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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

Era Jouravlev

Artistic Director:
Era Jouravlev

JAZZ & CONTEMPORARY TRAINEE

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.

MASTER FACULTY

Ballet Trainee and Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Faculty

REGISTRATION, FINANCIAL AID AND MERIT

Simple Steps To Become A Trainee

STEP 1: COMPLETE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

2019/2020 Trainee Registration Form,
Financial Aid & Merit Scholarship Application

STEP 2: APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

US Citizens (Will graduate from High School by 9/1/19)

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

  • Chyrstyn Fentroy

    Boston Ballet

  • Natalia Lemus

    Compañía Nacional de Danza

  • Jiryeong Cho

    Wise Ballet Theater

  • Catherine Rogers

    Madison Ballet

  • Cristina Commisso

    Osnabruck Theater

  • Luna Sayag

    Cleveland Ballet

  • 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

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.

2019/2020 TRAINEE TUITION AND HOUSING RATES

NEW YORK CITY

New York City, NY - Tuition

US Citizens & Permanent Residents: Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
$10,450 per term (additional $500 per term for International)

US Citizen Annual Tuition: $20,900.oo

International Annual Tuition: $21,900.oo

New York City - Housing

All Students: Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
$9,488 per term

$9,488 per term
Annual:
$18,975

Security Deposit
$500

Yearly RA Fee
$675

Housing FAQ's

81 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003

The Joffrey Ballet School Third Street Residence is located at 81 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003. Located in Manhattan’s East Village, Third Street is within short walking distance to some of New York’s best restaurants, independent stores, coffee shops, and theaters. Nearby essentials are Whole Foods, K-Mart, NY Grocery, several banks, City MD Clinic, Starbucks, Rite Aid, and easy access to the N, R, 6, B, D, and F trains. It is a short 20 minute subway ride to Joffrey.

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 2018 / Spring 2019
$600 per year

($300 per term)

Registration Fee

Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
$75 New Students

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.

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 are encouraged to visit the school for further evaluation. 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 & Contemporary 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 & Contemporary 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:

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.

Domestic Students Still in High School

These loans are available to students whose parents are American Citizens and the student is not eligible for loans through the Federal Title IV program. (still in high school).

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

High School Graduates:
For those students & Parents who are are eligible for Federal loans (listed in your award letter) you are required to 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.

Please click here to view our annual Campus Security and Safety Reports. Paper reports are available upon request.

Please click here to review the National Center for Education Statistics for the program. Paper reports are available upon request.

JBS offers Airport Transportation to and from the airport during the Trainee Year Round Program. These services include:
New York City

  • Domestic/International Airport Pick-Up
  • Domestic/International Airport Drop-Off

Texas

  • Domestic Airport Pick-Up
  • Domestic Airport Drop-Off

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 & Contemporary 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.

All students are required to have either completed their high school diploma or be working towards their diploma to be enrolled in the program. We encourage students to participate in online education. Students can study through the KeyStone program provided at the school (tuition is additional) or investigate other online learning opportunities. To learn about other online options visit http://www.k12.com/ 

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 term. 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 term. 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 Term (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 Term. 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 term.

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 Joffrey Ballet School is approved by the US Department of Immigration to enroll foreigners on the F-1 student visa. Students are issued a visa for the full 4 years of the program. Visa Trainees are required to take the full 20 class Trainee schedule.

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

Era Jouravlev

Artistic Director of the Ballet Trainee Program

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.

Andrei Jouravlev

Ballet Trainee Instructor

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.

Liz D’Anna

Ballet Trainee Instructor

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.

Tia Feather

Ballet Trainee Instructor

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.

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.

Young-Sil Kim

Young-sil Kim was born in Okayama City, Japan. She began her ballet training at Sugimoto Sonoko Ballet with Sonoko Sugimoto and Svetlana Assaouliak. At age 18 Young-sil moved to NYC to study dance at the Joffrey Ballet School and later at Ellison Ballet professional training program, where she graduated in 2008. She has danced with Configuration Dance Theatre, Eglevsky Ballet, Connecticut Ballet Company, Ballet Hispanico II and Peridance Contemporary Dane Copmany. She has had the opportunity to perform works by choreographers including Susan Jaffe, Sidra Bell, Enzo Celli, Igal Peri, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe and Dwight Rhoden. She has studied summers at Walnut Hill, Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Springboard Montreal and Complexions.
Ms. Kim joined Complexions in 2013.

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.

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.

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”

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.

Marina Bogdonova

Youth Ballet Instructor

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.

Emily Bufferd

Youth Jazz and Contemporary Instructor

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

Hugh Nini

Mr. Nini founded the Denton Ballet Academy in 1979. He credits his favorite teacher, Arnold Spohr, Artistic Director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, with his foundational training and understanding of the art of classical ballet. While a scholarship student at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts he was invited by Mr. Spohr to join the Professional Division of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In 1979 Mr. Nini founded the Denton Ballet Academy where he guided and taught his students for thirty-three years. In 1980 he founded the Denton Civic Ballet.  By the end of his eight-year term as its Artistic Director he had choreographed over thirty ballets. These include his original, full length, three-act version of the Hans Christian Anderson short story, The Snow Queen. Under his directorship, the Denton Civic Ballet was accepted into the National Association for Regional Ballet as a performing company.
In 1988, Mr. Nini charted a new direction to pursue a more ambitious dream, the Festival Ballet of North Central Texas. As the Artistic Director for twenty-five years, Mr. Nini established the Festival Ballet as a company with a reputation for excellence and consistency.
In 1998, the Dallas Dance Council awarded his production of The Nutcracker, from among a field of fourteen ballet companies in North Texas, eleven out of sixteen “Bests,” including: Best Nutcracker, Best Choreography, Best Costumes, Best Sets, Best Battle Scene, Best Snow Scene, Best Waltz of the Flowers, Best Drosselmeyer, Best Clara, Best Program, Best Box Office, and Best Artistic Director. In 2010, Mr. Nini was the sole recipient of the C.A.R.A (Community Arts Recognition Award) from the Greater Denton Arts Council in recognition for his decades of contribution to the arts through his work as a master ballet instructor and director of one of the most successful ballet companies in the north Texas area. Mr. Nini’s students have been accepted on scholarship to every major summer intensive program in North America, including: School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Harid Conservatory, Kirov Ballet Academy, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, and many more. His students have gone on to dance professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Memphis Ballet, The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and companies in Europe. One of Mr. Nini’s first Denton Ballet Academy students, Mark Godden, is now an established international choreographer, winning top honors at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki, and receiving the Clifford E. Lee Award for Choreography. Mr. Nini sincerely thanks the many students, parents, and colleagues who, over the last thirty-nine years, made his job something to look forward to each day and helped to create a positive and productive learning environment.

Bill Waldinger

Bill has taught both Ballet and the Luigi Jazz Technique at the Joffrey Ballet School in the Ballet Trainee Program, the Adult Program and the Jazz and Contemporary Program. He is currently on faculty at New York Film Academy, The CAP 21 Musical Theater Program at Molloy College and Hamilton Dance.  He has served as the director of Jazz at the Manhattan Ballet School and the director of Ballet at the Contemporary company Cora Dance. Certified by Luigi to teach the Luigi Jazz Technique, Bill has taught Luigi Jazz workshops for the New Rising Sun Dance Project at DANY Studios/Joyce SoHo and has created workshops combining the Jazz Techniques of Luigi and Matt Mattox with the choreographic works of Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins. He has also served as a Master Teacher at Hunter College, again teaching the work of the jazz master Luigi. Bill frequently travels as a guest teacher at studios, schools and conservatories across the country, passing on the Luigi Jazz Technique as well as technique classes in Classical Ballet. In addition, he has developed absolute beginner “Dance Classes For Singers” at The Singers’ Forum.  As a performer, Bill has appeared in musical theater, concert dance, commercials, music videos, television and industrials. Highlights include regional and Off-Broadway productions of A Chorus Line (Paul in the first regional production), Carousel (Carnival Boy), Kismet, Drood, Oklahoma! (Dream Curly), A Funny Thing…, Guys and Dolls and Godspell. He was a company member of The David Storey Dance Works and the Labyrinth Dance Theater.  He has danced in commercials for Time-Life, music videos for the group Fela-Antoine, was a featured dancer on the television show Soul Alive and appeared in videos for the Theater Dance Workshop. Bill began his dance training with the legendary jazz master Luigi. He also received a comprehensive jazz education through his studies with Frank Hatchet, Christopher Chadman, Bill Hastings, Richard Pierlon, David Storey and Natasha Barron. Equally comfortable in ballet, Bill was a student of Gabriella Darvash, David Howard, Lisa Lockwood, Dorothy Lister and Douglas Wassell.

Wesley Ensminger

Wesley Ensminger, originally from Santa Cruz, CA, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from California Institute of the Arts. He has trained extensively in various modern dance techniques including Release, Countertechnique, and Limon, alongside Improvisation and Classical Ballet. Wesley has had the privilege of being able to dance professionally with a vast range of dance companies and choreographers as well as teach all around the United States and internationally in Canada and Europe. New to New York City after living in Los Angeles, he is thrilled to be in a new city with so much amazing artistic energy and drive.

JoDe Romano

JoDe Romano “La Chispa” was a guest Teaching artist & graduate of the High School for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas were she was featured in the Houston Grand Opera Carmen. She also performed in the Franco Zeffirelli original production of Carmen, starring Placido Domingo and Maria Benitez at the Metropolitan Opera, attended by president Clinton, which was broadcast for PBS “Live From Lincoln Center” and toured Japan with the Three Tenors. For over 20 years, Ms. Romano lived, studied and performed Spanish dance in Spain and Japan, was soloist and choreographer for the José Greco Dance Company at the Joyce Theater, the Town Hall New York City, and toured the US and Spain.  She was also a dancer in The Charo Show in Las Vegas with Jerry Lewis and others, and taught a castanet workout on the Dr. Oz Show.

JoDe Romano choreographed the Broadway Workshop production of Rita Hayworth-Hollywood Goddess, numerous Zarzuelas, and the mixed media dramatic presentation, Picasso’s Guernica, at The Thalia Theater in New York. Ms. Romano has taught at Alvin Ailey, Ballet Hispanico, NYC public schools, and the summer intensives at Joffery Ballet NYC.

Currently, Ms. Romano conducts Spanish dance and castanet classes at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center and is a graduate of the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) program. She has been a guest teacher at Hunter College and co-developed and taught a DEL workshop at the 92Y.

Ms. Romano also taught a master class and workshop at NYU for NYSDEA and at Fall for Dance at NY City Center.

She teaches at Steps on Broadway, Ballet Hispanico,  and other locations throughout the NY metropolitan area. She has completed a series of instructional DVDs on castanet and flamenco movement techniques, and has produced and played castanets on her Spanish Classical Piano and Castanets CD.

Violeta Angelova

V, as she is affectionately called, was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She attended her mother’s dance school, another dance school, some sports, and actively performed before graduating with high honors from the National School of Dance Art-Bulgaria, and the Vienna State Opera Ballet School in Austria where she was a scholarship student. V has been invited to represent Bulgaria at the Royal Festival of Arts in Jordan among a number of international ballet events. She has extensively toured the United States, dancing as a guest artist or with a company, and was invited to dance at the International Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Opera and Ballet Festival in St.Petersburg, Russia. Her career has afforded her the opportunity to work with some of the finest professionals in the world. The companies she has performed with include The Vienna State Opera Ballet, Volksoper-Vienna, Ballet Internationale, The New Jersey Ballet, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, as guest with the National Ballet of Bulgaria, Eglevsky Ballet, Ballet Metropolitan, California Ballet, Ballet Minnesota and many others.  Her varied repertoire, over seventy ballets, includes the title roles and leading roles in storytelling classics – The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Coppelia, Esmeralda, Cinderella, et al.; as well as many Balanchine ballets, among them –  Serenade, Agon, Concerto Barocco, Valse Fantasie, La Sonnambula,  Sonatine, Apollo, Divertimento No.15, Walpurgisnacht ballet, La Source, Stars & Stripes, Allegro Brillante, Monumentum pro Gesualdo & Movements for Piano & Orchestra; one act and miniature works, such as The Dying Swan by Fokine; and classical and modern pieces by contemporary choreographers in Europe, and the United States. In 2003 V officially began teaching in the United States, and has been on the faculty of the New Jersey School of Ballet, L’Etoile Ballet Academy and several other dance schools. She’s given master classes at two dozen institutions and conservatories. She gives private lessons, and teaches as a guest at studios across the New York metro area. In dance, she’s worked as a producer, choreographer, coach and star of ballet performances. Whenever she is not dancing, V works on other facets of her artistic realization.
She is the only Bulgarian – American ballerina.

Howard Silva

Howard Silver (Arts Into Production) has produced and directed over 250 documentaries on the arts and science, making content for the web, social media and broadcast television. Howard Silver produced The Metropolitan Museum of Art web series, 82nd & Fifth (http://82nd-and-
fifth.metmuseum.org) and directed a series of live-stream music performance videos for MET Live. He wrote and produced for Michael Moore’s TV NATION; WNET’s CITY ARTS (EMMY); PBS’s ALIVE FROM OFF CENTER – ERIC BOGOSIAN’S FUNHOUSE and DANCES IN EXILE (choreography –Ruby Shang, script –David Henry Hwang); and Bloomberg MUSE (NY Press Club and a LA Press Club award). He has documented performances for many musicians and choreographers including the past 5 seasons for American Ballet Theatre. He won an EMMY for his editing on PEE WEE’S PLAYHOUSE. His web series of artists’ video portraits are at www.artsintoproduction.net.

Eva Baud

Eva T. Baud studied Fashion Design at Fashion Institute of Technology. After graduating with an Associate of Art and Science degree in Womenswear Design she begin her carrier working for Mira de Moss, then for Billy Jack for Her, as an assistant designer.
After working in the fashion industry for a few years she established her own fashion company under the label of “Tihanyi Design”.
Her line of evening pieces were sold in New York City’s prestigious boutiques on Madison Avenue and surrounding high end fashion establishments. After several years of running her fashion design business she made a carrier change to retail management. Her experiences include, Henri Bendel, Barnes NY, Saks Fifth Avenue, Prada and Calvin Klein.

For the past three years Ms. Baud volunteered for the Joffrey Musical Theater summer intensive, where she assisted Mr. Matthew Prescott, Mr. Max Baud and the Joffrey administrative team. In addition, she volunteered for the Joffrey Elite docuseries where she created costumes for the Joffrey Elite dance competitions.

Her most recent work was for the Joffrey Ballet School’s 2017-2018 Ballet Trainee year-end performance, where she created costumes for Mr. Baud’s choreography in the ‘Melody of Spring’ show.

Angelica Stiskin

Artistic Director

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.

Michael Waldrop

Associate Artistic Director

Michael Waldrop was born in Los Angeles, California. He has toured the world, performing with Ballett des Theater Koblenz, State Street Ballet, and Pasadena Dance Theatre, as well as guest performances with Odyssey Dance Theatre, Seamless Dance Theater and the Covent Garden Dance Company’s international gala, Ballet in the Park. During this time, he performed in the classical and contemporary works of Peter Chu, Andreas Heise, Daniel Ezralow, Steffen Fuchs, Bella Lewitzky, Cathy Marston, Ihsan Rustem, Tom Ruud, William Soleau, Uwe Scholz, and Josie Walsh.From the world of concert dance to the commercial industry, Michael has also appeared in film, television, print, and stage productions including the feature film Underground Comedy, ABC’s Bunheads, Nickelodeon’s Fresh Beat Band, and the Emmy Award winning opening routine of the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Other credits include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, industrials for Disney and MAC Cosmetics, performances at Downtown Los Angeles’ Music Center and the Getty Museum for the Dance Camera West Film Festival, the American Choreography Awards, and a feature in an edition of Life Magazine. Michael has created original works for Theater Koblenz and the Joffrey Ballet School, as well as commissioned presentations for Marymount Manhattan College, the Joffrey Ballet School, and the School of State Street Ballet. His work has been shown throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Germany, emphasizing dynamic, extension, and flow through a classical and contemporary vocabulary. Michael is currently Associate Artistic Director of the Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Program at the Joffrey Ballet School and faculty at Peridance Capezio Center in New York City.

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.

Liz D’Anna

Ballet Trainee Instructor

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.

Tia Feather

Ballet Trainee Instructor

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.

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.

Juan Carlos Penuela

Ballet

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.

Karen Gayle

Modern (Horton)

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 Ailey School where she fell in love with the Horton technique. Karen has had the honor of performing the works of such choreographers as Earl Mosley, Ronald K. Brown and Tony winner Hinton Battle.She has taught at Ballet Hispanico, The Ailey Extension, The School at Columbia University, Horace Mann, New Dance Group, and is currently a faculty member at Steps on Broadway, Marymount Manhattan College, Montclair State University and The Joffrey Ballet School. 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 is a faculty member of Techniche Danza Moderna.Choreography commissions include: Marymount Manhattan College, The Harvard Ballet Company, Steps Repertory Ensemble, General Mischief Dance Theatre, The Boston Tea Party Opera, Steffi Nossen, Earl Haig High School and Montclair State University. As artistic director of the xodus dance collective, her choreography has been showcased at such iconic concert dance venues as: American Dance Guild Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Downtown Dance Festival, JPAC, Here Arts Center, The Ailey Theatre, The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto and the Inside/Out Festival at Jacob’s Pillow.

Nicole Wolcott

Improvisation, Composition

Called “One of today’s finest dance comedians and a knockout dancer,” by the New York Times, Nicole has enjoyed a great career with dance companies, rock bands and video artists around the country and been the subject of a feature article in DANCE TEACHER magazine. After meeting and creating Straight Duet together in 2002, Larry and Nicole co-founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003 and 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 as the Associate Choreographer for the Broadway production of If/Then starring Idina Menzel, But, her favorite creations with him are the idiosyncratic Boleros they build in communities around the country, based on their signature work with 50 New Yorkers called “Bolero NYC”. Nicole also enjoys directing the KEIGWIN + COMPANY Summer Intensive at The Juilliard School each year. 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 FischerSpooner; and being a featured dancer in “Across the Universe,” an Oscar nominated film by director Julie Taymor. And once upon a time dancing with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. 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. Wolcott’s own independent choreography has been performed at a range of venues from Symphony Space to CBGBs with critical acclaim.

Akira Uchida

The dance world is no stranger to the skill and artistry of Akira Uchida. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Akira trained extensively in jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and ballet at a competitive level. At the young age of 18, he made the move to Toronto and has since pursued a successful career as a dancer and choreographer. Mr. Uchida’s film and television credits include programs such as Canada’s Got Talent, Degrassi, The Next Star, The Strain, Over the Rainbow and Canada’s Smartest Person. He can be seen dancing in the Much Music promotional video for Sam Smith’s hit track “Stay With Me,” as well as in the Lifetime film “My Daughter Must Live.” As a dancer, Mr. Uchida’s credits also include multiple music videos for artists such as Dragonette and Blake McGrath. As a choreographer, he has also worked on music videos for artists such as Lights, The Lovelocks, Ria Mae and Tyler Shaw. In 2015, he was awarded the Audience Choice Award at the emerging choreographer’s showcase “Fresh Blood,” hosted by the Chimera Project. In the summer of 2016, Mr. Uchida was the choreographer for the upcoming indie film “Jazz Hands”, which is set to be released in the near future. He was chosen to present work as a finalist at the prestigious Capezio Ace Awards in 2016 and 2017. Akira’s creativity as a choreographer is complimented by his passion for teaching. He is currently a faculty member on JUMP Dance Convention. Now based in NYC, he continues to train, teach and choreograph across North America. Every day, Akira Uchida continues to thrive and leave his mark on the world as a passionate, driven and innovative young artist.

Troy Ogilvie

Improvisation

Troy Ogilvie has danced for and collaborated with choreographers – Roy Assaf, Sidra Bell, Antonio Brown, Gabriel Forestieri, Itzik Galili, Shannon Gillen, Margie Gillis, Andrea Miller, Patricia Noworol, Zoe Scofield, Idan Sharabi, and Nicole Wolcott; violinist – Liv Heym; theater company – Punchdrunk (as Lady Macbeth in “Sleep No More” NYC); and directors – Sophie Bortolussi (“McKittrick Masquerade” parties), Susan Misner (“bend,” fosse/verdon), Malena Dayen (“Maria de Buenos Aires”) and Peter Sellars (“The Gospels According to the Other Mary,” LA Philharmonic). She has also curated, produced, and performed in solo shows ‘RESET’ (2011), ‘PRISM’ (2017 – with producer Ron Black), and ‘BITE’ (2019). Troy teaches improvisation and is on faculty at SPRINGBOARDx Skills + Process, The Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary Program, Peridance, and The Performing Arts Project. Troy’s choreography has been performed by the Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary trainees, Rivertown Dance Academy, and can be seen this summer at The Cloisters in The Ninth Hour (A Beowulf Musical). She has participated in residency programs at The Marble House Project and Turkey Land Cove Foundation and was one of “Dance Magazine’s 2011 Top 25 to Watch.” Juilliard B.F.A.

Amelie Benard

Amélie Bénard was born in France. She studied at Centre international de danse jazz Rick Odums in Paris before coming to NYC. Amélie came to the Martha Graham School in 2006 with a scholarship and joined Graham II in 2007. After graduating from the Professional Training Program, she enrolled in the Teaching Training Program and obtained her certificate of recognition as a Teacher of Martha Graham Technique Level I in June 2009. During her time at the school she assisted Virginie Mécène in staging excerpts of “Appalachian Spring” on the Harvard Dance Company. Currently, she is a member of Edgar Cortes Dance Theater and Caliince Dance. She has also danced for Nu Dance Theater and performed works from choreographers such as Pearl Lang, Robert Battle, Virginie Mécène, Peggy Lyman, and Carrie Ellmore-Tallitsch.

Phil Orsano

Contemporary

Phil Orsano was born in Queens, NY and studied dance at Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA) his junior and senior year in HS. Later he received his BFA in Dance Performance at Southern Methodist University.Phil has danced for Mia Michaels’ NYC company “Mia Michaels live” as well as Radio City’s New York Spectacular, directed and choreographed by Mia Michaels. He has also had the honor of dancing with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Hubbard Street 2, OUI Danse, Dana Foglia Dance, Derek Mitchell, and Peridance Ensemble. Commercially he has worked with artists such as Madonna, Debbie Gibson, Jennifer Love Hewitt (The Client List), Jimmy Fallon, Howie Mandel, Lisa Vanderpump (Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules), on Maria di Filippi’s AMICI (Italian TV program) for two seasons, Law and Order SVU, and more.Philip is currently teaching at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, on faculty for Quest Intensive, and is represented by CESD in NYC, and MSA in Los Angeles.As a choreographer, Phil has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine for “Video of the Month” for his concept video entitled One. His BDC AIM piece There. was chosen as Choreographers Pick by Brian Friedman at the Pulse. Phil was also fortunate enough to set a full length work at the Performing Arts High School Booker T. Washington entitled Marionette. Phil is excited to continue his journey as a choreographer, fusing technique and groove to the contemporary world.

Lauren Cox

Jazz, Dance History, Critical Analysis

Lauren Cox is a performer, teacher, choreographer, model and adventurer who hails from the San Francisco Bay Area.  Lauren was nurtured as a young poet and a little later a competitive Rhythmic Gymnast.  She competed around the country from age 6-17 eventually achieving 20th in the nation. Upon graduation Lauren moved to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil to study Portuguese, Samba and Culture.  A highlight of her time there is when she participated in the World Social Forum in Belém do Pará benefitting Amazonian Natives to help cultivate and profit from their own land.From Brazil, Lauren moved to the Harlem neighborhood of New York City.  For the past 8 years she has built an impressive resume, network of professional creatives and has developed her voice as an influential artist, activist and leader. Lauren has appeared on Saturday Night Live, Black Girls Rock with Alicia Keyes, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Gwen Stefani, Google Spotlight with Pharrell, AFC Championships with LLCoolJ, at the Hong Kong Coliseum with Joey Yung and in the Off-Broadway play, Seeing You as night club singer, Joan DeBeauvoir to name a few.  She has worked with industry leaders such as Ryan Heffington, Randy Weiner, Rhapsody James, Fatima Robinson, Nick Kenkel, NappyTabs, Joanna Numata, Luam and Danielle Flora. Her extensive career has led her to teach in India, Hong Kong, Bolivia and Colombia often infusing volunteer classes at local orphanages and girls shelters.  Lauren is honored to be a certified teacher for the year round program at Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary and travels representing the school.  She teaches open classes at other NYC Studios and is the resident MC for the Planned Parenthood Benefit Series Wise Fruit NYC curated by Brinda Guha. Lauren’s Choreography has been commissioned by Columbia University, Hunter College, Joffrey Ballet School, Milford Readers & Writers Festival, MassBliss Mindfulness Festival, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Harlem Arts Festival and many more.

Angelo Soriano

Music for Dance

Angelo Soriano, a proud native of the Philippines, pursued his artistic passions at an early age. He began his dance training under the direction of David Rosales and J.P. Christensen (From Broadway’s Cats and Thoroughly Modern Millie) in Central California.  Angelo considers being an alumni student and performer at El Diamanté High School and TCOE Theatre Company a privilege that has lead him to his successful career thus far. He landed his first professional job dancing on a stage in Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. He built quite a reputation there, performing in Disney Channel Rocks, Disney Junior Live Onstage, and Red Car News Boys to name a few. After building much needed experience as a performer, Mr. Soriano moved cross country to the mecca of Musical Theater, New York City. He soon after left to join the company of the National Tour of Flashdance: The Musical. His Broadway debut happened on The New Amsterdam Stage in Aladdin: The Musical where he currently performs eight shows a week as a Swing/Understudy.

Beth Crandall

Theatre

Beth Crandall is a choreographer, performer and educator living in NYC. Recently she was the Associate Choreographer for Gettin’ the Band Back Together on Broadway, Drowsy Chaperone at Goodspeed Opera House, and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway at the MUNY. Other associate choreography includes Mary Poppins at Paper Mill Playhouse, The New Yorkers and 1776 at NY City Center, My Fair Lady and Newsies. Beth served as Show Supervisor for RWS/Holland America Line setting five shows for the MS Rotterdam. As a performer, she made her Broadway debut in West Side Story. She served as Dance Captain for the show’s Broadway First National Tour as well as the Broadway First National Tour of Wonderful Town. Other performing credits include: The Radio City Christmas Spectacular,Carousel at Goodspeed Opera House, How to Succeed… at Theatre Under The Stars, and Music Man, All Shook Up and Newsies at the MUNY, and as Anybodys in West Side Story in six European countries, Japan, and Israel. Beth danced with Jimmy Fallon in the opening of SNL, and in the short films Le Pain and How You Look at It. She earned her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is a proud member of SDC and AEA.

Jason Luks

Theatre

Jason Luks is a professional performer, choreographer and teacher. He is currently on faculty at the Joffrey Ballet School teaching Musical Theater. He was a member of the “Falsettos” Broadway choreography team and assisted Josh Prince and Pulitzer Prize winner, Director James Lapine, on the choreography for “Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing.” Jason’s performance credits include “On The Town” (Barrington Stage), “My One And Only” (Stages St. Louis), “White Christmas” (Broadway), Tap Stars (international tour), Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and MTV’s Video Music Awards. Jason performed at the Kennedy Center for Presidents Obama and Bush. He was the Adult World Tap Dance Solo Champion at the International Dance Organization’s World Tap Dance Championships (’03), and ADA’s national Young Choreographer of the Year (’05). Jason’s choreography has been presented on Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theater (Falsettos), the Kennedy Center, Symphony Space NYC, Joffrey Ballet School, and University of Richmond. Jason is a guest teacher at many conventions including NYCDA and Syncopate. Jason graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance. He leads an incredible team of DANJ dance educators including on and off-Broadway performers, members of leading dance companies, university and conservatory faculty, and professional choreographers.

Janet Charleston

Modern (Cunningham)

Janet Charleston danced and toured extensively with the Lucinda Childs Dance Company; performed in the world tour of the Robert Wilson/Philip Glass opera, Einstein on the Beach; and was a performer, rehearsal director, and company manager with Douglas Dunn + Dancers. She currently dances with Christopher Williams and has worked with an array of other artists, including Chamecki/Lerner, Kota Yamazaki, David Parker/The Bang Group, RoseAnne Spradlin, Stephen Koester, and June Finch. Charleston was nvited by Merce Cunningham to teach at the Cunningham Studio and was on the faculty for 12 years. She teaches in the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program and previously was visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign and the University of Kansas; guest teacher at Barnard College; and teacher at many other universities and professional studios, including SUNY-Purchase, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, New York Univeristy Steinhardt, Hofstra University, Franklin & Marshall, ACDFA, SEAD (Salzburg, Austria), and El Centro Cultural Los Talleres (Mexico City). Charleston has taught yoga and movement for children, the elderly, and people with Parkinson’s Disease. Her choreography has been presented at venues in New York City, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, and South America. A Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Chile, she subsequently served as Peer Reviewer in Dance for the Fulbright organization.

Antonio Jefferson

Street Jazz, Hip Hop

Washington, DC native Antonio “Tony” Jefferson is an arts and fitness enthusiast and connoisseur with over 15 years of experience. Antonio’s training started with hip-hop and jazz and quickly expanded to many other styles. He is trained in disciplines ranging from modern and theater to gymnastics, kickboxing and everything in between. Tony has trained, performed, choreographed and taught throughout the US and abroad, including the honor of performances at the White House, the B.E.T. Awards, Library of Congress, and for Cirque du Soliel, NIKE, GQ, Good Morning America, Jay Z’s Rocawear and the National Tour of Flashdance the Musical, to name a few. Antonio’s passion for human movement extends beyond dance. As a nationally certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, Tony has had the opportunity to help individuals from all walks of life reach and exceed personal health and fitness goals in the US and abroad. His undergraduate studies in dance, kinesiology, sports medicine and nutrition have given him a clear understanding and unique approach to both fitness and dance. After a 4 year dance hiatus, Antonio decided to relocate to New York in June of 2011 to further pursue his career in the arts. He has since had the opportunity to study, train and perform with renowned choreographers and instructors and educate many on dance and fitness. He currently teaches throughout NYC and is a member of Jamie J & Co. and Rhapsody James’ Motivating Excellence.

Tera-Lee Pollin

Latin Jazz

Tera-Lee started her training at The New Jersey School of Ballet and Center Stage Dance and Theatre School and then went on to study at Jacob’s Pillow, The Joffrey School of Ballet and David Howard Dance Center. Some of her favorite shows and experiences include American Dance Machine with Wayne Cilento(Dance Captain), Mamma Mia! on Broadway (Dance Captain), Hot Feet (Broadway), Urban Cowboy (Broadway), The National Tour of Spamalot (Dance Captain), The Wiz at La Jolla Playhouse, Swing!, The Apollo Theatre’s Club Harlem, and working with David Parsons on the Festival of Music in San Remo Italy. Film/Television credits include The Smurfs Movie, Dark Horse, Old Dogs, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and Fashion Rocks. Tera-Lee has also performed live with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Kanye West, Earth,Wind,and Fire, Gloria Gaynor, The Lonely Island Boys (Featuring Akon), and Brian McNight. She is currently on faculty teaching dance at Marymount Manhattan College, Steps on Broadway, and CAP21. She has taught master classes all over the United States and Europe.

Lil Malinich

Acting

Originally from London, Ontario, Lil graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honors Bachelor of Arts and Education in English and Dramatic Arts. She was co-founder and Artistic Director of the Canadian award-winning company Theatre Soup and received Brickenden Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayals of Kate Keller in The Miracle Worker and double roles of Lizzie Borden and Bridget in Blood Relations. She played pivotal roles inUnidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love and Boulevard which won Brickenden Awards for Bravest Productions. Since moving to NYC, Lil has developed, produced and acted in several productions with WAT Project which have been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and chashama. Her diverse body of work as an actress includes critical roles in WAT Project’s Timberlake: American Pulp, Rope, Open Call! Life Without Parole, and the biographical play Fruits Unheard Of in which she portrayed American photographer Diane Arbus. She played various leading roles in Chamber Theatre Productions 2006 U.S Encore Tour and Jelena in Uncle Vanya with The New York Space Ensemble. Feature film and TV credits include Vision Vehicle’s Construction directed by Malcolm Goodwin, Paradise written and directed by Marc Lafia, TV movie Red Hook High directed by Trac Minh Vu, and the ABC Soap Opera “”All My Children.”” Since 2009, Lil has also been doing charitable work with the David Lynch Foundation (For Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace) through developing the NYC screening series for David Lynch’s documentary Meditation, Creativity, Peace and play reading performance fundraisers.

Clay Thomson

“Clay Thomson was born and raised in a small town near Rochester, NY. He started out as a competitive gymnast at the age of four, which eventually led him into the performing arts. At age twelve, Clay joined the Cameron Mackintosh/NETworks tour of Oliver! as the Child Swing. His time on the road inspired him to become a triple-threat performer and actively pursue a career in the arts. This drive has led him to many fantastic opportunities.

After Clay completed his freshman year at Pennsylvania State University studying Musical Theatre, he was offered the chance of a lifetime; to perform a principal role in one of his favorite musicals. Clay toured the U.S, Canada, and Japan with the Broadway First National Tour of West Side Story as A-rab. Soon after returning from tour, he made his Broadway debut in Newsies the Musical, playing Spot Conlon! After that, he was cast in the Original Broadway Cast of Matilda The Musical!

In 2014, Clay left Matilda to perform in New York City Center Encores’ productions of Little Me and The Most Happy Fella. After his Encores productions, Clay returned to Newsies for a few short months to cover his aforementioned role of Spot Conlon. Clay has also made numerous television appearances, performing on shows such as Dancing with the Stars, The 2013 TONY Awards, The 2012 and 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Late Show with David Letterman, The View, Good Morning America, Good Afternoon America, and more.

Clay has taught master classes around the U.S, including classes at Broadway Dance Center, Broadway Artists Alliance NYC, Camp Broadway, Broadway Workshop, Broadway Classroom, and dozens of High Schools, dance studios and Universities all around the country. He looks forward to future opportunities to inspire others through the arts.

Amy Yakima

Amy Yakima grew up dancing at Noretta Dunworth School Of Dance in Dearborn, Michigan. While training, she was casted in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular as Clara for 3 years at the fox theatre in Detroit, MI and 1 year at the Radio City Music Hall in NYC. She is most notably know for winning season 10 of Fox’s hit tv show “So You Think You Can Dance” and continuing to tour nationwide that fall with the top 10 contestants of that season. She toured with Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound dance company and was a performer in Lindsey Stirling’s Shatter Me national/international tour. She was a dancer in Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water” music video and came back to SYTYCD as an all-star performer. She trained on scholarship for one year at Marymount Manhattan college, and was on faculty at Velocity Dance Convention, West Coast Dance Convention, and Radix Dance Convention. She just recently made her Broadway debut as Peter Pan in Finding Neverland in which she performed there for over a year.

Eloise Kropp

Broadway credits include Cats (Jennaydots), Dames at Sea (Ruby), On the Town (Ensemble/Claire). Other New York credits include Ramona in Little Me and Most Happy Fella (City Center Encores!). Regional credits Louise in Carousel (Goodspeed) and Patty Simcox in Grease (Paper Mill).

Marlena Wolfe

Marlena Wolfe was born and raised in Warren, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College in 2007. Upon graduation, Marlena danced for Robert Battle’s company, Battleworks, where she assisted Battle on numerous projects and the creations of seven critically-acclaimed works. She danced for Camille A. Brown & Dancers, where she was positioned rehearsal director and a member of the Bessie Award-winning cast and team for Best Production of Mr. Tol E. RAnce. Other performance credits include dancing the works of Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Doug Varone, Tammy Colucci, Ann Marie D’Angelo, and Mimi Garrard. Marlena has worked as the Certificate Program and Summer Intensives Coordinator at Peridance Capezio Center where many of her students went on to have professional careers with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Ballet Hispanico, Sidra Bell Dance New York, Parsons Dance Company, The Dash Ensemble, the Metropolitan Opera, the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, among others. Her time at Peridance was also spent acting as Rehearsal Director for Peridance’s Certificate Program and studied the works of many notable choreographers, including Bryan Arias, Sidra Bell, Enzo Celli, Mary Ann Lamb, Charlotta Ofverholm, Manuel Vignoulle, and Igal Perry. Marlena has taught at such institutions as The Juilliard School, Marymount Manhattan College, Montclair State University, Peridance Capezio Center, and the schools of American Ballet Theater and the Joffrey Ballet. Many of Marlena’s younger students have also went on to study and train in numerous colleges, universities, and conservatories, such as Boston Conservatory, Purchase, Marymount Manhattan College, and NYU Tisch to name a few.

Marlena continues to teach and choreograph all over the world and is a sought after rehearsal assistant and director. Most recently, Marlena assisted Mauro di Candia on the restaging of his ballet, Meninos, at Staatliche Ballettschule in Berlin; assisted Robert Battle on his newest work for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater entitled, Awakening; choreographed for and collaborated on the production of the Opening Ceremony for the 2016 National Special Olympics at Gofferts Stadium in Nijmegen, The Netherlands; and created an original work, YOUnite, for Peridance Contemporary Dance Company’s 2017 New York Spring Season. In addition to having her own project-based company, the Wolfe project, she restages Robert Battle’s ballets, is an adjunct teacher at ArtEZ Vooropleiding Dans (Arnhem, The Netherlands), and is currently the Ballet Mistress at Introdans (Arnhem, The Netherlands), where she has been the rehearsal director for the works of Jiri Kylian, Robert Battle, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Karole Armitage, Mauro Bigonzetti, Mauro di Candia, Paul Lightfoot & Sol Leon, David Middendorp, Cayetano Soto, Regina van Berkel, Hans van Manen, and Didy Veldman. Her next project is co- choreographing an evening length work for Introdans’ 2018-2019 program, Vier Verhalen en een Dag, a collaboration between Introdans and the famous musician, composer, and poet, Spinvis, and his partner Saartje van Kamp.

Meg Paul

Meg Paul brings a wealth of significant professional experience in ballet and Broadway performance, as well as in teaching at the national level and has worked closely with important dance pioneers and choreographers in the field; from the repertoire and artistic direction of Gerald Arpino and Robert Joffrey, to works by Sir Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, William Forsythe, Dwight Rhoden, and Alonzo King. Her thirty-year career encompasses a wide range of national and international experience in performance, choreography, directing, teaching, program development, community engagement, and arts management.

From 1983-1994 she was a principal dancer with the world- renowned Joffrey Ballet, including vast national and international touring credits with the company. For Twyla Tharp’s Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Movin’ Out, she served as dance captain and lead performer from 2001-2005. Her extensive credentials are of the highest caliber and her awards include The Princess Grace Award, winner of The International Dance Competition of the Americas, Detroit Renaissance Hero Award, Sue Nine Endowment for Faculty Achievement Award, and the Copperfoot Award.

Co-founder of World Arts Inc., Ms. Paul’s New York City based performing arts agency celebrated a decade of representing and producing tours for national and international companies including Nacho Duato’s Compania Nacional De Danza, Les Ballets De Monte Carlo, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Les Grand Ballets Canadian, Dance Cuba, Les Ballets Africains, The Washington Ballet, and more.

Especially successful bridging her many years in the professional realm with her outstanding work in higher education dance, Ms. Paul has taught a wide range at the university level since 2007. Since her full-time appointment in the Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance in 2010, Ms. Paul has curated and directed the department’s highly successful Detroit Complexions Summer Intensive and the department’s Dance Workshop company. Currently, Ms. Paul is Director of Dance for the department and serves as the BFA advisor and coordinator of dance recruitment and ballet curriculum.

Thomas Ford

Noted for his evocative movement, effectual teaching methodologies and for his work as co-founder & co-artistic director of the groundbreaking New York-based pre-professional company and training program, companyONE, Thomas Ford is a progressive and thoughtful artistic voice in dance. His unique background – a formidable combination of contemporary, ballet, rhythm tap, jazz & hip-hop – has afforded him a distinctive career.

His performance credits include “The Kennedy Center Honors,” The Radio One Music Awards, Debbie Allen’s “Dreams,” PBS’ “A Capitol Fourth,” Laurie Ann Gibson’s “Addictive” music video and performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He has toured with both Mike Minery’s “Tapaholics” and the renowned D.C.-based company, Tappers With Attitude. The National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (YoungArts) recognized him as a Presidential Scholar finalist, an experience culminating in a solo performance on the “Today Show.”

Thomas’ work as a performer has yielded an exciting path as a choreographer and educator, giving him the opportunity to present works at the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, the Joyce Theater and the White House National Christmas Tree Program. He was recently commissioned to create an evening length piece for The Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz + Contemporary Trainee Program and has continued his tenure at the Joffrey Ballet School as a contemporary instructor. He has toured nationally as a faculty member with SHOCK! The Intensive and Showbiz XTreme Dance Convention, alongside the nation’s most sought after choreographers. Counted as among these choreographers, Thomas’ work and creative process continue to be recognized as influential in their capacity to connect traditionally disparate worlds of dance with ingenuity and visceral impact.

Thomas has a BA in communications from Marymount Manhattan College & is currently pursuing an MA in Dance Education from New York University.

Manuel Vignoulle

French choreographer based in New York, studied at The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris and went on to work with different french contemporary companies including Claude Brumachon, Corinne Lanselle and Bernardo Montet.

He was a dance artist with both Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland), and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York) where he collaborated with inspiring choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Andonis Foniadalkis, Hofesh Shechter, Cisco Aznar, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Carolyn Carlson, Benjamin Millepied and Ohad Naharin to name a few.

Manuel appeared as a guest for La La La Human Steps (Canada), Het Nationale Ballet (Netherland) and State Theatre (South Africa).

He has also been an assistant to modern-jazz choreographer, Redha, on various productions. Such productions include concert dance, television, film, fashion, musical theater, and operas in which he often performed in.

Manuel has been commissioned by Ailey II, Whim W’him, Satellite Collective, 10 Hairy Legs, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company Steps Repertoire Ensemble , The Ailey School , Rutgers University, UT at Austin TX, Booker T.Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Springboard and Antigel Festival.

He has performed his work with Manuel Vignoulle – M/motions at Jacob’s Pillow, Fire Island Festival, Bryant Park and in France, Switzerland, Mexico, Brazil and USA.

Leo Manzari

Originally from Washington DC, Leo Manzari is a Lucille Lortel award nominated tap dancer. As part of the duo act called The Manzari Brothers, Leo headlined in the touring and Off-Broadway productions of Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life, featured as a Guest Artist on So You Think You Can Dance, The Mo’nique Show, PBS News Hour, Jerry Lewis Telethon, and ABC’s “The View,” among others. Other credentials include a recurring role in Showtime’s television show “Homeland,” as created his genre he calls “tap rap.

Terk Waters

Complexions Contemporary Ballet Artist in Residence, Terk joined Complexions in 2010, performing works by Dwight Rhoden, Desmond Richardson, Jae Man William Forsyth and Marcelo Gomes. Terk has taught at The Joffrey Ballet School, Marymount Manhattan University, Western Michigan University, Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey Extension Program, American College Dance Festival, NYCDA, The Pulse, and Complexions intensives. After training with the City Ballet of San Diego and River North Chicago, Terk received his BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University where he performed in works by Ron De Jesus, Frank Chavez and Antony Tudor. “I believe greatness resides in Terk Waters. He is not just a really good dancer but a dancer rare for his generation.” – Darrell Wood, Critic, NYC Dance Stuff

Jourdan Epstein

Jourdan Epstein is a professional freelance dancer based in NYC. She began dancing in Minnesota at the age of three and went on to graduate from Walnut Hill School on Scholarship and earned her Bachelor’s from NYU in Dance Medicine and Science.

After graduation Jourdan joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet under Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson with whom she danced for 3 years. She was a finalist on Season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance, has worked with many companies including Bad Boys of Dance, Keigwin + Co, Tokyo the Company, and most recently Company XIV. She has appeared in national commercials and music videos, and loves traveling and performing around the world as well as teaching and choreographing whenever she can.