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Rose Dance Project

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Rose Dance ProjectThe Rose Studios for Youth artists is home to an award-winning competitive company, Rose Dance Project. Our program is designed for students ages 4 and up who have dance experience and are ready to take their dancing to a competitive level. Our students perform outstanding choreography at the regional and national level. They receive technical training from multiple instructors and are dedicated to rehearsing pieces at multiple competitions. Competitive dance instills valuable life skills such as hard work, commitment, confidence and teamwork. We truly believe in helping every student become their best selves.


Rose Dance Project
Season Audition Information

Auditions for the 2021-2022 season are open to dancers between the ages of 4 and 18. Please note that all members are financially responsible for costumes, competition fees, and potential travel fees. All dance team members must enroll as an intensive student and attend all required classes.

Parent/guardian informational meetings about auditions will be held via Zoom:
• May 11 at 6:00 pm
• May 15 at 6:30 pm
• May 24 at 7:00 pm

Click here to watch a recording of a parent/guardian informational meeting about Rose Dance Project.

Dance Team Auditions: Saturday, June 5, 2021 at The Rose Studios for Youth Artists (12202  West Center Rd)

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am   –  Ages 4-8
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am   –  Ages 9-11
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm  –  Ages 12-18

All students must attend audition per age requirements. Students will be selected per dance by the following requirements and placed into the proper competition level.

Dancer Prerequisites:

  • Dance Experience: students must have dance experience prior to attending auditions and are required to take intensive level dance classes throughout the year.
  • Attend Dance Team Choreography/Technique Boot Camp (Date TBD)

Please email classes@rosetheater.org with questions.

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2021-22 Guest Choreographers

Derrick Schrader

Derrick Schrader

Derrick Schrader began his dance training in Minnesota, and since then developed his voice as a choreographer worldwide. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California where he is continuing his career in dance education, direction, and visual arts. Shortly after moving to the west coast, Derrick became a touring faculty member of Tremaine Dance Conventions and the Assistant Director of the Tremaine Performance Company. Incorporating his musical upbringing as a pianist and fusing his extensive training in all genres of dance, his classes are always diverse and unique.

Focusing on musicality and intent, Derrick's work has been performed amongst artists, companies, and dancers around the globe appearing on ESPN, LOGO, MTV, the Disney Channel, Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” and Rupauls Drag Race. He has also worked alongside Paula Abdul, Carmen Electra, Todrick Hall, Lindsay Lohan, Kenny Ortega, tap legend Gregory Hines, and producer Steven Spielberg.

Derrick’s choreography has received top honors at the Industry Dance Awards. Including 10 nominations for “Best Jazz” and receiving the “Favorite Convention Teacher Of The Year” award in 2014.

Tracie Stanfield

Tracie Stanfield

Tracie Stanfield is an award-winning choreographer, educator, creative consultant, and the founder/Artistic Director of SynthesisDANCE in New York City. Her work has been commissioned throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Latin America. Her signature voice as a choreographer has helped create and define contemporary lyrical movement in concert and commercial dance. Dance Magazine calls her classes "inspiring'” and the Huffington Post UK says Tracie’s choreography "thrilled and mesmerized with her masterful fusion of contemporary and classical dance forms.”

Tracie’s choreography has been presented throughout NY at Symphony Space, Jazz at Lincoln Center, BAM Fisher, The Duke Theatre, Brooklyn Museum, Rose Nagelberg Theatre, Bryant Park, Brooklyn College, Dixon Place, Brooklyn Music School and Untermyer Park in Yonkers. Internationally, her work has been produced at the Benicassim Dance Festival (Spain), Edinburgh EICC (Scotland), SieteOcho (Mexico City) and Premiero Ato (Brazil). Stage commissions include Tec de Monterrey Universidad, Verismo Opera Company, Tapestry Dance Company, Kilgore Rangerettes, Brooklyn Dance Festival Company and Flux Dance Company, among others.

Beyond her work with the Spirit of Elan Award-winning SynthesisDANCE, Tracie served as the Resident Choreographer for the Booking Dance Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has been regularly featured in Dance Spirit, Dance Teacher and Dance Informa Magazines. She is the Founding Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Dance Festival and serves on the Advisory Board of the Young Choreographers' Festival and various dance organizations that promote the future of dance for all audiences. Tracie is the Educational Advisor for SIETEOCHO, a pre-professional training program in Mexico City.

One of the “Nine DanceMakers Making History” (Dance Spirit Magazine), Tracie travels the world teaching dancers, local dance educators and aspiring professionals. Tracie is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and tours with Fluid Dance and Energy Dance Conventions. Recent teaching highlights include Joffrey Ballet, Yale University, Amarbailar in Paraguay, TDR Tour in Ixtapa, Encore Dance Camp in Dallas and Marymount Manhattan College. Her SynthesisDANCE Teacher Training Workshops have been produced in Mexico City, Monterrey Mexico and throughout the US.

Garrett Minnitti

Garrett Minnitti

Garrett “Spaghetti” Minniti found his happy feet on stage at the age of 8 singing and dancing with the West Coast Musical Theatre Co and by age 10 he was performing all over southern California. By the age of 14 it was clear that dance would be his lifestyle and career. His ever present smile, charm, and passion were methodically trained while performing with numerous song and dance troupes, competitive dance teams, and main-stage musicals at the Orange County High School of the Arts and West Coast School of the Arts. After less than a year at UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film & Television, Garrett hit the road when he was cast in international tap dance sensation Caution: Men at Work Tap, and soon after jumped to tours of Broadway’s SWING! and 42nd Street, spending a combined almost 6 years on the road. Other credits include Mike (A Chorus Line), Danny (Grease), Cosmo (Singing in the Rain), The Great American Songbook, Starring Ed Ames and Carol Lawrence (Branson, MO), COTTON ‘fabric of our lives’ commercial with Camilla Belle, and the world premier production of GIDGET, A New Musical written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Garrett is the co-Artistic Director and co-Founder of NYC based In It For Life Productions. In It For Life has produced 11 choreography showcases and original productions Off-Broadway and 17 dance workshops across the country since it’s inception in 2007, which have featured some of the industries most sought after choreographers, educators, and dancers. In 2013 Garrett and business partner Ahkai Franklin debuted The Breakthrough Outreach & Performance Co; an international outreach & performance company that addresses culturally relevant issues through original theatrical works, brings arts education to areas in need, and raises money and awareness for various causes and charities. Also in 2013, Garrett created Tap Worx, a 6-minute atmosphere tap dance extravaganza for Universal Studios Hollywood; which is to this day the only weekly running LA based tap dance show and has been met with rave reviews! Other choreography credits include multiple performances with Sybarite Artist Development Collective (SADC) including Love is Love Artists Showcases and the Sybarite Hip Hop Fashion Show (2006-2010), Equity Fights Aids Fundraiser Showcase (2003), My Way (3LB Dinner Theatre, 2006), Carnival (NYC, 2007), A Night With The Stars - Fred Astaire Tribute (Warner Brothers Studios, 2011), and a benefit concert for Stand Up to Cancer (2013).

Garrett takes great pride in being an educator and has been teaching, choreographing and adjudicating for many dance studios, schools, conventions, competitions, universities and festivals for over a decade. Highlights include The EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, CA; STEPS on Broadway in NYC, Cal State University Fullerton, Orange County High School for the Arts, Showstopper National Talent Competition, Showtime Dance Promotions throughout Western Canada and The Source Dance Co in Vancouver, BC.

Garrett is also the co-artistic director of MPower Dance Workshops, an dance convention experience focused on connecting the disciplines and habits learned in the dance studio to finding success in life out of it. Currently MPower and In It For Life are working together to create Flash Mob performances nationwide to promote STOMP Out Bullying, the nation’s largest anti-bullying campaign.

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2021-22 RDP Choreographers & Instructors

Mimi Lawry

Mimi Lawry

Rose Dance Project Director

Born and raised in Omaha, NE, Mimi has been dancing since she could walk. She began training at ballet schools and participating in many local ballet and theater productions at the age of eight, playing the role of Clara in “The Nutcracker” at the age of twelve. Mimi danced competitively in regional and national competitions for ten years, winning many scholarships and overall awards. She spent summers studying at Kansas City Ballet School Intensive, and after high school, went on to train professionally at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in NYC. While in New York, Mimi also studied at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway with world famous choreographers. Eventually, Mimi moved to Los Angeles where she continued dancing in Hollywood at Millennium Dance Complex, International Dance Academy and Debbie Reynolds Legacy Studio. She then wound up back home in Omaha where she enjoys teaching company classes and choreographing award winning competition pieces.
Mimi is also a local singer-songwriter and has opened for Tech N9ne at Sokol Auditorium in 2014 and for Kid Cudi, Mac Miller and Logic at the Grassroots Music Festival in 2015. Mimi’s love of the arts drives her passion for inspiring young dancers to be their best selves!

Holden Wemhoff

Holden Wemhoff

Rose Dance Project Choreographer/Instructor

Holden Wemhoff was born and raised in Norfolk, NE where he first discovered his love for dance. Upon high school graduation, he moved to Los Angeles and quickly began working as a professional dancer. From performing in musicals like “The Producers” to working closely with Disney as well as some of LA's top named artist such as Allyson Stoner, Kaycee Rice, and Sean Lew, everything has led Holden to finding his real love for dance, teaching and choreographing and his work has gained him a number of top honors at a number of dance competitions. He takes pride in his unique style and believes that there’s potential in every student as long as they put the work in.