Joffrey Ballet School Joffrey Dance Center Dance Informa


JUNE 18 – JULY 20
(1 - 2 Week Sessions)

Ages 3 – 7

Our Summer Dance Camps introduces children to an exciting world of creativity, movement, and fun. All activities are held at the Joffrey Ballet School’s studios in the West Village and are conducted by our experienced and caring staff. Each week long workshop is designed to encourage creativity through the exploration of a theme using dance, arts, crafts, music and food.

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Click to read (Ages 3 - 5)

Monday to Friday, from 9:00am – 11:45am

Four Ballets in Four Weeks! Our youngest dancers will explore a different story ballet each week culminating in a Friday family performance. The children will use improvisation, basic movement concepts, and basic principals of classical ballet to recreate the great story ballets. The children will design and construct costumes, masks and scenery to enhance the productions. A light, theme based, snack will be served daily.

Choose from 4 different week sessions.

Week 1: 06/18/18 – 06/22/18 “Sleeping Beauty”
Week 2: 06/25/18 – 06/29/18 “Swan Lake”
Week 3: 07/09/18 – 07/13/18 “Stars and Stripes”
Week 4: 07/16/18 – 07/20/18 “Cinderella”

Drop off
8:45AM at Studio 4, 4th Floor.

Pick up
11:50AM at Studio 4, 4th Floor.

Click to read (Ages 6 - 7)

Monday to Friday, from 1:00pm – 4:45pm

A specially modified dance camp to fit the ability and endurance of  young children eager to spend their summer dancing. This Camp offers a sampler of Classical Ballet, Folk Dance, Hip Hop, and Jazz combined with elementary exploration into Body Conditioning.

Choose from the two available sessions, consisting of two weeks each.

Week 1: 06/18/18 – 06/29/18
Week 2: 07/09/18 – 07/20/18

Drop off

1:00pm at Studio 4, 4th Floor.

Pick up

4:30pm at Studio 4, 4th Floor.

Session Dates, Tuition and Fees

Week 1

Week 1: 06/18/18 – 06/22/18 “Sleeping Beauty”

Step back in time with the Sleeping Beauty and her Court. Children will learn to waltz for the Birthday Ball, turn and leap like the Fairy Godmother, and prance like the Prince’s steed. The children will design a tiara fit for Aurora, magic wands befitting a fairy, and dine on Aurora’s Birthday Cake, Carabosse Apple Juice, and the Lilac Fairy’s own flower cookies.

Week 2

Week 2: 06/25/18 – 06/29/18 “Swan Lake”

Graceful and gentle Odette will guide the children across an enchanted lake to meet her cygnet court. Feathers galore will decorate tutus, and glistening gems will adorn a crown fit for the Queen of the Swans herself. A feast of flower seeds, Black Swan Juice, and a Princes banquet will all cap of days of beautiful graceful waltzing.

Week 3

Week 3: 07/09/18 – 07/13/18 “Stars and Stripes”

Following in the tradition of the great choreographer George Balanchine, and the legendary composer John Philip Sousa, the children will create a star spangled salute to the great American march. The children will munch on flag cookies and sip Liberty punch while designing patriotic tutus, drums, and flags.

Week 4

Week 4: 07/16/18 – 07/20/18 “Cinderella”

Cinderella and her special fairies will be brought to life through creative dance and movement exploration inspired by Prokofiev’s score. The children, while munching on glass slipper cookies, fairy dust cake and Fairy Godmothers special brew; will design a ball gown fit for a princess

Ages 3 - 5 | 1 Week Sessions

Ages 6 - 7 | 2 Week Sessions


$350 / $850 per week

Ages 3 – 5: $350
Ages 6 – 7: $850
Tuition Due at Registration: $300
Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.
Registration Fee: $99

3.5% Processing Fee

For all transactions, a 3.5% processing fee will be applied.

Joffrey FAQ's

Some of the most common camp questions are answered on the below FAQ.

For more detailed information about our summer dance camps, feel free to check out the following links. Please look this over, and if you still have a question, don’t hesitate to email us at Our offices are open from 9 am to 6 pm CST.

The Joffrey Ballet School has setup a very simple and orderly pick up and drop off process. Please drop off your dancer promptly at the start of class time in Studio 5, on the 4th Floor. When picking up your happy dancer in Studio 4, on the 4th Floor, please assist your child with packing up and to be on their way home quickly after class ends.

Joffrey Ballet School
434 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011
(Between 9th and 10th Streets)
Studio 4 and 5, 4th Floor


Please Note: Studio locations are subject to change.

Ages 3 – 5: We will provide a snack for the children each day. The dancers are not allowed to bring their own food or drink due to food allergies.

Ages 6 – 7: Students are responsible for their own snacks.

There is a Lost and Found box set up on the 5th floor outside the lavatories.. Please check this section for any misplaced items before you leave. If you realize that you did not make it home with an item, please call Customer Service at +1 888.686.7497 and leave a message describing the missing item(s). All claimed items will be returned C.O.D. Items will be held for two weeks, and after that time they will be donated to charity. Please label all items and make sure that you have all your belongings before leaving. JBS is not responsible for lost or broken items.

We know you are anxious to find out everything you need to know to prepare for your intensive(s) and we cannot wait to share all the details! All dancers are required to complete our Online Pre-Check In form prior to arrival. All dancers will need to DocuSign their Pre-Check In packet, print and bring it with them to orientation/housing check in.

We provide a fun, choreographed performance for all dancers attending “Dance Camp”.

A performance will be held at the on the last Friday of each session.

Ages 3 – 5
Time: 11am
Location: Studio 3 

Ages 6 – 7
Time: 3:45pm
Location: Studio 5 

Non-Refundable Tuition and Other Fees

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.
In some instances we are able to offer a credit towards Joffrey programing which must be used in 1 calendar year. The Registration Fee, ALL DEPOSITS, and all Processing Fees are non-refundable and will be forfeited.
Prior to May 1st, a credit for any payments already made may placed in the dancer’s name to be used for future Joffrey programming. All payments made at the time of withdrawal are non-refundable. Any future payments still due to the school will be waived at the school’s discretion.
After May 1st, all payments are non-refundable. If a dancer’s withdrawal is due to injury or illness, and certified by a Dr’s. note, a partial credit may be used towards next summer at the Joffrey Ballet School’s Discretion. Credit can not be issued for housing and meal plans payments.

The Joffrey Ballet School prides itself in taking photos of the dancers that represent their superb experience and will utilize the photos for its website and or marketing and advertising purposes. Dancers and parents are welcome to take photos of the dance experience. When attending the program you consent to the use of your photography in our website and marketing materials.


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Artistic Director of Children's and Youth Ballet Program

Jo Matos

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.

NYC Summer Dance Camp Instructor

Alison Cook-Beatty

Also the Stretch & Lengthen Instructor in the year-round Adult Program as well as a NYC Ballet and NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive Instructor.

Alison Cook Beatty is from Milford, CT. She received her BFA from the Boston Conservatory of Music and was awarded the Ruth Sandholm Ambrose Scholarship Award. Ms. Beatty is the Artistic Director of ACB Dance Company, founded in 2012 and based in New York City. The company has performed throughout California, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, and Massachusetts. As the Choreographer and Artistic Director of ACB Dance Company her work has been commissioned by such companies as Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Carolina Ballet Theater, the Joffrey Ballet School, Opera Dolche, NYU, and Ballet Next. In 2012 Ballet Next commissioned her work TINTINNABULI for its Joyce Theater season as well as performances at the 92nd Street Y and Kaatsban.

Ms. Beatty worked closely with Michele Wiles, Ballet Next Artistic Director, and Jason Reilly, Principal Dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, during the creation of this dance. Ms. Beatty has been awarded the 2013 sjDANCEco Award for Artistic Merit & Best Choreography, the Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Award, a grant from the Putney School in Vermont, as well as grants from the Milford Fine Arts Council and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven in Connecticut. As a dancer she has performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Taylor 2, and many other prominent choreographers and companies in NYC. She is currently on the faculty at the Joffrey Ballet School.

Adult Program Ballet Instructor

Lara Tant

Also a Youth Ballet Program Ballet Instructor.

Lara Tant was born in Philadelphia, PA, and began her earliest training with Donna Chrostek. Lara trained under Jean Gedeon at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet where she danced many lead roles. She furthered her training under the late Edward Stewart, who created many original solo works for her. Mrs. Vilches then continued her training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC. She began her professional career at Ballet Theatre of Maryland, after which she danced in the Trainee Program at the Joffrey.

Recently Lara has performed with Connecticut Ballet, Mooney-Cooley Dance and Exit 12 Dance Co., where she has performed the roles of Gamzatti in La Bayadere and the Sugarplum Fairy in the Nutcracker, as well as many other classical and contemporary works.  Four years ago she co-founded Exit 12 Dance Company,NYC, where she remains as the Ballet Mistress. Mrs. Vilches has been teaching at Armonk Dance and Ballet des Enfants in Westchester County and Connecticut. She has recently performed with ACB Dance Company. Lara aspires to pass on her love of ballet to her students.

NYC Ballet Intensive Spanish Dance Instructor

JoDe Romano “La Chispa”

JoDe Romano “La Chispa” was a guest Teaching artist & graduate of the High School for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas were she was featured in the Houston Grand Opera Carmen. She has also danced in the Franco Zeffirelli original production of Carmen, starring Placido Domingo and Maria Benitez, at the New York’s Metropolitan Opera, including in front of then President & Hilary Clinton, which was broadcast on the PBS series “Live From Lincoln Center” and toured Japan in 1997. For over 20 years, Ms. Romano lived, studied and performed Spanish dance in Spain and Japan, and was a soloist and choreographer for the José Greco Dance Company. She has also danced as part of The Charo Show in Las Vegas with Jerry Lewis. She has choreographed The Broadway Workshop production of Rita Hayworth-Hollywood Goddess, numerous zarzuelas (traditional Spanish operas) and the mixed media dramatic presentation, Picasso’s Guernica, at The Thalia Theater in New York. Ms. Romano has taught workshops at The Alvin Ailey Studio and Ballet Hispanico and has also been featured on the “Dr. Oz” show teaching a castanet workout. Currently, Ms. Romano conducts Spanish dance and castanet classes for adults at 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Center where she has taught for over 15 years and is a graduate of the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) program. She was recently a guest teacher at Hunter College and co-developed and taught a DEL workshop. She also teaches at Studio Maestro and Steps in New York, as well as other locations throughout the NY metropolitan area. She is available for performances, lecture demonstrations, workshops and has completed a series of instructional DVDs on castanet and flamenco movement techniques. Ms. Romano has also produced and played castanets on her Spanish Classical Piano and Castanets CD. You can visit her website

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Jennifer Lee Crowl

Jennifer Lee Crowl is an actress, musical theatre performer, and choreographer. Originally from Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, her theatre credits include The Producers (1st National Tour/Dance Captain), Young Frankenstein (Original Broadway Cast), and Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette). Her first television appearance was in PBS: Great Performances/Crazy for You (1999). She danced in two production numbers in the Universal Pictures 2005 remake of Mel Brooks’ Musical The Producers as a Girl in Pearls and a Little Old Lady. Jennifer will appear in the 2012 film Arbitrage as the receptionist.

NYC Ballet Instructor

Sabrina Jaafar-Melton

Also a NYC Summer Dance Camp Instructor.

Ms. Jaafar-Melton graduated cum laude with a BFA from the Alvin Ailey / Fordham University dance program. She has worked with Buglisi Dance Theater, Hope Boykin Dance, The DanceNow Ensemble!,YaaSamar Dance Theater, Broward Ballet, and apprenticed with Pascal Rioult Dance Theater. Sabrina has performed a wide range of works by choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, Doug Varone, Ronald K. Brown, Helen Pickett, Tim Rushton and Elisa Monte. Teaching is her passion and has taught for schools such as Alvin Ailey, The Friends Seminary School, Ballet Eliete, Fort lauderdale Christian School (designed program and curriculum), The Boden Center for the Performing Arts and currently at the Joffrey Ballet School. Her classes are structured, yet flexible to meet the needs of pre-schoolers through primary students who need to have fun while learning.

Summer Dance Camp Instructor

Hayley Descavich

Also a Children’s Dance and NYC Ballet Instructor.

Hayley Descavich began her training at Stoneleigh Burnham School in Greenfield, Massachusetts. She graduated from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Dance Pedagogy in 2012. While at Hartt she studied ballet with Hilda Morales, Debra Collins Ryder, and Samantha Dunster.  She performed works by Shannon Gillen and Charlotte Griffen. She was recently affiliated with Cirque du Solei. She has participated in intensive programs with AlivinAiley, David Parsons, and Paul Taylor.  This summer she showcased her choreography, Descavich Choreography, at the Secret Theatre in Queens. She holds a Pilates certification. Hayley’s teaching experience includes Sorvino Dance Intensive in Massachusetts, and University of Hartford Hartt School Community Division emphasis on teaching children.  She has actively volunteered in local theater and children’s workshops, choreographing and teaching dance. Hayley is very excited to join the faculty at Joffrey ballet and to share her love of dance with her students!

NYC Summer Dance Camp Instructor

Vanessa Saldago

Also a Children’s Dance, and NYC Ballet Instructor.

Vanessa is a New York City based Dance Artist, Educator, Illustrator, and Model. In her early dance training, she concentrated on classical ballet, studying with Tatiana Akinifieva-Smith, Elena Manakhova, and Betty Webster. Soon she joined a preprofessional ballet company and performed in many of the classics, including the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Coppélia. After high school, she made a dream come true: she moved to New York City to pursue dance. She attended the Alvin Ailey School in partnership with Fordham University at Lincoln Center and earned a BFA Degree in Dance Performance. While pursuing her degree as a scholarship student, she performed works by Zvi Gotheiner, Kevin Wynn, Elisa Monte, Robert Battle, Pascal Rioult, Jacqulyn Buglisi, Nathan Trice, Ronald K. Brown, Max Luna III, Troy Powell, and Alvin Ailey. She furthered her education through studies at American Ballet Theatre, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet.

Following graduation, she accepted professional performance opportunities in the concert and commercial dance spectrum. Since 2010, she has been performing with CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet, where she is a founding company member. There she has had the honor of working with such choreographers as Juanjo Arques, Amy Seiwert, Emery LeCrone, Tawny Chapman, and Donna Salgado. Her experience also includes performing with the Eastern Shore Ballet Theatre, Ailey/Fordham Student Dancers, Deborah Lohse’s ad Hoc Ballet, Nejla Yatkin’s NY2Dance, and Darion Smith’s Janusphere Dance Company. Within the commercial spectrum, she has performed in industrials for L’Oreal, the International Beauty Show, The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on CBS, and as a guest artist for corporate galas in Miami and Barcelona, Spain. She is currently represented by McDonald Selznick Associates in New York City.

Vanessa is also an accomplished dance educator. She holds a certification from the Dance Education Laboratory and has worked as an Associate for the Education Department at New York City Center. She has taught young dancers across Manhattan and has been part of the faculties of The School at Steps on Broadway, The Ballet Hispanico School, The Alvin Ailey First Steps Program, and the Joffrey Ballet School. Combining her interests in performing, teaching, and illustration, Vanessa is also the creator of Crafterina ® a series of dance education books & resources for families. Designed to spark the imagination and inspire movement, Crafterina playfully encourages empowerment and teaches youngsters they have the ability to make anything possible! Vanessa’s work has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine,Dance Informa, and METRO US Newspaper, among others. For more information visit:

NYC Summer Dance Camp Instructor

Eva Moore (Eva Bust a’ Move)

Also a NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor.

Trained in house, hip hop and breakdancing Eva Bust a’ Move, who is originally from Guatemala and now a Harlem b-girl is a powerhouse of a performer. Outside of bringing her unique style to the Haus of Sweat, Eva Bust a’ Move is an apprentice for Ephrat Asherie Dance Company, teaches hip hop to teens and is a flash mob choreographer.

NYC Summer Dance Camp Instructor

Jazmine Dinkins

Also a Children’s Dance and NYC Ballet Instructor.

While at Spelman College studying drama with a concentration in dance Jazmine performed with the Spelman Dance Theatre and graduated Cum Laude in 2010. In 2013 she earned an MFA in acting from the University of Florida (UF) where she is a founding producer and director of The Black History Variety Show. In 2013 she completed her Masters of Fine Arts degree while serving as a teaching intern at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (OWLAG) in South Africa. While at OWLAG Jazmine was a dance and acting instructor, mentor and assistant director/choreographer for the OWLAG Dance Company. She was honored with the opportunity to conceive a dance piece entitled “Catherine” for their repertory. In 2013 Jazmine became a co-choreographer for The Experimental Dance Group, a pre-professional children’s dance company. She is the founding director and choreographer of the Harlem Children’s Zone Lincoln Community Center Dance Company. In addition to the company, Jazmine co-facilitates “Pretty Me,” an enrichment program dedicated to helping girls realize their potential and true value in society.