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BODYTRAFFIC | 2018 Summer Program

June 25 - July 20

BODYTRAFFIC is pleased to announce our 2018 Summer Program with Artistic Directors Lillian Barbeito & Tina Finkelman Berkett and international guest artists:  James Vu Anh Pham (Chunky Move and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman), Natalia Pieczura (Fighting Monkey), Joy Alpuerto Ritter (Akram Khan Company), Chris Evans (Hofesh Shechter Company and Gecko) and Joseph Davis & Guzman Rosado (BODYTRAFFIC) at Loyola Marymount University.


This four-week intensive comprised of technique, improvisation, repertory, and creative process is designed for advanced/professional dancers and choreographers (18+) seeking artistic and technical breakthroughs.




Week 1 | BODYTRAFFIC and Hofesh Shechter Company

Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29

This week will include a daily ballet class with BODYTRAFFIC Co-Director Lillian Barbeito and/or company member Joseph Davis and BODYTRAFFIC repertory. Dancers will also familiarize themselves with repertory from Hofesh Shechter Company as thought by Chris Evans .

Week 2 | Countertechnique, Chunky Move, Akram Khan Co.

Monday, July 2 – Friday, July 6

This week will consist of a daily Countertechnique class and Chunky Move repertory by James Vu Anh Pham. Dancers will also experience improvisation and repertory from Akram Khan‘s Until the Lions, Kaash, and/or iTMOi with current company member Joy Alpuerto Ritter.

Week 3 | Inspire by Fighting Monkey 

Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13

An immersion into Fighting Monkey Practice, an innovative movement practice founded by Linda Kapetanea & Jozef Fruček (RootlessRootwith wide applications that allows you to test how valid is your knowledge and how creatively adaptive you are when you encounter the unknown. Fighting Monkey Practice practitioner and teacher Natalia Pieczuro will guide participants through tasks that explore structure, healing practices, and learning strategies. Dancers will also work intimately with James Vu Anh Pham and Lillian Barbeito.


Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20



Email 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. 

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.

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


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 of financial need, proof of age, and 2 letters of recommendation. Scholarship applications are due on or before April 15, 2018. Scholarship applicants will be notified of financial aid status on or before April 30, 2018.


$675 | one week

$1300 | two weeks

$1875 | three weeks

$2400 | entire program


$225| one week

$425 | two weeks

$625 | three weeks

$825 | entire program


Dancers who apply and are selected to participate in the entire program will receive a $200 discount if tuition is paid in full on or before March 31st, 2018.


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



Joy Alpuerto Ritter was born in 1982 in Los Angeles. She moved to Germany when she was 4-years old and grew up in Freiburg im Breisgau where she took her first ballet classes at the Ballettstudio Krain. During10 years she was trained in ballet and jazz, took part in dance competitions, ballet performances and shows with the Philippine and Polynesian Culture Dance group ‒ led by her mother. In 2004 she graduated from Palucca Dance School (Dresden, GERMANY) and has been working, mostly in Berlin, as a freelance dancer with choreographers like Christoph Winkler, Oxymoron Dance Company by Anja Kozik, Heike Hennig and Constanza Macras.

Since 2005 she has dedicated her passion into the Hip Hop scene, practicing different styles like hip hop, breakdance and voguing. She has participated in many dance battle events throughout Europe like Juste Debout, Defipayette, Voguing out, Funkin stylz and won several prices. In 2011 she was proudly invited as a dancer to be part of the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour, an arena show by the Cirque du Soleil, which toured through USA, Canada and Europe. Since 2012 she has been working and touring internationally with Wang Ramirez and the Akram Khan Company (iTMOi & Until the Lions). She was nominated as “Outstanding Female Dancer (contemporary)” at the UK National Dance Awards in 2017 for her performance in Until the Lions.


Natalie Pieczuro was born in the Wild East. Believes that reality is ultimately timeless and in logic of the universe. Often named: dancer, performer and teacher.

Rooted herself with FM practice, studding anthropology of culture and in SEAD, where she graduated with a double diploma in choreography and performing.

For last 10 years, she has been walking on FM path and this gave an axe to her teaching and life. As pedagogue she is motivated by an urge for movement – as consequence of being alive – and by endless will to share.

Her teaching is totally based on FM practice and reaches dancers, actors, circus and sports people and all movers.

Currently busy with: FM, Chinese medicine studies, stillness, awaking the archetypes together with CHVE /collaboration “This Kind Of Bird…”/ and last but not least – searching for mindful shapelessness under the gaze of Lisbeth Gruwez.


James Vu Anh Pham has performed in several productions with Chunky Move: Rule of Thirds (2016), Depth of Field (2015), Complexity of Belonging (2014), AORTA (2013) – a Next Move production, 247 Days (2013) and An Act of Now (2012). He also participated in Embodiment1:1:1 – Anouk van Dijk’s pop up performances at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in September 2013. In 2014, James performed gentle is the power, a solo piece choreographed by Anouk van Dijk as part of SOLO Festival of Dance in Brisbane. He has been studying Countertechnique intensively since 2012, and became a certified teacher in July 2014.

James received the ‘Best Male Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work’ 2014 Helpmann Award for his performance in 247 Days and the Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer 2014 Australian Dance Award for AORTA.

Independantly, James has performed in Alice Lee Holland’s Tiny Little Tragedies (2012), professionally with Steps Youth Dance Company Fights & Flights (2014), Triumphs and Other Alternatives (2014) a new work by Ross McCormack’s Muscle Mouth and World of Wearable Art (2015) under the directorship of Mike Mizrahi and Marie Adams.

As of 2016 James has relocated to Belgium to continue his career with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman, performing in Babel 7.16 in the Palais des Papes for the Festival d’Avignon, guesting in Ravel with the Royal Ballet of Flanders, ICON with the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani and Les Indes Galantes in collaboration with the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich.


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.


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.


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