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BODYTRAFFIC | 2019 Teen Summer Dance Intensive | ages 13-17

July 8, 2019 - July 26, 2019

BODYTRAFFIC is pleased to announce its 2019 Teen Summer Dance Intensive with Artistic Directors Lillian Barbeito & Tina Finkelman Berkett and company members 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        Contemporary

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.                       


  • Submit $25 Application Fee
Application Fee Application Fee 
**Please note that materials will not be reviewed until the application fee has been processed.
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.


  • The HEADSHOT does not have to be a professional image. We just request that the photo is in focus and represents you now.
  • An ideal BODYSHOT will show your line, ability, physique, and personality from head to toe. It does not have to be a professional image or in a certain position. Choose an image that captures how you like to move and/or what you are good at!


  • 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)

The above video guidelines are highly recommended, especially if you are applying for a scholarship. Other videos (such as performance and/or competition footage) will be accepted and considered.


$650 | one week

$1250 | two weeks

               $1800 | three weeks


$200 | one week

$400 | two weeks

               $600 | three 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 March 15, 2019.


Full and partial tuition scholarships will be awarded to dancers with exceptional 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 April 15, 2019



BODYTRAFFIC provides a comprehensive list of housing resources in our WELCOME PACKET that is sent to all confirmed participants and is available upon request.


There are limited host families available. Some provide room, board, and transportation while others provide only housing.  To inquire about having your teen stay with a host family, please contact Lillian@bodytraffic.com.

If you live in the Los Angeles area and you are interested in hosting a teen from outside the greater Los Angeles area for a stipend or reduced tuition, please contact Lillian@bodytraffic.com.


If you have any questions or concerns about the application process or program itself, please contact:

Lillian Barbeito, Artistic Director

(310) 923 – 2766




Bruce McCormick is an educator, choreographer, performer, and scholar. He earned his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School under the direction of Benjamin Harkarvy and his M.F.A. from the University of Washington, where he worked as Assistant Professor of Dance. In 2018, he joined the faculty of the University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman School of Dance as Assistant Professor of Practice.
Originally from New Jersey, he trained with the Vineland Regional Dance Company and the Rock School of Pennsylvania Ballet, spending summers at the School of American Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Boston Ballet and as a private student of Maestro Héctor Zaraspe in Argentina and Ecuador. He performed in twelve countries on four continents as a member of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Bavarian State Ballet, and the Bern Ballet, where he was a soloist and ballet master. He also served as the assistant artistic director of North Netherlands Dance and a guest rehearsal director with Ballet BC.
Throughout his career, he danced works by many choreographers including George Balanchine, Stijn Celis, John Cranko, Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Jacopo Godani, Jiří Kylián, José Limón, Susan Marshall, Ohad Naharin, Marius Petipa, Crystal Pite, Twyla Tharp, Anthony Tudor and Doug Varone. In addition, he assisted choreographers Karole Armitage, Roy Assaf, Stijn Celis, Itzik Galili, Emanuel Gat, Cathy Marston, Andrea Miller, Emily Molnar, Matthew Neenan, Stephen Shropshire and Medhi Walerski, among others.
McCormick has presented his own choreographic work in various venues throughout the Americas and Europe, and has worked as a guest teacher with several companies. He also choreographed the opera Eugene Onegin for the Bern Municipal Theater and The Merry Widow for the Korea National Opera. His most recent festival credits include Against the Grain/Men in Dance, Dance Deck, the Seattle International Dance Festival, and the ITS Festival in Amsterdam.



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.


Jessica holds a BFA in Ballet as well as a BS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Utah. She received additional training from Alonzo King LINES Ballet, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and the Washington Ballet. Past projects include LED, SALT Contemporary Dance, and Oakland Ballet Company, performing the work of Lauren Edson, Gabrielle Lamb, Brendan Duggan, and Garrett Smith, among others. Jessica has presented choreography at Mudson, a Salt Lake City-based works-in-progress series, and choreographed for Municipal Ballet, Boise Dance Co-Op, and summer intensives for the University of Utah’s Ballet Department, Ballet West, and Boise State University. Additionally, she served as the assistant director of SALT II, the second company of SALT Contemporary Dance. Jessica joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2017.


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.


Jamal was raised in Atlanta, GA and began his training at Dance Makers of Atlanta under the direction of Denise and Lynise Heard. He studied as a scholarship student at Virginia School of the Arts and trained in intensive programs at Kirov Academy of Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and London Contemporary Dance School. In 2011, Mr. White received a B.F.A. in Dance Performance from Southern Methodist University, where he performed works by Arthur Mitchell, George Balanchine, Pascal Rioult, Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, and Martha Graham. He has also performed in Rasta Thomas’ Rock the Ballet, Missouri Ballet Theater, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Alvin Ailey II, and Collage Dance Collective. Jamal joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2017.


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