Jan 11, 2019, 9:00 am5:00 pm EST



280 Broadway, Entrance at 53A Chambers
New York, NY 10007 United States

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Phone: (646) 837-6809


PRICE: $500

Join Bates Dance Festival & Gibney for our 5th annual five-day winter intensive! Focused on inspired dancing and creative exchange, this intensive is designed for intermediate and advanced dancers and will include classes with teachers and other professionals of the field.

Limited Drop-Ins for Individual 11:00 am Modern and 1:30 pm Improvisation Available: $20


9:00-10:30am Yoga/Pilates with Robbie Cook
11:00am-12:30pm Modern with Kendra Portier
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-3:00pm Improvisation with Onye Ozuzu
3:30-5:00pm Contemporary Practice with nora chipaumire

Additional Evening Sessions:

Monday 1/7
6:30-8:00pm Hip Hop with Yvonne Hernandez

Wednesday 1/9
6:30-8:00pm Improv Jam with KJ Holmes


The Bates Dance Festival brings together an international community of choreographers, performers, educators and students in a cooperative community to study, perform and create new work. The Festival offers a supportive atmosphere aimed at fostering a creative exchange of ideas, encouraging exploration of new ground and providing opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of dance/movement disciplines. Artists, students and audiences share their knowledge and inspiration through workshops, jams, discussions, informal showings and performances.


Robbie Cook is a Brooklyn-based dance artist teaching at Hofstra University in Long Island; during the summer he has taught at Bates Dance Festival since 2011 and American Dance Festival since 2012. He earned a BFA in Visual Art from School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in Dance from Bennington College. As a performer he has danced for Teena Marie-Custer, Michel Kouakou, Rosie Herrera, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Douglas Dunn, Liz Lerman, Edwaard Liang, Liz Gerring, Margaret Jenkins, Keith Thompson, Stacy Spence, Laurel Jenkins, Jan Erkert, Third Rail Projects and Luck Plush Productions among many others. Robbie’s classes draw from his study of Functional Anatomy with Irene Dowd and his continual investigation of the eight limbs of Yoga.

Kendra Portier is a NYC-based artist –  a maker, teacher, and performer. Born at home in Ohio, she has taught and performed across the globe in numerous dance programs, universities, and festivals, such as Bates Dance Festival (ME) and Gibney Dance Center (NY), and in the work of Lisa Race/Race Dance, Sara Hook, Nicole Wolcott Dance, Vanessa Justice Dance, and a nine-year tenure with David Dorfman Dance. Her work has been supported and presented by Gowanus Arts + Production (NY), New York University’s Tisch Dance, Arts for the People (NJ), CRAWL Artist at Gowanus Loft (NY), Dixon Place (NY), and Dance New Amsterdam’s Splice Commission (NY). She is the recipient of a Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship (NY), Mary Elizabeth Hamstrong Award (IL), Bates Dance Festival’s Emerging Choreographer Award (ME), and, most recently, the Wanda M. Nettl Prize for Choreography (IL). Currently, Kendra is the Artist in Residence at the University of Maryland and is developing the first installments of her research on Color into a live-performance, Burnish (#038), and printed document, Magenta: A Phenomenological Field Guide to Color and Choreography. Kendra holds a BFA from the Ohio State University and an MFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, more information can be found at

Onye Ozuzu is a dance administrator, performing artist, choreographer, educator, and researcher currently serving as Dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.  Physically and choreographically, she has focused on the body as technology and negotiated the inter-sectionality between many movement forms from tennis to ballet, West African dance to Hatha Yoga, freestyle House to salsa, contemporary dance to Aikido. Onye has been presenting dance works since 1997. Based in the US, her work has been seen at venues such as Seattle Festival of Improvisational Dance, Kaay Fecc Festival Des Tous les Danses (Dakar, Senegal), La Festival del Caribe (Santiago, Cuba), Lisner Auditorium (Washington, DC), McKenna Museum of African American Art (New Orleans, LA), danceGATHERING Lagos (Nigeria), as well as many other site-specific locations. Recent work includes Touch My Beloved’s Thought a collaboration with composer, Greg Ward, and Project Tool, a work which garnered a 2018 Joyce Award. She facilitates a group improvisation and interdisciplinary performance process called the Technology of the Circle.  She continues to serve the field of dance as a thought leader, speaker and curator.  

Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in NYC, nora chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art and aesthetics since she started making dances in 1998. chipaumire is currently touring #PUNK 100%POP *NIGGA (verbalized as hash tag punk, one hundred percent pop, star nigga), a three-part live performance album which will have its full world premiere at The Kitchen in NYC in October 2018. Her current and ongoing work includes a digital book project – nhaka – a theory, technology, practice and process to her artistic work. Her upcoming work will be an opera entitled “Nehanda” (2020). chipaumire is a 2018 Guggenheim fellow and a three-time Bessie Award winner.

KJ Holmes, Brooklyn NY based dance artist/actor/singer/teacher, travels nationally and internationally teaching/performing/creating. K.J.  has collaborated extensively with Julie Carr, Simone Forti, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson and Image Lab, and Steve Paxton; has performed in the work of Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Xavier Le Roy, Lance Gries, Mark Dendy, Melinda Ring, Karinne Keithley Syers; was cast in artist Matthew Barney’s new film Redoubt and performer/videographer Cristiane Bouger’s film The Quest for Joy; collaborates with drummer Jeremy Carlstedt (LIP); teaches in NYC at NYU/Experimental Theatre Wing, the Juilliard School, Sarah Lawrence, and through Movement Research; is a graduate of The School for Body-Mind Centering ®. William Esper studio (Meisner acting with master teacher Terry Knickerbocker), and Satya Yoga. K.J. is currently studying to become an Ayurvedic nutritional consultant and continues to devise her dance installation HIC SVNT DRACONES.

Yvonne Hernandez attended Bates Dance Festival as a scholarship student in 2006. The following year she returned as an intern and has since served on the faculty of the Youth Arts Program. She is a BA graduate from the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. After studying with Jennifer Archibald at Bates the summer of 2009, she joined as company member and continues as Rehearsal Director with Jennifer Archibald’s Arch Dance Company. Under Ms. Archibald’s direction, Yvonne has taught and restaged Ms. Archibald’s work at ArchCore 40, Fordham/Ailey Program, Columbia/Barnard University, Balletakademien Stockholm, Howard University, Cap21 NYC, Booker T. Washington H.S., and Tulsa Ballet II. She has also danced with Raja Feather Kelly’s The Feath3r Theory. Yvonne began her performing career in San Diego, CA. serving as Eveoke Dance Theatre’s Concert Company Dancer, Choreographer, Teacher, and Youth Performing Group Director. Yvonne’s love for dance and movement has led to a versatile career including teaching Vinyasa & Hot Yoga for Yoga to the People in NYC, Coaching top Athletes at Hammer Athletics in Syosset, The Aviators Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, and runs a private Nutrition Health Coaching practice.

Copyright Gina Gibney Dance Inc., photo by Scott Shaw. 


The accessible entrance for this location is located at 280 Broadway. Please note that this is a shared entrance with the New York City Department of Buildings. To access the elevator, attendees may be asked to provide a valid photo ID and go through building security, including a metal detector.

Requests for reasonable accommodation or for access to the 280 Broadway entrance after 5:00 pm or on the weekend should be made three days in advance by contacting Elyse Desmond at 646.837.6809 (Voice only), or by e-mailing