Summer Dance Intensive 2018


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Dramatic Truth Summer Intensive July 8th – 27th

Jan 1-Feb 18 Early bird special
1 week $450
2 weeks $725
3 weeks $935
Feb 19-April 30 Sale
1 week $450
2 weeks $810
3 weeks $1045
May 1 on full price
1 week $450
2 weeks $850
3 weeks $1100


Dramatic Truth Summer Intensive offers a technically challenging, professional ballet and modern training program, designed for serious dancers ages 12 and up seeking individualized instruction. 


This three week intensive will provide a unique experience in that:

  • You will study in a highly intense, challenging and focused environment that will guide you in your ballet and modern technical skills as well as other dance forms that compliment you as a ballet artist.

  • You will learn alongside other dancers who are serious about pursuing excellence as well as finding God’s purpose for their dancing. Our intensive is a time of intense daily physical training with evenings full of worship and seeking the Lord in an environment targeted toward releasing your gifts.

  • As an advanced dancer you may be considered as a candidate to audition as an apprentice or company member for Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre’s professional dance company.


  1. Faculty

    Suzanne Ryanstrati holds a Master’s of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Iowa.  She performed at Starlight Theater, with the Lone Star Ballet, aha! dance theater, Ryanstrati Dance Ensemble, represented the U.S.A. in the International College Dance Festival in Kobe, Japan and performed with the Bill Evans Dance Company. In New York, she performed with Avodah Dance at the Jewish Institute of Religion and in Project Dance (NY).  Her choreography has been performed in 8 states and Internationally.

    Ryanstrati founded the dance program at Missouri Western State University and is currently working at the Kansas City Ballet school, UMKC, Avila University, the National Parkinson’s Foundation, and with Störling Dance Theater’s Artist Development Program.This year she had the honor of choreographing “Invitation” on Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre!

    She grew up attending Linwood United Church in the inner city, where she was asked to dance in worship. This started her path of using the gift of dance not for herself, but for God. Since then, her work has impacted congregations of 50 to 3,000. 


    image1-6Vincent Hardy is currently an Instructor and choreographer for the first ever Christian Dance Convention (Dance Revolution). He was raised in San Diego CA where he grew up struggling with obesity and weighed a full 315 pounds. Surprisingly in High school he stumbled upon the art and passion of dance, which was nurtured by Sandra Foster-King at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.

    Vincent’s abilities there earned him a scholarship to the Academy of Performing Arts in San Diego. He attended Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ballet Performance, and was hired into Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2011, a prestigious professional concert dance company directed by former Alvin Ailey members Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. After touring with Complexions throughout the US, Italy and Israel, Vincent returned to California to pursue a career in commercial dance, performing and teaching choreography. His teaching credentials include serving on the faculties of  Maple Conservatory (Irvine, California), Earl Mosley’s institute of the Arts (Kent, CT), The Academy of performing Arts (San Diego, CA), and Ad Deum Dance Company (Houston, TX).  While holding these various positions, his responsibilities included instructing, rehearsing, and choreographing. Vincent recently received his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) studying choreography and sacred dance.Vincent Hardy was also formerly the Director of Stage Production at Belhaven University (BU).



    Elizabeth “BetsyMcMillan, began her ballet training with the Alabama Dance Theater in Montgomery. At the age of thirteen, she was accepted into Houston Ballet Academy in the pre-professional division and Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. McMillan was promoted to the professional division of Houston Ballet Academy and placed on a full merit scholarship while performing with the Houston Ballet. Her other training includes Joffrey Ballet and USA International Ballet Competition School. In 2000, she joined Ballet Magnificat! touring nationally and internationally with the main company for seven years, performing in Greece, Singapore, Costa Rica, and the Czech Republic in addition to the USA International Ballet Competition Gala in Jackson, MS and most major cities across the United States. In 2006, she accepted a position as Adjunct Professor of Dance at Belhaven University; two years later she was promoted to the full-time faculty position of Specialty Instructor of Dance. She has served on the faculty of Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Ad Deum Dance Company, and as Ballet Mistress for Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Point Park University’s International Summer Dance Program in Pittsburgh, PA. McMillan served as Shoreline Principal with New Haven Ballet for three years and was named Assistant Choreographer for New Haven Ballet’s 2012 production of The Nutcracker. She has also choreographed two original works for New Haven Ballet Company. She joined the faculty of The Hartt School in the Fall of 2014.

    McMillan is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She received her certification in September 2012. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Vivid Ballet and Connecticut Youth Ballet.

    Marc Wayne

    Marc Wayne

    For twenty-five years, Marc Wayne has made his living as a professional entertainer. As dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, director, educator, and speaker, this seasoned professional has traveled coast to coast performing for audiences of over 71,000 people.

    Marc began his training with Jeri Pinnell in a small one-room studio in Gahanna, Ohio. His first ballet teacher was Gail Levan. He received his collegiate education at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio where he majored in dance. He then continued his career and studies in Chicago where he studied at various studios including Gus Giordano Dance Center, Conservatory Of American Dance, and Joel Hall Dance Center. His experience is extensive, and includes screen, television, and stage in multiple venues – and five US tours. Read more about Marc’s various roles and successes here.  Marc’s company work includes Chicago Moving CompanyChicago Dance Medium, and Chi-Town Dance (w/ Meribeth Kisner), Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre (founding member), Storling Dance Theatre, and guest appearances with Ballet Magnificat!

    Marc’s joy is working with young people of all ages, affirming their purpose and transforming that confidence into their performance of art and life. His infectious zest for life and performance has taken him as choreographer, director, speaker, educator, and judge to countless studios, churches, camps, workshops, master classes, and competitions across the United States and Internationally. Marc returns to Dramatic Truth School of the Arts this year to teach Intermediate and Advanced Contemporary, as well as a new Choreography Composition class.


    Laura Morton’s background includes extensive training in classical ballet, jazz, and modern from prestigious dance educators such as Anne and Nicholas Polajenko, ABT’s Alexander Minz, and at Ballet West with director Bruce Marks and Toni Lander.  Her professional credits include Milwaukee Ballet, Delia Stewart Dance Company, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Ad Deum Dance Company.  She has also earned a Master of Science degree in Applied Exercise Physiology.

    Ms. Morton has taught nationally and internationally.  Her teaching credentials include serving on the faculties of Summer Arts Session (Ravensburg, Germany), Pacific Northwest School of Ballet (Seattle, WA), Evergreen City Ballet (Auburn, WA), Houston Metropolitan Dance Center, (Houston, TX), Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy (Houston, TX), and Ad Deum Dance Company (Houston, TX).  While holding these various positions, her responsibilities included instructing, rehearsing, restaging classical ballets, choreographing, as well as lighting designer and stage manager.  All of these responsibilities enabled her to share the invaluable information passed on to her by the many remarkable teachers that have mentored her as well as her own years of teaching experience. She presently serves as an Associate Professor of Dance and Director of the Ballet Division at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS.


    Liz Dimmel

    Liz Dimmel

    Liz Dimmel was the principle dancer and choreographer of “David” for Bethlehem 2000 and Jerusalem 3000 in Israel, and danced with the 1994 and 1995 “Young Messiah Tour.”

    Liz began her ballet education under Tatiana Dokodovska at UMKC, and completed her studies with Jean and Ekhardt Heidrick, principal dancers with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

    She began her professional career performing two years with the Kansas City Ballet, and later became a principal dancer with the Center City Ballet.

    Since devoting her gifts to the Lord, Liz has created a number of original Christian ballets: The Mystery of Christmas, The Power and the Glory, A Call to Repentance, The Book of Ruth, Dethroning the Prince, and Thy Kingdom Come (performed live with recording artist Steve Fry).


  2. Housing

    To promote fellowship with out of town students, Dramatic Truth families attending the camp offer to host our out of town guests. Your host home will supply breakfast, dinner, and transportation to and from the studio. The cost is $500 for the entire 3 week intensive to be paid to the host family upon arrival.

    Other housing options include many hotels near the studio. There are hotels located 5 to 15 minutes from the studio. Students not housing with our host homes are responsible for their own transportation. 

  3. Meals

    Your registration fee includes fresh fruits and vegetables available at the studio daily. For an additional $30 a week you will have the option to order in a box lunch of your choice from area restaurants including Applebee’s, Chipotle, Starbucks, Panera, Church’s Chicken, BBQ, Chinese, and others. Bring the appropriate amount of cash to pay for the meals you want while at camp. Feel free to bring your own lunch if you wish.

  4. Activities

    Worship Nights: Our Dance Worship Nights are not to be missed! Experience evenings full of live music, singing, teacher testimonies, and individual and corporate dance worship. Every Mon/Tue/Th we will release for dinner and rest, then meet at Faith Ministries from 7-9pm.

    Weekend Activity:  Our weekend activity may include any of the following: movie, dinner, swimming, bowling, or even World’s of Fun or KC Royals baseball game. You will experience a day filled with laughter, fun and making new friends. Payment of $50 will cover your participation in the weekend activity.

  5. Registration

    Step 1. REGISTER

    Fill out the online Registration form for each participant.


    Add the following items to your cart:

    Select Your Options

    Housing Options

    Step 3. PROFILE SHOT (Required)

    Please submit a profile shot in 1st arabesque on pointe or demi-pointe (where applicable). Submit this as a .jpeg file by email to

    Step 4. Medical Release Form (Required)

    Please click here for the Medical Release Form. You will need to have this notarized, and bring it to Registration, along with a copy of your medical card.


    • Registration will be held from 4-6 pm on Sunday, July 8th.
    • Orientation and a Placement Class will be held at 6:30 pm.

    These events will take place at our studio:

    Dramatic Truth
 Ballet Theatre
    10510 Grandview Rd.
    Kansas City, Mo. 64137

    Class placement is based on the technical needs of each student and is determined by the faculty.

    Registration for Summer Dance Intensive

    • If student is under 18 years of age parents must fill out information below.
    • Payment Policies: Your payment includes a $50 non-refundable registration fee. Space availability is determined by the date your full payment is received. Full payment is required to make your reservations!!!

      Cancellation Policy: In addition to the non-refundable registration fee, you will be charged a $50 cancellation fee if you cancel by June 30; no refunds will be issued after June 30.

    • Your payment includes the classes, a t-shirt, and fruits and vegetables to complement your meals. Please select the Intensive you are paying for, and add that plan to your Paypal cart.