Summer Intensive 2018

  • Week 1 starts June 11
  • Week 2 starts June 18
  • Week 3 starts June 25


Guest artist bios

Dance Arts Los Alamos Cornell Callendar

Cornell Callender began his training at age 11 on a full scholarship at The School of the Hartford Ballet under the tutoring of Alla Osipenko former prima ballerina of the Kirov Ballet and prodigy of Agrippina Vaganova, Francio DeVita, Raymond Lukens, Maria Youskevitch and Kirk Perterson. It wasn’t long before he began to receive awards and scholarship for demonstrating a high standard of classical excellence included are the Faculty Prize, Frankie & Goldfarb Scholarship, Marguerite Deanguera Prize and the Golden Garland Award.

Meanwhile Cornell was performing in a majority of the Hartford Ballet’s repertory.  At age 14 he was invited to study at the Royal Ballet School where he received the Dame Ruth Railton Award, for overall high standard of technical and artistic excellence.  The following year Mr. Callender was promoted to the graduating class and represented the Royal Ballet School in the 2001 Prix de Lausanne Competition, were he was a prize winner.That same year Mr. Callender graduated the Royal Ballet School with top Honors. as a student of the royal ballet school Cornell has performed with both the Royal Ballet and the Birmingham Royal Ballet Company. 

By age 17 Mr. Callender secured a contract with the English National Ballet, where he performed numerous roles in the company’s repertory. After several years of work and study in the United Kingdom, Mr. Callender returned to the United States where he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet. In March 2005, Cornell Callender founded The National Ballet Academy Denver, where he is currently Artistic Director. Mr. Callender is also a international master teacher. Teaching in Brazil, China, Japan and throughout the United States.

Dance Arts Los Alamos Cornell Callender

Dance Arts Los Alamos Cole McMechen

Cole McMechen was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. He grew up dancing and training competitively for 10 years. Cole began his training at a small studio in Arvada, Colorado. In 2009, after training for 5 years, he then joined the dance troupe The Silhouettes. The Silhouettes placed 2nd on America's Got Talent, season 6. Cole then traveled both domestically and internationally performing for and with acts including Earth Wind and Fire, Jerry Springer, and Kevin Bacon. McMechen is also a proud recipient of New York City Dance Alliance College Scholarship Foundation in 2013. He was awarded over $105,000+ in college scholarships, he accepted a scholarship offer from Point Park University. Cole then moved to Pittsburgh, PA where he studied at Point Park University in Ballet & Jazz for two years.

At Point Park University, McMechen's freshman year of college he performed in Nicolas Petrov's ‘Romeo and Juliet’, a lead in Dwight Rhoden's ‘Mercy’ from Complexions Ballet, and George
Balanchine’s ‘Serenade’. McMechen was also apart of a shadow dance company called Inspirati directed by KieAnn Brownell, with dance captain Steve Ewing. The team's first performances aired in October of 2014 on TruTv’s FAKE OFF: SEASON 1. During the winter of 2014, Cole then studied contemporary ballet in Montréal, Canada working & performing with Eddy Toussaint Ballet Company in shows like: Eddy Toussaint original production of Dracula as a corps dancer and The Nutcracker. Immediately studying in Montréal, Cole was performing with Laurel Ballet Company in their production of The Nutcracker as the Snow Cavalier and Spanish dancer. Cole also studied at the University of Colorado Boulder in Dance under the supervision of Erika Randell.

McMechen was the proud Creator & Director of Sonder Dance Company in Denver, Colorado which ran over two years and had over 250 students. Sonder was also voted top 3rd best studio in Colorado in 2016 by the Colorado Parent Magazine. McMechen is represented by Movement Talent Agency in Los Angeles, California