Five Point Dancer Summer Intensive 2021

Rigorous classes in an incredibly supportive environment including all aspects of the Five Point Dancer Theory will jumpstart your summer and have a lasting impact on you and your dancing. This intensive training opportunity will include 5 + hours of dance training per day. Dancers will participate in interactive workshop classes promoting their mental strength and body awareness as versatile, strong dancers. 

More information regarding our FPDSI 2021 will be out soon.

All information below is for reference only. Thank you!

Our 2-week Summer Dance Intensive is designed for aspiring & current dance professionals, and is a stepping-stone for students ages 9 -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 intense 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

  • Classical variations

  • Repertory

  • Contemporary

  • Hip Hop

  • Jazz

  • Five Point Fit Cross Training

  • Five Point Dancer Theory

* Class placement/levels/schedule may be altered

   based on enrollment.

Guest Instructors

 Magnify Dance Center has assembled an astounding faculty of internationally known teachers and choreographers for Summer 2020.  Specializing in ballet, contemporary and commercial dance, teaching is hands-on, with lots of personal correction. Our Guest Faculty Includes:

  • Jo Bolden: Choreographer, Creator & Motivating Instructor

  • Ben Needham-Wood: Choreographer, Dancer (ballet, contemporary, partnering, hip hop), Dancer - Smuin ContemporaryBallet

  • Lynn Cox: School Director - Marin Dance Theatre

  • Lee Wei Chao: Oregan Ballet Theater & Northwest Dance Project


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.







Registrations must be received by June 15, 2020!



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 5+ hours of education and dance classes 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 3 levels of classes* Level placements are determined prior to the first day of classes through an audition or placement class (see above)


Two options for admission and level placement:

  1. For dancers not already registered at Magnify Dance Center, an audition/placement class will be necessary. We prefer that you audition in person on March 8th at Magnify Dance Center. Placement class fee: $20. For more info please visit our Audition Page. 

  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.



Lee Wei Chao

Oregon Ballet Theater

Born in Taipei, Taiwan. LeeWei Chao started his ballet training at age 15 with Ms. Xiao Lee,who brought from Russia the Vaganova ballet method to Taiwan. After dancing with Taipei CityBallet, Henry Yu Dance Company, He joined Singapore Dance Theater.

In 1996 Mr. Chao joined Joffrey Ballet Concert Dancer in New York City, followed by dancing carrier with Joffrey Ballet Chicago and Milwaukee Ballet Company.

Mr. Chao started his choreography work while he was dancing with Milwaukee Ballet Company.His works have been perform by Milwaukee Ballet Company, Ballet Nouveau Colorado,Oklahoma City Ballet, New Mexico School of The Arts, TCU Residency and among the others.

In 2014 Mr. Chao received National Choreography Recognition Award from Regional Dance America. Mr. Chao has been teaching at Alonzo King LINES Ballet, LINES Ballet Training Program, LINES Ballet Summer Program, LINES Ballet Dance Center, LINES Ballet BFA ProgramDominican university, Stanford University, National University of Taipei,Taiwan, ODC Dance San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Smuin Ballet company and among the others. Mr. Chao was featured in August 2018 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine is currently a faculty member with Oregon Ballet Theater and NW Dance Project.

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- As1Creative

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.  She is a teacher with experience from

across the globe, and a choreographer and dancer spanning film, TV and live performance.

She is also 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).