Summer intensive

Join us for 6 exciting days in beautiful Santa Barbara for a  contemporary dance intensive this summer! Come refine technique, expand improvisation, a Master Class with Invertigo Dance Theater's Laura Karlin, repertory taught by PDC company dancers Samantha Rose and Nicholas Shopoff and be apart of a new creation with Artistic Director, Carisa Carroll. 

The workshop will be held in Santa Barbara at Montecito School of Ballet and the end of the week will result in performance experience in our Dance for Montecito fundraiser event at Center Stage Theater.

This intensive is intended for Advanced/Professional dancers and serves as an opportunity for us to get to know you. We will be looking for dancers from this intensive to join us for future projects and up-coming touring opportunities. 


Monday, June 18th - Sunday, June 24th

Technique class, company repertory, new work: 9 - 2:30

Sunday, June 24th, 6pm

Performance at Center Stage Theater


Standard tuition is $350

SAVE $50: Sign up before May 20th or if you bring a friend! $300. 

Space is limited to 25 dancers to keep the workshop personal.

Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara

Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara


Email with questions. Housing is not provided but we'd love to help!

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Carisa Carroll


Artistic Director, PDC 

Carisa Carroll, a Santa Barbara, CA native was a trainee with State Street Ballet, 2012-13 and company member 2014-2015 season, including the touring season. In February 2015 she was invited by Christopher Pilafian to perform with Santa Barbara Dance Theater. Carisa has performed in 2 films by Robin Bisio Films as well as a site specific performance on the beach by Bisio. Her choreographic work has been performed at SBCC 2015/2016, HH11 2016/2017, Brockus Studios 2016/2017, OCDF, Los Angeles Dance Festival, Red Rock Dance Festival, Desert Dance Festival, Synthesis IV, Dumbo Dance NYC. Carisa has had the pleasure of working with international and national choreographers such as Edgar Zendejas, Joshua Beamish, Rodney Gustafson, Gary Mackenzie, William Soleau, Autumn Eckman, Jerry Pearson, Christopher Pilafian, Delila Moseley, Tracy Kofford, and Brooke Hughes Melton.

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Laura Karlin


Artistic Director, Invertigo Dance Theater 

Laura Karlin is the founder and artistic director of Invertigo Dance Theatre.  She graduated from Cornell University with degrees in Choreography/Production and LGBT Rights.  She teaches yoga and dance classes to students from 9 to 93 years old.  She founded Invertigo Dance Theatre in 2007 with the aim of creating a vibrant dance institution in Los Angeles.  She choreographs for the company and works to make Invertigo a lively presence in LA through performance, education/engagement programs and collaboration.  She wants to talk to you about dance, pies, gardens, social justice and other such stardust. and 


Samantha Rose

PDC dancer

Sam Rose is a freelance performer and teaching artist based in Los Angeles. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sam spent much of her formative years in dance competitions. It was not until she attended University of California, Santa Barbara that Sam discovered her passion for concert performance. During her time there, Sam enjoyed being a member of the UCSB Dance Company. Upon receiving degrees in Biochemistry and Dance in June 2016, Sam began dancing professionally. Currently, she is a member of Sean Greene's Shieldwall Dance Company, a company member of Palm Dance Collective, a teaching artist with Conga Kids and a dancer with Diavolo.

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Brandon Cope


Brandon graduated from the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute top of his class. From there he worked at several spas, an orthopedic massage center, and was supervisor of UCSB's Wellness and Fitness Institute. He also worked as a Trainer and Therapist at UCSB in their UC Workstrong Occupational Health and Wellness program. Now he is the owner of Better Education and Exercise Therapy, and teaches classes on Physiology and Pathology at the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute. Brandon is also a certified NeuroKinetic Therapist.

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Nicholas Shopoff

PDC dancer

Nicholas began his dance training at Laguna Beach High School. His interest piqued, Nicholas went on to study and receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance at Chapman University. He spent a brief time dancing over seas in London and then apprenticing with Backhaus Dance after college before making his way to Los Angeles where he currently dances with Palm Dance Collective as well as ShieldWall Dance Company. 






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Name *
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Are you at least 16 years old? *
Do you live in Santa Barbara or will you be commuting daily? *
Are you available to be apart of touring performances in the summer? *
18+ only