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Joffrey West LA

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

Tuition

$1,299 per week

Tuition Due at Registration: $300

Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

Registration Fee: $99

Housing

$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

Woodruff HallStudent Housing – Building 3, Northridge, CA 91330
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Joffrey West LA Students are housed at CSUN’s Woodruff Hal (also referred to as building 3 found on the main campus map). Campus Map Download

Parking:
It is recommended you park in Lot F9

Important: Scooters are forbidden in buildings.

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.

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 Woodruff Hall (Building 3) . 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

Housing

$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.

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

Non-Refundable Tuition and Other Fees

It is the policy of the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School that all tuition and other fees paid shall not be refunded at any time, regardless of the time of cancellation by the student or student’s parents or guardians or whether the relevant program has commenced. In the event that the relevant program has been cancelled by the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School, the School will make best efforts to move the student into a substantially similar program; in the event that no such substantially similar program exists, the School will issue a full refund.
In some instances we are able to offer a credit towards Joffrey programing which must be used in 1 calendar year. The Registration Fee, ALL DEPOSITS, and all Processing Fees are non-refundable and will be forfeited.
Prior to May 1st, a credit for any payments already made may placed in the dancer’s name to be used for future Joffrey programming. All payments made at the time of withdrawal are non-refundable. Any future payments still due to the school will be waived at the school’s discretion.
After May 1st, all payments are non-refundable. If a dancer’s withdrawal is due to injury or illness, and certified by a Dr’s. note, a partial credit may be used towards next summer at the Joffrey Ballet School’s Discretion. Credit can not be issued for housing and meal plans payments.

The Joffrey Ballet School prides itself in taking photos of the dancers that represent their superb experience and will utilize the photos for its website and or marketing and advertising purposes. Dancers and parents are welcome to take photos of the dance experience. When attending the program you consent to the use of your photography in our website and marketing materials.

We have 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 joffreywest@joffreyballetschool.com 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

Contemporary/Pointe/Partnering
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.

James Gregg

Born in Wheatridge, Colorado and raised in Oklahoma, James Gregg is now a
Montreal-based choreographer.

He has set choreographic works on Danceworks Chicago, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Ballet X, Northwest Dance Project, Nashville Ballet’s Emergence, Springboard Danse Project Montreal, River North Dance Company, Elements Contemporary Ballet, and also L’Ecole Superieure de Danse de Quebec.

Most recently, James was the recepient of the 2015 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award. He was also the winner for Ballet Austin’s 2014 New American talent choreographic competition, a finalist in Milwaukee Ballets’s 2013 Genesis Choreographic competition, and in 2011 the winner of the International Choreographic Competition at Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur.

As a performer, James worked with Bodytraffic, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Aszure & Artists, Rubberband Dance, and River North Dance Company.
Throughout his career he had the opportunity to do the works of many renowned choreographers including Victor Quijada, Barak Marshall, Aszure Barton, Crystal Pite, Rodrigo Pedernieras, Frank Chauves, Danny Ezralow, Mauro Bigonzetti, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Cayetano Soto, and many more.Having the experience to work with these artists gave James the tools to create his own language and helped mold his choreographic voice.

James is interested in creating movement from the inside out and exploring different paths and routes through which the body can move. Discovering how these various avenues can evoke emotion and how those emotions translate throughout the body.

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.”

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 (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. 

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’.

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.

Yusuf Nasir

Joffrey West LA Instructor

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

Instruction:

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 –mbenedict@amda.edu

 

Performance Experience

Film

Larry Gaye – Feature – Due out 2014, Eating Out

Dandelion Dharma

Television

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

Stage

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

Theater

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”

Commercials

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

Choreography

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 DancePlug.com.

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.