Master Class Schedule

All Classes and workshops are $15 for a drop-in rate or FREE, with Festival Class Pass.

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Wednesday, May 30th


Facilitator: Lori Craig Torok

7 – 8:30PM

Theater Dance Studio

Reiki is a form of positive-energy healing, connecting with the universal life-force energies of Divine light and love. Reiki Movement brings these energies through the body, with focused, repetitive movement and dance. This gentle meditative movement may unlock deep holding patterns, setting the body free in a comfortable, safe, and nurturing environment.  We will also work with sound, through toning, drumming, and singing bowls for greater body awareness, balance, harmony, and healing. 

Levels: All levels.  This is also comfortable for non-dancers. Ages 16 and up.

Lori Craig Torok is a Reiki Master Teacher, Sound Healing Practitioner, and Shamanic Practitioner who also holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Education (Theatre concentration) and Master of Arts degree in Dance from State University of New York at Brockport.

Lori was a professional dancer, singer, and actress in New York City and worked as a Radio City Rockette for three years, among many other performance credits. Later she was the Director of the Musical Theatre program at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (’96 – ’99) and the Chair of Theatre Arts and Dance at Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee, CA (2000 – 2014). Presently, she is the Artistic Director of Avocado Dance Theatre and President of Dance Theatre Collective of Southern California, a non-profit community service arts organization. She also works with the City of Temecula on dance programing and is the Dance Scholar-in-Residence for the Old Town Temecula Community Theater.

Lori is a Reiki Master Teacher in the Usui Tradition and is a certified Karuna Reiki® Holy Fire II Reiki Master Teacher. She is also a Shamanic Practitioner and a Sound Healer.

Friday, June 1st


Instructor: Kristin Brown

11:30am – 1:00PM

Theater Dance Studio

Dust off those tap shoes and join us for a Broadway-style tap class that will be fun and energizing.

Level: All Levels

Kristin Brown began her study of dance at the age of three. She had the opportunity to study at dance schools in California and Utah where she learned a variety of dance styles including; ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and contemporary. She furthered her training in college and received her BA in Dance from Brigham Young University (BYU). While at BYU she was able to perform on the touring company, Contemporary Dance Theatre, and travel with them to India and Colorado. Kristin had the opportunity to work with renowned choreographers Donald McKayle, Diavolo dancers Jenn and Omar Olivas, Jennifer Backhaus, and others.  Kristin received further training at summer intensives including San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, Paul Taylor, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She most recently danced on the Utah-based company, SALT Contemporary Dance under the direction of Michelle Nielsen. It was there she was able to work with dancers from North West Dance Project and broaden her artistic abilities. Kristin also loves to teach and choreograph. She is excited to be back in California and to be a member of Avocado Dance Theatre.



Instructor: Tina Salas

1 – 2:30 PM

Theater Dance Studio

 Demonstrating hip hop with a fun and challenging experience for the Festival community. Come join the sweat and swag!

Level: Intermediate 

Tina Salas began her fantastic dancing career choreographing to the sounds of her fathers guitar! She has trained with Tabitha and Napoleon of SYTYCD, Culture Shock SD and Jabbawockeez. She has an incredible eye for detail in styling and precision, her gift of developing a student’s potential has been clearly demonstrated in the multiple dancers that she has produced through the years.  Her classes are strengthening, invigorating and demand excellence.


Instructor: Peter Kalivas

3 – 5:00 PM

Theater Dance Studio

 Beginning with standing exercises to engage and develop the body center, students will then practice clearly defined, efficient movement and approaches. Strongly influenced by classic concepts found in Horton, Graham, Ballet, and Taylor, the class expands to include challenging extended phrases, then moves across the floor with jumps and stretches, and finally choreography encompassing all of the above. 

Level: All Levels

Peter G. Kalivas, Founded his production company, The PGK Project in 1994 – Peter has danced & sang, choreographed, and taught worldwide for more than 30 years including ON BROADWAY as Mr. Mistofelles – the “magical” cat in “CATS” at The Winter Garden Theater/NYC.  He co-choreographed “Kilt” Off-Broadway starring Tovah Felshuh and was featured in productions and tours of: “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, On Your Toes, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma, Godspell, Pippin, among many others. His choreography has been commissioned by both ballet and contemporary companies throughout the US and abroad and been presented at major festivals worldwide.  Originally from Long Island, New York, Peter is a graduate of The University of the Arts (Dance Major, Music Minor), and trained extensively at The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet and The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School where he was invited to join The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater second company.

Over his career as a dancer he was an original member of Sean Curran Company/NYC originating roles at The Joyce Theater/NYC where he NY Times wrote his interpretations to be “…sublimely executed and spot on matched with exemplary skill, musicality and theatricality that can’t be beat”.  In Europe he was a member of The Iwanson Dance Company and soloist with The Bavarian State Opera Ballet/Munich and guest artist of the London Opera Ballet. His work has been presented at prestigious theaters and festivals worldwide including The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Ailey Citicorp Theater/NYC, Le Festival D’Avignon France, Festival de Cerventino Mexico, Dance Platform Turkey, The State Opera Ballet Theater Almaty Kazakhstan, Stamping Ground Dance Festival Australia, The Disney Lund Theater REDCAT Los Angeles, Florence Gould Hall/NYC among many others.  He is a Fulbright Scholar in Dance Education guest artist at Kyung Hee University Seoul, S. Korea, former faculty at TanzZentrum Conservatory Austria and The Iwanson Tanz Schule Germany and was a performance coach for Cirque du Soleil/Las Vegas.



Instructor: Nicole Thomas

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Theater Dance Studio

A dynamic ballet technique class focusing on minimal effort and maximum results.  

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Nicole Thomas received her formal ballet training from Balanchine ballerina Lind Yorth.  She has studied ballet for 23 years under instructors from Paris Opera Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Ballet Magnificat.  She has extensive training and professional experience in ballet, modern, jazz, and musical theater.  Nicole is owner of Dunamix Dance Project and Artistic Director of Duolos Dance Company.


Instructor: Julie Simon

11:30 – 1:00PM

Theater Dance Studio

Contemporary Brazilian challenges dancers to push beyond traditional techniques. This class is a joyous celebration that incorporates grounded and uninhibited Afro-Brazilian influenced expression, the posture and playfulness of Samba, together with fluid and voluminous contemporary floor movement. You’ll thank you and your body will thank you …once you catch your breath. 

Level: All Levels 

Julie Simon, co-owner of Infuse Dance Studio, Director of Tropicaleiza Dance Company and Founder and Artistic Director of Muvuca Bateria has been a professional dancer for 25 years performing in styles ranging from Brazilian, Caribbean and Latin Dances, to African and Afro-Contemporary Dance Styles. Founder of the JSMethod she currently teaches weekly classes as well as master classes and residencies throughout the Western US. For more info:


Instructor: Zaquia

1:15 – 3:15PM

Theater Dance Studio

Move from a place of play and curiosity with Zaquia Mahler Salinas in this contemporary technique class. Go beyond the mechanics and move into personal expression as we explore individuality within phrase-work. Drop In and Spiral Out is a mindful all levels class that gives dancers an opportunity to investigate dance technique while deepening sensory awareness that translates into individual and communal performance tools. Come practice presence of self in movement through choreographic exploration, structured improvisation, observation, and inter-personal connection. 

Level: All Levels

Zaquia Mahler Salinas, a native San Diegan, is a performer, dance maker, and teacher. After receiving her BA in Dance with Honors from UC Santa Barbara in 2011, she returned to San Diego and has been a company member with Jean Isaacs’ San Diego Dance Theater since 2012. In 2017 she obtained her MFA in Dance: Creative Practice form Saint Mary’s College of California where she focused on artistic development and dance as a platform for social justice. As a choreographer, Zaquia has presented dance works throughout California, and more recently in Texas, Peru and Mexico.


Instructor: Maria Tomillo

3:30PM – 5:30PM

Theater Dance Studio

This workshop is an introduction to the Spanish Baroque Dance Court from the XVII Century. Dance at the time of the famous Spanish painter, Velázquez. Participants will enjoy practicing the steps and a dance from the Juan Antonio Jaque’s Manuscript dated around the 2º half of XVII Century. We will have fun dancing and learning about history, social codes, dance history and even, understanding the origins of the actual Ballet technique. We will take a look to the Juan Antonio Jaque’s Manuscript and other ones related to understand the historical dance reconstruction and their dance steps. 

Level: All Levels, ages 14 and up 

Maria Tomillo is a professional dance teacher and choreographer. She has a degree on Spanish Dance and a Master’s degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Dance and Music of the XV and XVI-Centuries at the University of Valladolid (Spain). Professionally, Maria has danced with a variety of Renaissance Dance companies and tough different Historical Dance workshops. Maria is also a Spanish Dance and Inclusive Dance teacher and choreographer. In Spain, she created the DyD (Dance and Diversity) program with her on Dance Company (



Instructor: Christine Gregory

9:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Theater Dance Studio

 In this class, students will explore Afro-Cuban rhythms and movements deeply rooted in several dances of the Caribbean fused with jazz dance technique that includes warm up, across the floor, and center choreography that focuses on the intricacies of Latin dance performance qualities.

Level: All Levels 

Christine Gregory is a New York native who trained at the Alvin Ailey School and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She holds a BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA and an MFA in Dance from the University of California at Irvine. Christine Gregory has performed in professional modern and Latin dance companies in New York City and Philadelphia, as well as in southern California. She has danced with Brian Sanders, Curt Haworth, Jumatatu Poe, Genesis Dance Company, Santo Rico Dance Company, and guest performed with David LaChapelle, the Pacific Symphony, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Christine Gregory has had her choreography showcased at international salsa congresses with Santo Rico Dance Company, as well as onstage at several colleges such as UC Irvine, Cerritos College, Cypress College, and Santa Ana College. Currently, she is a full-time faculty member at Cerritos College.


Presenter: Annett Bone

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

This interactive workshop will teach participants 7 ways to enhance their dance content for maximum reach. Participants will learn simple strategies and tactics to make the most of their dance content. A question and answer segment will also be included as part of this workshop.

Level: Open to All

Annett Bone is the founder and host of The DancePreneuring Studio podcast where she guides her listeners on a journey of transformation inspired by dance, life, and business. The podcast is a reflection her personal adventure overcoming her fears and returning to her passion for dance after a 20 year hiatus, the lessons that she has learned along the way, and proving that it’s never too late to be great.

All Classes and workshops are $15 for a drop-in rate or FREE, with Festival Class Pass.

Click Here To purchase a Festival Class Pass