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ASU dance clinic features choreographer who has worked with Beyonce, Janelle Monae

Dancers from the greater Phoenix area will have the chance to learn from Los Angeles dance industry professionals during a two-day clinic at the School of Film, Dance and Theatre in Arizona State Univeristy’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Celebrity choreographer James Alsop will be one of the featured instructors during a two-day clinic at the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre. Courtesy photo.

Developed by Assistant Professor Marcus White, “Industry/Motion” is a clinic that includes master classes, professional development seminars and practical, real-world advice for emerging professionals.  

The featured instructors include James Alsop, YNOT and Chisa Yamaguchi.

Alsop has worked with artists such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae and Wayne Brady. In 2011, Alsop won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography as part of the choreography team for Beyonce’s “Run The World (Girls)” music video. Alsop works in film and television, has been recognized at numerous competitions and conventions and has performed with off-Broadway productions. In one of her latest projects, she put together a dance video featuring 130 students sharing an anti-gun violence message.

Anthony Denaro, aka YNOT, is senior vice president of the legendary Rock Steady Crew. As a B-boy, he works internationally at judging battles and teaching workshops. YNOT explores the design, sustainability, history and community of hip hop, and his work manifests in architecture, typography, dance and moving image. Alongside his dancing and teaching, YNOT creates two- and three-dimensional visual works that construct the future of the hip-hop aesthetic.

Chisa Yamaguchi is the associate manager for Sozo Artists Inc., an international creative arts agency that features artists such as Wendy Whelan, Lil Buck and Daniel Bernard Roumain. She has worked with renowned Los Angeles-based dance company DIAVOLO for the past 10 years as a touring performing artist, education director, institute director and marketing director. She is a Master Teacher through the Music Center of Los Angeles and has myriad teaching credits that include both national and international teaching residencies and custom-designed lectures.

The dance clinic, which will be held at ASU’s Tempe campus, is open to high school, college and professional dancers who are 16 and older.  

Register online.

Dates and times:

• May 24-25 at ASU’s Tempe campus.

• 9 a.m.-5 p.m. with break for lunch. Four classes per day: two in the morning and two in the afternoon.


• $125 — Early registration (by March 15).

• $200 — Regular registration (March 15-April 12).

• $250 — Late registration (April 13-May 12).