Joffrey Ballet School Joffrey Dance Center Dance Informa


JUNE 18 – JUNE 29
(1 - 2 Week Sessions)

Ages 8 – 25

This Hollywood Experience is designed for students who want to explore the Los Angeles entertainment industry as well as learn successful audition techniques and effective social media strategies.It is a two week intensive study into the life of the professional actor.  Students will have the opportunity to train with multiple different teachers in multiple different disciplines, from Shakespeare to On-Camera to Improv. Students will also learn how to brand themselves as artists and develop tools for significant social media growth. All of the classes are taught by working professionals and all the students will have the chance to meet top-level casting directors and TV stars! Welcome to the Joffrey Hollywood Experience!

An exploration into the ABCs…

  • How does the TV/Film Industry work?
    (funding, budgets, casting, auditions, lingo & terms, the Hollywood Food Chain, etc.)
  • What is acting and what are the fundamentals?
    (theory, basic storytelling, Mesiner vs Method, text analysis & understanding scripts, etc.)
  • How do I get started?
    (resumés and headshots, finding and agent/manager, building a reel, unions and casting websites, etc.)
  • How do I get good?
    (basic cold reading, monologue study, scene study, voice and movement exercises, etc.)
  • How do I book work?
    (audition etiquette, self-taping, Casting Director workshops, etc.)
  • How does social media work?
    (self-branding, social media tools, tactics and strategies, etc.)
  • How do I create content?
    (apps for creating content, indie filmmaking 101, new media content strategies, etc.)

Producing & performing for the camera…

  • Students, in groups, will begin to create short films that will be used in the showcase
    (AV needs will only be 1 smartphone per group)
  • Mock auditions with sides from current screenplays and TV scripts
    (using a camera, auditions will be taped and immediately evaluated on screen)
  • Intensive improv training
  • Q&As or AMAs with Industry Professionals
    (successful actors, webisode producers, casting directors, etc.)
  • Preparation for a multi-media showcase on the last day of the program.
    Students must attend 2 weeks to be in the showcase.

Master Faculty

Peter Story
Peter Story
Brittni Barger
Rich Liccardo
Toni Charline
Nick Huff
Jeff Galfer
Nathanael Johnson
Jud Williford
Megan O’Neil


$1,299 per week

Tuition Due at Registration: $300

Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments thru June 1st.

Registration Fee: $99


$450 per week

Housing Due at Registration: $250

Housing Balance: Monthly Payments thru June 1st

12 years of age or older to be in Joffrey Ballet School housing. Students ages 10 years and up that require housing should attend our Joffrey South Intensive. No housing available for students under 10 years of age.

Meal Plan

Meals are required if in housing
$225 per week

Meal Plan Due at Registration: 50%

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

Meal Plan Balance: Monthly Payments thru June 1st

Chaperone Fee

$250 per student

Chaperone Fee Balance: Monthly Payments thru June 1st

Required for students in housing ages 12/13

One time fee

Resident Fee

$150 per student

Resident Advisor Fee: Monthly Payments thru June 1st

Required for all students in housing

One time fee

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.

Housing, Studio & Meal FAQ's

Carrageen Hall: 9852 Lindley Ave, Northridge, CA 91330

Joffrey West LA Students are housed at CSUN’s Carrageen Hal (also referred to as building 2 found on the main campus map). Campus Map Download

It is recommended you park in Lot E9

Important: Scooters are forbidden in buildings.

12 years of age or older to be in Joffrey Ballet School housing. Students ages 10 years and up that require housing should attend ourJoffrey South Intensive. No housing available for students under 10 years of age.

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.

Students are on the meal plan and will have access to Geronimo’s, the primary dining area in student housing for conference guests. During 2010, this facility was renovated into a dazzling new food court. Breakfast and dinner will be served daily. On performance day, dinner will be served earlier for the dancers. Students may either purchase lunch on campus or make a sack 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 at Pinon Hall. 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; so only bring what you really need. Remember, you can always purchase extras or have your family send them to you. Linens and towels are provided. A linen packet consists of 2 Twin XL sheets, 1 pillowcase, 1 pillow, 1 blanket, and 3 towels. On Mondays, linens can be exchanged at the Conference Services Office.

  1. Toiletries: Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant and other personal toiletry products.
  2. Bathroom Essentials: Hair dryer, shower shoes, UL tested surge protectors, etc.
  3. Recreational Clothing: Jeans, t-shirts, swimsuit, walking shoes, sandals, etc.
  4. Dance Attire: Dance clothes, shoes, and other related supplies.
  5. Electronics: Alarm clock. Computers, iPods, iPads and valuables at your own discretion.
  6. 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 and will serve as the primary method of communication between Joffrey staff and the dancers.

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

  • Hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, coffeemakers, BBQ grill or any other cooking appliances
  • Candles or incense
  • Halogen lights
  • Pets of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal substances of any nature
  • Anything that produces a flame/spark, fireworks, sparklers. When not in use, your lighters for pointe shoes must remain in your dance bag.

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.

Other FAQ's


$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

Guest Artist Workshops and Final Industry Q&A and Showcase
3:30 pm on Fridays

There will be a 1/2 hr Q&A with Talent Managers & Agents and then, following that at 4pm, there will be an hr-long Showcase performed by both groups with the industry professionals staying to scout talent.

Carrageen Hall bedrooms are furnished with a bed(s), dresser(s) and a desk.  Apartments are Internet ready. Central air conditioners are provided. Each apartment has a living room, a full bathroom, and a private balcony or patio. Apartments also have kitchens, although pots/pans/flatware/dishes are NOT provided.  Joffrey has limited pots/plates for loan.  Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator and a stove (no microwave).

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 does not provide transportation to or from the airport. Two popular shuttle services from local airports are Super Shuttle ( or Road Runner Shuttle Service (

There is no dress code for this workshop

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 a future Joffrey program. The Registration Fee, All Deposits, and all Processing Fees are non-refundable and will be forfeited.
Prior to May 1st, a credit for any remaining tuition and some additional payments may be placed in the dancer’s name to be used the following summer.
After May 1st, all payments are non-refundable unless due to injury or illness certified by a Dr’s. note. A partial credit may be used towards next summer at Joffrey Ballet School’s Discretion.

The Joffrey Ballet School prides itself in taking photos of the students that represent their superb experience and will utilize the photos for its website and or marketing and advertising purposes. Students and parents are welcome to take photos of this 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.

California State University – Northridge
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St Northridge, CA 91330

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

Sample Schedule

 9:00AM – 9:30AM
Orientation *Mondays
Warmup Games & Excercise
Storytelling Through Movement/Social Media Show & Tell/Improv

10:00AM – 10:30AM
Icebreakers/Games & Exercise *Mondays
Imrpov/Class Demonstration/Tricks of Comedy, Tools of Drama/The Body Is An Instrument

11:00AM – 11:30AM
Auditions *Mondays
Make a Movie/Auditioning for the Camera/Showcase Assignments

11:30AM – 1:00PM

1:00PM – 1:30PM
Improv/WakeUp Your Imagination/Social Media 101/Class Viewing of Taped Auditions/Rehearsal

2:00PM – 2:30PM
Monologue Class/Commercial Class/Free Time (Content Creation)/ Social Media Show and Tell

3:00PM – 3:30PM
Commercial Class/Monologue Class/On Camera Class/Scene Class/Games & Exercises

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


Employment Opportunities

If you are interested in working as an Arts Administration Intern, Health Intern, RA, RA Assistant or Chaperone 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.  


Interns assist the Joffrey Ballet School in the administration of the summer programs. This is a tremendous learning experience. Be ready to work hard and long hours. Interns MUST HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE! The Joffrey Ballet School is seeking hard-working, ethical, caring, organized, teamwork minded, detail-oriented individuals interested in perusing a career in Arts Administration. Interns would gain valuable experience working within an office environment, assisting with daily operations of the school’s variety of summer programs and supporting the administrative staff with customer assistance.

Joffrey Ballet School seeks hard working and enthusiastic individuals for Head Resident Advisors in New York City, Dallas, San Francisco, and Athens. This is a temporary, full-time position, with live-in and on-call responsibilities. The Head RA is responsible for supervising housing staff and students who are residing in their assigned dormitory during the summer school session. The Head RA will organize transportation of students to and from the dormitory and Joffrey studio locations and activities. The Head RA will organize and supervise staff schedules and work assignments in the dormitory. The Head RA will ensure that all staff schedules, policies, transportation schedules, major disciplinary decisions and scheduled staff meetings are presented to the Director of Resident Life for review and approval.  The Head RA will be responsible for communication between their assigned dormitory and Joffrey administrative staff, faculty, students, and parents.

The Resident Assistant (RA) is responsible for assisting students who are staying at Joffrey Ballet School during the summer school session. The Resident Assistant helps dancers feel at home in housing, organize fun activities, problem solve, ensure dancers are following the rules. RAs will also collaborate with the Joffrey administration to ensure the well-being of all residents. Applicants must be able to work within the artistic culture of Joffrey, have the ability to give and receive constructive feedback, be able to problem solve, have excellent verbal and written communication, and have good organizational and analytical skills.

Dance and Residence Life experience preferred. We background check each applicant to ensure the safety of our dancers. Joffrey Ballet School seeks enthusiastic and hard working individuals for several Resident Advisor (RA) positions in New York City, LA, Dallas, San Francisco and Athens. This is a temporary, full-time position with live-in and on-call responsibilities. The RAs report to the Head RA. The RAs manage the daily operations of the Residence Halls and maintain an active leadership role to cultivate a positive and supportive community to the residents. The RAs serve as a role model and resource to students by assisting in artistic and personal growth.

Joffrey Ballet School seeks enthusiastic individuals for several Chaperone positions in New York City, Dallas, LA, San Francisco, Miami, and Athens. This is a temporary, full-time position with live-in and on-call responsibilities. A Chaperone is responsible for supervising 6-8 students ages 12 to 14. Their primary responsibility is babysitting the younger students, including maintaining an evening schedule/bedtime, morning routine, cleaning schedule, and enforcing the rules in the dormitory. Chaperones work with Head Chaperone to ensure that these students are supervised to and from classes, during lunch, on activities, shopping and in the dormitory. Chaperone ensures that students are safe at all times, eating responsibly, and adjusting to housing at JBS.

Applicants must be able to work within the artistic culture of Joffrey, have the ability to give and receive constructive feedback, be able to problem solve, have excellent verbal and written communication, and have good organizational and analytical skills. Dance experience preferred.

Application deadline date: April 1st, 2018

Please email us at for questions regarding any of the positions.


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Peter Story

Peter Story: A veteran of stage and screen, Peter is thrilled to be a part of the Joffrey program. An acting coach with more than 15yrs experience, Peter has had the privilege to help develop the careers of huge television stars like Ariel Winter (Modern Family) and Ross Lynch (Austin & Ally). An actor himself, Peter has appeared in primetime shows on all three major networks–some of his favorite credits include CSI (directed by Quentin Tarantino), Without a Trace, Ugly Betty and recurring roles on Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show and Rob Lowe’s The Lyon’s Den. He stars opposite Steve Guttenburg in the cheesy horror film, Cornered, and can be seen opposite Weed’s Elizabeth Perkins in the hilarious short, Le Chat Est Mort. Currently, Peter has been working hard in the web series genre and you can see him on Good Cops (Season 2) or Tumbleweed,’s flagship comedy program. Peter has performed in Regional Theatres across the country, including Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre and Sacramento Theatre Company. A proud Company Member of Timothy Busfield’s B Street Theatre, Peter has performed in all three of their spaces and is soon approaching his 1000th performance there. He is a proud alum of the New Harmony Project and an avid storyteller with The Moth.

Brittni Barger

BRITTNI BARGER— Social Media/Branding — a member of the Acting Company of the successful B Street Theatre in Sacramento. Brittni has been in numerous productions there, from the touring company, to their Children’s Theatre to new works on the Mainstage. She has also appeared in numerous Northern California Regional productions, from Sacramento Theatre Company to Capitol Stage. Her true success, though, lies in her online presence where she has hosted or been featured in several viral projects. Her online review show “Brittni’s Book Boner Bistro” nets thousands of views an episode while her most noticeable work — sketch videos with internet sensation SMOSH (22M subscribers) — has netted her several million views an episode. Brittni has had leading and supporting roles in several independent features and her new series “Beyond Geek” recently premiered on PBS. She is a self-proclaimed nerd and is knowledgeable in all things from Reddit to Snapchat. She brings her extensive experience with improv and sketch comedy to creating successful online content and loves sharing her helpful know-how with young artists.

Rich Liccardo

RICH LICCARDO — Character & Movement — after studying and performing with the National Conservatory Theatre in Denver, Rich went on to a successful career in New York performing in various Regional Theatres, including noticeable performances with the NY Fringe Festival. Rich branched off for a time into the Peace Corp where worked in health education programs in Kenya for two years. It was here where he would develop his love for teaching. Rich built off his work in Africa to develop techniques of using theatre as an form of therapy to help students from various cultures understand the art of storytelling and be able to use it as a means of self-expression. Trained in mask and clown, Rich brings an incredible amount of physicality to his work and his philosophy of character development and storytelling. Currently, Rich lives in LA where he teaches acting classes and works in Regional Theatres. Having worked with Canada’s famous Summer Literary Seminars and been a regular teacher at the Perry- Mansfield Performing Arts School & Camp, Rich brings a wealth of experience and a fun spirit that sheds new light on what it means to “create a character”.

Toni Charline

Toni Charline is an actor, writer and director living in Los Angeles. She can be seen every Friday night at the Upright Citizen Brigade Theatre with her improv team Bangarang! and every month in her sketch team Judith! If not at UCB, you can see her performing sketch or improv all over LA indie-comedy venues TNT, Crashbar and Room 101 (a show she co-created and hosts with her improv group Shakedown).

Nick Huff

NICK HUFF — Monologue & Scene Study — for over a decade, Nick Huff has been teaching acting classes and coaching kids and teens across the country. Most of that time has been spent working with the acting program at the famous Rage Entertainment Complex in Los Angeles, teaching scene study and improv classes as well as intensive workshops and camps. Two of the camps Nick developed as writing workshops that led to the students creating their own original musicals as a part of the showcase. Nick is also proud to have a long history of working with special needs children in the public school systems in and around LA. For years, Nick has been developing and implementing a revolutionary new system that introduces Comedia Del Arte and Improv to students with special needs as a means of creating community and developing social skills. Nick is passionate about developing programs that have a powerful impact on the hearts and minds of young artists.

Jeff Galfer

JEFF GALFER — An actor and photographer, Jeff Galfer holds a Master’s degree in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and a Bachelor of Science in Theatre and Political Theory from the University of Evansville in Indiana. He has worked professionally on stage in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, & Los Angeles. Television credits include SCORPION (recurring), NCIS, CASTLE, LAW & ORDER, NUMBERS, Z ROCK, and a recurring role on the Steven Spielberg/Oren Peli produced THE RIVER for ABC. Film credits include the Brian Wilson biopic LOVE & MERCY and 6 WAYS TO DIE. Commercially, he has represented over 35 brands in national, cable, made-for internet, and radio campaigns. As a producer and content creator, Jeff’s previous short film BURIED TREASURE traveled to festivals around the world picking up a Best Narrative Short award at the Rome International Film Festival, a Best of Fest award at the Illinois International Film Festival, and an Audience Choice award at the Zero Film Festival, Los Angeles. He also co-created and produced the web series Date-A-Max, which was distributed by Fullscreen Media. Starting from scratch on each and every project, Jeff has mastered the process of self financing – both privately and publicly. In 2012, he completed his second, successful Kickstarter campaign raising over twenty five thousand dollars for BURIED TREASURE. Currently, he helms commercial campaigns for both Pepsi’s “1893″ and La Quinta’s “How to WIN@BUSINESS” advertisements. He is also voicing several characters for the new, animated Amazon series LITTLE BIG AWESOME.

Nathanael Johnson

NATHANAEL JOHNSON — Voice & Movement — has directed Blithe Spirit (Texas Shakespeare Festival), The Tempest (Scott Pask, Scenic Designer), Blood Knot (Los Angeles Ovation Awards Recommendation), The Shape of Things as well as The Adding Machine, The School for Wives, Prometheus Bound, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Much Ado About Nothing at AMDA, among others. He has also served as an Assistant Director / SDCF Observer under Michael Kahn for Henry IV, Part 1 & 2 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Additionally, he has directed for the Zeitgeist International Festival in Washington, D.C., the Frontera Fringe Festival in Austin, Texas (where his production was a “Best of Week” winner) and the Dramatist’s Lab at the Mid-America Theatre Conference. As an actor, he has appeared on the television shows “The O.C.”, “Veronica Mars”, “Numb3rs” and “Medium” and has likewise performed at regional theatres across the nation – most notably the Yale Repertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company and South Coast Repertory. He is currently serving on the faculty of AMDA in Los Angeles and has previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Acting at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Other teaching credits include guest artist residencies at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF), PCPA Theaterfest, Willamette University and Lamar University. EDUCATION: M.F.A., Yale School of Drama; B.F.A. (summa cum laude), University of Evansville. CERTIFICATION: RYT-200 (Registered Yoga Teacher), Yoga Alliance. MEMBERSHIPS / ASSOCIATIONS: SDC, Yale Alumni Schools Committee, SAG-AFTRA, AEA. Website:

Jud Williford

JUD WILLIFORD — Shakespeare — has been a professional actor for over a decade and has been involved in more than seventy productions on stage and screen.  Career highlights include:  Scapin with Bill Irwin, the title role in Macbeth at the California Shakespeare Theatre, The 1st and 2nd national tours of Wicked as Dr. Dillamond, core company member of the American Conservatory Theater from 2007-2010 and numerous productions with Tony Award winning theater artists at regional theaters across the country. He has used his professional acting experience to inspire his work as a coach and teacher. His love for teaching began at the American Conservatory Theater where he had the rare opportunity to act in several plays a season while teaching and directing the MFA students.   At The New York Film Academy, he taught scene study and directed showcases.  At the Art of Acting Studio, he directed a full length production and taught perhaps his favorite subject, Shakespeare.   His most recent teaching project is a self-created Shakespeare workshop designed to be an experience in connection to self expression as an active practice to get back to why we act in the first place.

Megan O’Neil

MEGAN O’NEIL — Improvisation — is an avid improv and sketch comedy performer in Los Angeles. She began her training with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 2010 and continues to perform and hone her comedy skills there today. She wrote and performed original sketches for Showtime (Chocolate Sundae’s Comedy Show) and became a regular sketch performer at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Megan is a proud member of Actor’s Equity and has worked at theaters across the country including The B Street Theatre, Lewis Family Playhouse, Canterbury Summer Theatre and The Pfeiffer Stage. Megan loves teaching and has taught at The Acting Studio of Beverly Hills (acting, improv, audition technique, print), Class Act Musical Theatre (acting, direction, vocal performance and improv), The Rage (acting for TV and Film) and Lights Up! (an after school improv program). She received a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre from North Central College where she received the honor of Outstanding Theatre Student of the Year. She also enjoys performing and working with The Young Storytellers organization — a non-profit that brings professional actors together to perform scenes written by young students from underprivileged schools.