Professional Connections & Opportunities for our community!
Our workshops & camps are intended to bring professionals & performing arts education to our community. Seize every opportunity to better yourself & feel comfortable that our doors are open to everyone for student development only.
We are thrilled to be bringing Lorraine Graves to PACE Nov 2nd & 3rd! Her classes are open to all intermediate & advanced level ballet dancers throughout the state! Email dance@pacewv for more info.
Lorraine Graves was born in Norfolk, Virginia and began her classical training at the Academy of the Norfolk Ballet under the direction of the late Gene Hammett. In later years she was awarded full scholarships to the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Center. Upon graduation from high school, she attended Indiana University at Bloomington completing a four year program in three years earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ballet with Distinction.
Ms. Graves began her professional career with the Dance Theatre of Harlem rising to the rank of Principal Dancer within one year and three years later, became Ballet Mistress in addition to her duties as a dancer.
Ms. Graves’ performance credits with DTH included Giselle, Firebird, Footprints Dressed in Red, The River, Toccata E Due Canzoni, Etosha, Serenade, The Four Temperaments, Agon, Allegro Brillante, and the role of the Siren in George Balanchine’s The Prodigal Son. She also had leading roles in Frederic Franklin’s stagings of Pas de Dix, Prince Igor and Scheherazade and Arthur Mitchell’s Rhythmetron, Holberg Suite and Fete Noire.
Television credits include the role of Myrta in NBC’s airing of Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Creole Giselle; the Princess of Unreal Beauty in the PBS production of John Taras’ The Firebird; and the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California.
Ms. Graves’ guest appearances include performances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concert Series, The Norfolk Civic Ballet, The River City Ballet, The Northwest Florida Ballet, and with the Virginia Ballet Theatre at the 1996 International Azalea Festival and Dance Theatre of Harlem’s 30th Anniversary Celebration at New York’s City Center.
Ms. Graves has extensive teaching experience including, the North Carolina School of the Arts, The Governor’s School for the Arts in Virginia, The Virginia School of the Arts in Lynchburg, VA., The Cornish Institute in Seattle, WA., the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, the South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts, DTH’s Kennedy Residency Program (now the Pre-Professional Program), the Virginia Ballet Theatre, the Flint Institute of Music, and the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association (SERBA).
Ms. Graves is permanent guest faculty for the Virginia School of the Arts, and is on the Master Teacher faculty at Dance Theatre of Harlem. She is an invited guest teacher for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and is also lead adjudicator for the West Virginia Dance Festival.
Braham Logan Crane - (Guest Faculty) September 1-3
Braham Logan Crane is an expert in the art of movement. He has a way of creating fresh and innovative work that encompasses intense emotion and pure passion. He puts it all together with his signature style blending ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop and contemporary movement.
As a choreographer, Braham has set works on distinguished dancers from American Ballet Theater, Bolshoi Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet, as well as collaborating with recording artist and Broadway star, Angela Ai. Braham choreographed and performed at the Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary. He has set original versions of Altar Boyz and Cats at the Roxy Regional Theatre in Tennessee. Recent commissions include works for Bad Boys of Dance, starring and directed by Rasta Thomas and Houston Metropolitan Dance Company. As a teaching professional, Braham has served on the faculty of many renowned dance schools including Virginia School of the Arts, Koresh Dance Center, University of the Arts, Broadway Dance Center, Peridance and Steps on Broadway.
Included in Braham Logan Crane’s diverse concert and stage work is the critically acclaimed dance company, ASH Contemporary Dance. Braham served as founder, artistic director, as well as choreographer for company pieces. ASH Contemporary Dance has toured throughout the United States in addition to Canadian and European tours.
Braham Logan Crane has won prestigious awards and received unique honors for his work. Braham became the youngest choreographer to win the Gold Leo’s Award for excellence in jazz choreography at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Buffalo, NY. He was also awarded the silver medal at the Festival Des Arts De Saint-Sauveur International Choreography Competition in Quebec.
At age 26, Braham founded ASH Productions, LLC, and currently serves as the executive director. ASH Productions produces numerous dance events throughout the country, and is launching their inaugural tour in the fall of 2011, Artists Simply Human: The Workshop Experience. In this exciting venture, Braham is thrilled to be working with many talented artists including: Dee Caspary, TOKYO, Jason Samuels-Smith, Sascha Radetsky, Tovaris Wilson, Wes Veldink, Christopher Huggins, Melanie LaPatin and Desiree Robbins.
Radio City Rockette Open Master Classes @ PACE with Lauren Gaul
10 year Rockette Veteran & Dance Faculty at PACE University New York
January 5th & 6th
Ages 12 - Adult
Complimentary Master Class October 17th 4:00-5:00 ages 12 & up Tokyo travels the world choreographing musicals, music videos, his own professional company, teaches for multiple conventions!
Kevin "Tokyo" Inouye has taken the IDEAL journey up to where he is now, and that is due to his hard work and dedication towards his students and his teaching. If you have ever taken a class with Tokyo, you know that he starts every class with a talk, and ends it in a talk as well. Tokyo is more than just a choreographer, he is an honest teacher. Tokyo started off doing most of his work with Steps Dance Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Last year Tokyo made the decision to move to LA and take his career to the next level. Those who have been to Los Angeles and know dance, know that Millenium is one of the hottest spots to take class from some of the best choreographer out there. Well, Tokyo wasn't living in LA for more than a few months before he landed a weekly job at Millenium.
Tokyo has started his own company (TOKYOtheCOMPANY) and is touching the lives of his students in every way he can, making him one of the most feared choreographers in the industry by fellow choreographers. His popularity is blowing through the roof and seems to consistently growing as each day goes by.
Tokyo has been fortunate enough to have done master classes and choreography in the US, Canada, Finland, Poland, Costa Rica, Australia, France and UK for many studios, companies, casinos and colleges, most notably the prestigious Juilliard School.
He has also been invited to teach on several main stream dance conventions including Coastal Dance Rage, NRG Dance Project and Intrigue Dance Intensive, just to name a few.