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Joffrey Experience NYC

JOFFREY EXPERIENCE

AUGUST 13 – AUGUST 24
(1 - 2 Week Sessions)

Ages 14 – 25

The Joffrey Experience is an All-Contemporary summer intensive that includes both Ballet and Modern Contemporary styles. The emphasis of this intensive is to define Contemporary Dance in the 21st Century through study, creation, and performance, all done within two intensive weeks of classes and rehearsals. The dancers morning begins with Contemporary Ballet or Contemporary Modern which is followed by whichever style they didn’t have first. After lunch, the dancers will have a repertory class (the teacher will teach repertory of their choosing or create new movement ideas on the dancers), and they will continue the creative process in a rehearsal for the show. The class sizes are small and intimate allowing for one on one direction and communication with each teaching artist. The choreographers are successful New York-based artists who are identified by their unique contemporary styles, and by their critical success as contemporary dance teachers. After an intensive two weeks of study, and the process of creating an original work, the dancers manifest their efforts on the stage. The final show is on the last Friday of the intensive at the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, located in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Tuition

$1299 per week

Tuition Due at Registration: $300

Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st..

Registration Fee: $99

Housing

$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 Experience Finale Performance.

Must attend Weeks 1 and 2.

3.5% Processing Fee

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

Joffrey FAQ's

Housing, Studio & Meal FAQ's


351 W 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

360 W 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

“The Dancer’s Dorm,” is a newly renovated dormitory in the heart of the Theatre District that houses dancers from Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Alley, and Joffrey Ballet School. The dorm is two separate buildings with entrances on W 44th Street and W 45th Street. The dorms share a connecting back patio that provides a pathway for access to each side. Located just a few avenues away from Times Square, W 44th and 45th street dorms combine the exciting atmosphere of Times Square with the quieter neighborhood feeling of New York. Easy access is available to the A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, Q, R, W, and 7 trains.

 

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.

W44th & W45th Housing

  • Bed Style: Loft beds, Twin XL
  • There is at least one full size bathroom in each wing with either other full size bathrooms or half baths.
  • Each room will be furnished with a loft bed, storage of some kind (small closet, cubby, or drawers), and a kitchenette with a microwave, sink, single stove top burner, and some basic cookware (see below).
  • Cookware includes: 1 utensil set, 1 stainless steel salad bowl, chopping board, knives, plates, bowls, glasses, mugs, garbage bin (bags not included), and utensil holder.
  • AC unit available in each bedroom for temperature control (air conditioning included).
  • Laundry available in basement of W 44th street (quarters only).

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.

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
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

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

Housing

$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 weeks 1 & 2, as well as week 2 of the Joffrey Experience. Be sure to plan to participate in this life changing event!

Date: Friday, August 24, 2018 | Time: 6pm
Location: Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center
29 Jay Street – DUMBO – Brooklyn, 11201

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.

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.

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

(transportation@joffreyballetschool.com)

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 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.

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.

Sample Schedule

Daily Schedule

Contemporary
9:00AM – 10:30AM

Contemporary Ballet
10:45AM – 12:15AM

Repertory
1:15PM – 2:45PM

Rehearsal
3:00PM – 5:00PM

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Lena Lauer

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Lena is a dance artist who has created and performed work from the Sonoran desert of the Southwest to the Andes Mountains of South America.  Her latest project is serving as co-founder of The Lovelies, New York City’s foremost dance compositional improvisation company.  In New York, Lauer has produced work at venues such as Dance New Amsterdam, The Tank, Judson Church and Gowanus Art + Production, where her incorporation of the aerial arts, modern dance, improvisation, inventive partnering and sound scores provide a foundation for Lena’s aesthetic.  She has taught at Ohio Northern University, as well as Lima City Schools in Ohio and The Ohio State University where she was also commissioned to set original choreography for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Lena will be presenting work this Fall at Triskelion Arts and curates for the FIGMENT project every summer on Governor’s Island.

Manuel Vignoulle

Manuel Vignoulle, French choreographer based in New York, studied at The Conservatoire National Supérieur de Danse de Paris and went on to work with different French contemporary companies including Claude Brumachon, Corinne Lanselle and Bernardo Montet.

He was a dance artist with both Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (Switzerland) and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet (New York) where he worked with inspiring choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Andonis Foniadalkis. Hofesh Shechter, Cisco Aznar, Ohad Naharin, Jo Strongen, Didy Veldman, Carolyn Carlson, Benjamin Millepied, Alexander Eckman, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Malou Airaudo and Benoit-Swan Pouffer among others.

Manuel appeared as a guest for La La La Human Steps (Canada), Het Nationale Ballet (Netherland), State Theatre (South Africa) and The Forsythe Company (Germany).

He has also been an assistant to modern-jazz choreographer, Redha, on various productions. Such productions include concert dance, television, film, fashion, musical theater and operas in which he often performed in.

Manuel’s work, performed in France, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and USA, has been commissioned by Ailey II, Whim W’Him, Satellite Collective, 10 Hairy Legs, Chicago Repertory Ballet, Peridance Contemporary Ballet Company, Steps Repertoire Ensemble, Periapsis Music & Dance, The Ailey School, Rutgers University, Springboard and Antigel Festival.

He has performed his work with Manuel Vignoulle – M/motions at Jacob’s Pillow, Fire Island Festival, Bryant Park (New York), APAP, Booking Dance Festival, Monterrey International Ballet Gala (Mexico), The Dance Gallery Festival, WestFest, Pushing Progress Showcase Series and Latin Choreographers Festival.

Allyne Gartrell

A native of Atlanta, GA, Gartrell brings twenty five years of experience to the art of dance. A graduate of the Dekalb Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta. Allyne also attended Florida A&M University and Florida State University where he excelled in Instrumental Music and Dance. As a dancer, Allyne has worked with Joel Hall Dance Theater, Ballet Wisconsin, City Ballet Theatre and for seven years he was one of the Lead Male Dancers for the Internationally known Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, where he served as Company Instructor and Rehearsal Director for DCDC II. While at DCDC, Allyne performed ballets of Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty, Ulysses Dove, and Donald Byrd to name a few. His Broadway credits include; the Wiz, A Chorus Line, Sophisticated Ladies, and his most notable performance as Crown in the National Touring Production of Porgy & Bess. Allyne also served as Assistant to the Tony Award Winning Choreographer Hope Clark for the production of Porgy & Bess which premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Arts.
Over the past two decade Allyne has worked as Principal Male Dancer, Rehearsal Director and Resident Choreographer for the Dallas Black Dance Thaetre. In 2006, Allyne became Director of DBDT II, Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s2nd Touring Company. Under his direction DBDT II elevated its artistic value and was able to establish a National Touring Season. Collaborations with the Allen Civic Orchestra in Peter & the wolf and the Dallas Symphony in Carnival of the Animals became staples of the Season! Allyne is a  highly recognized Master Dance Instructor in the country-known for his high energy, & physically demanding ALLYNISM and Contemporary Ballet Classes. His pulsating choreography has been featured on several dance companies and Universities including, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, DBDT II, Milwaukee Dance Connection, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Morgan State University, Spelman College, City College of San Francisco, and Grambling State University. In 2006 Allyne choreographed Primary Movements; a Contemporary ballet in collaboration with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with original scoring by classical composer Jonathan Bailey Holland. Primary Movements became the official kick-off for Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Celebration.
In 2010, The ATLANTA DANCE CONNECTION, Atlanta’s Premiere Contemporary Dance Company, under the direction of Mr Gartrell made it’s debut in Georgia.  Addressing the need for an artistic outlet for young artist, the CONNECTION’S mission is to present quality art, entertainment and education in the field of Concert Dance. In 2004 Allyne was recognized for his contribution at risk youth in the mid-west by Senator Russ Fiengold, and was awarded the 2004 AKA Trail Blazer Award for Outstanding Community Service. Currently Allyne is a member of the International Association of Blacks in Dance, Atlanta African American Dance Community , and for the past fifteen years he has serves as Scholarship Chairman for the Black College Dance Exchange, a coalition of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Allyne is the recipient of the 2009 Presidential Edition of Who’s Who in the Arts, awarded the Dallas Black Dance Theatre 2009 Artist Award, and in December of 2009 Allyne was featured in Dallas Modern Luxury Magazine as one of The New Iconoclasts for 2010. Under Allyne’s leadership the ATLANTA DANEC CONNCETION has taken its place as one of the leading professional dance companies in the SOUTH! In 2011 the company received the Outstanding Community Partner Award for Dance Education and the 2011 Phoenix Award presented by Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta. In celebration of 5 Years of Artistic Excellence, May 22, 2015 was Proclaimed ATLANTA DANCE CONNECTION DAY by the Atlanta City Council!

Max Stone

Joffrey Experience Instructor

Artistic Director of the New York based dance company, Sexy Beast NYC, Max holds an MFA in dance and served as Senior Lecturer on the faculty at Southern Methodist University. He was with the original Broadway cast of the Neil Simon/Marvin Hamlisch musical/play, They’re Playing Our Song. He has guest taught at the Juilliard Conservatory, Complexions Summer/Winter Intensives, Bates and JoffreySummer Dance Intensives, and conducted choreography seminars for Cirque du Soleil’s Mystère. During their NY City Center season in 2010, Max taught company classes for Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake. In 2013, Max choreographed for the Noah Baumbach film, “Frances Ha”. He was Artistic Director of The New York Dance Exchange, an international intensive workshop series, and he continues to work throughout Europe and Japan.

Wendy White Sasser

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Wendy White Sasser began her dance training with the Alabama Dance Theatre in Montgomery, Alabama. She was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and was a scholarship student at the Joffrey Ballet School and a fellowship student at The Ailey School before becoming a member of Ailey II. She then went on to perform with Donald Byrd/The Group and Complexions Contemporary Ballet, under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, before joining the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. During her seven years with Ailey, she performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia in roles by many leading choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Judith Jamison, Dwight Rhoden, Twyla Tharp, Ulysses Dove and Alonzo King. Wendy rejoined Complexions in 2008 and remained a member until 2011. Since then, Wendy has enjoyed teaching for Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the Joffrey Experience and the Gelsey Kirkland Academy as well as guesting at the French Academie of Ballet, Broadway Dance Center and with the Alabama Dance Theatre. Most recently, Ms. White Sasser joined the faculty of Long Island College’s Brooklyn campus as an adjunct professor of ballet.

Shelly Hutchinson

Joffrey Experience Instructor

Shelly Hutchinson is a choreographer, instructor, dancer, actress and producer in New York City. She has been a Contemporary and Musical Theater choreographer for “So You Think You Can Dance” Ukraine for the last four seasons, also on the creative teams and performed in operas such as Candide, Samson and Delilah, and Aida as associate choreographer and assistant director. Choreographer for adapted for stage version of Disney’s High School Musical. TV appearances include MTV, CBS Morning Show, ABC, Saturday Night Live, Law & Order, Lipstick Jungle, Ugly Betty, Kings, HBO Miniseries “Mildred Pierce”, The Today Show, David Letterman, The Learning Channel, dancer for Wyclef Jean and in Lou Bega’s “Mambo #5”. Performing credits include Radio City Music Hall, Warner Brothers Films, Disney, Off- Broadway and Regional Theatre, Broadway Bares, International Arts Festival in Italy, Care Wave Japan, National and European Tours including “Fame, the Musical”, Bye Bye Birdie, Irene, and West Side Story, assistant choreographer for “Falco”, a multi- media show in Vienna, Austria based on the late 80’s pop star.

Her work has recently been seen at City Center, Merce Cunningham, Manhattan Movement Arts Center, and Salvatore Capezio Theater. With 17 years of deep and diverse teaching experience with all levels and ages, she has taught at various studios in the US, Germany, Italy, Austria, Prague, Argentina, Japan, Costa Rica, Cirque Du Soleil, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Joffrey Ballet School and Peridance in New York. Shelly continues to travel around the country for master classes, choreography, and private instruction.

She is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center, and currently producing a series of concerts entitled “New York Moves” to benefit various charities. Also the Director of UNCOVERED CHOREOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS, a series of intensives based in New York City to help young dancers find their identities as choreographers.

Bradley Shelver

Joffrey Experience Instructor

Also a Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Instructor, as well as a Joffrey San Francisco Instructor and Choreographer.

Bradley Shelver (South Africa) trained at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg and The Ailey School. He has danced with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Company, Elisa Monte Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, The Francesca Harper Project, Limón Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theater (UK) and in projects with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. Lar Lubovich Dance, The Universal Ballet, Radio City Music Hall and in productions with the Mark Morris Dance Group. He currently dances as a soloist for The Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Mr Shelver is an international touring solo artist and has choreographed works for companies in the USA, Israel, Sweden, Denmark and Italy, including; Ballet Austin, Lustig Dance Theater, Compania Rio Danca, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Cape Dance Company, Cedar Lake 2, Sobers & Godley Dance, as well as creating works for the Royal Danish, Royal Swedish Ballet Schools, Joffrey Ballet School, The Ailey School, Long Island University. He is the founder of Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater, and the Artistic Director of the STEPS Repertory Ensemble as well as Production Director for Steps on Broadway. He is on the Faculty of schools and universities worldwide having taught for ABT, Royal Danish and Royal Swedish Ballet Schools, Ateballeto, Mathew Bourne’s “Adventures in Motion Pictures”, The Ailey School, La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts, Joffrey Ballet School, Bikuratim (Israel), Centro Coregrafico (Brazil) amongst others. He is co-producer and Curator for the annual REVERBdance Festival and has written a monthly column for Dance Spirit Magazine. His book, “Performance Through the Dance Technique of Lester Horton” is available worldwide.

The Lovelies

Joffrey Experience Instrutors

Often humorous, sometimes quirky and always honest, present and open, the Lovelies work to uncover, establish and conclude the present through discovery. Makers of dance and sound, sculptors of space and designers of time, the Lovelies push each other, question the possibilities, listen to the thing, and generally help, hinder, intersect, bypass, support, infiltrate, destroy and create pieces in the moment. The Lovelies seek to work collectively to establish an environment and work with everyone involved: dancers, musicians and audience members, to build a dance spontaneously. The Lovelies focus on making interesting decisions to build a dance and pay attention to where it will go, unveiling the concept of the work simultaneously. During the Joffrey Experience, The Lovelies will share their knowledge and work to honor collaboration through acute listening, memorable choice-making and appreciation for all in the space. The live musician and dancers will riff off of one another establishing that there is no clear one leader, but all are equal parts of the work, creating a work that unfolds in a genuine way. Showings will be held on both Fridays of the Experience at 3pm.

Billy Blanken

Billy grew up performing in Dayton, Ohio with the Muse Machine under the direction of Nat Horne and David Duising and dancing at the Gary Geiss School of Dance. He graduated with honors from Ball State University with majors in Acting and Dance Performance. While at Ball State, Billy danced with Anderson Young Ballet Theatre and Project in Motion. With PIM, Billy performed in the Indiana Public School System educating students about physics, kinesiology, and anatomy through dance. After graduation, he was invited to attend the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City on full scholarship.Billy trained two years at Joffrey under the late John Magnus, Francesca Corkle, Ellie Lazar and Eleanor D’Antuono. During that time he performed with the Joffrey Ensemble, in their first production of Nutcracker, and produced the Joffrey School’s first Student Choreographic Workshop. He started his professional career as a principal with the Amy Marshall DanceCompany before he joined Les Ballets Grandiva. Some of Billy’s freelance credits include; principal guest artist with Brooklyn Ballet, Dances Patrelle, Catherine Gallant Dance, Atlantic City Ballet, Mobile Ballet, Flexicurve, Northwest Florida Ballet, Lane & Co Arts, Sun Valley Ballet, the East Village Dance Project, Northeastern Ballet Theatre, Columbus Ballet, Neville Dance Theatre, isadoraNOW, Ballet Mink Colbert, and performing Michael Foley’s work in the Howl on the Road Festival at Lincoln Center and CoDa21 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2016, he formed the collective Sheep Meadow Dance Theatre for which he is choreographer and Artistic Director. Billy is original collaborator, writer, producer, choreographer and performer of “the intimacies project” with dancer Jordan Marinov, filmmaker Bill Hayward and late Musician/ Playwright Anna Elman. ‘the intimacies project’ was featured at Port Authority by Times Square Alliance, Galapogos Arts Center, the Rover Soho, and the Jennifer Muller’s The Hatch series. Billy has taught at Peridance Capezio Center, the Jakarta Intercultural School,the School at Steps on Broadway, the East Village Dance Project, Ball State University, Astoria Fine Arts Dance, Wright State University, D’Valda & Sirico Dance and Music Centre, the Gary Geiss Dance School, SUNY Purchase with isadoraNOW, Northwest Florida Ballet, Northeastern Ballet Theatre, New YorkDance Experience, with Brooklyn Ballet’s ‘Elevate’ program, and Montclair State University via the Amy Marshall Dance Company. Other inspirational teachers include Winthrop Corey, Bill Evans, Graciella Kozak, Antoinette Peloso, Alexandre Proia and LouAnn Young.

Karen Brown

Karen Brown I was reared in Augusta, Georgia, the eldest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Allen N. Brown. My ballet training began with Ron Colton at the Augusta Ballet and I subsequently became a Principal Ballerina with the Dance Theatre of Harlem enjoying a 22-year career. In 1995 I became the Director of Education for the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, the largest dance institution in the Southeast. In 1997, I founded Karenina, an organization that provides consultation and mentorship through all stages of career development for emerging and established artists. In 2006, I completed 6 years as the Artistic Director of Oakland Ballet, one of my proudest accomplishments. May 2013, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. As an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia from 2007 – 2013, I taught all levels of ballet. I am an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. I earned a Certificate of Completion in the Vaganova Syllabus with John White, a comprehensive pedagogue course 1st, 2nd and 3rd years in Bryn Mawr, PA. I am most proud of a 2010 Bessie for my performances with Paradigm. Recently, I founded the En Pointe Plus Refining Institute offering semi-private coaching sessions for dancers utilizing new computerized motion analysis technology.