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Ballet, Pointe and Variations
Ages 8 – 18

Community Ballet Classes
Ages 8 – 18

Boys Ballet
Ages 7 – 18

Lets start learning ballet together.

YOUTH BALLET CLASSES

AGES 8 – 18

This is a great program for the beginner to the advanced dancer and provides a nurturing and fun learning environment. The dancer learns ballet in a fun classroom setting with live Piano in each class.

The learning experience elevates the ballet tradition embracing both the fun and discipline of dance. The dancer will learn dance terms and the building blocks of movement to progress onto more advanced levels of dance training. Live piano music makes this learning environment unforgettable, enriching and fun.

This program has two fabulous and huge performances each year.

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Semester Dates

Fall: Sept. 9, 2019 – Jan.18, 2020
Spring: Jan. 20, 2020 – May 22, 2020

TRIAL CLASS/PLACEMENT

New Students will need to take a Trial Class in order to be placed into the correct class/level.

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YOUTH BALLET JR & SR DIVISIONS

Multiple Classes Per Week Required

Level 1

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 8 and up

Level 1A & 1B

The dancer takes two classes per week and focuses on the beautiful elements of ballet movement, posture, weight transfer, large and small poses as well as allegro. Dancers begin turns and establish the base of ballet for future dance classes. Your dancer will be blown away by the live music in this class.

Pre-Professional Experience
Two Ballet classes per week required.
Level 1A is the 1st Year Students.
Level 1B is the 2nd Year Students.

Level 2

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 9 and up

Level 2

This class is great for the beginner but also builds off of Level 1. Dancers take three classes per week. Learning Ballet is never dull and the dancers will be engaged in the learning environment with LIVE MUSIC in each class. Dancers learn self confidence, coordination, balance, and form. The classes progress with quarter and demi-pointe as well as linking moves together with repetitions. The class covers many basic steps with an increased pace. Pirouettes are introduced and Pre Pointe is begun slowly in the last fifteen minutes of each class to prepare the students feet and legs for Pointe. Your child will be transformed with a passion for dance as each class produces more and more fun filled moments in learning.

For those who have completed Level 1.

Pre-Professional Experience
Two Ballet Technique classes and 2 Pointe classes per week required.
Level 2A is the 1st Year Students.
Level 2B is the 2nd Year Students.

Level 3

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 12 and up

Level 3

These dancers take five fabulous classes per week; three Ballet and two Pointe/Variations. Dancers gain confidence as their ability grows. The live music in these classes continues the educational process that focuses in on leaps, jumps, turns, posture, balance and so much more. Dancers work more on demi-pointe and pointe as they leap and spin their way to utter dance joy.

For those who have completed Level 2.

Pre-Professional Experience
Three Ballet classes and 2 Pointe/Variations classes per week required.

Level 4

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 13 and up

Level 4

This level of dance has six amazing classes per week. The dancers are fully immersed in numerous steps, combinations, spins, jumps, leaps and the flow of movement. Dancers are turning on demi-pointe and are learning complex and expressive movements. All classes have live music and cultivate self confidence, balance, posture and discipline.

For those who have completed Level 3.

Pre-Professional Experience
3 Ballet Technique classes and 2 Pointe/Variations classes per week required.

Level 5

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 15 and up

Level 5

These talented and committed dancers take seven classes per week. They are fully dedicated to ballet training with emphasis on posture, pointe, multiple combinations, jumps, turns, leaps, combinations and expressive dance. There is Live Music in all of their classes.

For those who have completed Level 4.

Pre-Professional Experience
3 Ballet Technique Classes and 2 Pointe/Variations classes per week required.

Boys Program

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 7 – 18

Boys Ballet (All Levels)

Boys Ballet Level 1: Ages 8 – 11
Boys Ballet Level 2: Ages 12 and up

The boys work on strength, balance, agility, flexibility, and begin to study basic principles of ballet. All boys are to attend their ballet technique classes for their specific level as well as this Boys Class on Saturdays.

The Foundations of Ballet for Boys class has been designed to introduce young boys to the attributes necessary to becoming a successful male dancer in Classical Ballet. This program allows boys to gain confidence in their dancing with the support of a caring and nurturing faculty. The boys work on strength, balance,agility, flexibility, and begin to study basic principles of ballet.
Pre-Professional Experience
All boys are to attend their ballet technique classes for their specific level as well as this Boys Class on Saturdays.

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YOUTH BALLET COMMUNITY DIVISION

1 Class Per Week

Beginner Ballet

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 8 to 10

Beginner Ballet (Ages 8 to 10)

Beginner Ballet is the first year of classical ballet training. The class will focus on the basic elements of correct postural alignment, weight transfer, and basic steps of the Ballet vocabulary. This very important level is vital in establishing a firm base on which future training will be built.

Open Experience
Register for 1 class a week of your choosing.

Intermediate Ballet

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 11 to 13

Intermediate Ballet (Ages 11 to 13)

Intermediate Ballet progresses the basic elements of Beginner Ballet. The aplomb is further developed with the use of demi pointe. The range of basic steps is expanded, with more emphasis on linking steps together, with more repetitions. There is added emphasis on the coordination of all of the parts of the body. The tempo for many basic steps is gradually increased, and pirouettes are introduced

Open Experience
Register for 1 class per week of your choosing.

Teen Ballet

Live Music in All Classes

Ages 13 and up

Teen Ballet (Ages 13 and up)

This class provides a perfect beginner ballet experience for teens who have had limited to no prior ballet training. Focus in this level will be on body alignment, placement, flexibility, strength, grace, poise, and most of all – a fun nurturing environment.

Open Experience
Register for 1 class per week of your choosing.

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YOUTH BALLET CLASSES

FACULTY

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YOUTH BALLET CLASSES

SCHEDULES

Live Music in All Classes

Classes run from Sep 9, 2019 - May 22, 2020

YOUTH BALLET CLASSES

TUITION

Youth Ballet (Levels 1-5) and Community Classes Pricing

$150 Per Class, Per Month*

+ $50 Non-Refundable Registration Fee

Tuition is determined by the amount of classes taken.
Monthly Payment Plan (9 Payments)
$150

Per Month, Per Class, One Class Per Week.

Payments are automatically charged on the 1st of every month

Registration is open and ongoing through the year.

Boys Ballet Class Pricing

$50 Per Class, Per Month

All boys are to attend their ballet technique classes for their specific level as well as the Boys Class on Saturdays. The Boys Ballet class on Saturdays is $50 per month.

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It is the policy of the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School that all tuition and other fees paid shall not be refunded at any time, regardless of the time of cancellation by the student or student’s parents or guardians or whether the relevant program has commenced. In the event that the relevant program has been cancelled by the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School, the School will make best efforts to move the student into a substantially similar program; in the event that no such substantially similar program exists, the School will issue a full refund.

A fee of $15.00 will be charged for any credit card/debit card charge not honored by the bank for any reason when processing any credit card/debit card charge. Please call us no less than thirty (30) days in advance of any change to your credit card/debit card account to prevent this $15.00 fee from being charged.

Full Payment Terms

Full Pay & Credit Card/Debit Card Charge Authorization:
Joffrey Ballet School offers customers the opportunity to purchase the right to participate on price per-class full payment option. Joffrey Ballet School accepts Visa and MasterCard credit card/debit card payments to permit customers to pay for these in full. The account can be frozen at $15 for 14 days or $30 for 30 days, in which time the dancer(s) cannot attend classes. If you wish to opt out in Spring, you will need inform us by December 1st. Please email joffreyregistrar@joffreyballetschool.com with the subject line “JBS Children’s/Youth Ballet Program Spring Opt Out”.

 

Monthly Payment Terms

Auto-Pay & Credit Card/Debit Card Charge Authorization:

Joffrey Ballet School offers customers the opportunity to purchase the right to participate on a price per class monthly payment option. Joffrey Ballet School accepts Visa and MasterCard credit card/debit card credit card/debit card payments to permit customers to pay for these classes. The account can be frozen at $15 for 14 days or $30 for 30 days, in which time the dancer(s) cannot attend classes. If you wish to opt out in Spring, you will need inform us by December 1st. Please email joffreyregistrar@joffreyballetschool.com with the subject line “JBS Children’s/Youth Ballet Program Spring Opt Out”.

Return Charges:
I acknowledge and agree that a fee of $15.00 will be charged for any credit card/debit card charge not honored by the bank for any reason when processing any credit card/debit card charge. I agree to notify Joffrey Ballet School no less than thirty (30) days in advance of any change to my credit card/debit card account to prevent this $15.00 fee from being charged.

No Transfer or Cancellation:
I acknowledge that this agreement is non-transferable.

Non-Payment:
In the event that there is an outstanding non-payment balance. Joffrey Ballet School must resort to retaining an attorney or collection agency to enforce payment under this agreement.

Attendance
Children’s Ballet and Youth Ballet Classes

If you are injured or sick for more than 2 days, you must present a note from a doctor to the program director. Without a doctor’s note you will not be allowed in class until the director receives one. If you miss more than 4 unexcused classes within a semester, because of an injury or illness certain measures will be taken with the program director. Children arriving more than 15 minutes late may not be admitted to their class, at the discretion of the instructor.

YOUTH BALLET CLASSES

DRESS CODE

YOUTH BALLET LVL1-5 DRESS CODE

The Dress Code for Level 1A & 1B:

Girls: Burgundy tank style leotard, matching skirt, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers.

  • Girls should have their hair in a bun with a hair net.
  • Absolutely no jewelry of any kind may be worn in class.

Boys: Black footed tights, a white T-shirt, black/white socks and black ballet slippers.

The Dress Code for Level 2A & 2B:

Girls: Wine tank style leotard, matching skirt, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers.

  • Girls should have their hair in a bun with a hair net.
  • Absolutely no jewelry of any kind may be worn in class.

Boys: Black footed tights, a white T-shirt, black/white socks and black ballet slippers.

The Dress Code for Level 3:

Girls: Mulberry tank style leotard, matching skirt, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers.

  • Girls should have their hair in a bun with a hair net.
  • Absolutely no jewelry of any kind may be worn in class.

Boys: Black footed tights, a white T-shirt, black/white socks and black ballet slippers.

The Dress Code for Level 4:

Girls: Radiant Violet tank style leotard, matching skirt, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers.

  • Girls should have their hair in a bun with a hair net.
  • Absolutely no jewelry of any kind may be worn in class.

Boys: Black footed tights, a white T-shirt, black/white socks and black ballet slippers.

The Dress Code for Level 5:

Girls: Purple tank style leotard, matching skirt, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers.

  • Girls should have their hair in a bun with a hair net.
  • Absolutely no jewelry of any kind may be worn in class.

Boys: Black footed tights, a white T-shirt, black/white socks and black ballet slippers.  

COMMUNITY BALLET DRESS CODE

Community Beginner Ballet:

Girls: Radiant Green tank style leotard, matching skirt, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers.

  • Girls should have their hair in a bun with a hair net.
  • Absolutely no jewelry of any kind may be worn in class.

Boys: Black footed tights, a white T-shirt, black/white socks and black ballet slippers.

The Dress Code for

Community Advanced Ballet:

Girls: Deep Turquoise tank style leotard, matching skirt, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers.

  • Girls should have their hair in a bun with a hair net.
  • Absolutely no jewelry of any kind may be worn in class.

Boys: Black footed tights, a white T-shirt, black/white socks and black ballet slippers.

The Dress Code for

Community Teen Ballet:

Girls: Black tank style leotard, matching skirt, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers.

  • Girls should have their hair in a bun with a hair net.
  • Absolutely no jewelry of any kind may be worn in class.

Boys: Black footed tights, a white T-shirt, black/white socks and black ballet slippers

WHERE TO BUY

All leotards may be purchased in the appropriate colors through OnStage Dancewear.

The brand is BodyWrappers, and the style is BWP015 (Children sizes) & BWP215 (Adult sizes).

On Stage Dancewear: 197 Madison Ave, New York, NY

http://www.onstagedancewear.com (866) 725-1174

HAIR AND JEWELRY

Girls – Students’ hair must be neatly secured in a bun or twist with a hair net.

Boys – Any boys with hair longer than their neckline need to have it secured in a ponytail.

No jewelry is permitted to be worn in class other than tiny hoop earrings or stud earrings.

No necklaces, rings, watches, or bracelets are allowed.

YOUTH BALLET CLASSES

PERFORMANCES

Become the dancer that you dreamed you could be! Be a part of our signature performances; The Nutcracker (Fall) and Peter Pan (Spring).

THE NUTCRACKER

Students from the Joffrey Ballet School’s Ballet Trainee, Children’s and Youth Ballet program will present the full two act holiday tradition, “The Nutcracker”.

Performance Dates and Times:

Friday, December 13th, 2019 at 7pm
Saturday, December 14th, 2019 at 2pm and 7pm
Sunday, December 15th, 2019 at 12:30pm

Location: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center @ LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue, E-241 Long Island City, N.Y. 11101

PETER PAN

Peter Pan is the story of a boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland, with Wendy Darling, her brothers Michael and John, the fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, the Indian princess Tiger Lily, Mermaids, the pirate Captain Hook, and a hungry Crocodile.

Neverland, “Second star to the right and straight on til morning”, A place where you never have to grow up. A place where all that you wish for can come true. A place of musical bees, neon fireflies, dancing mermaids, and a “Nana” that walks on four legs.

Performance Date:
Saturday, May 9, 2020

Times:
1:00pm and 5:00pm

Location: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center @ LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue, E-241 Long Island City, N.Y. 11101

Artistic Director of Children's Dance and Youth Dance Program

Jo Matos

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

Annastasia Mercedes

Annastasia Mercedes is a New York native. From a classical foundation, she went on to begin her professional studies in ballet and modern technique, pedagogy, and dance composition at the Hartt School, under the direction of Stephen Pier. She received her B.F.A in Ballet and Dance Pedagogy while studying under Nina Watt, Hilda Morales, Debra Collins-Ryder, Tim Melady, Samantha Dunster, and Gregory Dolbashian. She has performed in both classical and contemporary works to include choreography by Pascal Rioult, Charlotte Griffin, Martin Losfnes, Stephen Pier, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, and August Bournonville. In addition to her experiences in concert dance, Annastasia has appeared in a number of regional theatre productions including those at Hartford Stage under the direction of Darko Tresnjak. When not teaching at The Joffrey Ballet School, you can find her working with more children in NYC at Ballet Tech, Ballet Academy East, and Peridance Capezio Center. Annastasia believes versatility is essential and thus enjoys exploring every opportunity to expand her limits and has a passion for sharing the art of dance.

Youth Ballet & Adult Fitness Instructor

Tobin Eason

From Mandeville, Louisiana, Tobin Eason began his ballet training at the Apetrei Dance Center. He later continued his ballet studies at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans, LA with Richard Rholdon and Joseph Giacobbe. While in New Orleans, Tobin performed with the New Orleans Youth Ballet and Delta Festival Ballet Company. He continued his professional training through the School of American Ballet where he received a full scholarship in 2000. While at SAB, Tobin was awarded the Nureyev Foundation Scholarship Award.

In the summer of 2001, he attended ABT’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship. Eason joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2002 and became a member of the company’s corps de ballet in April 2003. His roles with the company include the Cockerel in La Fille mal gardée, the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Groom in Petrouchka, the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, and roles in classical ballet repertory such as Raymonda, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Firebird, Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, John Cranko’s Eugene Onegin, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen, Paul Taylor’s Black Tuesday and Company B, to name a few. After leaving ABT, Tobin joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, performing in various operas including Aida, Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Richard Strauss’s Arabella, Antonin Dvorak’s Rusalka, Don Giovanni, Macbeth, Tales of Hoffman, and Lucia di Lammermoor. In addition to performing, Mr. Eason also choreographs.

At the age of seventeen, Eason choreographed for American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company for its New York season and received favorable reviews by newspapers such as the New York Times. In 2012 he choreographed another work for former ABT principal dancer Michele Wiles’ company, Ballet Next, for their Brooklyn Academy of Music performances. Tobin also designed and painted the set for his piece at BAM and his sets were also featured at New York Live Arts Center in Manhattan. Outside of the dance scene, Tobin is also an oil painter, inspired by the varied landscapes he has seen around the world while traveling to perform. Dancers and performing artists also inspire him and are the subject of his work. His paintings will be featured in the gallery “The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York” in May 2015 and “Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor” in August 2015.

Adult Fitness Pilates Instructor

Christopher LeFleche

A Massachusetts native, Christopher LaFleche graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Pedagogy from The Hartt School under the direction of Stephen Pier where he performed works by Graham, Limon, and Tudor as well as contemporary works by Antonio Brown, Gregory Dolbashian, Charlotte Griffin, Viktor Plotnikov and Pascal Rioult. He also studied on scholarship at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp under the direction of Linda Kent.

Upon graduation, he accepted Faculty positions at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and the Hartt School Community Division and performed with Hartford based dance companies, Full Force Dance Theatre and Sonia Plumb Dance Company. Christopher has performed in New York with The Hartt School Dance Ensemble, Antonio Brown and Dancers, and with Edgar Cortes Dance Theater. His choreography has been presented at the American College Dance Festival, the Youth America Grand Prix, and The Hartt School Community Dance Division.

Christopher is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Instructor and Polestar Pilates Practitioner and Mentor Teacher. He assists at multiple Polestar Comprehensive Teacher Trainings in Manhattan, Queens, and Massachusetts.

Children's Dance Instructor

Gisela Quinteros

Also a Youth Ballet Instructor.

Born in Argentina. Started dance at age 8 later she got a scholarship at 12 years old for Southwest Ballet Center Houston, Texas directed by William Martin-Viscount. In Buenos Aires at age 14 she studied with Estela Erman and got an scholarship in 1994 to go to The Conservatoire de Dreux, France Director Georges Piletta and also studied with Joseph Lazzini. Later studied with Olga Ferri and Enrique Lommi and Pierre Lacotte invited her to join the Ballet National de Nancy et Lorraine, France from 1995 until 2000 with worldwide touring. Danced in different venues such as Théâtre Champs Élysée, Palais du Festival de Cannes, Théâtre Lausanne, Festival De Spoleto, among others. Also toured in Finland, Russia (Bolshoi Theater), China, Brasil, with classical and neoclassical repertory. She graduated from the Conservatoire National de Musique et Danse de Nancy in 1997 with Médaille de Vermeil. In 2001 she moved to New York and danced for Lincoln Jones, Caron Eule, Kenny Larson, David Fernandez, Abel Costa, Amanda Selwyn, Erin Hunter, Westminster Ballet, Christopher Caines Dance Company, Douglas Dunn, Open Project Director Cornelius Brown. In 2012 starts choreographing and she co-founded ENCOUNTERS Dance. Inspired with Edgar Peterson and produced performances at The Ailey Citigroup Theater and The Bowery Electric. In 2014 she joined Benjamin Briones Ballet. She is grateful to Kenny Larson, Zvi Gotheiner, Miro Magloire for all his teachings. She discovered her passion for teaching and loves to share her knowledge to all ages and levels. Currently she also teaches at Ballet Arts, New York City Center, Ballet&Body NYC. The Great Neck School of Dance.

Irene Hogarth-Cimino

Ms. Hogarth-Cimino was born in South Africa, training in the Cecchetti Method with Joy Shearer, Patricia Mcintosh and Faith Devilliers, and graduated with a Performing Art’s Diploma from the University of Cape-Town. Ms. Hogarth-Cimino continued her training in New York at the School of American Ballet, the Joffrey School and the Martha Graham School, attending workshops with Twyla Tharp, coaching with Gelsey Kirkland and Charla Genn, and the Paris Opera Ballet Seminars. She danced soloist and principal roles with South Africa’s Cape Town Ballet and NAPAC Dance Company before joining the American Repertory Ballet, under directorship of Septime Webre. Ms. Hogarth-Cimino joined Ballet Hispanico in 2000 and performed with the company for eight years before transitioning into an artistic and administrative role as the Artistic Assistant to founder, Tina Ramirez; Ballet Mistress and teacher for the school and company; and more recently as Ballet Hispanico’s Deputy School Director. In 2008 she worked in collaboration with Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov to develop and implement the ballet curriculum for Ballet Hispanico’s pre-professional training program. Ms. Hogarth-Cimino began teaching in 1995 under the mentorship of one of South Africa’s leading teachers of children, Natalie Stern, and has taught master classes and been a guest teacher at numerous schools and companies, including American Repertory Ballet; Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Israel; UC Santa Barbara; Marymount College, NY; The Julliard School; Alvin Ailey School; Princeton Ballet School; Steyvesant High School and La Guardia High School of the Performing Arts.

Laura DiOrio

“Laura Di Orio, originally from Pennsylvania, began her dance training at the Mill Ballet School and continued her studies in New York City at the Joffrey Ballet School. She received her BA in Journalism from Fordham University and is currently Content Manager and contributing journalist for Dance Informa, the online dance magazine.

Laura dances with Lydia Johnson Dance and CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet and has also performed with the Staten Island Ballet, David Fernandez’s Some Dance Company, Danse En L’air and Roxey Ballet, among others.

She is also a ballet teacher and has taught at schools in NYC and New Jersey, including the Joffrey Ballet School, Peridance Capezio Center, Broadway Dance Center, Lydia Johnson Dance School, Studio E, the Mill Ballet School and the School of Staten Island Ballet.

Laura has also been a dance model for Dane Shitagi’s Ballerina Project, for which she also wrote the book’s introduction; Brian Mengini’s empoweredME, a photo series that honors those battling cancer; and for Eddo Photography.