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(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

3.5% Processing Fee

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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 support@joffreyschool.com. Our offices are open from 9 am to 6 pm EST.

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

11:00AM – 12:15 AM

12:15PM – 1:00PM

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


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 2nd, 2019 at 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 Merwin

she/her/hers ​ Colleen Barnes danced professionally with the Dayton Ballet, Ballet Pensacola, and Dance Now! Miami, touring both domestically and abroad, in addition to free-lancing with the late David Holmes in British Columbia. Her favorite roles include Diego Salterini’s Chronicles; Hannah Baumgarten’s Unburden; Swan Lake’sPas de Trois; the Opera Singer in Gaite Parisienne; and the demi-soloist role in Balanchine’s Walpurgisnacht, among others. ​ Since 2015 Colleen has served as the Artistic Director for Joffrey South, Joffrey Colorado Springs, and Joffrey Heartland Kansas City summer intensives. Through the Joffrey NY organization she has taught across the United States as well as internationally. She has worked at the Joffrey Ballet School since 2009, serving in both faculty and administrative roles. It is through this job that Colleen has come to work as a private coach – directing photo shoots, audition videos, and preparing dancers for ballet competitions/performances as needed. Currently, Colleen is working with New Jersey City University and Joffrey Ballet School to create syllabi for the entire curriculum of their impending BFA program partnership, which will launch in the spring of 2020. In 2014 she co-authored the self-study for Joffrey Ballet School’s re-accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Dance. ​ Currently Colleen works as a part-time instructor at the University of Georgia, teaching intermediate/advanced levels of ballet technique and pointe, in addition to choreographing a contemporary ballet for the department’s Spring Dance Concert, which will premiere in April 2020. She has taught at the University of Utah, Ballet West Academy, Joffrey Ballet School, and the Allen Ballet School in Nanchang, China, among others. Colleen participated in the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s teacher training workshop in 2014 and 2016, in addition to the Joffrey teacher training program from 2013-2015; she is also a certified Pilates mat instructor. ​ While working as a graduate student, Colleen restaged Swan LakeAct II and choreographed her own work on the dance majors at the University of Utah. She has also had the pleasure to assist guest choreographers Michele Wiles, Roderick George, and Tauna Hunter as they created or restaged work on the ballet majors, later acting as a rehearsal mistress in the absence of the choreographers. In Fall 2019, she will work with Michele Wiles again to co-stage a new production of The Nutcracker in Black Hills, South Dakota. Colleen’s contemporary ballet choreography took third place in the 2017 Japan Ballet Competition in Takamatsu, Japan. In 2015 she presented work at the Merce Cunningham Theatre, NYC. She has also choreographed numerous works for her summer intensives. ​ Colleen has an MFA in Ballet from the University of Utah, where on a full teaching assistantship scholarship she researched the inherent historical racism of ballet and its natural reflection of postcolonialism. She has presented this research in its various iterations at Dance Studies Association conference in Malta (2018), as well as the CORPS de Ballet conference at Florida State University (2019). With this research, she seeks to cultivate conversation concerning the lack of diversity and equity in ballet, and how we as a society can decolonize ballet so that it becomes a source of joy for the dancer, rather than a vague image of exclusive, patriarchal oppression. She holds a BFA 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.