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JOFFREY WEST LA

Los Angeles (Ages 9 – 25)

Joffrey West

This premiere summer intensive program located in Los Angeles features International Star Master Instructors and State of the Art facilities. Preparing dancers for both the concert dance as well as commercial dance world, Joffrey West offers a wide variety of classes such as ballet (daily), pointe, contemporary, jazz, hip hop to world dance such as African, Bollywood and Latin Fusion to name a few.

Joffrey West culminates in a major performance (students must be enrolled on performance track) at the prestigious Plaza del Sol Performance Hall, located on campus. In addition, there will be an audition technique class with some of LA’s top Hollywood film, stage and television dance agents who will also attend the culminating Joffrey West Performance.

An unforgettable experience, Joffrey West is a world leader in summer dance studies.

Artistic Director

Josie Walsh
Josie Walsh
Rudy Abreu
Rudy Abreu
Teddy Forance
Teddy Forance
Mark Meismer
Mark Meismer
Kayla Kalbfleisch
Kayla Kalbfleisch

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Dates and Times

06/13/16 – 07/22/16
Hours: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm  |   Days: Monday – Friday

Possible Locations/Studios

California State University – Northridge
Valley Performing Arts Center
18111 Nordhoff St Northridge, CA 91330

Note: Please see your Weekly Schedule’s studio assignment for your exact location

Auditions

Required

Audition Required:
2 years of Ballet & 2 years of Jazz & Contemporary Dance. Minimum of 1 year of Pointe – Proficiency, two years preferred. We do offer non-pointe levels. 

Program Registration

Ages 9 – 25

Click the button below to register for this intensive program

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Josie Walsh

Artistic Director of NYC Ballet, Joffrey West and Joffrey San Francisco

Josie Walsh is the Artistic Director / Choreographer of BalletRED, the Joffrey Ballet School summer intensives in Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco, The Industry Dance Academy Ballet Program and Project Protégé.

Josie has danced professionally with the Joffrey Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Zurich Ballet in Switzerland where she began her choreographic career. Moving on to several freelance projects throughout Europe before returning to Los Angeles where she integrated this vast background into the commercial as well as concert dance world. Known as the “Renegade” ballerina for her cutting edge hybrid style of edgy classical and contemporary ballet fusion, Josie is infamous for transcending boundaries and setting new trends. Josie was named 25 to watch by Dance Magazine, awarded two times the “Outstanding Choreography” award at the Youth American Grand Prix and featured in their NYC gala, featured on NBC World of Dance choreographer Season 2 for “Avery and Marcus, Americas Got Talent for Izzy and Easton and honored with the endorsement from the Los Angeles Times as “Faces to Watch ” for her work as Artistic Director/Choreographer of BalletRED.

Josie directs and choreographs for TV, film and stage. Credits include: “YAHOO” national commercial, Walt Disney “Tinkerbell”, A&E The Cleaner “Cinderella”, UTV international logo identity, STARZ “Torchwood”, MGM movie premiere “Bullet Proof Monk”, CBS “That’s Life”, Red Bull “Formula One”, NBC World of Dance Season 2, Americas Got Talent, LA Music Awards, Aimer fashion show Beijing China, Paul Mitchell Industrial, Vivienne Westwood Fashion show, Jeremy Scott Fashion Show, Zurich Opera, “Get Ur Ballet On” and “OMG she’s a REAL Ballerina” music videos for Jealous Angel, “Inappropriate Comedy” feature film, “Pilgrim” Rock Opera, Asia Entertainment, Queen Mary Live, Focus Fish Flying Circus, Project Angel Food. CONTEMPORARY BALLET COMMISSIONS: “Dreams” with Sammy Hagar of Van Halen for Gala De Danza, Invocation, Intertwined, Eternity and Convergence for Gala De Danza, YAGP Gala in NYC and Florida, “Texture of Time” Festival Ballet Theatre, “Secret Garden” (full length) State Street Ballet and Festival Ballet Theatre, “Bach to Rock” , “Sirens” Los Angeles Ballet, “Transmutation“ Los Angeles Ballet, “Deconstructed” Harvard Ballet, “Taming of the Shrew” Aeolian Ballet, “Found” “Internal Affairs” Celebrate Dance, “Artemis” Santa Monica College, MyoKyo™ / BalletRED full length Renegade Rock Ballet productions: Urban Angels, Concrete Rose, Garden of Reason, Image-Nation, Gone with the Whim, Avalon, Carnivinyl and Secret Garden.

Rudy Abreu

Rudy Abreu is originally from Miami, FL, where he received his early dance training under the direction Manny and Lory Castro. Rudy went  on to perform on various reality TV shows including Paula Abdul’s “Live to Dance”, “America’s Got Talent”, and at the age of 18, after placing in the top 8 of the hit tv show, “So You Think You Can Dance”, He performed on a 77 city tour around the US and Canada with the “So You Think You Can Dance” tour. Rudy relocated to LA and immediately began his professional dance and choreography career. Credits include Jennifer Lopez, Derek and Julianne Hough, Bebe Rexha,  Ben Platt, Camilla Cabello, Leona Lewis, Jacky Cheung, Inana and Little Mix. Rudy founded and is currently directing his all male company “Embodiment The Collective” and all female company “RAdiance Dance Company” which have both been featured on NBC’s “World of Dance”. Rudy also continues to educate and connect with dancers teaching at several professional studios including Millennium Dance Complex, Edge Performing Arts Center and Movement Lifestyle.

Teddy Forance

Teddy Forance grew up dancing at his families studio the Hackworth School of Performing Arts in Easthampton, MA. Since becoming a professional dancer he has performed with Madonna, Janet Jackson, PINK, Usher, Lady Gaga, Florence & The Machine, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Kylie Minogue & Cirque Du Soleil. Teddy has performed on the Oscars, Emmy’s, AMA’s, Billboard Awards, Britt Awards, Dancing With The Stars, ELLEN, & Good Morning America. He recently choreographed a commercial for the Red Sparrow movie & a Apple commercial! Teddy Forance is a Co-Founder of CLI Studios & he continues to find new ways to inspire the next generation of dancers!

Mark Meismer

Mark Meismer

Mark Meismer grew up in Orange County, California where he trained for four years at the Orange County High School of the Arts. Mark has been dancing and teaching professionally for twenty years. Mark has danced and worked with artists such as Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Madonna, Paula Abdul and toured with Reba McEntire from 2000 to 2002. Some of his TV credits include; “Scrubs”, “Will and Grace”, “The George Lopez Show”, “Home Improvement”, “Mad About You”, “The Hughleys”, “The MTV Video Music Awards”, “The American Music Awards” and “The VH1 Vogue Fashion Awards” “The Tonight Show“ with Jay Leno and the Rosie O’Donnell show. Some of Marks film credits include; “Jackass 2”, “Austin Powers 2”, “Austin Powers 3 Goldmember”, “Starsky and Hutch”, “Gigli” “North”and “A Time For Dancing”. He has danced in commercials for Dr. Pepper, Reebok, Pepsi, Toyota and Frito Lay. Mark is also an original member of Mia Michaels dance company “RAW” based out of New York City. He was the assistant choreographer to Mia on Celine Dion’s show “A New Day” in Las Vegas and assisted Mia on the FOX TV reality show “So U Think U Can Dance”. Mark was a faculty member of LA Dance Magic for 9 years and currently teaches master classes and workshops across the country. Mark has choreographed for the TV shows “Dancing With The Stars”, “Scrubs” and “The George Lopez” show. Mark also added the title of Artistic Director to his resume when he started his own Dance Company: “Evolution”. Mark has had a very diverse career in concert dance and commercial dance, however his biggest accomplishment and proudest achievement is being a dad to his beautiful daughter Ryan.

Kayla Kalbfleisch

Kayla Kalbfleisch is a choreographer at the forefront of the next wave of creators. She has established herself in the art of storytelling through movement.

Kayla has worked as a choreographer for The Ellen DeGeneres Show (“tWitch please”,  Walmart EV1, Qantas Airways, Kristen Bell “Momsplaining”, Josh Gad), Fox Network’s The Masked Singer (Wayne Brady, Chris Daughtry, Seal, Kelly Osbourne, Patti Labelle, Adrienne Bailon, Sherri Shepherd), and NBC’s World of Dance. Kayla also choreographed music videos for Backstreet Boys, AJ McLean, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Tsui, Tessa Violet, Twin XL, Half the Animal, Christina Ricucci, and Schwaggers. Her previous work includes the opening number for the Belo Awards hosted by James Corden, a PSA dance short for Wilmer Valderrama’s “Unite4_Good” and music video for Chantal Kreviazuk. Kayla was the associate choreographer for Cher, and on Paula Abdul & James Corden’s “Opposites Attract” reenactment, a L’Oréal commercial featuring Jennifer Lopez, several seasons of So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With The Stars, and America’s Got Talent. Kayla also creates choreography for unconventional projects that marry the expression and movement of musicians and dancers, as can be seen in Christophe Filippi’s “Continuum”.

Kayla has worked supporting high-profile artists such as Cher, Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Thomas Rhett, Fall Out Boy, John Legend, Lindsey Stirling, Calle 13, and Frenship. She appeared in the films La La Land, Jersey Boys, Ted 2, and in TV shows such as Glee, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Academy Awards, Dancing With The Stars, X Factor, and Vegas. Her stage work includes performances with Neil Patrick Harris, Seth MacFarlane, and Shaping Sound. Kayla was the lead female dancer in Frenship’s “Capsize” music video, and a main dancer in ABC’s TV pilot, Grace.

As a dance instructor, Kayla has taught in Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico and all around the United States. She travels as a faculty member with 24seven dance convention, and loves working with students and artists everywhere.

Kayla’s dance career started early. At age 11, she obtained her first role as Clara in Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular. She later competed on Star Search, won dance titles at WCDE and NYCDA, and assisted on WCDE and Jump. After getting her Biology Bachelor’s from UCSD, she obtained representation in LA where she currently resides.