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TRAINEE PROGRAMS (AGES 13 – 25)

Location: New York City

WHAT IS THE TRAINEE PROGRAM?

The Trainee Program is Robert Joffrey’s original vision of training. The program trains young aspiring dancers to be working professionals in the dancer world. We have trained thousands of dancers to become successful working professionals.

What makes Joffrey training unique is that the dancer is trained in all forms of dance with a foundation in classical ballet. We train dancers ages 13 to 25 years of age.

The goal of the program is to create working professionals in the dance world.

Dancers train Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:30 pm daily. The program is four years in length however the majority of dancers find full time employment by the end of year two or year three.

The New York City Trainee Program at the Joffrey Ballet School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and meets the U.S.A. Department of Education standards for a school of vocational training.

Ballet Trainee Program

Era Jouravlev

Artistic Director: Era Jouravlev

Jazz Trainee Program

Artistic Director: Angelica Stiskin

WHY BECOME A TRAINEE?

NEW YORK CITY

This is a very simple answer. If you wish to have a career in dance, choreography and or dance instruction then there is simply no better place to train. You will be instructed, guided and mentored by the top working professionals in the industry. There is no other environment that will provide you that level of training. Come and train in our new Dallas, Texas location. This location has been established to provide the same outstanding level of training and dedication as the NYC facility but in a more cost effective setting for students and parents. The tuition and housing is $18,000.00 less per year than that the NYC facility. We have flown our faculty to this location to have it staffed by our World Renowned Instructors.

MASTER FACULTY

Ballet Trainee and Jazz Trainee Faculty

THE JOFFREY ENSEMBLE

The Joffrey Ensemble is the top tier of our training program. Within this elite ensemble, your training will include studying with members of the Complexions Contemporary Ballet and JBS Trainee faculty. Under the direction of Stacy Caddell and Gabriela Garcia, the Ensemble dancers perform a diverse repertoire of both contemporary and classical works.

Sweet Field – Twyla Tharp

Paquita – Marius Petipa

Walpurgis – George Balanchine

New Work – Peter Pucci

New Work – J. Jean F. Emile

New Work – Tyler Gilstrap

TBA – Dwight Rhoden

First Semester Performance venues:

 

Dumbo Dance Festival – Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center

Kat Wildish Showcase – The Laye Playhouse at Hunter College

REVERBdance Festival

Nutcracker – Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Billboards Too! – Salvatore Capezio Theater

Joffrey Ensemble Master Faculty

REGISTRATION, FINANCIAL AID AND MERIT

Simple Steps To Become A Trainee

STEP 1: COMPLETE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

2017/2018 Part Time Trainee Registration Form

2017/2018 Full Time Trainee Registration Form,
Financial Aid & Merit Scholarship Application

STEP 2: APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

US Citizens (Will graduate from High School by 9/1/17)

All Other Students

OUR SUCCESS RATE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

fusion

  • Matthew Slattery

    Boston Ballet

  • Stephan Azulay

    Nevada Ballet

  • Shaina Wire

    Charlotte Ballet

  • Patrick Ward

    Sarasota Ballet

  • Christina Weimer

    Ballet West

  • Kathryn Meeusen

    Ballet San Antonio

  • Imani Williams

    Florida Dance Theatre

  • Erika Citrin

    JKing Dance Company

  • Starr Dee

    MoveDIPR

  • Christina Weimer

    Ballet West

  • Natalia Lemus

    Compañía Nacional de Danza

  • Jiryeong Cho

    Wise Ballet Theater

  • Catherine Rogers

    Madison Ballet Company

  • Cristina Commisso

    Osnabruck Theater

  • Luna Sayag

    Cleveland Ballet Company

  • Victor Smith

    Charlottesville Ballet

  • Paige White

    Ballet Met of Houston

  • Ana Lucía Liedo

    Ballet de Jalisco

  • Giulia Morgando

    Bellini Junior Company

  • Austap Klymko

    American Repertory Ballet Company

companies

THE JOFFREY ELITE

The show highlights an exciting group of dancers all whom are current Trainee students. They are called the Joffrey Elite, under the Artistic Direction of Matthew Prescott and Maximillien Baud. These students train hard to pursue their life long dreams of dancing professionally. It’s a competitive ballet team consisting of 10 dancers.

FULL TIME TRAINEE TUITION AND HOUSING RATES

NEW YORK CITY

New York City, NY - Tuition

US Citizens & Permanent Residents: Fall 2017 / Spring 2018
$7527 per sem (additional $1000 per sem for International)

US Citizen Annual Tuition: $15,049.00

International Annual Tuition: $17,049.00

New York City - Housing

All Students: Fall 2017 / Spring 2018
$8,000 per sem

Double
$8,000 per sem
Annual:
$16,000

Security Deposit
$500

Yearly RA Fee
$675

Housing FAQ's

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850 West End Ave Dormitory

The West End apartment complex is conveniently situated on Manhattan’s trendy Upper West Side neighborhood. Located right in between Central Park and the Hudson River, you can find the lovely Riverside Park, Broadway, many restaurants, grocery stores, banks, and so many other great attractions nearby to round out this wholesome neighborhood. The building is only a quick stroll to various modes of public transportation, including the 1 & 3 trains, which have stops right next to the Joffrey Studios, Steppin’ Out Studios & Pearl Studios.

The building consists of single, double & triple rooms. The rooms have their own bathrooms. Double & Triple rooms will have bunk beds and all rooms will have a wardrobe and dresser. Each room has a stove top & cube refrigerator. A freezer & microwave are available in the basement. The building also has an elevator and laundry facilities on site. Wireless Internet is provided. The building is air conditioned and each room has individual temperature control. The building was just remodeled in 2014.

Joffrey Resident Advisors will live onsite and be available to assist students at all times. For our younger students RA’s will be available to travel with students between the dormitory and the studio. There is 24hr security at the front door and all students have keycards to access the building.

Housing Refund Policy

All housing paid to the school is non-refundable after it has been paid regardless of whether the program in question has begun. By registering for the program you are committing yourself to the full rental costs for the school year. Upon withdrawal you will be liable for the remaining balance. There is only one exception to this policy. If a new student is able to fill the vacancy then the remaining balance due from when the new student moves in will not be charged.

Performance Fee

Fall 2017 / Spring 2018
$600 per year

($300 per semester)

Registration Fee

Fall 2017 / Spring 2018
$75 New Students

($300 per semester)

International Visa Fee

New York City Trainee Only
$100 New Students

($50 returners)

Registration Application Fee

All Students
$150 per student (will go towards first month’s tuition)

(Refundable $50 if decided not to join)

General FAQ's

The Ballet Trainee Program of the Joffrey Ballet School is a four year program that is both competitive and intensive. From September through May, this program trains dancers in the classical ballet technique and artistry required for an active career in a professional company. The program demands a deep commitment on the part of the students and is recommended only to those students who are dedicated to working diligently and exclusively towards a professional career in dance.

At the Joffrey Ballet School, you will be exposed to all facets of the dance world, from choreography and music, to staging and costuming. You will see firsthand how all these aspects come together at the school, through the faculty who demand work of a professional grade, as well as the guest teachers and visiting artists with respected dance companies. The Joffrey Ballet School’s Ballet Trainee Program approaches training at a professional level comparable to a professional company environment, yet maintains the nurturing, personalized instruction of a school setting. As one trainee puts it, “You have a lot of people to impress.”

The Ballet Program is designed to develop pre-professional students with a classical ballet and contemporary background, balancing consistency and versatility in both classical and contemporary ballet and dance.  Courses include: Ballet technique; Pointe and Variations; Ballet Repertory; Pas de deux; Character; Horton Technique; Cunningham Technique; Limon Technique; Contemporary Dance; Jazz; Performance Studies; Choreographic Workshops, Kinetic Studies (Body Conditioning); Ballet Methodology; Career Planning; Critical Analysis; Music; Anatomy; Dance History; Health and Nutrition.

Students will have an abundance of opportunities to perform. These opportunities will include an In-Studio performance of class work (October), The Nutcracker (December), a Student Choreography Workshop (February), and the Spring Performance (May). Students may also be involved in lecture demonstrations in and around our community. Students of the Joffrey Ballet School are coached in and perform the works of our founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, and the Petipa repertoire, among many others.

The Joffrey Ballet School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and meets the U.S.A. Department of Education standards for a school of vocational training.

This Jazz & Contemporary division at the Joffrey Ballet School is geared toward those dancers who want to focus their training on Jazz and Contemporary styles of movement, while incorporating a wider knowledge of Classical Ballet training and Modern dance.

Students are exposed to a diverse range of styles from both past and present. The student’s attention will be focused on body awareness and creativity to prepare them for careers in education, performance, and choreography in Jazz and Contemporary styles of dance.

Students will be encouraged to embrace and explore a broad range of material that will help each of them develop his or her individual voice as an artist in this evolving art form. The curriculum will consist of both technical and academic/creative classes designed to fully prepare students for careers in dance, dance education, and choreography. Classes will be offered in various styles of Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Classical Modern, Contemporary Modern, Modern Partnering, Choreography, and Improvisation. Practical application of the curriculum will be exhibited in performance opportunities, which include a Spring and Winter performance, and in choreographic workshops. This is a unique program that provides the most diverse training in Jazz and Contemporary dance available in the country.

The program prepares artists for the competitive working world of dance in the fields of Concert dance, Broadway shows, Commercial industrials, and National and International tours. The trainee programs are advanced, pre-professional level programs. They prepare the students for a professional career by undergoing rigorous technical training Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm, rehearsals and performances, choreographic study, mentoring, and the individual evaluation of each student. Each program meets the needs of students ranging from 14 to 22 years of age.

The Joffrey Ballet School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and meets the U.S.A. Department of Education standards for a school of vocational training.

Tuition includes all classes offered to trainees at the school. Trainees are required to take a minimum of 15 classes per week, but they may take an unlimited number of classes (up to 17 additional) for the same tuition payment. Workshops and lectures are often included; however, some require an extra fee depending on the costs incurred by the School to support them. Students are awarded significant scholarships, grants, loans, work-study amounts by the Joffrey Ballet School and the federal government. Below is a sample of program pricing and is subject to change year-over-year.

Payment Plans are setup through the financial aid department. We offer Monthly, Quarterly, and Semi-Annual Plans. Payments are due on the 1st of each month and one month prior to the program start date or your enrollment date.

US Citizens (Will graduate from High School by 9/1/17)
Only Applicable to NYC Trainee

All Other Students
Applicable for New York City and Texas Trainee

The Joffrey Ballet School provides over $500,000 in merit scholarships, financial aid grants & federal funds to its students every year.

Merit scholarships are awarded solely by the discretion of the artistic staff. New students are evaluated through their audition material and if they attend our summer intensive our artistic staff evaluates them for the duration of their time with us. Returning students are always being considered for merit scholarships by the artistic staff. Merit scholarships are re-evaluated every year of attendance and there is no guarantee they will carry over if the student hasn’t maintained a high standard during the year. Summer merit scholarships do not carry over to the fall. The merit application must be submitted every year in order to qualify.

Joffrey financial aid is determined solely by the student’s financial situation. Applications must be fully completed and submitted for evaluation prior to the beginning of the school year. Joffrey financial aid can only cover tuition costs. Federal loans are available for those who qualify and they can be put towards housing costs.

For more information on financial aid & merit scholarship procedures please email us below or contact Nancy Cole, financial aid administrator, at ncole@joffreyballetschool.com

  • “Day in the Life” of a Ballet Trainee

    8:30am – 10:00am
    Ballet Technique

    10:15am – 11:15am
    Pointe or Men’s Class

    11:30am – 12:45pm
    Lunch

    12:45pm – 1:45pm
    Anatomy

    2:00pm – 3:30pm
    Ballet Repertory

    3:45pm – 5:15pm
    Rehearsal/Performance Studies

  • “Day in the Life” of a Jazz Trainee

    9:00am – 10:30am
    Ballet Technique

    10:30am – 12:00pm
    Contemporary Technique

    1:00pm – 2:00pm
    Anatomy

    2:30pm – 4:00pm
    Theater Dance

    4:30pm – 6:00pm
    Performance Studies

  • Monday - Friday

    Dancers study Monday through Friday with 29 hours of dance classes per week and additional rehearsal hours per week.

    The days and weeks are challenging and will require dancers to be dedicated and disciplined. Dancers will be transformed by our working professionals into the dancers of tomorrow.

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.

Ballet Trainee Program

Students will have an abundance of opportunities to perform. These opportunities will include an In-Studio performance of class work (October), The Nutcracker (December), a Student Choreography Workshop (February), and the Spring Performance (May). Students may also be involved in lecture demonstrations in and around our community. Students of the Joffrey Ballet School are coached in and perform the works of our founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, and the Petipa repertoire, among many others.

The Joffrey Ballet School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and meets the U.S.A. Department of Education standards for a school of vocational training.

Our annual Spring performance offers a mixed bill that covers a wide selection of dance styles and eras. From the works of Petipa, to Robert Joffrey, to current NYC Dance Artists, the concert is meant to display the versatility in training and artistry for which Joffrey Ballet School is known. Located in the picturesque Florence Gould Theatre on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Spring performance is a culmination of a year’s worth of hard work and dedication.

Ballet Trainees are required to participate in our annual Spring performance. Rehearsals begin in the second term, immediately following the Student Choreography Workshop.

Jazz Trainee Program

Students will have an abundance of opportunities to perform. These opportunities will include various Student Choreography Shows, and the Spring/Winter Performance (May). Students may also be involved in lecture demonstrations in and around our community.

The Joffrey Ballet School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and meets the U.S.A. Department of Education standards for a school of vocational training.

Student Choreography Workshop: This workshop is an opportunity open to all year-round Trainees to learn about the intricacies and challenges of producing choreography. Students are mentored by both faculty and choreographers who help to develop, refine, and rehearse their work. Students are provided with the opportunity to further explore and develop choreographic and performing talents, as well as elements of production. Students are responsible for creating their own work, casting dancers, rehearsing, and costuming. Students may choose to choreograph their own piece or assist another student in developing his or her 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. In addition, they will 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 an in-house studio performance.

Loan Info:

Domestic Students: Loans for Schooling.

At the Joffrey Ballet School we know that funding your child’s training can be a large financial strain. We try our best to help our students through financial aid grants & work study. These loans are available to students whose parents are American Citizens

Tuition Solutions: Loans up to $40,000
Elements Financial: K-12 Tuition Loan
Elements Financial: Signature Tuition Loan

Taking out Loans:

After you have received your award letter from us:

If this is your first year taking out student and/or parent loans you must also complete the following:

Students:
✔ Sign Master Promissory Note
✔ Complete Entrance Counseling

Parents (if a Plus loan is being taken out)
✔ Sign Master Promissory Note
All of the above can be completed at the following website: www.studentloans.gov

You are not obligated to take out any loans that have been offered to you. You can take out any amount up to the maximum amount shown in your award letter. If your parents want to take out a parent plus loan a credit check must be run and passed.

Educational FAQ's

Ballet Trainee Program

The Ballet Program is designed to develop pre-professional students with a classical ballet and contemporary background, balancing consistency and versatility in both classical and contemporary ballet and dance.  Courses include: Ballet technique; Pointe and Variations; Ballet Repertory; Pas de deux; Character; Horton Technique; Cunningham Technique; Limon Technique; Contemporary Dance; Jazz; Performance Studies; Choreographic Workshops, Kinetic Studies (Body Conditioning); Ballet Methodology; Career Planning; Critical Analysis; Music; Anatomy; Dance History; Health and Nutrition.

Jazz Trainee Program

Students will be encouraged to embrace and explore a broad range of material that will help each of them develop his or her individual voice as an artist in this evolving art form. The curriculum will consist of both technical and academic/creative classes designed to fully prepare students for careers in dance, dance education, and choreography. Classes will be offered in various styles of Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Classical Modern, Contemporary Modern, Modern Partnering, Choreography, and Improvisation. Practical application of the curriculum will be exhibited in performance opportunities, which include a Spring and Winter performance, and in choreographic workshops. This is a unique program that provides the most diverse training in Jazz and Contemporary dance available in the country.

The program prepares artists for the competitive working world of dance in the fields of Concert dance, Broadway shows, Commercial industrials, and National and International tours. The trainee programs are advanced, pre-professional level programs. They prepare the students for a professional career by undergoing rigorous technical training Monday through Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm, rehearsals and performances, choreographic study, mentoring, and the individual evaluation of each student. Each program meets the needs of students ranging from 14 to 22 years of age.

Ballet Trainee Program

In the 3rd and 4th years of the Ballet Trainee Program, in addition to their dance classes, students are exposed to and trained in Pedagogy. The purpose is not only to promote greater insight into training but also to provide them with the necessary skills and gain practical experience teaching in the classroom. The Joffrey Ballet School recognizes that professional dancers often make the transition from performing to teaching later in their career or support themselves with teaching during their dance career.

Please note that students are not receiving a certificate in teaching. The pedagogy classes are complementary to their professional dance training. If the student realizes they would prefer to move from professional dancing to teaching due to their exposure to pedagogy principals in this program, the faculty will be available to guide them as to how they can best pursue their new interest.

The curricula for the Ballet Trainee Program is divided into 5 sections. Students take 28 to 32 clock hours of classes per week depending on the semester. The total clock hours for the entire program is 4,369 which the student has four to six years to complete.

Courses in the program include:

Ballet technique; Pointe and Variations; Ballet Repertory; Pas de Deux; Character; Modern; Contemporary; Jazz; Performance Studies; Kinetic Studies (Body Conditioning); Ballet Methodology; Career Planning; Critical Analysis; Music; Anatomy; Dance History; Health and Nutrition. (Not all courses are given in every year.)

The Ballet Techniques section consists of 3 components, which are:

  • Ballet
  • Pointe
  • Variations

This totals 1,337 clock hours.

The Contemporary Dance Techniques section consists of 2 components, which are:

  • Contemporary
  • Jazz

This totals 612 clock hours.

The Allied Dance Studies section consists of 4 components, which are:

  • Partnering
  • Kinetic Studies
  • Character Dance
  • Repertory

This totals 918 clock hours.

The Performance Studies section consists of:

  • Rehearsals
  • Performances

This totals 1088 clock hours.

The Joffrey Ballet School curricula for the Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Program is divided into 5 sections. Students take 28 to 32 clock hours of classes per week depending on the semester. The total clock hours for the entire program is 4,352 which the student has four to six years to complete.

The four-year program consists of Ballet Technique, Modern & Contemporary Techniques, Improvisation & Composition, Theater Dance, Hip Hop, Street Jazz, Dance History, Mentoring & Career Planning, Health & Nutrition, Anatomy, Music and Performance Studies.

The Jazz & Contemporary Dance Techniques section consists of 2 components, which are:

  • Modern
  • Jazz/Contemporary

This totals 1,224 clock hours.

The Ballet Dance Techniques section consists of 1 component, which is:

  • Ballet Technique

This totals 1,020 clock hours.

The Allied Dance Studies section consists of 4 components, which are:

  • Improvisation/Composition
  • Theater Dance
  • Hip Hop
  • Street Jazz

This totals 1,088 clock hours.

The Allied Theory Studies section consists of 3 components, which are:

  • Dance History
  • Mentoring/Career Planning and either Health & Nutrition
  • Anatomy or Music.

This totals 459 clock hours.

The Performance Studies section consists of:

  • Rehearsals
  • Performances

This totals 561 clock hours.

Attendance for all classes, both technique and academic, is compulsory.  Students who have already attained an equivalent credit may apply for advanced standing, determined at the discretion of the Artistic Director.

Teachers evaluate the students both throughout the year (the Progressive Assessment), and at the end of each Semester (the Final Assessment), using a system consisting of a graded letter A to F.

The Progressive Assessment throughout the year is based on a range of criteria including attendance and participation, group discussions and involvement, work ethic, and general standard and progress.

The Final Assessment is based on a written essay, a written or oral test, and a classroom presentation, and the students have to achieve various course objectives.  Some courses require the student to be assessed in front of a panel of instructors.

The Progressive Assessment and the Final Assessment marks are mixed in the ratio of 60% to the Progressive Mark, and 40% to the Final Assessment Mark.

 

The grades are assessed as follows:

 

Grade Percentage Description
A 90%-100% Work of an outstanding standard. Showing exceptional written, oral and comprehension skills.
B 80%-89% Work of a very high standard. Showing higher than average written, oral and comprehension skills.
C 70%-79% Work of a high standard. Showing potential for increased written, oral and comprehension skills.
D 60%-69% Work of a medium standard. Showing average written, oral and comprehension skills.
F 59% and below Work of a low standard. Showing poor written, oral and comprehension skills.

 

Students at risk of failing are identified early, and are counseled. Students are encouraged to seek a progress report from their classroom teacher at any time through the Semester. Each student receives a list of the expected competencies which they need to gain at the end of the course, and a clear expectation of results is articulated. Students who do not achieve a grade D or higher do not pass.

The Joffrey Ballet School faculty meets regularly to discuss students’ needs and progress, and each student will receive career counseling. In addition, students are provided with evaluations and one-on-one meetings with the Artistic Director during each semester.

Evaluations will include assessments of technical progress, focus, comprehension of concepts, application, and retention of corrections, work ethic, performance quality, and attendance.

We recognize the need to be mentored and guided beyond corrections and conversations with faculty. When training at the Joffrey Ballet School, you are assigned a mentor to assist you in your numerous career decisions, as well as to guide you through your day-to-day life.

The mentors are dancers themselves with over fifteen years of professional dance experience. You will be assigned a mentor within the first few weeks of attending the program.

New York City

The School has a Health & Wellness office run by a Health & Wellness Coordinator, Tia Feather.  Tia assists with all nutrition needs, illness, counseling referrals and deals with injuries on campus.  She is available to discuss any health issues which student mays need information or advice on.

Unusual Pain/Injury
If you are having any unusual pains or you are concerned about an injury please speak to your instructor. If your instructor feels that you need to see a doctor or physical therapist please come to Health and Wellness office on the fourth floor for a list of doctor suggestions. You may also call the Harkness Center to set up an appointment on your own at 212.598.6022 or you may reach out directly to your health insurance company for a list of covered providers. We advise dancers to seek medical treatment from doctors with a specialty in treating dancers.

Supportive Shoes for City Life
Please try to wear sneakers or supportive shoes when walking around the city, especially if you are not used to walking on NYC pavement (it is very hard). If you do wear flip flops or open toed shoes make sure any blisters or open cuts are covered so they do not get infected.

Hydration 101
Stay Hydrated! Please drink water during class at appropriate times, on your breaks and after classes. Snack healthfully throughout the day to keep your energy up and get plenty of sleep.

Warm Up and Stretch
Do not forget to put extra time aside for warming up and stretching each day. Remember, your muscles should be activated and warm prior to stretching. You should be warm and stretched before classes begin for the day to prevent injury and maximize performance.

Preventive Tip for Your Feet
Please always cover your feet or dance shoes when walking in the hallways or dressing rooms. Please use the handrail and do not run on the stairs.

Texas

The School has a Health & Wellness office run by a Health & Wellness Coordinator, Tia Feather.  Tia assists with all nutrition needs, illness, counseling referrals and deals with injuries on campus.  She is available to discuss any health issues which student mays need information or advice on.

Unusual Pain/Injury
If you are having any unusual pains or you are concerned about an injury please speak to your instructor. If your instructor feels that you need to see a doctor or physical therapist please come to Health and Wellness office on the fourth floor for a list of doctor suggestions. We advise dancers to seek medical treatment from doctors with a specialty in treating dancers.

Hydration 101
Stay Hydrated! Please drink water during class at appropriate times, on your breaks and after classes. Snack healthfully throughout the day to keep your energy up and get plenty of sleep.

Warm Up and Stretch
Do not forget to put extra time aside for warming up and stretching each day. Remember, your muscles should be activated and warm prior to stretching. You should be warm and stretched before classes begin for the day to prevent injury and maximize performance.

Preventive Tip for Your Feet
Please always cover your feet or dance shoes when walking in the hallways or dressing rooms. Please use the handrail and do not run on the stairs.

All Info for International Students
(Only applicable for New York City Trainee)

Tuition and Visa Information

The Joffrey Ballet School is approved by the US Department of Immigration to enroll foreigners on the F-1 student visa. The minimum period for such visas is one year. Student visas must be renewed one month prior to the date of the visa expiration. Renewals are granted subject to satisfactory attendance, prompt payment of fees, and evidence of sufficient financial support. Visa Trainees are required to take the full 20 class Trainee schedule.

Living Expenses

Since the holder of an F-1 visa is not permitted to work in the US, the School requires evidence that the student has enough money to cover a full year of study. Based on the experience of former students, the School estimates the total cost, including tuition in the Trainee Program, for one year in New York City to be $US 30,000 to 40,000.

The following are the procedures to obtain an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 Nonimmigrant Student Status issued by The Joffrey Ballet School and how to apply for an F-1 (student) Visa issued by the U.S. Consulate in the student’s home city. I-20’s are issued only after Joffrey Ballet School has notified students of their acceptance.

If you have further questions, please email Elizabeth D’Anna at ldanna@joffreyballetschool.com

PERFORMANCES

2017/2018 Performances – Coming Soon

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Spring 2017
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Ballet Trainee - In Studio Performance #1

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Ballet Trainee - Nutcracker

Join us for a spectacular blend of dance and music that will fill your soul with Christmas spirit… The Nutcracker brings to life Clara’s holiday dream of a mighty battle between a Mouse King and a Nutcracker, a meeting with her very own Sugar Plum Fairy, and a journey to the “Land of Sweets”. The Joffrey Ballet School returns to the Skirball Center with an endearing production of The Nutcracker to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Generations of audiences have enjoyed this charming tale of holiday adventure that follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of dolls, toy soldiers, an army of mice, snowflakes, princes and fairies. Originally choreographed for the Joffrey Ballet School by Robert Ray, this production is produced and directed by Ms. Era Jouravlev and Ms. Jo Matos. The production features 300 students from the Joffrey Ballet School’s Children Ballet, Youth Ballet, and Trainee Programs performing all of the traditional roles.

The two-act ballet had its premiere at the Maryinsky Theatre in Street Petersburg, Russia, on December 17, 1892. It was based on an adaptation of a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann called The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. The Joffrey Ballet School’s production of The Nutcracker is a traditional holiday classic you won’t want to miss.


Performance Dates and Times:
Friday, December 9th at 7pm
Saturday, December 10th at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, December 11th at 1pm and 5pm

Location: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, at NYU.

Address: 556 LaGuardia Place

Jazz Trainee - Winter Concert

These concerts provide the Trainee with the opportunity to work closely with New York City’s most well established choreographers and artists.

The Trainee is exposed to a diverse range of choreographers and their unique processes.  Rehearsals are intensive in nature, challenging the dancer to explore their artistic and technical range.

2016 choreographers have included Timothy Edwards, Peter Pucci and Angelica Stiskin. Previous years: Kevin Wynn, Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, Donald Byrd, Daniel Gwirtzman, Ryan Daniel Beck, Rena Butler, John Leggio, Manuel Vignoulle & Peter Yuen.


Billboards Too!

Performance Dates: Sunday, January 29th | Times: 4pm & 7pm

Location: 
salvatore-caperzio-theaterSalvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance
126 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003
www.peridance.com

General Ticket Price: $45 | Student Price: $20
Tickets available at the door, cash only.

Billboards Too! features the diverse range of the Jazz & Contemporary Trainees and The Joffrey Ensemble with the choreography of Timothy Edwards, Peter Pucci and Angelica Stiskin.

Artistic Director of the Ballet Trainee Program

Era Jouravlev

Mrs. Era Jouravlev studied at the famed Perm State Choreography Academy in Russia under directorship of such notable mentors as L. Sakharova and L. Ulanova. While dancing as a Principal with the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre, she toured internationally with the Stars of the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet: L. Semeniaka, A. Fadeechev, O. Chenchikova, L. Kunakova, M. Daukaev. She has toured with American Ballet Theatre Principal Nina Ananiashvili in Japan and South Korea. Also she has toured with Bolshoi Theatre Principals E. Maksimova and V.Vasiliev in Tokyo and with N. Pavlova and V. Gordeev in Moscow. During a summer tour in China, she danced with the “Stars of American Ballet”.

In 1995 Mrs. Jouravlev joined the New Jersey Ballet as a Principal Dancer, where she performed the works of George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Johan Renvall, Margo Sappington, Robert Weise, and Robert North, among others.

Mrs. Jouravlev has performed many Principal roles in both classical and contemporary repertoires and was given the unique opportunity to learn the classical pas de deux “Papillon” directly from International Kirov Star Irina Kolpakova and worked with American Legend Mr. Edward Villella on George Balanchine’s famous “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux”.

Mrs. Jouravlev taught for the New Jersey Ballet for fourteen years, and started teaching at the Joffrey Ballet School in 1997. She worked as the Head of Classical Ballet Studies at JBS under the direction of Mr. Robert Ray for many years, assisting him in implementing a codified ballet technique syllabus for the entire Ballet Trainee Program. With an incredible career, over thirty years of teaching experience, and a fierce passion for shaping dancers into artists, Era Jouravlev is delighted to share her expertise as the Ballet Trainee Program Director.

Angelica Stiskin

Angelica Stiskin is internationally recognized for her versatility as a choreographer, director, performer, and dance educator. She proudly earned her BFA in Dance at Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan, performing works by Robert Battle, Shen Wei and Lar Lubovitch to name a few. Angelica is honored to have assisted the Emmy Award winning Mia Michaels across the U.S.A. and Canada. She has performed with Justin Bieber and The Disney Channel’s Shake It Up girls for the nationally televised Disney’s Christmas Day Parade. Angelica began assisting professional teachers and choreographers at the age of 14, performing as a guest artist in ASH Contemporary Dance Company per request of choreographer Billy Larson, and American Dance Artists, Adrienne Canterna’s former company, with performance artists such as Rasta Thomas and Travis Wall. Other privileges include working for Benoit-Swan Pouffer (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Gala), Marlena Wolfe (Peridance Contemporary Dance Company/Rehearsal Director), Tyler Gilstrap (Ballroom Marfa/UnFair Art Exhibition/TunaNut Productions), Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (Rite of Spring/Detroit Opera House). Angelica directed and choreographed a piece for NY Fashion Week in collaboration with Louis Vuitton and Parsons School of Design. She travels with VIP Dance as a National Director, and also positioned as Brand Design Director/Choreographer for luxury comforts brand, Move Society. Miss Stiskin is part of the adjunct faculty at Marymount Manhattan College and has been recently promoted to Artistic Director of the Jazz and Contemporary Program of the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City after being one of the first faculty members of the program almost 10 years ago. Angelica is honored to take on this new role in guiding the future generations of dance while continuing to design high-level concepts for fashion, editorial, and entertainment.

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.

Ballet Trainee Instructor

Liz D’Anna

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ms. D’Anna trained at the Joffrey Ballet School under Meredith Baylis, Jonathan Watts, and Francesca Corkle. She was a member of Jose Coronado & Dancers, Yung Yung Tsuai & Dancers, and a soloist with the Delta Festival Ballet. Ms. D’Anna also completed a four year teacher training course recognized by the NASD, and has been teaching all levels of ballet from pre-ballet to professional since 1982.

Lena Lauer

Lena is a dance artist who has created and performed work from the Sonoran desert of the Southwest to the Andes Mountains of South America.  Her latest project is serving as co-founder of The Lovelies, New York City’s foremost dance compositional improvisation company.  In New York, Lauer has produced work at venues such as Dance New Amsterdam, The Tank, Judson Church and Gowanus Art + Production, where her incorporation of the aerial arts, modern dance, improvisation, inventive partnering and sound scores provide a foundation for Lena’s aesthetic.  She has taught at Ohio Northern University, as well as Lima City Schools in Ohio and The Ohio State University where she was also commissioned to set original choreography for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Lena will be presenting work this Fall at Triskelion Arts and curates for the FIGMENT project every summer on Governor’s Island.

Ballet Trainee Instructor

Andrei Jouravlev

Mr. Jouravlev studied at the famed Perm State Choreography Academy in Russia and went on to become a Principal Dancer in the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre. He won a Diploma and the Silver Medal in international ballet competition in Russia.

Mr. Jouravlev toured internationally with the “Stars of the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet”. He has been in performances in England, Italy, Japan, China, Czechoslovakia, Poland, South Korea and Germany. Mr. Jouravlev has toured with American Ballet Theatre Principal Nina Ananiashvili in Japan and South Korea, where he danced Espada of “Don Quixote”. This Performance is available on video around the world. Also he toured with Bolshoi Theatre Principals E. Maksimova and V. Vasiliev in Tokyo and Osaka.

After the Jackson Ballet Competition he joined the New Jersey Ballet as a Principal Dancer. He danced with the “Stars of American Ballet” during a 1997 summer tour in China. Mr. Jouravlev has performed the ballets of George Balanchin, Agnes de Mille , Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor and worked with contemporary choreographers Robert North, Margo Sappington, Donlin Foreman and many more.He has performed in over thirty Principals roles in classical and contemporary repertoires including “Giselle”, “Swan Lake”, Sleeping Beauty”, “Don Quixote”,The Nutcracer”, “La Bayadere”, “Spartacus”, “Raymonda”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Coppelia”, “Cinderella”, “ La Sylphide”, “Serenade” “Theme and Variations”, “Carmen”, “Who Cares”, “ Death and the Maiden”, “Antre Dos Aguas”, “Belong”, “Allegro Brilliante”, and others.

Ballet Trainee Instructor

Tia Feather

Tia Feather is an Iowa native whom graduated from Winona State University with a BS in health promotion, along with minors in both dance and wellness coaching. Tia’s passion for dancer health stemmed from her life in the studio, dancing since the age of 4. At an early age, Tia began assisting with Very Special Arts Iowa, Janice Baker’s program to bring the joy of dance to the mentally and physically disabled. She later continued with community outreach by dancing in such roles as Sadako in Beth Harano-Adams’ Sadako and the Thousand Cranes. After discovering her passion for dancer health, she interned as a physical therapy technician. Tia also completed her certification for nursing assistants at Mercy Hospital. After that, she received instruction from the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coaching staff. She created and implemented a mobile Sexually Transmitted Infection testing program for Semcac Family Planning Clinic. Tia was a research presenter on the topic of dancer health at the American College Dance Festival 2012. She also presented at the Minnesota Dance Education Summit 2012. Tia has been thrilled to contribute her health ideas and lessons to Joffrey Ballet School since 2012.

Ballet Trainee Instructor

Francesca Corkle

From her first studies with her mother in Seattle, Washington, Francesca Corkle knew a career in ballet was all she ever wanted. After finishing High School at the age of 15 Francesca Corkle left Seattle to head for New York City and the Joffrey Ballet School. After five months as an apprentice, she became a member of the company and developed into one of the world’s finest dancers.

Ms. Corkle was a member of the Joffrey Ballet Company from 1969 – 1978 and performed in ballets by Ashton, Balanchine, Bournonville, Cranko, DeMille, Feld, Fokine, Harkarvy, Joos, Massine, Robbins, Tharp and Tudor. During her ten year tenure with the Joffrey Ballet, she received enthusiastic acclaim throughout her career. Known for her brilliant technique, speed and wit, Ms. Corkle won high acclaim for her roles in such classics by Joffrey Ballet co-founder Gerald Arpino as “Confetti,” “Kettentantz” and “L’Air d’Esprit” and in John Cranko’s “Pineapple Poll.” In 1974, her first major dramatic role was choreographed for her by Robert Joffrey in “Remembrances” to the music of Richard Wagner. After the premiere, the NY Post described her as “feather-light and soft as she makes the most difficult lifts effortless.” In 1978 Chicago critic Ann Barzel wrote that “She is a perfectionist in technique and superbly intelligent in matters of style.”

Additional praise for Ms. Corkle’s work included Richard Christiansen’s of the Chicago Daily News who called her “the Joffrey’s foremost ballerina in the classical vein.” Clive Barnes called her “a dancer of great mystery and intensity.” Esquire Magazine named Ms. Corkle as one of the 45 Best Dancers in the World and said that she was “the secret ingredient” in the Joffrey Productions.

In 1979, Ms. Corkle became a principal ballerina with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, where she performed the full-length classics: “Giselle,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake,” “Coppelia,” “The Nutcracker” and “La Sylphide” as well as lead roles in “Le Combat,” “Etudes,” “The Merry Widow,” and “Les Sylphides.”

In 1982 Ms. Corkle left Pittsburgh to become a guest dancer and teacher during which time she appeared with her partner, former Royal Ballet Principal Keith Martin. Ms. Corkle created the role of Juliet in his production of “Romeo and Juliet” which she performed with the Santa Barbara Ballet and the Phoenix Ballet Company. Ms. Corkle teaches exclusively at the Joffrey Ballet School in the Trainee Program. She has been a faculty member for over twenty years.

Akop Akopian

Graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Yerevan State Choreographic College. Had the privilege to study under two of A.Vaganova’s former students: the ballet legends F.Balabina, and N.Dudinskaya. Mr. Akopian also had the privilege to study under K. Sergeyev, W. Zimin, N. Serebryanikov and N. Mehrabyan.

Mr. Akopian is on faculty: Joffrey Ballet School Trainee program. NYC. JBS Master Teacher program.
Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet NYC.

Upon graduation from the Vaganova Academy, he became a leading dancer in the Armenian National Theater Opera and Ballet in Yerevan. In 1991 he danced with classic ballet de Montreal. In 1993 he was invited to Germany to join the Thuringian State Ballet. For the following seven years he became one of the most acclaimed principal dancers of the company. Mr. Akopian received the best dancer of the year award in 1997 and 1999, was praised in many European magazines and in a book entitled Musis-Sacrum published in Germany. In 2000, Mr. Akopian danced with Ballet New York. In 2001 he was invited to join GRBC and for his work there he was recognized in many ballet magazines and other media sources.

As a guest artist Mr. Akopian has danced in numerous international galas around the world. He has had the opportunity to work with numerous ballet masters and choreographers including Dietmar Seyffert, Ludmilla Sakharova, Anahit Grigorian, Vilen Galstyan, Martin Wennde, Peter Martins, Judith Fugate and Nina Strogonova. The leading roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, The Nutcracker, Eugene Onegin, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille Mal Gardee, Fierbird, Scherheresade, Paquita, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Enigma, Antuny, Wolfe, Ara Beautiful, Cinderella, various Balanchine pieces were among the roles Mr. Akopian danced throughout his career.
Since 2004 Mr. Akopian has choreographed a variety of original pieces for professional dancers and companies. Two of Mr. Akopian’s ballets that are cherished by audience are his full-length Nutcracker and his original full-length ballet, The Jungle Book – Mowgli. In 2014 Mr. Akopian choreographed two original ensemble pieces for the Youth American Grand Prix: “Time and “Russian Milk Maids”, placed third and in the top twelve. Both pieces were praised by the judges for creativity, choreography, presentation, beautiful lines and technique and were selected to finals in New York City Mr. Akopian worked as a Founder Artistic Director and Board of Directors member of Michigan Ballet Academy.
He is very committed to excellence, likes to share his rich stage experience and feels very proud of his students who perform professionally in various ballet companies after studying under his guidance.

Maximilien Baud

Also, an Instructor for the NYC Pre-Professional, Ballet and Jazz Intensives.

Maximilien Baud; Trained at the School of American Ballet for 10 years under the guidance of Peter Martins, Jock Soto, Peter Boal, Olga Kostritzky, and Andrei Kramarevsky. While a student, he performed with the NYC Ballet, and was part of the original cast of two world premieres: Organon by Elliot Feld and Scenes De Ballet by Tony Award winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Mr. Baud began his professional career with the Carolina Ballet under Robert Weiss. There he would work with choreographers such as Lynne Taylor Corbett, Robert Weiss, Damian Woetzel, and Christopher Wheeldon. In 2005, Mr. Baud joined the Pennsylvania Ballet under the directorship of Roy Kaiser and would perform principal roles in ballets by Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, George Balanchine and many more. In 2009, Mr. Baud had the opportunity to work on the Oscar nominated film for Best Picture, Black Swan, by Darren Aronofsky. In 2010, Mr. Baud would join the national/international tour of Billy Elliot, the Musical performing the role of Older Billy, and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Performer in a Musical. He was in the ensemble of the national tour of Flashdance the Musical based on the iconic 80’s film under the directorship of Tony Award-winning choreographer, Sergio Trujillo. Maximilien has reprised his role of Older Billy in regional productions of Billy Elliot with the MUNY, North Carolina Theater, and the North Shore Music Theater company. Mr. Baud has had the opportunity to teach at numerous dance studios around the country, as well as coach the young Billy’s from Billy Elliot. Currently, he is on the staff at The Joffrey Ballet School Jazz and Contemporary Trainee program. He helped co-create the Joffrey Ballet School Musical Theater Summer Intensive, where he holds the position of Associate Director. Mr. Baud also serves as a teacher and an adjudicator for Sheer Talent, the international dance competition. While teaching, Mr. Baud enjoys enriching the lives of dancers through discipline and a passion for the arts.

Stacy Caddell

Stacy Caddell is a native of Norfolk, Virginia where she began her dance training at the age of 5.  She later went to the School of American Ballet and was invited to join the New York City Ballet by George Balanchine.  Stacy was promoted to soloist and danced many principal roles.  She later left NYCB and joined Twyla Tharp and Dancers.  She performed all over the world including a tour with Mikhail Baryshnikov in the show “Cutting Up”.  Stacy stopped performing and assisted Ms. Tharp at American Ballet Theater on “Known by Heart” and at NYCB on “Beethoven’s Seventh”.  Ms. Caddell also became the Dance Supervisor on the Broadway show “Movin’ Out” and staged it’s first National tour.  She then became a repetiteur for Ms. Tharp staging her ballets for NYCB, ABT, Royal Danish Ballet, Maggio Danza, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Zurich Ballet, Ballet de Geneva, Berlin Stattsoper, Vienna Stattsoper, Ballet de Lorraine, Introdans, Sommerballet, Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theater, the Washington Ballet and the Nashville Ballet.  Ms. Caddell also stages ballets for the Balanchine Trust.  These ballets include “Serenade”, “Symphony in C”, “Allegro Brilliante”, “Tin Soldier” and “The Nutcracker”.  Stacy has also choreographed the opera “Aida”, two episodes on the HBO series “The Sopranos”, the short film “Central Park” and four ballets for Ballet Academy East.  She is currently the ballet master for the Joffrey Concert Group under the direction of Davis Robertson.

Larisa Calero

Born and raised in Moscow Russia, Larisa Calero is a former principal dancer with the Moisseyev Dance Company. While performing with the Company , she got her Masters Degree in Choreography from RATI – Russian Academy of Theatrical Art (former GITIS). After almost ten years performing with the Moisseyev Dance Company around the world, Larisa found new home in New York City. Teaching is her second passion . In Larisa’s Character class, students get introduced to new dance techniques from around the world and learn pieces from renowned classical ballets in addition to pieces choreographed by Larisa. She emphasizes the performing side of dance and delivering the story.

Joyce King

Joyce King proud of her NH roots, has a versatility and insatiable appetite to express life through movement, affording her the opportunities to choreograph, teach, an and perform throughout the U.S., Vienna, Costa Rica, Belgium, France, Japan. Joyce continues to enjoy teaching on NYC faculty: Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet Trainee Program, Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive.

In 2008, she established JKing Dance Company, (JKDC) receiving press recognition and awarded the BUILD grant & The Field Artist Residency. King has been commissioned to present works as part of special performances at Symphony Space, DNA, Merce Cunningham Dance Theater, Pinkerton Academy Theatre Arts, Palace Theatre, Dansstage Dance Festival, Auditorio Nacional and Teatro Eugene O’Neil Theaters, Costa Rica. Her work, ‘UnCloaked’ was presented as part of the Louis Vuitton project, ‘Life is a Journey’, a collaboration with Louis Vuitton, Parson, and Joffrey J & C – NYC 2013 Fashion week.

Notable performances: Cats, Chorus Line, Fame, Benefits for Broadway Cares; Michael Jackson Sportswear, Industrials with choreographer Lynne Taylor Corbett, Boston Opera’s Aida and Die Fledermaus with choreographers Sam Kurkjian, Graciela Danieleand original plays directed by Doug Hall. Concert dance – original works by Adrienne Hawkins, Danny Sloan, Fred Benjamin, Richard Levi, Lynn Simonson, Miquel Lopez, Bruce Taylor and Ron Forella. She trained extensively with Sue Michaud, Michael Owens, Lynn Simonson, Adrienne Hawkins, Michele Assaf, Charles Kakatsakis, Sally Johnson, Frank Kubik and at Boston Rep, Boston Ballet, Hartford Ballet and the Oxford Shakespeare Summer Program, London England.

King continually explores ways to share her experiences and choreography with emerging dancers through national and international master classes, workshops, Summer intensives and dance education programs. Joyce is happily married to Ray and proud mom of her 12 yr. old son, Aidan. www.JoyceKingDance.com

Bruce Lazarus

Bruce Lazarus has 35 years of experience in the world of dance as composer, pianist, teacher, and music director. He has held long-term positions as Composer-in-Residence for Dance at Northwestern University and New World School of the Arts, Company Pianist for Dance Theater of Harlem, and Music Coordinator for Mark Morris Dance Group. He has also accompanied ballet and contemporary classes at most major dance studios in Chicago, New Jersey, and New York City. As composer, Lazarus’ published music at SwirlyMusic, E.C.Schirmer, and Theodore Presser includes works for piano, chorus, chamber music, organ, and arrangements of classical standards for flute solo and flute quartet. His major solo piano work, Explorations of the Messier Catalogue of Star Clusters and Nebulae, is widely available for CD/download via global distribution by Naxos of America, and his entertaining cabaret, Carrolling: The Lewis Carroll Project, is a regular offering at NYC’s Dixon Place Lounge and Cornelia Street Cafe. Honors for his work include Richard Rodgers Scholarship, Meet the Composer, AGO Composition Competition, American Guild of Composers Composition Award, NJ Arts Fellowship Grant, and residencies at Yaddo, Storm King Music Festival, and Arts Adhimsa. Lazarus studied at Juilliard where he earned his B.M. and M.M. in music composition and theory.

Earl Mosley

Fredrick Earl Mosley, Born in Raleigh, NC and is one of New York’s respected choreographers and teachers. He was honored as the 2005 teacher of the year by Dance Teacher Magazine! Mosley has received numerous awards from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Connecticut Commission of the Arts. He just received the Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award from the Connecticut Dance Alliance 2012. He is founder and director of both Diversity of Dance Inc., and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts; which is celebrating its eight season as one of the nation’s leading new summer intensives serving 140 students annually and recognized as a serious summer program by Dance Magazine.

He has had works presented at such venues as the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, City Center (NYC), Aaron Davis Hall, Whitney Museum, The Ailey School, and Ballet Hispanico School. His teaching and choreographic talents have taken him to such noted institutions as the Alvin Ailey Fordham/BFA Program, Ohio University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wesleyan University, Montclair State University, Long Island University(Brooklyn Campus), Interlochen Arts Academy, Tokyo School of Music, Bat-Door Studios, Israel, University of Oklahoma, S.U.N.Y. Purchase College, to name a few. He is currently on faculty at the Ailey School, Long Island University, and Education Center of the Arts. He has set works on such companies as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater Studio Company, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Ailey II, Florida Dance Theater, Edge Works Dance. He is very proud to have just launched his new endeavor; Life Dance Company- Dance for a Cancer-Free World.

Brooke Wendle

A former Rockette at Radio City Music Hall, Brooke Wendle recently returned from Macau, China where she was the Associate Director of Franco Dragone’s Taboo. Brooke is the Supervising Choreographer of America’s Got Talent and is currently in her fourth season with the show under Creative Director Brian Burke. Her choreography has appeared on TV’s shows such as Orange Is The New Black, Eastbound and Down, The Carrie Diaries and Dancing with the Stars. Brooke was also Associate Choreographer on episodes of Gossip Girl and Rescue Me.

For the Stage, Brooke has choreographed Adam Lambert’s GlamNation World Tourandis collaborating with Adam on his upcoming tour starting in 2016. Other credits include RENT in Shanghai, China, Rebel Bingo in New York and London and Cirque Du Soleil’s Delirium as Dance Supervisor. Additionally, Brooke was honored to teach and train the fabulous Emily Padgett, for Flashdance The Musical. In Film, Brooke was the Associate Choreographer on The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty starring Kristen Wiig and Ben Stiller and danced in Winter’s Tale starring Colin Farrell.

Brooke will be collaborating with the Brooklyn Nets dancers for the upcoming NBA season and you can see her choreography on I Am Cait for the E! network as well as Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris on NBC.

As a performer, Brooke was seen on Broadway in Aida, Wicked The Musical and Guys and Dolls. She performed live with P!nk, P-Diddy, Britney Spears at the MTV Video Music Awards, and at the American Music Awards with Adam Lambert. She choreographed and danced in two music videos for Mr. Lambert, For Your Entertainment and If I Had You. Brooke was featured in national commercials for E-Trade and Joe Boxer and danced with Mia Michaels’ dance company R.A.W.

Originally from Texas, she is thrilled and honored to be a part of the Joffrey School.

Adult Fitness Jazz Instructor

JoiLynn Hopkins

JoiLynn trained at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory, and The Ailey School before studying Haitian folklore with Ase Dance Theatre Collective and hip hop styles in the underground scene of NYC. She has been a featured dancer for numerous venues including projects for Kiesza,Parliament, Target, Regis and Kelly, Rachel Ray,  The David Letterman Show, Maybelline, Impulse
Dance Company, Balance Dance Theatre, JuxtaPower, Jazz Ain’t Dead, “Holler if You Hear Me” based on the work of Tupac Shakur, “Journey to the West” based on the life of Bruce Lee, The Apollo Club, and music videos for Jay-Z, Shakti, and Laura Pausini.  She is also a core dancer for recording artist Kiesza. As director of JoiLynn Productions, she produces provocative and innovative dance based projects and is known as a “sci-fi “ choreographer creating projects that have a distinct conceptual message, are entertaining, and celebrate the technicality and artistry of dance. As a choreographer her work has been featured in projects such as “The Rainbow Project’ in Barbados, The Ladies Of Hip Hop Festival, DC Fringe Festival, for recording artists Sofi Green and Mental™, for “The Shipment” a play by Young Jean Lee and the musical “Loving You” presented by The Riant Theatre, at Sol Afrik: African Fashion Week in NYC, and “Michael and Michael have issues“ on Comedy Central. She is a sought after teaching artist who has taught workshops in Barbados and throughout the US at schools such as New Jersey Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School. She also has a passion for sci fi, action, and fantasy films using her mastery of movement to enhance her experience as an actress and is a vocalist featured in music with recording artist Caktuz, General Steele of Smif-N-Wessun, and afro beat sensation Wunmi.

Check her out at JoiLynn.com

Gaiane Akopian

Also a Ballet Trainee Instructor.

Born in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski, Russia, graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St,Petersburg, Russia and the Yerevan State Choreographic College. Had the privilege to study under the two ballet legends, A.Vaganova’s former students F.Balabina, and N.Dudinskaya.

Ms.Akopian is on faculty: Joffrey Ballet Trainee program NYC, JBS Master Teacher program.
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers NYC – Figure Skating Ballet instructor.

Gaiane performed around the world and has been recognized by critics worldwide. She danced in numerous classical and contemporary ballets. Performed as principal dancer with the Armenian National Ballet Theater, Thuringian State Ballet, Germany and GR Ballet Company.

Some of her leading roles include Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, Carmen, The Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Gardee, Cinderella, Firebird, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Wolfe, Ara Beautiful, Scheherazade, Eugene Onegin, Enigma, CanCan , Les Liasons Dangereusesand various Balanchine pieces.

She was acknowledged by the critics of the Ballet International Tanz Aktuell European magazine as one of Germany’s best dancer, in 1995, and won the Grand –Prix as the dancer of the year in 1997. In 2002 Ms. Akopian was praised in the Musis Sacrum book titled “100 Years Theaterhaus Gera”, (Germany). In 2006 she appeared in “Amazing Women of West Michigan” book among the most influential women of West Michigan community.

Past: Works with Figure skaters in Patterson Ice Center, Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club, MI – registered with the United Skates Figure Association. Ms. Akopian worked as a Founder Artistic Director, and Board Of Directors member of Michigan Ballet Academy, choreographed and prepared students for competitions as well as staged numerous ballet performances.

Ms. Akopian is very committed to excellence, likes to share her rich stage experience and feels very proud of her students who perform professionally in various ballet companies after studying under her guidance.

Youth Ballet Instructor

Marina Bogdonova

Also a Ballet Trainee Instructor.

Marina Bogdonova was born in Russia and graduated from the Perm Ballet School. She is currently Ballet Mistress at the NJ Ballet Company and has taught in South Korea, Columbia, Philadelphia, Texas, Ballet Royale and the Dance Explosion School of Maryland, Ballet school of Arizona, and New Jersey School of ballet. Her name is mentioned in the Big Ballet Encyclopedia of Russia. She has danced with Sverdlovsk State Theater of Opera and Ballet, Russian Moscow Ballet Company, South Carolina and NJ Ballet Company. Marina holds a MA in Choreography from the Slavic Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow.

Angelica Stiskin

Angelica Stiskin is internationally recognized for her versatility as a choreographer, director, performer, and dance educator. She proudly earned her BFA in Dance at Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan, performing works by Robert Battle, Shen Wei and Lar Lubovitch to name a few. Angelica is honored to have assisted the Emmy Award winning Mia Michaels across the U.S.A. and Canada. She has performed with Justin Bieber and The Disney Channel’s Shake It Up girls for the nationally televised Disney’s Christmas Day Parade. Angelica began assisting professional teachers and choreographers at the age of 14, performing as a guest artist in ASH Contemporary Dance Company per request of choreographer Billy Larson, and American Dance Artists, Adrienne Canterna’s former company, with performance artists such as Rasta Thomas and Travis Wall. Other privileges include working for Benoit-Swan Pouffer (Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Gala), Marlena Wolfe (Peridance Contemporary Dance Company/Rehearsal Director), Tyler Gilstrap (Ballroom Marfa/UnFair Art Exhibition/TunaNut Productions), Eisenhower Dance Ensemble (Rite of Spring/Detroit Opera House). Angelica directed and choreographed a piece for NY Fashion Week in collaboration with Louis Vuitton and Parsons School of Design. She travels with VIP Dance as a National Director, and also positioned as Brand Design Director/Choreographer for luxury comforts brand, Move Society. Miss Stiskin is part of the adjunct faculty at Marymount Manhattan College and has been recently promoted to Artistic Director of the Jazz and Contemporary Program of the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City after being one of the first faculty members of the program almost 10 years ago. Angelica is honored to take on this new role in guiding the future generations of dance while continuing to design high-level concepts for fashion, editorial, and entertainment.

Lena Lauer

Lena is a dance artist who has created and performed work from the Sonoran desert of the Southwest to the Andes Mountains of South America.  Her latest project is serving as co-founder of The Lovelies, New York City’s foremost dance compositional improvisation company.  In New York, Lauer has produced work at venues such as Dance New Amsterdam, The Tank, Judson Church and Gowanus Art + Production, where her incorporation of the aerial arts, modern dance, improvisation, inventive partnering and sound scores provide a foundation for Lena’s aesthetic.  She has taught at Ohio Northern University, as well as Lima City Schools in Ohio and The Ohio State University where she was also commissioned to set original choreography for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Lena will be presenting work this Fall at Triskelion Arts and curates for the FIGMENT project every summer on Governor’s Island.

Earl Mosley

Fredrick Earl Mosley, Born in Raleigh, NC and is one of New York’s respected choreographers and teachers. He was honored as the 2005 teacher of the year by Dance Teacher Magazine! Mosley has received numerous awards from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Connecticut Commission of the Arts. He just received the Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award from the Connecticut Dance Alliance 2012. He is founder and director of both Diversity of Dance Inc., and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts; which is celebrating its eight season as one of the nation’s leading new summer intensives serving 140 students annually and recognized as a serious summer program by Dance Magazine.

He has had works presented at such venues as the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, City Center (NYC), Aaron Davis Hall, Whitney Museum, The Ailey School, and Ballet Hispanico School. His teaching and choreographic talents have taken him to such noted institutions as the Alvin Ailey Fordham/BFA Program, Ohio University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wesleyan University, Montclair State University, Long Island University(Brooklyn Campus), Interlochen Arts Academy, Tokyo School of Music, Bat-Door Studios, Israel, University of Oklahoma, S.U.N.Y. Purchase College, to name a few. He is currently on faculty at the Ailey School, Long Island University, and Education Center of the Arts. He has set works on such companies as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater Studio Company, Dallas Black Dance Theater, Ailey II, Florida Dance Theater, Edge Works Dance. He is very proud to have just launched his new endeavor; Life Dance Company- Dance for a Cancer-Free World.

Brooke Wendle

A former Rockette at Radio City Music Hall, Brooke Wendle recently returned from Macau, China where she was the Associate Director of Franco Dragone’s Taboo. Brooke is the Supervising Choreographer of America’s Got Talent and is currently in her fourth season with the show under Creative Director Brian Burke. Her choreography has appeared on TV’s shows such as Orange Is The New Black, Eastbound and Down, The Carrie Diaries and Dancing with the Stars. Brooke was also Associate Choreographer on episodes of Gossip Girl and Rescue Me.

For the Stage, Brooke has choreographed Adam Lambert’s GlamNation World Tourandis collaborating with Adam on his upcoming tour starting in 2016. Other credits include RENT in Shanghai, China, Rebel Bingo in New York and London and Cirque Du Soleil’s Delirium as Dance Supervisor. Additionally, Brooke was honored to teach and train the fabulous Emily Padgett, for Flashdance The Musical. In Film, Brooke was the Associate Choreographer on The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty starring Kristen Wiig and Ben Stiller and danced in Winter’s Tale starring Colin Farrell.

Brooke will be collaborating with the Brooklyn Nets dancers for the upcoming NBA season and you can see her choreography on I Am Cait for the E! network as well as Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris on NBC.

As a performer, Brooke was seen on Broadway in Aida, Wicked The Musical and Guys and Dolls. She performed live with P!nk, P-Diddy, Britney Spears at the MTV Video Music Awards, and at the American Music Awards with Adam Lambert. She choreographed and danced in two music videos for Mr. Lambert, For Your Entertainment and If I Had You. Brooke was featured in national commercials for E-Trade and Joe Boxer and danced with Mia Michaels’ dance company R.A.W.

Originally from Texas, she is thrilled and honored to be a part of the Joffrey School.

Adrienne Hurd

Adrienne Hurd is a native New Yorker; She began her training studying at the Joffery Ballet School, School of American Ballet and the Alvin Ailey School, all on Scholarship. She has danced with The Neubert Ballet, Dance Brazil, Ailey II, The Jamison Project, and Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance. She worked with Judith Jamison as an assistant and rehearsal director for The Jamison Project. She has worked with Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Michael Peters, Paula Abdul, Twyla Tharp, Garth Fagan, Donald McKayle, Graciela Daniele, Jeff Calhoun, Vince Patterson, and Earl Mosley. She has appeared in the Broadway shows Down To Earth, Dangerous Games and Annie Get your Gun. She has taught at the University of Minnesota, Open Look Dance Festival St. Petersburg, Russia, Dance New Amsterdam, JKO school at ABT, ABT Summer Intensive NYC, Professional Performing Arts School, Ailey Extension, The Ailey School and Rasta Thomas’ “Rock The Ballet”. She has choreographed dance pieces for The Ailey School Junior Division, ABT Summer Intensive NYC, Professional Performing Arts School, The United Arts Counsel, Nomad Contemporary Ballet Company and U of Minnesota. Adrienne and her husband Lutin Tanner are choreographers for The Middle Collegiate Arts Ministry. She has choreographed the original musicals; The Lost Boys at the Medicine Show Theatre, Eclipsed at the Abington Theatre, and Open Rehearsal at the Theatre for the New City.

Alison Mixon

Alison Mixon’s passion for dance began as a scholarship student at the School of Cleveland San Jose Ballet, School of American Ballet, Chautauqua Institution, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School. In 1999, She moved to New York City to study at The Juilliard School and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003. Since graduation, Alison has performed for dance, opera, musical theater, and entertainment companies nationwide. She just finished performing in Josephine, an exciting new musical about Josephine Baker. Alison has performed for Paramount Pictures, NBC/Universal, Disneyland Entertainment, The Metropolitan Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Dodgers Theatrical, Music Circus, Pasadena Playhouse, and Theater League. In addition to performing, Alison enjoys teaching dance to students of all ages. Her teaching credits include: Alvin Ailey’s Teen Extension, Arts in Education & AileyCamp, The Joffrey School: Jazz and Contemporary Program, Harlem School of the Arts, Stage Coach Theatre Arts Schools and several studios in the tri-state area. Alison is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists, and American Guild of Variety Artists. Please, visit www.alisonmixon.com for more information.

Andrea Weber

Andrea Weber was a dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2004 – 2011, performing roles in over 25 works. Andrea is on faculty of the Merce Cunningham Trust, teaching Cunningham Technique at New York City Center and at The Joffrey Ballet Trainee program. She has also taught at Brown University, Skidmore College, the American Dance Festival, Salem State College and Dance New Amsterdam. Andrea has staged Pond Way for Ballett am Rhein in Dusseldorf and Suite for Five for the CNSMD in Lyon. She has also danced with Coleman & Lemieux Compagnie, Dance Heginbotham, Queen of the Night, Jessica Lang Dance, Cornfield Dance, Jonah Bokaer and Charlotte Griffin.

Beatrice Capote

Beatrice Capote (dancer/teaching artist/choreographer): is a native of West New York, NJ where she began her dance training at Amaryllis Dance Academy. She then continued her dance training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center junior division program and was featured in the book “Attitude, eight young dancers come of age at the Ailey school” by Katherine Davis Fishman.
Upon completion of training, Ms. Capote graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and from Montclair State University with a degree in Dance Education. Professionally, Ms. Capote has performed with the following Artists/Companies: INSPIRIT, a dance company under the direction of Christal Brown and was appointed rehearsal director, Camille A. Brown and dancers, Toni Renee Johnson’s Mavericks dance company, Dawud Jackson’s Wells Performance Project, Sita Frederick’s Areytos Performance Works, Earl Mosley’s Life Dance Company, assisted Matthew Rushing (Alvin Ailey company member) for the Park Avenue Armory Gala event, Antonio Brown, and toured with Kyle Abraham/ Abraham.In.Motion Commercially, She performed in Central Park for the Shinnyo Lantern Floating for Peace in which was streamed live on ABC news.
Ms. Capote has taught different genres of dance through Arts in Education Programs at the Ailey School, Sociedad Educativa de las Artes, Children’s Aid Society, Bronx Charter School of the Arts, and YMCA. She worked as an after-school Program Coordinator at South Bronx Economic Development Corporation, overseeing several Arts and Education programs.
Choreographically, Ms. Capote choreographed and performed her solo work as a guest artist for ASHA Dance Company and the Eric Dolphy Jazz Festival. She received a grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to choreograph and show new works at the Pier 17 South Street Seaport. In addition, she has set her works at the Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts Summer Intensive Program and Fort Wayne Ballet Summer Intensive Program.
Currently, she is faculty at the Alvin Ailey School, Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University, performing with Camille A. Brown and Dancers, and performing her solo work at different venues.

Bradley Shelver

Also a Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Instructor, as well as a Joffrey San Francisco Instructor and Choreographer.

Bradley Shelver (South Africa) trained at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg and The Ailey School. He has danced with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Company, Elisa Monte Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, The Francesca Harper Project, Limón Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theater (UK) and in projects with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. Lar Lubovich Dance, The Universal Ballet, Radio City Music Hall and in productions with the Mark Morris Dance Group. He currently dances as a soloist for The Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Mr Shelver is an international touring solo artist and has choreographed works for companies in the USA, Israel, Sweden, Denmark and Italy, including; Ballet Austin, Lustig Dance Theater, Compania Rio Danca, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Cape Dance Company, Cedar Lake 2, Sobers & Godley Dance, as well as creating works for the Royal Danish, Royal Swedish Ballet Schools, Joffrey Ballet School, The Ailey School, Long Island University. He is the founder of Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater, and the Artistic Director of the STEPS Repertory Ensemble as well as Production Director for Steps on Broadway. He is on the Faculty of schools and universities worldwide having taught for ABT, Royal Danish and Royal Swedish Ballet Schools, Ateballeto, Mathew Bourne’s “Adventures in Motion Pictures”, The Ailey School, La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts, Joffrey Ballet School, Bikuratim (Israel), Centro Coregrafico (Brazil) amongst others. He is co-producer and Curator for the annual REVERBdance Festival and has written a monthly column for Dance Spirit Magazine. His book, “Performance Through the Dance Technique of Lester Horton” is available worldwide.

Brian Reeder

Also a NYC Ballet Instructor.

Brian Reeder was born in Sunbury, Pennsylvania and began his dance training with Marcia Dale Weary at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. After attending American Ballet Theatre’s Summer Programs, he then studied at the School of American Ballet. Before joining American Ballet Theatre (1994-2003), Mr. Reeder performed as a soloist with William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt (1990-1993) and also danced with New York City Ballet (1986-1990).

As a choreographer Mr. Reeder has created nine original works for ABT II and a pas de deux for American Ballet Theatre’s Spring Gala (2007), accompanied by world-renown concert pianist Lang Lang. Brian was the recipient of a New York Choreographic Institute Fellowship Grant (2005) in collaboration with the Washington Ballet, where he has done several works on the main company as well as their second company. He has also created and restaged his ballets on Pacific Northwest Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet Grandiva and Ballet Pacifica. A new piece for Sacramento Ballet will be presented thanks to the generous gift of a Jerome Robbins Foundation Grant.

In addtion, Mr. Reeder’s work has been produced three times by the Works and Process series at the Guggenheim Museum, one of which was done in collaboration with modern choreographer, Pam Tanowitz. > Brian has taught and choreographed at multiple ballet academies, regional dance companies and prestigious universities including Brown University, Emory University, Barnard College and The Columbia Ballet Collaborative. Also, this Fall Goucher College will perform a new work by Mr. Reeder. > Brian was involved with the ABT Education Department’s Make a Ballet program (2004-2006), is currently on staff at ABT’s Summer Intensives in NYC and is the Coordinating Director of Dance Bermuda, ABT’s International Summer Dance Intensive.

He has been a guest teacher at several institutions: The Alvin Ailey School, School at STEPS, Studio Maestro, Orange County High School of the Arts, Newark Arts High School, Icelantic National Ballet Company , Peridance Capezio Center and the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Company. > Mr. Reeder had the pleasure of creating the choreographic sequences for the independent film “American Primitive”. He also recently made the dance moves for a music video, “Brit Slap”, performed by American Idol contestant, Norman Gentle. Brian was honored to let his work process be the focus of Elliot Caplan’s unconventional 18 hour documentary project, “15 Days of Dance: The Making of Ghost Light”. Selected sections of the film have been screened at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and will also be shown in venues to be announced in the near future.

Gabriela Garcia

Also an Instructor for the NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive.

Gabriela is a native of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.  She is a former cast member and dance captain for CHICAGO the Musical on Broadway and National Tours.   She has worked with celebrities such as George Hamilton, Marilou Henner, Hal Linden, Taye Digs, Usher, Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze, Brooke Shields and more.  She is currently Co-Founder/Director of R.Evolución Latina (RL), a nonprofit organization making a difference through the arts.  Gabriela has brought the RL mission to her city of La Paz and surrounding areas by teaching workshops at community centers as well as offering master classes in dance to the local dance community. Her training begun under the RAD syllabus and followed at San Francisco Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She has taught Classical Ballet, Jazz and Musical theater at schools across Germany, Austria, Mexico, Peru and in New York at STEPS, PACE, Ellison Ballet, BDC and Arias Dance NYC. Gabriela danced with various groups in Mexico, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Tanzforum der Oper Koeln in Cologne. She has assisted Choreographers such as Ms. Ann Reinking and Baayork Lee. Her musical theater credits include Roman Holiday (Guthrie), West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing…, Caroussel and the Vienna, and Mexico City companies of CHICAGO where she played the role of Velma Kelly in their original language.  She also staged the Dusseldorf Company of CHICAGO. As a voice over actor her voice can be heard in numerous TV commercials and radio spots for the Hispanic market.  Her film credits include WHAT EVER LOLA WANTS (Tribeca film festival) and ENCHANTED. She’s a passionate teacher, inspiring, mentoring and instilling her values and work ethic into the new generation of dancers.  She is a recipient of El Diario’s 2010 Mujeres Destacadas award and an advisory board member for the Broadway League’s VIVA BROADWAY initiative.

Jay T Jenkins

The creator of the “JAZZ FUNK” style. Jay T trained as a musician in piano, trumpet and voice; He studied with Joe and Delores Benjamin – Joe having played with Duke Ellington. As a dancer he trained with Phil Black in Jazz and William Chaison (Alvin Ailey) and Joan Palladino for Modern. Jay T has developed a choreographic movement vocabulary that combines classical and stylized jazz, modern, tap & funk/hip hop and named it “JAZZ FUNK”. He choreographs in feature films, industrials, music videos and recording artist’s concert tours. He has worked with Prince, Salt N’ Pepa, Kool Moe Dee, Cyndi Lauper, Jennifer Lopez, Color Me Badd and many others. Currently, he is one of the choreographers for the “New Electric Company.“

He attributes his success in staging movement for musicians without detracting from their playing live to his own experiences as a musician. He has choreographed concert pieces for Ohio State University, Princeton University, Montclair State Unitversity, DeSales University, Bolles Dance Theater (Florida) and many others. Jay T is recognized around the world for his style – he was the first American to tour Siberia, Russia to teach Jazz Funk, classic Jazz, Musical Theater and Hip Hop. He has taught in Egypt, Malaysia, Moscow, Paris, Italy, Zurich, Osaka and Tokyo. He is in constant demand in the States both commercially and for Colleges and Performing Arts Schools, teaching a variety of styles. His in-depth knowledge of classic jazz, musical theater and as one of the creators in hip hop have allowed Jay T to choreograph and teach in all venues; from the classroom to the concert stage, from the studio to the soundstage. Presently on staff at Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey Studios and Montclair State University, Jay T continues sharing his experiences with both the student and the professional. His versatility is rarely found and always appreciated.

Jean Emile

J. Jean F. Emile has danced in the Netherlands Dance Theater from the years 1985-1996 while having danced in La Compania Nacional de Danza during that time in 1991-1992. He was contracted as a talent scout for the Cirque Du Soleil from the years 1996-2006 while also working casting “A New Day” starring Celine Dion at the Caesar’s Palace in LAs Vegas for the company, Dragone.

Joanna Numata

Also a NYC Ballet Instructor.

Joanna Numata’s love of dance lead her to train extensively in hip hop, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and african. Her hard work and tenacity paid off when she was invited into Rhapsody James’s company. This opportunity allowed her to gain the experience and training she would need for the commercial dance world. Joanna has had the privilege of working with such artists as Kanye West, Beyonce, Rihanna, Fergie, Black Eyed Peas, Busta Rhymes, Nelly, Pharrel, Cassie and Dirty Money to name a few. She has also worked on the feature films, Step Up 3D, I AM Legend, The Smurfs and Friends with Benefits. Some other credits include the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, “Fashion Rocks,””MTV VMA’s,””SNL,””Law & Order,”“How to make it in America,”“Jimmy Fallon show,” Dr.Scholls national commercial, and industrials for Tommy Hilfiger, L’Oreal, Nexxus, Nike, Adidas, Sobe Lifewater and Equinox. She now wants to share her love of movement and musicality with the world, and give other young dancers the tools and opportunities they need in order to be successful in the dance industry. Joanna has primed herself by teaching at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance and various studios all around the world.

Juan Carlos Penuela

A native of Cali, Colombia, Juan Carlos Peñuela began dancing at the age of 12 with Incolballet, a ballet-centered secondary school. After graduation, Mr. Peñuela was invited to join Colombia’s National Company as a soloist, Ballet de Cali, by Artistic Director, Gloria Castro where he performed in a variety of leading roles in contemporary works as well as classical pieces, including the principal male in Les Sylphides, Colin in La Fille Mal Gardée, and Franz in Coppélia.
Mr. Peñuela has also danced with the Ballet Arizona in Phoenix, Dance Theater of Harlem, Pennsylvania Ballet & Maximum Dance Ballet Gamon.
In 2001 and 2002, Mr. Peñuela was selected to represent his native Colombia by performing in the Festival Internacional de Ballet de Miami, featuring dancers from more than a dozen countries worldwide.
Juan Carlos has been guest Ballet Master and Repetitur with Compania Colombiana de Ballet – Incolballet in Colombia, Chamber Dance Project, Lexington Ballet, The Ajkun Ballet Theatre in New York City, Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre, Ena Ballet Company in Japan and Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts International Summer Intensive in Kent, CT.
In 2011, he was invited to Malaysia where he was Guest Ballet master at their International festival, restaging Don Quixote and coaching artists from all over the world for their International Gala of the Stars.
Mr. Peñuela will be the official Ballet master at “Performing in Chicago” International Workshop 2011, presented by DManagement, as well as their Australian & Scottish Festival in 2012.
Juan Carlos is currently the official ballet master of the annual International Ballet Festival of Colombia in South America and with Ballet Hispanico Company and School.

Additional information about Juan Carlos Peñuela can be found at www.jcpenuela.webs.com

Karen Gayle

Also, a NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor.

Originally from Toronto, Karen began her formal training in the Claude Watson Arts Program. After moving to New York, she furthered her studies at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School. Karen has had the honor of working with such choreographers as Earl Mosley, Ronald K. Brown and Tony winner Hinton Battle. Karen has taught at Ballet Hispanico, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Ailey Extension, The School at Columbia University, Horace Mann, New Dance Group, and is currently a faculty member at Steps on Broadway, Montclair State University and Marymount Manhattan College. She has had the opportunity to guest teach and choreograph across the U.S. and abroad, including Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Italy, Cyprus, and Israel and recent commissions include: The Steps Repertory Ensemble, Steffi Nossen, Earl Haig High School, Montclair State University and the Harvard Ballet Company. Most recently, she choreographed the original production of The Boston Tea Party Opera for the NY Fringe Festival. As artistic director of the xodus dance collective, her choreography has been showcased at such venues as: The Ailey Theatre, Riverside Theatre, American Dance Guild Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Downtown Dance Festival, JPAC, Here Arts Center, The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto and the Inside/Out Festival at Jacob’s Pillow.

Kenichi Kasamatsu

Kenichi Kasamatsu, or Ken as most call him, is a half Japanese/Malaysian who was raised in Thailand for most of his life. Back at home Ken has set himself apart from the norm of dancers to go on dancing for Thailand’s most known artists, teaching at many studios both in and out of the capital, and also establishing a dance studio in partnership with his family. To pursue dance entirely, Ken made the move to New York in the spring of 2013. His most recent exposure includes being featured on The Today Show as one of the dancers for Andy Grammer’s performance, and Saturday Night Live as a featured dancer for Selena Gomez, Mark Ronson’s latest music video “I Can’t Lose” choreographed by the power dance couple, Keone and Mariel Madrid, teaching at The Yard convention alongside well known choreographers such as Sean Bankhead and Joesar Alva, and performing at Madison Square Garden for Latin artists Daddy Yankee and Maluma.
On this journey Ken has met and worked closely with a lot of amazing choreographers such as Neil Schwartz, Gigi Torres, Jared Jenkins, to name a few. He has made the cast to numerous performances in New York’s most hype dance events such as Carnival and Sybarite for the choreographers mentioned above. As a breakthrough to the world of creation and choreography, he has also presented pieces for Sybarite, been offered to teach workshops at various places and events; moreover gained the experience of being a judge alongside well known choreographers from the west coast, Sorah Yang and Aggie Loyola for a dance competition hosted by Stony Brook University: PUSO presents SAYAW 2014.

Having the dream of choreographing and teaching all around the world, Kenichi strongly believes in the idea of always staying a student and is consistently pushing himself past his limits by continuously taking classes that will benefit towards his skill and art form.

Lisa Donmall-Reeve

Lisa currently teaches the Youth Ballet Program, Joffrey Miami, Musical Theater LA, and NYC Ballet Intensives.

Lisa was born and raised in the UK and moved to New York in 2012.She trained at London Studio Center (London), The Conservatoire de Paris (with Matt Mattox), Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey in New York.

Lisa taught in London for over 15 years. Disciplines such as ;Matt Mattox jazz technique, Theatre Jazz,Contemporary and Tap at many of leading London performing arts colleges such as Millennium Performing Arts, Mountview , GSA, Urdang, London Studio Centre and of course AMTA.

She is currently a faculty member at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and has been for over 3 years ,teaching for them both in NYC and Miami on The Jazz and Contemporary ,Youth Ballet and for all their summer intensive courses.

Lisa is also a fully qualified Flybarre instructor at FlyWheelsports (NYC)

Her performing credits are:

NY/Regional credits : Mrs Corry in Mary Poppins (Ogunquit,Gateway,Music Hall) ; Ursula in Sweet Charity       (Engeman Theatre, NY); Mrs Gardiner in Pride and Prejudice (New World Stages, NY, staged reading)

West End credits include Velma Kelly in Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), 1st U/S Ulla in The Producers (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Elaine U/S Nicky in Sweet Charity (Victoria Palace), Louise/Shelia in Crazy for You (Prince Edward), 1st U/S Queen in My Fair Lady (NT and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Phyllis Fontaine in Once in a Lifetime (NT) ,Swing and U/S Roxie in Chicago (Adelphi), The Snowman (Peacock) International/UK touring/Regional credits include Judy U/S Cassie in A Chorus Line, Bombalurina in Cats, Irene in Crazy For You ,Helvetia Burrelli in The Rat Pack, Ann Reilly U/S Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, Lead Dancer/Dance Captain in The Opera Show , Sheila U/S Polly Baker in Crazy For You and ensemble in Anything Goes.

Lisa has performed the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago in many countries around the world including Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and Kuala Lumper, and is regarded as an expert of the ‘Fosse style’. She has worked with and assisted many leading choreographers including Susan Stroman, Matthew Bourne, Gillian Lynne, Baayork Lee, Chet Walker, Mitch Sebastian and Andrew Wright. She was the associate choreographer of Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, and has been choreographer or assistant choreographer on shows such as 42nd St, Crazy For You, Cats,A night of 1000 Voices, Carousel , Zombie Prom and recently a new show Siempre Navidad in Bogota,Colombia

She also wrote and successfully performed her own One Woman Show at the Bridewell,Leicester Square Theatre and The Delfont Room in London.

For more information www.lisadonmallreeve.com

Marijke Eliasberg

Marijke Eliasberg, a native of the Netherlands, Founder and Co-Artistic Director of The Next Stage Project (TNSP), has been dancing, teaching and choreographing for the past 14 years in New York City. In 2001 Marijke founded the global dance collective: The Next Stage Project (TNSP), which she co-directs with Jana Hicks. With TNSP, she travels around the world, teaching, creating and making exchange and performance projects possible.

Marijke holds a BFA in Physical Education with a specialization in Dance. She continued her Modern Dance studies at the Rotterdam Dance Academy (Codarts) and Dance Space Inc. in NYC. She has performed with numerous companies and choreographers including Jana Hicks, Pauline Levick, Nita Liem, Guido Tuveri, SunHwa Chung, Jenni Hong, Max Stone, and Kevin Wynn. Marijke currently is on faculty at Steps on Broadway, Peridance Center, and Ballet Arts. Other teaching credits include: and the Joffrey Ballet School Contemporary Program, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Forum, Florida State University in NYC, Dance New Jersey, Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts, and abroad: Theaterschool Amsterdam, Henny Jurriens Foundation, Rotterdam Dance Academie/CODARTS, the Holland Dance Festival among others. Her choreography has been shown in the USA, Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden, France, Japan, and India.

Winston Brown

Dancer, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, started dancing at Smith Sisters Dance Studio. He continued his training at the Missouri State Ballet, the University of Missouri Kansas City, where he received his BFA, and The Center Dance under the mentorship of Tyrone Aiken. Mr. Brown has participated in numerous intensive programs – Kansas City Ballet, Alonzo King’s pre-professional program, Ailey summer intensive as three time fellowship recipient and the Ballet and Modern programs at Jacobs Pillow as the inaugural recipient of the Lorna Strassler Award. Mr. Brown has worked with the Wylliams/Henry Danse Theatre, Deeply Rooted Productions, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Metropolitan Opera House, TU Dance, CorbinDances, IMDT( irish modern dance theater), Ben Munisteri dance projects , Taylor 2 & most recently Dance Heginbotham, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Pilobolus, Sean Curran Co.,Opera Theater St. Louis and Kyle Abraham/ A.I.M. Mr. Brown is excited to be back in New York as a freelance artist. “nothing to prove, only to share”

Nicole Wolcott

Nicole Wolcott is a choreographer, teacher and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. Called “One of today’s finest dance comedians and a knockout dancer,” by the New York Times, Nicole has enjoyed a long career with dance companies, rock bands and video artists around the country and been the subject of a feature article DANCE TEACHER magazine. After creating their signature work, Straight Duet, together in 2002, Larry Keigwin and Nicole co-founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003; She was the Associate Artistic Director and a featured dancer until 2013. Nicole continues to assist Larry on a variety of projects outside of the company’s framework; most recently the Broadway production of If/Then starring Idina Menzel, The work closest to her heart is creating Boleros in communities around the country with Larry, based on their large scale signature work with 50 New York community members “Bolero NYC.” Wolcott’s choreography has been performed at a range of venues from The Kennedy Center to CBGB’s with critical acclaim.
In addition to dancing with KEIGWIN + COMPANY, other highlights of her career include performing at the Metropolitan Opera House under the direction of Mark Dendy, working with site- specific choreographer Noemie Lafrance; being a featured dancer in Doug Elkin’s original “Fraulein Maria;” appearing in music videos and concerts with the art rock phenomenon FischerSpooner; and being a featured dancer in “Across the Universe,” an Oscar nominated film by director Julie Taymor.

She enjoys teaching at private studios and universities in New York City including NYU and Princeton as well as traveling the country as a guest artist. A pet project for Nicole is directing the KEIGWIN + COMPANY Summer Intensive at The Juilliard School each year ( keigwinandcompany.com)

Mia Michaels

From the screen to the stage, Mia has transformed dance into inspired and unique works of passion and beauty. This year will mark a highly anticipated stage venture that will propel this multiple Emmy award winner to even further heights as one of our most sought after innovators, not only in the world of dance, but in the entire entertainment industry.

In 2015, Mia joined forces as choreographer with dream team Harvey Weinstein, Diane Paulus, and Barry Weissler for the hugely successful Broadway musical FINDING NEVERLAND. She choreographed a special preview of the song, “Neverland” for the 68th Tony Awards featuring Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, as well as served as guest choreographer of the opening number for the Rockettes Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall and as guest artist and mentor at Broadway at the White House hosted by Michelle Obama, Kristen Chenoweth, and Matthew Morrison.

Mia has served as the ever-popular judge and contributing choreographer for Fox’s award winning hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” (SYTYCD). Not only has Mia won three Emmy awards for Outstanding Choreography for her work on SYTYD, but her role in SYTYCD contributed to the show receiving the “Best Reality TV Show” award at the 2008 Reality TV Show Awards. Additionally, her brilliant choreography and huge fan-base in Canada has led her to share her talents for a reoccurring role as judge and guest choreographer with SYTYCD Canada for the entirety of the four year series. Mia also directed and choreographed a dream sequence with Hugh Laurie for the hit television show, HOUSE MD, entitled “Get Happy.”

Mia’s choreography was showcased when she reunited with her SYTYCD judge alumnus, Adam Shankman, in the big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, ROCK OF AGES. Her moves were showcased by the star-studded cast, which includes Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones. She followed that with a co-starring role in Summit Entertainment’s STEP UP 4.

She directed and choreographed Blake McGrath’s Relax video, which was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards. Other work in film and television includes: “Cool Women” for AMC/DreamWorks Television, and award winning commercials for Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Bacardi, Coldwell Banker, Ziploc, the WNBA, Star TV and VISA.

Mia choreographed the most notable Celine Dion show, A New Day, which played at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for over five years and received stunning reviews. The New York Times raved, “The greatest pleasure…was the go for-broke physicality of the choreography”. The show featured a cast of 50 dancers with two hours of pure dance artistry. Other shows featuring Mia’s choreography include Celine Dion’s world Tour, Taking Chances and Cirque du Soleil’s first touring show, Delirium, which premiered in March 2006. She has also created works for numerous recording artists including Madonna, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Anna Vissi, and Prince.

Mia’s dedication to the art of dance naturally carries a presence in the dance concert arena. Included in her diverse concert and stage work was the critically acclaimed New York based dance company, RAW, for which she was the founder, artistic director, and choreographer; the Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of “Hello Dolly!” starring Tovah Feldshuh; Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal; and Jazz Dance Chicago. Recently, Mia was honored with the prestigious Tom Adams award for her dedication to TITAS and the arts. The La Fete du Ballet chairs, Ambassador Ron Kirk and Matrice Ellis-Kirk, presented the award.

Mia’s expertise in the area of dance has made her a highly sought after guest instructor and choreographer worldwide. She has held faculty positions at prestigious institutions of dance around the world including Alvin Ailey, the Joffrey Ballet, and International Dance Festivals all over the world. Mia continues to teach inspirational master classes worldwide. Every year Mia is on faculty for the Jump International Tour with Break the Floor Productions for 100,000 aspiring dancers. This dynamic and unique weekend dance event features the top choreographers and instructors within the dance industry. Her students and peers around the world have noted her as a memorable influence. She has a way of touching people’s lives with passion, emotional expression and style of dance.

Mia is currently working on writing a book, which will be a memoir that will certainly inspire dance professionals and fans throughout the world.

Adult Fitness Jazz Instructor

JoiLynn Hopkins

JoiLynn trained at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory, and The Ailey School before studying Haitian folklore with Ase Dance Theatre Collective and hip hop styles in the underground scene of NYC. She has been a featured dancer for numerous venues including projects for Kiesza,Parliament, Target, Regis and Kelly, Rachel Ray,  The David Letterman Show, Maybelline, Impulse
Dance Company, Balance Dance Theatre, JuxtaPower, Jazz Ain’t Dead, “Holler if You Hear Me” based on the work of Tupac Shakur, “Journey to the West” based on the life of Bruce Lee, The Apollo Club, and music videos for Jay-Z, Shakti, and Laura Pausini.  She is also a core dancer for recording artist Kiesza. As director of JoiLynn Productions, she produces provocative and innovative dance based projects and is known as a “sci-fi “ choreographer creating projects that have a distinct conceptual message, are entertaining, and celebrate the technicality and artistry of dance. As a choreographer her work has been featured in projects such as “The Rainbow Project’ in Barbados, The Ladies Of Hip Hop Festival, DC Fringe Festival, for recording artists Sofi Green and Mental™, for “The Shipment” a play by Young Jean Lee and the musical “Loving You” presented by The Riant Theatre, at Sol Afrik: African Fashion Week in NYC, and “Michael and Michael have issues“ on Comedy Central. She is a sought after teaching artist who has taught workshops in Barbados and throughout the US at schools such as New Jersey Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School. She also has a passion for sci fi, action, and fantasy films using her mastery of movement to enhance her experience as an actress and is a vocalist featured in music with recording artist Caktuz, General Steele of Smif-N-Wessun, and afro beat sensation Wunmi.

Check her out at JoiLynn.com

Youth Jazz and Contemporary Instructor

Sekou McMiller

At the forefront of a new movement in the Latin dance world. Sekou’s unique style of Latin dance rich with Afro-Carribean essence and laced with techniques from many genres of dance combined with his explosive energy on and off stage, has earned Sekou’s dancing and instructing broad recognition World-wide. Sekou made his NYC Off-Broadway debut and International Tour with Celia the Musical. He is the founder and artist director of Proyecto Descarga, an Internationally recognized Afro-Latin Dance Company. Sekou has performed and choreographed for Top latin artist such as Gilberto Santa Rosa, Willie Colon, Cheo Feliciano, Johnny Pacheco, Tito Rojas, Tito Nieves, PitBull and the pop icon MADONNA. In addition Sekou has worked with the Radio City Rockettes and has over 14 years of instructing and performing at Latin Dance Conventions all over North and South America, Europe and Asia. Also he has conducted Master Classes in New York, Chicago, LA, Seoul, Tokyo, San Diego, Seattle, Beijing, Singapore, Mumbai, Miami, Shanghai, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Boston, Manchester, Warsaw, Mexico City, Puerto Rico, Rome, Paris, Brussels and many other international hubs of dance. As a current faculty member at the Peridance Capezio Center NYC, Sekou has developed a curriculum for his trademark Contemporary Afro Latin Fusion Style. He also instructs at Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey (Summer 2014) and NYU.

Children's Dance Instructor

Eva “Busta Moves” Moore

Also a Youth Jazz and Contemporary Instructor.

Trained in house, hip hop and breakdancing Eva Bust a’ Move, who is originally from Guatemala and now a Harlem b-girl is a powerhouse of a performer. Outside of bringing her unique style to the Haus of Sweat, Eva Bust a’ Move is an apprentice for Ephrat Asherie Dance Company, teaches hip hop to teens and is a flash mob choreographer.

Youth Jazz and Contemporary Instructor

Emily Bufferd

A Producer, Choreographer, Teacher, and Performer, Emily Bufferd is the Producer of The Young Choreographer’s Festival, an annual event held in NYC presenting the most up and coming 18-25 year old choreographers, and the Artistic Director of BEings dance; a concert company presenting work in many genres.

“Emily Bufferd continues to impact the New York dance scene.” – Examiner.com

Emily’s concert choreography has been presented at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joyce SoHo, Symphony Space, the 92nd St. Y, New York Moves, The Showcase Series presented by :pushing progress, The Choreographer’s Canvas, The Gershwin Hotel, The Elan Summer Dance Festival, and Boston Contemporary Dance Festival, among others, and has been commissioned for dance companies and private studios around the country and abroad.

Emily has been featured by Dance Spirit, Dance Informa, and Dance Mogul Magazine, as well as on the television show ‘Inside NYC Dance’ for her work with The Young Choreographer’s Festival.

“Emily Bufferd, the festival producer and an emerging choreographer herself, did an outstanding job of collecting the talent for this showcase of young voices.” – Dance Informa.

She has served on the selection committees for the 2010-2014 Wave Rising Series and as a guest host for the Hatch Presenting Series at Jennifer Muller/The Works Studio.  She is also the Co-Producer of APAP at Peridance Capezio Center.

As a dancer, Emily has been on The View with recording artist Outkast, The 2013 Beanstalk Foundation Event, World Dance Movement Gala/Jason Parsons, Carnival/Choreographer’s Ball, International Dance Festival, and has had the pleasure of working with Choreographers such as Michèle Assaf, Jaqueline Baligian, Sheila Barker, Bruno Collinet, Ginger Cox, Pam Chancey, and Shelly Hutchinson, among others.  She has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kravis Center, Lincoln Center, Hollywood PAC, and The Variety Arts Theater, and has appeared in print and online media for World Dance Movement and The Ailey Extension.

Emily can currently be found working on several upcoming projects and teaching in NYC. www.emilybufferd.com

Adult Fitness Dance and Cardio & Conditioning Instructor

Candace Tabbs

An A.C.E. certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, Candace got hooked on fitness, teaching group fitness classes and personal training by way of dance. After earning her B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior with a minor in Dance at Barnard College, Candace performed with and taught for companies including Jamie J & Co., abunDANCE Dance Company, Movement of the People Dance Company and Dances for a Variable Population. Combining her love of movement, promoting healthy self-esteem and active lifestyles, Candace currently teaches a variety of fitness classes including Bootcamp, Indoor Cycling, Cardio Kick Boxing, Hip Hop dance, and Body Sculpting. When not teaching at Joffrey Queens, you can find Candace teaching HIIT classes at FitRxN as well as dance to young people and seasoned movers throughout New York City.

Akop Akopian

Graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Yerevan State Choreographic College. Had the privilege to study under two of A.Vaganova’s former students: the ballet legends F.Balabina, and N.Dudinskaya. Mr. Akopian also had the privilege to study under K. Sergeyev, W. Zimin, N. Serebryanikov and N. Mehrabyan.

Mr. Akopian is on faculty: Joffrey Ballet School Trainee program. NYC. JBS Master Teacher program.
Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet NYC.

Upon graduation from the Vaganova Academy, he became a leading dancer in the Armenian National Theater Opera and Ballet in Yerevan. In 1991 he danced with classic ballet de Montreal. In 1993 he was invited to Germany to join the Thuringian State Ballet. For the following seven years he became one of the most acclaimed principal dancers of the company. Mr. Akopian received the best dancer of the year award in 1997 and 1999, was praised in many European magazines and in a book entitled Musis-Sacrum published in Germany. In 2000, Mr. Akopian danced with Ballet New York. In 2001 he was invited to join GRBC and for his work there he was recognized in many ballet magazines and other media sources.

As a guest artist Mr. Akopian has danced in numerous international galas around the world. He has had the opportunity to work with numerous ballet masters and choreographers including Dietmar Seyffert, Ludmilla Sakharova, Anahit Grigorian, Vilen Galstyan, Martin Wennde, Peter Martins, Judith Fugate and Nina Strogonova. The leading roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, The Nutcracker, Eugene Onegin, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille Mal Gardee, Fierbird, Scherheresade, Paquita, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Enigma, Antuny, Wolfe, Ara Beautiful, Cinderella, various Balanchine pieces were among the roles Mr. Akopian danced throughout his career.
Since 2004 Mr. Akopian has choreographed a variety of original pieces for professional dancers and companies. Two of Mr. Akopian’s ballets that are cherished by audience are his full-length Nutcracker and his original full-length ballet, The Jungle Book – Mowgli. In 2014 Mr. Akopian choreographed two original ensemble pieces for the Youth American Grand Prix: “Time and “Russian Milk Maids”, placed third and in the top twelve. Both pieces were praised by the judges for creativity, choreography, presentation, beautiful lines and technique and were selected to finals in New York City Mr. Akopian worked as a Founder Artistic Director and Board of Directors member of Michigan Ballet Academy.
He is very committed to excellence, likes to share his rich stage experience and feels very proud of his students who perform professionally in various ballet companies after studying under his guidance.

Stacy Caddell

Stacy Caddell is a native of Norfolk, Virginia where she began her dance training at the age of 5.  She later went to the School of American Ballet and was invited to join the New York City Ballet by George Balanchine.  Stacy was promoted to soloist and danced many principal roles.  She later left NYCB and joined Twyla Tharp and Dancers.  She performed all over the world including a tour with Mikhail Baryshnikov in the show “Cutting Up”.  Stacy stopped performing and assisted Ms. Tharp at American Ballet Theater on “Known by Heart” and at NYCB on “Beethoven’s Seventh”.  Ms. Caddell also became the Dance Supervisor on the Broadway show “Movin’ Out” and staged it’s first National tour.  She then became a repetiteur for Ms. Tharp staging her ballets for NYCB, ABT, Royal Danish Ballet, Maggio Danza, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Zurich Ballet, Ballet de Geneva, Berlin Stattsoper, Vienna Stattsoper, Ballet de Lorraine, Introdans, Sommerballet, Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theater, the Washington Ballet and the Nashville Ballet.  Ms. Caddell also stages ballets for the Balanchine Trust.  These ballets include “Serenade”, “Symphony in C”, “Allegro Brilliante”, “Tin Soldier” and “The Nutcracker”.  Stacy has also choreographed the opera “Aida”, two episodes on the HBO series “The Sopranos”, the short film “Central Park” and four ballets for Ballet Academy East.  She is currently the ballet master for the Joffrey Concert Group under the direction of Davis Robertson.

Gabriela Garcia

Also an Instructor for the NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive.

Gabriela is a native of La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.  She is a former cast member and dance captain for CHICAGO the Musical on Broadway and National Tours.   She has worked with celebrities such as George Hamilton, Marilou Henner, Hal Linden, Taye Digs, Usher, Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze, Brooke Shields and more.  She is currently Co-Founder/Director of R.Evolución Latina (RL), a nonprofit organization making a difference through the arts.  Gabriela has brought the RL mission to her city of La Paz and surrounding areas by teaching workshops at community centers as well as offering master classes in dance to the local dance community. Her training begun under the RAD syllabus and followed at San Francisco Ballet School and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. She has taught Classical Ballet, Jazz and Musical theater at schools across Germany, Austria, Mexico, Peru and in New York at STEPS, PACE, Ellison Ballet, BDC and Arias Dance NYC. Gabriela danced with various groups in Mexico, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Tanzforum der Oper Koeln in Cologne. She has assisted Choreographers such as Ms. Ann Reinking and Baayork Lee. Her musical theater credits include Roman Holiday (Guthrie), West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing…, Caroussel and the Vienna, and Mexico City companies of CHICAGO where she played the role of Velma Kelly in their original language.  She also staged the Dusseldorf Company of CHICAGO. As a voice over actor her voice can be heard in numerous TV commercials and radio spots for the Hispanic market.  Her film credits include WHAT EVER LOLA WANTS (Tribeca film festival) and ENCHANTED. She’s a passionate teacher, inspiring, mentoring and instilling her values and work ethic into the new generation of dancers.  She is a recipient of El Diario’s 2010 Mujeres Destacadas award and an advisory board member for the Broadway League’s VIVA BROADWAY initiative.

Jean Emile

J. Jean F. Emile has danced in the Netherlands Dance Theater from the years 1985-1996 while having danced in La Compania Nacional de Danza during that time in 1991-1992. He was contracted as a talent scout for the Cirque Du Soleil from the years 1996-2006 while also working casting “A New Day” starring Celine Dion at the Caesar’s Palace in LAs Vegas for the company, Dragone.

Natiya Kezevadze

Natiya was born in Tbilisi, Georgia where she started her ballet training. At age 13 she was accepted to Vaganova Ballet Academy in Saint-Petersburg, Russia as a fellowship student. While at VBA, she performed with the Kirov Theatre, dancing both classical and character repertory.

After receiving her BFA degree, she joined Boris Eifman Ballet Company. In 2004 Natiya moved to New York to further her career in contemporary dance. While in New York City, she appeared in many dance projects and danced for numerous companies including Forces of Nature Dance Theater. In 2007 she joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

Desmond Richardson

Also directing: Complexions Contemporary Ballet, as well as instructing in the Joffrey Experience, and NYC Ballet Intensive.

Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the great modern dancers of his time”, Desmond Richardson is a multi talent artist who has mastered a wide range of dance forms including classical, modern, and contemporary. Richardson’s immense talent was first recognized as a student at New York High School for the Performing Arts during which time he received a merit scholarship from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center (1983-1986) and the International Academie des Tanz in Koln, Germany (1984-1985). He is also a recipient of a Presidential Scholar Award for the Arts (1986).

In 1987, Richardson joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where he was a principal dancer for seven years. After leaving the Ailey Company, he traveled to Germany where he performed with Ballet Frankfurt. Richardson has performed as a guest artist with several world-renowned companies including the Swedish Opera Ballet, the Washington Ballet, Teatro at La Scala, and the San Francisco Ballet.

In 1997, he joined the American Ballet Theater where he performed the lead role in the company’s world premiere of Othello. Following his performance, the New York Times described him as “one of the most majestic dancers ever to tread the MET Stage.”

In 1998, Richardson joined the premiere cast of the Broadway Musical Fosse for which he received a 1999 Tony Award Nomination. He has also appeared on Broadway in the musical, the Look of Love and the critically acclaimed Movin’ Out. He had a principal role in Debbie Allen’s theatrical presentation, Soul Possessed, which premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1999.

Richardson has worked in television, film, and video in the United States and abroad. These experiences have allowed him to perform with musical artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin, and Madonna. He is featured in Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi’s film, One Last Dance and the Oscar winning Chicago. He made his singing debut in Charles Randolph Wright’s 2005 film, Preaching to the Choir and performed the lead role of Beowulf in Julie Taymor’s Grendel at the LA Opera as well as in Taymor’s film, Across the Universe. He recently performed as a guest artist on So You Think You Can Dance in Australia and the United States.

Desmond Richardson is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the extraordinary Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company.

Wendy White

Wendy White Sasser began her dance training with the Alabama Dance Theatre in Montgomery, Alabama. She was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and was a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School and a fellowship student at The Ailey School before becoming a member of Ailey II. She then went on to perform with Donald Byrd/The Group and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, before joining the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. During her seven years with Ailey, she performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia in roles by many leading choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Dwight Rhoden, Twyla Tharp, Ulysses Dove and Alonzo King. Wendy rejoined Complexions in 2008 and remained a member until 2011. Since then, Wendy has enjoyed teaching for Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the Joffrey Experience and the Gelsey Kirkland Academy as well as guesting at the French Academie of Ballet, Broadway Dance Center and with the Alabama Dance Theatre. Most recently, Ms. White Sasser joined the faculty of Long Island College’s Brooklyn campus as an adjunct professor of ballet.

Mark Caserta

Mark Caserta, a native of Philadelphia, began his training at the Jason Douglas Dance Academy, where he studied tap, hip hop, and acrobatics. He furthered his training at the High School for Creative and Performing Arts and The Ailey School, on Fellowship Scholarship. Here he studied Horton, Graham, ballet, jazz, hip hop and African dance. He has also trained at Philadanco and Complexions Contemporary Ballet summer intensives.
In 2010, he graduated from the University of the Arts with a BFA in Ballet Performance. Mark was a member of Eleone Dance Theater from 2006-2010. He has guest performed with Pennsylvania Ballet, as well as choreographed on PA Ballet II. He is the recipient of the 2009 Rocky Award for outstanding dance performance in Philadelphia, the 2009 Patrick Swayze Scholarship, and the 2010 Pennsylvania Ballet Choreography Award. Mr. Caserta joined Complexions in 2010.

Patricia Hachey

Patricia Hachey joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2008 and performed with the company internationally across Europe, Russia, Australia, Israel, Egypt and the United States. During her time with the company, she had the privilege of performing with Artistic Director, Desmond Richardson, on So You Think You Can Dance in July 2009. Previously, Patricia danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for seven years, performing principal and soloist roles in a variety of works by Marius Petipa, George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp and Dwight Rhoden, among others. In addition to teaching dance, Patricia is a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-Hour level with Yoga Alliance. Trained in the YogaWorks method, she prioritizes alignment and thoughtful sequencing to offer students a challenging yet safe yoga practice. Patricia satisfies her curiosity for movement and the human body through continuing education workshops in anatomy, biomechanics and massage ball therapy.

Tyler Gilstrap

Tyler Gilstrap (Danville, VA) earned her BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University.  She was a founding member of Battleworks Dance Company (2001-2010), under the direction of Robert Battle.  Recently, she was the associate choreographer for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.  She was also the assistant choreographer for the film; ‘Love And Other Drugs’ and for the Italian San Remo TV Award show for three years in a row.  She has choreographed music videos for the artist Son Lux, Skyes, FireHorse and SENIT.  In 2012, she started her own performance group called TunanuT.  TunanuT has created and performed for such events as the Panoramic Music festival , Big Data 2015 tour, (Un)Scene art show, Ballroom Marfa, The Feast, and The Windmill Factory.   As a dancer, she has been featured in such films as ‘Across the Universe’,  ‘The Wackness,’ and the Italian TV show ‘Amici.’  She has been a guest artist with the Bavarian State Opera, Irish Modern Dance Theater, Azure Barton, New York Theater Ballet, Corbin Dances, and Amy Marshall Dance Company.  As a teacher, Tyler has taught improv, contemporary, and modern dance in Russia, Romania, Germany, Hungary, Italy and throughout the USA.  She also has been on faculty at Montclair State University, Joffrey Ballet School and Peridance Capezio.  
www.tylergilstrap.com

Gabrielle Lamb

Gabrielle Lamb, winner of a 2014 Princess Grace Award for Choreography, is a New York City-based choreographer and dancer.  Born in Savannah, Georgia, she was trained at the Boston Ballet School and joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal in 2000, earning her soloist promotion in 2003.  At the invitation of choreographer Christopher Wheeldon she moved to New York City in 2009 to join his company Morphoses.

Ms. Lamb, who began choreographing in 2005, has won the National Choreographic Competition of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2009 as well as, in 2013, First Prizes in Milwaukee Ballet’s Genesis International Choreographic Competition and Western Michigan University’s National Choreographic Competition.  She was named winner of the Banff Centre’s 2014-15 Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award; and in 2014 she was honored with a New York City Center  Choreography Fellowship.

Her movement style and theatricality have been profoundly influenced by the choreographers whose work she danced during her performing career, including George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, and Shen Wei. Since moving to New York she has also created leading roles in new works by contemporary artists such as Pontus Lidberg, Luca Veggetti, Matthew Neenan, Adam Barruch, Shannon Gillen, and Emery Lecrone.

She is also self-taught video artist and animator. Her choreography and dance films have been presented by, among others:

·        Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
·        BalletX
·        The Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada)
·        Sacramento Ballet
·        Ballet Austin
·        Hubbard Street 2
·        Milwaukee Ballet
·        The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group (NYC)
·        Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
·        Ballet Memphis
·        SALT Contemporary Dance (Utah)
·        Motion Dance+Theater (Asheville, NC)
·        SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance (Class of 2015 Fall Concert)
·        Western Michigan University
·        The 92nd Street Y
·        The Dance Theatre of Harlem
·        Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal
·        Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center
·        Dance Camera West (Los Angeles)
·        ReelDance Australia
·        The Bravo and ARTV networks of Canada
·        New Museum of Contemporary Art (NYC)
·        Festival du Nouveau Cinema (Montreal)
·        The American Dance Festival
·        Festival VideoDanzaBA (Buenos Aires)

Dwight Rhoden

<em>Founding Artistic Director/Resident Choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet</em>

Dwight has established a remarkably wide-ranging career, earning distinction from The New York Times as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day.” A native of Dayton, Ohio who began dancing at age 17, Rhoden has performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz De Montreal and as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. As a performer, he has appeared in numerous television specials, documentaries and commercials throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and has been a featured performer on many PBS “Great Performances” specials.

In 1994, Rhoden and legendary dancer Desmond Richardson founded Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Together they have brought their unique brand of contemporary dance to the world for nearly 2 decades. CCB is widely considered as “America’s Original Multicultural Dance Company”, and is celebrated for its pioneering spirit, and the building of a universal brand that continues to challenge traditional ideas, and redefine possibilities in the dance arena.
Under Rhoden’s direction, Complexions has become a dance institution that is much in demand. Leading the way, as a destination for innovation through courageous and cutting edge programming, Complexions has become a force to be reckoned with. Over the years, Complexions has remained consistent in delivering a profound passion for diversity, that has framed its vision and become its hallmark.

For nearly 2 decades, Rhoden’s choreography has been the lynchpin in the development of the Complexions repertory. For over 18 years, Rhodens’ work has filled some of the most prestigious theaters across the globe including, The Joyce Theater,(NYC) The Bolshoi Theater, (Moscow) The Marinsky Theater,(St Petersburg) Maison De La Danse, (Lyon) The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,(Los Angeles) BAM,(Brooklyn) Cairo Opera House (Egypt) The Arts Center, (Melbourne Australia) The Auditorium Theater,(Chicago)Telaviv Opera House (Israel) The ASB Theater, (New Zealand) Holland Dance Festival, Grand Theatre De Geneva (Switzerland) Isle De Dance Festival (Paris) to name a few. CCB and Rhodens’ work has been presented on 5 continents and in over 20 countries – including the USA, Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, The Baltic Region, Egypt, Israel, and the Middle East. “Musicality, innovation, purpose, consistency, a brilliant use of stage space and the ability to tell a story — all these qualities make him (Rhoden) one of today’s elect choreographers. (The LA Times)

Since 1994, Rhoden has created over 80 ballets for Complexions, as well as numerous other companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Arizona Ballet, The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company, BalletMet, The Dance Theater of Harlem, Colorado Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet/Diamond Project, North Carolina Dance Theater, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadanco, Marinsky Ballet (Kirov), Minneapolis Dance Theater, Phoenix Dance Company, Sacramento Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, The Washington Ballet, and Zenon Dance Company, amongst others. Mr Rhodens’ has also directed and choreographed for TV, film, theater and live performances including So You Think You Can Dance, E! Entertainment’s “Tribute to Style” , Amici, and Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity, and choreographed and appeared in the feature film “One Last Dance”. He has also worked with, and/or created works for such high-profile artists as Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Kelly Clarkson, ELEW, David Rozenblatt, Nicholas Payton, The Drifters, Paul Simon, Billy Strayhorn, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, U2, The Turtle Creek Chorus, and Patrick Swayze. Rhoden was also recently commissioned to create a work for the centennial celebration of reknowned collage artist Romare Bearden. “Rhoden’s work is post-Balanchinean choreography,a new aesthetic in movement, stage, picture, and performance concepts reflecting a post-modern, techno-savvy worldview” (Dance Magazine).

Widely known as “a dancer’s choreographer,” Rhoden has worked with, coached and created for some of the most diverse artists spanning the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance including legendary dance artists Carmen De Lavallade, Wendy Whelan, Maria Kowroski, Diana Vishneva, Desmond Richardson, Sandra Brown, Jodie Gates, and Gus Solomons, to name a few. Mr.Rhoden is the Resident Choreographer of North Carolina Dance Theatre and has lectured, taught, created works for and served as Artist in Residence at universities around the United States including New York University, Juilliard, UC Irvine, Skidmore College and The University of Mississippi, where his 2004 Racial Reconciliation Project was credited as a catalyst for dialogue in a community that has been historically divided.

Rhoden is a beneficiary recipient of various honors and awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts Award, The Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, and The Ailey School’s Apex Award in recognition of his extensive contributions to the field of dance.

Petter Pucci

Peter Pucci is a Lucille Lortel Award winner and Drama Desk Nominate for Outstanding Choreography for Queens Boulevard, Peter also received a Drama Desk Award for his work on The Orphans’ Home Cycle. Peter graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Modern Dance and was a principle dancer and rehearsal director with Pilobolus Dance Theatre for nine years. Peter formed his own company, Peter Pucci Plus Dancers (PPPD) he directed, choreographed and produced PPPD. He has choreographed commissioned works for many ballet companies including The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Arizona, Ballet Hispanico, Colorado Ballet, Ballet Austin,  Ballet Met, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Alberta Ballet and Pittsburgh Ballet. Peter has also served as Movement Director for many theatrical productions including Merry Wives of Windsor, Twelfth Night, The Learned Ladies, Fool for Love, The Importance of Being Earnest and Renard for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Recent dance commissions include The Beautiful Ones for the Joffrey Ensemble to the music of Prince, Pucci:Sport for the New Mexico Ballet, Dance Theater of Harlem, Big Apple Circus – Dance On, The National Choreographers Initiative, and  Dream On By with music by Paul Simon for the State Street Ballet in California.  Upcoming productions include new chorography for  A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Alley Theater in Houston and curating an evening of short dance films for the Dance on Film Festival at Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC). Recent theater productions include the Master Harold and the Boys directed by Athol Fugard for the Signature Theater in NYC and Incognito directed by Doug Hughes for The Manhattan Theatre Company. Recently, two dance films, Swag n’ Bach: A Path To Choreography and a short dance film, In The Garden premiered at the JBFC. Peter has been the moderator for the Dance On Film Series at JBFC in Pleasantville NY since 2007 and a Guest Artist at the Juilliard School of Drama.

Patrick O’Brien

Patrick O’Brien began his dance training in Bakersfield, CA before moving to New York in 2012 to attend The Joffrey Ballet School where he graduated as part of the Joffrey Concert Group. In 2016 he took a more active approach to pursue his passion for creating choreography.Patrick has presented works at The Brooklyn Museum, The Hudson Guild Theatre, Dixon Place, The Royal Theatre (Producers’s Club), Socrates Sculpture Park, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, Earl Mosley’s Intensive of the Arts, DeBaun Performing Arts Center, and Green Space. He has also presented work in Honolulu, Hawaii, and in his hometown in California. Mr. O’Brien’s body of work strives to reflect on the human condition with an aesthetically cognitive approach.