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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

Jazz & Contemporary 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

Artistic Director of the Ballet Trainee Program

Era Jouravlev

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

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

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

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

Angelica Stiskin

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

Artistic Director of Children's Dance and Youth Dance Program

Jo Matos

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

Ballet Trainee Instructor

Liz D’Anna

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

Ballet Trainee Instructor

Andrei Jouravlev

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

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

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

Ballet Trainee Instructor

Tia Feather

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

Akop Akopian

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

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

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

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

Maximilien Baud

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

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

Stacy Caddell

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

Larisa Calero

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

Joyce King

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

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

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

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

Bruce Lazarus

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

Earl Mosley

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

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

Brooke Wendle

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

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

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

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

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

Adult Fitness Jazz Instructor

JoiLynn Hopkins

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

Check her out at JoiLynn.com

Gaiane Akopian

Also a Ballet Trainee Instructor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Youth Ballet Instructor

Marina Bogdonova

Also a Ballet Trainee Instructor.

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