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Pre Ballet & Ballet Classes
Ages 2 – 7

Ballet for Boys
Ages 7 – 9

Dance With Me
Ages 2 with Parent

Let your child pirouette to the sky!

CHILDREN'S BALLET CLASSES

AGES 2 – 9

We make dance fun while learning. Classical Ballet classes beginning at age 2 and building to age 7. The curriculum was created to encourage age appropriate creativity, musicality, and physicality. Your child will dance and have fun with an emphasis on the foundations of ballet. Dancers will be brought through creative movement and basic ballet steps and more!

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Childrens and Youth Registrar

Semester Dates

Fall: Sept. 5, 2017 – Jan.20, 2018
Spring: Jan. 22, 2018 – May 25, 2018

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Dance With Me

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 2 and up

Dance With Me

Dance With Me

This class is just adorable. It has been specially designed for 2 year olds who are not yet comfortable being in a class alone. Each child is joined in the class by a parent or caregiver who will be the child’s “dancing partner”. We use proven movement exercises, games, stories and other activities. These dancers are introduced to the joy of creative movement in a fun, family friendly musical setting. It does not get much cuter and fun than this.

Baby Ballerinas

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 3 and up

Baby Ballerinas

These classes transform the learning process into a fun filed exciting environment. Children will begin to learn the elements of creative movement and ballet: Socialization skills such as turn-taking and following instructions will be emphasized. The children will explore movement qualities, musicality, motor coordination, enhancing the development of both their bodies and their minds. Plus, they will have fun!

Demi Dancers

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 4 and up

Demi Soloists

Your child will dance and have fun with an emphasis on the foundations of ballet. Dancers will be brought through creative movement and basic ballet. The dancers are encouraged to expand their movement vocabulary through games and creative exploration of dance movements. Dancers learn while they are having fun. What more can you ask for?

Pre-Ballet 1

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 5 and up

Pre-Ballet 1

The elements of creative movement will be augmented with an emphasis on coordination. Basic ballet concepts will be introduced. Fun, creative elements such as stories, games and imaginative activities will keep the pace of the class lively and engaging.

Pre-Ballet 2

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 6 and up

Pre-Ballet 2

This great class is perfect for the beginner and also continues the teaching of previous classes. Dancers are introduced to a class format that prepares them for a “real” ballet class. The live music enables dancers to learn dance exercises that emphasize straight legs and pointed feet, posture, placement, stretches and comportment of classical ballet will be emphasized. Fun and beautiful basic ballet concepts are introduced. Fun, creative elements such as stories, games and other imaginative activities keep exciting pace of the class lively and engaging.

Foundations of Ballet

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 7 and up

Foundations of Ballet

This great class is perfect for the beginner and also continues the teaching of previous classes. Dancers are introduced to a class format that prepares them for a “real” ballet class. The live music enables dancers to learn dance exercises at an increased level of formal training consisting of barre and centre work. Our teaching method focuses on posture, placement and comportment of classical ballet. Dancers are introduced to learning at this level for alignment, flexibility, and coordination. This training develops a strong foundation of physical and mental understanding necessary for Classical Ballet training. Plus the class is just fun, the instructors are engaging and caring. We care about your children and their experience.

Foundations of Ballet for Boys

The Foundations of Ballet for Boys class has been designed to introduce young boys to the attributes necessary to becoming a successful male dancer in Classical Ballet. This program allows boys to gain confidence in their dancing with the support of a caring and nurturing faculty. The boys work on strength, balance,agility, flexibility, and begin to study basic principles of ballet.

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CHILDREN'S BALLET CLASSES

FACULTY

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CHILDREN'S BALLET CLASSES

SCHEDULES

Live Music in All Classes

Dance With Me

Sep 05, 2017 - May 25, 2018

Please note: This is a new registration system, all returning families will need to register and create a new account again.

Baby Ballerinas

Sep 05, 2017 - May 25, 2018

Please note: This is a new registration system, all returning families will need to register and create a new account again.

Demi Soloists

Sep 05, 2017 - May 25, 2018

Please note: This is a new registration system, all returning families will need to register and create a new account again.

Pre-Ballet 1

Sep 05, 2017 - May 25, 2018

Please note: This is a new registration system, all returning families will need to register and create a new account again.

Pre-Ballet 2

Sep 05, 2017 - May 25, 2018

Please note: This is a new registration system, all returning families will need to register and create a new account again.

Foundations of Ballet

Sep 05, 2017 - May 25, 2018

Please note: This is a new registration system, all returning families will need to register and create a new account again.

CHILDREN'S BALLET CLASSES

TUITION AND FEES

CHILDREN'S BALLET PRICING

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$99 Per Month, Per Class

+ $50 Non-Refundable Registration Fee

$99 Per Month, Per Class, One Class Per Week.
You are welcome to add more than 1 class a week!

This plan applies to:
Children’s Classes (All Levels)


Monthly Payment Plan (9 Payments)

Payments are automatically charged on the 1st of every month

Full Payment Plan (1 Payment)

Full Payments are due upon registration.

Registration is open and ongoing through the year.

$50 Per Month, Per Class

+ $50 Non-Refundable Registration Fee

$50 Per Month, Per Class, One Class Per Week
Class: Foundations of Ballet for Boys on Saturdays.

It is the policy of the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School that all tuition and other fees paid shall not be refunded at any time, regardless of the time of cancellation by the student or student’s parents or guardians or whether the relevant program has commenced. In the event that the relevant program has been cancelled by the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School, the School will make best efforts to move the student into a substantially similar program; in the event that no such substantially similar program exists, the School will issue a full refund.

A fee of $15.00 will be charged for any credit card/debit card charge not honored by the bank for any reason when processing any credit card/debit card charge. Please call us no less than thirty (30) days in advance of any change to your credit card/debit card account to prevent this $15.00 fee from being charged.

Full Payment Terms

Full Pay & Credit Card/Debit Card Charge Authorization:
Joffrey Ballet School offers customers the opportunity to purchase the right to participate on price per-class full payment option. Joffrey Ballet School accepts Visa and MasterCard credit card/debit card payments to permit customers to pay for these in full. The account can be frozen at $15 for 14 days or $30 for 30 days, in which time the dancer(s) cannot attend classes. If you wish to opt out in Spring, you will need inform us by December 1st. Please email joffreyregistrar@joffreyballetschool.com with the subject line “JBS Children’s/Youth Ballet Program Spring Opt Out”.

 

Monthly Payment Terms

Auto-Pay & Credit Card/Debit Card Charge Authorization:

Joffrey Ballet School offers customers the opportunity to purchase the right to participate on a price per class monthly payment option. Joffrey Ballet School accepts Visa and MasterCard credit card/debit card credit card/debit card payments to permit customers to pay for these classes. The account can be frozen at $15 for 14 days or $30 for 30 days, in which time the dancer(s) cannot attend classes. If you wish to opt out in Spring, you will need inform us by December 1st. Please email joffreyregistrar@joffreyballetschool.com with the subject line “JBS Children’s/Youth Ballet Program Spring Opt Out”.

Return Charges:
I acknowledge and agree that a fee of $15.00 will be charged for any credit card/debit card charge not honored by the bank for any reason when processing any credit card/debit card charge. I agree to notify Joffrey Ballet School no less than thirty (30) days in advance of any change to my credit card/debit card account to prevent this $15.00 fee from being charged.

No Transfer or Cancellation:
I acknowledge that this agreement is non-transferable.

Non-Payment:
In the event that there is an outstanding non-payment balance. Joffrey Ballet School must resort to retaining an attorney or collection agency to enforce payment under this agreement.

Attendance
Children’s Ballet and Youth Ballet Classes

If you are injured or sick for more than 2 days, you must present a note from a doctor to the program director. Without a doctor’s note you will not be allowed in class until the director receives one. If you miss more than 4 unexcused classes within a semester, because of an injury or illness certain measures will be taken with the program director. Children arriving more than 15 minutes late may not be admitted to their class, at the discretion of the instructor.

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CHILDREN'S BALLET CLASSES

DRESS CODE

Each level has a required color and style of a leotard for both boys and girls. You will be required to purchase your leotard upon registering.

You can purchase your leotards and gear from www.discountdance.com

GIRLS AND BOYS DRESS CODE

Children’s Leotard in Pink Color

Pink Ballet Tights

Pink Wrapped Skirt

Pink Leather Ballet Shoes

You can purchase your leotards and gear from www.discountdance.com

Children’s Leotard in Lilac Color

Pink Ballet Tights

Lilac Wrapped Skirt

Pink Leather Ballet Shoes

You can purchase your leotards and gear from www.discountdance.com

White T-Shirt

Black Footed Tights

White/Black Socks

Black Ballet Slippers

You can purchase your gear from www.discountdance.com

HAIR AND JEWELRY

Girls – Students’ hair must be neatly secured in a bun or twist with a hair net.

Boys – Any boys with hair longer than their neckline need to have it secured in a ponytail.

No jewelry allowed

CHILDREN'S BALLET CLASSES

PERFORMANCES

Become the dancer that you dreamed you could be! Be a part of our signature performances; The Nutcracker (Fall) and Alice in Wonderland (Spring).

THE NUTCRACKER

Students from the Joffrey Ballet School’s Ballet Trainee, Children’s and Youth Ballet program will present the full two act holiday tradition, “The Nutcracker”.

Performance Dates and Times:

Friday, December 15th at 7pm
Saturday, December 16th at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, December 17th at 1pm and 5pm

Nutcracker: Cast List To be announced Sunday, October 8, 2017

Location: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center @ LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue, E-241 Long Island City, N.Y. 11101

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

A light hearted and child friendly retelling of Lewis Carroll’s, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. A colorful cast of talking rabbits, frogs, fish and caterpillars, a grumpy Red Queen and a White Queen who sees the world through rose colored glasses will escort the audience on this epic journey. Playing cards playing a game of croquet, a Mad Hatter hosting a Tea Tea Parties while Alice herself slides down rabbit holes and nibbles on magic cookies.

Performance Date:
To be announced

Times:
To be announced

Location:
Laguardia Performing Arts Center @ Laguardia College  [map]

31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City
New York, NY 11101

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Artistic Director of Children's Dance and Youth Dance Program

Jo Matos

Jo Matos is the Artistic Director for the Joffrey Ballet School’s Children’s Dance and Youth Ballet Programs and Summer Intensives in New York and Miami. She joined the Joffrey Ballet School, as a Director in 2008. Jo devised a curriculum and acts as liaison for a partnership between the Joffrey Ballet School and Fort Hamilton High School’s, “Joffrey Dance Academy” in Brooklyn. Jo teaches in the Children’s Dance, Youth Ballet and Ballet Trainee Program. She has over 35 years experience as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and arts administrator at many prestigious institutions, including Ballet Hispanico, The Hartford Ballet, and the University of Hartford. She is also the co-founder of “Dancing Day,” a school that brings dance to disabled children and adults. Jo’s work with autism and dance was featured in PBS documentaries in 1999 and 2004. Ms. Matos teaches as a Master Teacher around the country.  Jo trained at the School of the Hartford Ballet and performed with The Connecticut Children’s Ballet, the School of the Hartford Ballet and as a guest artist with Dance Now! Miami. Jo is the Artistic Advisor to Alison Cook Beaty Dance in New York City. She holds a BFA in Dance from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford.

Donna Salgado

Donna Salgado is a New York City based professional dance artist, teacher and choreographer. When her family relocated to Salisbury, MD during her tween years, she became engrossed in her classical ballet studies, training under Tatjana Akinfieva-Smith and Elena Manakhova. She soon joined the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre where she performed in many of the classics.
She furthered her education under scholarship and earned a BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University and a MFA in Dance Performance and Teaching from Purchase College, SUNY. She has studied in intensive programs with American Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and for 3 summers as a member of the residential staff for the New York State Summer School of the Arts in collaboration with the New York City Ballet. She reveled as a participant in intimate workshops studying the improvisational methodologies of William Forsythe and Alonzo King.
Through her performance opportunities with SUNY Purchase, TU Dance Company, the Baltimore Ballet, the ad Hoc Ballet, the Connecticut Ballet, the Some Dance Company, and the Eglevsky Ballet, she has performed in a vast variety of choreographies. Her repertoire ranges from the work of George Balanchine to Luca Veggetti to Edwaard Liang. She also performed in acclaimed artist Jen Denike’s installation, Scrying. Her modeling background contributed to commercial dance opportunities in Moncler’s presentation for New York Fashion Week 2011, Thom Brown NYFW 2012, and Ted Gibson’s mainstage spectacle for the International Beauty Show Expo 2011.
She is currently a faculty member at the Joffrey Ballet School and the School at STEPS on Broadway.
She has taught for the Children’s Dance Division at Towson University, Non-Majors Ballet at Purchase College, and Ballet1 for the Ballet Hispanico School in New York. Her passion for dance has also lead to modeling for Bodywrappers Dancewear and Dane Shitagi’s New York City Ballerina Project, judging dance competitions, writing for Dancer Magazine, and earning a Pilates certification.
In 2010, Donna Salgado founded her own dance company: CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet. CONTINUUM is a company of classically-trained dancers with contemporary artistic voices. Their mission is to “Create work in the Concert Dance Spectrum.” She has presented her work at the STEPS on Broadway Faculty Choreography Showcase, the Latin Choreographer’s Dance Festival, Dance Teacher Summit, DanceNOW’s RAW Festival, Brooklyn Ballet’s First Look Choreographic Workshop, Kat Wildish’s Performing in New York Showcase, 92nd Street Y’s Fridays at Noon, and the 2011 and 2012 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festivals.

Annastasia Mercedes

Annastasia Mercedes is a New York native. From a classical foundation, she went on to begin her professional studies in ballet and modern technique, pedagogy, and dance composition at the Hartt School, under the direction of Stephen Pier. She received her B.F.A in Ballet and Dance Pedagogy while studying under Nina Watt, Hilda Morales, Debra Collins-Ryder, Tim Melady, Samantha Dunster, and Gregory Dolbashian. She has performed in both classical and contemporary works to include choreography by Pascal Rioult, Charlotte Griffin, Martin Losfnes, Stephen Pier, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, and August Bournonville. In addition to her experiences in concert dance, Annastasia has appeared in a number of regional theatre productions including those at Hartford Stage under the direction of Darko Tresnjak. When not teaching at The Joffrey Ballet School, you can find her working with more children in NYC at Ballet Tech, Ballet Academy East, and Peridance Capezio Center. Annastasia believes versatility is essential and thus enjoys exploring every opportunity to expand her limits and has a passion for sharing the art of dance.

Giorgia Bovo

Giorgia Bovo was born in Biella, Italy, where she grew up until her dance studies brought her to Firenze to train on full scholarship at Scuola del Balletto di Toscana. While in Italy she worked with Junior Balletto di Toscana and Kaos-Balletto di Firenze. After moving to NY, Giorgia has worked with The Metropolitan Opera, Armitage Gone! Dance, The Francesca Harper Project, Bradley Shelver Dance Theater and Collective Body Dance Lab. She currently dances with Gabrielle Lamb, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Indelible Dance, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and Giada Ferrone. She has been featured on Dance Spirit and on Dance 212. As a choreographer she has created work for Uselessness Project and Indelible Dance. Giorgia enjoys teaching to students of all ages and she is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Vanessa Salgado

Vanessa is a New York City based Dance Artist, Educator, Illustrator, and Model. In her early dance training, she concentrated on classical ballet, studying with Tatiana Akinifieva-Smith, Elena Manakhova, and Betty Webster. Soon she joined a preprofessional ballet company and performed in many of the classics, including the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Coppélia. After high school, she made a dream come true: she moved to New York City to pursue dance. She attended the Alvin Ailey School in partnership with Fordham University at Lincoln Center and earned a BFA Degree in Dance Performance. While pursuing her degree as a scholarship student, she performed works by Zvi Gotheiner, Kevin Wynn, Elisa Monte, Robert Battle, Pascal Rioult, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Nathan Trice, Ronald K. Brown, Max Luna III, Troy Powell, and Alvin Ailey. She furthered her education through studies at American Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.
Following graduation, she accepted professional performance opportunities in the concert and commercial dance spectrum. Since 2010, she has been performing with CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet, where she is a founding company member. There she has had the honor of working with such choreographers as Juanjo Arques, Amy Seiwert, Emery LeCrone, Tawny Chapman, and Donna Salgado. Her experience also includes performing with the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre, Ailey/Fordham Student Dancers, Deborah Lohse’s ad Hoc Ballet, Nejla Yatkin’s NY2Dance, and Darion Smith’s Janusphere Dance Company. Within the commercial spectrum, she has performed in industrials for L’Oreal, the International Beauty Show, The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on CBS, and as a guest artist for corporate galas in Miami and Barcelona, Spain. She is currently represented by McDonald Selznick Associates in New York City.
Vanessa is also an accomplished dance educator. She holds a certification from the Dance Education Laboratory and has worked as an Associate for the Education Department at New York City Center. She has taught young dancers across Manhattan and has been part of the faculties of The School at Steps on Broadway, The Ballet Hispanico School, The Alvin Ailey First Steps Program, and the Joffrey Ballet School. Combining her interests in performing, teaching, and illustration, Vanessa is also the creator of Crafterina ® a series of dance education books & resources for families. Designed to spark the imagination and inspire movement, Crafterina playfully encourages empowerment and teaches youngsters they have the ability to make anything possible! Vanessa’s work has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine,Dance Informa, and METRO US Newspaper, among others. For more information visit: www.Crafterina.com

Youth Jazz and Contemporary Instructor

Scott Foxx

Also a Adult Fitness Ballet and Jazz Instructor.

Scott Fox a native of Roanoke, Virginia began his training at the “Roanoke City Magnet School for the Performing Arts. He attended a competition for the “Common Wealth of Virginia “Scholars program. Winning the award sealed his fate, and helped him pursue a new journey with “Peace Child”. Scott toured for 5 months with this children’s touring company visiting Russia, Latvia and Yermala.

Scott attended “Interlochen Arts Academy” to continued perfecting his craft. He studied Ballet and Jazz under Joe Orlando and Anne Krapin . He performed original works by Joe Orlando and David Keener (Virginia School of the Arts). Scott performed in the annual “Nutcracker” ballet as Interlochen’s first ethnic Fritz. He performed roles: Trapac, Dolls and Soldier Commander. Interlochen Arts Academy jolted the door for a transfer to “Virginia School of the Arts” with a full Scholarship. He studied under Mark Schnider, David Keener and the late Petrus Bosman. Scott studied at V.S.A. for two years. He performed in the showcase “Evening of Elegance”. That year he performed with Top Dancers Edward Morgan, Jenifer Galfan, and the late Fernando Bujones.

Scott auditioned for Southwest Virginia Ballet and was add as a new company member under the direction of Terri Post. Scott performed “”Coppllia” and original works for the company

In 1991 Scott was accepted into “North Carolina School of the Arts” !as a dance major under the “Deans Scholarship program” from Susan McCullough. Scott continued his training and performed ballets such as “Petruska”, restaged by Marina Eglevsky, “Holburg Suite” (Pas de nufe) restage by Auther Mitchell. “Sinfonietta” restaged by Susan McCullough. After four Years Scott graduated from the school with his degree in dance.

His Performing extends to: Kennedy Dancers NJ, Boca Ballet Theater, Carnival Cruise line, Vee Corporation, Roanoke Ballet Theater and Hard Rock Times Square players. He has had the opportunity to work under Director/Choreographer “Maria Torres” in the New York city windows Phone Launch. His duties included Choreography, staging and auditioning. He Currently is working with in the Broadway world with many shows like “lion King”, “Rock of Ages”, “Spider-man turn off the dark” and Radio City’s “Christmas Spectacular” under local 764.

His teaching credits include: Arias Dance NYC, Starquest National Competition, Diva Dance Academy, Roanoke City Magnet School, Davie Dance Academy, Radford University, National Ballet of Barbados and many others. Scott is on the faculty of Fancy Feet Dance Studio’s. Where he is teaching Men’s Classes and specialty Jumps and Turns Classes. He has also created and headed a Three week summer intensive for the school. The Summer included Voice with Broadway Star (Damian Norfleet), Ballet with Master teacher Tobin Eason (ABT) , and Scott Foxx.

Children's Dance Instructor

Jazmine Dinkins

While at Spelman College studying drama with a concentration in dance Jazmine performed with the Spelman Dance Theatre and graduated Cum Laude in 2010. In 2013 she earned an MFA in acting from the University of Florida (UF) where she is a founding producer and director of The Black History Variety Show. In 2013 she completed her Masters of Fine Arts degree while serving as a teaching intern at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) in South Africa. While at OWLAG Jazmine was a dance and acting instructor, mentor and assistant director/choreographer for the OWLAG Dance Company. She was honored with the opportunity to conceive a dance piece entitled “Catherine” for their repertory. In 2013 Jazmine became a co-choreographer for The Experimental Dance Group, a pre-professional children’s dance company. She is the founding director and choreographer of the Harlem Children’s Zone Lincoln Community Center Dance Company. In addition to the company, Jazmine co-facilitates “Pretty Me,” an enrichment program dedicated to helping girls realize their potential and true value in society.

Children's Dance Instructor

Hayley Descavich

Hayley Descavich began her training at Stoneleigh Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts. She graduated from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance Pedagogy in 2012. While at Hartt she studied ballet with Hilda Morales, Debra Collins Ryder, and Samantha Dunster.  She performed works by Shannon Gillen and Charlotte Griffen. She was recently affiliated with Cirque du Solei. She has participated in intensive programs with AlivinAiley, David Parsons, and Paul Taylor.  This summer she showcased her choreography, Descavich Choreography, at the Secret Theatre in Queens. She holds a Pilates certification. Hayley’s teaching experience includes Sorvino Dance Intensive in Massachusetts, and University of Hartford Hartt School Community Division emphasis on teaching children.  She has actively volunteered in local theater and children’s workshops, choreographing and teaching dance. Hayley is very excited to join the faculty at Joffrey ballet and to share her love of dance with her students!