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BODYTRAFFIC | 2018 Summer Program

June 25, 2018 - July 20, 2018

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

Week one will include a daily ballet class and BODYTRAFFIC repertory with Co-Director Lillian Barbeito and/or company member Joseph Davis. Dancers will also delve into Hofesh Shechter repertory with Chris Evans.

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

Monday, July 2 – Friday, July 6

This week will consist of a daily Countertechnique 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 FM: Natalia Pieczuro

Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13

This week will be an immersion into Fighting Monkey Practice, an innovative movement practice developed by Linda Kapetanea & Jozef Fruček (RootlessRoot). This open workshop is totally based on FM practice and dedicated to strengthening and elaborating your partnering skills. Dancers will also work intimately with James Vu Anh Pham and Lillian Barbeito.

*For more information about Fighting Monkey Practice, see below.


Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20

The final week will include a daily ballet class with senior company member Guzmán Rosado and exclusive BODYTRAFFIC repertory with Co-Director Tina Finkelman Berkett.


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.



Chris Evans began his career with Hofesh Shechter Company, performing as one of its original members, and touring worldwide. During this time, he also collaborated with Jonathan Lunn to devise Reading Rooms, a dance/text interplay working with Alan Rickman, Juliet Stevenson, and Miranda Richardson. He later joined Lost Dog Theatre Company, co-devising It Needs Horses, which toured internationally and Bloomberg Place Prize Award for dance. Chris has been a member of Gecko since 2011 and has worked on the creation of both Missing and Institute, touring both productions worldwide. He is now working on his third show with the company. Chris still continues a creative relationship with Hofesh Shechter, joining him on two major projects; as Assistant Choreographer for The Metropolitan Opera’s new creation Two Boys, and Associate Choreographer for the Broadway Musical Fiddler on the Roof.


Born in 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 axis 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.

Independently, 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.


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. During 10 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 prizes. 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.


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.


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.

More About Inspire by FM: Natalia Pieczuro

Open Workshop.
An open workshop serves as a basic platform for the Fighting Monkey Practice: it’s an overall introduction to the qualities and ideas that have been developed over the last 15 years of F.M. research. This workshop is open for dancers, circus people, actors and all movers: there are no restrictions or prerequisites, in terms of former experience and background, for anyone who wants to join an Open Workshop. 
The work is totally based on FM practice and dedicated to strengthening and elaborating your partnering skills – other words speaking : your « communication skills ». Working with a partner will bring us the alive and so precious  irregularity in the training; will influence our behavior, the diversity of qualities, tempo and rhythm of our movement.
Through partnering work – “movement situations”,  coordinations, work with tools, injury prevention and body conditioning and « being », we will work on strengthening the focus, the awareness and the whole system.
We will brake the patterns, learn new patterns and try to find our wings.  
We will question how can one learn as much as he can and want?
How can one be open to the “new” and still be well rooted.


June 25, 2018
July 20, 2018
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