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JOFFREY EXPERIENCE NYC

Stephanie Batten
Stephanie Batten
Michael Dameski
Michael Dameski

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Featured Faculty:
Desmond Richardson and Complexions Staff, Josie Walsh and many more!

Dates and Times

08/15/16 – 08/26/16
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm  |   Days: Monday – Friday

Possible Locations/Studios

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

Auditions

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Program Registration

Ages 9 – 25

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Matthew Prescott

Artistic Director of the NYC Musical Theatre Intensive

Matthew Prescott

Train with Matthew at the Joffrey Ballet Vegas Jazz & Contemporary Summer Dance Intensive and NYC Summer Musical Theatre Program

Matthew Prescott, born and raised in Idaho, graduated high school from Interlochen Arts Academy and attended the inaugural year of the Joffrey/New School University in New York City. In 2000, he joined the Joffrey Ballet for a number of years before setting out as a freelance artist.

Working as a freelancer, Matthew has worked and performed with Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, Ballet NY, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Amanda Miller, The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, The Alabama Ballet, Armitage Gone! Dance, BalletX, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Morphoses the Wheeldon Company, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. Matthew was featured in Robert Altman’s film The Company.

Matthew has choreographed works performed by Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Chamber Dance Project, the Joffrey Ballet School, BalletX, Interlochen Arts Academy, for Misty Copeland for Prince’s Coming to America 2010 Madison Square Garden performances, as well as the Vail International Dance Festival.

Matthew was the Resident Choreographer on the national tour of Billy Elliot as well as performing the roll of Older Billy. Matthew made his Broadway debut on Broadway in the cast of Phantom of the Opera.

In a DanceSpirit interview, Prescott states:

Though programs in musical theater or circus arts might sound very specific, Prescott encourages dancers of all styles to try them and broaden their idea of what they can do with their training. “Ballet has been a huge part of musical theater history,” he says. “People like Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins, and now Christopher Wheeldon and Justin Peck. There are opportunities as a tap dancer on Broadway, there are opportunities as a hip-hop dancer with shows like Hamilton.”

www.Matthew-Prescott.com

Stephanie Batten

Stefanie Batten Bland – Choreographic Artist – Director. 2019-21 ABT Women’s Movement Initiative Choreographer. 2019 Fellow NYU Center For The Ballet Arts. Stefanie Batten Bland is a Jerome Robbins awardee whose interdisciplinary creative practice is embedded in human relationships. Her French-American proscenium and installation creations have been commissioned by Ailey II, LaMama, Spoleto Festival (Italy), The Yard, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Singapore Frontier Danceland, TU Dance, Zenon Dance, Harlem Stage, Brooklyn Museum, and venues throughout Europe and Asia. She has created 11 dance cinema films that have been shown in international festivals from South Africa to Germany, and she has created for multiple fashion and gala campaigns including Louis Vuitton, VanCleef & Arpels, and Hermés. Her current credits include movement director for the Eve’s Song at the Public Theater and choreographer for American Ballet Theater’s new Women’s Movement Initiative (2019-21). She is also a 2019 fellow for New York University’s Center for the Ballet Arts. She has been featured in the New York Times, Dance magazine, Dance Europe, and Marie Claire. In July 2019 she will complete her MFA in interdisciplinary arts with concentration in performance creation at Goddard College. She lives in SoHo with her family. company sbb.org

Michael Dameski

Michael Dameski

Join Michael at Joffrey’s Las Vegas Jazz & Contemporary Summer Dance Intensive

World of Dance runner-up, Michael Dameski is a 23-year old dancing prodigy who has trained in all facets of the performing arts making him one of the most versatile and sought after performers in Australia. While Michael had success in Australia, it was his time on reality TV show World of Dance that really put him on the world stage. And we are excited to have Michael as one of our instructors for our Joffrey Las Vegas Jazz & Contemporary Intensive where we fuse concert dance with the commercial world of the west coast.

In 2008 he made his musical theatre debut in the Australian touring company of Billy Elliot. After two successful seasons in Sydney and Melbourne, Michael was invited to perform the leading role on Broadway as well as throughout the United States on the second National Tour. In recognition for his outstanding performance as Billy Elliot he was the recipient of two prestigious awards, the Green Room and the Australian Dance Award.

In February 2014, Dameski appeared on the Australian version of So You Think You Can Dance and on 1 May 2014 won the competition, crowned Australia’s Favourite Dancer for 2014. He was also an original cast member of the Dream Dance Company established by Marko Panzic.

Michael has had the pleasure of gracing the Australian TV screens on Network Ten’s hit show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, where he performed his phenomenal dance for your life solo that went viral across the globe and scored him the title ‘Winner of SYTYCD Australia 2014’. Michael is thrilled to be pursuing his career in the United States making his television debut as a guest performer on FOX’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ US Finale. He is a determined and passionate performer who always strives for his best. Michael has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the performing arts industry.

In 2018, Michael was featured in an article on DanceInforma.com titled “Michael Dameski: Making Waves from Australia to the U.S.” where he spoke about his life before dance, his dance career, competing in So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) and his first breakthrough in Billy Elliot the Musical on Broadway.

“Before dance, I was a soccer player. My father was a famous soccer player, so I was very much into sports. My sisters were my main influence and what sparked my interest in dance. I would come home from soccer practice, and they’d be dancing around the house, and I started joining them as something fun to do. If you’re itching to go for something but you’re unsure or second guessing yourself, let go of that fear,” he says. “The best things can happen from spontaneous moments and taking a risk. You never want to have a moment when you feel like you’ve grown enough, and you’re done. Keep maintaining what you’ve worked on your whole life because there are things that are even more profound that will come your way.”

Most recently Michael has toured with the Disney’s Newsies the Musical, and is currently touring with Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound Co. And he recently recorded his own video titled “Don’t Judge Me” which is a representation of his teenager life.

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Learn from Michael at our Las Vegas Jazz & Contemporary Dance Intensive