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JOFFREY SOUTHWEST DALLAS

JULY 15 – AUGUST 2
(1 - 3 Week Sessions)

Ages 8 – 25

A well-rounded dancer must speak the varied languages of movement and performance. Classical ballet and modern are just the beginning of the foundation. Our Dallas program brings you a fusion of cutting edge contemporary, improvisation, jazz, and social dance, along with musical and theater arts. Here you will train with a world-class faculty who represent a diverse array of professional experiences, including Alvin Ailey, Cedar Lake, Complexions, and acclaimed Broadway and Las Vegas productions. We aim to deliver life-changing experiences for young artists and build the dancers of tomorrow.

Master Faculty

  • Stay 1 Week

    $799 per week

  • Stay 2 Weeks, Save $348

    $625 per week

  • Stay 3 Weeks, Save $598

    $599 per week

Tuition

$799 per week

Tuition Due at Registration: $300

Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st..

Registration Fee: $99

Housing

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

Housing, Studio & Meal FAQ's

TWU Housing

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

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.

Performance Date August 2nd at 6:00pm.
Braswell High School Theater
26750 E University Dr.
Aubrey, TX 76227

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 (http://www.supershuttle.com/) or Road Runner Shuttle Service (www.rrshuttle.com/)

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

Contemporary
11:45AM – 12:45PM

Nique
1:00PM – 2:30PM

Jazz
2:45PM – 4:15PM

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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Yusha Sorzano

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Also is an Instructor for the NYC Jazz Intensive and Joffrey San Francisco intensives.

YUSHA-MARIE SORZANO – Originally from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Sorzano received her primary instruction from New World School of the Arts, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, and The Dance Theater of Harlem. In her senior year she received an award for outstanding choreography from New World School of the Arts, as well as an award in dance from the National Young Arts Foundation. She went on to attend the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and in her junior year was invited to join Ailey II. Ms. Sorzano has been a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Morphoses, TU Dance, BODYTRAFFIC, and Camille A. Brown and Dancers. She has also performed as a guest artist with Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project. Ms. Sorzano has performed in principal roles with the Ailey company and in a wide variety of concert works, including noted choreographers Dianne McIntyre, Ulysses Dove, Maurice Béjart, Hofesh Shechter, Kyle Abraham, and Mauro Bigonzetti. Additionally, she has performed alongside recording artists Wynton Marsalis, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Rihanna. Her theater, television, and film credits include being a guest artist on “Dancing with the Stars,” principal dancer in Chicago’s acclaimed Goodman Theater’s “Crowns,” and principal dancer in the independent film “You, Me & The Circus.”

Deeply passionate about the powerful role that educators play in the lives of young artists, Ms. Sorzano enjoys teaching both nationally and internationally. From Trinidad to the United States and beyond, Ms. Sorzano has had the pleasure of teaching at esteemed educational institutions and festivals around the world, including the Ailey School, Lines Ballet/Dominican Universities BFA Program, Contemporary Choreographers’ Collective, New World School of the Arts, The Windward School, Brasil’s Mostra Danca, and Italy’s Danzainfiera. Ms. Sorzano’s efforts have led her to extraordinary programs such as, Francisco Gella Dance

Works, where she acts as an Associate Director; and NYC’s Joffrey Ballet School, where she is a master faculty member. In addition, she frequently serves as an adjudicator for National Organizations in the U.S. that support the arts.

As a choreographer, Ms. Sorzano has created works for Salt Lake City’s New Century Dance Project, The Joffrey Ballet School’s New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas programs, and Los Angeles’s Windward School. Ms. Sorzano was a part of the creative team for NBC’S “Jesus Christ Superstar,” acting as a movement consultant to John Legend and curating promotional material for the live event. She is the recipient the Alvin Ailey Foundation’s 2018 “New Directions Choreography Lab, and was most recently commissioned by the Santa Barbara Dance Theater to create a new work, which is scheduled to premiere in January of 2019.

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.

Miguel Perez

Miguel Perez Started dancing at the University of Arizona where he was fortunate enough to receive a 4-year scholarship for dance. He then went on to dance for both River North Dance Company, and Hubbard Street 2 in Chicago. After making a change from concert to commercial dance Miguel moved to Las Vegas to dance for Celine Dion  “ A New Day “ at Caesars Palace. Once the Celine show closed in Vegas Miguel was fortunate enough to go on Celine Dion’s world tour “Taking Chances,” where he was also dance captain. After being on tour Miguel made LA his new home. He filmed two workout videos for Hip Hop abs and Dancing with the Stars. He’s appeared on Americas Got Talent, SYTYCD, and has danced with Leona Lewis on Dancing with the Stars.” Miguel was also a featured dancer in the show “Viva Elvis” for Cirque Du Soleil. He has performed on the Miss USA Pageant and Miss Universe. He also danced for Paulina Rubio in Mexico City.  Miguel has filmed two  movies   “Behind The Candelabra” where he worked with Marguerite Derricks and “Ted 2 ” choreographed by Rob Ashford. Other jobs he has done are a commercial for “Acura” with Ryan Heffington, BodyTraffic Dance Company, Dancer for Shania Twain at Cesar’s Palace Casino in Las Vegas, the Oscars,  performed with Taylor Swift on the AMA’s, and The Kennedy Honors awards tribute to Rita Moreno. Most recently Miguel performed in the show “Steve Wynn Showstoppers” at the Wynn casino and is now currently dance Captain for The Donny and Marie show. He has had the privilege to work with some of the most influential names in concert dance and commercial world like Jamie King, Vincent Paterson, Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman Tabitha and Napolean, Mandy Moore, Stacey Tookey, Bonnie Story, Tyce Diorio, Hofesh Schecter, Kyle Abraham, Victor Quijada, Richard
Siegel, and Sidra Bell. When Miguel is not dancing he is also teaching for Cirque du Soliel’s  shows, Universities, dance companies, studios all over the US and Europe. Many great artists have influenced Miguel over the years. His goal is to share his knowledge and inspire new generation of dancers.
“It’s not about telling your body what to do, it’s about letting the body experience it.” Ohad

Marcus Willis

Marcus Jarrell Willis has worked professionally with RIOULT, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza and Ailey II. Willis performed with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater from 2008-2016. He has presented choreographic works in festivals across the United States and Europe. Commissions include choreographic works created for Ailey II, TU Dance, Company Danzante, The Juilliard School, The Ailey  School, University of Minnesota, Lucia Marthas Institute for the Performing Arts, Satellite Collective, Dance Gallery Festival and The 92nd Y Dance Introduction Series, among others. Willis is the Founder of MJ Willis Project-Inc, which made its debut in Wales in 2017, premiering “My Brother, Dear Sister”. Willis was named Best Choreographer for TU Dance creation, Sensible Existence in City Pages 2018 Best of the Twin Cities. He has been named 2018/19 Leverhulme Choreography Fellow at Rambert Dance in London.

Ida Saki

Ida Saki trained at Dance Industry PAC, Booker T. Washington HSPVA, and furthered her studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has received national honors including one
of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch in 2013 and modern dance winner by NFAA YoungArts where she was named a Presidential Scholar of the Arts. Saki was a closing member of Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet after dancing with them from 2012-2015. Saki has also performed in the Off-Broadway shows The Lucky Ones, Sonya Tayeh’s You’ll Still Call Me By Name, as well as playing Lady Macbeth/rehearsal director in the immersive show, Sleep No More. She is a co-founder of Dancer’s Give Back Dallas, a non-profit raising funds for cancer research and patient support, and a Mind Body Dancer Yoga® Teacher. Saki will be playing Electra
in CATS, being released December 2019.

Loni Landon

Loni Landon Loni Landon is a Dancer, Choreographer, and Movement Consultant based in New York City. In addition to creating dances for her own collective Loni Landon Dance Project, her work is commissioned by Dance Companies and Film Director’s across the country. Born and raised in New York City, Landon received her BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School in 2005. While a student at the NYC High School of Performing Arts, Landon was a NFAA Young Arts Modern Dance Winner. After Juilliard, Landon performed with Aszure Barton and Artists, Ballet Theater Munich, Tanz Munich Theater, and The Metropolitan Opera. Landon is the 2013 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship winner awarded with BODYTRAFFIC. As a sought after choreographer, her work has been commissioned by The Joyce Theater, Keigwin and Company, James Sewell Ballet, Whim Whim, LEVY DANCE, The Juilliard School, BODYTRAFFIC, American Dance Institute, Northwest Dance Project, Hubbard Street II, Ballet X, Ballet Austin, SUNY Purchase, NYU, and Marymount Manhattan College. Her company has performed at The Joyce Theater, Pulse Art Fair, Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Series, as well as at Bryant Park and the first annual Beach Sessions in Rockaway Beach. Landon has won numerous awards including 1st Prize Winner of Ballet Austin’s New American Talent Competition, Winner of Northwest Dance Project’s “Pretty Creatives’” Choreography Competition, Winner of the Next Commission from CityDance Ensemble, Finalist in the International Solo Tanz Theater Competition in Stuttgart, Germany, and Finalist in the Hannover International Choreography Competition. Landon choreographed the feature film “Saturday Church,” Directed by Damon Cardasis, which premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. Landon was also a participant in the 2012 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab made possible through the generous support of the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Other residencies include ITE, NYU and CUNY Dance Initiative. She has been adjunct faculty at NYU, Barnard, SUNY Purchase and Princeton University. Alongside Gregory Dolbashian, Landon co-founded THE PLAYGROUND, an initiative designed to give emerging choreographers a place to experiment, while allowing professional dancers to participate affordably. The Playground was recognized by Dance Magazine as a 25 To Watch for 2013.

Adrienne Canterna

ADRIENNE CANTERNA(Director/Choreographer/Dancer)

Kirov Academy of Ballet scholarship graduate Adrienne Canterna is the recipient of numerous national and international awards including winning the GOLD medal at the 1998 USA International Ballet Competition at 15 years old. Other prestigious awards include the Grishko Award of Excellence in Ballet, Teen Miss Dance of America and more. Ms. Canterna is a proud brand ambassador for CAPEZIO. Adrienne tours North America, Europe, Asia and Australia as a dancer, choreographer, model & juror. As a Principal guest ballerina she danced the roles of Gamzatti in “La Bayadere”, the Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker”, and Kitri in “Don Quixote” with the Universal Ballet in Seoul, Korea under the direction of Oleg Vinogradov. She has also danced with the Washington Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet in NYC where she was partnered by dance superstar Desmond Richardson. She has appeared in numerous galas worldwide including the “Vail International Dance Festival”, “Dance Open” in Russia, “Gala de Danza”, “Dance Against Cancer” in NYC and “Les Gala des Etoiles” where she performed “Le Corsaire” pas de duex with international ballet star, Carlos Acosta. She appeared as a soloist in the PBS television tribute to Placido Domingo, in a segment directed and choreographed by Debbie Allen. She can be seen as a ballet soloist in the motion picture “Step Up”. Adrienne is a brand ambassador for Flexistretcher. Ms. Canterna has modeled for the athleisure brand MPG Sport. Adrienne is the choreographer & co-creator of the international hit dance show “ROCK the Ballet”. After touring over 30 countries since 2008, RTB continues to wow audiences across the globe. Adrienne was a special guest performer & choreographer on FOX TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”. In 2013 she created & choreographed the world premiere of Rasta Thomas’ “ROMEO & JULIET” in Europe to rave reviews from critics & audiences alike. In 2014, Adrienne founded BAD BOYS of BALLET & they became Semi-Finalists on Season 9 of the hit TV show “America’s Got Talent”. During her run as Juliet on the West End in 2015, prestigious UK dance critic Graham Watts wrote “Adrienne created a ballet for the Snapchat age. Dancing as Juliet in her own choreography, Canterna’s exciting portrayal is delivered with a cocktail of personality and movement that mixed a quirky dollop of Lady Gaga, a touch of burlesque, the length of Sylvie Guillem’s limbs and the hyper-flexible spine of an Olympic gymnast”. Most recently, Ms. Canterna choreographed, directed & starred in the world premiere of “Rock the Ballet X”. Die Welt culture critic wrote “Adrienne Canterna’s spectacular and ingenious choreography rendered the audience breathless”. RTBX is currently touring Europe to sold out audiences. Adrienne is the proud mother of daughter Anami Halo and Founder of SweetBird Productions. Find & follow Adrienne on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter! www.sweetbirdproductions.com

Julie Friedrich

Julie Friedrich’s distinguished career as a professional dancer, mentor, and dance educator in the areas of ballet and contemporary dance spans more than 18 years since she joined her first professional company at the age of 17.  Julie received her primary dance education from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and Meredith Baylis of the Joffrey Ballet School. Upon graduation, Julie joined the American Repertory Ballet under the direction of Septime Webre, and then went onto join Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes.  Discovering her passion for contemporary dance during her time with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, she made the move to Europe where she danced professionally for the following five years. She has danced works by George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, Ohad Naharin, Septime Webre, Nacho Duato, Guy Weizman, Alex Ketley, and various other European choreographers. Upon returning to the Unites States Julie joined the acclaimed contemporary dance company BodyTraffic as one of its founding members.

 

Currently Julie teaches, choreographs and mentors students across the country. She teaches full time at the Windward School in Culver City under the direction of Alesia Young, and tours the country with Francisco Gella as part of his artistic team as one of his principle faculty mentors. In 2017 Julie became the associate artistic director of the Pre Professional Dance Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico under the direction of Francisco Gella. Julie has been on faculty at the ARIA intensive as part of Dancerpalooza for the last four years. Most recently Julie has become the principal educator in the field of  pre professional education for Francisco Gella Dance Works and tours the country educating students in her new College Program.

 

Previously, Julie taught for over a decade at both the Orange County High School for the Arts and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. During her time at both schools, along with teaching ballet and contemporary, she was the lead senior seminar advisor to all of the graduating dance students going onto the professional and collegiate world of dance.  Through her guidance, Julie has numerous Young Arts winners and her students have gone on to study at the Juilliard School, USC/Kaufman, SUNY Purchase, Tisch at NYU, and the Boston Conservatory just to name a few. Professionally, she has former students working in such companies as ATE9, Kyle Abraham, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Cirque Du Soleil, and on Broadway. In 2012 Julie was featured in the documentary film “ Fame High” for her mentorship of Grace Song, the first Korean American female to be admitted in dance to the Juilliard School.

 

In 2013, President Obama and the White House named Julie one of the most influential arts teachers in the country for her mentorship of young dancers.