Modas Summer Workshop

Modas Dance is new kind of dance education designed to promote diversity in young artists and encourage them to explore and discover their modus operandi, or method of operating. Modas brings master teachers from across the country specializing in ballet, contemporary and commercial dance, offering a variety of mediums and resources for young artists to explore and take advantage of while nourishing and cultivating each students unique talents.

"Modas was the best experience of my life. It made me fall even more in love with dance. I feel that Modas is something every dancer should experience at some point in their life. Modas challenges you to be creative and teaches you how to put your heart into every dance step you do. 

After going to the Modas Summer Intensive in the summer of 2017, I have changed into a completely different dancer.  Modas taught me how to be unique and how to lose myself in the movement. I tear up every time I think of my experience at Modas because it was truly breathtaking. 

You don't want to miss out on this opportunity to take classes from these inspiring teachers and grow into the dancer that you want to be!

~ Abby Conrad, age 16  |  attended Modas Summer Intensive 2017

Wichita Schedule

Meet the Faculty coming to Wichita

LAYLA AMIS, Director & Co-Founder of Modas

Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Repertoire/Choreography

Layla Amis, a native of Florida, attended New World College of The Arts in Miami on full scholarship. She continued her education in Chicago, training with Biruite Barodicaite, Anna Czaun, Jonathan Levy, Elana Anderson, Kevin Iega Jeff, Hubbard Street Chicago and on full scholarship at Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Center. Layla has danced professionally with New World Modern Dance Company, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, the Gail Gilbert Dance Ensemble and Moving People Dance Santa Fe. She has performed works by Mia Michaels, Kevin Iega Jeff, Gary Abbott, Tomi Paasonen, Gail Gilbert, Robert Moses, Nora Reynolds, Raoul Trujillio, Kevin Wynn and Sam Watson. 

 

In 1998 Layla moved to Santa Fe, NM and served as Artistic Director for Dance Arts Los Alamos for two years.  In 1999 Layla co-­‐founded Moving People Dance Santa Fe, a non-­profit professional contemporary dance company and school. Layla served as School Director and co-­Artistic director for Moving People Dance Santa Fe for five years, teaching ballet, modern dance technique and repertoire, as well as producing, directing and choreographing for over 20 pre-­professional and professional productions.  In 2005 Layla accepted the position of School Director for Alonzo King's LINES Ballet in San Francisco. During her time at LINES Layla helped build the LINES Ballet Summer Program to one of the premiere Summer Intensive programs in the country, along with creating a Year Round Training Program for young pre-­‐professionals and “Discovery Project”, a national outreach program. In 2009, Layla returned to New Mexico to serve as Executive Director for Moving People Dance Santa Fe. Currently, Layla is the co-founder/director of

Modas Dance and serves Dance Director and adjunct faculty for Santa Fe University of Art and Design, as well as continuing to teach and choreograph for various dance organizations.

KIKI LUCAS

Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, Improvisation, Repertoire

Kiki Lucas is currently entering her second year as adjunct faculty at Point Park University teaching jazz technique. She spends her weekends traveling as part of MODAS Dance faculty, as well as teaching at Millennium Dance Complex.  She is a PPU alumni and has been a part of the International Summer Dance faculty since 2002.  Over the years her career has panned from Pittsburgh Pa, to Los Angeles, CA, to Houston, TX to Miami, FL as well as many international teaching credits.

 

She was the Resident Choreographer of Met Dance Co for 8 years as well as a company dancer for 11 seasons in Houston, TX.  She recently spent a year in Miami ,FL presenting 3 successful full length evening performances as the Resident Choreographer of Mosaic Dance Project.

 

Kiki has worked with artists over the years such as, Robert Battle, Kate Skarpetowska, Peter Chu, Pattie Obey, Salim Gaulwoods, Sidra Bell, Larry Kegwin ,Joe Celej, Jason McDole and Kiesha Lalama

 

Her choreography has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Stage in both 2012 and 2014, The Kennedy Center, Met Dance Co, Towson University, Marygrove College, Point Park University, University of Central Oklahoma and The Grier School

 

Her International Teaching Credits include: Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bogota, Manizales, Pareira, Colombia. Costa Rica. Panama City, Panama. Montevideo, Uruguay and Zamora, Mexico.

 

Kiki was interviewed and featured in Dance Teacher Magazine for being a strong force in the freelance teaching world as well as being named one of Houston’s 100 most creative people by the Houston Press.

 

She was a director of the Met Too Youth Company as well as on faculty at Theater Under the Stars in Houston , TX.

 

Other teaching credits include: Broadway Dance Center, Debbie Reynold’s Dance Studio, Hawaii Pacific University, Michigan University, SCAPA- Kentucky, Alabama School of the Fine Arts, Texas A&M, University of Houston, Sam Houston University, Ad Deum Dance Co., San Diego State University, Midwestern Arts Conference, YES Dance Festival VA, Dallas Morning New Festival, Choreographer’s Ball Los Angeles CA, Candy Apple’s Dance, Tobin Fine Arts San Antonio, Fort Worth Dance Festival, Miami Arts Charter School, Florida Dance Masters and Dance Masters of America and CREATE dance festival Miami, FL

ARTURO FERNANDEZ

Ballet, Contemporary, Repertoire, Choreography

A native of Oakland, CA, Arturo began dance training at the School of Performing Arts of USIU in San Diego. After only two years of intensive study he joined San Diego Ballet in 1976. Other companies he's performed with are California Ballet, Arizona Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Ballets Trocadero de Monte Carlo and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. After moving back to California, he joined Oakland Ballet and ODC/San Francisco and served as the assistant to the choreographers from 1988 until Spring of 1991. Arturo has choreographed for the James Sewell Ballet, Inland Pacific Ballet, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and has also demonstrated his work in self-produced concerts throughout the region. Since 1992, he has been the Ballet Master for Alonzo King LINES Ballet, assisting Alonzo King in the creation of new work. Since 1998, he has coordinated and taught in Alonzo King's Professional Workshop. In 2001, he directed the first summer Pre-Professional Program at LINES. For almost two decades he has been an integral part of the Alonzo King Dance Center teaching for the Dance Center, the LINES Training Program and the LINES BFA program. He has set Alonzo King's ballets on companies and universities throughout the US including NYU, Washington University in St. Louis and Western Michigan University. Most notably he set Alonzo King's HANDEL on the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm.

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