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JOFFREY HEARTLAND KANSAS CITY

JOFFREY HEARTLAND KANSAS CITY

JULY 23 – AUGUST 3
(1 - 2 Week Sessions)

Ages 8 – 20

The Joffrey Heartland Kansas City program is led by Colleen 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.

  • Stay 1 Week

    $799 per week

  • Stay 2 Weeks, Save $348

    $625 per week

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Joffrey FAQ's

Studio Location:

Heart of America Dance Centre
220 SE Douglas St,
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

The Joffrey Ballet School has setup a very simple and orderly PickUp/Drop Off process. Please drop off your dancer at least 15 minutes before the start of class to warm up. When picking up your happy dancer, please arrive promptly at the end of classes. Please note, after initial check-in, the dancers will have a mandatory orientation.

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.

Orientation occurs every Monday. Please be on time! Here the Artistic Director will meet you, share policies, and answer any questions parents or students may have. Students will receive name tags, schedules, and groups at orientation.

Sample Schedule

Daily Schedule

Ballet Technique
9:15AM – 10:45AM

Pointe/Pre-Pointe
11:00AM – 12:15 AM

Lunch
12:15PM – 1:00PM

Modern/Dunham Technique/Variations/Contemporary Ballet
3:00PM – 4:30pM

 

Stretch
4:30PM – 5:00

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

There is a Lost and Found table set-up each Friday. 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.

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.

Informal Studio Showing

Friday, August 3rd, 4:30PM. Estimated duration: 30 minutes

Location: Heart of America Dance Center, Studio 1

220 SE Douglas Street Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

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

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.

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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.

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.

Mitchell Finke

Joffrey South Georgia Instructor

Mitchell A. Finke is originally from Ohio and currently lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He travels the country as a freelance choreographer, emcee and entertainment & event producer. This past year he toured the country as Tour Manger of Charlie Brown Christmas Live and the Broadway National Tour of Disney’s Little Mermaid.

His choreography has been seen on the hit reality show Dance Moms, The Ellen Show, America’s Got Talent and The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Holland American Cruise Lines as well as tv commercials for Macys, Sears and Kmart. Mitchell has produced events for National Basketball Association, Lindt Chocolates, Nationwide Insurance, The Limited Inc., Abercrombie & Fitch, Ohio Department of Transportation, Special Olympics, American Cancer Society, DECA and the youtube sensation Elliot Evorin.

He has directed and choreographed over 100 stage shows for regional, collegiate and high school theaters including 4 seasons at Park Playhouse in New York. In addition, his choreography has been seen in theme parks, industrials and show choirs all over the country. Mitchell has been teaching at conventions and intensives focusing on musical theatre, jazz and tap and choreographs for competition studios throughout the United Sates and Canada. Besides teaching and choreographing Mitchell has traveled the country as a national director and emcee for several dance competitions.

Before taking the leap into the world of production and choreography Mitchell performed in regional and touring productions of 42nd Street as Andy Lee, Chicago as Fred Casely, Crazy for You as Bobby, A Chorus Line as Mike, Grease as Doody, and Peter Pan as Peter Pan. In addition to live theater he was the on air host for TV’s Fox Kids Club and was a guest choreographer and emcee on several episodes of Dance Moms.

He grew up studying all disciplines of dance at Pinnell Dance Centre in Ohio at the age of 5 and continues his training throughout the country. Mitchell has a degree in Marketing and Public Relations from Ohio Dominican University.

Mitchell is excited to return to Joffrey South for his fourth straight year teaching jazz, contemporary, theater and tap. He is also very ecstatic about being one of the first instructors at Joffrey Heartland this summer. He would like to thank Colleen for these endless opportunities and is ready to preach his mottos: #fulloutnomarking & #livedanceshine @MitchellAFinke