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Ballet Trainee Performances

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.

bt-nutcrackerWhat does The Nutcracker mean to you and your training? It represents long training hours, three months of rehearsals, and three days of multiple performances, all requiring extreme dedication, willingness to work hard, and a love of dance. It means placing you center stage in a lavish production in the heart of the city in a winter performance extravaganza. This is a professional performance that provides you the necessary stage experience to begin your career.

The Nutcracker is a rite of passage. A favorite of the holiday season, The Nutcracker is a treat for audiences of all ages. In the beautiful nyu Skirball theater, the Joffrey Ballet School presents its own version with choreography by Associate executive Director, Davis Robertson, adapted from classic versions by Marius Petipa and Levivanov. Additional choreography is done by Cameron Basden (former Ballet Mistress of the Joffrey Ballet company). This production provides an excellent showcase for the students of the Joffrey Ballet School.

From the moment the lights dim, you will be transported to a magical place filled with adorable children, marching toy soldiers, a glowing thirty foot christmas tree that seemingly grows forever, mischievous mice, crystalline waltzing snowflakes, the Land of Sweets, and some of the most glorious dancing on earth.

Trainee students are required to participate in our annual Nutcracker performance. Auditions are held early on within the fall Semester, and rehearsals begin around october 4th. The fall semester will conclude with the performance in mid-December. Photo credit: Anna Kuzmina AK47


Performance Dates:

December 9, 2016 –  7:00pm
December 10, 2016 – 7:00pm
December 10, 2016 –  2:00pm
December 11, 2016 – 1:00pm
December 11, 2016 – 5:00pm

Location: Skirball Center for Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

Ticket price:
$25 Children Under 12, Senior Citizen and Students with ID
$50 Adults


This workshop is an opportunity to learn about the intricacies and challenges of choreography. You will be mentored by faculty and choreographers to develop, refine, and rehearse your piece. Students are provided with the opportunity to further explore/develop choreographic and performing talents, as well as elements of production. The workshop is open to all year-round trainees. Students are responsible for creating their own work, casting dancers, rehearsing, and costuming. each choreography piece will be showcased in a studio performance, where it will be reviewed by a panel of faculty members. from this studio performance, six choreographers will be chosen to showcase their work in a new york city theater space. From this showcase, two student choreographers will be invited to perform in the winter showcase “in the Mix”* (Jazz & contemporary trainee program only). Students may choose to choreograph their own piece or assist another student in developing his or her own 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 and 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 the in-house performance. * Disclaimer: in the Mix is being developed and the launch date is subject to change.
Photo credit: Anna Kuzmina AK47


Performance Dates: To be announced

Location: To be announced

Ticket price: To be announced

bt_spring-perfOur 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.

Photo credit: Anna Kuzmina AK47




Performance Dates: To be announced

Location: To be announced

Ticket price: To be announced



1st Semester: Sept 14, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017

2nd Semester: Jan 30, 2017 – May 26, 2017

Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm  |   Days: Monday – Friday

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Competitive and Intensive.

From September through May, the trainee programs trains dancers in classical ballet technique, jazz & contemporary movements and artistry required for an active career in a professional company. 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.