Summer Programs

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Collage will offer two programs this summer.

RAISE THE BAR JUNIOR, being offered June 28 – July 9, is best for dancers ages 5 – 11.

RAISE THE BAR SENIOR, being offered July 12 – 24, is best for dancers ages 12 and up.


Ages 5 – 11

Classes for the RTB Junior Summer Intensive 2021 include: Ballet, Jazz, West African, Tap, Nutrition and Broadway.

Each class is designed to nurture budding dancers and will both stimulate and challenge them to explore their creativity, while developing a solid technical foundation. The program is excellent for beginners, as well as intermediate and advanced dancers seeking continued summer training.

Schedule & Dates

June 28 – July 9

Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m or 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. depending on level


$500. Students must register and balances must be paid in full no later than May 1, 2021. 


Ages 12+

Classes for RTB Senior include: Ballet, Jazz Funk, Horton, Variations, Pointe, Choreography Lab and Men’s Technique.

Raise The Bar Senior is an intensive exploration of key codified techniques to help dancers strengthen their kinesthetic sense, movement quality, alignment and artistry.

Schedule & Dates
July 12 – 24

Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

$575. Students must register and balances must be paid in full no later than May 1, 2021.

Collage Dance accepts eligible students of all races and national or ethnic backgrounds.

Collage Dance is offering limited scholarships for the 2021 Raise The Bar Summer Intensives. Submissions are now closed for 2021. Recipients will be notified May 15, 2021.

Refund Policy
There will be no refunds for voluntary withdrawal either before or after the Intensive begins. In the event serious illness or injury prevents a student from participating, a refund of up to 75% of the tuition amount paid will be considered.

For more information regarding the program or curriculum, please contact Collage Dance at (901) 800-1873 or via email at

Collage is not offering housing for the 2021 Intensive. If housing is required, please call 901-800-1873 for recommendations.

Karen Niceley attended the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet and later received her BFA in Dance Education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Karen’s professional credits include work with: Dance Theatre of Harlem, Michael Mao Dance Company, Metropolitan Opera, Cirque Du Soleil and the Broadway National Tour of The Color Purple. Karen is also an instructor of Vinyasa Yoga and recently started her own company Niceworld Movement.

She currently teaches dance, yoga and empowerment workshops for various community-based organizations and schools in New York City, while guest teaching, choreographing and performing for Keith Lee’s Dance Theatre of Lynchburg and Collage dance Collective of Memphis, TN.

Karen is a co-founder of Gritty Cherries, Inc., a non-profit art production company that serves as a springboard for emerging artists of all types, providing venues and producing special events for charitable organizations with a variety of artists who collaborate together under one roof and a specific theme while bringing high quality training in the arts to underprivileged youth through their arts education program Gritty Cherries Arts Education. “

Karen Niceley

Kevin Thomas began his dance training with Ecole Superieure de Danse du Quebec in Montreal, Canada, and has danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Cleveland/San Jose Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) in New York City.  He joined DTH in 1995 and was promoted to principal dancer in 1999.  With DTH, Mr. Thomas' credits include leading roles in The Prodigal Son, Dialogues, The Four Temperaments, Othello, Adrian (Angel on Earth), A Song for Dead Warriors, Troy Games, Equuis and Dougla.  He has performed leading roles in numerous ballets including, The Nutcracker, Tarantella, Agon, Who Cares, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Don Quixote, Consort Lessons, and Aureole.  Mr. Thomas has made guest appearances with the Royal Ballet in London, Complexions Contemporary Ballet in New York and Fleming Flindt and Peter Schaufuss in Denmark.  He has also appeared on Broadway in The Phantom of the Opera. Mr. Thomas has served as Artistic Coordinator and Ballet Master for New Ballet Ensemble & School and has choreographed for Opera Memphis, Hattiloo Repertory Theatre, New Ballet Ensemble, Orpheum Theatre, Flint Institute of Music, University of Utah, University of Memphis and Collage Dance Collective.  Mr. Thomas is a 2017-18 National Visiting Fellow at the School of American Ballet.

Kevin Thomas

DORIAN RHEA (CHOREOGRAPHER) A south side, Chicago bred artist, Dorian Rhea has been an active participant in community based arts and education for the past seven years. He has performed and choreographed pieces for recording artists like Silentò & Chance The Rapper, while using his art as a tool for activism and reformation by working alongside the Obamas on the ‘Healthier America’ initiative. His works have been featured at venues such as The Chicago Theater & The Museum of Contemporary Art.
He has held residencies at The Joffrey Ballet Chicago as well as The American Rhythm Center, and facilitated world-class workshops at Roosevelt University, Chicago State University, and Wilbur Wright College. From working with charitable arts programs in public schools across the city, to providing free performance training under the non-profit ‘Happiness Club’, Dorian continues to encourage, build, and support reputable opportunities and networks that give back to the communities who invest so much into the future.

Dorian Rhea

Danielle Jenice Pierce is an award-winning competitive dancer with more than 15 years of training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Modern.

A graduate of The University of Memphis and former Memphis RedBirds Redhots member, Danielle has been a faculty member with the Collage Dance Conservatory since 2017. She teaches Tap through our community-connected Turning Pointe program, in partnership with Memphis area schools, and on-site at the Collage Dance Center where she also teaches Creative Movement for budding dancers ages 2 - 3.
Danielle is an active member of Hot Foot Honeys, a Memphis-based professional Tap Dance company, and the Southern Association for Dance Masters. She’s also currently training with The American Tap Dance Foundation where she will be receiving a teaching certification for tap technique, repertory and performance skills in 2021.

Danielle Pierce

Brandye Lee is a cum laude alumna of Smith College (Economics &  Afro-American Studies), and received her formal dance training as a scholarship student at Jones-Haywood School of Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem and The Ailey School.  A native Washingtonian, she was a featured dancer with Ailey II and Disney’s blockbuster “The Lion King” - National Gazelle Tour.  While touring with The Lion King, Brandye served as the company’s outreach coordinator, creating unique behind-the-scenes experiences that included the show’s phenomenal cast, crew and orchestra members. Throughout her travels, she has produced numerous concerts benefiting community arts and education organizations.  Brandye has been a guest performer and teacher in many of the 47 states she toured, including at Flint Institute of Music, Dance Institute of Washington, Dance Theatre of Lynchburg, Troy D. Brown’s The Art of Technique, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, George Mason University, University of Tennessee, Fisk University, Rhodes College, Marymount University, and countless others.  Most recently, Brandye served as Rehearsal Director for Memphis, Tennessee’s groundbreaking ballet company and conservatory, Collage Dance Collective.  In addition to receiving numerous awards, she is a New Memphis Institute Fellow and former commissioner for the Memphis City Beautiful Commission. Brandye is a current recipient of a graduate dance fellowship at University of California at Irvine, focusing on choreography and issues of equity and diversity in ballet. Through her lifelong passion for dance, she continues to find innovative ways to let her life speak, and serve her community.

Brandye Lee

YOSEK PRIETO (CHOREOGRAPHER) began his ballet career at the age of 10 at the Escuela Vocacional de Arte in Pinar del Rio, Cuba studying the history and fundamental elements of ballet, French, dance repertoires, modern dance and gymnastics. At the age of 15, he began studying at the world-renowned Escuela Nacional de Ballet in Havana, Cuba where he continued his studies of ballet, contemporary dance, folk dance, ballroom dance, duo classic, dance methodology and the history of dance. He participated in many productions with noted instructors and choreographers such as Alicia Alonso, Ivan Tenorio, Alberto Alonso, Gustavo Herrera, Pedro Consuegra, Maria Rovira and Jorge Amarante. In 2000, he joined the Ballet Nacional de Cuba and danced with that company for 5 years, participating in numerous productions, international festivals and tours under the direction of Alicia Alonso. In 2005, Yosek joined Ballet de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico where he continued to expand his repertoire and international experience. In 2009, Yosek moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he now shares his knowledge and experience as a ballet instructor.

Yosek Prieto

KRYSTAL MACKIE Brooklyn bred. Alumnus of LaGuardia Arts HS and University of North Carolina School of the Arts, BFA. She has had the honor to perform works by Jeffrey Page, Twyla Tharp, George Faison, Warren Carlyle, Camille A. Brown, and Andy Blankenbuehler, to name a few. Credits include: After Midnight on Norwegian Cruise Line. Regional Theater: In the Heights. Off-Broadway: This Ain’t No Disco. Krystal has assisted Juel D. Lane with choreographing works on Ailey II and Dallas Black Dance Theatre. She is currently in the 1st National Tour of Hamilton. Krystal is represented by Lucille DiCampli Artist Representation.

Krystal Mackie

The bio-[Kemet]cal essence of Men Ca is in his name: mata is energy from the nucleus of the ca’nscious atam. A practitioner of defining that which he does through that which he is, (i.e., Men Ca), his absolute Art and Science is simply to be ca’nscious at all times, in all times, thus defining the life force energy of love and understanding.

Men Ca

Kevin R. Tate (AGMA/ AEA) is a native of Washington DC and was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is also a proud alumni of the Professional Performing Arts High School (PPAS) of NYC. Additional training includes Creative Outlet under the tutelage of Jamel Gaines.
Kevin's first Broadway credit came at the age of 12 when he was casted as Jackie Thibodeaux in George C. Wolfes Caroline or Change. International television credits include ABC's Manhattan Love Story, Good Morning Germany, and a national Revlon commercial. Concert dance credits include The Metropolitan Opera Ballet of NYC, Rasta Thomas's BAD BOYS of Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Kyle Abraham's AIM & Collage Dance Collective.
Kevin has been featured in SELF Magazine, Inside Dance Magazine, and as a website and social media model for the CHARLIE men's wear line and BOSE electronics. In 2019, featured Kevin as one of the "Top 20 Hottest Men In Dance".
Kevin is managed by Peggy Stamps, The SquarePeg Group, Inc.

Kevin R. Tate

Endalyn Taylor began dancing at the age of seven at the Mayfair Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago Ill, studying ballet, gymnastics and tap. She later trained at the Ruth Page School of Dance under the tutelage of Larry Long. Ms. Taylor received scholarships to study with the Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem School.


In 1984, she joined Dance Theatre of Harlem’s company and became a principal in 1993. Ms. Taylor’s roles include Myrta and Peasant Pas in Giselle, Corsair Pas de Deux, Flower Festival in Genzano, Alonzo Kings’ Ground and Signs and Wonder, Dougla, Serenade, Agon, Four Temperaments, Concerto Barocco, Stars and Stripes, Holberg Suite, Fete Noir, Etosha, Mirage, Concerto In F, Dialogues, Les Biche, Songs of Mahler and Medea to name a few. She has performed for such dignitaries as Coretta Scott King, Colin Powell, President Bill Clinton, the late Princess Diana, former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and many others.


In 1992, she made her Broadway debut in the revival of Carousel and went on to perform in the Broadway casts of The Lion King in 1997 and Aida, 1999. An original cast member of all three shows, Taylor participated in the recording of the cast albums, two of which received Grammy nominations, as well as performed for the 1993 and 1997 Tony Awards.


As a teacher, she has taught master classes to children and adults throughout the United States and abroad and ran a performing arts institute in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1995. Ms. Taylor was the Director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem School where she taught, choreographed and staged numerous works on students in the Professional Training Program and the entire student body. In 2010 she was invited to bring ten of her students to the White House to participate in a new arts initiative of the Obama’s. In 2013, students of Taylor performed for the 1st Lady and the wives of the Heads of State’s Luncheon at the Studio Museum of Harlem.


Ms. Taylor has been commissioned to choreograph several works including numerous productions for The Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Annual Spring Performances, Western Kentucky University, as Co-choreographer and Concept Developer for the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City. Taylor made her triumphant Musical Theater choreographic debut in April with the production of Kiss Me Kate for the Lyric Theatre, Champaign, IL and Dream Girls in conjunction with Krannert Center for the performing Arts and Bridgewater Banks and Lewis Productions. Most recently, Taylor has choreographed works for Collage Dance Collective, performed the co-choreographed work Chalk Lines at the American Dance Festival in New York, and a collaborative work entitled The Counterpoint Project, which premiered in New York City in 2018. Taylor received rave reviews for her performance of the solo Is All which was part of an evening length work entitled The World As We Know It. Additionally, Taylor has gained recognition as a national spokesman for Black Ballerinas and has presented lectures at Coventry University in England, participated on panels at the Collegium for African Diasporic Dance, National Association of Schools of Dance, organized a symposium about Black

Endalyn Taylor

Ricardo Rhodes was born in Boston, Massachusetts where he trained at the Boston Ballet. Mr. Rhodes was accepted to the Sarasota Ballet in 2007 and promoted to Principal in 2012.

Mr. Rhodes has performed many lead roles which include Ashton’s La Fille mal Gardée, Symphonic Variations, Les Patineurs, Birthday Offering, Scènes de Ballet, Monotones II, The Dream; Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes, Apollo, Diamonds, Emeralds, Rubies, Serenade, Allegro Brillante, Theme and Variations, Who Cares?; Bintley's 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café; Fokine’s Les Sylphides; Napoli Act III (After Bournonville); MacMillan’s Concerto; Nijinsky’s L’Après-midi d’un Faune; Robbins' Fancy Free; Tuckett’s Spielende Kinder, Lux Aeterna, Changing Light; Wheeldon’s The American, There Where She Loved; Wright’s Summertide and Giselle among others.

Ricardo has performed internationally in galas in Japan, Panama, South Africa and Ethiopia. He Has guested with Dance Yanowsky, Festival Ballet Providence, Chattanooga Ballet, Urban Ballet Theater and ProjectionDance.

Ricardo Rhodes

Joshua Manculich – born in Windber, PA – and a Point Park University graduate, started dance at the age of fourteen. He had the pleasure of performing with Thodos Dance Chicago, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Pursuit Productions, Jaxon Movement Arts, Jessica Miller Tomlinson, and The Pillow Project. Josh’s choreography has been toured internationally by Collage Dance, DanceWorks Chicago, Eisenhower Dance Detroit, and The Ohio State University. In 2015, Josh was nominated for a Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship by The Big Muddy Dance Company for which he eventually created “Lyra” through support of the Princess Grace Foundation. Other choreographic adventures include: Ballet Austin II, Dancing in the Parks, Dayton Contemporary II, Grand Valley State University, Houston Contemporary Dance Company, Interlochen, LITVAK Dance, METdance, Piel Morena Contemporary Dance, Point Park University, Thodos Dance Chicago, Santa Barbara Dance Theater, University of Dayton, Western Michigan University, and most recently, Whim W’Him. Josh is an Assistant Professor of dance at Sam Houston State University. 

Joshua Manculich

Holly Hyman has performed in every major American city and has toured the world multiple times, with Alvin Ailey and several music recording artists, including Missy Elliott, Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Adam Lambert, to name a few. She maintains membership in SAG-Aftra and ACTOR’s EQUITY. She also has a BFA from Fordham University and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Ms. Hyman has worked on many projects with outstanding musical theater, theater, film, television, music video, award show and commercial directors and choreographers including: Debbie Allen, Louis Valdez, Joe Mantello, Christopher Robinson, Adam and Dave, Hi Hat, Tovaris Wilson, Luam, Zach Woodlee, Michael Rooney, Noam Murro, Alejandro Irranitu, and Adam Shankman. Her professional experience has led her to teach at Broadway Dance Center in Tokyo, Japan, at Edge Performing Arts Center in L, at Collage Dance Collective in Memphis, TN, at Debbie Allen Dance Academy in LA and she is a resident teacher/choreographer for Rhapsody James’ annual Motivating Excellence program in LA.    

Holly Hyman

Kindred Spirit, also known as K.S is a traditional West African drum and dance inspired company, operating with a heightened interest in examining the psyche, body, and spirit through an African centered worldview. We strive to cultivate respect for traditional forms, foster cultural exchange, effect social justice, engage in community building, and promote healing through the medium of drum and dance.

Organized 2014, Founded 2015, in Memphis, Tennessee, Kindred Spirit a phrase defined as a person whose interests or attitudes are similar to one's own, is a collective of compassionate human beings. Compassion is a multi-textured response to pain, sorrow and anguish. It includes kindness, empathy, generosity and acceptance. The strands of courage, tolerance, and equanimity are characteristics our founder feels potent for the work that we do. A company comprised of those seeking to improve the quality of life, demonstrate, and carry out our incarnation objective while building for future generations is who we are.

K.S received raved reviews for it's 2014 “Kindred Spirit dance revival”, a self-financed Memphis based drum and dance conference, attracting students, and enthusiast of all levels from around the continental U.S, featuring influential drum and dance instructors from the diaspora, breathing life in to West African drum and dance culture for the Greater Memphis Area. We have since partnered with The Center for Transforming Communities and Collage Dance Collective where students take an imaginative journey to the motherland, embracing the essence of West African culture while learning and appreciating aspects of its history, traditions, languages, and diverse form of dance and artistic expressions.

Focused on the region of West Africa we are dedicated to the preservation, education, and presentation of traditional West African drum and dance culture. We seek to expose the rich heritage of these forms and the people who practice them, by also creating and presenting traditional dance and music inspired from these regions. While this is a celebratory and cultural expression of our history, it is, more importantly, a means to by which we heal from colonization and slavery. 

Kindred Spirit

Lisa Alfieri Ballo is a classical ballet dance teacher, who trained on scholarship with the Pennsylvania Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and the Cleveland Ballet schools.  Her career as a  professional dancer began with Cleveland Ballet, under Dennis Nahat, where she rose to principal dancer during her 10 year stay.  A few of her favorite roles were: Odette/Odile in Swan Lake; Swanilda in Coppelia; the lead in Balanchine’s Square Dance and Terpsichore in Apollo. For one year she also danced with Fort Worth/Dallas Ballet, under Paul Mejia, performing in many of Balachine’s ballets. Then, while being semi retired, she danced with both the Sandra Organ Company and Dominic Walsh Dance Theater in Houston, Texas.  She first began teaching for Gilbert Rome and Margo Marshall in Houston, and later Vitoria Vittum, High School of Performing and Visual Arts, and at the School of Houston Ballet. Mrs. Ballo now lives in Memphis, Tennessee where she is teaching company class for both Ballet New Ensemble and College Dance Collective.

Lisa Ballo

Caroline Rocher Barnes trained at the Conservatoire de Montpellier in France with Madame Claparède and the Rudra Béjart Art School in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1998, she moved to New York to study at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. In 1999, Mrs. Rocher Barnes joined The Dance Theatre of Harlem under Arthur Mitchell's mentorship, was promoted to soloist in 2000, and then principal dancer the following year. Her professional career extends to the Bavarian State Ballet in Munich, Germany, the Lyon Opera Ballet in France, and Alonzo King's Lines Ballet in San Francisco. In 2001 Mrs. Rocher Barnes was named "25 to watch" in Dance Magazine. She has performed works by acclaimed choreographers such as Marius Petipa, John Cranko, George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Hans Van Manen, John Neumeier, Maurice Béjart, Maguy Marin, Jacopo Godani, Robert Dekkers, Dwight Rhoden, William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, Arthur Mitchell, Michael Smuin, Glen Tetley, and Alonzo King. 

           After retiring from the stage, Mrs. Rocher Barnes relocated to Maryland, and she has been teaching in the DC-Maryland-Virginia area. She has been on faculty at the Citydance Conservatory, the Washington School of Ballet, and the Metropolitan School of The Arts

            Mrs. Rocher Barnes has worked as an adjunct professor at George Mason University and Prince George's Community College. She is also part of the Alonzo King Lines Summer Program Faculty. Mrs. Rocher Barnes holds a certification in the Gyrotonic® expansion system and the Progressing Ballet Technique®. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Mary's College of California with a BA in Performing Arts, and is currently pursuing a MFA in Dance at the University of Maryland College Park.

Caroline Barnes