Schedule of Classes & Workshops

Online registration for the

Front & Main Dance Festival, Temecula 2017

is easy and convenient


CLICK HERE – to purchase a class card, which includes ALL Festival classes/workshops, and the Lula Washington Master Class. $40


CLICK HERE – to register for the Lula Washington Master Class only.  $20


Drop-in Classes, pay at-the-door.

You may also purchase class cards at the registration desk, before any scheduled class.


Wednesday, May 31st

7 – 8:30 PM, Temecula Theater, Dance Studio

Choreography Workshop

Instructor: Aaron Shaw

Whether you like choreographing, hate it, or have never considered it, come join us for a choreographic workshop. We will spend the time exploring what choreography “is” and how to create things that interest others as well as ourselves. Have fun creating without being precious about any of it. If you have fears, let’s over come them. Let’s come together and choreograph an experience together!

$15 drop-in fee/FREE with class card/$5 observer fee


Friday, June 2nd 

7 – 8:30PM, Temecula Theater, Dance Studio

Reiki Movement/Hu-Mandala Workshop, with Sound Bath

Facilitators: Lori Craig Torok, with Steve Torok (musician)

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 dance. HuMandalas are guided sacred circle ceremonies made up of a group of people while moving in unison, without leaders or followers.  Everyone aligns and connects with each other through the flow of meditative movement and dance in concentric circle patterns of people, creating the human mandala [hu-mandala].  We will be working with the healing tones of the singing bowls (metal and crystal), which are tuned to the chakras of the body and multiple gongs, which are tuned to the sound frequencies of the planets (the music of the spheres).  This is a movement/sound workshop you’ll want to experience for greater energetic balance, harmony, and healing.  All levels of dance/movement experience are welcome for this workshop.

$15 drop-in fee/FREE with class card/no observers for this one


Saturday, June 3rd

9:00 – 10:30 AM,  Temecula Theater, Dance Studio

Intermediate/Advanced Ballet  

Instructor: Nicole Thomas

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

$15 drop-in fee/FREE with class card/$5 observer fee


10:35 AM – 12:30 PM, Temecula Theater, Dance Studio   

Surfaces of Support: Floorwork & Partnering Practices

Instructor: Crystal Sepúlveda

Surfaces of Support is a workshop that combines technique, creative possibilities, and is process based with occasional bursts that push our stamina. Enjoy a guided contemporary practice that focuses on our relation to physical surfaces both body and environment. Our exploration will include a study of different movement qualities and dynamics in our dance including efficiency in the movement of the human body. Through fixed dance phrases and improvisational tasks, we will make decisions about how we sense weight, flow, support, trust, contact and direction both individually and in partnering exercises. A keen study on spacial and body awareness will develop our kinesthetic intelligence.

$15 drop-in fee/FREE with class card/$5 observer fee


1:00 – 2:30 PM, Temecula Theater, Dance Studio

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Technique 

Instructor: Shauna Tyser

This class focuses on a warmup integrating the whole body.  Combinations are athletic, influenced by Horton, Graham, release techniques, and moving in and out of the floor. Shauna Tyser graduated Magna Cum Laude, with her BFA in dance performance and choreography from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and was the 2007 recipient of the Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities for excellence in dance. In the past she has performed with Philadanco II (Philadelphia), Contempra Dance Theater (Philadelphia), Opera Company of Philadelphia, Colette Harding Contemporary Dance Company (San Diego), Mojalet Dance Collective (San Diego), “Trolley Dances” with Jean Isaacs San Diego Dance Theater, isadoraNOW (San Diego) and as a Guest for Commercial Work with the PGK Dance Project (San Diego). She holds a certificate from the Teaching Artist Institute of San Diego, and has taught dance programs at private studios and public schools on the East and West Coast, as well as, internationally in Mumbai, India. Her choreography has been presented at the 2016 San Diego International Fringe Festival, danceXchange, in Temecula, CA, and she was a 2017 finalist for the San Diego Young Choreographers Showcase and Prize.  She is currently dancing with Avocado Dance Theater (Temecula), is a teaching artist with the California Center for the Arts Escondido, and is working towards her MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego.

$15 drop-in fee/FREE with class card/$5 observer fee


3:30 – 5:00 PM,  E.A.T. Marketplace [walking distance from the theater]

Dancers’ Round Table

Join us for a lively roundtable discussion about the joys and challenges we face as dance artists in today’s changing environments. E.A.T. Marketplace [28410 Old Town Front Street Temecula, CA 92590 – across from Starbucks] is a lovely place to sit, sip, and share (and as the name suggests, eat). Whether you are preparing for a performance a bit later or finishing your tech rehearsals for the day, join us for a bit of support, inspiration, and organic goodness!

All Festival participants and their guests are welcome/No host


Sunday, June 4th 10:00 – 12:00 Noon (on stage)

Master Class with Lula Washington

2014-09-04-LulaWashington1-thumbTake a master class with celebrated choreographer and teacher, Lula Washington. No stranger to Temecula’s dance scene, Ms. Washington brings a technique and style that is soulful and athletic.  Dance alongside members of her company, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, as she shares a lifetime of dance to this very special class.  The choreographer of Hollywood’s Avatar, Ms. Washington has won many awards and honors as a strong woman of dance and is a leader of dance in Los Angeles.  This class will inspire you and your dance!

$20 class fee/FREE with class card/$5 observer fee

Register for this class, as a stand alone purchase, online ($20): Click HERE.

Lula Washington Bio