Summer Dance at MDC




Magnify Summer Dance Intensive, June 18-30:


WHAT: Our 2-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-Saturday and may include:

  • Ballet technique
  • Pointework
  • Partnering
  • Classical variations
  • Repertory
  • Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Five Point Fit Cross Training
  • Musical Theatre
  • Pilates
  • Five Point Dancer Theory
  • Dance History
  • Career Studies

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


WHO: Magnify Dance Center has assembled an astounding faculty of internationally known teachers and choreographers for Summer 2018.  Specializing in ballet, contemporary and commercial dance, teaching is hands-on, with lots of personal correction. Our Guest Faculty Includes:

  • Jo BoldenChoreographer, Creator & Motivating Instructor
  • Christina WoodardTeacher, Choreographer & Director
  • Ben Needham-Wood, Choreographer, Dancer (ballet, contemporary, partnering, hip hop), Smuin Ballet
  • Lynn Cox, School Director Marin Dance Theatre

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 and other special guests will instruct Levels 1 & 2, providing opportunities for new teachers and experiences for all five levels and every student.


2 options for admission and level placement:

  1. For dancers not already registered at Magnify Dance Center, an audition/placement class will be necessary. Various times available. Contact MDC at 505.312.8371 to schedule. Placement class fee: $20.
  2. Send in an electronic video of ballet work including barre, center and pointework (if applicable). Please email to or contact us for more information.


Submit our registration packet and our 2018 Summer Intensive Payment Authorization Form. Earlybird payment deadline is March 15, 2018. Registrations must be received by June 5.

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


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-Saturday. 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.



Lynn Cox

School Director, Marin Dance Theatre

Lynn Cox studied under such noted teachers as Erik Bruhn, Francoise Martinet, Alfonso Cata and Robert Barnett. She was recognized by the National Federation of Music Clubs and received the first place honor in their ballet division. Ms. Cox went on to dance professionally with the Atlanta Ballet for several years, performing such classics as Serenade, Sleeping Beauty, Carmina Burana, Raymonda, Allegro Brilliante and The Nutcracker. She previously held the position of Ballet Mistress for two regional companies and was the Pre-Professional Division Head for the Marin Ballet. She is currently the resident choreographer and Associate Division Young Dancer Division Head at Marin Dance Theatre. Ms. Cox is a vital part of MDT’s training program. She is skilled as a teacher on all levels, oversees and trains additional faculty, creating an atmosphere for all dancers that is both developmental and consistent. She has received numerous awards for her outstanding choreography.


Ben Needham-Wood

Choreographer, Dancer (ballet, contemporary, partnering, hip hop), Smuin Ballet

Ben Needham-Wood is a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance educator based in San Francisco. A graduate from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (magna cum laude), Ben’s performance career began with the Louisville Ballet under the direction of Bruce Simpson. There he performed as a principal artist in an extensive repertoire of both classical and contemporary works. Some highlights include the title role in Alun Jones’s Romeo and Juliet, Adam Hougland’s Cold Virtues, and Armand in Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias. After five great seasons in Louisville, Ben moved to San Francisco where he currently performs as a dancer and rehearsal assistant with Smuin Contemporary American Ballet, directed by Celia Fushille. Since relocating he has continued to expand his performance repertoire, including renown choreographers Jiri Kylian, Trey McIntyre, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Michael Smuin, and Stanton Welch. Most recently Ben was honored to receive an Isadora Duncan Dance Award nomination (results TBA March 2018) for his individual performance in Trey McIntyre’s Be Here Now. Ben also feels grateful to have worked closely with choreographer/director Amy Seiwert throughout his career, having been featured in her works with the Louisville Ballet, Smuin, and her San Francisco-based company, Imagery. Beyond performance Ben is an established choreographer having created original works for the Louisville Ballet, Smuin, Dance Theatre of San Francisco, and the National Choreographers Initiative. In 2015 Ben co-created the TV feature BaseBallet with his good friend, Weston Krukow, which was later awarded a Northern California Area Emmy Award and inducted into the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, New York as part of the Dancing Athlete exhibit.


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).



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!




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

Dates TBA

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