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Masters Pro Dance Workshop: a no-frills dance workshop for dancers over 30 years old!




Masters Pro Dance Workshop Studio Group

Masters Pro Dance Workshop
a no-frills dance workshop for dancers over 30 years old!

Welcome to the 5th Annual Masters Pro Dance Workshop at the world-famous Department of Dance at California State University, Long Beach. Our annual weekend of dancing, camaraderie, and sore muscles has brought over 100 dancers to CSULB in four years (many coming multiple years), raising nearly $24,000 for Dance student scholarships. What began as a silly dream by “Head Instructor” Andy Vaca has quickly become the largest fundraiser of the year for the Department of Dance and everyone’s favorite weekend adventure!

MPDW is formatted much like the USA, UDA, or NDA dance camps that many of us attended back in the day. Our material ranges from the type of routines you see at NBA and NFL sporting events to sassy jazz dances that you can practice back in the privacy of your home! The best part, however, is that you get to decide how far you want to push yourself! Don’t want to do floorwork? Me, neither! Afraid you’ll pull a hamstring muscle? Then kick it like it’s a tendu! Just smile, try your best, and have a great time.

Thanks to you who have attended in the past, MPDW is the largest fundraiser for CSULB Dance Scholarships all year long. Let’s see if we can beat our record and support even more talented students as they work toward their degrees and careers in Dance. So, check out the amazing instructors, and plan for a wonderful weekend with your friends and soon-to-be friends.

See you October 8!

Andy Vaca (your “Head Instructor”)
Department Chair, Department of Dance
California State University, Long Beach


EVENT IS FULL! Registration is closed.

2016 MPDW Attendees

Dian Bonds leads class

MPDW Staff from 2014

More MPDW Fun

Class with chairs

Hugs for all

JP Leads Class

The Workshop

All participants will have the opportunity to learn two dances and a “camp dance” from a staff of all-stars from the dance camp and pro dance team world. There will be routines in different levels and different styles, with an emphasis on choreography as opposed to technical “tricks.” All routines will be 45-60 seconds long, and often feature special “Flashback Material” utilizing steps and moves from our past! For those of you who are still dancing and teaching, you will take away some great material to share with your students, and experience teaching techniques and energy that will certainly add to your personal teaching methodologies. And, of course, there is drill down!!

You will also get an opportunity to learn in the largest dance department in higher education in the United States, the CSULB Department of Dance. Each studio has natural lighting (good for “mature” faces), raised floors (good for old bones), and lots of space! No dancing in parking lots or tennis courts for these bodies! Experience dancing in one of the most beautiful training grounds in the United States.


Sample Schedule (subject to change)

Saturday, Oct. 8
8:00     Registration
9:00     “Intros/Warm-up/Drill Down
10:00   Routine A
11:30    Camp Dance
12:00   Lunch
1:30      Routine B
3:00     Camp Dance
3:30     Routine Review/Drill Down
4:00     Cool Down/Stretch


Sunday, Oct. 9
9:00     Warm-up
9:45     Camp Dance/Drill Down
10:00   Routine Review
10:45    Drill Down Finals
11:15     Performance by CSULB Dancers
11:30    Routine Showcase
12:15    Awards/Photos

The Staff

Your staff include luminaries of the pro dance team/dance camp world! You get to work with Diane Bonds, Mina Ortega, John Peters, Andy Vaca, Drill Down Specialist Cindy Smith, and hopefully a few surprises! Make sure you register early so we know how many instructors to plan on.


Registration for MPDW must be done ahead of the event and will close when filled—the capacity is 100 dancers. Received payment is the only way to fully secure your spot at the Workshop.

Registration Fee:
$110   For both days (you will receive tax credit for a $60 donation)
$75     For Day 1 only (you will receive tax credit for a $40 donation)

Extras: We are not trying to make any money on t-shirts, so in order to provide them at cost, please indicate if you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt on the registration form. Also, please let us know on the registration form if you plan to attend our annual no-host reception on Friday, October 7 at 6:00 pm at a location to be announced!

Registration is a two-step process!

1. Click on Register Now at the top of this page or right HERE (2016 Event is full. Registration is clossed) for the on-line registration form. Fill out completely and press submit.

2. Send in payment in one of the two ways below:

  • Click on this GIVETOCSULB link and make a donation to the CSULB Department of Dance.

    • Start by clicking the “one-time gift” button.

    • Scroll down and click on College of the Arts.

    • Click on Dance Department.

    • Input your registration fee ($75 for one day, $110 for two days) amount in the box for Dance Department Scholarship Fund and press Return.

    • On the new page, type “Masters Pro Dance Workshop” in the “additional comments/instructions” box. Fill out your Contact Info below. Press Continue and follow additional directions on your screen.

  • Send a check made out to CSULB Department of Dance to:

  • Sylvia Rodriguez-Scholz
    CSULB Department of Dance
    1250 Bellflower Blvd.
    Long Beach, CA 90840
    Attn: Masters Pro Dance Workshop

Hotel Information

Hotel CURRENT / Long Beach
Hotel Address: 5325 East. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804
Telephone: 562-597-1341 Fax: 562-597-5171
Group Name: CSULB Dance Masters Pro Dance Workshop
Dates available: October 8-9, 2016
Discounted Rates:Lifestyle Guest room with two doubles or Single: $119.00 plus 12% tax. This will include continental breakfast buffet, free wifi, free parking and transportation to the campus (please call for details).
To reserve the rooms: Simply call Hotel CURRENT reservation desk at 562-597-1341 or 1-800-990-991 or email Nia Eng directly at before Sept, 23, 2016 midnight PST. Please use "CSULB Dance Masters Pro Dance Workshop " as a reference to get the discounted group rates.

Airport Holiday Inn:
Below is a “Preferred Account Partner” Booking Link with a discounted CSULB rate of $149.00 + tax. The rate is subject to availability and at times may not be available. Currently discounted rate is available for the dates you need. The individuals are more than welcome to book the CSULB rate individually by clicking on link below and entering dates.

Cal State University Long Beach 2016 Booking Link - Airport Holiday Inn

Please note - Individuals may also make reservations directly by calling Holiday Inn Reservation office at 1-800-HOLIDAY or by calling the hotel directly at 562.498.5432. Be sure they ask for The CSULB rate.

Looks like your event is during the same weekend as the Long Beach City Marathon – I would encourage people to book as soon as possible.