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Colorado Springs

(1 – 3 Week Sessions)

➡ Ages 8 -20

Program Style

The Joffrey Colorado Springs program is led by Colleen Barnes Merwin a former professional dancer and an established Joffrey instructor. Mrs. Merwin’s ability to engage and transform a dancer is unparalleled. Dancers are immersed in classical and contemporary ballet. This program has an intense ballet focus with daily classes in classical and contemporary ballet, point, variations, improv and current contemporary classes. Be ready to be transformed as a dancer.

Dancers must attend weeks 2 and 3 to participate in the performance.

$799.00 per week

Any One Week

$699.00 per week

Any Two Weeks

$599.00 per week

Three Weeks or More

  • Week 1

    6/29/2020 – 7/3/2020

  • Week 2

    7/6/2020 – 7/10/2020

  • Week 3

    7/13/2020 – 7/17/2020


Tuition FAQ’s

  • Tuition Due at Registration: $300
  • Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.
  • Registration Fee: $99
  • For all transactions, a 3.5% processing fee will be applied.

Housing

$450.00 per week

Housing is available for dancers ages 12 and up.

Meals

$225.00 per week

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served daily.

Registration

$99.00 per intensive

Registration fee per dancer

Housing and Meal Plan FAQ’s

Registration

Registration Fee: $99 per intensive

  • Registration Fee Due at Registration: $99
  • For all transactions, a 3.5% processing fee will be applied.

Housing

Housing Fees: $450 per week

Housing is available for dancers ages 12 and up.

  • Housing Due at Registration: $250
  • Resident Advisor Fee: $150 per dancer
    (Required for all dancers in housing – One time fee)
  • Chaperone Fee: $250 per dancer
    (Required for students in housing ages 12 to 13 – One time fee)
  • Housing, RA Fee & Chaperone Fee Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.
  • For all transactions, a 3.5% processing fee will be applied.

Housing – Other Fees

  • $50 Change Buildings (NYC only)
  • $50 Roommate Change Request
  • $100 Initial Roommate Request
  • $100 Early, Late Check In and Check Out

Meals

Meal Plan Fees: $225 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.
  • For all transactions, a 3.5% processing fee will be applied.

Loomis Hall

1104 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Lounge Area
  • Wireless

Loomis Hall

1104 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Lounge Area
  • Wireless

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 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.

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
room.

  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

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.

We do not provide transportation from the airport for this intensive.

  • Colorado Springs Shuttle offers direct shuttle service between Denver International airport (DIA) and the Colorado College campus every day of the year.  Reservations are recommended to ensure you have a seat.  Check out www.coloradoshuttle.com or call 1-877-587-3456 for details on arrival times and bus stops.  A one-way ticket will cost about $50.00 USD.
  • Front Range Shuttle offers direct shuttle service between Denver International airport (DIA) and the Colorado College campus 6 times a day.  They also offer Executive SUV service and Private/Charter van services.  Reservations are recommended.  Check out www.frontrangeshuttle.com or call (719) 237-2646 for details.  A one-way ticket will cost about $50.00 USD.

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.

Colleen Barnes
Colleen Barnes Merwin
Rodney Hamilton
Rodney Hamilton
Risa Mochizuki
Kristina D’Onofrio

Colorado Springs Ballet Intensive In-Studio Performances

Date: July 17, 2020
Time: TBA
Run Time: TBA
Cossitt Hall’s Basement Studio
906 N. Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Dancers must attend weeks 2 and 3 to participate in the performance.

Admission

All dancers (new and returning) are required to audition for the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Programs to be considered for: Placement   |  Scholarships  |  Acceptance.  

The audition is a 90 minute class instructed by a Joffrey Instructor and the cost to audition is $40. All sales are final. No refunds are provided for auditions regardless of attendance.

Our audition(s) are meant to place you at your skill level for either the Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer Intensive series (June – August) and/or our 4 year Trainee Program (Sept – May).

Results will be emailed and posted online.

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Pre-Check In & Orientation

Pre- Check In

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 sign their Pre-Check In packet, print and bring it with them to orientation/housing check in.


Studio Location:

Colorado College
Cossitt Hall –  906 N Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

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


Orientation Times

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 on our Dance Portal. Please join us Monday morning at the start of your intensive for the opportunity to meet the JBS Staff and review your schedules.


Schedules

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


Extra Activities

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

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Colleen Barnes Merwin

Artistic Director of Joffrey South Georgia, Colorado Springs and Heartland Kansas City

Colleen Barnes danced with the Dayton Ballet, Ballet Pensacola, and Dance Now! Miami, touring both domestically and abroad. In 2013 she was the guest principal artist for David Holmes’ production of The Nutcracker in British Columbia, dancing both Sugar Plum and Snow Queen roles. Her favorite roles include Diego Salterini’s Chronicles; Hannah Baumgarten’s Unburden; Swan Lake’s Pas de Trois; the Opera Singer in Gaite Parisienne; and the demi-soloist role in Balanchine’s Walpurgisnact, among others.

In 2018, Colleen set both Swan Lake Act II as well as her own work on the dance majors at the University of Utah. Her contemporary ballet choreography took third place in the 2017 Japan Ballet Competition in Takamatsu, Japan. In 2015 she presented work on a Joffrey NY trainee at the Merce Cunningham Theatre, NYC. She has also choreographed numerous works for her summer intensives.

Colleen works as the Artistic Director for Joffrey South, Joffrey Colorado Springs, and Joffrey Heartland Kansas City summer intensives. She has taught across the United States as well as in Genoa, London, and Tokyo. In 2009 she was on faculty at the Allen Ballet in Nanchang, China. She has worked at the Joffrey Ballet School since 2009, working as both faculty and administration, where she has taught Ballet, Pointe, Dance Conditioning, Rehearsals, and Music for Dancers. Colleen currently teaches at the University of Utah, Ballet West Academy, and when she is in town, Joffrey NY. She has participated in the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s teacher training workshop in 2014 and 2016, in addition to the Joffrey teacher training program for four years; she is also a certified Pilates mat instructor.

Colleen is currently earning her Master of Fine Arts in Ballet at the University of Utah, where she is researching the inherent historical racism of ballet and its natural reflection of imperialist discourse. With this research she seeks to cultivate conversation concerning the lack of diversity in ballet, and how we as a society can push the art to be inclusive of all bodies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Ballet from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

Rodney Hamilton

Rodney Hamilton, a native of St. Louis, began his dance training at the age of 10 and trained with Carr Lane V.P.A., COCA, Alexandra School of Ballet, and Katherine Dunham. After graduating with a BFA in Dance from the Juilliard School, he joined Ballet Hispanico of New York where he was a principal dancer and assistant rehearsal director for 10 years. During this time, he performed works by José Limon, Paul Taylor, Hans van Manen, Robert Battle, Ohad Naharin, David Parsons, William Whitener, Ann Reinking, Ramon Oller, Sergio Trujillo, Trinette Singleton, Agnes DeMille, Talley Beatty, Annabel Lopez Ochoa, Vicente Nebrada, and numerous other well-known choreographers. Mr. Hamilton was part of the national touring cast of Hello Dolly with Carol Channing and worked with the Broadway cast of Tarzan. In 2012 Mr. Hamilton became the resident choreographer for the Saint Pete City Theater where he choreographed Hello Dolly, Footloose, and Memphis. Mr. Hamilton has taught ballet and modern all over the world, and is a master teacher of the Dunham technique. He is now obtaining his Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

Risa Mochizuki

Risa Mochizuki

Train with Risa Mochizuki at Joffrey’s Colorado Springs Summer Ballet Intensive

Risa Mochizuki was born in Tokyo and trained at the Antwerp Royal Ballet School and the Kishibe and Kawasaki Ballet school in Japan. She has won medals at several international ballet competitions.Most recently she won a gold medal at the 2015 World Ballet Competition held in Orlando, FL. She danced solo and principal roles with Teatrul de Balet Sibiu, Constanta National Opera Ballet, and Timisoara National Opera Ballet in Romania.

Principal roles include Don Quixote, Paquita, Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Chopiniana and La Vivandiere. Risa has also become an experienced teacher, teaching classes and coaching at many schools including Idaho Falls School of Ballet, Idaho Ballet Theater, Dance Tech in Ammon, ID, Elite Studio in Shelley, ID, Studio One in Idaho Falls, and New Jersey School of Ballet.

In June 2018, Risa was one of 32 finalists who competed for a medal in the USA International Ballet Competition. As of January 2019, Risa continues to be one of the dancers for the New Jersey Ballet which has gained international recognition and is located in Livingston, NJ. In 2017, she danced the lead role in Grand Pas Classique scene of Paquita. She has been a dancer wtih NJ Ballet since 2012.

According to Risa, the professional dancers who inspired her the most are “Alina Cojocaru (Principal Dancer at the English National Ballet) for her acting, charming presence on stage and meticulous technique, and Natalia Osipova (Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet) for her stellar technique, amazing jumps and her powerful energy on stage.”

Risa got started in dancing after she “went to see a friend’s ballet performance, and I saw tutus and pointe shoes and wanted to look just as beautiful and dance on stage.”

Learn more about our Colorado Springs Summer Ballet Intensive with instructor Risa Mochizuki.

Subscribe to Risa’s YouTube Channel.

Kristina D’Onofrio

Joffrey South Georgia Instructor

Kristina is currently a third year MFA in the Department of Dance at The Ohio State University where she is a Graduate Teaching Associate, the recipient of a Ohio State University Fellowship and a Career Development Grant. She has presented at the TedX Ohio State University and received a Columbus Dances Fellowship award for choreography.

Kristina graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati with a B.F.A. in dance where she studied on scholarship. While in college she danced as a member of the Tulsa Ballet II and the Louisville Ballet. She has also performed as a guest artist with the Dayton Ballet and Kentucky Ballet Theatre. After graduating she danced for three years with the Festival Ballet Providence in Rhode Island while also working with Colleen Cavanaugh’s contemporary dance company Part of the Oath Dance Theater as a performer and instructor in her outreach after school program.

Kristina enjoys teaching students ages three-adult and has worked locally in Columbus, Cincinnati and Rhode Island. She spent a summer as an instructor of ballet, pointe, variations and composition at the Festival Ballet Providence Center for Dance Education Senior and Junior summer intensives. Kristina is currently on staff with BalletMet dance academy and the BalletMet Educational Outreach program.