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South Georgia

(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.

$599.00 per week

Three Weeks or More

$699.00 per week

Any Two Weeks

$799.00 per week

Any One Week

  • Week 1

    6/1/2020 – 6/5/2020

  • Week 2

    6/8/2020 – 6/12/2020

  • Week 3

    6/15/2020 – 6/19/2020

  • Week 4

    6/22/2020 – 6/26/2020


$599.00 per week

Three Weeks or More

$699.00 per week

Any Two Weeks

$799.00 per week

Any One Week

  • Week 1

    6/15/2020 – 6/19/2020

  • Week 2

    6/22/2020 – 6/26/2020


Tuition FAQ’s

  • Tuition Due at Registration: $300
  • Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.
  • Registration Fee: $99
  • For all transactions, a 3.5% processing fee will be applied.

Housing

$450.00 per week

Housing is available for dancers ages 12 and up.

Meals

$225.00 per week

Breakfast and Dinner Only

Registration

$99.00 per intensive

Registration fee per dancer

Housing and Meal Plan FAQ’s

Registration

Registration Fee: $99 per intensive

  • Registration Fee Due at Registration: $99
  • For all transactions, a 3.5% processing fee will be applied.

Housing

Housing Fees: $450 per week

Housing is available for dancers ages 12 and up.

  • Housing Due at Registration: $250
  • Resident Advisor Fee: $150 per dancer
    (Required for all dancers in housing – One time fee)
  • Chaperone Fee: $250 per dancer
    (Required for students in housing ages 12 to 13 – One time fee)
  • Housing, RA Fee & Chaperone Fee Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.
  • For all transactions, a 3.5% processing fee will be applied.

Housing – Other Fees

  • $50 Change Buildings (NYC only)
  • $50 Roommate Change Request
  • $100 Initial Roommate Request
  • $100 Early, Late Check In and Check Out

Meals

Meal Plan Fees: $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.
  • For all transactions, a 3.5% processing fee will be applied.

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

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

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 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.

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

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.

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.

CLICK TO REQUEST AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION

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.

Colleen Barnes
Colleen Barnes Merwin
Marina Bogdanova
Marina Bogdanova
Suzette Boyer Webb
Suzette Boyer Webb
Hyorim Lee
Hyorim Lee
JoiLynn Hopkins
JoiLynn Hopkins
Maxfield Hayes
Maxfield Hayes

South Georgia Intensive Performances

Ballet
Date: TBA

Time: TBA
Run Time: TBA
Theatre, University of Georgia Dept. of Dance
263 Dance Building, Athens, GA 30602


Jazz/Contemporary
Date: TBA

Time: TBA
Run Time: TBA
Theatre, University of Georgia Dept. of Dance
263 Dance Building, Athens, GA 30602

Admission

All dancers (new and returning) are required to audition for the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Programs to be considered for: Placement   |  Scholarships  |  Acceptance.  

The audition is a 90 minute class instructed by a Joffrey Instructor and the cost to audition is $40. All sales are final. No refunds are provided for auditions regardless of attendance.

Our audition(s) are meant to place you at your skill level for either the Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer Intensive series (June – August) and/or our 4 year Trainee Program (Sept – May).

Results will be emailed and posted online.

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Pre-Check In & Orientation

Pre- Check In

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 sign their Pre-Check In packet, print and bring it with them to orientation/housing check in.


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


Orientation Times

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 on our Dance Portal. Please join us Monday morning at the start of your intensive for the opportunity to meet the JBS Staff and review your schedules.


Schedules

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


Extra Activities

We have taken great care in providing superb and exciting weekend and after class activities. Please see our activities page for details.

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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.

Marina Bogdanova

NYC Character Dance Ballet Instructor

Also a NYC Ballet Instructor.

Trained at Russia’s Prestigious Perm Ballet Academy , Marina is a former Principal Dancer with the Russian National Ballet Company and the Ballet Theatre of Moscow. She received valuable private classes with such legendary prima ballerinas as Ekaterina Maksimova and Elena Chernyshova and earned the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation…

Currently Marina is on the faculty of  New Jersey School of Ballet and Joffrey Ballet school.

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.

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.

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.

Check her out at JoiLynn.com

Maxfield Hayes

“Originally from Lousville, Kentucky, Maxfield Haynes began his formal dance training at the University of Louisville Dance Academy at age 12 under the training of Chuck Bronson and Cynthia Bronner. At age 14 he was accepted into Louisville’s Youth Performing Arts School (YPAS), and chose to continue his dance training as a Trainee at the Louisville Ballet under Bruce Simpson, where he performed in the corps de ballet of Helen Starr’s production of Romeo and Juliet.

At age sixteen, he left home to train at the San Francisco Ballet School under the David Palmer Foundation Scholarship, dancing roles in Helgi Tomasson’s Nutcracker, as well as originating roles in works by Parrish Maynard. Maxfield has attended summer intensives on full scholarship at the San Francisco Ballet School, Houston Ballet Academy, American Ballet Theater, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. Maxfield attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts on the Tisch scholarship, and has also spent time studying at the HAMU Performing Arts University of Prague in the Czech Republic.

While at Tisch, Maxfield had the pleasure of participating in works by Crystal Pite/Kidd Pivot, Dwight Rhoden, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Raja Feather Kelly, and Paul Taylor. As a senior at NYU, Maxfield toured internationally as a guest artist with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.

In August of 2018, Maxfield was invited to join Complexions Contemporary Ballet as a soloist, performing domestically and internationally to wide audiences. As a company member, Maxfield dances featured roles in Dwight Rhoden’s Bach 25, Stardust: A Tribute to David Bowie, as well as originating a role in the ballet Woke, which had it’s world premiere at the Joyce theater in 2019.”