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Open Classes

OPEN CLASSES

OVERVIEW

The Open Classes at Joffrey Ballet School are daily drop-in classes designed for students of all levels to pursue a deeper understanding of dance! Our evenings are filled with classes that provide the dance community at large full access to our world-renowned faculty. We are offering classes in all genres, ranging from Beginner Ballet classes to Intermediate and Advanced Contemporary Ballet and Hip Hop! All ages are welcome. We highly encourage ages 13 years or older, as these classes will cater to an adult, pre-professional, and professional climate.

Classes fill quickly, so Online Registration is recommended. Check-In is on a first come, first serve basis. We strongly advise students to register prior to arriving at the school to avoid delays in the sign in process.

Customers that choose to drop-in without first signing up online MUST arrive 15 minutes prior to class start time. 

If you are unable to attend class once registered online, please cancel at the latest 1 hour prior to class start time. A $15 Late Cancel Fee will incur if class is not cancelled.

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OPEN CLASSES

DESCRIPTIONS

Men's Ballet with Michael Waldrop

Michael Waldrop

Michael Waldrop

MICHAEL WALDROP, a performer, choreographer, and instructor, was born in Los Angeles, California. He has toured the world, dancing with 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 has performed in the classical and contemporary works of Peter Chu, Andreas Heise, Daniel Ezralow, Steffen Fuchs, Bella Lewitzky, Cathy Marston, Ihsan Rustem, Tom Ruud, Uwe Scholz, and Josie Walsh.

Michael’s choreography emphasizes dynamic, extension, and flow through a classical and contemporary vocabulary. He has created works for Theater Koblenz, the Joffrey Ballet School New York and San Francisco Summer Intensives, and the State Street Ballet Summer Intensive, as well as for pre- professional and professional dancers throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Germany.


Class Description: This class is designed for male dancers of all levels. Men’s Ballet can be a supplement for a regular ballet class. Each class will focus on the development of the male dancer’s body and strength, as well as the general principles of men’s ballet technique. Students will be expected to adhere to proper men’s ballet dress code (fitted white t-shirt, black tights). Unlike any class offered in NYC, Michael’s classical vs. neoclassical approach to movement and choreography, along with his bright and tenacious spirit, will surely prepare men to work and enjoy learning in all capacities.

Registration is required for this Artist Series, as it is not a single drop-in class. Consistent attendance is important, as each class will build upon the last.

Contemporary Fusion with Phil Orsano

Phil Orsano

Phil Orsano

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 NY 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.


Class Description: Phil Orsano teaches a variety of styles of movement that utilize a solid ballet foundation. Within his choreography and class, his message is to teach dancers that they can accomplish anything; from ballet, to hip hop, to the natural and animalistic qualities of humans as a whole. Tendugroove.

Registration is required for this Artist Series, as it is not a single drop-in class. Consistent attendance is important, as each class will build upon the last.

Absolute Beginner Ballet

This introductory workshop is specially designed for adults who have a passion and desire to learn ballet but have no prior dance experience. The classes provide a welcoming and friendly environment, with individualized instruction and attention, which exposes you to the core fundamentals of ballet in a relaxed and comfortable class setting. Throughout this workshop you will learn the basic body positions, core ballet exercises such as plié and tendu, how to stand at the barre with appropriate body alignment and posture, an introduction to ballet terminology as well as ballet classroom etiquette. An emphasis on proper body alignment will be a key point of focus, in addition to hip rotation and postural placement.
Registration is required for this workshop as this is a series of classes, not single drop-in classes. Consistent attendance is important, as each class will build upon the previous concepts studied. Students can not miss more than 1/4 of the workshop series. (Recommended for beginners)

Beginner Ballet

This beginner level is for adults who have a basic understanding of the foundations of ballet. These concepts are incorporated into a full ballet class with exercises at the barre, in the center and moving across the floor. The core emphasis of this level will be on understanding and improving proper alignment, posture, rotation, and flexibility. Dancers will also expand their ballet vocabulary while learning new movements and positions.

Beginner Ballet II

This next level will expand upon the foundations of Beginner Ballet. The class will focus on continuing to fine-tune the basic positions, posture and alignment, while introducing more advanced steps both at the barre and in the center. Exercises will focus on increasing speed and complexity, coordination of arm and leg movements, and increased strength in the lower body.

Intermediate Ballet

This is the perfect level for dancers who are serious about their training and have many years of experience in ballet. This class will move at a much quicker pace, offering complex combinations both at the barre and in the center. Dancers will be exposed to more advanced and diverse exercises, challenging them to elevate their level of training while still maintaining a strong focus on their core ballet technique. At this level dancers should begin to explore and develop their artistry, musicality and epaulement.

Intermediate Contemporary Ballet

Michael Waldrop

Michael Waldrop

MICHAEL WALDROP, a performer, choreographer, and instructor, was born in Los Angeles, California. He has toured the world, dancing with 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 has performed in the classical and contemporary works of Peter Chu, Andreas Heise, Daniel Ezralow, Steffen Fuchs, Bella Lewitzky, Cathy Marston, Ihsan Rustem, Tom Ruud, Uwe Scholz, and Josie Walsh.

Michael’s choreography emphasizes dynamic, extension, and flow through a classical and contemporary vocabulary. He has created works for Theater Koblenz, the Joffrey Ballet School New York and San Francisco Summer Intensives, and the State Street Ballet Summer Intensive, as well as for pre- professional and professional dancers throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and Germany.


Class Description: Michael Waldrop’s contemporary ballet classes afford dancers the opportunity to apply contemporary methodology to the classical vocabulary. Classes begin with a barre, stretching the ballet syllabus to expand movement through dynamic, extension, and flow. Center work will focus primarily on choreography, utilizing neoclassical and contemporary movement to create a unique phrase weekly, accompanied by a live pianist. Intermediate through professional dancers are encouraged to attend and explore this unique combination between ballet and contemporary choreography.

Ballet: The Basics

Bridging the gap between Absolute Beginner and Beginner Ballet, this class is designed to take the novice to the next level with confidence and ease. With its primary focus being the expansion of your foundation and the progression of your technique, this class is designed specifically as the “missing link”. Students will continue to expand their knowledge of ballet technique through the concepts previously studied, as well as be introduced to new and more challenging exercises. If you have a solid foundation, but aren’t ready to get your toes wet in the Beginner Ballet level, Ballet: The Basics will get you ready to jeté into open beginner classes in no time!

Registration is required for this workshop as this is a series of classes, not single drop-in classes. Consistent attendance is important, as each class will build upon the previous concepts studied. Students can not miss more than 1/4 of the workshop series. (Recommended for beginners)

Intermediate Contemporary With Amy Yakima

Amy Yakima

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, Ingrid Michaelson “Celebrate” 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, Radix Dance Convention and Jump Dance Convention. She made her Broadway debut as Peter Pan in Finding Neverland in which she performed there for over a year. And recently she was featured in Emmy nominated Amazon Prime TV show, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as a principal dancer.


Class Description: Amy’s jazz class begins with a warm up that incorporates improv to put focus on waking up the muscles. Attention is then put on technique, proper placement, and finding center of the body before beginning movement across the floor. Amy’s phrases and movement challenges across the floor put strong emphasis on musicality, style, and getting out of one’s personal comfort zone. Dancers are challenged to dance to a variety of musical artists and genres and mold their style and expression to embody the music. Each week in the center, Amy will teach choreography that draws from jazz, contemporary, ballet, musical theater, and hip-hop styles. Amy’s class is meant to allow dancers to experiment with style, discover new ways of moving their body, and share their art with one another.

Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop with Jeff Lapes

Jaclyn Walsh

Jaclyn Walsh

JACLYN WALSH named “25 to Watch” in 2015 by Dance Magazine, trained at the Walnut Hill School and received her BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was the recipient of the Tisch Achievement Scholarship in Dance and is a former dancer of Keigwin + Company.

Jaclyn’s choreography has been seen in numerous venues including SummerStage Main Stage in Central Park and DRA’s Dancin’ Downtown at The Joyce Theater, where she received The Choreography Award in 2012 and 2013. Jaclyn is a two time finalist in the Capezio A.C.E. Awards. She choreographed and performed in a commercial for ALDO Shoes produced by Refinery29, as well as a music video for Vienna Teng and an ASL music video produced by Deaf Professional Arts Network for AT&T’s Feel the Music Campaign. DanceSpirit magazine recognized Jaclyn as one of the dance world’s thirteen “Hottest Young Choreographers.”


Class Description: Jeff brings a fresh yet “old school” hip hop vibe to every class. His “larger-than-life” style is based on his career growing up in the pop/commercial dance world. This knowledge combined with 90’s NYC hip hop and dancehall styles, will get you prepared for auditions and work in the professional market!

Beginner Jazz with Bill Waldinger

Bill Waldinger

Bill Waldinger

In addition to the Jazz and Contemporary Program at The Joffrey Ballet School, Bill is currently on faculty at the musical theater conservatory CAP 21, The Manhattan Ballet School (Director of Jazz), the contemporary company Cora Dance (Director of Ballet), and Hamilton Dance (Director of Ballet). 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. He has also served as a Master Teacher at Hunter College and Halestone Dance (Lexington, VA), again teaching the work of the jazz master Luigi. 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. 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.


This classic Jazz class is designed for dancers of all levels and meets on Wednesdays. It provides solid technical training, which is essential to the progress of the beginner. The class is also designed to develop the style and artistry of the more advanced dancer. This method encourages a general lengthening of the body, develops beautiful bodyline, and builds stage presence, musicality and a sense of individual style. Each class begins with a set warm-up in which each exercise is taught and broken-down in clear detail. After the warm-up, a piece of choreography in a “classic jazz” style is taught and studied. The choreography is designed to incorporate the technique taught in the warm up and nurture the artistic development of the dancer.

Intermediate/Advanced Hip Hop with Jeff Lapes

Jeffrey Lapes

Jeffrey Lapes

Jeff Lapes began his training at the age of 8, and by age 12, Jeff’s highly energized and dynamic hip-hop style got him agency representation. From there, he performed in Broadway promos, toured with and choreographed for Radio Disney stars, and traveled around the country assisting top choreographers. As he got older, his passion for hip-hop led to work on VH1, CBS, and MTV with artists such as Neyo, Nelly Furtado, Timbaland, Lil Mama, Patti Labelle, Taylor Dayne and Deborah Cox, just to name a few. You may also recognize him from being a member of the crew “Iconic” featured on the original season of “America’s Best Dance Crew”. Most recently, Jeff traveled to Holland where he was a featured choreographer for the artist Labrinth, on hit show “The Ultimate Dance Battle”. While in Holland, he also helped Dan Karaty choreograph for a musical based on the book entitled “Lover of Loser”. Finally, Jeff opened “CAJJA Productions”, an entertainment and dance production company featuring “Rock the House” dance intensives, and promotional films, videos, and dance performances for companies such as Talia Favia’s “The Difference Between” and Travis wall’s “Shaping Sounds”. When not busy producing, Jeff still brings his fresh, yet “old school” vibe to studios and dance events across the country.


Class Description: Jeff brings a fresh yet “old school” hip hop vibe to every class. His “larger-than-life” style is based on his career growing up in the pop/commercial dance world. This knowledge combined with 90’s NYC hip hop and dancehall styles, will get you prepared for auditions and work in the professional market!

Beginner Pointe

This class is for those who have taken ballet classes with our Adult Program faculty and have been assessed and approved for pointe by the pointe teacher. The decision of whether one is ready to go on pointe is determined by assessing the student’s strength and physical development. All adults must attend an adult ballet class prior to taking the pointe class for the safety of you and your body.
Registration is required for this workshop as this is a series of classes, not single drop-in classes. Consistent attendance is important, as each class will build upon the previous concepts studied.

Pointe

This class is for those who have taken ballet classes with our Adult Program faculty and have been assessed and approved for pointe by the pointe teacher. The decision of whether one is ready to go on pointe is determined by assessing the student’s strength and physical development. All adults must attend an adult ballet class prior to taking the pointe class for the safety of you and your body.
Registration is required for this workshop as this is a series of classes, not single drop-in classes. Consistent attendance is important, as each class will build upon the previous concepts studied.

Intermediate Theater Dance With Beth Crandall

Beth Crandall

Beth Crandall

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.


Class Description: Beth Crandall believes in technique, storytelling and versatility. Dancers will become familiar with styles from different eras and the work of Broadway legends such as Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse. Class will focus on style, musicality and infusing performance quality into each combination. Beth strives to make the studio a safe, encouraging space where dancers feel supported to take chances, work on character development and build confidence for their next audition.

Dancers are expected to adhere to the Joffrey Ballet School Dress Code. Students may wear any form-fitting clothing that they can comfortably move in, such as a leotard and tights or a tank top or t-shirt with exercise pants or leggings. Excessive jewelry is not allowed.

Ballet shoes are mandatory for ballet classes

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As the beginner workshop starts to come to a close, I just wanted to tell you how great it has worked out with Jessica. She makes us work really hard and yet is incredibly supportive and encouraging at the same time. I am so grateful for her careful eye and then her feedback during her regular classes. I really appreciate the continuity of working with her throughout the week and then more closely in the workshop. It’s exactly the kind of environment I was looking for and is better than all the other beginner workshops I’ve tried at other studios.

I’m deeply in love with the crumbling, unrenovated, late-70s vibe of the building. The studios are boiling hot, but that’s good for your flexibility. And the oversized windows look out on Sixth Ave and 10th Street, which makes you feel like you’re in a Woody Allen movie. In short, I truly adore the Joffrey Ballet School.

As an adult beginner with no previous dance experience whatsoever, I tried out many beginner ballet classes around the city and found most unsatisfying–crowded, with little personal attention. I’d read about the Joffrey Absolute Beginner Workshop and although it seemed daunting– class 4x a week– I was tired of wasting money and time and learning nothing elsewhere. I took the workshop this past October and it was fantastic. The class breaks down everything starting from the basic positions to how to follow the barre and some basic center work.

After the workshop, you will not know everything about ballet, but you will know far more than when you started, and have enough knowledge to attend regular classes and improve on what you learned. I found the workshop so valuable that I took it again the next time it was offered and learned just as much this time around.