The Joffrey Ballet School prides itself on providing our students with several opportunities to perform. Being a part of a production provides the critical real-world experience necessary to begin a professional dance career. Students perform to sold-out venues in New York City.
Rehearsals are intense and will drive you to your own personal level of perfection. Performing is a key element in any dancer’s experience, knowledge, and pre-professional training.
The casting is determined by the Artistic Director who bases his decision on talent, experience, and the level of training achieved, but everyone will be given a role and/or an opportunity for an understudy position.
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What does The Nutcracker mean to you and your training? It represents long training hours, three months of rehearsals, and three days of multiple performances, all requiring extreme dedication, willingness to work hard, and a love of dance. It means placing you center stage in a lavish production in the heart of the city in a winter performance extravaganza. This is a professional performance that provides you the necessary stage experience to begin your career.
The Nutcracker is a rite of passage. A favorite of the holiday season, The Nutcracker is a treat for audiences of all ages. In the beautiful nyu Skirball theater, the Joffrey Ballet School presents its own version with choreography by Associate executive Director, Davis Robertson, adapted from classic versions by Marius Petipa and Levivanov. Additional choreography is done by Cameron Basden (former Ballet Mistress of the Joffrey Ballet company). This production provides an excellent showcase for the students of the Joffrey Ballet School.
From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing thirty foot christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets, and some of the most glorious dancing on earth.
Trainee students are required to participate in our annual Nutcracker performance. Auditions are held early on within the fall Semester, and rehearsals begin around october 4th. The fall semester will conclude with the performance in mid-December. Photo credit: Anna Kuzmina AK47
student choreography workshop
This workshop is an opportunity to learn about the intricacies and challenges of choreography. You will be mentored by faculty and choreographers to develop, refine, and rehearse your piece. Students are provided with the opportunity to further explore/develop choreographic and performing talents, as well as elements of production. The workshop is open to all year-round trainees. Students are responsible for creating their own work, casting dancers, rehearsing, and costuming. each choreography piece will be showcased in a studio performance, where it will be reviewed by a panel of faculty members. from this studio performance, six choreographers will be chosen to showcase their work in a new york city theater space. From this showcase, two student choreographers will be invited to perform in the winter showcase “in the Mix”* (Jazz & contemporary trainee program only). Students may choose to choreograph their own piece or assist another student in developing his or her own work. This is an invaluable experience for every dancer.
As a continuation of their classroom technical study, students participating in this workshop will deepen their artistic voice as they experiment with a variety of stimuli to create dance and refine their understanding of the elements and skills of both technique and composition. The Student choreography Workshop provides a stable foundation from which the student is encouraged to take risks in order to gain knowledge of themselves and others as multi-leveled individuals and artists. They are encouraged to awaken all the senses through a thorough awareness of the body, in communication with the mind. Students are mentored by the Artistic Staff, working one-on-one with our faculty each week leading up to the in-house performance. * Disclaimer: in the Mix is being developed and the launch date is subject to change.
Photo credit: Anna Kuzmina AK47
Our annual Spring performance is a joy to behold! Students from our young Dancers and trainee programs per- form repertoire and new works that they have prepared over the Spring Semester. Located at the picturesque Skirball theater, the Spring performance is a culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and dedication.
For trainee students, in particular, our Spring performance provides amazing opportunities to work with up-and-coming and already well-established choreographers and artists. Trainees are showcased during their pieces, which offer particular experience and exposure necessary for preparing students to be successful performers.
Trainee students are required to participate in our annual Spring performance. rehearsals begin around March 1st, following the choreography Workshop. The Spring Semester will conclude with the performance in June.
Photo credit: Anna Kuzmina AK47