Summer Dance at MDC

photo: Bidewell Photography; dancer: Natalee Maxwell


Magnify Summer Dance Intensive, June 5-23:

WHAT: Our 3-week Summer Dance Intensive is designed for aspiring & current dance professionals, and is a stepping-stone for students ages 6-18. Learning from our world-class instructors, students will be immersed in classes with a comprehensive curriculum rooted in classical ballet as well as contemporary dance.

During the intensive, students will obtain supportive and rigorous training that will enrich and complement their prior dance education and fuel their growth for the summer and season to follow.

Classes* take place Monday through Friday and may include:

  • Ballet technique
  • Pointework
  • Partnering
  • Classical variations
  • Repertory
  • Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Progressing Ballet Technique US
  • Musical Theatre
  • Pilates
  • Body Conditioning
  • Dance History
  • Career Studies

* Class placement/levels/schedule may be altered based on enrollment.

Our 3-week program culminates in an in-studio performance of Level 1-5 students*.

*Only 3-week students participate in the final performance.

WHO: Magnify Dance Center has assembled an astounding faculty of internationally known teachers and choreographers for Summer 2017.  Specializing in ballet, contemporary and commercial dance, teaching is hands-on, with lots of personal correction. Our Guest Faculty Includes:

  • Catherine BatchellerSan Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet & Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • Jo BoldenChoreographer, Creator & Motivating Instructor
  • Katie FaulknerArtistic Director, little seismic dance company
  • Kevin JenkinsArtist, Choreographer & Teacher
  • Stephen Legate, D.C.Principal Dancer, San Francisco Ballet
  • Christina WoodardTeacher, Choreographer & Director

Though a bio alone could never convey the full impact our tremendous Guest Faculty has had on the dance world, please scroll down to read of their experience and many achievements in and for the world of dance.








Guest Faculty will instruct Levels 3, 4 & 5. Our outstanding studio Faculty will instruct Levels 1 & 2, providing opportunities for new teachers and experiences for all five levels and every student.


3 options for admission and level placement:

  1. (Preferred) Attend the Magnify Conservatory Auditions on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Exact time of audition TBA. Audition fee: TBA.
  2. Take a placement class at Magnify Dance Center. Various times available. Contact MDC at 505.312.8371 to schedule. Placement class fee: $20.
  3. Send in an electronic video of ballet work including barre, center and pointework (if applicable). Please email to or contact for more information.


Submit our 2017 SDI EFT Payment Authorization Form with your $150 deposit by May 5, 2017.

WHERE: Magnify Dance Center is located in the heart of Albuquerque’s Uptown area. Convenient to numerous local shops, hotels and restaurants, the studio was fully renovated in 2015 and boasts a gorgeous and welcoming atmosphere.

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SI 2017 Level 2 Schedule ►

SI 2017 Level 3 Schedule ►

SI 2017 Level 4 Schedule ►

SI 2017 Level 5 Schedule ►


My student is not local to Albuquerque, NM. Can he/she still attend?

Yes! We will assist out-of-town dancers to arrange housing and transportation, and families will need to pay for accommodations independently. Some students choose to stay with family or friends at their homes or nearby hotels.

What is the daily schedule like?

Classes* take place Monday-Friday. A typical day includes 3-6 hours of dance classes (depending on dancer’s level) with supplemental evening and weekend activities. A complete schedule will be provided prior to the first day of classes.

* Class placement/levels/schedule may be altered based on enrollment.

How and when does level placement happen?

We have 5 levels of classes*. Level placements are determined prior to the first day of classes through an audition or placement class (see above).

Class placement/levels/schedule may be altered based on enrollment.



Catherine Batcheller

San Francisco Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet & Birmingham Royal Ballet

Catherine began her ballet training with the Cleveland School of Ballet under Dennis Nahat, followed by the Washington School of Ballet under Mary Day. Summer studies included scholarships to American Ballet Theater in 1978, School of American Ballet in 1979, and Joffrey Ballet in 1980. In 1981 she joined the San Francisco Ballet under Michael Smuin where she danced in a wide variety of repertoire. She performed principal roles in ballets by George Balanchine, Lew Christianson, Jiri Kylian, Jerrome Robbins, Michael Smuin, and Val Caniporoli, as well as creating roles in pieces by Smuin, Caniporoli, John McFall, and Kirk Peterson.

In 1985, she joined the Stuttgart Ballet under the direction of Marcia Haydee. In Stuttgart, Catherine expanded her classical reportoire to include the principal roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and Grand Pas Classique. She also worked with choreographers Maurice Bejart, William Forsythe, Kilian, John Neumeier, and Hans Van Manen, having created roles in many of the pieces. In 1994, Catherine was invited to join the Birmingham Royal Ballet (formerly known as the Sadler’s Wells Ballet) under Sir Peter Wright. Her repertoire in England expanded to include principal roles in pieces by Sir Fredrick Ashton, David Bintley, Sir Kennith Macmillan, and Sir Peter Wright. Outside of her work with the Birmingham Royal Ballet, she has also worked with Olivier Award nominee, choreographer Wayne Mcgregor. In December of 2001, Catherine appeared in Susan Stroman’s production of A Christmas Carol in New York at Madison Square Garden dancing the role of The Ghost of Christmas Future. Her guest performances include Germany, France, Italy, and the U.S.

In 2000, Catherine completed her M.A. from Birmingham University in England, and has become a favorite guest teacher throughout the US and abroad. Catherine was the Dean of Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy and has over 30 years of experience in the professional world of ballet. She has taught ballet all over the country including the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Walnut School for the Arts, Indiana University, Portland Ballet, and American Academy of Ballet among others. She has choreographed ballets for school productions across the country and staged Giselle for the Portland Ballet in Portland, ME.


Jo Bolden

Choreographer, Creator & Motivating Instructor

Often heard saying ‘Stand like you mean it’ and ‘You don’t get this moment twice’, Jo is an enthusiast. About dance and about life.  A teacher with experience from across the globe, a choreographer and dancer spanning film, TV and live performance. A writer and former children’s talent agent.

Creatively, Jo is recognized internationally for her signature unique styles of lyrical, jazz and jazz funk but renowned for her work with dancers to unleash powerful presence and connection in each moment. She takes this effervescent energy into international conventions, intensives, choreography, lectures and classes for teachers, professional, pre-professional, competitive and recreational dancers across the USA, Canada, England, New Zealand and for various high profile studios, institutions and workshops in her hometown of Sydney, Australia.

Currently based in LA, Jo makes regular appearances at EDGE PAC, Hollywood and is represented by Go 2 Talent Agency. She is one half of the creative partnership As1creative and co-creator of in-studio workshop OneDanceEpic.

Performance and choreography credits include the A.R.I.A and Mo Awards, Australian Fashion Week, Son of the Mask (Feature Film), live performances for Meatloaf and Sam Powers International Illusionist, the Miss Chinese Australia Pageant, industrials for General Motors (Mitsubishi) & Schwarzkopf, the Shanghai Tourism Festival, the NRL, Regprom Marketing, Australian recording artists, club shows and more.

Jo is also a contributing writer for prominent Australian online resource – DanceLife and Industry Dance Magazine (Canada).


Katie Faulkner

Artistic Director, little seismic dance company

Originally from North Carolina, Katie Faulkner is a choreographer, performer, filmmaker, teaching artist and the Artistic Director of little seismic dance company. Since founding the project-based company in 2006, Faulkner has received support in the form of numerous grants, commissions, residencies, and awards. She was an Artist-in-Residence at San Francisco’s ODC Theater from 2009-2011 and has been in residence at the Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Rauschenberg Residency, and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. She has received two CHIME Grants from the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company enabling year-long choreographic mentorships with choreographers David Gordon and Erika Chong Shuch. Faulkner has also received multiple Isadora Duncan Dance Awards and nominations, the top prize for her work in the Joyce Theater A.W.A.R.D. Show!/San Francisco competition, and the 2010 SF Bay Guardian GOLDIE (Guardian Outstanding LocalDiscovery) Award for dance.

In addition to her direction of little seismic, she works as a freelance choreographer developing works for a variety of platforms. In so doing, she has collaborated with composers, animators, filmmakers, writers, fellow choreographers and theater and music video directors. Faulkner has been commissioned to create multiple works for universities, presenting agencies and professional companies throughout the country and enjoys the balance of these projects with those of her company. As a dancer she has performed the works of Bill T. Jones, Stephen Petronio, Randee Paufve, Victoria Marks, Susan Rethorst and Ann Carlson. She worked with several of these choreographers as a dancer with AXIS Dance Company, with whom she performed both locally and nationally from 2003-2007. She has been an active educator since 2002 and is currently on faculty at the University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, and ODC. In January 2015 she received her certification in Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis from the Integrated Movement Studies program.


Kevin Jenkins

Artist, Choreographer & Teacher

Kevin Jenkins has choreographed for Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Western Ballet, Convergence Ballet, Bay Pointe Ballet, Mirable Ballet, Bellingham Repertory Dance, and the School of Ballet Arizona among others. His choreography has been performed on the Inside/Out Series at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and at West Wave Dance Festival in San Francisco. Dance Magazine has praised his work as “riveting” and he is currently on faculty at Boston Ballet School.

Kevin majored in Dance at Grossmont College while also studying on scholarship at the Academy of Performing Arts in San Diego. He trained with Ahita Ardalan, Kathy Meyer, and Dave Mullen before going on to perform with Mirable Ballet, Jean Isaacs, and Butterworth Dance Company. He appeared on television with San Diego Dance Theatre, The Dance Conservatory, Alpha Omega, and in commercials for Verizon and Allstate Insurance.

In 2006 he founded Garage Contemporary Ballet with Ryan Orion Beck and served as co-artistic director through 2012. Kevin choreographed 20 new works for the company that were presented in their own annual seasons and in festivals and showcases including Celebrate Dance Festival, Emerge, Ignite, 4×4, Breaking Ground, and San Diego Choreographer’s Prize. He won the Editors Choice Award from Dance Magazine in 2011 and 2013 and from Pointe Magazine in 2011 for Finding Narnia, Snap Pop, and Luminos.

In 2013 Kevin moved to San Francisco where he choreographed for Western Ballet, Emote Dance Theater, and the Orchestra Institute of Napa with Smuin Ballet dancers. He choreographed and directed the film Chaplin which was featured at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Greensboro Dance Film Festival, and America Dance Festivals Movies by Movers. In 2014 the San Diego Asian Film Festival commissioned him to create Light & Hope to commemorate the hurricane Haiyan in the Philippines. His self produced ballet C’est La Vie premiered to a sold out audience and was selected for the West Wave Dance Festival where it won rave reviews.

He has served as an instructor at the University of San Diego, Arizona School of the Arts, Southwest Classical Dance Institute, and Master Ballet Academy. Now living in Boston, Kevin continues to choreograph throughout the country.

Kevin Jenkins is an in-demand instructor and regularly teaches and choreographs for student in San Francisco, Boston, San Diego, Los Angeles, and Phoenix.


Stephen Legate D.C.

Principal Dancer, San Francisco Ballet

Stephen Legate was born in Portland, Oregon and moved to Southern California when he was 4 years old. He began his training at Mary Lynn’s Ballet Arts in Riverside and at 12 received a full scholarship to the National Ballet School in Toronto Canada. Here he had the opportunity to study with several noteworthy teachers, and was coached by word-renowned dancer and teacher, Erik Bruhn. He also spent a fall at the School of American Ballet in New York City. Upon graduation from the National Ballet School of Canada, he was given a Corps de Ballet contract in The National Ballet of Canada. After rising to the ranks of Soloist, he decided in 1991 to return to California, where he as offered a Soloist contract with the San Francisco Ballet.

In 1992, Legate was promoted to Principal Dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, and has since performed many lead roles, in both the classical and contemporary repertoire. These roles have included Romeo in Helgi Tomasson’s Romeo & Juliet, Prince Desiré in Tomasson’s The Sleeping Beauty, and Prince Siegfried in Tomasson’s Swan Lake, Colas in Sir Fredrick Ashton’s La Fille mal Gardée, the Cavalier in Nutcracker, and Cassio in Lubovitch’s Othello, among others. His contemporary work has included leading roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, 4 Temperaments, Symphony in C, Bugaku, Seranade, and Rubies. His Jerome Robbins repertoire includes Into the Night, Glass Pieces, The Concert, The Cage and Dances at a Gathering.

In addition, he has had several works created on him by choreographers including Vladimir Anguelov, Mark Morris, Val Caniparoli, Lar Lubovitch, Yuri Possokhov, Redha, Stanton Welch, Helgi Tomasson, and Lila York. Over his fifteen-year tenure with the San Francisco Ballet, Legate has performed leading roles in works by internationally recognized choreographers such as James Kudelka, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Nacho Duarte, Jiri Killian, Hans van Manen, Christopher Bruce, William Forsythe, and David Bintley.

Legate’s awards include Best Male Dancer in the Eric Bruhn Ballet Competition in 1989, and the Isadora Duncan Award for best performance in an ensemble, with Evelyn Cisneros in “Rubies,” April 2000. Legate was also popular as a guest artist and partnered ballerinas nationally as well as on the international stage. He is featured on a Fox TV production of “A Supernatural Evening with Santana” with Evelyn Cisneros, choreography by Julia Adam, April 2000, available on DVD.

Legate retired on May 5, 2006 with a final farewell performance in which he danced works by Jerome Robbins, Hans Van Manen and Lar Lubovitch. H has been acclaimed as on of San Francisco Ballet’s strongest male dancers, most elegant and attentive partners, and a versatile dancer with a vastly diverse repertoire.

Having trained with some of the finest teachers in the ballet world, Legate’s teaching experience includes teaching master classes during his career as a dancer, developing and implementing a partnering curriculum for Boston Ballet’s summer intensive program as well as being a part time faculty member, running two summer intensives in Carmel, California, teaching at University of California Irvine, giving a Master Class series at UNM Dance Department and coaching several dancers for international ballet competitions.

Legate has completed Chiropractic College graduating Cum Laude, on the Dean’s List and with special commendation. His experience as a professional artist/athlete gives him a unique insight and desire to enhance athletic abilities in others. Dr. Legate specializes in the treatment of professional dancers, with the same commitment and dedication he sustained for 21 years as a professional dancers. He is married to former Prima Ballerina Evelyn Cisneros, who has most recently been the Principal of Boston Ballet’s Marblehead Studio and Artistic Director of the National Dance Institute of NM Hiland facility in Albuquerque. Legate has maintained a presence in the dance world and is on the faculty of NDI NM where he teaches and choreographs. They have two beautiful children, Ethan and Sophia.


Christina Woodard

Teacher, Choreographer & Director

Christina’s unique style and challenging classes have put her in demand as a master teacher and choreographer throughout the world. Her extensive knowledge of anatomy, allows her to provide exciting and educational classes with a deep focus on stretch, strength and placement; while her incredible energy and compassion has made her popular with dancers of all ages.

She is a faculty member of EDGE Performing Arts Center (Hollywood, CA), Dance Masters of America, Groove Street Dance Conventions and Harbour Dance Center in Canada.

Christina’s TV and FILM credits include: Motion City Soundtrack “HER WORDS” Music Video, iCARLY (Nickelodeon), GARY UNMARRIED w/ Rob Riggle (CBS), The STEVE HARVEY SHOW (WB), SUDDENLY SUSAN w/Brooke Shields (WB), FAME (Sony), and THE NIKKI COX SHOW (WB). She has also done Industrials for GUESS, DISNEY, NESTLE AND NIKE. Currently Christina is teaching all over the country as well as intermationally, and choreographing on the new show “Victorious” with Victoria Justice, on Nickelodeon.

August Back2Dance Workshop:

Ballet, Pointe & Jazz classes with Master Guest Teachers for Levels 2-5! All info TBA!

TO REGISTER: Submit our Summer Dance Authorization



Primary Ballet School:

Designed for Primary/Junior, beginning-intermediate students (Ages 2-10), these classes and camps will broaden your dancer’s skills and education while providing a lot of fun!12440314_482273818641001_1197199659336917288_o

Primary ballet (ages 3-4): 4-week session, $53, plus tax. Wednesday afternoons from June 7-28, 3:15-4pm. OR Friday mornings from June 2-23, 9:30-10:15am. OR Saturday mornings from June 3-24, 9:30-10:15am.

Primary ballet (ages 5-6): 4-week session, $63, plus tax. Wednesday afternoons from June 7-28, 4-5pm. OR Friday mornings from June 2-23, 10:15-11:15am. OR Saturday mornings from June 3-24, 10:15-11:15am.

TO REGISTER: Submit our Summer Dance Authorization


Mommy+Me (ages 2-4): 4-week session, $37, plus tax. 883611_473993859468997_5563929338929033698_o


A fun and engaging introduction to the world of dance. Little ones learn class decorum, following directions and basic dance steps with the use of fun props and music. Wednesday afternoons from June 7-28, 2:45-3:15pm. OR Friday mornings, June 2-23, 9:00-9:30am. OR Saturday mornings from June 3-24, 9:00-9:30am.


TO REGISTER: Submit our Summer Dance Authorization




Tutu Ballet Camp (ages 5-10): 4-day camp, $199, plus tax11694782_414649738736743_4631706328004910282_n

August 1-4, 9am-12:30pm

Beauty & the Beast: Drop off your young dancer for a morning of wonderful dance classes (ballet, jazz dance and stretch & strength) with a great mix of arts & crafts, imagination and FUN! All classes/activities are built around our theme, and the choreography taught will showcase this focus. No prior experience is necessary for Tutu-School!

TO REGISTER: Submit our Summer Dance Authorization