunity to work with you this summer so we are expanding our 2020 (VIRTUAL) INTENSIVE to include artists who are/were selected to participate in our 2020 Summer Program. For more information please visit: 2020 (VIRTUAL) INTENSIVE.


Artistic Directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett are pleased to announce BODYTRAFFIC’s 2020 Summer Program with international guest artists: YI-CHUN LIU (Peeping Tom/Countertechnique), ERIC GAUTHIER (Gauthier Dance), MARIO BERMUDEZ GILL and CATHERINE COURY (Marcat Dance) and  JOSEPH KUDRA (Sidi Larbi) at Loyola Marymount University.


This month-long  intensive comprised of technique, improvisation, repertory, and the creative process is designed to empower advanced/professional dancers and choreographers (18+) to have artistic and technical breakthroughs, as well as, provides networking and community building opportunities.




Week 1 | June 29-July 3

BODYTRAFFIC and Yi-Chun Liu (Countertechnique and Peeping Tom)


Week 2 |  July 7–11 (Tuesday through Saturday)

Eric Gauthier (Gauthier Dance/Stuttgart Theatre Haus)


Week 3 |  July 13–17

Mario Bermudez Gil and Catherine Coury (Marcat Co-Founders)


Week 4 | July 20-24

BODYTRAFFIC and Joseph Kudra (Sidi Larbi)



Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 3

Week One will include morning ballet classes with Artistic Associate Guzmán Rosado and Countertechnique with certified instructor Yi-Chun Liu. The afternoons will include exploration of Peeping Tom repertory/creative process.

Sample Schedule:

9:30-11:15 | Ballet with BODYTRAFFIC Artistic Associate Guzmán Rosado

11:15-1:00 | Countertechnique

2:00-4:30 | Peeping Tom-inspired Creative Process

Video: Yi-Chun Liu
Peeping Tom work on NDT




Tuesday, July  7 – Saturday, July 11

Week Two is total immersion in the world of Gauthier Dance.

Sample Schedule:

9:30-11:00 | Technique with Eric Gauthier

1:00-1:00 | Existing Repertory with Eric Gauthier

2:00-4:30 | Creative Process with Eric Gauthier

Video: Gauthier Dance




Monday, July  13 – Friday, July 17

Week Three will comprise of warm-up and existing Marcat repertory with Catherine Coury (certified Gaga instructor) and an exploration of the movement qualities and concepts of Mario Bermudez Gil.

Sample Schedule:

9:30-10:45   | Gaga with Catherine Coury

11:00-12:30 | Marcat Repertory with Catherine Coury

1:30-2:30 | Lunch

2:30-4:30 | Creative Process with Mario Bermundez Gil

Video: Marcat Dance “Alanda”




Tuesday, July 20 – Saturday, July 24

During Week 4, work intimately for 5 days with BODYTRAFFIC Director and Company Members during the morning sessions and dive into the world of Sidi Larbi during afternoon sessions with Joseph Kudra.

Sample Schedule:

9:30-11:30 | Ballet

11:30-1:00 | BODYTRAFFIC Repertory

2:00-3:00 | Sidi Larbi-Inspired Improvisation

3:00-4:30 | Sidi Larbi Repertory

Video: Joseph Kudra


1. Submit $30 Application Fee via PayPal by clicking on the turquoise application fee button below. Please note that materials will not be reviewed until the application fee has been processed.

Application Fee


2. Email VIDEO statement of interest indicating which week(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.


BODYTRAFFIC has rolling admissions/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.




$700   | one week

$1350 | two weeks

$1950 | three weeks

$2500 | entire program



Selected participants are required to submit a non-refundable security deposit in order to hold their space.

$300   | one week

$500   | two weeks

$700   | three weeks

$900   | 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  4 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, 2020. Scholarship applicants will be notified of financial aid status on or before April 30, 2020.


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.




BODYTRAFFIC seeks a videographer to film participants and edit the footage into weekly 1-3 minute promotional videos. The ideal candidate will have basic knowledge of Lightroom and/or Photoshop, a good eye, creative brain, collaborative spirit, 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 PHOTO/VIDEO INTERNSHIP, please send your CV, portfolio, and video introduction that states why you are interested in this particular opportunity to: Lillian@bodytraffic.com



A responsible dancer who has a clean driving record, up-to-date vehicle registration and insurance with a comfortable, reliable car can participate in the Summer Program in exchange for services. Responsibilities include transporting artists, light cleaning duties, and doing miscellaneous tasks including preparing and printing materials and merchandise sale. Due to the nature of this position, the selected intern/work-study person may miss some of the workshop and/or have truncated breaks. To apply for the intern/work-study position, please send application materials and video introduction that states why you are interested in this particular opportunity to: Lillian@bodytraffic.com



At the age of 5, Yi-Chun Liu began with Kung-fu and basic Chinese opera training, and went on to study ballet, contemporary dance, improvisation, Martial Arts and Tai-Chi-Dao-In. She first performed in Anouk van Dijk’s work in 2005, joined her dance company in 2010 and completed Countertechnique Teacher Training in 2012. She has had a vibrant performance career and is currently a member of the renowned dance company Peeping Tom in Brussels. Here, Yi-chun shares her discovery of Countertechnique and how it helped shape her understanding of the mind and body. Apart from Peeping Tom, she has worked or is currently working with Shang-chi Sun (DE/TW), Ann Van den Broek (BE), Scapino Ballet Rotterdam (NL), Paul Selwyn Norton (NL/AU), Balletto Teatro di Torino (IT) and Cloud Gate Dance Theater 1 (TW).



It only took Eric Gauthier a few years to make it from charismatic soloist of the Stuttgart Ballet to high-profile international choreographer and artistic director of one of Germany’s most successful companies. The German Dance Prize “Future” 2011 in the category choreography for Gauthier himself as well as the German Theatre Prize THE FAUST 2011 and 2013 for Gauthier Dance mark the reputation the company of currently 16 dancers has gained since 2007.  Top companies worldwide have taken Gauthier’s works into their repertoire, amongst others the Staatsballett Berlin, the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam or Het Nationale Ballet Amsterdam. Recent kudos include the Prize for the Best Duet at the St. Petersburg DANCE OPEN Festival 2016 for Gauthier’s Punk Love and the distinction as a „Great Hope” in the yearbook 2016 of the German specialist Tanz Magazine.  Devised by Gauthier and produced by Theaterhaus Stuttgart, the first COLOURS International Dance Festival in 2015 took the public, the media and the dance world by storm. The second edition in July 2017 earned just as much praise and secured the biennial event a place among the leading European dance festivals.  As the son of a leading Alzheimer’s researcher, Eric Gauthier has acquired an awareness for social issues early on. With Gauthier Dance Mobile, the company brings contemporary dance to youth centres, hospitals or to old people’s homes. Eric Gauthier was awarded the Order of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg and is a member of the board of trustees.



Catherine Coury is a performer and the creative assistant of Choreographer Mario Bermudez Gil, co-founder and manager of Marcat Dance, as well as a Gaga Teacher (Movement language of Ohad Naharin/Batsheva Dance Company) and Ilan Lev Practitioner. In 2019 Catherine was awarded “Best Dancer” from Certamen Coreografico Distrito de Tetuan, Madrid. Dedicated to dance education, Catherine frequently teaches at conservatories, universities, and companies around the world and in 2019 launched the first ever Study Abroad Program for the University of Michigan (USA) in Spain in partnership with Marcat Dance. Prior to Marcat Dance, Catherine lived and worked in New York City for five years freelancing with choreographers Shen Wei, Shannon Gillen, Andrea Miller, and Loni Landon. As a performer she toured internationally in venues including the Lincoln Center (NYC), Art Basel (Miami), Festival de Danse (Cannes), and Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theatre (Moscow), among others. As a dance administrator, Catherine played an integral role in the development of Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance and The Playground NYC. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Catherine received her BFA from the University of Michigan.



Mario Bermudez Gil, Artistic Director and Choreographer of Marcat Dance, is a prolific creator who has developed a recognizable movement language known for its dynamic physicality and long-lasting emotional impact. His highly acclaimed works and commissions are performed by Marcat Dance as well as other leading dance companies around the world including the National Dance Company of Spain, the National Dance Company of Wales, Flamenco Star Eva Yerbabuena, Hung Dance Taiwan, Nuovo Balleto di Toscana BDT, and Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. Prior to Marcat Dance, Mario was a company member of Tel Aviv based Batsheva Dance Company (2012-2016). With Batsheva he performed work by Ohad Naharin, Sharon Eyal, Hofesh Shechter, and Roy Assaf, and danced in prestigious theaters around the world including the Opera National de Paris (Paris, France), Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn, NY), and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.). From 2010-2012 Mario was based in New York City and danced with Andrea Miller’s Gallim Dance and Jennifer Muller/The Works. His training began at age 20 when he studied at Centro Andaluz de Danza in Sevilla, Spain from 2008-2010.



Joseph Kudra was born in Chicago, Illinois and began his education at the American Dance Center at the age of nine under the direction of Jack and Kathleen Villari. As a professional dancer, he has worked in various companies such as River North Chicago Dance Company, DanceWorks Chicago, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, BODYTRAFFIC, Ate9 Dance Company and most recently with Aszure Barton & Artists. Kudra danced in the works of choreographers such as Danielle Agami, Aszure Barton, Robert Battle, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Alexander Ekman, Andonis Foniadakis, Emanuel Gat, Johan Inger, Jiří Kylián, Anton Lachky, Arthur Pita, Crystal Pite, Victor Quijada, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Hofesh Shechter, Richard Siegel and Jo Stromgren. In 2017, Kudra joined Eastman as a replacement dancer in Satyagrahaand then as a dancer in Pelléas et Mélisande , an opera directed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Damien Jalet. In 2018 he joined Ballet Flanders.




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 FranciscoConservatory 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 Finkelman Berkett grew up in New York City. Under the tutelage of Michele Cuccaro Cain, she trained and learned to love dance. Tina attended Stuyvesant High School and Barnard College, Columbia University where she 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, Tina 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 12 years and feels incredibly in debt to all who have played a part in this incredible journey.  In particular, Tina must thank her family and her son Jack for being her greatest inspirations and supports.



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 Tok’Art, a cultural platform.  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. Guzmán joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2012.


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