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TRAINEE PROGRAMS (AGES 13 – 25)

Location: Dallas, Texas

WHAT IS THE TRAINEE PROGRAM?

Several of our Joffrey Ballet School success stories share the same plot. These featured dancers began their journeys as our summer intensive students, who were then selected to join us for our year-round Trainee Program. What exactly IS our year-round Trainee Program, and why is it one of the best ways for a young aspiring dancer to pursue a dance career?

Joffrey Ballet School offers a year-round training ground for pre-professional artists in a multitude of dance disciplines. You have the choice of study at Joffrey Ballet School, either Ballet or Jazz & Contemporary. The goal is to train dancers to work professionally, but most of the top ballet schools around the country do not have this vast range in training. They are focused primarily on a single discipline, and at Joffrey Ballet School we recognize the need for versatility.

We offer two options for location: New York City and Dallas, TX. Dancers from all over the world can choose either program to reap the benefits of the rigorous schedule as well as inspiration from the culture of their new home. Both programs build from a base of classical ballet, and make access to development in a variety of dance forms specific to their concentration.

Our goal is to create a highly employable dancer. Dancers are here to embrace a future in dance, and we are here to help guide them on a successful career path.

TRAINEE PROGRAM

Artistic Director:
Bridget Moore

WHY BECOME A TRAINEE?

TEXAS

The Texas Trainee Program maintains the same focus on excellence as our NYC Trainee Programs, but in a location that allows us to provide the training at a considerably lower cost. The Housing and Tuition cost is $18,000 less per year than our New York Programs. Merit scholarships and financial aid are also available.

The Texas Trainee Program has the same age requirements, accepting the serious dancer between the ages of 13 and 25. As with our New York City Programs, Texas Trainees are expected to either have completed their high school graduation requirements, or to be working toward completion. High school credits can be earned online, and study time is allotted each day for Joffrey Ballet School Housing students.

Dancers train Monday through Friday from 9am to 4:30pm, completing more than 4,000 clock hours by the time they complete our program within 4 to 6 years. Please note: the Texas Trainee Program is not accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance at this time.

The Texas Trainee Program is headed by Artistic Director, Bridget Moore. Ms. Moore is the former Artistic Director of Dallas Black Dance Theater, and holds an MFA from New York University. Choreographic commissions include Ailey II and many others. Ms. Moore toured the world with Ronald K. Brown, and is now bringing her own voice to the stage with her company, B. Moore Dance. Her knowledge and experience gifts the dancers with the seeds to thrive in any avenue they choose to pursue, while bringing them access to notable names from Texas, and beyond.

PHOTOS/VIDEOS

MASTER FACULTY

Ballet Trainee and Jazz Trainee Faculty

Ballet and Jazz Faculty

Visiting Guest Artists: Maximilien Baud, Era Jouravlev, Desmond Richardson, Curtis Pearson, Matthew Prescott, Yusha Sorzano, and Lauren Cox.

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

2019/2020 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

2019/2020 FULL TIME TRAINEE TUITION AND HOUSING RATES

TUITION

Dallas, Texas - Tuition

US Citizens & Permanent Residents: Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
$5,299 per sem

Annual Tuition: $10,598.00

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

HOUSING

Dallas, Texas - Housing

$2,875 per sem

$6,500 per year

Security Deposit
$500

Yearly RA Fee
$700

$3,250 per sem

Security Deposit
$500

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.

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 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/

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.


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