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7/17/17 – 8/11/17
(1 - 4 Week Sessions)

Ages 8 – 25

This program led by Desmond Richardson is unparalleled in the Joffrey world. We have brought our world renowned faculty to the TWU campus for a fusion experience that has transformed the lives of each dancer. The intimate class size setting of 25 dancers per class coupled with training led by the industries leading dancers has produced a dance intensive that is life altering. Each dancer is immersed in the various forms of dance to create the ideal well rounded dancer. At the end of the intensive the dancers perform pieces that are choreographed by Desmond and many others.


$699 per week

Tuition Due at Registration: $300

Tuition Balance Deadline: May 1st

Registration Fee: $99


$375 per week

Housing Due at Registration: $250

Housing Balance Deadline: April 1st

Meal Plan

$225 per week

Meal Plan Due at Registration: 50%

Prices include food & beverages plus sales tax.

Meal Plan Balance Deadline: May 1st

Chaperone Fee

$250 / $300 per dancer

Due April 1st

Required for ages 13 and under in housing
(Optional for dancers ages 14+ in housing)

1-3 Weeks: $250
4 Weeks: $300

Resident Fee

$125 / $250 per dancer

Due April 1st

Required for all dancers in housing
1-3 Weeks: $125
4 Weeks: $250

Performance Fee

$75 one time fee

Due May 1st $75

Be a part of the Joffrey SouthWest Dallas finale performance!

Must attend Weeks 3 and 4.

2.5% Processing Fee

For all transactions, a 2.5% processing fee will be applied. Half of processing fee will be due upon registration, other half will be charged on May 1st for final tuition payment.

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

Housing, Studio & Meal FAQ's

Crumley Hall, 1621 W. Highland St. Denton TX  76203
Dancers attending from July 17th through August 5th will be housed at Crumley Hall.

University of North Texas of University Housing has made a commitment to provide an environment where individual growth can effectively take place and where classroom learning can be integrated into your daily living experience. The Joffrey Ballet School and University of North Texas staff is committed to making this experience comfortable, educational, and enjoyable.

Transportation to the studios will be at 7:30am and 8:10am. Students are requested to sign up for transportation times as seats are limited.


Fairfield Inn and Suites – 2900 W University Dr, Denton, TX 76201

Dancers attending from August 5th through August 12th will be housed at Fairfield Inn and Suites

The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott-Denton is only minutes from the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University. Transportation for housing students will hosted by Fairfield Inn and Suites each morning.


10 years of age or older to be in Joffrey Ballet School housing. Students under 10 years of age that require housing should attend our Joffrey South Intensive.

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.

July 17th through August 5th

Students are provided a meal plan and will have access to breakfast, and dinner daily in The Bruce Hall Cafeteria on UNT campus.  Lunch will be held at the “Underground” of the student Union on TWU campus. We recommend that students pack healthy snacks to eat between meals.

August 5th through August 12th

Students are provided a meal plan and will have access to breakfast, and dinner daily at Fairfield Inn and Suites.  Lunch will be held at the auditorium on TWU campus. We recommend that students pack healthy snacks to eat between meals.

Breakfast will be hosted by Fairfield Inn and Suites. Lunch and Dinner will be hosted by Panera Bread.

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 Guinn 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. es.

  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 in Joffrey housing 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

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

Friday, August 11, 2017 at 8:00pm

Location: Margo Jones Theater – 1322 Oakland Street Denton, TX 76201
Duration: 1hr
Performance Parking: Corner of Sawyer and Oakland Streets, entrance on Sawyer.

Tickets will be purchased at the door prior to the start of the performance date ($20 Cash Only).

Per the request of Mr. Richardson, he requests all dancers that are in the performance to bring:

White tank top (no logos/tags removed)
White Boy Shorts- ¾ length (no logos/tags removed)
Black tank top (no logos/tags removed)
Black Boy Shorts- ¾ length (no logos/tags removed)

Crumley Hall – July 17th through August 5th

Students will be housed in Crumley Hall, which offers 7 stories of double-occupancy rooms, with a mix of both suite and community bathroom style.UNT housing offers wireless internet, laundry rooms in each building, air conditioning, big screen TV’s in the resident hall lobby, snack and soft drink machines, courtyard with BBQ grill, public kitchenette, and games and recreation.

Fairfield Inn and Suites – August 5th through August 12th

The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott-Denton is only minutes from the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University. Transportation for housing students will hosted by Fairfield Inn and Suites each morning. 

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.

Two popular shuttle services from local airports are Super Shuttle ( or Road Runner Shuttle Service (

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 a future Joffrey program. The Registration Fee, All Deposits, and all Processing Fees are non-refundable and will be forfeited.
Prior to May 1st, a credit for any remaining tuition and some additional payments may be placed in the dancer’s name to be used the following summer.
After May 1st, all payments are non-refundable unless due to injury or illness certified by a Dr’s. note. A partial credit may be used towards next summer at Joffrey Ballet School’s Discretion.

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.


Texas Womans University, Denton, Texas
304 Administration Dr Denton, TX 76201

The Joffrey South/West (Dallas) program is hosted by Texas Women’s University (TWU).  Our studios are located in Dance & Gymnastics Laboratory (DGL – Rooms 208 and 210) and Fit and Rec Building (Studio 2). More detailed driving directions from Dallas or Fort Worth can be found at the end of the packet along with a campus map.

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.

Sample Schedule

Daily Schedule

Body Conditioning
9:00AM – 10:30AM

Ballet Technique
10:45AM – 11:45AM

11:45AM – 12:45PM

1:00PM – 2:30PM

2:45PM – 4:15PM


Interns 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.

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.

Joffrey Ballet School seeks enthusiastic individuals for several Chaperone positions in New York City, Dallas, LA, San Francisco, Miami, and Athens. This is a temporary, full-time position with live-in and on-call responsibilities. A Chaperone is responsible for supervising 6-8 students ages 12 to 14. Their primary responsibility is babysitting the younger students, including maintaining an evening schedule/bedtime, morning routine, cleaning schedule, and enforcing the rules in the dormitory. Chaperones work with Head Chaperone to ensure that these students are supervised to and from classes, during lunch, on activities, shopping and in the dormitory. Chaperone ensures that students are safe at all times, eating responsibly, and adjusting to housing at JBS.
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 experience preferred.



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Artistic Director of the Joffrey Southwest Dallas

Desmond Richardson

Also directing: Complexions Contemporary Ballet, as well as instructing in the Joffrey Experience, and NYC Ballet Intensive.

Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the great modern dancers of his time”, Desmond Richardson is a multi talent artist who has mastered a wide range of dance forms including classical, modern, and contemporary. Richardson’s immense talent was first recognized as a student at New York High School for the Performing Arts during which time he received a merit scholarship from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center (1983-1986) and the International Academie des Tanz in Koln, Germany (1984-1985). He is also a recipient of a Presidential Scholar Award for the Arts (1986).

In 1987, Richardson joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where he was a principal dancer for seven years. After leaving the Ailey Company, he traveled to Germany where he performed with Ballet Frankfurt. Richardson has performed as a guest artist with several world-renowned companies including the Swedish Opera Ballet, the Washington Ballet, Teatro at La Scala, and the San Francisco Ballet.

In 1997, he joined the American Ballet Theater where he performed the lead role in the company’s world premiere of Othello. Following his performance, the New York Times described him as “one of the most majestic dancers ever to tread the MET Stage.”

In 1998, Richardson joined the premiere cast of the Broadway Musical Fosse for which he received a 1999 Tony Award Nomination. He has also appeared on Broadway in the musical, the Look of Love and the critically acclaimed Movin’ Out. He had a principal role in Debbie Allen’s theatrical presentation, Soul Possessed, which premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1999.

Richardson has worked in television, film, and video in the United States and abroad. These experiences have allowed him to perform with musical artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin, and Madonna. He is featured in Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi’s film, One Last Dance and the Oscar winning Chicago. He made his singing debut in Charles Randolph Wright’s 2005 film, Preaching to the Choir and performed the lead role of Beowulf in Julie Taymor’s Grendel at the LA Opera as well as in Taymor’s film, Across the Universe. He recently performed as a guest artist on So You Think You Can Dance in Australia and the United States.

Desmond Richardson is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the extraordinary Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company.

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Keith Alexander

Keith Alexander, a native of Virginia, first fell in love with dance at a young age watching the music videos of Janet Jackson and other pop stars. He would intensely study all the dances, and then promptly teach them to all of his friends at school. Keith went on to study acting at Virginia Commonwealth University where movement would find its way back into his life through his acute studies of the Grotowski Method with fight and movement master, David Leong.    

Keith later found his way to Chicago where he immersed himself in the dance culture. In the Windy City, he trained with Lisa Johnson-Willingham, Trey Turner, Karlo Familara, Angelina Grima, Miguel Antonio, Kevin Maher, Luam, Popping Pete. Keith was a company member of the Willingham Project and Design Dance Co. Keith Joined the Extension faculty in 2011, and co-created the very successful Hip Hop 4 Kids workshop, as well as the first ever Teen Extension Performance Class. Since moving to New York, he has worked with Hip Hop Public Health, Songs for a Healthier America, Hype break dance work out Video, the Dr. OZ show, and choreographed for the New York Department of Education, hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh, and New York Knicks, Iman Shumpert.

Joffrey Southwest Dallas Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Tyson Garner

C. Tyson Garner discovered his passion for the arts at the age of 18. He was a member of the infamous song and dance group “The Young Americans” which launched him into his career. Tyson received a scholarship to Tremaine Dance Center in North Hollywood and continued his training at Orange Coast College, Jimmie DeFore Dance Center, and the Edge. He has an energetic performing style that can be seen in every aspect of the entertainment industry. From the stage to television, from Broadway to the classroom, his unique choreography, and passion for teaching has made him a sought after dance instructor. Tyson has performed on a number of television shows including Mad TV, Family Matters, The Parker’s and The Rosie O’Donnell Show. His stage credits include the European Tour of Grease, and most notably the Broadway Cast of Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA.  Tyson is very excited to share his love and passion of the arts with students of all ages. 

Joffrey Southwest Dallas Instructor

Christina Johnson

Born in Vienna, Austria, Christina began her dance education at age seven. She trained at the Boston School of Ballet, the School of American Ballet and the Dance Theatre of Harlem. By the time she was seventeen she began her professional career. She was a member of the Boston Ballet for two years before joining the Dance Theatre of Harlem, where she rose to become a principal dancer within four years. In her 13-year tenure with DTH she danced leading roles in much of the company’s repertoire, including Swan Lake, Giselle, Firebird, Voluntaries, Prodigal Son, Serenade, The Four Temperaments and Fancy Free.

Christina has worked with distinguished choreographers and coaches, among them, Jerome Robbins, Frederic Franklin, Suzanne Farrell, Allegra Kent and Sir Anthony Dowell. She also has had original works created on her by Glen Tetley, Rui Horta, Alonzo King and Dwight Rhoden among others. She was a member of the Swiss companies, Le Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve for five years and the Ballett Basel for two years, where her repertoire expanded to include works by William Forsythe, Jiri Kylian, James Kudelka, Ohad Naharin, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Twyla Tharp, Amanda Miller and David Parsons to name a few. Christina has been a featured guest artist with various companies worldwide, including the renowned Royal Ballet of London. She is an original member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Christina made her Broadway debut in The Red Shoes. She is also featured in The African Americans, a book which portrays accomplished African Americans in various fields.

After her performance career Christina has been sought after as a teacher, coach and ballet master, and has worked with companies and schools such as the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Pennsylvania Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater, Gotesborg Ballett, Ballett Basel, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Armitage Gone! Dance, Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington to name a few. In addition, she assisted Frederic Franklin with the re-staging of Giselle for the Joffrey Ballet, and also assisted choreographers Dwight Rhoden, Nicolo Fonte, Trey McIntyre and Karole Armitage in creating world premieres. Christina held the position of Rehearsal Director for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Armitage Gone! Dance, Trey McIntyre Project. She is currently the Rehearsal Director for Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

Christina holds a MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, The Forsythe Company and Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts in Germany. She is a certified Life Coach and marathon runner, and speaks French and German.

Joffrey Southwest Dallas Ballet/Body Conditioning Instructor

Jonette Swider

Professional dancer and teacher Jonette Swider received her primary training in New Orleans, Cannes, France, and New York City with the virtuoso Vincenzo Celli. She has performed with numerous professional ballet companies internationally and is noted for her roles in The Nutcracker, The Red Poppy, and Copellia amongst others.

Jonette is anonymously known to millions worldwide as the ballerina model in the award

winning, bestselling poster series by Harvey Edwards.  Jonette has produced, directed, and performed in dance educational videos. Her choreography has won national awards and recognition. She has dedicated the past 17 years owning and developing a ballet dance center in Los Angeles with a focus on each individual student. She has choreographed and produced full length children’s ballets.

Ms. Swider is much sought after as a teacher/choreographer and judges dance competitions nationwide after touring with Joe Tremaine Conventions for 7 years. She continues to teach master classes and enjoys handing down the ballet tradition with an artistic and pure emphasis on strong technique and an inspiration for the love of dance.

Joffrey Southwest Dallas Theatre Dance Instructor

Brad Anderson

Originally from Henderson, Texas, Brad Anderson currently resides in New York City where his Broadway credits include FOSSE, KISS ME KATE, THE BOY FROM OZ, ANYTHING GOES, ALL SHOOK UP, and most recently, the revival of A CHORUS LINE.  Mr. Anderson performed alongside legend Jerry Lewis in the National Tour of DAMN YANKEES and has countless regional credits including of LEAP OF FAITH, AIDA, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE, HOT MIKADO, STARLIGHT EXPRESS, and PARADE starring T.R. Knight at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.  Brad also starred in SOUTH PACIFIC at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., where he received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Lt. Cable.

Most recently, he was featured as the Spirit of Fosse at the Hollywood Bowl’s production of CHICAGO, directed by Brooke Shields and starring Drew Carey, Lucy Lawless, Samantha Barks and Stephen Moyer.  He just finished the world premiere of TUCK EVERLASTING at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and the show will most likely have a Broadway opening this fall!   He is on faculty of The Broadway Artists Intensive and Broadway Theatre Connection and has taught for Broadway Artists Alliance in New York City.