Teen ballroom dance camp. Dancers will learn the American Smooth Syllabus for the Waltz, Fox Trot, and American Tango. This is ideal training for dancers of other genres, theater arts majors, and those looking to try something new and challenging! Training will be conducted by Hannah Cole and Cynthia Gamez. Dancers will have the option to take Medals Certification in Ballroom Dance through Dance Vision.
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
June 12 & 13
June 19 &, 20
June 26 & 27
July 3 & July 10
El Paso Dance Works, 6633 N. Mesa, Ste. 310.
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Hannah won her first dance competition aged 7, free-styling to “She Wore An Itsy-Bitsy-Teeny-Weeny-Yellow-Polka-Dot Bikini" at a talent show in Northern California. Drawn to musical theatre throughout high school, Hannah first experienced partner dance while studying in Costa Rica in 1993. She was certain she had struck gold and became determined to share it with the world.
Hannah has since contributed to the ballroom profession as a teacher, coach, dance director, studio consultant, trainer of teachers, performer, competitor, choreographer, director, and producer. She has worked, competed, and performed throughout the U.S. and abroad. Among other achievements, she was a 2004 Ohio Star Ball Rising Star Smooth Finalist, and has won countless top teacher awards competing in all styles and levels. Her technical precision, innovative teaching techniques and genuine love of people have made her a most requested instructor and coach.
In 2012, Hannah was recruited to Las Cruces, New Mexico to establish and direct the New Mexico State University Dancesport concentration. Amongst her many accomplishments during her time at NMSU, she brought home 47 national collegiate dancesport championship titles, raised more than $200,000 net profit to support the program, created, directed, and produced nine performance productions, contributed to nearly 60 community service projects, and successfully placed every graduate into professional careers. In 2015, Hannah was honored with congressional recognition for her achievements with the Dancesport company and her positive representation of the Southern New Mexico region. Completing her time at NMSU in 2017, Hannah now enjoys studio life once again where she continues to bring the joy of dance to the lives of all people and lives by the vision uniting the world through dance.™
Hannah is the residing director of the USA Dance College Network and Chair of the National Collegiate Dancesport Championships. She is co-author to the 2015 DVIDA Silver American Rhythm manual, a successful trainer for professional certifications, a pro-DVIDA Regional Examiner (since 2006) and holds professional certifications in American Style Rhythm and Smooth, and International Style Standard and Latin with DVIDA, ISTF and Terpsichore. Hannah holds Bachelors degrees in Geography and Environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a Masters of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University. Her area of research involved the relationship between emotions, stress and performance. Her personal interests lie in partner dance as a means for personal transformation and connection.
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Cynthia Gamez specializes in Argentine Tango and Ballet. She has taught ballet for over 10 years principally to adults. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Theater Arts and Ballet Technique, and is a Cecchetti Council of America Associate Ballet instructor. She is also DVIDA certified in Argentine Tango (Full Bronze) and in American Smooth (Jr. Associate). She recently received certification to teach the latest in ballet technique methods developed in Australia called " Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT). She has competed in the 2016 and 2017 USA Tango Championships, was a semifinalist in the 2018 Southern California Argentine Tango Championship in the stage category, and is a community organizer for tango events in El Paso and is co-host of the Paso del Norte Tango Club Saturday Night Milonga, now in its 15th year. She has a passion for teaching adults and loves to share her knowledge of dance, ballet, and Argentine Tango with her students.