Compass Coaching Project


Mentorship for professional dancers navigating today’s dance landscape

July 17-July 29, 2023

Sometimes we’re in this limbo of pre-pro and professional, and you don’t really get the training that you need. This program has allowed me to grow and work in new ways and just find who I am as a dancer.

– Eugene Ballet Dancer

For Ages 17+

We created Compass Coaching Project to address the needs of professional dancers who are in transition, at the beginning of a career, feeling stuck or unseen, or needing motivation and inspiration.

Working with no more than 20 dancers to explore technique, artistry, and vulnerability in a safe, mentally-healthy environment, the program holds a magnifying glass to a professional artist’s current position in the profession and offers help to navigate toward one’s personal goals. 

The past two weeks working with Dominic has really opened my mind to new ideas about the art form, and as artists what our responsibility is to this art form and how we can express ourselves with our bodies and our minds in a smart, intelligent, beautiful way.

– Former Ballet San Antonio Principle Dancer

A two-week project

Each artist will have the opportunity to meet privately with Walsh and CCD Artistic Director, Julia Wilkinson Manley, to discuss goals and strategies.

Culminating performance on July 29, 2023.

I think this program really helped me think about what I needed personally. Hearing Dominic say things differently than I’ve ever heard before has really helped me understand my technique and understand artistry a little bit more.

– Oklahoma City Ballet Apprentice

Led by internationally renowned repetiteur, teacher, and Compass Coaching Project Artistic Director, Dominic Walsh

Mr. Walsh and select world class guest artists will team up to focus on the individual needs of each dancer, breaking down the intricacies and challenges of attaining a more efficient technique through a variety of tools in both classical and contemporary dance.

Compass Coaching Project also offers classes in Alexander Technique, Movement Therapy, and Anatomy.

Artists will have the opportunity to work on repertoire from such iconic choreographers as Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Jirí Kylián, Crystal Pite, and more.

Summer Faculty

Renowned Visiting Artist Faculty


Sidra Bell
Artistic Director
Sidra Bell Dance New York
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Zippora Karz
Former Soloist
New York City Ballet
George Balanchine Trust
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John Lam
Principal Dancer
Boston Ballet
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Kristi Capps
Rehearsal Director
Kansas City Ballet
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Maurya Kerr
Former Dancer
Alonzo King LINES Ballet
Artistic Director
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Bruce McCormick
Associate Professor of Practice
USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance
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Jennifer Howard
Former Dancer
White Oak Dance Project
and Twyla Tharp;
Managing Director
Celebrate the Beat
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Alex Ketley
The Foundry
Advanced Lecturer
Stanford University
Choreographer and Filmmaker
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Audition Tour

In-Person Auditions - Colorado

Saturday, February 4, 2023

  • 2:30pm—4:30pm 
  • Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Broomfield, CO

Sun. Mar. 12, 2023 

  • 11:00am—1:00pm 
  • Colorado Conservatory of Dance, Broomfield, CO
In-Person Auditions - National Tour

Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music 

  • Tuesday, February 7th, 6:00pm, Pre-College Class Audition
  • Majors Audition with Zippora Karz – Date & Time TBA

Los Angeles, CA

  • Sunday March 5th
  • California Dance Theatre
    2282 Townsgate Road Suites 4/5/6, Westlake Village, California 91361
    Sunday, March 5, 2023 11:30am to 12:00pm
    Sunday, March 5, 2023 12:00pm to 1:30pm

New York City

  • Sunday March 12th
  • 11:30am Registration
  • 12:00pm – 2:00pm Class (Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary)
  • Mark Morris Dance Center
    3 Lafayette Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11217-1415
    Hodgkins Studio
    Taught by Ann Chiaverini
Zoom Audition

Sun. Mar. 12, 2023

  • 1:30pm—3:30pm
  • Zoom link to be provided upon registration

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Schedule and Tuition


  • $900 ($300 non-refundable deposit)Tuition is non-refundable.


  • MondayFriday, 10am-6:00pm
  • Saturday 10am-2pm

Program will include

  • Classical technique
  • Pointe
  • Pas de deux/partnering
  • Contemporary
  • Repertoire
  • Kinesiology and Nutrition
  • Alexander technique and motion therapy
  • Improvisation
  • One on one coaching sessions
  • A performance will conclude the session including a new creation by Dominic Walsh


Regis University

  • Double occupancy traditional dormitory
  • Three delicious and healthy meals per day
  • Daily transportation
  • Fun supervised activities on the weekend

Room & Board Pricing

1 week – $800

2 weeks – $1,600

3 weeks – $2,400

4 weeks – $3,200

5 weeks – $4,000

6 weeks – $4,800

Housing Administrative Fee: $100*
*One-time fee for the Summer Program

Summer Residential Experience

Dancers choosing the housing option will reside at the beautiful and historic Regis University Campus. Traditional dormitory style rooms are double occupancy, air-conditioned with a shared bathroom and washer/dryer in the facility.

A full-time trained resident advisor will chaperon and oversee all the dancers. The RA has a TCLogic background check and is certified by Regis University regarding safety and health protocol.

Summer program dancers’ meals consist of breakfast and dinner at the Regis Camps Dining Hall with a healthy sack lunch prepared by Harvest Table Catering.

Transportation from Regis to Colorado Conservatory of Dance is included. This does not include transit from Denver International Airport.

Dancers are encouraged to bring pocket money for extra outings and snacks. Weekend excursions are not included in the summer pricing.

Please contact Marnie Rundiks (mrundiks@ccdance.org).

Dominic Walsh

About Dominic Walsh

In 2002, Dominic Walsh, Principal Dancer and Choreographer with Houston Ballet, founded his contemporary ballet company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater. After the company’s debut in February 2003, Dance Magazine declared, “At last Houston has a contemporary dance company on par with its symphony, opera and ballet companies.” The company racked up accolades and honors and built a stellar reputation for taking the techniques and skills of classical ballet into groundbreaking territory. The company’s repertoire featured inventive works by Walsh and such iconic choreographers as Mats Ek, Jiří Kylián, Mauro Bigonzetti, and Matthew Bourne. In 2015 Walsh became a proud father and closed DWDT after 12 seasons. In December he launched his 200 page photo book he created with company photographer, Gabriella Nissen, titled simply “Dominic Walsh Dance Theater”.

Walsh was born in Elgin, Illinois in 1971 and started his training at an early age with Lisa Boehm, Frank Boehm, Warren Conover, and Larry Long in Chicago. He joined Houston Ballet in 1989, was promoted to Soloist in 1993, and Principal Dancer by 1996. Walsh danced throughout Asia, Europe, and North America receiving praise from international critics including Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times who called him “impressively virtuosic” and the New York Post’s Clive Barnes who described him as “excellent and exuberant.” Walsh has danced all the major classics including Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Romeo & Juliet, and Manon with international stars such as Nina Ananiashvili and Alessandra Ferri.

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Walsh continues to receive commissions to set and create works nationally and internationally including Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, Italy, Medea (2009) and The Sleeping Beauty (2011); Ballet Florida, Bello (2006); Ballet Quad Cities, The Nutcracker (2008); American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Alchemy (2004); London Studio Centre, Sub-Luminus (2010); Asami Maki Ballet Tokyo, À Bientot (2006); New National Theatre, Tokyo, Orfeo ed Euridice (2007) and Wolfgang for Webb (2010). After the premiere of Orfeo ed Euridice, critic Ryoko Sasaki wrote: “It is a sophisticated excellent work with meditation and emotion moderately blended with each other.” And critic Akiko Tachiki said: “The choreography in which techniques of classic ballet and contemporary dance fuse was full of deformations and twists, and sparkled with unique originality.” Walsh served as the Resident Choreographer for Sarasota Ballet of Florida, creating/staging Wolfgang for Webb (2008), The Trilogy (2009), and Time out of Line (2011), and travels throughout the U.S. and abroad as a guest teacher and coach for both companies and academies. He recently returned to Japan in Oct. 2015 to stage his Afternoon of a Faun. Walsh also stages the works of his longtime mentor, Ben Stevenson when not creating or staging his own works. The Carl Jung center has shown interest in Walsh’s works and creative process and he has given lectures at Houston’s Jung Center, most recently on his Camille Claudel, titled The Suppression of the Powerful Feminine. He has written for various publications on dance, and was a regular columnist for Origin Magazine. Walsh made his film debut as a co-director at the Brussels Short Film Festival in Spring 2015 with Malta Kano, TX. Walsh is also a costume designer and will be designing a new production of Stevenson’s Cinderella in September 2018.

Julia Wilkinson Manley

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About Julia Wilkinson Manley

Julia Wilkinson Manley began her training with Cristina Munro (London Festival Ballet, Eliot Feld) in Corpus Christi, Texas. Julia continued her training with the Boston Ballet Centre for Dance Education and the Houston Ballet Academy. At the University of Oklahoma, she earned a BFA in ballet pedagogy and danced soloist and principal roles in Balanchine’s Serenade, Miguel Terekhov’s Four MoonsSleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker, as well as numerous soloist roles choreographed for her by Mary Margaret Holt (Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet). She toured with Ballet Ireland under the direction of Günther Falüsy, and performed with David Taylor Dance Theatre and Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Her choreographic work has been performed by numerous companies, including Corpus Christi Ballet, David Taylor Dance Theatre, Ballet Nouveau Colorado, and she has created over 30 full-length and short works for Colorado Conservatory of Dance.

Julia joined the faculty of the School of Ballet Nouveau Colorado in January 2002, transitioning to School Director in 2003, as a traumatic injury lead to an early end to her performing career. In 2009, Julia served on the committee to rewrite the Colorado Academic Standards for Dance for the Colorado Department of Education and completed the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI) under the mentorship of John McCann in 2015. In 2013, she lead the school in becoming a new non-profit organization, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, focused on making lives better through dance education and performance. Many of her students have gone on to enjoy professional careers in dance with companies such as Atlanta Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Houston Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Wonderbound, Verb Ballets, and more. Similarly, many of her students have gone on to illustrious careers as brain surgeons, architects, scientists, teachers, engineers, visual artists, writers, physical therapists, and more – all with the love of dance bolstering their success. Julia is committed to using her experience with injury to positively impact the way dance can and should be taught. She is passionate about providing an environment for learning where dancers can feel vulnerable and authentic, where dance technique is taught kinesthetically and without judgement, and with which the community is emboldened with curiosity, artistic sensibility, and tolerance.

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REMINDER: Spring Break is March 20-25, and there will be no conservatory or adult classes. CCD will be closed.
Classes and office hours resume Monday, March 27th at 11am. Happy Spring!