Joffrey Concert Group Faculty

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Davis Robertson
Artistic Director of Joffrey Concert Group
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Mr. Robertson trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and School of American Ballet before joining the Joffrey Ballet in 1991, where he danced for over a decade. He has also danced for Miami City Ballet, David Parsons Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Lar Lubovitch and Twyla Tharp.

During his tenure with the Joffrey, his principal roles included the Cavalier in Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Petruchio in John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew, Death in Kurt Joos’ The Green Table and David Parson’s Caught. His portrayal of the Faun in the Joffrey’s reconstruction of Vaslav Nijinsky’s L’Après-Midi D’un Faune prompted the Chicago Sun-Times dance critic to write, “Robertson gives the finest performance I’ve seen, including that of Rudolf Nureyev for whom the Joffrey re-created this masterpiece in 1979.”

Mr. Robertson has appeared in film, television and on Broadway in Save the Last Dance, The Company, Law and Order, Movin’ Out and Dirty Dancing. He is also a member of the ballet company of the Metropolitan Opera, where he has worked with world-renowned directors and choreographers such as Anthony Minghella and Carolyn Choa, Julie Taymore, Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky.

A versatile and prolific choreographer, he has created works for the Joffrey Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Milwaukee Ballet, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra among many others. He is also the board president and Dance Director of Live Arts Collaboration. As a director of the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, he is committed to continuing the vision of Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino.


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Brian McSween
Associate Director
of Joffrey Concert Group

Mr. McSween was born and raised in Charlotte, NC where he began dancing in ballet, tap and jazz at the Charlotte City Ballet. He attended the Joffrey Ballet School for two summers before being accepted into the school, and the Joffrey Concert Dancers under full scholarship.  He worked seasonally with Joffrey, ABT, and Grand Rapids Ballet before joining Aspen Ballet Company full time. 

After two years he returned to the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago where he performed varied roles throughout the repertoire. Brian has also worked with Complexions: A Concept in Dance, has taught around the country and has choreographed for Charlotte City Ballet. He was seen in the Robert Altman film “The Company”, and was the advanced ballet instructor for ChiArts, Chicago’s performing arts high school. Brian returned to the Joffrey Ballet School in the summer of 2010 as a teacher and choreographer.


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Nicole Duffy
Repetiteur for the Arpino Joffrey Foundation


Nicole Duffy was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she trained with Ana García and María Carrera at Ballets de San Juan, and spent summers at the School of American Ballet and Alvin Ailey School. After completing her freshman year at Princeton University, she took a leave of absence to train at the Joffrey Ballet School. She performed with Joffrey II and Dennis Wayne Dancers before joining the Joffrey Ballet from 1990 to 2000.

During Ms. Duffy’s years with the Joffrey she danced the role of Clara in Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, the Little American Girl in Leonide Massine’s Parade, the Willing and Able pas de deux in Gerald Arpino’s Billboards, as well as works by Ashton, Balanchine, Cranko, Jooss, Limón, and Nijinska, among many others. She also made numerous guest appearances dancing principal roles in classics such as Giselle, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

Ms. Duffy recently returned to higher education and graduated summa cum laude with a degree in art history from Columbia University. She is currently on the faculty at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, where she teaches ballet and dance history.


 
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