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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 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 a total of 100 dancers to CSULB in three years (many coming multiple years), raising nearly $15,000 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!

Believe it or not, we are now at our 4th annual Masters Pro Dance Workshop!  As it has been in the past, the workshop is formatted much like a “ dance camp” that many of us attended back in the day when we were teaching summer camp, working as an advisor/choreographer, or dancing on a team.  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!  This year, expect to see “lyrical” routines make their MPDW debut!  The best part, however, is that you get to decide how far you want to push yourself!  Don’t want to do floorwork?  Don’t do it!  Afraid you’ll pull a hamstring muscle?  Then mark your kicks!  Just smile, try your best, and have a great time.

This year our goal is to raise more money than either year of MPDW so far.  So, check out the amazing instructors, and plan for a wonderful weekend with your friends and soon-to-be friends.

See you the first weekend in October!

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


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 since it has been such a big hit, Drill Down will back for its 3rd year!

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. 3
8:00     Registration
9:00     “Opening Ceremonies”/Warm-up
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. 4
9:00     Warm-up
9:45     Camp Dance
10:00   Routine Review/Drill Down
11:00   Special Performance by CSULB dancers
11:20   Showcase
12:15   Drill Down Finals/Awards/Photos

The Staff

We are expecting a slightly bigger group of dancers this year, so we are assembling an amazing staff of teachers.  Confirmed at time of publication are last year’s instructors Diane Bonds, Kristin Hollowaty, Mina Ortega, John Peters, Andy Vaca, plus special Drill Down Specialist Cindy Smith!  If we are lucky, we might see a special appearance by a certain twin of one of our staff!  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—our capacity is 100 dancers.  Received payment is the only way to fully secure your spot at the Workshop.

Registration Fee:
$110    For both days
$70      For Day 1 only

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 MPDW t-shirt ahead of time.  Also, please let us know on the registration form if you plan to attend our annual no-host reception on Friday, October 2 at 6:00 pm at Sababa Restaurant in Long Beach, at the Long Beach Marketplace, 6527 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA  90803.

To register, click on this Registration link and submit the Registration information.  Next, make payment.  Payment can be made two ways:

1) 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

2) Click on this link ( Donation Page ) and make a donation to the CSULB Department of Dance.  Make sure that you write that your donation is connected to Masters Pro Dance Workshop in the “Additional Information” box.  We will be notified when your payment goes through, and you will be registered.