Summer Dance Camp

Click here to download the registration form.

Before May 25, the registration form may be returned to the Arkansas Arts Academy High School or Middle School (in the care of Karen Castleman or Amy Kessler-Weber, respectively). After May 25, the registration form and payment may be mailed to Amy Kessler-Weber at 3684 Pasofino Loop in Springdale, Arkansas 72764. The deadline is June 15.

Please write checks addressed to Arkansas Arts Academy.

You may request further information by contacting Karen Castleman or Amy Kessler-Weber.


Special Guest Teachers:
Steve Rooks, Professor of Dance at Vassar College
Ashley Murphy, Washington Ballet

Ashley Murphy represented Louisiana Dance Theater in the Regional Dance America performance at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, and attended summer programs at New York's Joffrey Balley School and The Ailey School. In 2002, Ms. Murphy went on to train and perform with Dance Theatre of Harlem's Dancing Through Barriers® Ensemble. The following year, she was accepted into the DTH Company. Ms. Murphy has also taught for the DTH Pre-Professional Residency at the Kennedy Center. She had the honor of performing at the White House for Dance Theatre of Harlem. During Dance Theatre of Harlem's eight-year hiatus, Ashley was influential in helping to restore the company by performing in the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble that continued to share DTH's legacy. When the company returned in 2012, Ashley performed many principal roles in a broad array of ballets, including Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Glinka, Nacho Duato's "Coming Together," Agon, Ulysses Dove's "Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven," Darrell Grand Moultrie's "Vessels," and many others. She has been featured on the cover of Pointe Magazine with Misty Copeland and Ebony Williams as well as various other publications, such as Dance Magazine, Time Out Magazine, and Self Magazine Online, to name a few.

Steve Rooks began his dance training in Washington, D.C. He continued his training in New York City as a scholarship student at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Mr. Rooks danced and toured with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and the Martha Graham Dance Company, where he performed for over a decade and achieved the rank of Principal Dancer. Mr. Rooks is currently Chair of Dance and Resident Choreographer at Vassar College, and a guest teacher with the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, The Martha Graham Dance Company, American Academy of Ballet, Ballet Nacional de Mexico, and the International Summer School in Sydney, Australia.