Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.


July 9 - July 20

BODYTRAFFIC is pleased to announce its 2018 Teen Summer Dance Intensive with Artistic Directors Lillian Barbeito & Tina Finkelman Berkett and company members Joseph Davis, Haley Hecketorn, Natalie Leibert and Guzmán Rosado at Santa Monica College.


BODYTRAFFIC’s Teen Summer Dance Intensive is ideal for young dancers (ages 13-17) who are seeking extraordinary, rigorous dance instruction that will take their training to the next level. Featuring Ballet, Modern, BODYTRAFFIC’s Exclusive Repertoire and the Creative Process, participants will receive personalized attention from Artistic Directors Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett and BODYTRAFFIC Company Members while developing new skills and having fun!

A minimum of 3 years of dance experience necessary; must be considered intermediate or advanced to participate.


9:30 – 11:00     Ballet

11:00 – 12:30   BODYTRAFFIC Repertory

12:30 – 1:15      Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:30        Modern

2:30 – 4:30      Creation (New Work Made on Dancers)


5:00pm (Fridays ONLY) Each week will culminate with a casual studio showing of material learned. The showings are an opportunity for participants to share their experience with their friends and family.


Download the application form by clicking on the button below. Submit completed form along with a headshot, full-body shot and video link to: lillian@bodytraffic.com


  • adagio with extensions front, side, and back
  • waltz with pirouette
  • grand allegro
  • improvisation (one minute unedited)
  • contemporary solo or phrase work (one minute or less)

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

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

For questions please contact Lillian Barbeito at 310.923.2766



Full and partial tuition scholarships will be awarded to dancers with strong technique, individuality, and artistic promise.

To be considered for a financial aid, submit the following materials to Lillian@bodytraffic.com.

  1. Letter of interest that includes statement of financial need
  2. Proof of age (copy of any ID that show’s photo and date of birth)
  3. Two recommendation letters

Scholarship applications are due on or before July 6, 2018


$650 | one week

$1200 | two weeks


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 May 15, 2018.


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



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.


Haley 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.


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 resident filmmaker and has won awards for his film work. Guzman joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2012.


July 9
July 20
Event Categories: