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JOFFREY SAN FRANCISCO

JULY 16 – AUGUST 3
(1 - 3 Week Sessions)

Ages 8 – 25

The San Francisco Ballet Intensive is the West coast Flagship program with Josie Walsh as the Artistic Director. The program has a contemporary ballet focus but also instructs classical ballet, pointe and current relevant contemporary classes in repertory, improv and choreography. This program will transform you as a dancer with its world class faculty. Every week builds upon the next with a final performance that is life changing. We do recommend a three week stay for this world class dance experience.

  • Stay 1 Week

    $1,299 per week

  • Stay 2 Weeks

    $1,299 per week

  • Stay 3 Weeks, Save $300

    $1,199 per week

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

Meals are required if in housing
$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.

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

Costume Included
$125 one time fee

Performance/Costume Fee: Monthly Payments through June 1st

Be a part of the Joffrey San Francisco Finale Performance.

Must attend Weeks 2 and 3.

3.5% Processing Fee

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

Joffrey FAQ's

Housing, Studio & Meal FAQ's

San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave San Francisco, CA 94132

City College of San Francisco
Wellness Center
Ocean Avenue at Howth St., San Francisco, CA 94112

McKenna Theatre
CA 129 San Francisco, CA 94132
Students will be performing at the McKenna Theatre

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

San Francisco State University – Mary Ward Hall
San Francisco State University offers traditional residence halls. Mary Ward Hall offers furnished double occupancy rooms with gender specific common bathrooms in the hallway. In partnership with our residents, SFSU and JBS Residential Life establish and maintain a living and learning environment where members of the community are respected and valued.

Check in is between 3-5pm at Mary Ward Hall.  Check out is before classes on Fridays, and bags will be stored in the luggage room until after classes or if it the final Friday, after the performance.

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Mary Ward Hall rooms are double occupancy with showers and bathrooms on each wing of every floor. Rooms are furnished with beds, desks, bookshelves, dressers, and closets – one for each student. Housing provides Internet connection and a single telephone line in each unit. Residents are allowed to bring a small refrigerator or microwave to use in their rooms. Daily housekeeping is not provided, but if you are staying longer than one week, your sheets may be replaced.

Download: SFSU Campus Map

Students ages 10 and 11 that require housing should attend our Joffrey South Intensive. Housing is available for dancers ages 12 and up.

Mary Ward Hall

Mary Ward Hall rooms are double occupancy with showers and bathrooms on each wing of every floor. Rooms are furnished with:

  • beds, desks, bookshelves, dressers, and open closets – one for each student.
  • Housing provides WIFI Internet connection.
  • Residents are allowed to bring a small refrigerator or microwave to use in their rooms.
  • *Students will also be housed at the Towers Junior Suites at Centennial Square. More information will be available shortly. Amenities will be similar

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.

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.

What to Bring
Your room will fill up quickly; so only bring what you really need. Remember, you can always purchase extras or have your family send them to you. All accommodation’s facilities include one pillow with case, one blanket, one mattress pad, two sheets, two bath towels, and soap.

  1. Bring the basics such as toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant, a shower caddy, and any other personal toiletry products.
  2. Bring your dance clothes, shoes, and other school related supplies.
  3. Bring your own personal computers, iPods, and valuables at your own discretion.
  4. Bring an alarm clock, chargers, blow dryer, UL tested surge protectors (at least two if you have many electronics), desk lamp and light bulbs.
  5. Every student is required to bring, or purchase upon his or her arrival, a personal mobile phone. The phone number of this mobile phone must be provided to the Joffrey Ballet School staff and will serve as the primary method of communication between the staff and student.

What Not to Bring
The following items are prohibited in Joffrey housing and may be confiscated if found in your
room.

  1. Hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, BBQ grill or any other cooking appliances
  2. Candles or incense
  3. Halogen lights
  4. Pets of any kind
  5. Alcohol
  6. Illegal substances of any nature

Check in is between 3-5pm at Mary Ward Hall.  Check out is before classes on Fridays, and bags will be stored in the luggage room until after classes or if it the final Friday, after the performance. Keys are NOT available before 3pm.. Luggage may be stored, however, if dancers arrive well before 3pm and wish to then go off for sight seeing.

The Joffrey Ballet school is proud to have partnered with SFSU and Sodexo that serves healthy, well-balanced and mindful meals. The food is delicious and healthy. It is perfect for the developing dancer. We care about you and your child and have worked very hard to partner with SFSU.

For vegetarian diets, gluten-free or other special dietary needs, please alert us when you fill out your Pre-Check In Form.

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

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 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.

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.

We provide a professionally choreographed performance for all dancers attending the last weeks of the intensive. Be sure to attend the last two or three weeks of the intensive to participate in this life changing event.

Performance Date: Friday, August 3, 2018 | Time: 6pm
Location: McKenna Theatre, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, California 94132

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.

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.

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

Sample Schedule

Daily Schedule

Ballet Technique/Contemporary Ballet
9:00AM – 10:30AM

Pointe/Repertory/Improv
10:45AM – 11:45AM

Ballet Technique/Contemporary/Variations/Blender
1:00PM – 2:30PM

Pointe/African/Choreography
2:45PM – 4:15PM

Rehearsal
4:15PM – 6:15PM

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Josie Walsh

Artistic Director of NYC Ballet, Joffrey West and Joffrey San Francisco

Josie Walsh is the Artistic Director / Choreographer of BalletRED, “Project Protégé” and the Joffrey Ballet School in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Josie has danced professionally with the Joffrey Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Zurich Ballet in Switzerland where she began her choreographic career. Moving onto several freelance projects throughout Europe she returned to Los Angeles and integrated this vast background into the commercial as well as concert dance world. Known as the “Renegade” ballerina for her cutting edge hybrid style of edgy classical and contemporary ballet fusion, Josie is infamous for transcending boundaries and setting new trends. Josie was named 25 to watch by Dance Magazine, awarded the “Outstanding Choreography Award 2016 at the Youth American Grand Prix and honored with the endorsement from the Los Angeles Times as “Faces to Watch 2014” for Dance.

Josie directs and choreographs for TV, film and stage. Commercial Credits include: Walt Disney “Tinkerbell”, A&E The Cleaner “Cinderella”, “YAHOO” national commercial, UTV international movie logo identity, STARZ “Torchwood”, MGM movie premiere “Bullet Proof Monk”, CBS “That’s Life”, Red Bull “Formula One”, LA Music Awards, Paul Mitchell Industrial, “Inappropriate Comedy” feature film, “Get Ur Ballet On” and “OMG she’s a REAL Ballerina” music videos for Jealous Angel, “Pilgrim” Rock Opera, Asia Entertainment, Queen Mary Live, Focus Fish Flying Circus, Project Angel Food.

CONTEMPORARY BALLET COMMISSIONS: “Dreams” with Rock Legend Sammy Hagar live for Gala De Danza, “Intertwined” Ballet West/YAGP Gala, “Convergence” Gala De Danza, “Eternity” Gala De Danza “Texture of Time” Festival Ballet Theatre, “Secret Garden” (full length) State Street Ballet and Festival Ballet Theatre, “Bach to Rock” State Street Ballet, “Sirens” Los Angeles Ballet, “Transmutation“ Los Angeles Ballet, “Timeless” Joffrey SF, “Marine Machines” Joffrey West, “Lingogo” Joffrey West”,“Luminate” Luminario Ballet, “Deconstructed” Harvard Ballet, “Taming of the Shrew” Aeolian Ballet, “Found” & “Internal Affairs” Celebrate Dance, “Artemis” Santa Monica College, MyoKyo™ RED full length Renegade Rock Ballet productions: Urban Angels, Concrete Rose, Garden of Reason, Image-Nation, Gone with the Whim, Avalon and Carnivinyl.

James Gregg

Born in Wheatridge, Colorado and raised in Oklahoma, James Gregg is now a
Montreal-based choreographer.

He has set choreographic works on Danceworks Chicago, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Ballet X, Northwest Dance Project, Nashville Ballet’s Emergence, Springboard Danse Project Montreal, River North Dance Company, Elements Contemporary Ballet, and also L’Ecole Superieure de Danse de Quebec.

Most recently, James was the recepient of the 2015 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award. He was also the winner for Ballet Austin’s 2014 New American talent choreographic competition, a finalist in Milwaukee Ballets’s 2013 Genesis Choreographic competition, and in 2011 the winner of the International Choreographic Competition at Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur.

As a performer, James worked with Bodytraffic, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Aszure & Artists, Rubberband Dance, and River North Dance Company.
Throughout his career he had the opportunity to do the works of many renowned choreographers including Victor Quijada, Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton, Crystal Pite, Rodrigo Pedernieras, Frank Chauves, Danny Ezralow, Mauro Bigonzetti, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cayetano Soto, and many more.Having the experience to work with these artists gave James the tools to create his own language and helped mold his choreographic voice.

James is interested in creating movement from the inside out and exploring different paths and routes through which the body can move. Discovering how these various avenues can evoke emotion and how those emotions translate throughout the body.

Beckanne Sisk

Ballet West Dancer & Joffrey San Francisco Instructor

Beckanne Sisk was born in Longview, Texas and studied at Longview Ballet Theater until the age of fourteen. She then moved to Philadelphia, PA to attend The Rock School for Dance Education’s RAPA program for four years. Sisk won the Jerome Robbins award in 2007 and competed at the Youth America Grand Prix from 2007-2010. She then joined Ballet West II in 2010 and was promoted to Principal Artist in 2015. Sisk won the Princess Grace Dance Fellowship Award in 2012 along with the Bronze Medal at the Beijing International Ballet Competition. She has performed leading roles in Anna Marie Holmes Don Quixote, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Adam Sklute’s adaptation of Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Sisk was featured on a reality TV series on the CW called Breaking Pointe.

Chase O’Connell was born in Fredericksburg Virginia. He started his professional training at 13 at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. He then went to the Royal Ballet School in London for 2 years on scholarship. After Royal he was offered a temporary contract with the Paris Opera Ballet Company. He then joined Ballet West II in 2012 and was promoted to Principal in 2015. He has performed Principal roles in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, Adam Sklute’s adaptation of Swan Lake, George Balanchine’s Symphony in C ( Second Movement), Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free, Jiri Kylian’s Petit Mort, Overgrown Path and Forgotten Land.

Yusha Sorzano

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Also is an Instructor for the NYC Jazz Intensive and Joffrey San Francisco intensives.

YUSHA-MARIE SORZANO (Miami, FL) Originally from Trinidad, Ms.Sorzano received her primary instruction from New World School of the Arts, The Miami Conservatory, and The Dance Theater of Harlem. She attended the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and in her junior year was invited to join Ailey II. Ms.Sorzano has been a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Morphoses, TU Dance, and BODYTRAFFIC- additionally she has performed as a guest artist with Benjamin Millipied’s LA Dance Project. Ms. Sorzano has performed in principal roles with the Ailey company and in a wide variety of concert works, including noted choreographers, Ulysses Dove, Dianne McIntyre, Hofesh Shechter, Kyle Abraham, and Ron K Brown. As well as, with recording artist Wynton Marsalis, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Destiny’s Child, and Rihanna. She has been a guest artist on “Dancing with the Stars”, a cast member of Chicago acclaimed Goodman Theater’s “Crowns,” and starred as the principal dancer in the independent film “You Me and The Circus.” Ms. Sorzano has most recently joined New York based company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers. When not performing she enjoys teaching both nationally and internationally. 

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.

Angela Rebelo

Joffrey San Francisco Instructor

Also a Company Member with Grand Theatre de Geveve (Geneva Ballet).

Angela is currently one of 22 professionals, dancing in Switzerland, for ‘Ballet du Grand Theatre de Genève’, in Geneva. > She is currently touring Europe and the world with Geneva Ballet; performing the various repertoire in China, Thailand, Zurrich, cities in France, and Italy. The Company will tour to Canada and a number of States in the US as well as to South Africa this year. > Angela has worked with known European Choreographers Ken Osalla, and Michel Kelemenis, performing the works of world wide known Andonis Foniadakis, Benjamin Millepied, as well as European names of Pontus , Emmanuel Gat, Didy Veldman.

Angela has been in Ballet Geneva’s classic contemporary interpretation of Romeo& Juliette, Giselle, A MidSummer Nights Dream, Les Sylphide, as well as the large variety of the Geneva’s creations. Angela was born in South Africa; where she began her professional Career with ‘Ballet Theatre Afrikan’ under the direction of Martin Schonberg. Angela received her Advanced II in the classical method of Cechettic Training with Mr Schonberg as well her Associates Teaching Qualification. In 2007 Angela was invited to join ‘State Street Ballet’ in Santa Barbara, California where she spent 5 Seasons. It was in California that Angela had the honor of meeting Mrs Josie Walsh and performing as ‘Lilias’ in Mrs Walsh’s story ballet ‘The Secret Garden’ , set on ‘State Street Ballet’ at the time. Angela enjoyed the roles of Arabian and Doll in ‘State Street Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ as well as ‘Kaa’ the python snake in the company’s ‘JungleBook’.

Angela also enjoyed teaching for the ‘Gustafson Dance’. Both for the students as well as Adult open classes; and she enjoyed guest teaching for ‘Dance ‘n Motion’ in Encinitas California under the ownership of Cassandra Ream. Angela returned to South Africa in 2012 to Guest perform with ‘Cape Town City Ballet’ in ‘Raymonda’ and with ‘Cape Dance Company’, a few works, one of which was choreographed by Christopher Huggins.. Based in New York. Another by Bradley Shelver who also resides in the US. After which, in August 2013, Angela moved to Europe to begin her contract with ‘Ballet du Grand Theatre de Genève’.

Andrea Schermoly

Joffrey West LA Contemporary/Classical Ballet and Pointe Instructor

Andrea Schermoly (Andi) is born in South Africa where she attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg studying Vaganova technique with Vyvyan Llorayne as well as African Dance, Contemporary and Flamenco.  She also competed around the world as a member of The South African Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. She received a full scholarship to Rambert Ballet and Contemporary School in London and shortly thereafter a full scholarship to The Royal Ballet School, London, where she completed her dance education.  After graduation she joined Boston Ballet Company.  Whilst in Boston she danced leads in ballets ‘Ginastera’ by Rudi van Dantzig and ‘Sharp Side of Dark’ by Jorma Elo.  She was invited to join Netherlands Dance Theater in Holland and began at NDT2 and later danced with NDT1.  Andi enjoyed years of professional performance and touring with Netherlands Dance Theater.  She had the extraordinary experience of performing existing repertoire as well as new creations by choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Paul Lightfoot/Sol Leon, Ohad Naharin, Hans van Manen and many other great contemporary choreographers.

Andi is a choreographer, and freelance performer herself, and has choreographed for Festival Ballet Theater, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Ballet Theatre Afrikan, Quixotic Fusion Company, Boston Ballet 2, Joffrey Concert Group, Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Kansas City Ballet, NDT Workshops as well as over 80 solos and group pieces for students attending dance competitions such as YAGP throughout the US and Europe. She was awarded the “Outstanding Choreographer” award in both 2012 and 2013 at Youth America Grand Prix and in 2014 was awarded “Emerging Choreographer Award” – a grant to choreograph at Lincoln Center at YAGP’s 15th anniversary gala 2014 evening, choreographing on dancers Maria Kochetkova (principal San Francisco Ballet) and Joaquin de Luz (principal New York City Ballet).  The piece was a great success and has since been staged again at ‘Buenos Aires International Dance Festival’, Argentina and ‘Stars of the 21st Century’ gala at the Champs Élysées in Paris.  She choreographed for ‘Stars of American Ballet’  touring to South Africa 2014 with principal dancers from acclaimed companies worldwide and performed herself as well. Andi will be choreographing for Boston Ballet’s gala next season as well as presenting at Montreal Dance Festival, ‘Stars of American Ballet’, Santa Fe, The Ashley Bouder project premiering at the Joyce 2015 and she will be directing a star group going to the South Africa gala again in 2016, both choreographing and performing herself.  She has also choreographed for feature films and commercials in Hollywood including ‘Bunheads’ TV series, ‘Beautiful Now’, ‘Budweiser Superbowl Commercial’ and ‘Star Trek into Darkness’.  She has recently choreographed on Chase Finlay and Lauren Lovette, both of NYCB, on a pas de deux for Youth America Grand Prix gala and is currently choreographing on Kansas City Ballet and Grand Rapids Ballet.  She has upcoming commissions this 2015 with several other companies.

Adam Sklute

Joffrey San Francisco Master Guest Instructor (Classical Ballet)

Also directing: Artistic Director Ballet West

Adam Sklute brings passion, diversity and eclecticism to Ballet West. Since 2007, Sklute has expanded Ballet West’s repertoire, visibility, and overall outlook with exciting company premieres, increased touring, new full-length classics, and new creations by renowned and up-and-coming choreographers.

Under Sklute’s leadership Ballet West has toured extensively, appearing twice at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, twice at New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, and twice at the Chicago Dancing Festival. Over the past five years The Company has also appeared at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in 2011, The Laguna Dance Festival in 2010, and in Las Vegas with Nevada Ballet Theater in 2010 and 2012. In 2009, Ballet West graced the cover of Dance Magazine for the first time in 25 years. In 2012, Ballet West was the subject of the BBC Worldwide Production’s reality television series Breaking Pointe, which aired on the CW Network.

Sklute has introduced Ballet West to such renowned contemporary choreographers as Jiri Kylian, Mark Morris and Twyla Tharp, among others, while expanding the company’s Balanchine repertoire and adding early 20th Century Diaghilev-era masterpieces. In addition to reintroducing lost elements of Christensen’s production of The Nutcracker, Sklute has conceived and produced new versions of Swan Lake andThe Sleeping Beauty and developed Ballet West’s wildly successful new works program – Innovations.

Sklute danced with and rose to the rank of Associate Director at The Joffrey Ballet before joining Ballet West. An Adjunct Professor of dance at the University of Utah, Sklute is also a guest teacher, judge, and coach for dance programs, competitions and workshops worldwide.

Alison DeBona

Joffrey San Francisco Master Guest Instructor (Classical Ballet)

Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Joined Ballet West: 2007
Promoted to Demi-Soloist: 2011

Training: The Parou Ballet Company under Debbie Parou, followed by the Pittsburgh Youth Ballet under Jean Gedeon.

Current Repertoire: World premiere of Susan Shields’ Grand Synthesis; Michael Smuin’s The Tempest; Mark Morris’ Gong; Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly; Michel Fokine’s Polovetsian Dances; the world premiere of Peggy Dolkas’ “Yes, But How Did You Get There?”; the world premiere of Nicolo Fonte’s The Immeasurable Cadences Within; Adam Sklute’s newly conceived and produced Swan Lakeand The Sleeping Beauty; John Butler’s Carmina Burana; Jiri Kylian’sSinfonietta; Nicolo Fonte’s Bolero; and the 2011 world premieres of Tom Mattingly’s Fall Into Loving Arms and Avichai Scher’s White Noise. Her Balanchine repertoire includes: Agon, Prodigal Son, Serenade, Stars and Stripes, Chaconne, and The Four Temperaments.

Additional Information: Before becoming a professional dancer, Allison earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Ballet from Indiana University.  Allison also spent one year with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Graduate Program.

Andrew Brader

Joffrey San Francisco Instructor

Andrew Brader was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, and began his training with Karen Hebert and at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts with Jan Miller and Miguel Lopez. He attended The Harid Conservatory on full scholarship and the Jaqueline Kennedy Onasis School at American Ballet Theatre, also studying privately with Susan Jaffe. He was then invited to join ABT as an Apprentice dancing with the company at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. Andrew then joined the Houston Ballet performing in ballets by Stanton Welch, Ben Stevenson, John Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan and George Balanchine. He danced with the Los Angeles Ballet for four seasons performing principal roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, The Four Temperaments, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Serenade, Kammermuzik No.2 Lar Lubovich’s The Evangelist, Bourninville’s Napoli Pas de Six and original works by Josie Walsh, Sonya Tayeh, Olivier Wevers, and Melissa Barak’s Scrying presented as the first dance installation ever to be performed at NYC’s Modern Museum of Art. Mr. Brader was a 2009 Lester Horton Award nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Performance and has been selected to dance with the National Choreographers’ Initiative for 4 seasons in Orange County, California. Andrew spent two seasons with BalletMet Columbus before joining Stadtische Theater Chemnitz  as a Soloist in Chemnitz, Germany. Andrew is currently dancing with Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson and also continues to work as a freelance dancer, teacher, and choreographer.

Anh Dillon

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Also a instructor of Joffrey San Francisco.

Anh Dillon started with an academic education in classical ballet at the Conservatoire Niedermeyer in Paris, France, and later expanded her training to modern and jazz. She went on to perform worldwide with contemporary ballet and contemporary jazz companies. Her versatility enabled her to venture into various types of work, from music videos (Usher) to industrials (Redken, Aveda) and commercials (PBS), working with LA industry choreographers such as Michael Rooney, Travis Payne, Shanda Sawyer, John Carrafa, and Kevin Wilson. Anh is the recipient of a Lester Horton Award for best performance in “Duet” choreographed by Terri Best. As a choreographer, one of the highlights of her career was the amazing opportunity to work with the one and only Prince.

Her experience and career led her to co-create and co-direct the online dance hub DancePlug.com.

Anh teaches ballet, contemporary and jazz, traveling the US and overseas. She is a resident instructor at the Edge PAC and the new Industry Dance Academy in Los Angeles and has been a part of the Joffrey Ballet School faculty since 2013.

Anh is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through to Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Zak Ryan Schlegel

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Also directing: XIOM Dance Theatre and a instructor of the Joffrey San Francisco Intensive.

ZAK RYAN SCHLEGEL is an internationally recognized dancer, teacher and choreographer. He is the artistic director of LA-based AXIOM Dance Theatre and company member of Shen Wei Dance Arts in New York City, currently performing at American Dance Festival, Spoleto Festival and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he attended Fishback Studio of the Dance, training under Krista King Doherty. He later attended Chapman University, where he studied Literature, Performance and Choreography and received a BFA in Dance Performance. He has been a recipient of multiple talent scholarships and was awarded Outstanding Performance 2009, 2010, 2011 as well as Outstanding Choreography for his piece Bunker in 2011 at the Chapman University Department Honors.

Zak has trained and performed with a number of leading choreographers and companies. His work ranges from concert, commercial and film to modeling, performance art and cabaret. In 2010 he joined Backhausdance, where he has performed a number of original works both across the country and internationally in venues such as New York City Center, American Dance Festival, Vernon Center for the Performing Arts in Canada, Carpenter Center, Segerstrom Center and McCallum Center. In the same year he joined Lisa Eaton’s riotous Rouge Cabaret in LA as a soloist, performing in Hollywood and at the Fonda Theater under direction of actress and spokeswoman Jaime Pressly. He moved on to become performer and assistant choreographer to multimedia image/projection mapping dance company WIFE performing in New York, LA and at the TedX SoCal event at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Upon graduation, Zak traveled to Australia where he trained with Rafael Bonachela and learned repertory of Sydney Dance Company. He returned to LA and in 2013 joined Ryan Heffington and painter Nolan Hendrickson’s art/dance/performance installation KTCHN premiering at Mack Sennett studios. That summer he traveled to Portland, participating in Northwest Dance Project’s LAUNCH 8. Other esteemed choreographers Zak has worked with include Stephen Petronio (Stephen Petronio Company), Sarah Slipper (Northwest Dance Project), Helene Blackburn (Cas Public), Danielle Agami (Ate9/Batsheva), Lucas Crandall (Hubbard Street), Andrew Cowan (Shen Wei Dance Arts), Kitty McNamee (Hysterica Dance Company) and Yin Yue (YYDC). Additionally, Zak can be seen in music videos, print and national commercials including Britney Spears, MIKA, Fitz and the Tantrums, Years & Years Sam Sparro, The Pierces, Toyota Prius, Lexus, Sleep Number, FLAUNT and OUT magazine.

Simultaneous to his illustrious performance career, Zak began choreographing professionally in 2010 when he became assistant choreographer for WIFE. Zak’s collaboration The Grey Ones premiered at the TedX SoCal event at the Long Beach Convention Center and later was featured on the electronic music artist Amon Tobin’s box set DVD. In 2011 Zak again collaborated and performed in WIFE’s MUMA, which was commissioned by Ford, Milk and Legs Media and was performed in New York and Los Angeles alongside five other multimedia artists. In the meantime, Zak began to research and develop the launch of his own company, AXIOM Dance Theatre, in 2011 with long time artistic partner and co-founder Denna Thomsen. ADT has performed two evening-length productions including their self-titled show in the spring of 2013 and LILIT, which premiered in the fall of 2014 to critical acclaim. Zak is very thrilled for the engagement of his teaching and choreography and is, most recently, the proud recipient of the 2014 & 2015 Youth America Grand Prix Outstanding Choreographer award.