Texas (Ages 9 – 25)

Joffrey Southwest Dallas

This jazz and contemporary intensive focuses on jazz, contemporary and modern dance forms culminating in a professionally produced theater performance.

Classes also include ballet technique (both classical and contemporary), street jazz, pilates and yoga. The intensive will feature our world renowned faculty providing dancers an unparalleled dance experience.

The Texas Woman’s Univeristy (DENTON) location is an idyllic safe campus setting.

The institution features numerous state of the art studios and the awe inspiring Margo Jones theater.

Artistic Director

Takehiro “Take” Ueyama
Takehiro “Take” Ueyama
Kaili Bright
Kaili Bright
Zach Law Ingram
Zach Law Ingram
Abigail Simon
Ceyhun Oszoy
Ceyhun Ozsoy
Thelma Flores
Akilah Brooks

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Dates and Times

08/01/16 – 08/19/16
Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm  |   Days: Monday – Friday

Possible Locations/Studios

Texas Womans University, Denton, Texas
304 Administration Dr Denton, TX 76201

Studio 1 at the DGL 208
Studio 2 at the DGL 210
Studio 3 at the Pioneer Hall 328

Note: Please see your Weekly Schedule’s studio assignment for your exact location



Audition Required
1 year of Ballet and 2 years of Jazz & Contemporary Dance. Pointe is not required however it is preferred.

Program Registration

Ages 9 – 25

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Takehiro “Take” Ueyama

Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Takehiro “Take” Ueyama moved to the United States in 1991 to study dance at the Juilliard School in New York City. Upon graduation, he was invited to join the Paul Taylor Dance Company, touring the world with them for 8 years.

In 2003 Ueyama debuted his first choreographic work, Tsubasa, performed with fellow Taylor dancers at the McKenna Theatre at SUNY New Paltz, NY, and in 2005 founded TAKE Dance. He has performed repeatedly as a guest artist with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre. His television and film credits include PBS’s Dance in America series (with the Taylor Company), Acts of Ardor and Dancemaker, a film by dancer/choreographer Mathew Diamond.

Having been a baseball player in Japan before fully committing to dance, Ueyama’s work blends both eastern and western sensibilities. Containing both powerful athleticism, as well as traces of his Japanese heritage by employing delicate gestures, his repertoire has been inspired by the beauty in nature, the duality of darkness and light in the universal human condition and the humanity and compassion in day-to-day living. These elements, combined with his various partnerships and collaborations with artists of other genres, lend diversity to movement, music and subject
matter. Described as both sensitive and exciting, Ueyama’s choreography ensures a place for the heart on any stage it appears, a feast for the eyes, mind and soul; it is uniquely, “TAKE”.

In 2005 Ueyama‘s work, Sakura Sakura was a prizewinner at the International Modern
Dance Choreographic Competition in Spain, and he was one of four choreographers selected for 2006 Free to Rep at Florida State University, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. In 2010 he was the first choreographer to win the S & R Foundation’s prestigious Washington Award. Ueyama received the 2015 Jadin Wong Award for Emerging Asian American choreographer by Asian American Arts Alliance.

Kaili Bright

KAILI BRIGHT is a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher most known for her individual style and passion for dance. Born in Hawaii, Bright was introduced to dance at a young age to gain confidence, due to the birthmark covering half of her face. Bright has toured with Justin Bieber and appeared on the Believe Tour Documentary. She has worked in film/ television and live stage-Best Dance Crew, and has danced for Rhianna, Ariana Grande, JLO, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Derulo, Hailee Steinfield and FKA Twigs.

Zach Law Ingram

ZACH LAW INGRAM is from Miami, Florida where he graduated from New World School of the Arts. He is a National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) Gold medalist and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Ingram trained with The Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Miami City Ballet, to name a few. Ingram went on to join Ailey II and soon became a founding member of Space T.U. Embrace project. Ingram has danced with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Armitage Gone!, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Lion King Las Vegas, Lion King on Broadway, and Walt Disney World’s Festival of the Lion King. He has performed works by Alvin Ailey, Dwight Rhoden, Alonzo King, Martha Graham, Judith Jamison, Twyla Tharp, Karole Armitage, Earl Mosley, Troy Powell and Peter London.

An innovator and choreographer, Ingram has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Lion King Las Vegas, Ballet Noir, DBDT-Encore!, and numerous dance studios throughout the nation. Ingram formed his own company, 6 o’Clock Dance Theatre in January of 2014.

Abigail Simon

ABIGAIL SIMON is currently on the international Broadway tour of An American in Paris. Recently, Ms. Simon played the role of Louise to critical acclaim in Rob Ashford’s production of Carousel. Abigail trained at The School of American Ballet and was a member of American Ballet Theatre prior to dancing with Chicago’s Joffrey Ballet company and touring as a principal guest artist.

In 2014, Abigail signed as an Ambassador/Capezio artist and now routinely models internationally, and is recognized as an international manager, guest speaker, and teacher/ballet coach. In the summer of 2017, Abigail partnered with Ray Thompson to form Simon and Thompson Entertainment. Clients include dancers from New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, The Royal Ballet of London, and Broadway’s An American in Paris.


Principal in Adolphe Adam’s Le Corsaire, the principal in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Nutcracker, Louise in Carousel, the principal in Ballanchine’s Baiser de la
Fee and Divertimento 15, Demi Soloist in Symphony in C, the French Girl in Mark Diamond’s American in Paris, Sir Frederick Ashton’s Monotones I, the Pas de deux from Bourneville’s Flower

Festival, Principal in Raymonda, and the Diamond pas de deux in Sleeping Beauty. With the Joffrey Ballet, Abigail has performed roles in Arpino’s Kettentanz, Mobiles, Lilac Garden, Green
Table, Ashton’s Cinderella, and Twyla Tharp’s Water Baby Bagatelle. She has danced new choreography by Wayne McGregor, Christopher Wheeldon, Yuri Possokhv, Sean Curran, Stephen Mills, Jessica Lang, Benjamin Millepied and Brian Reeder. Abigail also appeared on Broadway as a guest soloist in The Phantom of the Opera. In August 2017, Abigail performed Christopher Wheeldon’s After the Rain pas with Matthew Golding as a principal guest artist at the Gala Internacional de Ballet in Santiago, Chile.

Ceyhun Ozsoy

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Ceyhun Ozsoy was born in Turkey.  He began his ballet education at the Ankara Government Conservatory where he studied with Molly Lake, Travis Kemp, Angela Bayley and Beatrice Appliard Fenmen.  After nine years of study, he graduated with an excellent degree in 1968.  In the summer of 1972 he earned his bachelor’s degree from the conservatory.  He danced with the Turkish National Ballet Company in Ankara for 18 years as a soloist and as principal dancer.  He also acted as ballet master for the company in the later years.  Ceyhun also danced with Bayarische Staatsoper Company in Munich, West Germany.  During his career, he performed major roles in many of the classics such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, La Fille Mar Gardee, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita, Don Quixote and Coppelia, to name a few.  He has worked with great masters of the ballet world, including Dame Ninette de Valois, Anton Dolin, John Gilpin, Alfred Rodrigues, John Neumeier, Sandor Toth, Irina Hudova, Nina Tcholova, Sulamith Messerer, Nicolai Haritnov, Aleksander ProkovskyVladimir Tsoukanov, and many more.  He served as ballet master for Delta Festival Ballet in New Orleans for eight years.

In 1990 Ceyhun moved to Dallas and founded Ozsoy School of Ballet.  Currently, in addition to being director of his school, he is a part-time faculty member at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas, Joffrey Ballet School’s eight week summer program, and he is a guest master teacher for The Compañia Nacional de Danza in Mexico City.

Thelma Flores

Thelma Flores holds a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts with a major in Ballet and Pedagogy and Minor in Education at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (U.A.N.L.) in

Monterrey, N.L., Mexico. riginally from Monterrey, NL Mexico began to dancing/Ballet at the age of 5 under the direction of Mrs. Claradelia Peña. As part of her training she attended many Summer Intensive including: “Escuela Nacional de Ballet” La Havana Cuba, “Scuola Professionale Italiana de la Danza (SPID)” Milano Italia, “Centro Cultural Espacio en Movimiento” Guadalajara Jal., “Ballet of las Americas” El Paso Tx. Thelma Flores training is base in the Cuban Syllabus, and the Royal Academy of Dance. During her training she has been working with amazing training artists in the Ballet world including Maestro Fernando Alonso, Maria Eugenia Fuentes, Egon Bischoff, Ingeborg Heuser, Elsa Recagno, Dulce Ma. Silvera, Anna Maria Prina. She also has been offered scholarships by the Ballet of the Americas, Scuola Profesional Italiana de la Danza and U.A.N.L.

Collaborated, under the tutelage of master and teacher Fernando Alonso (founder of Cuban Ballet), in the restructuring of the curricula of the Classic Dance Basic Level of the U.A.N.L. She was part of the Scenic Art Company from UANL were she participated in different roles and ballets including Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Black Swan, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty. Have passed the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Vocational Graded Exams. Certified PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique). Over 15 years experience as a Ballet teacher and Dance Program Coordinator.

Akilah Brooks

Akilah Brooks, a Baltimore native, began her dance training at the Baltimore school of the arts, where she graduated with honors. She is a graduate of Point Park University with a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in modern dance. Brooks has worked with noted choreographers such as Christopher l. Huggins, Troy Powell, Mark Morris, Sidra Bell, and Garfield Lemonius. She has most recently danced with Dallas Black Dance Theater II under the direction of Nycole Ray. Within the past year she also has been featured as a dancer in the Dallas opera’s production of Showboat. Brooks has danced with the Bruce Wood Dance Project for the past two years.