New York City (Ages 8 – 25)
(beginner, intermediate and advanced levels – not performing)
The first four weeks of the program is a period of intensive study with a recommended attendance of at least two weeks with one week options available for additional flexibility. During the intensive period, students take four classes a day. Ballet technique or men’s class and pointe or pas de deux are required as two of the four classes. Additional classes are offered in variations, modern, jazz, partnering, improvisation, contemporary ballet, yoga, Pilates, dance history, and health and wellness lectures. Actual class schedules are determined by each student’s level of ability.
Performance Track students are encouraged to attend during this period to obtain the most benefit from the program. Students may sign up for activities such as attending performances of ABT, NYC Ballet, Broadway Musicals, trips to the Statue of Liberty, etc.
(intermediate, advanced and elite levels are performing at the performance finale)
Your acceptance to the Performance Track makes you eligible to attend from any one to all four weeks of the first four weeks, but students who wish to participate in the Performance Track must attend the entire last four week period, and are encouraged to attend at least one week of the first four weeks.
The first four weeks of the program is a period of rigorous study with a recommended attendance of at least two weeks with one week options available for additional flexibility. The last four weeks of the program is a period of performance preparation with a required four week attendance. You must attend all four of those weeks to register for the Performance Track. During the first four week period, students take at least four classes per day. Ballet technique or men’s class and pointe or pas de deux are included as two of the four daily classes.
Additional classes will vary by day and level, and may include variations, modern, jazz, partnering, improvisation, contemporary ballet, yoga, Pilates, dance history, and health and wellness lectures. Actual class schedules are determined by each student’s level of ability.
You are encouraged to attend during this period in order to obtain the maximum benefit from the program. Students may sign up for activities such as attending performances of ABT, NYC Ballet, Broadway Musicals, trips to the Statue of Liberty, etc.
*NEW PROGRAM ADDITION* If you do not wish to perform, you may attend the last four weeks of the intensive period but it is also required to stay for all four weeks. You will take four classes a day.
(Elite level students are performing at the performance finale)
The Elite Level is designed specifically for advanced students whose talent and potential make them candidates for the professional dance world. Students chosen for the Elite level will qualify for scholarships (subject to availability) for the summer, immediate acceptance into our year-round trainee program, and will be considered for the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group (JBCG); JBS Touring Company where they will have many performing opportunities in NYC and on tour. The JBCG provides intensive training in both classical and contemporary ballet repertory. Company members will have the opportunity to be coached in the classical ballets, as well as learning works from the Joffrey/Arpino repertory. In addition, they will be immersed in the creative process, working on new commissions with talented emerging choreographers.
Also directing: NYC Ballet Intensive, NYC Pre-Professional, Joffrey Denver, Florence and Bolshoi Intensives.
Mr. Robertson trained at the Joffrey Ballet School and School of American Ballet before joining the Joffrey Ballet in 1991, where he danced for over a decade. He has also danced for Miami City Ballet, David Parsons Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Lar Lubovitch and Twyla Tharp.
During his tenure with the Joffrey, his principal roles included the Cavalier in Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker, George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son, Petruchio in John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew, Death in Kurt Joos’ The Green Table and David Parson’s Caught. His portrayal of the Faun in the Joffrey’s reconstruction of Vaslav Nijinsky’s L’Après-Midi D’un Faune prompted the Chicago Sun-Times dance critic to write, “Robertson gives the finest performance I’ve seen, including that of Rudolf Nureyev for whom the Joffrey re-created this masterpiece in 1979.”
Mr. Robertson has appeared in film, television and on Broadway in Save the Last Dance, The Company, Law and Order, Movin’ Out and Dirty Dancing. He is also a member of the ballet company of the Metropolitan Opera, where he has worked with world-renowned directors and choreographers such as Anthony Minghella and Carolyn Choa, Julie Taymore, Christopher Wheeldon, and Alexei Ratmansky.
A versatile and prolific choreographer, he has created works for the Joffrey Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Milwaukee Ballet, Gus Giordano Jazz Dance, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra among many others. He is also the board president and Dance Director of Live Arts Collaboration. As a director of the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, he is committed to continuing the vision of Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino.
Also directing: NYC Ballet Intensive, NYC Summer Dance Camps, Joffrey Miami and Tap Spectacular Miami.
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.
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Dates and Times
06/06/16 – 07/23/16
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm | Days: Monday – Friday
Joffrey Ballet School
434 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011
Between 9th and 10th Streets.
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Joffrey Dance Academy
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