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The college application process... reimagined


October 2021


Dance Future Forward is a month-long mentorship hosted by HAVEN & BODYSONNET. Mentees will be guided  through a step-by-step process of developing skill sets and generating effective materials to streamline the often overwhelming college application/audition process. Mentees will be left empowered and equipped for their optimal higher education experience to come to fruition. 


Mentees will hone in on strengths and overcome challenges through individual and group mentorship sessions. Through a series of classes and seminars mentees will develop audition skills, rehearse and perform a solo, build relationships and articulate their voice as a dancer and artist who contributes positively and profoundly to the field. Seminars will enhance the mentorship by shedding light on personal experiences getting accpeted to and financing first choice schools.

TESTIMONIAL from Dance Mentee Kasey Orava


  • 8 group technique classes 

  • 8 intimate cohort coaching sessions

  • 8 solo creation sessions intimate cohort 

  • 4 group seminars 

  • 2 guest speakers 

  • 2 community conversations

  • Weekly 1 on 1 mentorship with HAVEN’s Founder and BODYSONNET Company Members

  • 1 performance opportunity 

  • Letter of recommendation from your mentor

  • Invaluable networking

  • Community building (entire group + mentor pod)

  • Option to commission a solo by a HAVEN or BODYSONNET choreographer

PROMISED OUTCOMES - Seminars to Build Your Personal Brand

  • Resume or CV that can be updated over time

  • Artist's biography that can be updated over time

  • Essay guidance 

  • Personal Branding

  • Communication strategies

  • Interview strategies

  • Audition skills

  • Effective video/reel guidance

  • Audition solo


  • Technique

  • Semi-private Coaching

  • Solos

  • Seminars

SCHEDULE (listed in pacific time)

Saturdays ~ 1-5:00

Sundays ~ 1-5:00

Wednesdays ~ 5-8:00


The mentorship will culminate with a free showcase on Wednesday October 27th 2021 at 6:30pm pacific time where each mentee will have the opportunity to perform their created or commissioned solo for an invited audience of educators, directors, family and friends.  



Founded in 2019, BODYSONNET is a collective of contemporary dance makers and performers committed to making work in non-traditional spaces. BODYSONNET initiates projects in an array of communities that provide locals with unique and inclusive performance experiences. While the collective’s most fluent language is dance, the work also demonstrates the intersection of many mediums and enacts zero waste consciousness in an entire process. To create highly collaborative work, BODYSONNET employs horizontal working practices and considers every artist in the room equal parts dancer and creator.




  • 15+

  • previous dance training & passion for movement

  • performance experience or curiosity about sharing dance with others

  • desire to adapt, create, connect, and contribute 


There is no fee to apply. 

Send the following materials to

  • Video Statement of Interest (talk to camera about yourself and why you are interested in Dance Mentorship at HAVEN) Please include which weeks (1, 2, and/or 3) you’d like to partake in. 

  • Biography and/or Resume 

  • Links to Application Video(s)​

Please upload your Video Statement of Interest and Application Videos to Dropbox,  Vimeo, or Youtube, and provide links (include passwords if needed). Videos that need to be downloaded will NOT be considered.


Please include the following in your application video(s):

  • 1 minute of technique of choice 

  • 1 minute of improvisation 

  • 1-3 minutes of performance or rehearsal footage (on stage if possible, but any setting acceptable)

Send links  (include passwords if needed) that connect directly to videos posted to Dropbox, Vimeo, or Youtube. Do NOT send videos that need to be downloaded. 


Applications are accepted until the program has reached capacity. If a program has reached capacity, we will indicate it as such in bright red on our website.


$450 1  week

$850 2 weeks

$1200 3 weeks

$1500 Entire Mentorship  


$40 75 minute technique class

$50 semi-private coaching

$60 2-hour seminar

$100 1-hour private coaching

$600 per solo


Partial scholarships are available through HAVEN’s EDI Scholarship Fund for mentees that apply, are accepted, and participate in the entire mentorship program.

Step 1 - apply 

Step 2 - receive notification of acceptance

Step 3 - send the following materials to

  • Written Statement of Financial Need

  • Two Letters of Recommendation


LILLIAN BARBEITO brings more than 35 years of dance experience as an artist, producer, director, and educator to her role as Artistic Director of Ballare Carmel. During the course of her career, she has been a performer with contemporary dance companies, the co-founder of a world renowned non-profit organization, the founder of an innovative corporation, and an internationally recognized, certified teacher of Countertechnique. Barbeito grew up in the desert under the blues skies of Santa Fe, New Mexico where she trained with the Santa Fe Dance Foundation and worked with The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Southwest Ballet and the Santa Fe Opera. She earned her BFA from The Juilliard School where she studied on a 4 year, full-tuition scholarship awarded by Tomorrow’s Leaders of America for her essay about the world dancing together in harmony. Barbeito had an extensive performance career that took her to Europe, New York, and then finally to Los Angeles, where she founded BODYTRAFFIC with Tina Berkett. Under her co-direction the ensemble received critical acclaim and toured to the most prestigious dance venues across the globe from the Hollywood Bowl to Jacob's Pillow to the Mariinsky Theatre. She has taught internationally for organizations such as CALARTS, Idyllwild Arts Academy, L'Artere and L’ecole de Danse in Quebec City, Lyon Opera Ballet, Northwest Dance Project, San Francisco Conservatory of 


Dance, Southland Ballet Academy, The Wooden Floor, and UCLA’s department of World Arts and Cultures. Barbeito is one of 36 teachers in the world who is certified to teach Anouk van Dijk’s groundbreaking Countertechnique. She has choreographed over 50 works for high schools, universities, competitions, regional ballet companies and professional modern dance companies throughout the US and Canada. She is the Founder and CEO of HAVEN Global Sanctuary for Dance, a platform dedicated to shaping an equitable, diverse, and inclusive future or dance. Barbeito is married to filmmaker and environmentalist Grant Barbeito. They are relocating their two sons, Oliver who is 11 and Forest who is 6, two bearded dragons, and a puppy named Harvey to Carmel Valley to launch the Carmel Dance Festival and Ballare Carmel. 


SEAN LAMMER (BODYSONNET Co-Founder) he/him - is a choreographer, dancer and teacher based in Housatonic, MA.  He is an alumnus of The Juilliard School (‘19) and Walnut Hill School for the Arts (‘15).  While at Juilliard, Sean had three works selected for Choreographic Honors and was chosen to create for Choreographers and Composers (2017) as well as Senior Production (2019).  He has performed repertoire by Twyla Tharp, Nacho Duato, Merce Cunningham, Ohad Naharin, Martha Graham, and Roy Assaf, and has worked with artists spanning a spectrum of mediums including Bobbi Jene Smith, Zack Winokur, David Michalek, Madeline Hollander and Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison.  Sean currently works consistently with NY based dance companies GALLIM and Helen Simoneau Danse.  

In 2019 Sean Co-Founded BODYSONNET, a Berkshire-based dance company committed to creating dance in unconventional spaces.  Sean has taught nationally and internationally in the United States and Botswana. 


Photo by Monica Hamilton

MOSCELYNE PARKEHARRISON (BODYSONNET Co-Founder) she/her -attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts (‘15), The Juilliard School (‘19), and Hubbard Street Pro (‘20). She began her dance training in the thriving artistic atmosphere of the Berkshires. She has performed new works by Ryan Mason, Savannah Dunn, Gabe Katz, Hannes Langolf, Mikaela, Kelley, Iztok Kovac, Robert Dekkers, Vanessa Thiessen, Helen Simoneau, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Roy Assaf, and Stefanie Batten Bland, as well as the repertoire of José Limón, Nacho Duato, Martha Graham, Ihsan Rustem, Bill T. Jones, and Crystal Pite. She won 'Best Choreography’ in the NY Theater Summerfest (‘18) for the play He & She. Moscelyne has performed solos by Johannes Wieland, Robert Dekkers, and her own work at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, and Studebaker Theater in Chicago. She is currently a member of Post:ballet in San Francisco. She is the recipient of the Joseph W. Polisi Award for Artist as Citizen, and is Co-Founder of BODYSONNET.


Photo by Matthew Quigley

MIO ISHIKAWA (BODYSONNET core collaborator) she/her, is a dancer and choreographer based in New York City. She is a native of Tokyo, Japan, where she began dancing at the age of 6. Her training in both classic and contemporary dance forged her strong interest in the performing arts and led her to study at the Juilliard School. She earned her BFA in May ‘19. She has performed the works of Iván Pérez, Alejandro Cerrudo, Roy Assaf, and Twyla Tharp among many others. She is an original member of H.I.V.E Dance Company in Santa Cruz, where she shared Inner Teacher Method with people in the local community alongside the founder of the method, Nathan Hirschaut. She is currently working with Jesse Obremski Works  and Ayalis In Motion. Mio received her degree in Economics from Keio University in ‘20. Mio has been a collaborator of BODYSONNET since ‘19.


Photo by Monica Hamilton

MADISON VOMASTEK (BODYSONNET collaborator and remote coordinator) she/her. Madison is a dancer, educator, practitioner of mindfulness, advocate for climate justice, and artist leader. Madison is a graduate of the Inaugural class at the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. Her professional work includes: the 2020 Broadway revival of West Side Story, Ballet of Difference, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Gala De Danza, the Guggenheim Museum, Laguna Dance Festival, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is also represented by BLOC NYC. Through her care for her body, land, and community, Madison continues to connect with organizations and institutions that not only support her passion for performing but also challenge her to further understand systems that engage communities of all nature. Madison is currently based in Great Barrington, MA, where she's a full time collaborator with BODYSONNET and faculty member with Berkshire Pulse. 



"I am profoundly grateful that I got to be a part of such a rare program. Thank you for cultivating such a safe, intentional, and thought-provoking community. I have felt incredibly sustained by all that I learned with the mentorship and I hope to have the opportunity to train with HAVEN again soon!"



"It was such a fulfilling experience for me. The anatomical and embodied lessons stick with me even as I go into any of my physical practices today. And the format of guest teachers and speakers fleshed out knowledge for me I didn't even know I was missing!"


"It was such a fulfilling experience for me. The anatomical and embodied lessons stick with me even as I go into any of my physical practices today. And the format of guest teachers and speakers fleshed out knowledge for me I didn't even know I was missing!"

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