Dance workshop in Newport a can’t-miss

Accomplished choreographers to instruct students Oct. 12

The annual Newport Dance Workshop, set for Saturday, Oct. 12, will be held at Dance! And All That Jazz! by returning Los Angeles instructors/choreographers Bill Prudich, Amanda Leise and KC Monnie.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our local dance students to be able to study from professionals in the industry who are current with the most up-to-date material,” said Teri Jernigan, director of Dance! And All That Jazz! “These artists perform and teach throughout the world and are extremely knowledgeable about auditioning and making dance a profession.”

Many dance students from throughout Oregon will be attending the event.

Bill Prudich is the executive director of the world-renowned EDGE Performing Arts Center and co-director of the EDGE Scholarship Program. He is an instrumental component of the corporation and has been involved in every aspect of its operation from its beginning.

While Prudich worked professionally as a dancer and actor, he began teaching dance in Los Angeles in 1983. His comedic style and knack for making students understand quickly established him as a highly sought-after teacher in Los Angeles and throughout the United States for private workshops and conventions. His teaching career has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, where he is an advisor for a dance syllabus. In 1988, Prudich and collaborator Randy Allaire created the professional training program. The renowned customized and comprehensive training program completes and establishes aspiring professional dancers.

Amanda Leise, originally from Boulder, Colo., has been performing, teaching and choreographing in LA since 2002. Her film and industrial credits include Dance 10, Heart Association Ball and Cherry Creek Arts. Her stage appearances include Kitty McNamee Benefit, Interweave Dance Theater, The Nvitational, California Adventure, EDGE scholarship show, and Adam Parson’s Essentials show. Leise currently teaches at Wild Heart Dance Dimensions in Boulder and Hollywood Vibe Dance Convention. She is in high demand as a master teacher and choreographer both nationally and internationally. She was a guest teacher in Nicosia, Cyprus for Dance Anonymous, as well as the internationally known Boulder Jazz Dance Workshop for the past six years. She looks forward to sharing her passion of dance and teaching her students how to express themselves through the art of dance.

Originally from Seattle, KC Monnie moved to Los Angeles after receiving a scholarship from EDGE Performing Arts Center in Hollywood. Most recently, he has danced in the record-breaking, FOX live event, “Grease Live!” He has worked exclusively with Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Kylie Minogue, Jane Lynch, Emma Stone, Betty White, Boyz II Men, Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Iggy Azalea. Monnie has danced in 5 hit seasons of the FOX hit show Glee, choreographed by Zach Woodlee. He has been in numerous performances on Dancing with the Stars over the past nine seasons, choreographed by Mandy Moore, Chriss Scott, Dee Caspary, Marty Kedelka, Marguerite Derricks and Kenny Ortega. He is the associate choreographer on American Idol, where he was also a featured dancer. Monnie can be seen in the box office hit “No Strings Attached” and the remake of the movie “Fame.” Other credits include Assistant Choreographer for “EASY A” and “90210”, dancing with Rihanna at the VMA's and the Will and Grace promo choreographed by Michael Rooney.

Classes offered for the weekend workshop will include jazz, jazz funk, tap, hip hop, contemporary, turns and musical theater. The classes will be at the beginning and intermediate/advanced levels. The final class of the day will be an audition class. One dancer will be chosen to receive a week's scholarship at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles and two dancers will receive a free workshop next year. The classes will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Dance! And All That Jazz! Leise will also be setting a tap dance on the Adult Tap II class, to be performed next year for the Kidstuff production. Registration is at 8 a.m. The workshop location is 630 SW Hurbert St in Newport.

Sponsors for the Newport Dance Workshop are TJ Hoofers, Inc., Dance! And All That Jazz!, The Hallmark Resort and JC Market of Newport. For a schedule of classes, call 541-265-6168 or visit online at Advanced registration is highly recommended.