Summer Intensives

The Landing Dance - Summer Dance Intensive Classes
Ages 5-7 8-12 10-19
Dates 1 week (Aug 20th-24th) 1 week (Aug 20th-24th) 2 weeks (Aug 13th-24th)
Times 9am-3pm 9am-4pm 9am-4pm
Minimum dance experience required 1 year 1+ year 3+ years
Register by June 11th $425 $525 $999
Register after June 11th $475 $575 $1100

Summer Intensive Performance Showcase

Friday August 24th 2018 – 6:30pm | Norman Rothstein Theatre, 950 W 41st Ave, Vancouver

Dancers in the summer intensive will culminate 2-weeks of master classes with a performance showcase. Featuring all dancers between the ages of 5-19. Dancers will have the unique opportunity to bring new choreographic works and studio workshop concepts straight to the stage and log important performance hours with a supportive audience. A variety of dance genres will be performed including contemporary, jazz, hip hop and tap among others. Performances by guest choreographers and faculty alumni will also be showcased. This performance showcase is open to the public and has an anticipated run-time of 60 minutes.

The Landing Dance Centre’s Summer Intensive

Our Summer Intensive was created to challenge and inspire dancers in their pursuit for excellence. The setting is fast-paced and the information is detailed to simulate the environment of the professional dance world.

This is an excellent opportunity for dancers to continue their training in the summer and dance with new people. Throughout the week, our talented faculty will mentor each dancer in the search of what is necessary for them to push forward to reach their next level.

Days will be split into two sessions, separated by a break for lunch. The morning sessions will consist of technique classes in varying styles, where the afternoon sessions will rotate between choreography classes, body conditioning, and artistic training. Styles covered will include Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, Tap and Jazz, among many others.

Groups will be organized based on age, experience, and registration. A minimum of 1+ year dance experience is required to participate in the Shining Stars! and Junior Intensive. A minimum of 3+ years is required to participate in the Senior Intensive. As the name suggests, this intensive is both physically and mentally challenging as dancers will explore new movement forms and genres, teaching methodologies and learning environments. Dancers interested in auditioning for the Landing Dance Centre’s Advanced Division or placement in an ISTD examination program as highly encouraged to join the intensive.

Beginner dancers are encouraged to check out our Summer Dance Camps & Summer Dance Sessions.

Guest Faculty

Instructors Bios

Brenna McLaud-Bichara || ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Brenna has performed for Serge Bennenthan, PaulAndre-Fortier, Henry Daniel, Emily Molnar, Wen Wei Dance, Move: the company, Dancers-Dancing, and Full Performing Bodies, among many others. Brenna spent time in New York at The Ailey School and worked with the head of the Horton department at The Ailey School, completing the Horton Pedagogy Program for teachers. Brenna’s profound love of the Horton technique has grown over the years and her ability to share this wonderful technique has been a true gift for the dancers at The Landing Dance Centre.


Lonnie’s career has afforded him training at Alvin Ailey American Dance Centre, Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. II, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, and study with some of the most noted African American choreographers in American Modern Dance. He has also had the privilege of performing lead roles in countless productions with Wylliams / Henry Contemporary Dance Co, Kansas City, MO. Lonnie now shares his passion for dance as a choreographer and educator.

Tammy Sanderson || TAP

Tammy has a broad background in dance after living and studying all dance styles in Los Angeles for eight years. Tammy’s production credits include Stage Manager/Cast Manager for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Mascot Launch, 1 Year Countdown to 2010, IOC Opening Gala, The Great Big Boo and the 93rd Annual Grey Cup Parade and the CFL Western Final 1/2 time show. For the past nine years Tammy has been Venue Manager at the Pacific National Exhibition for productions such as Bring on the Night, Zydeco Jam, 100 Years of Fun Parade and Kaboom. She as well has been active in the teaching community in Vancouver since 1994 and has adjudicated across Western Canada for the past twenty one years.

Cassandra Naud || Hip Hop & Contemporary

Cassandra Naud is a professional dancer and public figure born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Theater. Credits include Nickelodeon’s movie Rags starring Keke Palmer, a Saturday Night Football promo collaboration between ESPN and Maroon 5, and is also a featured soloist in Leona Lewis’ music video Fire which stars top male supermodel Shaun Ross. She has worked with renowned director Kenny Ortega in the television series Bandolero as well as Disney’s Descendants 2 (Tony Testa & Kenny Ortega). Other credits include Hot Street with choreographer Paul Becker, and The Flash under the choreography of Zach Woodley and Kelly Konno. Stage credits include four times at the prestigious Choreographers Carnival at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, including a flash mob for rap artist Missy Elliot, and Canadian tour dates with Illustrative Society dance company. She also made her acting debut in a recurring role in Netflix’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, to be aired in 2018.Cassandra is also a dance educator, mentor and public speaker. She has taught all over California and Canada, including the renowned Harbour Dance Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2016 she was asked to speak at the TEDX University Of Piraeus conference in Greece, where we spoke about embracing uniqueness. She wishes to continue her journey as an artist and is excited for what’s to come.

Caitlin Griffin || Ballet

Caitlin Griffin -Over the past decade, Caitlin Griffin has performed in ballet and contemporary productions across Canada and in China, Thailand, and Israel. She has worked on stage with companies including Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, MOVE: the company, Sony Pictures’s Center Stage: Turn it Up, and the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies. She is an active member of Margie Gillis’ Legacy Project, in which she continues to study and perform under the Canadian Dance icon.

Presentations of Caitlin’s work have included multiple installments of at Dances for a Small Stage, 12 Minutes Max, The ROMP! Festival, The City of Vancouver’s Biennale Open Air Museum, The City of Coquitlam’s 125th Anniversary Celebration and for the BC Children’s Hospital A Night of Miracles Gala. Acting as ballet choreographer for Team Canada West in 2014, Caitlin’s choreography won 4 gold medals at the international competition in Poland. Caitlin is also a sought after adjudicator and guest teacher for youth and is passionate about community engagement through the arts. She is the director of #hdisfordancing, an initiative to support the Huntington Disease Community in Canada.

Amber Barton || Contemporary

Born and raised in Vancouver, Amber received her training with Goh Ballet Academy, Arts Umbrella, The Banff Centre Dance Training and Ballet British Columbia’s Mentor Program. Upon completion of her training, she established herself as a professional dance artist in Vancouver and has danced for various companies and choreographers, including: Joe Laughlin (Joe INK), Gail Lotenberg (LINK dance), Judith Marcuse (Judith Marcuse Projects), Lola MacLaughlin (Lola Dance), Martha Carter (Marta Marta Productions), Jennifer Mascall (Mascall Dance), Day Helesic (MovEnt), Lee su-feh (battery opera), Karen Jamieson (Karen Jamieson) Dance Company), Josh Beamish (MOVE: the company), Dana Gingras (Animals of Distinction), Ruckus Company Productions, Adam Shankman, Mark Godden, Marla Eist, Jennifer Clarke, Emily Molnar, Wen Wei Wang, Cori Caulfield, Lina Fitzner and Heather Laura Gray. She has also been featured as a guest artist with 605 Collective. Recent performances include Neworld’s Theatre of King Arthur’s Night.

As a choreographer Amber has had her work presented in various venues in Vancouver, across Canada, and internationally at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales and the NW New Works Festival in Seattle, WA. Amber has also begun choreographing and collaborating with theatre director Mindy Parfitt (This Stays in the Room) which also led to the creation and premiere of her first work in theatre entitled am a in March 2017.

Amber has been a guest teacher for Drive Dance Centre’s Scholarship Program, Harbour Dance, iNDUSTRY Dance Training Program, the Training Society of Vancouver (Working Class), Arts Umbrella, Victoria Academy of Dance, The Landing Dance Centre, Richmond Academy of Dance, Avant Dance Company and Caulfield School of Dance, where she currently teaches on staff. Amber has been invited to set works for the students of Dancestreams, Modus Operandi, Arts Umbrella, Pro Arte Dance, The Landing Dance Centre, Simon Fraser University’s School of Contemporary Arts and Coastal City Ballet. In 2016, Amber launched #dancehappy an outreach initiative through her company that offers free dance class once a month to people of all abilities and ages.

In 2008, Amber established her own Vancouver based contemporary dance company, the response.

Amy Burns || Tap

Amy has trained and performed extensively in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Modern Contemporary & Lyrical Jazz from a very young age, and has been teaching and choreographing Tap full-time for 21 years throughout the Lower Mainland, Northern B.C. (Smithers) and annual Summer School programs on Vancouver Island. She has a long list of accomplishments and award-winning competitive performances in Canada and the U.S. In July of 2009, it was with great excitement that she and 22 of her students participated in the “New York City Tap Festival” where they trained with world-renowned Masters and by audition, were chosen to perform their award-winning routines “Off Broadway” to a sold-out theatre. That evening Amy was honored with being chosen as the recipient of the “2009 NYC Tap Festival Outstanding Teacher/Choreographer Award” for her “Outstanding Dedication and Commitment to the Art of Tap Dancing”. Amy is one of the orginal members of Vancouver’s “URBAN TAP SQUAD”.

It is Amy’s desire to share with her students, her diversified training, technique, musicality and rhythm, and most of all, her genuine love and passion for Tap Dance. With her love of teaching children of all ages and adults, she foremost encourages fun and embracing the love and joy of “Tap”, with patience and positivity. She teaches and encourages her students to “un-tap” the joy of this wonderful instrument and music within them and to truly hear and articulate their own “joyful noise”.