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Joffrey Southwest Dallas


(1 - 3 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.

Please note that Desmond Richardson will not be instructing this year.

  • Stay 1 Week

    $799 per week

  • Stay 2 Weeks, Save $348

    $625 per week

  • Stay 3 Weeks, Save $598

    $599 per week


$799 per week

Tuition Due at Registration: $300

Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st..

Registration Fee: $99


$375 per week

Housing Due at Registration: $250

Housing Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

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

Meal Plan

Meals are required if in housing
$225 per week

Meal Plan Due at Registration: 50%

Prices include food & beverages plus sales tax. Breakfast, 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 12 to 13

One time fee

Resident Fee

$150 per dancer

Resident Advisor Fee: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

Required for all dancers in housing

One time fee

Performance Fee

$125 one time fee

Performance Fee: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

Be a part of the Joffrey SouthWest Dallas finale performance!

Must attend Weeks 2 and 3.

3.5% Processing Fee

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

Joffrey FAQ's

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

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.


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

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.

TWU Meal Plan

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.

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 Crumley 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 2 weeks of the intensive to participate in this life changing event.

Friday, August 3, 2018 at 6:00pm

Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater
100 N Charles St, Lewisville, TX 75057

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

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

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)

UNT Housing

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.

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 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.


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 Pioneer Hall (Studio 328). 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


Employment Opportunities

If you are interested in working as an Arts Administration Intern, Health Intern, RA, RA Assistant or Chaperone 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.  


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.

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.

Application deadline date: April 1st, 2018

Please email us at for questions regarding any of the positions.


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Desmond Richardson

Artistic Director of the Joffrey Southwest Dallas

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.

Keith Alexander

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

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.

Jonette Swider

Joffrey Southwest Dallas Ballet/Body Conditioning Instructor

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.

Brad Anderson

Joffrey Southwest Dallas Theatre Dance Instructor

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.

Lauren Perry

A native of Nashville, TN, Lauren began her training as a dancer at a very young age. In 2009 she graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance Performance. During her time there, she performed works by choreographers including Twyla Tharp and William Forsythe. She has worked with companies including Complexions Contemporary Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera. She was a part of the European tour with Bad Boys of Ballet under Rasta Thomas and Adrienne Canterna, where she danced the role of “Juliet” in their production of Romeo and Juliet. She was a part of Capezio Ace Awards runner up Lindsay Nelko’s full length presentation of AWAKENING in New York City. She has been a part of commercial productions including America’s Got Talent. She has performed works by Benjamin Millepied and Ray Mercer in his production PureMotion. She has just moved to Dallas where she continues to teach dance, perform, and also teaches Pilates.

Hailey Stockbrugger

Hailey Stockbrugger began dancing at the age of 2 in Bakersfield, California. At the age of 7, Stockbrugger furthered her training in Southern California at Dance Dynamics under the direction of Tyson Garner. Stockbrugger moved to New York City in January 2016 where she participated in Broadway Dance Center’s Professional Semester. Since moving to NYC, Stockbrugger has performed at Madison Square Garden with Phish, New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Prudential Center for Kean University’s annual commencements, and at The Brooklyn Museum. In January 2017, Stockbrugger participated in Complexions Contemporary Ballet’s inaugural Pre-Professional Program where she had the privilege of performing at The Joyce alongside the Company. In late 2017, Stockbrugger was a featured soloist in Phil Orsano’s full-length production of The Orsano Project. Stockbrugger has also had the pleasure of performing Orsano’s choreography at Brad Walsh’s ‘Antiglot’ listening party. Stockbrugger has spent the past year on scholarship at The Ailey School, where she has had the opportunity to perform an original works choreographed by Jennifer Archibald and Elizabeth Roxas – Dobrish. Aside from dance, Stockbrugger is also a yoga instructor where she uses her knowledge of movement to guide individuals in their practice. In 2017 Stockbrugger had the privilege of being a part time faculty member at Joffrey SouthWest, but she is beyond excited to join the 2018 faculty as the full time contemporary instructor, and is looking forward to educating and developing the incoming artists.