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JOFFREY SOUTH GA

JUNE 3 – JUNE 28
(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

Tuition

$699 per week

Tuition Due at Registration: $300

Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

Registration Fee: $99

Housing

$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

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@joffreyballetschool.com. Our offices are open from 9 am to 6 pm CST.

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

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 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 28th, 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 support@joffreyballetschool.com

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.

Employment

Employment Opportunities

If you are interested in working as an Arts Administration Intern, HRA, AHRA, or RA for our Summer Intensives please read the duties described below and submit the application form. They are all paid positions. Positions will be filled at a first come first serve basis to qualified candidates – please submit application early for best consideration. Final candidates who are offered a position will be required to undergo a background check prior to finalizing the hiring process.

Online Application Form - HRA, RA, ARA,

Online Application Form - Interns

Please email us at resume@joffreyballetschool.com for questions regarding any of the positions.

JOB DESCRIPTIONS & APPLICATIONS

Interns Supervisor assist the Joffrey Ballet School in the administration of the summer programs. This is a tremendous learning experience. Be ready to work hard and long hours. Interns MUST HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE! The Joffrey Ballet School is seeking hard-working, ethical, caring, organized, teamwork minded, detail-oriented individuals interested in perusing a career in Arts Administration. Interns would gain valuable experience working within an office environment, assisting with daily operations of the school’s variety of summer programs and supporting the administrative staff with customer assistance.

Interns assist the Interns Supervisor and the Joffrey Ballet School in the administration of the summer programs. This is a tremendous learning experience. Be ready to work hard and long hours. Interns MUST HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE! The Joffrey Ballet School is seeking hard-working, ethical, caring, organized, teamwork minded, detail-oriented individuals interested in perusing a career in Arts Administration. Interns would gain valuable experience working within an office environment, assisting with daily operations of the school’s variety of summer programs and supporting the administrative staff with customer assistance.

Joffrey Ballet School seeks hard working and enthusiastic individuals for Head Resident Advisors in New York City, Dallas, San Francisco, and Athens. This is a temporary, full-time position, with live-in and on-call responsibilities. The Head RA is responsible for supervising housing staff and students who are residing in their assigned dormitory during the summer school session. The Head RA will organize transportation of students to and from the dormitory and Joffrey studio locations and activities. The Head RA will organize and supervise staff schedules and work assignments in the dormitory. The Head RA will ensure that all staff schedules, policies, transportation schedules, major disciplinary decisions and scheduled staff meetings are presented to the Director of Resident Life for review and approval.  The Head RA will be responsible for communication between their assigned dormitory and Joffrey administrative staff, faculty, students, and parents.

The Resident Assistant (RA) is responsible for assisting students who are staying at Joffrey Ballet School during the summer school session. The Resident Assistant helps dancers feel at home in housing, organize fun activities, problem solve, ensure dancers are following the rules. RAs will also collaborate with the Joffrey administration to ensure the well-being of all residents. Applicants must be able to work within the artistic culture of Joffrey, have the ability to give and receive constructive feedback, be able to problem solve, have excellent verbal and written communication, and have good organizational and analytical skills.

Dance and Residence Life experience preferred. We background check each applicant to ensure the safety of our dancers. Joffrey Ballet School seeks enthusiastic and hard working individuals for several Resident Advisor (RA) positions in New York City, LA, Dallas, San Francisco and Athens. This is a temporary, full-time position with live-in and on-call responsibilities. The RAs report to the Head RA. The RAs manage the daily operations of the Residence Halls and maintain an active leadership role to cultivate a positive and supportive community to the residents. The RAs serve as a role model and resource to students by assisting in artistic and personal growth.

Application deadline date: April 1st, 2019

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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.”