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Long Beach

(1 – 3 Week Sessions)

➡ Ages 8-25

Joffrey West is the pinnacle of concert dance and commercial dance fusion!

Experience the Joffrey difference; challenge, drive, artistry, transformation, passion. Enter the world of cutting-edge commercial and concert dance. Our hand-picked artists represent the “now” in their field.

Get front & center with top Los Angeles dance agency, go 2 talent as you will be part of an exclusive private audition during the program. They will also scout at our star-studded performance for their talent roster.

Be prepared to be seen and hired!

Dance shots & head shots available for booking on site.

Joffrey West offers a wide variety of styles built on a solid foundation of technique. Daily classes in ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, ballroom, latin, fusion, ballroom, improv, composition, and pointe.

Each highly successful working professional will cultivate your inner artist and produce the true dancer from within. Be prepared to be pushed beyond your limits. You will perform cutting edge choreography, center stage designed by the artists for you. Your new skills will be showcased to have the world experience your true artistry. You will perform in a major venue to show the world your passion and talent. The program cultivates your versatility as a dancer to shape you for today’s dance world challenges.

Our dancers win competitions, scholarships and earn top dance positions around the world. In order to be the best, you must train with the best.

Joffrey is the world’s best 65 years and running.

Fuel For Your Dance Passion
Performance Shattering
Competition Winning

You will create lifelong friends, network with the world’s best dancer. Experience the Joffrey difference today and be transformed to the best dancer you can be.

$799.00 per week

Any One Week

$699.00 per week

Any Two Weeks

$599.00 per week

Three Weeks or More

  • Week 1

    6/8/2020 – 6/12/2020

  • Week 2

    6/15/2020 – 6/19/2020

  • Week 3

    6/22/2020 – 6/26/2020

Tuition FAQ’s

  • Tuition Due at Registration: $300
  • Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.
  • Registration Fee: $99
  • For all transactions, a 3.5% processing fee will be applied.


$450.00 per week

Housing is available for dancers ages 12 and up.


$225.00 per week

Breakfast and Dinner Only


$99.00 per intensive

Registration fee per dancer


$125.00 per dancer

Must attend the last 3 weeks

Housing and Meal Plan FAQ’s


Registration Fee: $99 per intensive

  • Registration Fee Due at Registration: $99
  • For all transactions, a 3.5% processing fee will be applied.


Housing Fees: $450 per week

Housing is available for dancers ages 12 and up.

  • Housing Due at Registration: $250
  • Resident Advisor Fee: $150 per dancer
    (Required for all dancers in housing – One time fee)
  • Chaperone Fee: $250 per dancer
    (Required for students in housing ages 12 to 13 – One time fee)
  • Housing, RA Fee & Chaperone Fee Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.
  • For all transactions, a 3.5% processing fee will be applied.

Housing – Other Fees

  • $50 Change Buildings (NYC only)
  • $50 Roommate Change Request
  • $100 Initial Roommate Request
  • $100 Early, Late Check In and Check Out


Meal Plan Fees: $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.
  • For all transactions, a 3.5% processing fee will be applied.

CSULB Dance Department of Dance California State University Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, Ca 90840-720

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

To be announced

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 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.

What to Bring
Your room will fill up quickly; please bring only what you need. Also, keep in mind that items can
be purchased upon arrival at nearby stores.

  1. Bedding: Twin XL Sheets, Blankets, Pillows
  2. Bathroom Essentials: Towels, Shower shoes, hair dryer
  3. Toiletries: Toilet Paper, hand soap, shampoo, body wash, deodorant, toothbrush,
    toothpaste, and other personal toiletry items.
  4. Dance Attire: Dance clothes, shoes, and other related supplies.
  5. Recreational clothes: jeans, t-shirts, swimsuit, sandals, etc.
  6. Electronics: Alarm Clock. Computers, iPods, iPads, and other valuables at your own
    discretion. All dorms are Wi-Fi equipped. Don’t forget to bring the chargers!
  7. 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. Students should download Google Maps and Embark NYC.

What Not to Bring
The following items are prohibited in Joffrey housing and may be confiscated if found in your

  1. Toasters, toaster ovens, coffeemaker, or any outside cooking appliance not provided by JBS.
  2. Candles or incense
  3. Space Heaters
  4. Halogen lights
  5. Pets of any kind
  6. Alcohol
  7. Anything that produces a flame/spark, fireworks, sparklers.
  8. When not in use, lighters for your pointe shoes MUST remain in your dance bag.
  9. Drugs, tobacco, including eCigarettes; illegal substances of any nature

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. 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.

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 (


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.

Josie Walsh
Josie Walsh
Kavita Rao
Kavita Rao
Talia Favia
Chaz Buzan
Renee Kester
Yusha Sorzano
Angela Rebelo
Angela Rebelo
Robert “Chino” Lopez
Yusuf Nasir
Anh Dillon
Brian Drake
Zak Ryan Schlegel
Elaine Kimble Peaks
Kateryna Klishyna
Kateryna Klishyna
Zoi Tatopoulos
Zoï Tatopoulos
Rudy Abreu
Rudy Abreu
Teddy Forance
Teddy Forance
Mark Meismer
Mark Meismer
Kayla Kalbfleisch
Kayla Kalbfleisch

Joffrey West Intensive Performances

Date: June 26, 2020
Time: TBA
Run Time: TBA
Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theatre
University Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd Long Beach Ca 90840-720

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.



All dancers (new and returning) are required to audition for the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Programs to be considered for: Placement   |  Scholarships  |  Acceptance.  

The audition is a 90 minute class instructed by a Joffrey Instructor and the cost to audition is $40. All sales are final. No refunds are provided for auditions regardless of attendance.

Our audition(s) are meant to place you at your skill level for either the Joffrey Ballet School’s Summer Intensive series (June – August) and/or our 4 year Trainee Program (Sept – May).

Results will be emailed and posted online.


Pre-Check In & Orientation

Pre- Check In

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 sign their Pre-Check In packet, print and bring it with them to orientation/housing check in.

Studio Location

Campus Address

University Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd Long Beach Ca 90840-720

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

Orientation Times

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 on our Dance Portal. Please join us Monday morning at the start of your intensive for the opportunity to meet the JBS Staff and review your schedules.


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

Extra Activities

We have taken great care in providing superb and exciting weekend and after class activities. Please see our activities page for details.


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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.

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.

Talia Favia

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Talia Favia

Train with Talia at Joffrey’s LA Flagship Fusion Dance Intensive

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. Talia began dancing at the age of 7 and credits her formal training to her sister.

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.

In a 2018 interview on Talia described her philosophy to approaching to teaching a dance class.

I try to make my students feel very comfortable. Because I ask a lot from them, there’s a sense of fear already in my work. The last thing I want a student to do is fear me, too. I don’t try to come across as higher than them. I want them to feel as comfortable as possible, because I know how uncomfortable they’re about to feel when we begin to move.

Learn about Joffrey Ballet’s flagship fusion summer dance intensive in LA with Talia Favia.

Connect with Talia on social media.

Instagram – @taliafavia

Twitter – @taliafavia

Facebook – talia-favia

YouTube channel

LinkedIn – talia-favia

Talia Favia website

Chaz Buzan

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Chaz Buzan

Train with Chaz at Joffrey’s Flagship Summer Fusion Dance Intensive in LA

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,” P!nk music video “What About Us,” and Madonna’s “MDNA World Tour 2012.” He was recently a principal dancer in the television pilot for Grace choreographed by Mia Michaels.

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.

In a 2013 interview with Hip Hop City, Chaz shared his biggest inspiration for dancing:

“My biggest inspiration for dancing would have to be not just one thing but it always starts with the music. Music really inspires me and then it’s feeling. If I am feeling sad, happy or whatever I feel, it helps me express what the choreography looks like.”

What advice does Chaz have for young dancers?

“Train every single day. Train, train, train. Never take “no” for an answer. Never say ‘I can’t.’ Always try. And be happy. Make sure you do it and you’re always happy. But if you do get down and tired then just dance more.”

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

Learn more about Joffrey Ballet’s flagship summer fusion dance intensive in west LA.

Connect with Chaz on social media.

Instagram – @chazbuzan

Facebook – chazbuzan11

YouTube channel – Chaz Buzan

Twitter – @chazbuzan

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.

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.

Angela Rebelo

Joffrey San Francisco Instructor

Also a Company Member with Grand Theatre de Geveve (Geneva Ballet).

Angela is currently one of 22 professionals, dancing in Switzerland, for ‘Ballet du Grand Theatre de Genève’, in Geneva. > She is currently touring Europe and the world with Geneva Ballet; performing the various repertoire in China, Thailand, Zurrich, cities in France, and Italy. The Company will tour to Canada and a number of States in the US as well as to South Africa this year. > Angela has worked with known European Choreographers Ken Osalla, and Michel Kelemenis, performing the works of world wide known Andonis Foniadakis, Benjamin Millepied, as well as European names of Pontus , Emmanuel Gat, Didy Veldman.

Angela has been in Ballet Geneva’s classic contemporary interpretation of Romeo& Juliette, Giselle, A MidSummer Nights Dream, Les Sylphide, as well as the large variety of the Geneva’s creations. Angela was born in South Africa; where she began her professional Career with ‘Ballet Theatre Afrikan’ under the direction of Martin Schonberg. Angela received her Advanced II in the classical method of Cechettic Training with Mr Schonberg as well her Associates Teaching Qualification. In 2007 Angela was invited to join ‘State Street Ballet’ in Santa Barbara, California where she spent 5 Seasons. It was in California that Angela had the honor of meeting Mrs Josie Walsh and performing as ‘Lilias’ in Mrs Walsh’s story ballet ‘The Secret Garden’ , set on ‘State Street Ballet’ at the time. Angela enjoyed the roles of Arabian and Doll in ‘State Street Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’ as well as ‘Kaa’ the python snake in the company’s ‘JungleBook’.

Angela also enjoyed teaching for the ‘Gustafson Dance’. Both for the students as well as Adult open classes; and she enjoyed guest teaching for ‘Dance ‘n Motion’ in Encinitas California under the ownership of Cassandra Ream. Angela returned to South Africa in 2012 to Guest perform with ‘Cape Town City Ballet’ in ‘Raymonda’ and with ‘Cape Dance Company’, a few works, one of which was choreographed by Christopher Huggins.. Based in New York. Another by Bradley Shelver who also resides in the US. After which, in August 2013, Angela moved to Europe to begin her contract with ‘Ballet du Grand Theatre de Genève’.

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.

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 started with an academic education in classical ballet at the Conservatoire Niedermeyer in Paris, France, and later expanded her training to modern and jazz. She went on to perform worldwide with contemporary ballet and contemporary jazz companies. Her versatility enabled her to venture into various types of work, from music videos (Usher) to industrials (Redken, Aveda) and commercials (PBS), working with LA industry choreographers such as Michael Rooney, Travis Payne, Shanda Sawyer, John Carrafa, and Kevin Wilson. Anh is the recipient of a Lester Horton Award for best performance in “Duet” choreographed by Terri Best. As a choreographer, one of the highlights of her career was the amazing opportunity to work with the one and only Prince.

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

Anh teaches ballet, contemporary and jazz, traveling the US and overseas. She is a resident instructor at the Edge PAC and the new Industry Dance Academy in Los Angeles and has been a part of the Joffrey Ballet School faculty since 2013.

Anh is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through to Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

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.

Elaine Kimble Peaks

Elaine Kimble-Peaks received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Film Studies from The Conservatory of Music and Dance – University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has had the privilege of working with contemporary choreographers Robert Battle (Alvin Ailey), Joshua Beamish (MOVE: the company), Gary Abbott (Deeply Rooted), Frank Chavez (River North), Troy Powell (Alvin Ailey), Deeanna Hiett (Alvin Ailey), Rodni Williams (DCDC), and Ronald Tice (Zurich Opera-Ballet) to name a few.

As a choreographer, Elaine has been honored with many accolades including the Youth America Grand Prix “Outstanding Choreography Award” for her work “”Up to Here””. Her piece “”Been Here Before”” received the “”Best Contemporary Performance of the Year”” nomination from the Industry Dance Awards. Performance and choreography credits include So You Think You Can Dance, Kansas City Ballet, DEFY Dance Project, Heartlines Dance Company, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Pacific Festial Ballet, Seamless Dance Theatre and Quixotic Fusion. The passion for expression and creativity she instills has led her students to regional and national recognition, as well as exclusive international programs such as Nederlands Dans Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Marymount Manhattan College, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Westside Dance Project and Arts Umbrella.

Kateryna Klishyna

Originally from Kharkov , Ukraine , Kateryna Klishyna has enjoyed dancing ever since she was a child . At age of 8 , Kateryna’s parents took her to her first ballroom classes , and her passion for dance was kindled .

With a strong desire to excel and be the best she can be , Kateryna has amassed an impressive catalogue of titles , including Ukrainian National Champion, IDSA World Open Champion , Blackpool Quarter Finalist , 3rd Austrian Open Champion. Finalist of German Open And Dutch Open Championships .

Klishyna’s television credits include being a 3rd Super-Finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance , Ukraine “ . And Professional Dancer on “ Dancing With The Stars , Georgia”

Zoï Tatopoulos

Zoï began as a competitive dancer in Los Angeles . At 15 , she moved to Greece where she took part in the Greek “So You Think You Can Dance, “ placing 3rd. A year later she decided to create her own all female based dance company featuring 11 professional Greek Dancers. Her show took place at the prestigious “Mixalis Kakogiannis Theater.” That soon caught the attention of many directors , offering choreography jobs for Greek musicians . At 21 she moved back and began a fresh clean slate in Los Angeles , where she began choreographing for competitive dance teams. She is best known for her work with the viral young talent Kaycee Rice. Since then , she has worked as a choreographer to many competitive dancers. Her style is most known for the dark, edgy , highly technical, unique pieces. Her most recent professional job was handling all of the contemporary choreography of “So You Think You Can Dance , “ in Greece , 2017. She is now traveling and guest choreographing for competitive dance teams internationally.

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 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.