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Character Dance NYC


JUNE 11 – JUNE 29
(1 - 3 Week Sessions)

This intensive focuses on the expressive forms of International dance styles in classical ballets and beyond. This innovative program will push dancers limits and build their dance vocabulary by taking them from African , Flamenco and Latin Fusion to Kitry variations en pointe with an explosive stage performance at the end of the program.


If you want to get competitive in the dance world, unleash your inner passion and learn how to tell story through dance , this intensive is for you.

  • Stay 1 Week

    $799 per week

  • Stay 2 Weeks, Save $348

    $625 per week

  • Stay 3 Weeks, Save $598

    $599 per week


$799 per week

Tuition Due at Registration: $300

Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

Registration Fee: $99


$499 per week

Housing Due at Registration: $250

Housing Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st

Students ages 10 and 11 that require housing should attend our Joffrey South Intensive. Housing is available for dancers ages 12 and up.

Meal Plan

$275 per week

Meal Plan Due at Registration: 50%

Prices include food & beverages plus sales tax. Breakfast and Dinner Only.
Only offered to dancers in housing.

Meal Plan Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st

Chaperone Fee

$250 per dancer

Chaperone Fee Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st

Required for students in housing ages 12 to 13

One time fee

Resident Fee

$150 per dancer

Resident Advisor Fee: Monthly Payments through June 1st

Required for all dancers in housing

One time fee

Performance Fee

$125 one time fee

Performance Fee: Monthly Payments through June 1st

Be a part of the Joffrey Character & World Dance Finale Performance.

Must attend Weeks 2 and 3.

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 support@joffreyschool.com. Our offices are open from 9 am to 6 pm EST.

33 Beekman St, New York, NY 10038

The PACE Dormitory Residence Hall brings customized, first rate amenities to the heart of New York City’s Financial District. Each floor is staffed with a Resident Advisor.


81 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003

The Joffrey Ballet School Third Street Residence is located at 81 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003. Located in Manhattan’s East Village, Third Street is within short walking distance to some of New York’s best restaurants, independent stores, coffee shops, and theaters. Nearby essentials are Whole Foods, K-Mart, NY Grocery, several banks, City MD Clinic, Starbucks, Rite Aid, and easy access to the N, R, 6, B, D, and F trains. It is a short 20 minute subway ride to Joffrey.

Students ages 10 and 11 that require housing should attend our Joffrey South Intensive. Housing is available for dancers ages 12 and up.

We will do our best to honor roommate requests that are completed and remain within the established guidelines.

A dancer may request up to a maximum of three roommates for a total of four dancers in a chain. Please note that all roommate requests must be completed by both sets of parents, at least fourteen days prior to arrival.

Please note that confirmed roommates will be in the same room, but we are unable to accommodate requests for a bunk assignment near another dancer. Dancers are assigned their beds by their Resident Assistants based on numerous factors including medical conditions, sleepwalking, etc. and these assignments may not be changed during the arrival process.

Roommate Requests will be asked during Registration.

The Joffrey Ballet School is proud to partner with Pace Cafeteria and Panera that serves two hearty kid-friendly meals per day. Enjoy breakfast burritos with veggies, sausage, pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, trail mix with dried fruit, and mixed nuts on the side. Imagine a wonderful grilled herbed chicken breast, a flavor-filled soba noodle salad with edamame and cucumber relish, bok choy, carrot ginger dressing, accompanied by a side of watermelon. The food is delicious and healthy–perfect for the developing dancer. We care about you and your child and have worked very hard to partner with the best food providers in the NYC area.

Pace housing students will eat at the Pace University Cafeteria

Students in all other buildings will have their meals catered by Panera which provides an array of options, including vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free choices. Panera Bread provides students with breakfast and dinner daily

Please note that lunch is NOT included in any of the meal plan. We recommend that students pack a healthy lunch and snacks to eat between meals. Due to severe food allergies, dancers are NOT permitted to pack anything with peanuts in their lunch.

The Joffrey Ballet School has setup a very simple and orderly housing check in and check out process. Please drop off your dancer Sunday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. When picking up your happy dancer please assist your child to be packed and on their way home prior to 12:00 PM Saturday. Please note after check-in that evening the dancers will have a mandatory orientation.

Orientation and arrival times depend on whether or not you will be staying in our housing facilities. Please check the Orientation Times section for full details. Please join us Monday morning at the start of your intensive for the opportunity to meet the JBS Staff and review your schedules.

What to Bring
Your room will fill up quickly; please bring only what you need. Also, keep in mind that items can
be purchased upon arrival at nearby stores.

  1. Bedding: Twin XL Sheets, Blankets, Pillows
  2. Bathroom Essentials: Towels, Shower shoes, hair dryer
  3. Toiletries: Toilet Paper, hand soap, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, toothbrush,
    toothpaste, and other personal toiletry items.
  4. Dance Attire: Dance clothes, shoes, and other related supplies.
  5. Recreational clothes: jeans, t-shirts, swimsuit, sandals, etc.
  6. Electronics: Alarm Clock. Computers, iPods, iPads, and other valuables at your own
    discretion. All dorms are Wi-Fi equipped. Don’t forget to bring the chargers!
  7. Cell Phone: Every student is required to bring or purchase upon arrival, a personal mobile phone. This phone number must be provided to the RAs upon arrival. Students should download Google Maps and Embark NYC.

What Not to Bring
The following items are prohibited in Joffrey housing and may be confiscated if found in your

  1. Toasters, toaster ovens, coffeemaker, or any outside cooking appliance not provided by JBS.
  2. Candles or incense
  3. Space Heaters
  4. Halogen lights
  5. Pets of any kind
  6. Alcohol
  7. Anything that produces a flame/spark, fireworks, sparklers.
  8. When not in use, lighters for your pointe shoes MUST remain in your dance bag.
  9. Drugs, tobacco, including eCigarettes; illegal substances of any nature

There is a Lost and Found table set-up during check-out on Saturday. 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 +1 888.438.3808 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.


$50 Change Buildings (NYC only)

$50 Roommate Change Request

$100 Initial Roommate Request

$100 Early, Late Check In and Check Out

Team Assignments

$50 Change Team Assignment Request

We provide a professionally choreographed performance for all dancers attending the last weeks of the intensive. Be sure to attend the last two or three weeks of the intensive to participate in this life changing event.

Journey Of Dance

Come take a journey with us from the birth of dance to the classical ballet stage. Witness the evolution of dance.We will take you on a road through centuries, following the birth of dance as a form of prayer and celebration of life to the highly advanced dance ballet technique.

Different centuries, Different nationalities, different traditions, same language-language of DANCE. Dance that tells stories, makes you feel, brings happiness.

Hope to see you there!


Date: June 29, 2018 | Time:  7:00pm

Location: Martha Graham studios

Address: 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014

Purchasing Tickets For The Performance

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Pace Housing

  • Bed Style: Twin XL; some rooms have a loft bed.
  • Pace University Security monitors the building 24/7
  • Microwave, refrigerator, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning unit in each room.
  • Window blinds provided

East 3rd Housing

  • Bed style: Bunk beds or loft bed, Twin XL
  • Each apartment will be furnished with bunk and loft beds, dresser drawers, desks and chairs, closet, full kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, and full size fridge.
  • AC unit available in each bedroom for temperature control (air conditioning included). There is no AC unit in kitchens. For effective airflow, keep bedroom doors open with bedroom AC units on.
  • Laundry available on top floor. TV, beverage vending machine, sink, and counter tops (no oven or fridge) available in the basement Recreation Room West and East.
  • Window Screens/Blinds not provided.

This document lists the most important housing policies. Please refer to the housing manual of your assigned facility for a complete list of rules, policies, and procedures.

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.

Joffrey Ballet School offers transportation to and from the airport. Our service is significantly more expensive than taking a New York City taxi, so if your dancer feels comfortable taking a taxi, we encourage them to do so. Below is an outline of fees and reflect the price one way. The cost includes tolls and driver’s tip.

Transportation to JFK, LGA, and EWR airports $150

Transportation for all international flights $200

If your student is flying as an Unaccompanied Minor through the airline (and you have already paid the Unaccompanied Minor fee through your airline), please contact:

JBS NYC Airport Transportation Coordinator


Joffrey Ballet School can only provide a chaperone to the gate if it is required by the airline. There is an additional $150 fee for this service.

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 marleting and advertisig 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.

We have taken great care in providing superb and exciting weekend and after class activities. Please see our activities page for details.

Joffrey Ballet School
434 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011
Between 9th and 10th Streets.
3rd, 4th and 5th Floor

Joffrey Dance Center
47-10 Austell Place, Long Island City, NY 11101

Pearl Studios
500 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

Note: Please see your Weekly Schedule’s studio assignment for your exact location

You will be emailed a link to your dance schedule. You will receive it a week before your session starts.


Employment Opportunities

Arts Administration Intern, Health Intern, Brand Ambassador Intern, HRA, RA, or RA Assistants

If you are interested in working for our Summer Intensives please read the duties described below and submit the application form. They are all paid positions.

Positions will be filled at a first come first serve basis to qualified candidates – please submit application early for best consideration. Final candidates who are offered a position will be required to undergo a background check prior to finalizing the hiring process.

Head RA - Intern Job Description Summer 2020
RA - Intern Job Description Summer 2020
New York RA and Assistant RA Job Description Summer 2020
Health Intern Summer 2020
New York Arts Administration and Brand Ambassador Intern Summer 2020

Application deadline date: April 1st, 2020

Please email us at resume@joffreyballetschool.com for questions regarding any of the positions.


NYC Summer Sessions: May 31 – August 22, 2020

Projected Training Start Date: May 25, 2020
Intensive Programs Types: Ballet Intensive, Jazz and Contemporary Program, Broadway Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, Tap, Pre-Professional Program and Joffrey Experience

Long Beach Summer Session: June 14 - July 11, 2020

Projected Training Start Date: June 10, 2020
Intensive Program Types: Fusion Intensive, Hip-Hop Intensive

Dallas Summer Session: July 12 – August 1, 2020

Projected Training Start Date: July 8, 2020
Intensive Programs Types: Fusion Intensive

San Francisco Summer Session: July 12 - August 1, 2020

Projected Training Start Date: July 8, 2020
Intensive Programs Types: Contemporary Ballet Intensive

Georgia and Colorado Springs Summer Session: May 31 - July 18, 2020

Projected Training Start Date: May 27, 2020
*Applicants must be able to work in both GA and CO, but not all employees will work in both locations*
Intensive Programs Types: Ballet and Jazz Intensives

Las Vegas Summer Session: July 12 - August 8, 2020

Projected Training Start Date: July 9, 2020
Intensive Programs Types: Jazz and Contemporary Intensive, Cirque du Soleil Intensive

Tampa Summer Session: July 26 - August 8, 2020

Projected Training Start Date: July 24, 2020
Intensive Programs Types: Hip Hop Intensive, Fusion Intensive


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Larisa Calero

Artistic Director of the NYC Character Dance

Born and raised in Moscow Russia, Larisa Calero is a former principal dancer with the Moisseyev Dance Company. While performing with the Company , she got her Masters Degree in Choreography from RATI – Russian Academy of Theatrical Art (former GITIS). After almost ten years performing with the Moisseyev Dance Company around the world, Larisa found new home in New York City. Teaching is her second passion . In Larisa’s Character class, students get introduced to new dance techniques from around the world and learn pieces from renowned classical ballets in addition to pieces choreographed by Larisa. She emphasizes the performing side of dance and delivering the story.

Sonali Skandan

NYC Character Dance Indian Dance Instructor

Sonali is a passionate and accomplished disciple of Bharatanatyam and one of the emerging artists of the younger generation based outside of India. She is a student of the renowned Professor C.V. Chandrasekhar of Chennai, India. and also receives training from Smt. Bragha Bessell, known for the art of abhinaya (expression).

Sonali’s initial training was under Smt Thejeswini Raj. Noted for her clear and clean technique as well as eloquent abhinaya, Sonali has presented solo and group Bharatanatyam at major dance festivals and venues in the US and abroad, including the United Nations, Toronto International Dance Festival, the Downtown Dance Festival in NYC, the DanceNow Festival in NYC, the Asian American Dance Festival in San Francisco, CA and the Chennai Music and Dance Festival and Natyanjali Festivals in India.

Sonali is the Artistic Director of Jiva Performing Arts, based in NYC, where she teaches and creates engaging music and dance productions to increase the accessibility of the classical arts to all audiences. She is also the Director of Sonali Skandan & Jiva Dance, a professional dance company presenting exciting and compelling works based on the Bharatanatyam idiom. The company has presented concerts in prestigious venues to great critical and audience acclaim. She has also been the recipient of two Lower Manhattan Cultural Council awards.

Sonali has been the artistic director for several productions including ‘Urban Kutcheri’, which premiered at Joyce/SoHo in June 2006 and CMAC (2007) and ‘Bharatanatyam Margam’ which was held at the Lighthouse Theatre in June 2004 and most recently, ‘Swarupa:Infinite Form’ which premiered at the 2011 NYC International Fringe Festival to much critical acclaim. She was commissioned by Sruti in Pennsylvania to choreograph ‘Trimurti-Bharatanatyam Odissi and Kathak’ for their 25th year anniversary celebrations in 2011.

As an educator, she has given lecture demonstrations and workshops in museums and schools throughout the NYC area and is a Teaching Artist for Young Audiences New York. Sonali is also on the dance faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and holds a Masters degree in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She uses her experience in teaching to develop engaging and enriching lecture demonstrations and workshops for professional dancers, students and teachers. Sonali’s passion for Bharatanatyam stems from its spirituality, its intricate beauty and grace. Sonali’s work reflects a high-level quality and dedication to the pure art form. By combining her devotion to the dance with her western upbringing, Sonali hopes to bridge the cultural boundaries and present Bharatanatyam in a clear and enlightening manner.

Germaul Barnes

NYC Character Dance Contemporary African Instructor

Also, a NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive Instructor.

GERMAUL YUSEF BARNES – recently choreographed the World Premiere of Marley , the first original musical based on the life and music of the reggie superstar Bob Marley written & directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Mr Barnes is a former principal dancer and currently a répétiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, where he received the New York Dance and Performance Award-The Bessie Award. Mr. Barnes serves as the Associated Artist Director for ChoreoQuest – a creative laboratory for choreographers based in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Barnes has received honors ranging from Arts International Grant fostering his anthropology study in Ghana,West Africa and the Baryshnikov Residency Fellowship. One of his highest personal achievements includes demonstrating for legendary choreographer/anthropologist, Katherine Dunham.

Forming Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions Dance in 1991, Mr. Barnes mission is to promote and present multilayered dance performances and educational residencies. In addition to creating more than 18 works for his own company, Mr. Barnes has received many commissions to create dances for modern and ballet companies, including Movement Source Dance Company, Southern Danceworks, Restoration Dance Theater Company, aTrek Dance Collective, Footholds Dance Project, Calvin Wiley Dance Company, among others. Mr Barnes interest in collaboration with other artists has resulted in collaborations with, The Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet, Maxim Rubtsov – flutist, Thollem McDonas – pianist, Paul Suvillan – Grammy Award winner composer, Bongani Nododana – South African composer, Eleo Pomare – legendary choreographer, Cameron Carpenter – organist, Susan Copeland – set designer, Sherry Robinson – jazz vocalist, Greg Tate – composer/writer, Gabri Christa – choreographer/film artists, Whitney Hunter Media and among others. Viewsic Expressions Dance program Black Bones- A Celebration of African-American Male Artists was recently featured on Time Warren Cable PBS.

Gernaul Barnes has received many commissions to create new dances in New York – Alvin Ailey/Fordham School, Judson Memorial Church, P.S. 122, Danspace Project/St. Mark Church, DanceNow/New York, Saratoga Arts Gallery, Dixon Place, HarlemStages/The Gate House, Restoration Youth Arts Academy, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada – danceImmersion and Internationally Toronto, Canada – danceImmersion- Belarus International Modern Dance Festival, Boroditsky Denis Dance Company, Ghana National Dance Company, and the Lublin International Dance Festival, and Friends of Tafo in London.

Mr. Barnes has also danced with Pilobolus Dance Company, Tolada Dance Company (Berlin, Germany), Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Movement Source Dance Co., Philadelphia Opera Company and Group Motion Dance Company. He has appeared as a Guest Artist with Minnesota Ballet, Ohwia Ballet Company (Tokyo, Japan), Errol Grimes Dance Group, Joan Miller Dance Players, Shapiro and Smith, Penumbra Theater Company, among others.

He has received rave reviews and brilliant acclaim as a dance instructor from prominent dance academies through out Germany (TanzFabric, Ballet Centrum, Milton’s TanzSchool). His list of other venerable dance institutions includes : Black College Dance Exchange, Guest artist with Skidmore College, University of Buffalo, Ghana National Dance Theater, Xavier College Prep, Dance Masters/New York, Cleo Parker Summer Intensive, ‪92nd Street Y, Harkness Dance Center, New Dance Technique Laboratory, Guest Artist at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Alabama Dance Festival, University of Michigan, Dance Olympus, Wayne State University, Restoration Plaza Youth Arts Academy and Joffery Ballet Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive.

Mikhail Ilyin

NYC Character Dance Ballet and Character Instructor

Born in St. Petersburg, Mikhail is a graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1998 with BA in Arts. In 1999, he joined the Boston Ballet for two years, then Miami City Ballet where he became principal in 2003. Mikhail joined American Ballet Theatre in January 2008.

His repertoire includes leading roles in “Swan Lake”, “Paquita”, “Stars and Stripes”, “Sonatine”, “The Afternoon of the Faun”, “Ballet Imperial”, “The Reassuring Effects of Form and Poetry”, “Symphony in C” ( I, III and IV movements), “Giggling Rapids” (A. Ailey), “Nine Sinatra Suite” , “Apollo”, “Theme and Variations”, “Allegro Brilliante”, “Le Corsaire”, “Coppelia”, “Nutcracker”, “Giselle”, “Ballo della Regina”, “Glinka pas de trois”, “Dances at the Gathering”, “Donizetti Variations”, “Prodigal Son”, “La Source”, “Western Symphony”( I and III);”Golden section” and “In the Upper Room”, “Rabbit and Rogue” (T. Tharp), “Etudes” (H. Lander) and pas de deux from “La Sylphide”, “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux”, “Don Quixote”, “The Sleeping Beauty” (Act III), “La Bayadere” (Act II-III) Pas de deux and Golden Idol, “Raymonda ” ( Act III), “Sylvia Pas de Deux”, “Harlequinade”, “Grand Pas Classique”, “Venice Carnaval” and many others.

Mikhail won Gold medal at the IV “Vaganova-Prix” International Ballet Competition (1998), awarded a diploma at the 8th Paris International Dance Competition (1998), won the highest awarded prize – Silver medal at the VI New York International Ballet Competition (2000), won the Bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi (2002). Mikhail is an Artist in Residence with Ballet Mississippi. In 2005, he was chosen by Dance Magazine as one of the “to watch” dancers of today. Currently, Mikhail is a faculty member at the ABT’s JKO, the French Academy of Classical Ballet as well as guest teaching classes and workshops around NYC.

He has taught, staged and choreographed across the United States. Mikhail is fully certified with all the levels of ABT’s National Training Curriculum Pedagogy Program and the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education ( a 4 year Professional Training Program in Awareness Through Movement and Functional Integration).

Tatyana Popova

Tatyana Popova comes from the multicultural city Almaty, the capital of Kazakhstan, located in the heart of Central Asia. Tatyana is a bachelor degree holder from tree different universities of dance, for each discipline in country of its origin . Since taking her first dance steps at age of six, she has continued her trajectory across the world, taking part in different companies and training in prestigious dance academies including the J. Elebekov Music and Dance Academy in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she strove to perfect her interpretations of Russian and Central Asian character dances & ballet. Her passion for dance led her to train in the fascinating and exotic style of Indian classical dance, known as Bharatanatyam.
When Tatyana completed her studies at the Kalakshetra School of Dance, she next travelled to Sevilla, Spain, to enroll in the Matilde Coral School of Dance to train in Spanish dance and Flamenco; she also studied at the Manuel Betanzo Flamenco Academy. Through her career, Tatyana has been invited by numerous dance companies to perform with them and has been a part of national and international productions. Tatyana choreographed, produced and toured with theatrical dance production “Journey across the Globe” in Spain.

Yvonne Gutierrez

Yvonne Gutierrez of Cuban descent is a master Spanish/Flamenco instructor at Ballet Hispanico teaching in the Pre-Professional & Professional Studies programs as well as Los Encuentros (a general studies program). She holds a BS in Applied Computer Science from Pace University and is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA). This newly created Professional Studies program already has seen Yvonne’s students performing at the Hispanic Day Parade, Ballet Hispanico Gala, Bravo Channel and City Hall for Hispanico Heritage. Formerly, Ms. Gutierrez was on the dance faculty of Henry Street Settlement where she brought the love of flamenco and salsa to the lower east side for over twenty years. Ms. Gutierrez returned to teach at Ballet Hispanico in 2010 under the Artistic Direction of Eduardo Vilaro. Her freelancing has exposed her to multiple venues as a dancer, teacher, coach and/or choreographer. She creatively choreographed salsa, cha-cha and flamenco to the music of Tchaikovsky in an original production of “The Nutcracker” for ten years in a lower east side production that had a twist.
Although Yvonne’s teaching is based in New York from CUNY workshops to local community events, she has taught several master classes (in Flamenco as well as New York Style Salsa on2) in Orange-New Jersey, Orlando-Florida, New Orleans-Louisiana, Stamford-Connecticut and Montreal-Canada. Last year she received recognition from the Lower East Side Community for her years of service (HIV/AIDS Awareness and support festivals) throughout the LES with her youth dancer group Herencia.

Ashle Dawson

Ashlé Dawson is undisputedly one of the most versatile choreographers and performers in the industry. Based in NYC, her work is in-demand coast to coast as well as internationally. True education for upcoming dancers is something she is very passionate about and she makes it an essential part of each of her classes. Ashlé shares her extensive knowledge in each class and takes her time to reach each individual and truly educate each student no matter their level. In class you will be positively challenged and encouraged to push past your limits and test your versatility. You will leave her classroom with a stronger sense of confidence, pride, inner joy and accomplishment. Understanding is learning, learning is growing, and growing builds strength and confidence.

Credits include: Top 4 on the inaugural season of SYTYCD, America’s Got Talent (background performer), American Idol Gives Back, Latin Grammys, Los Premios Juventud, Latin Billboards, Celebrity Judge on Central America’s ABDC El Reto Centroamericano De Baile, MTV’s MADE as a latin dance coach, SNL, and Cirque Du Soleil.

Ashlé Dawson’s “Idía™” Latin Fusion is a seamless blend of Latin dance styles from street to ballroom met with a strong emphasize on commercial dance. Experience the creativity and originality of this style, which is based on Ashles years of extensive knowledge and training in multiple dance fields. Starting with a full warm up for proper alignment and core strength, we’ll move to an intro to Latin movement and styling. Each week you will be introduced to a new world of dance including Salsa, Bachata, Reggaeton, Cha Cha Cha, Afro-Cuban, Cumbia, Samba and more. You will apply familiar foundations ranging from jazz to hip hop. This class will help any dancer work on their dynamics and while adding something new to their versatility skill set and increased cultural expansion. Heels for the ladies are strongly required.

Sonia Olla

Hailed by The New York Times as “a furnace of earthy sensuality”, Sonia Olla has toured as company member and soloist with flamenco greats such as Antonio Canales, Eva la Yerbabuena, Rafaela Carrasco, Merche Esmeralda, María Pagés, La Farruca, among others.

Bailaora of international prestige, director and choreographer of her own shows, Sonia currently resides in New York, where she combines the dance classes with performance in outstanding venues such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge, the Rose Nagelburg Theatre, Baruch Performing Arts Center (NY) and Instituto Cervantes (Chicago), to name but a few.

Together with the Flamenco singer Ismael Fernández, her partner on and off the stage, Sonia has created a wide range of shows such as Tablao Sevilla, Entretiempo, Por Los Caminos and Tiempo al Aire. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Yorker, as well as Spanish newspapers such as ABC, El País, La Vanguardia.

Most recently, Sonia has been tapped by the pop-icon Madonna to choreograph the worldwide “Rebel Heart Tour” 2015-2016.