Ages 18 to 25

BLUEPRINT is a hybrid intensive workshop series featuring internationally acclaimed faculty artists.

BLUEPRINT highlights the various artistic perspectives of our faculty and immerses students in an intensive experience of exploration and creativity. Participants will engage in an open space to dialogue and work in a creative process with faculty artists. The program includes intense training with up to 6 hours per day in Ballet, Contemporary, Improvisation, Body Conditioning, Mind/Body Practice, and Repertoire. Daily seminars and small group discussion will provide each student mentorship, feedback, and open dialogue. BLUEPRINT has been developed to provide students with an immersive experience. 

BLUEPRINT Intensive sessions are three days long and each feature a diverse and unique faculty line up. Choose to take one or two sessions- each offering 20 hours of training. Only 10 spots are available per session to dance with us In-Studio; this number is subject to change based on COVID-19 health regulations. 

Program acceptance by audition only. 

Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Registration/Deposit deadline is May 30, 2021.

Program Dates

August 2nd, 2021 - August 4th, 2021
August 5th, 2021 - August 7th, 2021


March - April, 2021
Program acceptance by audition only.

Sample Schedule

Typical Day:

9 - 10:30 am

10:45 - 11:45 am

12 - 1:30 pm

1:30 - 2 pm

2 - 4:30 pm

*Each session includes 20 hours of training*


Beth Graczyk

Beth Graczyk is a body-based artist based in Brooklyn/Lenapehoking whose 18-year career as a creative-maker and bench scientist has allowed her to cultivate a unique perspective that reaches actively within and between the forms of art and science. Graczyk seeks to work with populations whose experiences are often ignored including female-identified, diversely-abled, and LGBTQIA+ bodies. Since 2002, Graczyk has performed throughout the US and in Japan, Ecuador, France, China and India and in NYC has been presented by Gibney, La Mama, Jack, CPR, and Movement Research amongst others. In 2019, Graczyk began directing a new work in collaboration with Aaron Gabriel examining the experiences of LGBTQIA+ artists with disabilities that was workshopped at the Walker Arts Center and featured in Critical Correspondence. This project received a 2021 Minnesota Touring Arts Grant. She has a collaborative partnership with John Gutierrez (G^2), and is on Faculty for the Peridance Certification Program. She travels annually to Kerala, India where she teaches, choreographs, and performs in partnership with Sen Jansen and Arunima Gupta. Concurrently, Graczyk is an author on 10 science publications and received a 2020 Pilot Award from Rockefeller University with collaborator Guadalupe Astorga for research on visual perception in Autism. Graczyk co-directed the performance company Salt Horse in Seattle from 2008-2016 where they received funding from 4 Culture, Artist Trust, Washington State Arts Commission, NEA and commissions including City of Seattle, Northwest Film Forum and Cornish.
Photos: Effy Grey

Danielle Russo

As a choreographer and director, Danielle Russo (she/her) has been presented nationally at the American Dance Festival, Detroit Institute of Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, and The Yard; and internationally in Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Mexico, Panama, South Korea, Spain, and Sweden. Residency and fellowship awards have included C.N.N. - Ballet de Lorraine (France), Danscentrum Jette (Belgium), Nadine Laboratory for the Contemporary Arts (Belgium), Independent Artists Initiative WUK (Austria), Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation, LEIMAY, Mana Contemporary, Performing Arts Forum, and Springboard Danse Montréal (Canada), among others. Local highlights have included Armory Arts Weeks, Brooklyn Historical Society, Julian Schnabel’s Casa del Popolo, Governors Island, HERE Arts Center, La MaMa, and Moynihan Station, to name a few. She is a multi-year grant recipient of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs through the Brooklyn Arts Council, as well as the Andrew Carnegie Corporation of New York, Dance/NYC, Harkness Foundation for Dance, One Brooklyn Fund, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She and her work have been featured by The Creators Project (c/o VICE), American Dance Guild, and World Dance Alliance. In 2016, her commission for the Los Angeles-based No)one. Art House caught the attention of Solange Knowles and prompted a reprisal of the evening-length work with Knowles’s affiliate arts organization, Saint Heron. Most recently, she was commissioned by the Dancers of the Metropolitan Opera, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra, to create a site-specific work for Damrosch Park in Lincoln Center Plaza to honor the losses and the resiliency of its community in the face of COVID-19. Currently, she is leading the development of a mobile map app confronting climate change, environmental racism, and historical erasure of the Brooklyn Waterfront with Youth Leaders at Red Hook Initiative and El Puente. The app will launch alongside an outdoor mobile performance series in Fall 2021.

As an educator, Russo is faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and CUNY Queens College, where she teaches movement modalities and choreography for site-specific dance and immersive dance theater, as well as lectures on dance history and politics/theory with an emphasis on art activism. She has also taught numerous workshops at international institutions and festivals across Europe and the Americas. Outside of her own choreographic and teaching practices, she has performed several seasons with The Metropolitan Opera., @ms_russo

Igal Perry

Igal Perry, Founder and Artistic Director of Peridance Contemporary Dance Company and Peridance Capezio Center, is a world-renowned choreographer, ballet master, and dance educator. Mr. Perry's elegant choreography, often in collaboration with contemporary composers, has been described as "blessedly inventive" (Jennifer Dunning, NYTimes). His works have been set on prestigious companies and performed at renowned festivals including Florence Dance Festival and Invito Alla Danza (Italy), Batsheva and Bat-Dor Dance Companies and the Karmiel Dance Festival (Israel), Ailey II and Complexions Contemporary Ballet (NYC), Companhia de Danca de Lisboa (Portugal), and Alberta Ballet (Canada). This year his new work Infinity will be set on the San Jose Ballet.

Born in Israel, Igal Perry began his dancing career with Karmon, a folk dance company. He later joined the Bat-Dor Dance Company, where he worked with leading teachers and choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Benjamin Harkarvy, John Butler, Rudi Van Dantzig, Inesse Alexandrov, Paul Sanasardo, and Lar Lubovitch. Upon arriving in the United States, Mr. Perry joined Dennis Wayne’s Dancers as ballet master and choreographer. During that period, he staged John Butler’s work for the NYC Opera, the Opera of Munich, Caracas Ballet, and Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, where he also directed the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s opera Paradise Lost. From 1981-1982, Mr. Perry headed the ballet department at Jacob’s Pillow. In 1983, he launched his dance school, Peridance Capezio Center, now one of New York City’s leading dance institutions. A year later he founded Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, for which he has choreographed over 50 works, with performances at BAM, The Joyce Theater, and City Center.

In addition to his daily class at Peridance, Mr. Perry serves as guest faculty/choreographer at The Jacob's Pillow Festival, The Ailey School, and Marymount Manhattan College. Since 1995, Mr. Perry has served as a guest teacher at The Juilliard School, where he staged his Intimate Voices and Mourning Song. His international teaching engagements include Scapino Ballet and Het National Ballet (Holland), Laterna Magica and the National Ballet (Prague), Architanz (Tokyo), The Royal Ballet of Sweden and Balettakademien (Sweden), the National Ballet of China, and the Kwang-Ju City Ballet Company (Korea).

Nikki Holck

Nikki Holck is a dance artist, educator, and director from Honolulu, Hawaii. She is the Managing Director at Peridance Center and the Director of Peridance’s Certificate Program and BLUEPRINT Summer Intensive. Nikki studied at Queen Emma Ballet, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Canada's National Ballet School, after which she began her dance career with the National Ballet of Canada. Upon moving to New York, she joined Peridance Contemporary Dance Company. Nikki is a collaborator with Kaimera Productions, Superhero Clubhouse, and Roya Carreras and Artists. She is currently working with choreographer Assaf Salhov and is the Associate Director of Company RAu with Korhan Basaran. Photo credits: Kuo Heng-Huang

Stephen Pier

Stephen Pier has performed throughout the world with the Royal Danish Ballet, the Hamburg Ballet, the José Limón Company and as a guest artist. His repertoire spanned a vast range including the works of Petipa, Bournonville, Balanchine, Cranko, Kylian, Limón, and Neumeier and creating roles with some of the most influential choreographers of the day. Critically acclaimed as “highly defined, a tour de force”, “ a dancer of tremendous taste and insight.”, “one of the most gifted dancers on the modern dance scene today.” Mr Pier went on to become internationally respected as a teacher and coach. He taught for the Royal Danish Ballet’s company and school while serving as ballet master from 1990 -1996. He served on the full time faculty of the Juilliard School from 1996-2010, Alvin Ailey School, Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, Regional Dance America, New York International Ballet Competition and many notable companies in Europe, America and Asia including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, Bat Dor, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Introdans, Scapino Ballet, New National Theater Tokyo, and Company Wayne MacGregor. His students have danced in companies around the world including, The Royal Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Forsythe Company, Netherlands Dance Theater, Martha Graham Company, Lar Lubovitch, José Limón Dance Co., Mark Morris Dance Group, Doug Varone and Dancers, Cullberg Ballet, Cedar Lake Ensemble, Alvin Ailey and Bat Sheva.

In 2004 Mr. Pier began PierGroupDance to explore and collaborate with dancers and artists in various art forms. He has created over 75 works for the concert stage, opera, theater, and film. His work has been presented by The Hamburg Ballet (Ger.); Royal Danish Ballet, Theater, and Opera; Bat Dor (Israel); The New National Theater (Japan); the Juilliard Dance Ensemble; The Di Capo Opera Company (NYC); and the Dance on Film Festival at Lincoln Center. In 1998 he was selected to be part of The Jacob’s Pillow Choreographers Project. He co-founded and directed the choreographer’s workshop, “Danses”, at the Royal Danish Ballet 1990-1996.

Stephen was the Artistic Director of Juilliard’s innovative Mentoring Program from 2007 - 2010 and in September 2008 he began a 3-year tenure as director of Visions and Voices: Altria/ABT Women’s Choreography Project at American Ballet Theater. In October of 2009, Mr Pier was recruited for the position of Artistic Director of the Dance Division at The Hartt School, University of Hartford establishing the program as a pre-eminent conservatory of Dance. Under his leadership the program has appeared several times at the Joyce Teater in NYC, The Kennedey Center, and Jacob’s Pillow. He has recruited guest artists such as Wendy Whelan, Yuriko, Bryan Arias, NDT2, Taylor 2, Misty Copeland, and Claudia Schreier to work directly with the students. Graduates from Hartt Dance are currently performing with Paul Taylor, José Limón, Martha Graham, Whim W’him, Broadway, Charlotte Ballet 2, directing their own companies, and teaching at prestigious schools nationally.

Tushrik Fredericks

TUSHRIK FREDERICKS is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa but is currently living in NYC. Growing up he specifically found himself drawn towards the style ‘KRUMP‘. He graduated from the Peridance Capezio Center Certificate Program in NYC in June 2015 where he received most of his training. He has had the opportunity to work with Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY (Danielle Agami, Artistic Director) and Sidra Bell Dance New York (July 2015 - June 2018). He is now working with TRIBE (Artistic director/Founder Shamel Pitts). Tushrik was an assistant lecturer to Sidra Bell at The University of the Arts Philadelphia for Sophomore students (2016-2018).


Program acceptance by audition only.

Auditions available to suit every time zone.

*$30 Audition Fee

Upcoming audition dates.
All time listed in EST:

February 5th 8pm
February 6th 9am and 1pm
March 5th 8pm
March 6th 9am and 1pm
April 2nd 8pm
April 3rd 9am and 1pm

* If you can not attend an audition, you may audition by video. Visit for more information.


Per session (Online)

August 2-4 or August 5-7, 2021
$ 200

Both sessions (Online)

August 2-7, 2021
$ 350

Per session (In-Studio)

August 2-4 or August 5-7, 2021
$ 375
*Limited Space Available - 10 Students ONLY

Both sessions (In-Studio)

August 2-7, 2021
$ 600
*Limited Space Available - 10 Students ONLY


Early Bird Registration: March 13, 2021
General Registration: May 30, 2021

* Non-transferable, non-refundable, cannot be shared



  • Class runs from Monday – Saturday. 
  • Make sure you are in a place with a good internet connection–otherwise, the stream may skip! 
  • The name appearing on your zoom account must match the name used to register for the program for security measures.
  • Please arrive 10 min before class starts to ensure that there are no technical issues. Our staff will be present to help with any technical difficulties. 
  • Once you enter the class waiting room, at the start of class, you will be added to the virtual class via Zoom where you’ll see the faculty member, as well as other members of the class.
  • You are required to have your video on for the duration of class. This will help us to ensure that everyone is participating and engaged together in our Online BLUEPRINT program! If the video feature is disabled, you will be removed from class.
  • Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Certificate of Completion
  • We will not be recording our classes for the safety and privacy of participants. 
  • PERIDANCE will provide staff to monitor all participants and camera sharing. 
  • All classes are in Eastern Standard Time for New York, USA (EST), Coordinated Universal Time (UTC -4:00).  
  • Once the class begins, the teacher will automatically mute everyone to ensure that the video footage stays on the teacher. It is helpful if you can double-check this by looking in the lower left-hand corner of your screen.
  • You can unmute yourself if the teacher initiates conversation. Otherwise, all communications should come via the ‘chat’ feature during class.
  • Screen sharing has been disabled for participants.
  • If you find your live streaming lagging, you may turn off your camera to speed up your internet. Your name will still appear and you will still be able to be a participant in the class.
  • Peridance will not offer refunds or credit for BLUEPRINT. If a student can not attend the program for any reason, including and not limited to travel restrictions, illness, or quarantine, they will be permitted to take the Intensive online. No refunds, exchanges, or credit will be given for any reason.

  • Students who miss class will not receive any make-up or refund.
  • If Peridance cancels a class for any reason a make-up class will be offered.