Joffrey Ballet School Joffrey Dance Center Dance Informa

Joffrey West LA


JUNE 11 – JUNE 29
(1 - 3 Week Sessions)

Ages 8 – 25

This flagship fusion intensive features contemporary and classical ballet in the mornings with contemporary, jazz, hip hop, improv and modern repertory in the afternoon. Dancers have an intimate setting with less than 25 dancers per class. This transformative intensive embodies the Joffrey philosophy of the well rounded dancer. As as dancer you will be immersed in the best training in all forms of dance. At the end of this dance intensive you will be rehearsed and trained by industry leading choreographers to perform at the CSUN theater. This performance is life changing and you will leave as a better more passionate dancer. Be prepared to dance hard and work hard daily.

  • Stay 1 Week

    $1,299 per week

  • Stay 2 Weeks

    $1,299 per week

  • Stay 3 Weeks, Save $300

    $1,199 per week


$1,299 per week

Tuition Due at Registration: $300

Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

Registration Fee: $99


$450 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 and Dinner Only.
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

Costume Included
$125 one time fee

Performance/Costume Fee: Monthly Payments through June 1st

Must attend Week 2 & 3.

3.5% Processing Fee

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

Joffrey FAQ's

Housing, Meal and Studio FAQ's

12 years of age or older to be in Joffrey Ballet School housing. Students ages 10 years and up that require housing should attend ourJoffrey South Intensive. No housing available for students under 10 years of age.

Carrageen Hall9852 Lindley Ave, Northridge, CA 91330

Joffrey West LA Students are housed at CSUN’s Carrageen Hal (also referred to as building 2 found on the main campus map). Campus Map Download

It is recommended you park in Lot E9

Important: Scooters are forbidden in buildings.

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.

Students are on the meal plan and will have access to Geronimo’s, the primary dining area in student housing for conference guests. During 2010, this facility was renovated into a dazzling new food court. Breakfast and dinner will be served daily. On performance day, dinner will be served earlier for the dancers. Students may either purchase lunch on campus or make a sack lunch.

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 Carrageen Hall (Building 2) . 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. Linens and towels are provided. A linen packet consists of 2 Twin XL sheets, 1 pillowcase, 1 pillow, 1 blanket, and 3 towels. On Mondays, linens can be exchanged at the Conference Services Office.

  1. Toiletries: Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant and other personal toiletry products.
  2. Bathroom Essentials: Hair dryer, shower shoes, UL tested surge protectors, etc.
  3. Recreational Clothing: Jeans, t-shirts, swimsuit, walking shoes, sandals, etc.
  4. Dance Attire: Dance clothes, shoes, and other related supplies.
  5. Electronics: Alarm clock. Computers, iPods, iPads and valuables at your own discretion.
  6. Cell Phone: Every student is required to bring or purchase upon arrival, a personal mobile phone. This phone number must be provided to the RAs upon arrival and will serve as the primary method of communication between Joffrey staff and the dancers.

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, coffeemakers, BBQ grill or any other cooking appliances
  • Candles or incense
  • Halogen lights
  • Pets of any kind
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal substances of any nature
  • Anything that produces a flame/spark, fireworks, sparklers. When not in use, your lighters for pointe shoes must remain in your dance bag.

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


$50 Change Buildings (NYC only)

$50 Roommate Change Request

$100 Initial Roommate Request

$100 Early, Late Check In and Check Out

Team Assignments

$50 Change Team Assignment Request

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

Date: Friday, June 29, 2018 | Time: 7:30pm
Location: Plaza del Sol Performance Hall, California State University Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, CA 91330


Purchasing Tickets For The Performance
 A notification will be sent to all parents with performance tickets purchase link and info.

Carrageen Hall bedrooms are furnished with a bed(s), dresser(s) and a desk.  Apartments are Internet ready. Central air conditioners are provided. Each apartment has a living room, a full bathroom, and a private balcony or patio. Apartments also have kitchens, although pots/pans/flatware/dishes are NOT provided.  Joffrey has limited pots/plates for loan.  Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator and a stove (no microwave).

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.

Joffrey Ballet School does not provide transportation to or from the airport. 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 arranged for weekend activities to enhance the students experience in Los Angeles. All activities are chaperoned by Joffrey Staff to and from the event and the dormitories. If you are a commuter student you will be informed where to meet the group.

Tickets are limited and always sell out so please sign up for them as soon as you can. Please be aware we add a surcharge, typically forty to fifty dollars, to the cost of the ticket printed on the stub to cover the cost of providing the chaperones and chartered bus transportation.

After you have signed up there is nothing else you need to do. The various student groups are escorted by chaperones to the event where tickets will be distributed.

If you are a COMMUTER student (not resident in hall of residence), and you would like to participate, please email and be sure to let her know you are a commuter student!

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

Sample Schedule

Daily Schedule

Ballet Technique/Contemporary Ballet/Contemporaru
9:00AM – 10:30AM

Pointe/Latin Grooe/Breaking
10:45AM – 11:45AM

Hip Hop/Contemporary/Contemporary Ballet
1:00AM – 2:30PM

2:45PM – 3:45PM

You will be emailed a link to your dance schedule. You will receive it a week before your session starts.


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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, “Project Protégé” and the Joffrey Ballet School in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Josie has danced professionally with the Joffrey Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Zurich Ballet in Switzerland where she began her choreographic career. Moving onto several freelance projects throughout Europe she returned to Los Angeles and 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 the “Outstanding Choreography Award 2016 at the Youth American Grand Prix and honored with the endorsement from the Los Angeles Times as “Faces to Watch 2014” for Dance.

Josie directs and choreographs for TV, film and stage. Commercial Credits include: Walt Disney “Tinkerbell”, A&E The Cleaner “Cinderella”, “YAHOO” national commercial, UTV international movie logo identity, STARZ “Torchwood”, MGM movie premiere “Bullet Proof Monk”, CBS “That’s Life”, Red Bull “Formula One”, LA Music Awards, Paul Mitchell Industrial, “Inappropriate Comedy” feature film, “Get Ur Ballet On” and “OMG she’s a REAL Ballerina” music videos for Jealous Angel, “Pilgrim” Rock Opera, Asia Entertainment, Queen Mary Live, Focus Fish Flying Circus, Project Angel Food.

CONTEMPORARY BALLET COMMISSIONS: “Dreams” with Rock Legend Sammy Hagar live for Gala De Danza, “Intertwined” Ballet West/YAGP Gala, “Convergence” Gala De Danza, “Eternity” Gala De Danza “Texture of Time” Festival Ballet Theatre, “Secret Garden” (full length) State Street Ballet and Festival Ballet Theatre, “Bach to Rock” State Street Ballet, “Sirens” Los Angeles Ballet, “Transmutation“ Los Angeles Ballet, “Timeless” Joffrey SF, “Marine Machines” Joffrey West, “Lingogo” Joffrey West”,“Luminate” Luminario Ballet, “Deconstructed” Harvard Ballet, “Taming of the Shrew” Aeolian Ballet, “Found” & “Internal Affairs” Celebrate Dance, “Artemis” Santa Monica College, MyoKyo™ RED full length Renegade Rock Ballet productions: Urban Angels, Concrete Rose, Garden of Reason, Image-Nation, Gone with the Whim, Avalon and Carnivinyl.

Kavita Rao

LA’s leading Bollywood choreographer, Rao, combines styles to give students a versatile and educational dance experience. What makes Rao unique is her approach to sharing the knowledge she has gained through her professional dance career, PR career, and also from owning and running her own dance entertainment business.

Karmagraphy’s director/ owner, Kavita Rao produces distinctive contemporary dance styles. Internationally and regional renowned for her choreography and teaching abilities, she conjures out of her world travels characteristics of eastern and western dance. Signed with one of LA’s top dance agencies, MSA, Rao has been featured in numerous lives shows, music videos, films, commercials and television shows. Her work can be seen in episodes of “Tribeca” airing fall 2015 on TBS. Rao is one of the most recent additions to the faculty of The Relativity School in LA. She has judged many national Bollywood competitions, including Just Dance (India’s SYTYCD), Jhoomti Sham and Bollywood America. She created artistic works in Guam, Israel, Los Angeles and across the US. Choreographing for multiple artists, Rao has a list of music videos to her credit. She is also the resident choreographer for the commercial production company Contagious and some studio residencies include Millennium Dance Complex, Dance Dimensions and International Dance Academy Hollywood — and master classes across the country. Along with teaching multiple dance styles, Rao uses her public relations and entrepreneurial background to teach a business for dancers class to help prepare young dancers for the industry.

As the Artistic Director of Karmagraphy, she recently choreographed and danced for clients such as IFFA (International Fashion Film Awards), International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), IFFLA (Indian Film Festival LA), Disney/Pixar, Dreamworks, Kaiser Permanente, Intuit, Gita Anjali Diamonds, GO Campaign, Pratham, INDUS, TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), South Asian Bar Association, Arpen Global Charities, and SDM Cancer Relief Fund. Co-creator of Bollywood Rise, a full-length dance spectacular featuring interdisciplinary performance arts and high scale production, Rao pushes the envelope when creating live
stage shows. Bollywood Rise has been picked up by About Entertainment and is looking forward to a busy touring season. Rao also obtained rave reviews for her work in “Beyond,” a cabaret show that had a residency in Los Angeles.” Her new work “Incarnations of a Goddess” is the creation of a new genre – Bollywood cabaret.

Kathryn McCormick

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Kathryn is known from her work on So You Think You Can Dance, appearing both as a Season 6 contestant and as an All-Star in following seasons. Cast as a dancer in the feature film remake of Fame, she soon appeared as the female lead in Step Up Revolution and Dance-Off. Kathryn’s TV credits include a guest-starring role on CSI: Las Vegas, Dancing With The Stars, The Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, and The Kid’s Choice Awards. She has worked with artists such as Muse, Christina Perri, Vienne, Timbaland, Neyo, and John Torres. Kathryn’s latest projects include being a co-creator/featured artist in the documentary Like Air, a principal performer in Ted 2, the indie drama Lift Me Up, and choreography for Britt Nicole’s “Hits Deep Tour”. She is a member of Stacey Tookey’s, “Still Motion”, “Movement One”, CLI Studios, performed as a guest artist with “Shaping Sound” for their fall tour in 2015 and was a guest artist for “Body Traffic” in 2016. Kathryn is a motivator and first had the chance to share that part of her by traveling with The Revolve Tour as a Featured Speaker, she most recently joined Season 13 of So You Think You Can Dance as a mentor for The Next Generation. Throughout the year she spends her time touring around the country as a faculty member and co-director of The Collective with Dance Makers convention. Storytelling has been the greatest gift in Kathryn’s life and she is so excited to continue to do so through acting, dance, and/or motivational speaking.

Talia Favia

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Talia Favia is a Los Angeles based Choreographer, Dancer, Artist and Creator/Artistic Director of LIV Dance. She has taught and choreographed all over the Unitd States, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, and has choreographed on “So You Think You Can Dance” Vietnam. Along with traveling the world, Talia is the founder and director of her Los Angeles based contemporary company, “The Difference Between.” Talia and her company had their first show, “The Difference Between Sinking & Drowning” in Phoenix, AZ and performed to a sold out audience in 2013. In 2014, she brought the show to Los Angeles and was fortunate enough to perform for another sold out audience. Talia’s dream to keep her company going is becoming reality.

Her accomplishments include being a finalist in the 2014 Capezio ACE Awards where she and her company took home 1st place. In July of 2015, Favia’s company took the stage with a brand new show, “The Difference Between Actions & Words” at Dancerpalooza in Long Beach, CA where her work preceded to touch and affect a brand new sold out audience. Favia’s blessings increased soon after when she went straight into rehearsal for Season 12 of So You Think You Can Dance. Most recently, she choreographed a highly praised freestyle performance for Peta Murgatroyd and Nyle DiMarco on the Dancing With the Stars Season 22 Finale, and they went on to take the win!

Talia’s choreography has been described as challenging from the inside out. Her passion and love for teaching is indescribable when you see her in a room and watch her spread her knowledge to the next generation.

Chaz Buzan

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Chaz Buzan grew up in Scottsdale AZ and trained at Arizona Angels Dance Studio at the age of 13. He primarily studied jazz before finding his true passion for contemporary movement. Chaz’s early contemporary training came from his time with Dana Metz and Natasha Louis with the pre-professional company “Initial Existence.” Chaz has performed on various television, award shows, and other special events over the years including “The PULSE On Tour” where he began assisting Mia Michaels. He then proceeded to train under Mia and work closely with her on various projects. His performance credits include Cirque du Soleil “Believe,” Florence + the Machine MTV VMA performance, Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” Music Video, Demi Lovato – “Dancing with the Stars,” and Madonna’s “MDNA World Tour 2012.” Chaz made his film debut in the short film “Secret Project Love Revolution” as “The Angel of Love” directed by Madonna. Buzan is the male principal dancer for Talia Favia’s contemporary dance company “The Difference Between.” While in this role, he has performed as the Lead male dancer in ‘The Difference Between Singing & Drowning’ in Scottsdale, AZ in 2013, followed by the companies debut in Hollywood, CA in 2014. Chaz continues to travel the globe, sharing the information he has gained throughout his career; merging humanity with movement.

“I believe, you must first bring a Human quality to your Art, to then reach an audience by Performing realism, through Movement.”

Tamara Levinson-Campos

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Tamara Levinson-Campos was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and grew up in New York City. At age 15, she represented the USA at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain in the sport of rhythmic gymnastics. After being a three time USA National Champion and competing in World Class international events, she moved on to dancing professionally. Tamara’s versatility as a dancer, gymnast, rhythmic gymnast, aerial artist, contortionist and actress led her to having an over 20 year career as a working dancer. She danced on three world tours with Madonna, performed along side of No Doubt, Avril Lavigne, Usher, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna and more. Her love for live avant-garde theatre and performance art coincided with her Argentine roots when she joined the original NYC Off-Broadway cast of “De La Guarda”. She was later a part of the creative team for the ongoing hit show Fuerzabruta in NYC, of which she is also the choreographer. Tamara has had the great pleasure of working with the legendary Twyla Tharp. 

She continues dancing, choreographing for popular artists on stage, tv commercials and film. Mrs. Levinson-Campos has been teaching all styles of movement for over 20 years as she continues to consistently create works of her own in all mediums. She considers herself an artist of movement, where the creative mind is limitless, needs no labels, its all just freedom of self expression. 

Her greatest accomplishment is her creation of YOGANCE. YOGANCE is the end result of her over 30 years of body, mind and soul searching. It is the culmination of everything she has picked up along the way as a student, performer and teacher. She is humbled to be able to share it with her beYOUtiful warriors. 

Renee Kester

Joffrey West LA Choreographer and Instructor

Renee Kester started out break dancing and dancing with hip hop crews, such as Quest crew and Boogiezone’s Breed, excelling in modern and contemporary before getting interested in ballet much later on at age 14. She began her classical training at Southland Ballet Academy and then continued year round at the Washington ballet after she was scouted at the World Ballet Competition in Florida and then went on to apprentice with the Houston Ballet. Renee has performed several ballets from Balanchine’s ‘Stars and Stripes’ with The Washington Ballet, to Stanton Welch’s ‘Swan Lake’ with Houston Ballet. In 2014, she toured with Houston Ballet performing David Bintley’s ‘Aladdin’ in Chicago and Welch’s ‘Marie’ in Montreal, Canada before joining BalletRED in Los Angeles. She has worked with and performed for choreographers such as Josie Walsh, Sonya Tayeh, Lillian Barbeito, Billy Bell, and Jessie Hartley. She has collaborated on projects as a choreographer with Chris Scott, Phillip Chbeeb, Quest Crew, and Rubberlegz. Renee has bridged the gap between the commercial and concert dance world where she has danced and choreographed in several commercial jobs from Dancing with the Stars, the VMA’s for Iggy Azalea, Award shows to choreographing multiple music videos, web series, and commercials. Renee has also been hailed for her youtube videos and nominated for several awards, particularly for her and Phillip Chbeeb’s viral sensation video, ‘Slip’, which they choreographed together and shot in a LA subway station.

Cat Cogliandro

Joffrey West LA Choreographer and Instructor

Cat Cogliandro, born and raised in Houston, Texas, received her BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase. Since then, Cat has worked with choreographers such as Cherice Barton, Al Blackstone, Tyce Diorio, Mike Esperanza, Jason Gorman, Juliette Irons, Sonya Tayeh, Teddy Tedholm, Jaci Royal and Andrew Winghart. Her credits include So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Got Talent, The 2014 Gypsy Awards, and The Pulse on Tour. She was one of the featured “From Stage to Studio” teachers in Dance Teacher Magazine (Dec 2014), was named one of Dance Spirit Magazine’s “Fresh Voices: 13 of the Dance World’s Hottest Young Choreographers” (Nov 2014) and was one of the featured “Dancers With Degrees” in Dance Spirit Magazine (Sept 2015). You can also find her dancing in the movie “Supporting Characters” directed by Daniel Schechter and the newest The Neighbourhood music video, “R.I.P. 2 My Youth”, directed by Hype Williams and supervising choreographer, Ian Eastwood. She was also one of ten choreographers chosen to compete in Nigel Lythgoe’s new competitive choreographer show, Every Single Step.

Cat now travels between LA and New York, as she continues to teach nationally and internationally. She is also the creator of her own dance company, catastrophe!, who placed 2nd Runner Up at the 2015 Capezio A.C.E. Awards! Her full length show will be in Los Angeles, summer 2016. She is currently on faculty at The Edge in Los Angeles, and guest teaches at studios such as Broadway Dance Center, Millennium Dance Complex (LA and Pittsburgh), Peridance and Movement Lifestyle, along with The Pulse on Tour Teacher Workshop and the 2015/2016 tour of Soul De Soul Dance Convention.

Angelica Stiskin

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Also, a NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor.
Angelica Stiskin, a native of northern New Jersey, is internationally recognized for her versatility as a choreographer, performer, and dance educator. Her knowledge spans both worlds of commercial and concert dance offering a wide array of expertise. She proudly earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance at Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan, performing works by Shen Wei, Robert Battle, and Lar Lubovitch to name a few. She has danced behind Justin Beiber and Disney Channel’s Shake It Up girls for the nationally televised Disney’s Christmas Day Parade. Angelica is honored to have assisted the Emmy Award winning Mia Michaels across the U.S.A. and Canada. Her professional career began early, performing as a guest artist in ASH Contemporary Dance Company by demand of freelance choreographer Billy Larson, and Adrienne Canterna’s American Dance Artists, dancing alongside Rasta Thomas and Travis Wall at the age of 14. She has also had the rare opportunity to perform a self-choreographed solo at Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Jerome Robbins Theater as an advocate for solo artistry in concert dance. Miss Stiskin has been distinguished faculty of Joffrey Ballet School’s Jazz/Contemporary Summer Intensive since its birth, traveling the country to lead master classes and auditions, and instructs the Pre-Professional program at the world-renowned school in NYC. Angelica directed and choreographed a piece at NY Fashion Week for Fall/Winter Season February 2013—a rewarding collaboration with Louis Vuitton and Parsons School of Design. Most recently, she’s been diving into projects with fashion designers and videographers, choreographing and discovering the impact of dance behind the lens. Look out for her work with the luxury comforts brand, Move Society. @angelicastiskin

Yusha Sorzano

Joffrey West LA Instructor

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

YUSHA-MARIE SORZANO (Miami, FL) Originally from Trinidad, Ms.Sorzano received her primary instruction from New World School of the Arts, The Miami Conservatory, and The Dance Theater of Harlem. She attended 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, and BODYTRAFFIC- additionally she has performed as a guest artist with Benjamin Millipied’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, Ulysses Dove, Dianne McIntyre, Hofesh Shechter, Kyle Abraham, and Ron K Brown. As well as, with recording artist Wynton Marsalis, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Destiny’s Child, and Rihanna. She has been a guest artist on “Dancing with the Stars”, a cast member of Chicago acclaimed Goodman Theater’s “Crowns,” and starred as the principal dancer in the independent film “You Me and The Circus.” Ms. Sorzano has most recently joined New York based company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers. When not performing she enjoys teaching both nationally and internationally. 

Shellie Cash

Joffrey South Georgia Instructor

Also an instructor with Joffrey West LA.

Shellie Cash, free-lance master teacher, choreographer and teacher of the Alexander Technique. Former Professor of Dance and Division Head (2000-2012),

Shellie taught ballet, pointe, composition/improvisation, modern dance, jazz, flamenco, yoga, Alexander Technique and theory courses at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music, Dance Division from 1994 – 2012. She taught ballet, pointe, jazz, flamenco and movement for actors courses at Bucknell University from 1989 – 1994. She holds a B.F.A. in Ballet from University of Utah, a M.A. in Movement Studies and Dance from Wesleyan University and has danced professionally with Ballet West, Tanz-Forum (Germany), Ballet Theatre du Silence and Peter Goss Dance Company (France) among others. Shellie has been on the Joffrey Ballet School New York Summer Satellite Programs faculty for Joffrey West LA and South Athens (2015); Joffrey West LA and Southwest Dallas (2013 and 2014); at Interlochen Arts Summer Camp (2000- 2012); as well as invited to guest teach for the Guangzhou Ballet Academy and the Bartholin International Ballet Seminar at the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen. She has been the recipient of four NCCI/NEA grants and is an ATI certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1998. Ms. Cash currently maintains her private Alexander Technique practice in Lighthouse Point, Florida and teaches for the New World School of the Arts/University of Florida in Miami, Florida.

Jonathan Sharp

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Finished his dance training on scholarship at the School of American Ballet. He danced professionally with the Boston Ballet and the Pennsylvania Ballet. He has guest performed Internationally and domestically with over seventy-five Companies. He has performed on Broadway in Five Original Casts The Red Shoes, Carousel (revival at Lincoln Center), The Rocky Horror Picture Show Live, The Dance of the Vampires, and Fiddler on the Roof(2004 Revival). His television credits include a contract role on Another World and guest starring parts onGilmore Girls, Law and Order, Jack and Jill, and The Cosby Mysteries. Jonathan is a certified and affiliated teacher in the ABT National Training Curriculum (Levels: Primary through Level 7).

Gigi Torres

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Gigi Torres is originally from Irvine, CA, she has been training in all genres of dance from the age of 3. She has been a working performer and creator in the dance industry for over a decade. Gigi is a worldwide instructor, sharing her knowledge and love for dance in over 150 cities in 28 countries. Gigi’s choreography credits are So You Think You Can Dance Scandinavia, Ukraine, & Poland, K-Pop sensation Girl’s Generation Japan Tour (Assistant Choreographer), Indonesian Artist, Indah Dewi Pertiwi (Co-Choreographer), Indonesia’s #1 Boy Band, SMASH, Indonesia’s #1 Girl Band, 7 Icons, Bobby Brackins, and German Artist, Clara. She has choreographed and artistic directed for well-respected companies and organizations including Kaba Modern, Essence Dance Company, Joffrey Ballet, American Musical & Dramatic Academy, Nu Skin, and many more. Gigi is the Creator & Founder of Establish Your Empire, a dance program for hip hop and commercial dancers that will take their artistry to the next level. She has worked with and mentored over 300 dancers in this program in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Gigi lives by the her motto “Inspire and Be Inspired” and she believes that the arts has the ability to make the world feel love and life.

Andrea Schermoly

Joffrey West LA Contemporary/Classical Ballet and Pointe Instructor

Andrea Schermoly (Andi) is born in South Africa where she attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg studying Vaganova technique with Vyvyan Llorayne as well as African Dance, Contemporary and Flamenco.  She also competed around the world as a member of The South African Olympic Rhythmic Gymnastics Team. She received a full scholarship to Rambert Ballet and Contemporary School in London and shortly thereafter a full scholarship to The Royal Ballet School, London, where she completed her dance education.  After graduation she joined Boston Ballet Company.  Whilst in Boston she danced leads in ballets ‘Ginastera’ by Rudi van Dantzig and ‘Sharp Side of Dark’ by Jorma Elo.  She was invited to join Netherlands Dance Theater in Holland and began at NDT2 and later danced with NDT1.  Andi enjoyed years of professional performance and touring with Netherlands Dance Theater.  She had the extraordinary experience of performing existing repertoire as well as new creations by choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Paul Lightfoot/Sol Leon, Ohad Naharin, Hans van Manen and many other great contemporary choreographers.

Andi is a choreographer, and freelance performer herself, and has choreographed for Festival Ballet Theater, Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Ballet Theatre Afrikan, Quixotic Fusion Company, Boston Ballet 2, Joffrey Concert Group, Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Kansas City Ballet, NDT Workshops as well as over 80 solos and group pieces for students attending dance competitions such as YAGP throughout the US and Europe. She was awarded the “Outstanding Choreographer” award in both 2012 and 2013 at Youth America Grand Prix and in 2014 was awarded “Emerging Choreographer Award” – a grant to choreograph at Lincoln Center at YAGP’s 15th anniversary gala 2014 evening, choreographing on dancers Maria Kochetkova (principal San Francisco Ballet) and Joaquin de Luz (principal New York City Ballet).  The piece was a great success and has since been staged again at ‘Buenos Aires International Dance Festival’, Argentina and ‘Stars of the 21st Century’ gala at the Champs Élysées in Paris.  She choreographed for ‘Stars of American Ballet’  touring to South Africa 2014 with principal dancers from acclaimed companies worldwide and performed herself as well. Andi will be choreographing for Boston Ballet’s gala next season as well as presenting at Montreal Dance Festival, ‘Stars of American Ballet’, Santa Fe, The Ashley Bouder project premiering at the Joyce 2015 and she will be directing a star group going to the South Africa gala again in 2016, both choreographing and performing herself.  She has also choreographed for feature films and commercials in Hollywood including ‘Bunheads’ TV series, ‘Beautiful Now’, ‘Budweiser Superbowl Commercial’ and ‘Star Trek into Darkness’.  She has recently choreographed on Chase Finlay and Lauren Lovette, both of NYCB, on a pas de deux for Youth America Grand Prix gala and is currently choreographing on Kansas City Ballet and Grand Rapids Ballet.  She has upcoming commissions this 2015 with several other companies.

Chehon Wespi-Tschopp

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Chehon was born in Chicago, IL and raised in Sydney, Australia and Zurich, Switzerland. He began dancing at the age of 13 and at 14 was offered a spot at The Royal Ballet School, London. Whilst still a student Chehon received many prestigious dance and choreographic awards, including the Grand Prix at the ‘American Dance Competition’ and the coveted ‘Ursula Moreton Choreographic Award’ in London. Chehon has been invited on various occasions to perform for the Royal Family of England and in Copenhagen for the Queen of Denmark. Upon graduating from the RBS, Chehon joined the Los Angeles Ballet in 2009 where he performed various principal roles.

In 2011 Twyla Tharp invited Chehon to join her award winning Broadway Show ‘Come Fly Away’. Chehon joined the cast of CFA as the youngest company member, where he performed all the leading roles. His performances and capability to command the stage earned him rave reviews across the US, proclaiming him as one of the strongest and most promising young dancers of today.

Chehon put a hold on his dancing career in 2012 to audition for the FOX hit TV show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’. It was his eagerness to grow as an artist and expand his horizon that prompted him to do so. In the course of the show Chehon performed some of the most memorable routines in the history of SYTYCD. His emotional journey and capability to grow as a performer won over the hearts of America and he went on to take the title of ‘Americas Favorite Dancer’. Since then Chehon has been seen on the SYTYCD Top10 National Tour, he was featured on the Cover of Dance Spirit Magazine, appeared on the ELLEN show and guest starred on the popular TV series ‘Bones’.

Chehon has already made 2013 his biggest year yet, landing his first starring role in a full-length feauture film, ‘East Side Story’. He has also created his own unique brand for movers: ‘CheForce’, with which he aims to inspire and give dance a louder voice.
Chehon lives in LA where he continues dancing and hopes to pursue a acting and choreographic career.
Chehon would like to thank his family and all the special people who love and supported him throughout his journey.

Robert “Chino” Lopez

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Robert “Chino” Lopez got his start in dance as a b-boy, back in Arizona. He eventually transitioned to other forms of dance like hip hop choreo, popping, ballroom, contemporary , jazz, samba, and and all latin styles including salsa. What Chino loves most about his work with dance has been his opportunities to work with charities, giving back to those less fortunate. He passionately shares his knowledge with anyone willing to learn. Chino has worked with artists such as Eminem, J-Lo, Ingrid Michaelson, Jody Watley, Sergio Mendes just to name a few. He has been featured on America’s best Dance Crew, Dexter, How I Met Your Mother, Indiana Jones, Transformers 3, Honey 2 and many commercials from Nike, Verizon, Guess, Boost and many others.

Arturo Fernandez

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Also a Ballet Master of Alonzo King LINES Company.

A native of Oakland, CA, Arturo began dance training at the School of Performing Arts of USIU in San Diego. After only two years of intensive study he joined San Diego Ballet in 1976. Other companies he’s performed with are California Ballet, Arizona Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, Ballets Trocadero de Monte Carlo and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. After moving back to California, he joined Oakland Ballet and ODC/San Francisco and served as the assistant to the choreographers from 1988 until Spring of 1991. Arturo has choreographed for the James Sewell Ballet, Inland Pacific Ballet, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and has also demonstrated his work in self-produced concerts throughout the region. Since 1992, he has been the Ballet Master for Alonzo King LINES Ballet, assisting Alonzo King in the creation of new work. Since 1998, he has coordinated and taught in Alonzo King’s Professional Workshop. In 2001, he directed the first summer Pre-Professional Program at LINES. For almost two decades he has been an integral part of the Alonzo King Dance Center teaching for the Dance Center, the LINES Training Program and the LINES BFA program. He has set Alonzo King’s ballets on companies and universities throughout the US including NYU, Washington University in St. Louis and Western Michigan University. Most notably he set Alonzo King’s HANDEL on the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm.

Sabrina Phillip

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Sabrina Phillip is an innovative choreographer, passionate dancer and engaging teacher. Sabrina is originally from Calgary, Canada. She trained intensively in Ballet, Jazz and Modern dance in her early studies and went on to work at the international level in London, England. She taught Master classes at The Pineapple, Danceworks and The Urdang Academy. Sabrina has worked as a teacher and choreographer at countless dance studios around the US and Canada. Her degree in Exercise and Health Physiology provides her with a special understanding of the human body and the mechanics of movement. As a teacher, her intention is to challenge dancers; focusing on placement, correct technique, strength and agility. She is currently on faculty at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. Sabrina has performed with dance companies including Sera Danza, S.H.E. EnCorps and Unity Dance Ensemble. She appears in commercials for Dex, choreographed by Michael Rooney, Hip Hop Abs, Corvel and appeared as a dance expert in Hollywood’s 10 Best Dance Movies. Her choreography has been featured on So You Think You Can Dance as well as a commercials for MoBeam and BCBG, as well as My Fair Wedding with David Turtero, LA Dance Magic’s Final Cut, the Carnival Choreographer’s Ball and most recently in the Silverlake Contemporary Ballet’s modern rendition of Swan Lake. Her music video credits include choreography for Stay and Play by Holly Conlan and the stunning video for Jenna Bryson’s Clear. With award winning choreography a

John Pennington

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Also directing: Artistic Director of the Pennington Dance Group

John Pennington is the Artistic Director of the Pennington Dance Group and ARC Pasadena. He serves as theCo-Director of the Lewitzky Dance Gallery and serves on the Theater and Dance faculty at Pomona Collegeand on the dance faculty at Cal-State University Long Beach.
Pennington enjoyed a 14-year career with the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company as a performer and master teacher.  He then went on to be a guest artist, independent choreographer and educator before establishing his own award-winning dance group in 2000. More recently, he was among four choreographers chosen for the first Trolley Dances in Riverside CA, and is making preparations to tour with his group in the United Kingdom during March 2013.

In the fall of 2012, the New York Times reviewed his work presented at the Ailey Citigroup Theater stating: “Wielding a voluminous silver-gray cape, Mr. Pennington made a powerful case for an antiquated style, the taut images striking both on their own and as tantalizing evidence of their influence on Graham.”  DANCE MAGAZINE also noted: “John Pennington’s powerful rendition of the German expressionist’s Tänze vor Gott (Dance before God) was a welcome addition. In his commanding gestures, including sweeping a huge cape to conceal or reveal himself, and accusatory pointing at the audience, he struck me as a cross between Carabosse and Martha Graham in Lamentation.”

Educated at Northwestern University, California Institute of the Arts (BFA), and Hollins University (MFA), Pennington’s dedication to education includes workshops and curriculum development for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Fowler Museum, MOCA and Armand Hammer Museum. He served as an Annenberg Scholar in Dance Education for Inner City Arts LA and served on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Dance Resource Center and the Artist Committee for Dancers Responding to AIDS.

Pennington is the recipient of several grants and awards from the Princess Grace Foundation, California Community Foundation, Goethe Institute, Durfee Foundation, Dance USA, Los Angeles County Arts Program and a HOTHOUSE choreographic residency.  He is honored to be the recipient of five Lester Horton Awards for achievement in dance including the award for Excellence in Teaching. He received a Backstage West Garland Award and a L.A. Weekly Theater nomination for achievement in choreography. Most recently, his oral history essay was featured in When Men Dance: Choreographing Dance Across Borders edited by Jennifer Fisher and Anthony Shay, published by Oxford University Press.

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Yusuf Nasir

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Training: San Francisco Dance Center, The Ailey School, School of the Arts


AMDA College – Dance Theater Instructor/Choreographer

07/12 – ongoing

Responsible for instructing all dance theater majors, beginning to advance, in the styles of jazz (lyrical, commercial), contemporary, and hip hop. Style and level varies from semester to semester. Choreography commissioned, at will, for all various dance theater major productions.

Supervisor: Marina Benedict – Associate Dance Chair –


Performance Experience


Larry Gaye – Feature – Due out 2014, Eating Out

Dandelion Dharma


2013 Video Music Awards – Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus – MTV Unplugged, David Foster Presents – Rod Stewart PBS Christmas Special, Dancing with the Stars/Macy’s Stars of Dance James Brown Tribute, Starring Wayne Brady, FOX’s Mobbed – Principal Dancer, Real Life – The Musical (OWN Network Pilot) AFI Honors – Morgan Freeman w/Betty White, Video Game Awards w/Neil Patrick Harris


Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour, Macy’s Passport – Viva Glam, Festival Di Sanremo – Italy


Hip Hop Dance Summit/Convention – Apollo Theater NYC, Lil Abner – Reprise – Ensemble, Ray Charles Live- Pasadena Playhouse – Gossie Mckee (B’way out of town tryout), Fame- The Musical- Tyrone, Beyond – El Portal – Workshop,

Music Videos

Jennifer Lopez “Papi” – Principal Dancer (Mailman), Kylie Minogue “All the lovers”, Cee-lo Green “Run”, Wynter Gordon “Buy my love” – Lead Dancer, Jessie and the Toyboys “Push it”


Jennifer Lopez – Fiat – National, Sensa – Dancing Cop (Lead) – National, Sensa – Dining Patron(Starring) – National (currently running)


Bette Midler Vegas Spectacular – assistant, Tina Turner 08/09 Tour – contributing, Jessie and Toyboys 2011 Promo Tour – Head Choreographer, Eating Out 4 –assistant choreographer, Sanremo Music Festival – Italy – assistant, Nastasja Wolf – debut performance – MTV Movie Awards After Party, Wynter Gordon “Buy my Love” MV – Head Choreographer

Anh Dillon

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Also a instructor of Joffrey San Francisco.

Anh Dillon has had an early extensive training in classical ballet at the conservatoire in Paris France, and later extended her passion to jazz and modern. Her professional career covers diverse types of work from music videos (Usher) to industrials (Redken, Aveda) and commercials (PBS), working with industry choreographers such as Michael Rooney, Travis Payne, and John Carrafa. Her heart will however always belong to concert dance: as a principal dancer with ballet and contemporary companies, she has been fortunate to perform around the world – US, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Italy, New Zealand, South Korea. Anh is also the recipient of a Lester Horton Award for best performance.

As a choreographer, Anh has worked with various shows (L’Oréal, LA Music Awards) and artists (Prince). She teaches ballet, contemporary and jazz in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the US (including Edge PAC, LA Ballet Academy, and Hama’s Dance Center in Los Angeles).

Her experience and career led her to co-create and co-direct the online dance hub

Brian Drake

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Hailing from Los Angeles, Ca, Brian began his foray into dancing at the age of 2 years old.   Studying under many noted choreographers at the Los Angeles dance mecca Millenium, Brian continued to learn and hone his skills leading up to his first Major Label choreography job, choreographing/dancing on two national tours of Japan for Capitol records recording artist “Aksent” who had a Top 5 single in Japan.  After numerous independent choreography and performance jobs, Brian continued to move his career forward by bringing cutting edge ideas and choreography for Nickelodeon films “The School Girls – It’s a Schoolgirls Christmas” and “The Wonder Girls”, BET’s Closer to My Dreams Tour feat Tyga, Abbey Lee’s Abbey Studio rescue TV show/Lifetime Network, GRL/RCA, Hasbro Twister, Symphonique/Sony/Nickelodeon, Jasmine V/Interscope Records, The Cimorelli’s /lsland-Def Jam and numerous additional independent artists.

Brian is currently focused on the building of The Brian Drake Dance Company, which incorporates talented dancers from Los Angeles as well as numerous Los Angeles transplants.  The goal of the company is to assist in the training and building of a solid foundation for dancers to expand their careers via booking and touring opportunities.  The company will also focus on performances throughout Los Angeles and beyond as a touring troupe.

Brian is also expanding his artist based project and is currently recording new music for an upcoming EP release.

Brian can also be found as  a creative artistic director/teacher at multiple dance studios in the Los Angeles area including Millennium, Evolution, Madeline Clark, Debbie Reynolds, Iconiq Dance Studios and IDA/Hollywood where he continues to seek out talent.  Maintaining his hectic schedule, Brian’s drive and ambition are part of the motivating factors that keep him a step ahead of the competition.


Zak Ryan Schlegel

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Also directing: XIOM Dance Theatre and a instructor of the Joffrey San Francisco Intensive.

ZAK RYAN SCHLEGEL is an internationally recognized dancer, teacher and choreographer. He is the artistic director of LA-based AXIOM Dance Theatre and company member of Shen Wei Dance Arts in New York City, currently performing at American Dance Festival, Spoleto Festival and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

He grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he attended Fishback Studio of the Dance, training under Krista King Doherty. He later attended Chapman University, where he studied Literature, Performance and Choreography and received a BFA in Dance Performance. He has been a recipient of multiple talent scholarships and was awarded Outstanding Performance 2009, 2010, 2011 as well as Outstanding Choreography for his piece Bunker in 2011 at the Chapman University Department Honors.

Zak has trained and performed with a number of leading choreographers and companies. His work ranges from concert, commercial and film to modeling, performance art and cabaret. In 2010 he joined Backhausdance, where he has performed a number of original works both across the country and internationally in venues such as New York City Center, American Dance Festival, Vernon Center for the Performing Arts in Canada, Carpenter Center, Segerstrom Center and McCallum Center. In the same year he joined Lisa Eaton’s riotous Rouge Cabaret in LA as a soloist, performing in Hollywood and at the Fonda Theater under direction of actress and spokeswoman Jaime Pressly. He moved on to become performer and assistant choreographer to multimedia image/projection mapping dance company WIFE performing in New York, LA and at the TedX SoCal event at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Upon graduation, Zak traveled to Australia where he trained with Rafael Bonachela and learned repertory of Sydney Dance Company. He returned to LA and in 2013 joined Ryan Heffington and painter Nolan Hendrickson’s art/dance/performance installation KTCHN premiering at Mack Sennett studios. That summer he traveled to Portland, participating in Northwest Dance Project’s LAUNCH 8. Other esteemed choreographers Zak has worked with include Stephen Petronio (Stephen Petronio Company), Sarah Slipper (Northwest Dance Project), Helene Blackburn (Cas Public), Danielle Agami (Ate9/Batsheva), Lucas Crandall (Hubbard Street), Andrew Cowan (Shen Wei Dance Arts), Kitty McNamee (Hysterica Dance Company) and Yin Yue (YYDC). Additionally, Zak can be seen in music videos, print and national commercials including Britney Spears, MIKA, Fitz and the Tantrums, Years & Years Sam Sparro, The Pierces, Toyota Prius, Lexus, Sleep Number, FLAUNT and OUT magazine.

Simultaneous to his illustrious performance career, Zak began choreographing professionally in 2010 when he became assistant choreographer for WIFE. Zak’s collaboration The Grey Ones premiered at the TedX SoCal event at the Long Beach Convention Center and later was featured on the electronic music artist Amon Tobin’s box set DVD. In 2011 Zak again collaborated and performed in WIFE’s MUMA, which was commissioned by Ford, Milk and Legs Media and was performed in New York and Los Angeles alongside five other multimedia artists. In the meantime, Zak began to research and develop the launch of his own company, AXIOM Dance Theatre, in 2011 with long time artistic partner and co-founder Denna Thomsen. ADT has performed two evening-length productions including their self-titled show in the spring of 2013 and LILIT, which premiered in the fall of 2014 to critical acclaim. Zak is very thrilled for the engagement of his teaching and choreography and is, most recently, the proud recipient of the 2014 & 2015 Youth America Grand Prix Outstanding Choreographer award.