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Joffrey South Georgia


JUNE 4 – JUNE 29
(1 - 4 Week Sessions)

Ages 8 – 20

<Ballet Program: The Joffrey Georgia South 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, pointe, variations as well as Horton, Alexander, jazz, theater dance, improv and choreography. A true Joffrey dancer is a well rounded and diverse dancer. This program creates the True Joffrey Dancer.

Jazz Program: The Joffrey South Jazz and Contemporary Program is an extension of the dance studies offered in NYC. Georgia focuses in on an individual approach of training with class sizes of 20 dancers or less. Dancers will be exposed to contemporary choreography and pushed beyond their realm of dance technique. Dancers will perform on stage at the University choreographed by the Joffrey’s major dance artists.

  • Stay 1 Week

    $699 per week

  • Stay 2 Weeks

    $699 per week

  • Stay 3 Weeks, Save $300

    $599 per week

  • Stay 1 Week

    $699 per week

  • Stay 2 Weeks

    $699 per week

Week 2

Performance Week


$699 per week

Tuition Due at Registration: $300

Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

Registration Fee: $99


$475 per week

Housing Due at Registration: $250

Housing Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st

Housing is available for dancers ages 10 and up, only for this intensive.

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, Lunch and Dinner.
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 10 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 a Joffrey South Finale Performance.

Ballet Sessions: Must attend Weeks 3 and 4 to participate.

Jazz & Contemporary Sessions: Must attend Weeks 1 and 2 to participate.

3.5% Processing Fee

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

Joffrey FAQ's

Housing, Studio & Meal FAQ's

Church Hall
880 Lumpkin Street, Athens, Ga 30609-4041

Constructed in 1961, Church Hall houses first-year residents. Nearly identical to the four other four-story buildings located in the Hill Community, it is home to approximately 160 residents, who enjoy its proximity to Bolton Dining Commons and the Tate Student Center. The rooms in Church Hall are traditional doubles, home to two students per room. Each room is equipped with a sink and community bathrooms are located on every floor.

Church Hall

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.

Tuition, housing and meals are all inclusive.

The Joffrey Ballet school is proud to have partnered with The University of Georgia 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 UGA.

Dancers in housing will automatically be registered for meals. The meal plan will be removed if your dancer has special dietary needs. If your dancer has special dietary needs, please let us know early via email.

All meals will be included and provided by UGA’s Food Services.

Cafeteria – Oglethorpe Dining Commons or Bolton Dining Commoms

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be held at Ogelthorpe or Bolton Dining Commons, which are close to Mell Hall.

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 at Mell Hall. 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; so only bring what you really need. Remember, you can always purchase extras or have your family send them to you.

  1. Bring the basics such as extra-long twin sheets, a pillow, blankets, towels, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant 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 our housing locations and may be confiscated if found in your room:

  • Hot plates, toasters, toaster ovens, BBQ grill, microwaves, rice cookers, or any other cooking appliances
  • Candles, potpourri burners, incense, or other plug-in air fresheners
  • Open-faced or electrical heating appliances, including space heaters
  • Halogen lights
  • Pets of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • 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


$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 the last weeks of the intensive. Be sure to attend the last three weeks of the intensive to participate in this life changing event.

Joffrey South performance: 

Friday, June 29th, 7PM. Estimated duration: 60 minutes

Location: Theatre, University of Georgia Dept. of Dance

263 Dance Building

Athens, GA 30602

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.

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.

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

Students should contact the Groome Shuttle Service to get to campus from the airport in Atlanta. Advance reservations are required. Info below.

Groome Transportation
Direct shuttle from ATL to the Georgia Center. Drop off is at the Georgia Center on Lumpkin St. and about a 3 to 5 minute walk to Church Hall.

Click here for more information

Click here for shuttle schedule

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. For more information please email

Studio Location:

University of Georgia
Dance Building (Marine Science/Dance Building #1030)
325 Sanford Drive, Athens, GA 30602

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.


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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.

Suzette Boyer Webb

Joffrey South Georgia Instructor

Suzette Boyer Webb returned to Cincinnati Ballet in 2011. Ms. Webb is a former Principal dancer with Cincinnati Ballet. Prior to her return to the Company, she had served on the Dance Division faculty at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, where she continues to teach. There, she was the recipient of the University of Cincinnati’s Outstanding Adjunct Teacher of the Year award.

Ms. Webb began her early training with Tom Adair and Mme. Seda Sorvillo, in Poughkeepsie, NY. She received scholarships at The School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theater School.   As a Principal dancer with Cincinnati Ballet under the direction of directors David McClain, Frederic Franklin and Ivan Nagy, she has danced principal roles in works by choreographers Frederic Franklin, Ivan Nagy, George Balanchine, Ruth Page, Peter Anastos, John Butler, Sir Kenneth McMillian, Ben Stevenson, James Truitte, and Lester Horton.

Recently Ms. Webb has participated in a Dancers Over 40 panel, honoring the American choreographer Ruth Page, taught for Joffrey Ballet South, has choreographed on Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company for Lumenocity, and staged children’s roles for Victoria Morgan’s New Nutcracker in Cincinnati and Anchorage AK, and Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland) for Kansas City Ballet.

Suzette is currently the Cincinnati Ballet Director of Second Company /Children’s Coach.

Lauren Cox

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive Instructor

Lauren Cox is a performer, teacher, choreographer, model and adventurer who hails from the San Francisco Bay Area. Lauren was nurtured as a young poet and a little later a competitive Rhythmic Gymnast. She competed around the country from age 6-17 eventually achieving 20th in the nation.

Lauren has appeared on Saturday Night Live, Black Girls Rock with Alicia Keyes, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Gwen Stefani, Google Spotlight with Pharrell, AFC Championships with LLCoolJ, at the Hong Kong Coliseum with Joey Yung and in the Off-Broadway play, Seeing You as night club singer, Joan DeBeauvoir to name a few. She has worked with industry leaders such as Ryan Heffington, Randy Weiner, Rhapsody James, Fatima Robinson, Nick Kenkel, NappyTabs, Joanna Numata, Luam and Danielle Flora.

Her extensive career has led her to teach in India, Hong Kong, Bolivia, Brazil and Colombia often infusing volunteer classes at local orphanages and girls shelters. Lauren is honored to be a certified teacher for the year round program at Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary and travels representing the school. She teaches open classes at Brickhouse NYC and is the resident MC for the Planned Parenthood Benefit Series Wise Fruit NYC curated by Brinda Guha.

Lauren’s Choreography has been commissioned by Columbia University, Hunter College, Joffrey Ballet School, Milford Readers & Writers Festival, MassBliss Mindfulness Festival, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Harlem Arts Festival and many more.

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

Hyorim Lee

Joffrey South Georgia Musician

Hyorim Lee taught piano at KyungBok College, Korea and Piano Pedagogy at BaekSuk University, Korea from 2004 to 2008. Ms.Lee has performed as solo pianist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist in major venues in Korea. She received a bachelor’s degree and advanced degree in piano performance at the Trossingen Musikhochschule in Germany, after her earning a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from KyungBok College, Korea. She is a first prize winner of the 2014 American Protégé International Concerto Competition, one of the seven finalists of the 2015 United States Virtuoso International Piano Competition, and winner of the Atlanta Music Club 2013 Graduate Piano Scholarship. In 2013, she gave a presentation on Musical Toys by Sofia Gubaidulina at the Georgia Music Teachers Association state conference. Currently a doctoral candidate in piano performance at the University of Georgia, she will graduate in May, 2016.

Shellie Cash

Joffrey South Georgia Instructor

Also an instructor with Joffrey West LA.

Shellie Cash, free-lance master teacher, choreographer and teacher of the Alexander Technique. Former Professor of Dance and Division Head (2000-2012),

Shellie taught ballet, pointe, composition/improvisation, modern dance, jazz, flamenco, yoga, Alexander Technique and theory courses at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, Dance Division from 1994 – 2012. She taught ballet, pointe, jazz, flamenco and movement for actors courses at Bucknell University from 1989 – 1994. She holds a B.F.A. in Ballet from University of Utah, a M.A. in Movement Studies and Dance from Wesleyan University and has danced professionally with Ballet West, Tanz-Forum (Germany), Ballet Theatre du Silence and Peter Goss Dance Company (France) among others. Shellie has been on the Joffrey Ballet School New York Summer Satellite Programs faculty for Joffrey West LA and South Athens (2015); Joffrey West LA and Southwest Dallas (2013 and 2014); at Interlochen Arts Summer Camp (2000- 2012); as well as invited to guest teach for the Guangzhou Ballet Academy and the Bartholin International Ballet Seminar at the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen. She has been the recipient of four NCCI/NEA grants and is an ATI certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1998. Ms. Cash currently maintains her private Alexander Technique practice in Lighthouse Point, Florida and teaches for the New World School of the Arts/University of Florida in Miami, Florida.

Chris Coates-Mitchell

Joffrey South Georgia Master Hip-Hop and Jazz Instructor

Also an Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Intensive Instructor

Chris Coates is a New York City based dance/teacher/choreographer who as dance professionally for 12 years. He has toured Europe and the U.S. with Jeff Amsden’s “A Few Good Men…..Dancing”, danced for many Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway teachers including Tracie Stanfield and Geoffrey Doig Marx and has worked with Joe Lanteri, NYCDA, and ONSTAGE NY for the past 7 years. A Georgia native, Chris trained in Atlanta for 10 years before starting his professional career performing on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Navigator and Explorer of the Seas.

Currently he is a member of Oliver and Teri Steele’s company, STEELEDANCE, who’s New York season just premiered at the Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater in February. In addition, Chris has performed with many other modern companies around the country, including Salvatore La Russa Dance Theater in NYC and Project 7 and Sideways Contemporary Dance Company in Atlanta, GA. He has done many industrials and commercials including ones for Wal-Mart (choreographed by Ray Leeper), the E.L.C.A, and New York Sports Club.  Chris also danced with recording artist and Academy Award Winner Jennifer Hudson and performed in the Annual Easter Bonnet Competition-Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

As a guest instructor, he has taught at Peridance, The Joffrey Ballet School in NY and spent 5 years as a choreographer and teacher for The Joffery Summer Jazz and Contemporary Intensive in New York City.  There he continues his contemporary modern dance training and travels around the country to teach and choreography for many dance studios and schools.

JoiLynn Hopkins

Joffrey South Georgia Instructor

Also a NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor.

JoiLynn trained at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Boston Conservatory, and The Ailey School before studying Haitian folklore with Ase Dance Theatre Collective and hip hop styles in the underground scene of NYC. She has been a featured dancer for numerous venues including projects for Kiesza,Parliament, Target, Regis and Kelly, Rachel Ray,  The David Letterman Show, Maybelline, Impulse
Dance Company, Balance Dance Theatre, JuxtaPower, Jazz Ain’t Dead, “Holler if You Hear Me” based on the work of Tupac Shakur, “Journey to the West” based on the life of Bruce Lee, The Apollo Club, and music videos for Jay-Z, Shakti, and Laura Pausini.  She is also a core dancer for recording artist Kiesza. As director of JoiLynn Productions, she produces provocative and innovative dance based projects and is known as a “sci-fi “ choreographer creating projects that have a distinct conceptual message, are entertaining, and celebrate the technicality and artistry of dance. As a choreographer her work has been featured in projects such as “The Rainbow Project’ in Barbados, The Ladies Of Hip Hop Festival, DC Fringe Festival, for recording artists Sofi Green and Mental™, for “The Shipment” a play by Young Jean Lee and the musical “Loving You” presented by The Riant Theatre, at Sol Afrik: African Fashion Week in NYC, and “Michael and Michael have issues“ on Comedy Central. She is a sought after teaching artist who has taught workshops in Barbados and throughout the US at schools such as New Jersey Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School. She also has a passion for sci fi, action, and fantasy films using her mastery of movement to enhance her experience as an actress and is a vocalist featured in music with recording artist Caktuz, General Steele of Smif-N-Wessun, and afro beat sensation Wunmi.

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Chrystyn Fentroy