2019 Intensives

Immerse yourself in a week of intense dance training at CVDA

Chester Valley Dance Academy offers summer dance intensives for students committed to improving and enhancing their dancing.  Each intensive includes a variety of classes in multiple styles of dance and the region's top faculty. Scroll down for more information on this summer's faculty.

Elementary Level Intensive

August 5th-9th, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Cost for 5 days (M-F): $225 or $55 per day

This program is for the serious student who has a solid foundation in ballet and wants to improve their technique and work hard to reach new goals this summer. This program will feature Guest Teachers along with instructors from our current staff. The intensive features Ballet, Lyrical, and Jazz with the main focus on Ballet Technique.  There will be an informal showcase at the end of the week for family and friends.

Example Daily Schedule

9:15 - 9:30 Stretch & Warm Up
9:30 - 11:00 Ballet
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 1:00 Lyrical or Jazz

B2 & Up Intensive

August 12-16, 2019
Times: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cost for 5 days (M-F): $325 per week or $75 per day

These classes will enhance your dance training by focusing on your ballet technique and introducing you to different teaching styles.  The goals of this week are to offer the students new challenges and to strengthen their technique for the fall season.  Classes will be taught by an array of professionals who will share their unique and diverse talents with you.

Example Daily Schedule

9:00 - 9:15 Warm Up
9:15 - 10:45 Ballet class
10:45 - 11:30 Pointe
11:30 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 1:30 Character, Jazz, or Contemporary
1:30 - 1:45 Break
1:45 - 3:15 Contemporary Modern
3:15 - 3:30 Staging for Performance
4:00 - 5:00 Friday, August 17th Rehearsal

Performance at CVDA
5:00 pm Friday, August 17th for family and friends

Our Intensives Include

Expert Faculty

Dancers will grow artistically during the CVDA Intensive with the help of our expert faculty. Our Guest Artists introduce our students to new techniques and enhance their repertoire. Studio Instructors provide close attention to dancers in each class and build an environment full of excitement and passion for dance.

New Choreography

Students will be introduced to different dance pedagogy and movement styles throughout the week.  Guest Teachers will challenge dancers with by staging dances with new and exciting choreography.

Performance Opportunity

All students who participate in our intensives will have the opportunity to perform at the end of the week.  This show is free and open to family and friends who want to see the hard work each student has put into their dance training throughout the week.

Intensive Faculty

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Angela Bates-Majewsi

Angela Bates-Majewski started dancing at the age of five at the Anna Marie Dance Studio in Delaware.  She was trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tap, and musical theatre.  She continued her dance education with Ann Reinking at the Broadway Theatre Project.  She toured for 2 years around the US with the Young Americans.  She received her B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Music and Mathematics from West Chester University.  She has been performing all over in musicals, and done some industrial work including performances at Radio City Music Hall with the Rockettes.  Favorite roles include Lola in Damn Yankees, Babette in Beauty and the Beast, Mazepa in Gypsy, June in Chicago, Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret, DeLee in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Phyllis and Annie in 42nd Street, and many others.  She has also choreographed Footloose and Black Patent Leather Shoes at the New Candlelight Theatre, West Side Story at Three Little Bakers, The Wiz, Seussical, and Urinetown at the Wilmington Drama League, and many high school musical productions.  She currently teaches all styles of dance and different levels and ages all over the Delaware Valley and has been for the past 12 years.  When she is not teaching, choreographing, or performing, she is being a mommy to her two little boys and helping the family run their business.

Val Gontcharov

In 1974 at the age of 11 Val Gontcharov successfully competed against 40 other applicants for the one opening in the Kieu Ballet School. After graduation in 1982, five different companies offered him positions, but he chose the Donetsk Ballet to be closer to his parents' home. As a principal dancer with the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theatre from 1982-1992, Valery toured the United States four times, danced at the Nervi International Ballet Festival in Genoa, Italy and completed numerous tours of Europe. He was also a Medal of Honor winner at the Ukrainian International Ballet Competition. From 1992 to 1999 he became a principal dancer with the Ballet Theater of Pennsylvania and later with the Russian Ballet Theater of Delaware.

Pat Brown

Patricia Brown grew up in New Jersey and studied ballet at a young age with the New Jersey Ballet School. As a teenager, Patricia was awarded full scholarships to the American Ballet Theatre School and the Joffrey Ballet School. Ms. Brown has danced professionally with the New Jersey Ballet Company, Joffrey II Ballet Company, Cleveland Ballet (soloist), the Elliot Feld Ballet, and the Joffrey Ballet Company (soloist). She has worked with many well-known choreographers such as Agnes DeMille, Anthony Tudor, Gerald Arpino, Elliot Feld, Paul Taylor, Laura Dean, and Dennis Nahat. Ms. Brown has served as principal teacher for trainee programs at the Milwaukee Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet School, Harrisburg Ballet School, Nashville Ballet School, The Dance Center, and the Mill Ballet School. She has taught company classes for Joffrey II Ballet, the Elliot Feld Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Harrisburg Ballet, Brandywine Ballet Theatre, the Roxey Ballet, and she has served as Ballet Mistress for the Pennsylvania Ballet.  Ms. Brown has choreographed ballets performed at Joffrey Ballet workshop, Milwaukee Ballet workshop, Harrisburg Ballet Company, Brandywine Ballet Theater, the Roxey Ballet and for the international competition at Avery Fisher Hall in New York.  Patricia has been asked to join the faculty of the Joffrey School in New York City and commutes weekly to teach class.

Gabby Wright

Gabby Wright started dancing at the age of three and hasn't stopped since! She lived in New York City for 6 years where she earned a Business Degree with a concentration in Media and Arts Management from Marymount Manhattan College. In addition to dancing on the Marymount stage, she has had the pleasure of performing with the Opus 2 Contemporary Company, Koresh School of Dance, on stages in Disney World, at the Premiere of Happy Feet the movie, and at the International Emmys. Gabby also spent a year as a member of the dance squad with the Philadelphia SOUL, a professional arena football team. She has trained at Broadway Dance Center and under many professionals including Shelia Barker, Derek Mitchell, and Luam. Gabby recently finished touring with both New York City Dance Alliance and Onstage New York, dance competitions. Most recently she performed in New York City's Times Square as part of a group sponsored by Turkic Platform, an NGO based in Istanbul, to promote a campaign aimed at reconciling Turkish and Armenian relations over the next one hundred years. Gabby has won many awards for her ability to entertain and loves to teach new students how to be the best dancer they can be while helping them harness and express their individuality!

Stanley Glover

Stanley Glover was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. He began his dance training at Premiere one dance Academy under the direction of Adrienne Brazile. Stanley attended University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, where he graduated and received a BFA in May 2016. Stanley was a contestant apart of the top 20 on FOX's hit television show, So You Think You Can Dance season 11. Stanley was able to perform repertoire and train under some of the best in the industry such as, Sonya Tayeh, Sidra Bell, Robert Battle, Dwight Rhoden, Tyce Diorio, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Gary Jeter, Roni Koresh, Wayne St. David, Tokyo, Random Dance, Hubbard Street, Pennsylvania Ballet and many more. After graduating Stanley performed 5 days a week in Cirque Du Soleil’s production of “Mystere” as a principle dancer. Stanley is now a company member at Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company BalletX.

Mike Nguyen

Michael Nguyen is a passionate dance instructor, choreographer, and entertainment artist. He received his MFA in Choreography and Performance at Temple University where he has had opportunities to perform for many guest artists such as Kyle Clark and Jenifer Weber. Michael is also a member of Balance Dance Company, D2D: Dare 2 Dance, and is a choreographer for Beat Addikts United. His love for dance grew as a student at West Chester University. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies with a focus on Health Science and a Dance minor from West Chester University, Michael began working on his career as a choreographer, teacher and performing artist. He enjoys sharing his artistry by teaching for several dance studios throughout the local communities. Michael is inspired by other artists for their unique works with a means to continuing the exploration of methods for collaborating and building communities through dance.

Pam Devenney

Mrs. Devenney has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Dance Education from Towson University. She has been teaching dance in the Public school system and private dance studios for the past fourteen years. Mrs. Devenney received the "1999 Dance Education Teacher of the Year" award from the Maryland division of AHPERD. She currently holds her Pennsylvania State Certification in Dance Education. While teaching dance courses at Immaculata University, she developed and directed the annual  Chester County Dance Festival. Currently, Mrs. Devenney directs the Dance Education Program at the  Academy of Notre Dame, a private girls school (grades 6-12),  in Villanova.

Marla Kaine

Ms. Kaine started her training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet where she studied the Vaganova syllabus under John White and Margarita de Saa. She continued her training through summer programs at the Joffrey Ballet. She has performed professionally with the Sarasota Ballet, Opus 1 Contemporary, Atlanta Ballet, and as a guest with the Pennsylvania Ballet.


CVDA provides quality dance education in a sensitive and friendly atmosphere. We are dedicated to promoting the art of dance, the positive benefits of physical fitness, nurturing talent, self-esteem, academic responsibilities, and proper social values.

Postal Address: 130 S. Village Avenue, Exton, PA, 14456

Phone: (610) 594-2771

Instagram: @chestervalleydance