The 2020 Festival


Festival teaching artists will be joining us in Salt Lake City as your expert instructors, mentors, and guides throughout the experience. Coming as residents abroad and with international experience, they are committed to your growth and will inspire you to maximize your potential!


Each year, the New Century Dance Project Artistic Director selects venerable, award-winning artists to share their extensive knowledge, experience and wisdom with festival intensive participants.

Former Artistic Director, Hubbard Street Dance and Nederlands Dans Theatre

Jim Vincent is currently a freelance artist, dance-maker & creative consultant d.b.a. ONE-DER-BOX, LLC. He has more than 35 years of entertainment & cultural experience through his work in theater, opera, music, contemporary dance, choreography, special events & site-specific installations. From 2012 to 2017 he was an Imagineer & Executive Creative Director with the Walt Disney Company – Creative Entertainment, primarily responsible for the Tokyo and Hong Kong portfolios. He also collaborated substantially with the R & D division on new forms of live entertainment including mixed reality and projection experiences. Early in his career he resided & worked in Europe for more than 25 years, during which time he was a dancer, rehearsal director and choreographer with the Nederlands Dans Theater and held key positions at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (Holland), National Opera of Lyon (France) and Compañia Nacional de Danza (Spain). Throughout his career he has worked extensively with Jiri Kylian, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Mats Ek and Ohad Naharin. In 2000 he returned to the US become the Artistic Director of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. He was then invited back to Holland in 2009 and appointed Artistic Director of the Nederlands Dans Theater through 2012. During his tenure there, he commissioned new works by Jiri Kylian, Crystal Pite, Alexander Ekman, Aszure Barton, Marco Goecke, Alejandro Cerrudo, Ivan Perez, Amanda Miller, Johan Inger, Lightfoot/Leon and Medhi Walerski for both NDT I and NDT II. As a dance-maker he created works for NDT I, NDT II, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Bern Ballett (Switzerland) and established collaborations with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, St Louis Symphony, the Illinois Institute of Technology – Architecture Division as well as HSDC residencies at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. He was formerly the Artist-in Residence Lycée Francais of Chicago and currently in residency at the International School of Los Angeles. Vincent is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and currently a member of the University of Southern California – Kaufman School of Dance Board of Councilors.

Oscar Winning Actress

Marianne Jean-Baptiste is a British actress who first became known to an international audience through her breakthrough performance in Mike Leigh’s Secrets & Lies (1996). Jean-Baptiste has received Best Supporting Actress Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe nominations for her measured, insightful portrayal of a young woman who is reunited with her biological mother who gave her up for adoption at birth. Jean-Baptiste subsequently began doing steady work in both film and television, appearing in a disparate number of films, including Noah Baumbach’s Mr. Jealousy (1997), the psychological thriller A Murder of Crows (1998), the independent comedy How to Make the Cruelest Month (1998), and Nancy Savoca’s The 24-Hour Woman (1999). The beginning of the next decade founding Jean-Baptiste scoring roles in the thriller The Cell, the comedy drama 28 Days, and the thriller Spy Game. From 2002 to 2009 Jean-Baptiste could be seen in the Jerry Bruckheimer produced CBS television series Without a Trace as FBI agent Vivian Johnson who works in the missing persons division. She appeared in the 2006 drama Jam, and joined the cast of City of Ember (2008), a science-fiction fantasy drama following a society living in an underground city following a nuclear war. In 2010 the actress joined the cast of Takers, a crime thriller, and starred in Secrets in the Walls, a made-for-television horror film from Lifetime the same year. In addition to acting, Jean-Baptiste is also a composer. She supplied the music for Leigh’s Career Girls in 1997.

Associate Professor of Dance, University of Utah

Pablo Piantino is originally from Mendoza, Argentina. He studied privately with Héctor Zaraspe among many other teachers, and at the Colón Theatre Ballet School. At a very young age, he entered the corps de ballet of the Colón Theatre and remained there for three years, until he was offered a full scholarship to study at The Juilliard School where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Following graduation in 1999, Pablo joined the San Francisco Ballet where he danced a broad span of classical and neo-classical repertory in the works of Mark Morris, Hans van Manen, George Balanchine, Kenneth McMillan, Jerome Robins, Paul Taylor and Christopher Weeldon to name a few. In 2005, he joined Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and had the pleasure of working with choreographers such as Nacho Duato, Mats Ek, William Forsythe, Jirí Kylián, Ohad Naharin, and Twyla Tharp, among many others. Upon culmination of his time at Hubbard Street, Pablo moved to Seattle where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance Education from the University of Washington in June 2015. Since graduation, Pablo has taught at George Mason University, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet Trainee Program, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet and Royal New Zealand Ballet among several other institutions. He has staged works by Choreographers, Nacho Duato,  Alejandro Cerrudo and Penny Saunders, at the University of Washington, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Ballet Arizona, George Mason University, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Los Angeles Ballet, SFDanceworks, Ballet Hagen in Germany and at The Juilliard School. In the Fall of 2017, Pablo joined the superlative faculty of the School of Dance at the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor and will continue to restage choreography around the world.  


The following NCDP team of talented and committed professional dancers, choreographers and educators will guide you from the beginning of the experience until the curtain closes on Saturday night’s gala festival concert.

Francisco Gella
Artistic Director, Choreographer and Dance Educator

Julie Rose Friedrich
Windward School Faculty, Dance Educator and College Dance Expert

Yusha-Marie Sorzano
Choreographer and Dancer with Camille A. Brown

Linda Smith 

Artistic and Executive Director, Repertory Dance Theatre

Artistic Director, Ballet Idaho and Dance Educator