The SHIFT Dance Intensive is a week-long immersion of contemporary dance taught by internationally-renowned dance teachers and choreographers. Pre-professional and professional dancers age 13 and above will have the opportunity to develop their technique and artistry, be creative and curious, and connect with international dancers in an empowering community environment.

For the 2019 SHIFT Dance Intensive, Director Kelsey Ang invited guest artists Joseph Davis and Haley Heckethorn, company members of LA-based BODYTRAFFIC. Named “the company of the future” by The Joyce Theater Foundation, one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” and “Best of Culture” by the Los Angeles Times, BODYTRAFFIC is internationally recognized for its high quality of work.

22 dancers from Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand took classes in ballet, contemporary, BODYTRAFFIC repertoire and creation where they were challenged and inspired to explore movement, develop their technique and be creative.

This fun and exciting week culminated in a showing celebrating the growth of the dancers with family and friends.

It was a really special and unique experience and I’m so happy that I got to dance with two very talented and inspiring teachers and connect with other dancers in my hometown
— Celestine
This was such a one of a kind experience, it was truly exceptional! So different from anything else in Hong Kong. No where else will you find a really well executed dance intensive lead by two amazing and well known professionals in the industry!
— Reina

Guest Artists

JOSEPH DAVIS was born and raised in the beautiful hills of upstate New York, and can be easily identified from a distance by his cacophonous laughter. He began his studies at The Draper Center for Dance Education in Rochester, New York and continued his training at The Juilliard School on tuition scholarship from New York City Dance Alliance, where he received his BFA under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. Joseph has had the opportunity to perform works of Jíri Kylián, Crystal Pite, Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot, Kyle Abraham, Shannon Gillen, Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham, José Limón, Camille A. Brown, Joeri Dubbe and Sylvain Emard. He has also performed alongside Brian Brooks Moving Company at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance festival, and in Kate Weare’s residency at BAM Fisher Hall. Joe joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2016.


HALEY HECKETHORN was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she graduated from Las Vegas Academy as a dance major. In 2013 she moved to Vancouver Canada to join the Arts Umbrella Dance Diploma program under the direction of Artemis Gordon. During the two-year program, she participated in the Young Choreographers program mentored by Crystal Pite, allowing her to create two original works on the Arts Umbrella Dance Company.  In 2015 she was awarded the Emerging Artist scholarship by the RBC Canada Council. She joined Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot as an apprentice and has preformed with Peter Chu’s Chuthis. Haley teaches and choreographs for schools on the west coast as well as teaching yoga. She is thrilled and honored to be joining BODYTRAFFIC and continuing her artistic journey in Los Angeles. Haley joined BODYTRAFFIC in 2018. 




BODYTRAFFIC is a world-class contemporary dance company, known throughout the world for its Los Angeles-grown contagious vivacity. BODYTRAFFIC continues to push boundaries and establish Los Angeles as a city known for dance.  Founders and artistic directors Lillian Rose Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett maintain a deep commitment to BODYTRAFFIC being at forefront of the contemporary dance world.  

Named “the company of the future” by The Joyce Theater Foundation, and called “one of the most talked-about companies - not just in LA, but nationwide” by the Los Angeles Times, BODYTRAFFIC is internationally recognized for its high caliber work and palpable love of dance. BODYTRAFFIC is home to an exceptionally versatile family of world-renowned dancers who have trained with the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov, The Juilliard School, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and more.

BODYTRAFFIC’s diverse repertory includes original works by McArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham, Stijn Celis, Barak Marshall, Ohad Naharin, Matthew Neenan, Arthur Pita, Victor Quijada, Hofesh Shechter, Richard Siegal, and many more incredible choreographers. BODYTRAFFIC seamlessly pays homage to traditional styles and techniques, while forging the way for  contemporary dance of today.  

BODYTRAFFIC has performed for sold-out audiences at prestigious theaters and festivals around the world. In 2016, BODYTRAFFIC made its Hollywood Bowl debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  In 2017-2018, the company celebrated its 10th season with an international tour to more than 20 cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg for the CONTEXT Diana Vishneva Festival, and The Hague, Netherlands for The Holland Dance Festival. The season culminated with performances at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. 

BODYTRAFFIC’s extensive outreach and education program touches lives at home in Los Angeles and throughout the world.  The company’s artistic directors and dancers provide training opportunities for pre-professional and professional dancers, as well as, customized dance experiences for people of all walks of life, with an emphasis on sharing with underserved populations.

 In 2015, BODYTRAFFIC was selected by the Obama Administration to be cultural ambassadors of the United States to Israel and Jordan via DanceMotion USA℠, a dynamic cultural diplomacy program that supports United States foreign policy goals by engaging international audiences through educational opportunities, cultural exchange, and performance. Produced by BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), DanceMotion USA℠is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State. BODYTRAFFIC has also served as cultural ambassadors of the United States in South Korea (2016), in Algeria (2017-2018), and in Indonesia (2018).

BODYTRAFFIC has received generous support from the New England Foundation for the Arts, Princess Grace Foundation, The Joyce Theater Foundation, The Sydney D. Holland Foundation, Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, American Jewish University, Loyola Marymount University, and The Agency.