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TRAINEE PROGRAMS (AGES 13 – 25)

Location: Dallas, Texas

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 Texas Trainee Program is not accredited with the National Association of Schools of Dance at this time.

BALLET TRAINEE

Era Jouravlev

Artistic Director:
Era Jouravlev

JAZZ TRAINEE

Artistic Director:
Angelica Stiskin


WHY BECOME A TRAINEE?

TEXAS

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

PHOTOS/VIDEOS

MASTER FACULTY

Ballet Trainee and Jazz Trainee Faculty

Ballet and Jazz Faculty

REGISTRATION, FINANCIAL AID AND MERIT

Simple Steps To Become A Trainee

Please note: Our Texas program  is only for US Citizens

STEP 1: COMPLETE ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

2018/2019 Trainee Registration Form,
Financial Aid & Merit Scholarship Application

STEP 2: APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID

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

2018/2019 FULL TIME TRAINEE TUITION AND HOUSING RATES

TUITION

Dallas, Texas - Tuition

US Citizens & Permanent Residents: Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
$4,999 per sem

Annual Tuition: $9,998.00

No International Student Program
Federal Grants & Direct Loans Program Not Available

HOUSING

Dallas, Texas - Housing

$2,875 per sem

Double Extra Large
$5,750 per year

Security Deposit
$500

Yearly Utilities
$750

Yearly RA Fee
$700

Double Extra Large
$2,875 per year

Security Deposit
$500

Semester Utilities
$375

Semester RA Fee
$350

Housing FAQ's

Legends at Legacy Apartment Homes
3700 Legacy Drive, Frisco, TX 75034

Legends at Legacy is revolutionizing what luxury living looks like. These beautiful apartments and townhomes are located in Frisco, Texas.With easy access to both Dallas Parkway and the Sam Rayburn Tollway, commuting anywhere in the Dallas/Fort Worth area becomes that much easier.

The community offers residents luxurious amenities which go above and beyond. Imagine yourself relaxing by an outdoor oasis complete with a grill, water features, and resort-style pool.

Features

  • 2-inch Blinds
  • All Electric Kitchen
  • Cable Ready
  • Carpeted Floors*
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Central Air Conditioning and Heating
  • Den or Study*
  • Dishwasher
  • Extra Storage*
  • Fenced Backyard*
  • Gorgeous Views
  • Granite Countertops*
  • Loft-style Layouts Available*
  • Microwave
  • Mirrored Closet Doors*
  • Modern Accent Tile Firplace*
  • Pantry*
  • Refrigerator
  • Spacious Balcony or Patio
  • Stainless Steel Kitchen Appliances
  • Tall and Lofty, Vaulted Ceilings*
  • The Largest Floor Plans in Frisco
  • Tile Backsplash*
  • Updated Fixtures
  • USB Outlets
  • Walk-in Closets*
  • Washer and Dryer In Unit

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 semester)

Registration Fee

Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
$75 New Students

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 be given performance opportunities throughout the year. They will be coached in established repertoire and will also have choreography set upon them. There will be smaller, intimate performances during the year culminating in a large Concert at the end of the school year.

The Texas Trainee Program is not accredited with the National Association of Schools of Dance at this time.

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.

Students will be given performance opportunities throughout the year. They will be coached in established repertoire and will also have choreography set upon them. There will be smaller, intimate performances during the year culminating in a large Concert at the end of the school year.

The Texas Trainee Program is not accredited with the National Association of Schools of Dance at this time.

Tuition includes all classes offered to trainees at the school. Workshops and lectures are included; however, some require an extra fee depending on the costs incurred by the School to support them. Students are awarded significant scholarships, grants, work-study amounts by the Joffrey Ballet School.

Payment plans are offered monthly, quarterly, semi-annually and annually. Payments are due on the 1st of each month and start on August 1st of the school 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

  • “Day in the Life” of a Ballet Trainee

    9:00am – 10:30am
    Ballet Technique

    10:45am – 11:45am
    Pointe

    11:45am – 12:30pm
    Lunch

    12:30pm – 1:45pm
    Contemporary

    2:00pm – 3:30pm
    Rehearsal/Performance Studies

  • “Day in the Life” of a Jazz Trainee

    9:00am – 10:30am
    Ballet Technique

    10:45am – 12:15pm
    Contemporary Technique

    12:15 – 1:00
    Lunch

    1:00pm – 2:30pm
    Modern

    2:30pm – 4:00pm
    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.

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.

Educational FAQ's

Ballet Trainee Program

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

Jazz Trainee Program

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

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

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. For students living in our apartments we provide a study time following classes each day. For more information on online programs available please 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 semester. The total clock hours for the entire program is 4,369 which the student has four to six years to complete.

Courses in the program include:

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

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

  • Ballet
  • Pointe
  • Variations

This totals 1,337 clock hours.

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

  • Contemporary
  • Jazz

This totals 612 clock hours.

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

  • Partnering
  • Kinetic Studies
  • Character Dance
  • Repertory

This totals 918 clock hours.

The Performance Studies section consists of:

  • Rehearsals
  • Performances

This totals 1088 clock hours.

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

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

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

  • Modern
  • Jazz/Contemporary

This totals 1,224 clock hours.

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

  • Ballet Technique

This totals 1,020 clock hours.

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

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

This totals 1,088 clock hours.

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

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

This totals 459 clock hours.

The Performance Studies section consists of:

  • Rehearsals
  • Performances

This totals 561 clock hours.

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

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

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

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

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

The grades are assessed as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York City

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

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

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

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

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

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

Texas

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Ceyhun Ozsoy

Ceyhun Ozsoy was born in Turkey.  He began his ballet education at the Ankara Government Conservatory where he studied with Molly Lake, Travis Kemp, Angela Bayley and Beatrice Appliard Fenmen.  After nine years of study, he graduated with an excellent degree in 1968.  In the summer of 1972 he earned his bachelor’s degree from the conservatory.  He danced with the Turkish National Ballet Company in Ankara for 18 years as a soloist and as principal dancer.  He also acted as ballet master for the company in the later years.  Ceyhun also danced with Bayarische Staatsoper Company in Munich, West Germany.  During his career, he performed major roles in many of the classics such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, La Fille Mar Gardee, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita, Don Quixote and Coppelia, to name a few.  He has worked with great masters of the ballet world, including Dame Ninette de Valois, Anton Dolin, John Gilpin, Alfred Rodrigues, John Neumeier, Sandor Toth, Irina Hudova, Nina Tcholova, Sulamith Messerer, Nicolai Haritnov, Aleksander ProkovskyVladimir Tsoukanov, and many more.  He served as ballet master for Delta Festival Ballet in New Orleans for eight years. In 1990 Ceyhun moved to Dallas and founded Ozsoy School of Ballet.  Currently, in addition to being director of his school, he is a part-time faculty member at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas, Joffrey Ballet School’s eight week summer program, and he is a guest master teacher for The Compañia Nacional de Danza in Mexico City.

Desmond Richardson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catherine Livengood Lewellen

Catherine Livengood Lewellen has been teaching and coaching classical and contemporary ballet for the past 20 years in pre-professional training programs, homeschool training academies, competitive teams and coaching students and small groups towards YAGP and other ballet competitions. As a young dancer, she attended The Harid Conservatory in Florida on full scholarship in their year round program, as well as Booker T Washington High School, where she was in the repertory company and became a YoungArts scholarship recipient. During the summers she trained as a scholarship student at several prestigious schools including American Ballet Theatre, The School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, LINES Contemporary Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre where she joined the company as a trainee in 1997 after graduating two years early at age 16. While there Catherine met Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson who invited her to work with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She also had the pleasure of working with Alonzo King during this time and performing his work. She attended The Juilliard School in 2000 and continued working with Complexions while in NYC. Catherine graduated summa cum laude from The University of Texas at Dallas with a double major in Psychology and Early Childhood Development and holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from Southern Methodist University, where she specialized in working with children and adolescents.

In 2013, Catherine was awarded Outstanding Choreographer at Youth America Grand Prix where her classical and contemporary ensembles took first and second place and were invited to the New York City Finals along with some of her other soloists and duos. She has choreographed ensembles that have been performed at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s pre-professional summer program, The Meyerson with Turtle Creek Chorale, Juilliard’s Choreography Composition program, Regional Dance America Emerging Choreographers Showcase, and choreographed and restaged several ballets including La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Coppelia and most recently staged an excerpt of Mercy on Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive students. She has been a master teacher or on faculty at several prominent local schools including Dallas Ballet Center, Prodigy Dance Centre, Dance Industry, and is currently on faculty at Complexions Contemporary Ballet (Dallas Summer Intensive) and The Dallas Conservatory. Catherine has also coached soloists to the YAGP finals in NYC and the Elite Dance Tournament Finals in LA where she coached the winning soloist who was awarded an apprenticeship with Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She has trained, mentored, and coached students that have become Presidential Scholars of the Arts and others who are now in prominent schools and companies all over the world, including The Juilliard School, Los Angeles Ballet, Semperoper Dresden Ballet, School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, USC, SYTYCD, Oklahoma City Ballet, Ballet Austin and Miami City Ballet. Catherine and her husband reside in Frisco, TX with their three children.

Brian Stevens

Brian Stevens grew up in the Dallas Fort Worth area where he received his training from top instructors including Gayle Corkery, Justin Giles and Dana Bailey. He furthered his education on scholarship at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC and The Edge Performing Arts Center in LA. Throughout his training Brian assisted for Tremaine and Dupree Dance Conventions across the country. Assisting faculty members of these nationally recognized dance conventions allowed Brian to have a hands on experience in teaching other dancers movement and technique. The assistant opportunity also helped him to further create his unique choreography style in contemporary and jazz.

Brian is currently the Artistic Director of Wanderlust Dance Project, named as one of “Theater Jones Top Ten Dance Performances of 2016”. Wanderlust Dance Project is “the first and only Non-Profit 501(c)(3) of it’s kind, where pre-professionals learn and rehearse from some of the dance industry’s top choreographers, while dancing alongside working professional dancers”. Brian is also the Artistic Director of KJ Dance’s pre-professional dance company, Pulse. Under his direction the company has been nationally recognized as New York City Dance Alliance’s Outstanding Studio. His choreography for large and small groups, solos, duets, and trios have won multiple high scores in the country. Under his mentorship Brian has had individual nationally recognized dancers as well. Brian tours the country with the Dupree Dance Convention faculty as a choreographer and instructor. He is the founder and designer of the internationally recognized costume company, Artistic Dance Designs, which launched in 2013. Brian teaches at a number of dance intensives and workshops including the North Texas Summer Dance Intensive, Dallas Repertoire Ballet Intensive, Dancers Give Back Dallas and Dallas DanceFest. He travels teaching Master classes and setting choreography at studios, schools and professional companies across the country.

Taylor Greer

Taylor Greer is from Garland, Texas. She graduated from South Garland High School where she was a 3 year member of the Southern Belles drill team and was Captain of the group in her senior year.  During high school, Taylor had the opportunity to continue her dance training under Kim McSwain at the Centre for Dance and at Dallas Powerhouse of Dance. She received numerous awards as a soloist including being named a Jump Convention finalist and a Stage One Production National Champion.  After graduating from high school, Taylor attended Kilgore College where she was a member of the Kilgore Rangerettes.  During her time as a Rangerette, Taylor was a member of the Rangerette Swingsters and was a dance soloist at the annual spring show, Revels.  Taylor has also served as a choreographer for Revels. In 2010, Taylor was selected to dance on stage during the Super Bowl halftime show featuring the Black Eye Peas.  Upon completing her Associate of Arts degree at Kilgore, Taylor attended Chapman University in Orange, California where she auditioned and was accepted into the prestigious dance program. While at Chapman, Taylor was selected in both 2012 and 2013 as one of a few dancer to represent Chapman University in their Dance Tour performing throughout the state of California. After graduating from Chapman with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance, Taylor moved to West Hollywood in Los Angeles and continued her training as a dancer where she has worked with and appeared in videos for talented choreographers for two years. In 2016, Taylor moved back to Dallas, TX to pursue her career as a dance instructor and choreographer. She is currently a Dallas Cowboy Rhythm & Blue Dancer (a high-energy co-ed hip-hop dance team).

Eldar Valiev

Eldar Valiev graduated from the famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, and received additional training at the Kirov Ballet Company. He has more than twenty years of experience as a professional ballet dancer and fifteen years of experience as a ballet master. Eldar has appeared as a principal dancer in numerous ballet companies, including The State Theater of Opera and Ballet of Bashkortostan in Ufa, Eifman Ballet Theater in St. Petersburg, and the Icelandic National Ballet.  He has performed leading parts in the ballets Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, Coppelia, Les Silphides, The Nutcracker, and many others. Eldar had the privilege to work with famous American choreographers such as Robert La Fosse, William Soleau and Lambros Lambrow. He danced in Iceland, as Frans in Coppelia, in which he partnered with world-renowned Prima Ballerina Assoluta, Eva Evdokimova.  He has performed with the stars of Bolshoi and Kirov Ballets in England, Germany, France, Holland, Switzerland, and Iceland and shared the stage with Alexander Bogatyrev, Nadezhda Pavlova and Lyubov Kunakova. Eldar spent thirteen years at the Cumberland County Playhouse in Tennessee. He rehearsed for five years as the ballet master, and for eight years he performed the duties as Director of Dance Program. Eldar moved to Denton, Texas in August 2011 to assume the position of Artistic Director of Festival Ballet of North Central Texas, and Director of Denton Ballet Academy. He is very grateful and honored for the opportunity to being a part of the faculty at the Joffrey Ballet School in Frisco, TX.