“Any opportunity you have to learn from people who understand the body and how it moves is a great opportunity and The Breakdown Camp can definitely provide opportunity knowledge and experience.“
Scott Chandler, Show Design, Choreographer, The Blue Devils
“I not only see a benefit in The Breakdown Camp, I see it as a necessity. If you can find a holistic safe therapeutic environment that can help you explore the range of expression and the components of your body in motion, then you owe it to yourself and you owe it to your experience of being alive to dig into that moment.”
Michael Gray, Designer DCI/ BOA/WGI Judge/ Designer/Artist
“I think it’s a great opportunity for directors to learn more about it (movement) , demystify it a little bit, make it accessible, make it easier for them to feel comfortable and confident about bringing it into their program as an additional element of design to take it to the next level for their programs.”
Chad Duggan, Designer, Dance Sophisticates
“Michael Rosales has been a game changer for our band program! His creativity and efficient teaching and rehearsal strategies have elevated our band’s visual presentation dramatically. But more importantly Michael connects with students in a way that brings them out of their shell, helping them overcome the standard teenage insecurities related to movement. Our kids look forward to his visits and especially loved the Breakdown Camp experience we hosted at our school!”
Lafe Cook, Director of Bands Dobyns-Bennett HIgh School, Past President, Tennessee Music Educators Association
“Even after 20 years of participating in the marching arts at the highest levels, The Breakdown Camp with Michael Rosales is the single most effective and safe movement training class I’ve ever seen. This is a must for teachers and students at the beginning of every season.“
Josh Gall, Ultimate Drill Book, University of Texas – Longhorn Band
“When I was teaching high school I didn’t have the skills to teach it (movement) on my own. I didn’t have the proper training mechanisms
to get them where I wanted them to go even if I knew what I wanted to happen or what I thought would be appropriate at that moment. So
I think that not only developing something for kids to be able to learn those skills but also for directors and teachers to have a skill set and a vocabulary set to be able to communicate those things would be essential and go such a long way. “
Will Pitts, Music Arranger, Composer
I am writing to you today on behalf of Michael Rosales (Choreographer for Blast, Santa Clara Vanguard) and his associates as they present the first ever camp of its sort: The Breakdown Camp. The camp will cover an array of topics, exercises, and techniques that the Prosper Band has had the opportunity to learn from Michael Rosales over the past five years. I credit Michael’s teaching and choreography as a large factor in our students’ efficacy, confidence, and ownership of their productions. As we developed a vocabulary and understanding of how to safely and efficiently approach and teach marching band movement, dance, and choreography from Michael, our students began to LOVE
the evolution of this “new wave” in marching band. It started out as “just adding visuals” but it evolved into a new way of moving, expressing, and bringing their music and show to life. Honestly, our students enjoy it far more than just marching alone, I really think that they would prefer to do this all of the time if they could. I believe that the concept of this camp is simple: safely and efficiently
train young performers in many of the skills and basic techniques that they may be called on to do before they get to you in summer band. I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear stories of directors being able to call on their students to help teach and create movement and choreography that is based on sound technique and actively enhances the music in the show after experiencing this camp. For the record, I’m not involved with the camp, nor am I getting any kickback or special deal for Prosper students, I’m just sharing this testimonial because I think that you may have some students that really enjoy it!
John Alstrin, Director of Fine Arts, Prosper Independent School District
“I can’t begin to tell you the experience we had with the Breakdown Camp. What our kids got from this camp is incredible. They came out of
their comfort zone and started doing things that would have taken us years to advance them to that level.”
Joey Lucita, Band Director at Moe & Gene Johnson High School, Buda TX
“I was so impressed at what my daughter was able to learn in just two days. She is not typically a dancer, she doesn’t usually enjoy dancing, she’s usually embarrassed by stuff like this. She came home so excited to show me her dance and she had learned so much it was amazing.”
Parent, Moe & Gene Johnson HS Band