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JUNE 24- 28
JUNE 17- 21
JULY 8- AUGUST 8
Jr. and Sr. Intensive Guest Artists
ROBERT MCKEE- JUNE 17-21
Robert Mckee attended Point Park University and is a former company member of Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. He has been a guest dancer and choreographer most recently with Chicago Dance Crash, Cerqua Rivera, and other Independent projects. Robert began an interest in teaching and choreography at a very young age. Influenced by percussive rhythms and dynamic shapes, he finds himself always inspired to create. Robert has been on faculty at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, a teacher for Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, and teaches throughout the Chicagoland area. He has worked with Rockford Dance Company, The Giordano Project, Giordano Juniors, McDonald Dance Academy, Barrington High School, Northshore School of Dance Performing Ensemble, the Giordano on Giordano choreography showcase, Riverside Brookfield High School, Northern Illinois University and Framework Dance Chicago. Currently Robert serves as the Artistic Director of Inaside Chicago Dance.
ASHLEY ROCKWOOD- JUNE 24-28
Ashley Rockwood discovered a love for dance at the age of 2 at Daryl Jervis Dance Studio in Toledo, OH. Her passion continued to grow doing workshops and taking trips to L.A. While attending high school, on her summers she was a dancer at Kings Island of Ohio. Ashley went on to receive a B.A. in Dance from Point Park University with a concentration in Jazz. There she worked with choreographers Ron de Jesus, Lauri Stallings, Kiesha Lalama, and Doug Varone. As a member of the Actor’s Equity Association, she has been in the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera’s productions of “42Street”, “Music Man”, “Hello Dolly”, and “Me and My Girl”. She was also principal dancer and understudy in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of “Show Boat” in 2012. Ashley has taught in GDJ’s Jazz Dance/Science & Health program at Peirce Elementary, Goudy Elementary, and Swift Elementary. She enjoys teaching and choreographing in Chicago, the suburbs and in Master Classes all over the county. Most recently Ashley was see performing with Beyoncé in Oprah’s Farwell Episode and in the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. Upon College graduation, she became a member of Giordano II for the 2007-2008 season. Following, she joined the Company and was honored to perform six seasons with Giordano Dance Chicago. Currently Ashley is the founder and director to two amazing dance programs, Dancers Awareness Project and Free Mvmnt Shop.