Department of Dance Office: DC-S131     Phone: 562-985-4747     Fax: 562-985-7896


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



Masters Pro Dance Group Photograph

Masters Pro Dance Workshop
a no-frills dance workshop for dancers over 30 years old!
October 7-8, 2017

Check back soon for 2017 Registration!

Welcome to the 6th 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 last year alone, raising nearly $35,000 for Dance student scholarships since our inception in 2012. 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 every dancer’s favorite weekend adventure!

MPDW is a two-day “dance camp” structured like the USA, UDA, and NDA dance camps that many of us attended in our youth. MPDW 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 the generosity of our past attendees, MPDW is the largest fundraiser for CSULB Dance Scholarships all year long. Let’s see if we can beat the record we set in 2016 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 7!

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, concert dance, 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. 7
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. 8
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
12:45    Awards/Photos

The Staff

Your staff include luminaries of the pro dance team/dance camp world! Though subject to change, look forward to working with the following choreographers:

  • Diane Bonds—former USA Program Director and choreographer for the world-famous Los Angeles Laker Girls
  • Nate Hodges—Artistic Director of RhetOracle Dance Company and 2nd year MFA student at CSULB
  • Julio Medina—CSULB’s newest tenure-track dance professor is also the first Hip Hop dancer/choreographer to serve on the permanent faculty of CSULB Dance
  • Marina Ortega—Director of the Boston Celtics Dancers and Co-Director of Pro Action Dance
  • Mina Ortega—Director of the USC Trojan Dance Force and Co-Director of Pro Action Dance
  • John Peters—legendary choreographer in the pro dance team world and award-winning high school and collegiate choreographer
  • Drill Down Specialist Cindy Smith—former USA Program Director and award-winning dance team coach/choreographer
  • Andy Vaca—choreographer with over 30 years of dance team experience and the current President of the American College Dance Association


Registration for MPDW must be done ahead of the event and will close when filled—the capacity is 125 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 6 at 6:00 pm at Parker’s Lighthouse, 435 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach

Registration is a two-step process!

  1. Click on Register Now for the on-line registration form. Fill out completely and press submit.

  2. Pay Online or by Check:

    • Please click PAY NOW to make an online payment.

    • OR

    • Send a check made out to CSULB Department of Dance (do NOT write your check to Masters Pro Dance Workshop) 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 6 and 7, 2017
Discounted Rates: We have a block of 10 rooms at a discounted rate of $119.00 plus tax per night.
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 Please use "Masters Pro Dance Workshop" as a reference to get the discounted rate.

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 2017 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.


Marina Ortega teaches class

Nate Hodges teaches class

Mina Ortega hugs student

Diane teaches class

Hip Hop Class

Andy Vaca teaches class

JP Leads Class

Monique leads sassy class