Festival Teaching Faculty will be joining us in Santa Fe, NM as your expert instructors, mentors, and guides throughout the experience. Coming with a vast amount of experience across diverse sectors of the dance world with a common commitment to educating the next generations of artists and artistic leaders, 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.

Jim Vincent

Jim Vincent
Dance & Creative Consultant,
Director, and Educator

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 to 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 is currently in residency at the International School of Los Angeles. Vincent is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Courtney Henry
Interdisciplinary Creator, Writer, and Educator

Courtney Henry grew up on the occupied lands of West Palm Beach, FL, and was further educated at Fordham University in New York City. Leaving her cohort a few months before graduating, Courtney was offered a contract with Alonzo King LINES Ballet, where she danced for seven years becoming a Principal Dancer with the company, touring and performing all over the world. While there, she participated in all of King’s world premieres in collaborations with high-profile artists such as Zakir Hussain, Jason Moran, Lisa Fischer, Jim Doyle, and Jim Campbell.

Following in this spirit of collaboration, in 2018 she flew to Berlin, Germany where she was a guest soloist with Richard Siegal’s “Ballet of Difference” premiering and touring 2 new works and repertoire throughout Europe. Living overseas expanded Henry’s artistic pallet as she began freelancing as a writer, model, and researcher. Her work has been featured not only as a performer but as a critical contributor in Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, DIYDancer Magazine, and numerous lifestyle and travel publications. Courtney is an awardee of the Princess Grace Foundation – USA and Chris Hellman Dance award, a YAGP ‘Stars of Tomorrow Gala’ Alumni, and a Goethe Institute Research Beneficiary. She is a recent M.F.A. Graduate from the University of The Arts and a recipient of the UArts Presidents Award for Innovative & Creative Research.

Henry is an interdisciplinary creator, performer, writer, educator, mentor, and mother. All of her practices spring from a liberatory imagining through Afro-futurism, where time and space are non-linear. Her most recent obsession is using radical imagery to enliven the ballet form so that more bodies can see themselves inside the practice.

Zak Ryan Schlegel 
Choreographer, Artistic Director, and Educator

Zak Ryan Schlegel is a performer with Shen Wei, educator at The Joffrey Ballet School, founding curator of cross-genre salon CONGRESS, and co-artistic director of AXIOM Dance Theatre. His work has been presented from The Juilliard School in NYC to Walt Disney Concert Hall in LA and is a three-time Outstanding Choreographer of the Youth America Grand Prix. He is the official recipient of the New Century Dance Project 2022 Choreography Award Grand Prize Honor, his film “In Beauty It Is Unfinished” is an official selection of The Athens International Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and recently won the Knight Foundation award at the Miami Film Festival. The New York Times calls him “a star” & Wall Street Journal “eye-catching & effortless”. His extensive research of Eastern and Western movement traditions adjacent to the philosophical tenets of observation, logic and mathematics largely inform his presence of being, technical vocabulary, arresting language and physical study of identity. Query is his primary motivation of understanding—where mortal repetition and shifting layers define performance as a series of cascading epiphanies.

Zak can be seen in Ryan Heffington’s Emmy award-winning choreographic work for HBO series Euphoria directed by Sam Levinson starring Zendaya, the feature film Babylon, directed by Damien Chazelle starring Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie, The Weeknd’s highly anticipated upcoming HBO series The Idol starring Lily-Rose Depp and is the featured artist in Lexus’ L5 campaign. He has worked with directors Damien Chazelle, Sam Levinson, Edgar Wright, Melina Matsoukas, Floria Sigismondi, Amy Seimetz, Sebastian Strasser, Nina McNeely, Dugan O’Neal, Kitty McNamee, Greko Sklavounos, Eliot Lee Hazel, WIFE, Lita Albuquerque and GMUNK.

On stage, Zak has performed and toured globally as company member and soloist in Shen Wei Dance Arts, Italy’s Spellbound Contemporary Ballet led by Mauro Astolfi, Yin Yue Dance Company and Backhausdance on iconic stages from BAM, Art Basel Miami and Hong Kong to The Guggenheim, Asia Society in NY and Hong Kong, Arcosanti’s FORM Festival, and LA’s Walk Disney Concert Hall in collaboration with the LA Philharmonic. He has created an evening length, experiential sound bath “Liminal” with Jonsi and Alex Somers of Sigur Ros, and has danced the works of Jean-Guilliame Weiss, Ryan Heffington with associate Ryan Spencer, Mandy Moore with associates Jillian Meyers & Megan Lawson, Michael Rooney, Nina McNeely, Jennifer Backhaus, Denna Thomsen, JA, Lisa Eaton and Josie Walsh. He received formative training from Rafael Bonachela at Sydney Dance Company, Danielle Agami, Lucas Crandall, has participated in Gaga research with Ohad Naharin in Tel Aviv, Israel and holds a BFA from Chapman University.

Commercial collaborations include: The Weeknd, Sigur Ros, Britney Spears, Ry X, Lawrence Rothman, Years & Years, Peaches, MIKA, Ecko, Audrey Nula, Nova Wav, Fitz and the Tantrums, Japanese Breakfast, Lawrence Rothman, The Pierces, Sam Sparro, Vogue Italia, FLAUNT and OUT magazine, Lexus, Toyota, Ford, Squarespace, Amazon Prime, Sleep Number, Tedx, The Getty, Milk and FIDM in multiple genres and platforms from film/television, music videos, live stage performances, commercial campaigns and print editorials.


The following NCDP team of talented and committed professional dancers, choreographers, and educators will guide you from the beginning of the experience on day one until the curtain closes at Saturday night’s closing festival concert, and all the way through the NCDP closing events on Sunday afternoon.

Francisco Gella

Francisco Gella
Santa Fe, NM
Co-artistic Director for Zeitgeist Dance Theatre Choreographer and Dance Educator

Julie Rose Friedrich

Julie Rose Friedrich
Los Angeles, CA
Windward School Performing Arts Faculty Dance Educator and College Dance / Careers  Expert

Yusha-Marie Sorzano

Yusha-Marie Sorzano
Los Angeles, CA / New York, NY
Co-artistic Director of Zeitgeist Dance Theatre 
Choreographer and Dancer with Camille A. Brown

Vladimir Conde Reche

Albuquerque, New Mexico
Professor of Dance
University of New Mexico

 Please contact us if you have any questions about your submission.