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NYC Ballet Intensive

NYC Ballet Intensive

JUNE 4 – JULY 20
(1 - 7 Week Sessions)

The NYC Ballet Intensive is the east coast flagship program with Josie Walsh as the Artistic Director. This seven week experience will transform you as a dancer and provide you access to the worlds best working dancers. You will be taught by todays industry leaders in classes no larger than 25 dancers per class. Each day builds upon the next and each week brings new world renowned instructors. This dance experience has both classical and contemporary ballet. The last week of the program culminates in a massive NYC Theater Performance.

  • Stay 1 Week

    $799 per week

  • Stay 2 Weeks, Save $348

    $625 per week

  • Stay 3 Weeks, Save $598

    $599 per week

  • Stay 4 Weeks, Save $997

    $550 per week

  • Stay 5 Weeks, Save $1,495

    $500 per week

  • Stay 6 Weeks, Save $1,794

    $500 per week

  • Stay 7 Weeks, Save $2,093

    $500 per week


$799 per week

Tuition Due at Registration: $300

Tuition Balance: Monthly Payments through June 1st.

Registration Fee: $99


$499 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

$275 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.

Be a part of the JBS Flagship Finale Performance.

Must attend Weeks 5, 6 and 7.

3.5% Processing Fee

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

Joffrey FAQ's

Housing, Studio & Meal FAQ's

Joffrey Ballet School
434 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10011
Between 9th and 10th Streets.
3rd, 4th and 5th Floor

Joffrey Dance Center
47-10 Austell Place, Long Island City, NY 11101

Pearl Studios
500 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

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

33 Beekman St, New York, NY 10083

The PACE Dormitory Residence Hall brings customized, first rate amenities to the heart of New York City’s Financial District. Each floor is staffed with a Resident Advisor.

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

Pace Housing

  • Bed Style: Twin XL; some rooms have a loft bed.
  • Pace University Security monitors the building 24/7
  • Microwave, refrigerator, cable TV, Wi-Fi, and air-conditioning unit in each room.
  • Window blinds provided

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.

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

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.

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 offers transportation to and from the airport. Our service is significantly more expensive than taking a New York City taxi, so if your dancer feels comfortable taking a taxi, we encourage them to do so. Below is an outline of fees and reflect the price one way. The cost includes tolls and driver’s tip.

Transportation to JFK, LGA, and EWR airports $150

Transportation for all international flights $200

If your student is flying as an Unaccompanied Minor through the airline (and you have already paid the Unaccompanied Minor fee through your airline), please contact:

JBS NYC Airport Transportation Coordinator


Joffrey Ballet School can only provide a chaperone to the gate if it is required by the airline. There is an additional $150 fee for this service.

The Joffrey Ballet School is proud to partner with Pace Cafeteria and Panera that serves two hearty kid-friendly meals per day. Enjoy breakfast burritos with veggies, sausage, pepper jack cheese, tomatoes, trail mix with dried fruit, and mixed nuts on the side. Imagine a wonderful grilled herbed chicken breast, a flavor-filled soba noodle salad with edamame and cucumber relish, bok choy, carrot ginger dressing, accompanied by a side of watermelon. The food is delicious and healthy–perfect for the developing dancer. We care about you and your child and have worked very hard to partner with the best food providers in the NYC area.

Pace students will eat at the Pace University Cafeteria

Students in all other buildings will have their meals catered by Panera.

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 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.

Date: July 20, 2018
Time: 3:00pm
Run Time: 120 mins
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990

Date: July 20, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
Run Time: 120 mins
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space.
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990

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.

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 marleting and advertisig purposes. Dancers and parents are welcome to take photos of the dance experience. When attending the program you consent to the use of your photography in our website and marketing materials.

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

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

Sample Schedule

Non Performance Track (Ages 14 - 25)

Ballet Technique
9:00AM – 10:30AM

10:45AM – 11:45AM

Men’s Class
11:45AM – 12:45PM

1:00PM – 2:30PM

2:45PM – 4:15PM

Sample Schedule

Performance Track (Ages 14 - 25)

Ballet Technique
9:00AM – 10:30AM

10:45AM – 11:45AM

Men’s Class
11:45AM – 12:45PM

1:00PM – 2:30PM

2:45PM – 4:15PM

Rehearsal 2
4:30PM – 6:00PM

Sample Schedule

Performance Track (Ages 8 - 13)

Ballet Technique
9:00AM – 10:30AM

Pointe/Ballet Variations
10:30AM – 11:30 AM

11:30AM – 12:30PM

Contemporary Ballet/Pas de Deux
12:30PM – 1:30M

Ballet Repertoire/Horton
1:30PM – 2:45PM

2:45PM – 4:00PM

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.

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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.

Desmond Richardson

Artistic Director of the Joffrey Southwest Dallas

Also directing: Complexions Contemporary Ballet, as well as instructing in the Joffrey Experience, and NYC Ballet Intensive.

Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the great modern dancers of his time”, Desmond Richardson is a multi talent artist who has mastered a wide range of dance forms including classical, modern, and contemporary. Richardson’s immense talent was first recognized as a student at New York High School for the Performing Arts during which time he received a merit scholarship from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center (1983-1986) and the International Academie des Tanz in Koln, Germany (1984-1985). He is also a recipient of a Presidential Scholar Award for the Arts (1986).

In 1987, Richardson joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater where he was a principal dancer for seven years. After leaving the Ailey Company, he traveled to Germany where he performed with Ballet Frankfurt. Richardson has performed as a guest artist with several world-renowned companies including the Swedish Opera Ballet, the Washington Ballet, Teatro at La Scala, and the San Francisco Ballet.

In 1997, he joined the American Ballet Theater where he performed the lead role in the company’s world premiere of Othello. Following his performance, the New York Times described him as “one of the most majestic dancers ever to tread the MET Stage.”

In 1998, Richardson joined the premiere cast of the Broadway Musical Fosse for which he received a 1999 Tony Award Nomination. He has also appeared on Broadway in the musical, the Look of Love and the critically acclaimed Movin’ Out. He had a principal role in Debbie Allen’s theatrical presentation, Soul Possessed, which premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1999.

Richardson has worked in television, film, and video in the United States and abroad. These experiences have allowed him to perform with musical artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Aretha Franklin, and Madonna. He is featured in Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi’s film, One Last Dance and the Oscar winning Chicago. He made his singing debut in Charles Randolph Wright’s 2005 film, Preaching to the Choir and performed the lead role of Beowulf in Julie Taymor’s Grendel at the LA Opera as well as in Taymor’s film, Across the Universe. He recently performed as a guest artist on So You Think You Can Dance in Australia and the United States.

Desmond Richardson is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the extraordinary Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company.

Jo Matos

Artistic Director of Children's and Youth Ballet Program

Also directing: NYC Ballet Intensive, NYC Summer Dance Camps, Joffrey Miami and Tap Spectacular Miami.

Jo Matos is the Artistic Director for the Joffrey Ballet School’s Children’s Dance and Youth Ballet Programs and Summer Intensives in New York and Miami. She joined the Joffrey Ballet School, as a Director in 2008. Jo devised a curriculum and acts as liaison for a partnership between the Joffrey Ballet School and Fort Hamilton High School’s, “Joffrey Dance Academy” in Brooklyn. Jo teaches in the Children’s Dance, Youth Ballet and Ballet Trainee Program. She has over 35 years experience as a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and arts administrator at many prestigious institutions, including Ballet Hispanico, The Hartford Ballet, and the University of Hartford. She is also the co-founder of “Dancing Day,” a school that brings dance to disabled children and adults. Jo’s work with autism and dance was featured in PBS documentaries in 1999 and 2004. Ms. Matos teaches as a Master Teacher around the country.  Jo trained at the School of the Hartford Ballet and performed with The Connecticut Children’s Ballet, the School of the Hartford Ballet and as a guest artist with Dance Now! Miami. Jo is the Artistic Advisor to Alison Cook Beaty Dance in New York City. She holds a BFA in Dance from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford.

Era Jouravlev

Artistic Director of the Ballet Trainee Program and NYC Pre-Professional Intensive

Also a NYC Ballet Instructor.

Mrs. Era Jouravlev studied at the famed Perm State Choreography Academy in Russia under directorship of such notable mentors as L. Sakharova and L. Ulanova. While dancing as a Principal with the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre, she toured internationally with the Stars of the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet: L. Semeniaka, A. Fadeechev, O. Chenchikova, L. Kunakova, M. Daukaev. She has toured with American Ballet Theatre Principal Nina Ananiashvili in Japan and South Korea. Also she has toured with Bolshoi Theatre Principals E. Maksimova and V.Vasiliev in Tokyo and with N. Pavlova and V. Gordeev in Moscow. During a summer tour in China, she danced with the “Stars of American Ballet”.

In 1995 Mrs. Jouravlev joined the New Jersey Ballet as a Principal Dancer, where she performed the works of George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Johan Renvall, Margo Sappington, Robert Weise, and Robert North, among others.

Mrs. Jouravlev has performed many Principal roles in both classical and contemporary repertoires and was given the unique opportunity to learn the classical pas de deux “Papillon” directly from International Kirov Star Irina Kolpakova and worked with American Legend Mr. Edward Villella on George Balanchine’s famous “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux”.

Mrs. Jouravlev taught for the New Jersey Ballet for fourteen years, and started teaching at the Joffrey Ballet School in 1997. She worked as the Head of Classical Ballet Studies at JBS under the direction of Mr. Robert Ray for many years, assisting him in implementing a codified ballet technique syllabus for the entire Ballet Trainee Program. With an incredible career, over thirty years of teaching experience, and a fierce passion for shaping dancers into artists, Era Jouravlev is delighted to share her expertise as the Ballet Trainee Program Director.

Dwight Rhoden

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Founding Artistic Director/Resident Choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Dwight has established a remarkably wide-ranging career, earning distinction from The New York Times as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day.” A native of Dayton, Ohio who began dancing at age 17, Rhoden has performed with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz De Montreal and as a principal dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. As a performer, he has appeared in numerous television specials, documentaries and commercials throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and has been a featured performer on many PBS “Great Performances” specials.

In 1994, Rhoden and legendary dancer Desmond Richardson founded Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Together they have brought their unique brand of contemporary dance to the world for nearly 2 decades. CCB is widely considered as “America’s Original Multicultural Dance Company”, and is celebrated for its pioneering spirit, and the building of a universal brand that continues to challenge traditional ideas, and redefine possibilities in the dance arena.
Under Rhoden’s direction, Complexions has become a dance institution that is much in demand. Leading the way, as a destination for innovation through courageous and cutting edge programming, Complexions has become a force to be reckoned with. Over the years, Complexions has remained consistent in delivering a profound passion for diversity, that has framed its vision and become its hallmark.

For nearly 2 decades, Rhoden’s choreography has been the lynchpin in the development of the Complexions repertory. For over 18 years, Rhodens’ work has filled some of the most prestigious theaters across the globe including, The Joyce Theater,(NYC) The Bolshoi Theater, (Moscow) The Marinsky Theater,(St Petersburg) Maison De La Danse, (Lyon) The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion,(Los Angeles) BAM,(Brooklyn) Cairo Opera House (Egypt) The Arts Center, (Melbourne Australia) The Auditorium Theater,(Chicago)Telaviv Opera House (Israel) The ASB Theater, (New Zealand) Holland Dance Festival, Grand Theatre De Geneva (Switzerland) Isle De Dance Festival (Paris) to name a few. CCB and Rhodens’ work has been presented on 5 continents and in over 20 countries – including the USA, Canada, South America, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, The Baltic Region, Egypt, Israel, and the Middle East. “Musicality, innovation, purpose, consistency, a brilliant use of stage space and the ability to tell a story — all these qualities make him (Rhoden) one of today’s elect choreographers. (The LA Times)

Since 1994, Rhoden has created over 80 ballets for Complexions, as well as numerous other companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The Arizona Ballet, The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Company, BalletMet, The Dance Theater of Harlem, Colorado Ballet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, The Joffrey Ballet, Miami City Ballet, New York City Ballet/Diamond Project, North Carolina Dance Theater, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadanco, Marinsky Ballet (Kirov), Minneapolis Dance Theater, Phoenix Dance Company, Sacramento Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, The Washington Ballet, and Zenon Dance Company, amongst others. Mr Rhodens’ has also directed and choreographed for TV, film, theater and live performances including So You Think You Can Dance, E! Entertainment’s “Tribute to Style” , Amici, and Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity, and choreographed and appeared in the feature film “One Last Dance”. He has also worked with, and/or created works for such high-profile artists as Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Kelly Clarkson, ELEW, David Rozenblatt, Nicholas Payton, The Drifters, Paul Simon, Billy Strayhorn, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, U2, The Turtle Creek Chorus, and Patrick Swayze. Rhoden was also recently commissioned to create a work for the centennial celebration of reknowned collage artist Romare Bearden. “Rhoden’s work is post-Balanchinean choreography,a new aesthetic in movement, stage, picture, and performance concepts reflecting a post-modern, techno-savvy worldview” (Dance Magazine).

Widely known as “a dancer’s choreographer,” Rhoden has worked with, coached and created for some of the most diverse artists spanning the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance including legendary dance artists Carmen De Lavallade, Wendy Whelan, Maria Kowroski, Diana Vishneva, Desmond Richardson, Sandra Brown, Jodie Gates, and Gus Solomons, to name a few. Mr.Rhoden is the Resident Choreographer of North Carolina Dance Theatre and has lectured, taught, created works for and served as Artist in Residence at universities around the United States including New York University, Juilliard, UC Irvine, Skidmore College and The University of Mississippi, where his 2004 Racial Reconciliation Project was credited as a catalyst for dialogue in a community that has been historically divided.

Rhoden is a beneficiary recipient of various honors and awards including the New York Foundation for the Arts Award, The Choo San Goh Award for Choreography, and The Ailey School’s Apex Award in recognition of his extensive contributions to the field of dance.

Emily Tellier

Emily Tellier is an emerging dance artist from North Vancouver, BC. Most recently Emily apprenticed with Amber Funk Barton and the response, as well as training with Peter Bingham and EDAM Dance on full scholarship. She has performed in many prestigious festivals and shows including the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, The Brooklyn Dance Festival, with Kristin Sudeikis Dance, and The Ladies of Hip Hop Festival, with Ms Vee Productions, in New York City. Currently, Emily is working closely with contemporary artist Heather Laura Gray and is in the process of moving to New York to pursue her performing and teaching career further.

Michael Waldrop

Michael Waldrop, originally from Los Angeles, currently resides in Germany, performing with Theater Koblenz under the direction of Steffen Fuchs. Michael has performed soloist and principle roles in the classical and contemporary works of Peter Chu, Daniel Ezralow, Bella Lewitzky, Cathy Marston, Tom Ruud, Uwe Scholz, and Josie Walsh. He has toured the world, dancing with Theater Koblenz, State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, and Pasadena Dance Theatre, as well as guest performances with Odyssey Dance TheatreSeamless Dance Theater and the Covent Garden Dance Company.

From the world of concert dance to the commercial industry, Michael has appeared in film, television, print, and stage productions including the feature film Underground Comedy, ABC’s Bunheads, Nickelodeon’s Fresh Beat Band, and the Emmy Award winning opening routine of the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Other credits include industrials for Disney and MAC Cosmetics, performances at Downtown Los Angeles’ Music Center and the Getty Museum for the Dance Camera West Film Festival, choreography for the American Choreography Awards, and a feature in an edition of Life Magazine.
In addition to performing, Michael’s choreography has been included in two evenings performed at Theater Koblenz, with a new creation commissioned to premiere in May 2017. He has also instructed and choreographed for the Joffrey San Francisco Summer Intensive, State Street Ballet Summer Intensive, and studios across the world.

William Whitener

William Whitener performed worldwide and on Broadway with The Joffrey Ballet, Twyla Tharp Dance, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, New York City Opera and Martha Clarke’s Garden of Earthly Delights. He choreographed over sixty dances for Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Ballet Hispanico, Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle Opera and John Curry’s Ice Theatre. He has also created dances for stage and television for Ann Reinking, Tommy Tune, Bill Irwin and Faith Prince and staged the debut of American Ballroom Theater at The Kennedy Center and BAM. Mr. Whitener has set Twyla Tharp’s ballets in the U.S and France and assisted Mr. Robbins with pre-production for Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. He served as Artistic Director for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal and Kansas City Ballet. He was an evaluator for the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi, a jury member of Benois de la Danse and has served on a variety of panels including the NEA and Pew Charitable Trust Fund. He has taught ballet, modern dance and composition at Harvard University Summer Dance, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, Pacific Northwest Ballet and was the Director of Dance at Concord Academy.

Gabrielle Lamb

Gabrielle Lamb is a New York City-based choreographer and performer.  A native of Savannah, GA, she trained at the Boston Ballet School and was a longtime soloist at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal (2000-2009). In 2009 she was invited by choreographer Christopher Wheeldon to join his company Morphoses in New York City.  Her repertoire as a performer has also included principal roles in works by established masters such as George Balanchine, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, and Shen Wei—as well as emerging choreographers such as Pontus Lidberg, Emery Lecrone, Adam Barruch, and Shannon Gillen.

In addition to her choreography, Ms. Lamb is a self-taught animator. Her dance works for stage and screen have been presented by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Banff Centre, BalletX,  Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Memphis, Sacramento Ballet, the Joffrey Concert Group, Jacob’s Pillow, SUNY Purchase Conservatory, SALT Contemporary Dance (Utah), the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center, the American Dance Festival, and the ARTV and BRAVO networks.  

She has won choreographic competitions at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, and Western Michigan University, as well as, in 2014, the Banff Centre’s Clifford E. Lee Award and a New York City Center Choreography Fellowship.  In October 2014 she was honored with a Princess Grace Award for Choreography.


Ashley Mayeux

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Ashley Mayeux was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she graduated from the High School for Performing and Visual Arts.  She then went on to SUNY Purchase college where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor degree in fine arts. After college, Ashley continued her studies at the Dance Theatre of Harlem and went on to perform with the touring show, Aida. She has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, as well as Pointe Magazine. Ashley became a company member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, in 2012. Ashley joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre 2016.

Jeffrey Marc Rockland

Jeffrey Marc Rockland began his performing career playing Sasha in the MGM classic Dr. Zhivago.  Now head of the Dance Division within the School of Theatre and Dance at Kent State University, Rockland’s career as a Dancer included work as soloist for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Atlanta Ballet, Principal for Universal Ballet (Seoul Korea) and Bristol Ballet and Ballet Master for Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal.   Rockland has taught for numerous schools, universities and companies through out the world and returns for a second summer with Joffrey Summer Ballet’s Intensive.  Passionate about coaching young talent, Rockland enjoys helping dancers discover greater efficiency of movement, artistry and brilliance in technique.

Christina Lyon

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Christina Lyon was born in Newport Beach, California and began dancing at the age of twelve. She studied with Yvonne Mounsey, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and Rosemary Valaire formerly of the Royal Ballet. At age thirteen, she was invited to train at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia. She was awarded the Friends of Joffrey Scholarship and was the first place winner of the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. She also spent many summers on merit scholarship at School of American Ballet in New York. At sixteen, she was invited to join American Ballet Theatre where she toured internationally with the company. She was also a guest artist with English National Ballet in London and Bavarian National Ballet in Munich. She has worked with such luminaries as Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova, Maya Plietstskya, Agnes DeMille, Twyla Tharp and Gelsey Kirkland.
Lyon is the founder and artistic director of Gala de Danza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The gala is designed to bring the world’s elite artists to Mexico in an event to enrich the community. In collaboration with Youth America Grand Prix and keeping with YAGP’s mission to provide performance opportunities to young dancers, the talented finalists are invited to perform with the outstanding guest artists from around the world. The support and sponsorship of the community has been extraordinary and has made it possible to continue the event as an annual tradition.

Doug Baum

DOUG BAUM began his dance training in Maryland at Mid-Atlantic Center for the Performing Arts before graduating from the Baltimore School for the Arts in 2006. In 2010, Baum received his BFA from Fordham University in collaboration with The Ailey School, where he apprenticed with Ailey II for two years. Baum has participated in programs such as Springboard Danse, NDT Maximum Dance Course, Jacob’s Pillow, and the Fire Island Dance Festival before joining his first professional company. Since graduating, Baum has toured internationally with Rasta Thomas Bad Boys of Dance, Compagnie Flak, and Les Ballets Jazz. Baum has completed three seasons with Zhukov Dance Theater in addition to guesting with Jose Mateo, Ezdanza, Thang Dao, Company XIV, Peridance, and iLuminate as seen on America’s Got Talent. Baum joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet in 2014

Hee Seo

ABT Principal Dancer, YAGP Korea, & NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Hee Seo began her ballet training in her
hometown at the Sun-hwa Arts Middle School. She was awarded a
three-year full scholarship to continue her training at the Kirov
Ballet Academy in Washington, D. C. In 2003, Seo won a scholarship to
train at the John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart. She is the
recipient of the 2003 Prix de Lausanne Award and the 2003 Grand Prix
at the Youth American Grand Prix in New York.

Seo joined the ABT Studio Company in 2004 and the main Company as an
apprentice in May 2005 and the corps de ballet in March 2006. Her
repertoire with the Company includes Polyhymnia in Apollo, Nikiya,
Gamzatti, the Lead D’Jampe and a Shade in La Bayadère, Cinderella in
Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, Twig in James Kudelka’s Cinderella,
Prayer in Coppélia, Mercedes and a flower girl in Don Quixote, the
Glove Seller in Gaîté Parisienne, Giselle and Zulma in Giselle,
Caroline in Jardin aux Lilas, Olympia in Lady of the Camellias, The
Moor’s Wife in The Moor’s Pavane, Natalia Petrovna in A Month in the
Country, Clara, the Princess and one of the Nutcracker’s Sisters in
Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, Natalia in On the Dnieper, Tatiana
in Onegin, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Princess Aurora, the Lilac
Fairy, the Fairy of Sincerity and Princess Florine in The Sleeping
Beauty, Odette-Odile, the pas de trois, the Polish Princess and a big
swan in Swan Lake, the Sylph in La Sylphide, the Prelude in Les
Sylphides, Ceres in Sylvia, Thaïs Pas de Deux and roles in Ballo della
Regina, Birthday Offering, The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Chamber
Symphony, Dark Elegies, Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, Duets, From
Here On Out, The Leaves Are Fading, Monotones II, Overgrown Path,
Raymonda Divertissements, Seven Sonatas,Thirteen Diversions and Valse
Fantaisie. She created a leading role in With a Chance of Rain.

Seo was appointed a Soloist in August 2010 and a Principal Dancer in July 2012.

Seo made Guest appearance at Mariinsky Ballet for her well known
repertories Giselle and Sleeping Beauty and dance most prestigious
stages In Italy, Brazil, Japan, China, Korea, Mexico,United Kingdom
Russia and many more.

Seo also is a founder of non-profit foundation called “HeeSeo
foundation” and a representer of YAGP Korea.

Ms. Seo’s performances with American Ballet Theatre are sponsored by
Pamela and David B. Ford.

Liz D’Anna

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Also a NYC Ballet Instructor.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ms. D’Anna trained at the Joffrey Ballet School under Meredith Baylis, Jonathan Watts, and Francesca Corkle. She was a member of Jose Coronado & Dancers, Yung Yung Tsuai & Dancers, and a soloist with the Delta Festival Ballet. Ms. D’Anna also completed a four year teacher training course recognized by the NASD, and has been teaching all levels of ballet from pre-ballet to professional since 1982.

Akop Akopian

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Also a NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive Instructor.

Graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia and the Yerevan State Choreographic College. Had the privilege to study under two of A.Vaganova’s former students: the ballet legends F.Balabina, and N.Dudinskaya. Mr. Akopian also had

the privilege to study under K. Sergeyev, W. Zimin, N. Serebryanikov and N. Mehrabyan.

Upon graduation from the Vaganova Academy, he became a leading dancer in the Armenian National Theater Opera and Ballet in Yerevan. In 1991 he danced with classic ballet de Montreal. In 1993 he was invited to Germany to join the Thuringian State Ballet. For the following seven years he became one of the most acclaimed principal dancers of the company. Mr. Akopian received the best dancer of the year award in 1997 and 1999, was praised in many European magazines and in a book entitled Musis-Sacrum published in Germany.   In 2000, Mr. Akopian danced with Ballet New York. In 2001 he was invited to join GRBC and for his work there he was recognized in many ballet magazines and other media sources.

As a guest artist Mr. Akopian has danced in numerous international galas around the world. He has had the opportunity to work with numerous ballet masters and choreographers including Dietmar Seyffert, Ludmilla Sakharova, Anahit Grigorian, Vilen Galstyan, Martin Wennde, Peter Martin, Judith Fugate and Nina Strogonova. The leading roles in Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen, The Nutcracker, Eugene Onegin, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, La Fille Mal Gardee, Fierbird, Scherheresade, Paquita, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Enigma, Antuny, Wolfe, Ara Beautiful, Cinderella, various Balanchine pieces were among the roles Mr.Akopian danced throughout his career.

Faculty of Joffrey Ballet School, New York, 2015 Summer intensive program.Faculty at Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet NY,NY.

Since 2004 Mr. Akopian has choreographed a variety of original pieces for professional dancers and companies. Two of Mr. Akopian’s ballets that are cherished by audience are his full-length Nutcracker and his original full-length ballet, The Jungle Book – Mowgli.

In 2014 Mr. Akopian choreographed two original ensemble pieces for the Youth American Grand Prix: “Time and “Russian Milk Maids”, placed third and in the top twelve correspondingly. Both pieces were praised by the judges for creativity, choreography, presentation, beautiful lines and technique and were selected to finals in New York City

Mr. Akopian worked as a Founder Artistic Director and Board of Directors member of Michigan Ballet Academy.

He is very committed to excellence, likes to share his rich stage experience and feels very proud of his students who perform professionally in various ballet companies after studying under his guidance.

Faculty of Joffrey Ballet School, New York, 2015 Summer intensive program.

Christopher LaFleche

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

A Massachusetts native, Christopher LaFleche graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ballet Pedagogy from The Hartt School under the direction of Stephen Pier where he performed works by Graham, Limon, and Tudor as well as contemporary works by Antonio Brown, Gregory Dolbashian, Charlotte Griffin, Viktor Plotnikov and Pascal Rioult. He also studied on scholarship at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp under the direction of Linda Kent.

Upon graduation, he accepted Faculty positions at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts and the Hartt School Community Division and performed with Hartford based dance companies, Full Force Dance Theatre and Sonia Plumb Dance Company. Christopher has performed in New York with The Hartt School Dance Ensemble, Antonio Brown and Dancers, and with Edgar Cortes Dance Theater. His choreography has been presented at the American College Dance Festival, the Youth America Grand Prix, and The Hartt School Community Dance Division.

Christopher is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Instructor and Polestar Pilates Practitioner and Mentor Teacher. He assists at multiple Polestar Comprehensive Teacher Trainings in Manhattan, Queens, and Massachusetts.

Gaiane Akopian

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Also a NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive Instructor.

Born in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski, Russia, graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St,Petersburg, Russia and the Yerevan State Choreographic College. Had the privilege to study under the two ballet legends, A. Vaganova’s former students F. Balabina, and N. Dudinskaya. Ms. Akopian is on faculty: Joffrey Ballet Trainee program NYC, JBS Master Teacher program.
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers NYC – Figure Skating Ballet instructor. Gaiane performed around the world and has been recognized by critics worldwide. She danced in numerous classical and contemporary ballets. Performed as principal dancer with the Armenian National Ballet Theater, Thuringian State Ballet, Germany and GR Ballet Company. Some of her leading roles include Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, Carmen, The Nutcracker, La Fille Mal Gardee, Cinderella, Firebird, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Wolfe, Ara Beautiful, Scheherazade, Eugene Onegin, Enigma, CanCan , Les Liasons Dangereusesand various Balanchine pieces. She was acknowledged by the critics of the Ballet International Tanz Aktuell European magazine as one of Germany’s best dancer, in 1995, and won the Grand –Prix as the dancer of the year in 1997. In 2002 Ms. Akopian was praised in the Musis Sacrum book titled “100 Years Theaterhaus Gera”, (Germany). In 2006 she appeared in “Amazing Women of West Michigan” book among the most influential women of West Michigan community. Past: Works with Figure skaters in Patterson Ice Center, Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club, MI – registered with the United Skates Figure Association. Ms. Akopian worked as a Founder Artistic Director, and Board Of Directors member of Michigan Ballet Academy, choreographed and prepared students for competitions as well as staged numerous ballet performances. Ms. Akopian is very committed to excellence, likes to share her rich stage experience and feels very proud of her students who perform professionally in various ballet companies after studying under her guidance.

Gisela Quinteros

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Also a Children’s Dance and Youth Ballet instructor.

Born in Argentina. Started dance at age 8 later she got an scholarship at 12 years old for Southwest Ballet Center Houston,Texas directed by William Martin-Viscount. In Buenos Aires at age 14 she studied with Estela Erman and got an scholarship in 1994 to go to The Conservatoire de Dreux, France Director Georges Piletta and also studied with Joseph Lazzini. Later studied with Olga Ferri and Enrique Lommi and Pierre Lacotte invited her to join the Ballet National de Nancy et Lorraine, France from 1995 until 2000 with worldwide touring. Danced in different venues such as Théâtre Champs Élysée, Palais du Festival de Cannes, Théâtre Lausanne, Festival De Spoleto, among others. Also toured in Finland, Russia (Bolshoi Theater), China, Brasil, with classical and neoclassical repertory. She graduated from the Conservatoire National de Musique et Danse de Nancy in 1997 with Médaille de Vermeil. In 2001 she moved to New York and danced for Lincoln Jones, Caron Eule, Kenny Larson, David Fernandez, Abel Costa, Amanda Selwyn, Erin Hunter, Westminster Ballet, Christopher Caines Dance Company, Douglas Dunn, Open Project Director Cornelius Brown.

In 2012 starts choreographing and she co-founded ENCOUNTERS Dance. Inspired with Edgar Peterson and produced performances at The Ailey Citigroup Theater and The Bowery Electric. In 2013 she started a new collaboration with artist/sculptor David Rodriguez Caballero. In 2014 she joined Benjamin Briones Ballet. She is grateful to Kenny Larson, Zvi Gotheiner, Miro Magloire for all his teachings. In 2015 she founded Bonds and Art, this company is an ongoing project that shares special bonds created through art and movement, work has been performed at Gibney Dance Series.

She discovered her passion for teaching and loves to share her knowledge to all ages and levels. Currently she also teaches at Ballet Arts, New York City Center, Ballet&Body NYC. The Great Neck School of Dance.

Stephanie Godino

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Also an Adult and NYC Ballet Instructor.

Stephanie Godino was born and raised in New York City.  She began her ballet training with Margaret Craske and went on to study at the Joffrey Ballet school and then with Valentina Pereyslavec.  Stephanie has danced with various companies including Kansas City Ballet; New York Theater Ballet; Stadtheater of Lucerne; “Lotte Goslar’s Pantomime Circus”; Joffrey 2 Dancers; New York City Opera Ballet and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.  She has choreographed and directed productions for the DiCapo Opera; Bronx Opera; State Repertory Opera of NJ, and Juneau Dance Unlimited in Alaska.  Ms. Godino holds a BA in theater and dance from Empire State University. She has taught ballet and character dance for the Eglevsky Ballet; USDAN arts camp; Hofstra University and Leggz Ltd.  Stephanie has been teaching children through adults at the Joffrey Ballet school since 1998.


Alison Cook-Beatty

NYC Summer Dance Camp Instructor

Also the Stretch & Lengthen Instructor in the year-round Adult Program as well as a NYC Ballet and NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive Instructor.

Alison Cook Beatty is from Milford, CT. She received her BFA from the Boston Conservatory of Music and was awarded the Ruth Sandholm Ambrose Scholarship Award. Ms. Beatty is the Artistic Director of ACB Dance Company, founded in 2012 and based in New York City. The company has performed throughout California, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, and Massachusetts. As the Choreographer and Artistic Director of ACB Dance Company her work has been commissioned by such companies as Columbia Ballet Collaborative, Carolina Ballet Theater, the Joffrey Ballet School, Opera Dolche, NYU, and Ballet Next. In 2012 Ballet Next commissioned her work TINTINNABULI for its Joyce Theater season as well as performances at the 92nd Street Y and Kaatsban.

Ms. Beatty worked closely with Michele Wiles, Ballet Next Artistic Director, and Jason Reilly, Principal Dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet, during the creation of this dance. Ms. Beatty has been awarded the 2013 sjDANCEco Award for Artistic Merit & Best Choreography, the Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Award, a grant from the Putney School in Vermont, as well as grants from the Milford Fine Arts Council and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven in Connecticut. As a dancer she has performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Taylor 2, and many other prominent choreographers and companies in NYC. She is currently on the faculty at the Joffrey Ballet School.

Lara Tant

Adult Program Ballet Instructor

Also a Youth Ballet Program Ballet Instructor.

Lara Tant was born in Philadelphia, PA, and began her earliest training with Donna Chrostek. Lara trained under Jean Gedeon at Pittsburgh Youth Ballet where she danced many lead roles. She furthered her training under the late Edward Stewart, who created many original solo works for her. Mrs. Vilches then continued her training at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, DC. She began her professional career at Ballet Theatre of Maryland, after which she danced in the Trainee Program at the Joffrey.

Recently Lara has performed with Connecticut Ballet, Mooney-Cooley Dance and Exit 12 Dance Co., where she has performed the roles of Gamzatti in La Bayadere and the Sugarplum Fairy in the Nutcracker, as well as many other classical and contemporary works.  Four years ago she co-founded Exit 12 Dance Company,NYC, where she remains as the Ballet Mistress. Mrs. Vilches has been teaching at Armonk Dance and Ballet des Enfants in Westchester County and Connecticut. She has recently performed with ACB Dance Company. Lara aspires to pass on her love of ballet to her students.

Tessa Crawford

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Tessa Crawford originates from Columbia, Missouri where she began dancing at the age of 3 and competitively dancing at the age of 5. She did most of her training and competing at Columbia Performing Arts Centre where she was given the opportunity to study and train under teachers and choreographers such as Benoit Swan Pouffer, Kristen Weiser, Jon Bond, Jennifer Parsley, Jessica Lee Keller, Jennifer Lee, Colleen Pratt, and many more. Throughout her competition career Tessa received many top scoring awards along with many regional and national titles.

After high school Tessa was one of 16 accepted into The Hartt School Dance Division BFA program, under the direction of Stephen Pier. Tessa spent 4 years intensely studying and training in various styles such as Ballet, Pointe work, Graham, Limon, and Contemporary. During her 4 years at Hartt Tessa was able to work with many influential choreographers and artists in the field. These individuals include but are not limited to Nina Watt, Hilda Morales, Samantha Dunster, Gregory Dolbashian, Loni Landon, Take Ueyama, and Charlotte Griffin. In May of 2014 Tessa graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Hartt School with a BFA in Dance performance.

Tessa has been fortunate enough to have gained additional training by attending programs around the country such as Cedar Lake 360 (2011 and 2013), Tulsa Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Northwest Dance Project (2014). She also has traveled overseas to train at The Julidanse Festival in Amsterdam, NL.

Tessa currently resides in New York City where she is a professional dancer in the city. She currently is dancing for The DASH Ensemble, under the direction of Gregory Dolbashian, along with being a part of a new show, “Que Sera Sera”, produced and directed by Shirlene Quigley. Tessa also does freelance work around the city and teaches and choreographs at various studios around the country.

JoDe Romano “La Chispa”

NYC Ballet Intensive Spanish Dance Instructor

JoDe Romano “La Chispa” was a guest Teaching artist & graduate of the High School for the Performing Arts in Houston, Texas were she was featured in the Houston Grand Opera Carmen. She has also danced in the Franco Zeffirelli original production of Carmen, starring Placido Domingo and Maria Benitez, at the New York’s Metropolitan Opera, including in front of then President & Hilary Clinton, which was broadcast on the PBS series “Live From Lincoln Center” and toured Japan in 1997. For over 20 years, Ms. Romano lived, studied and performed Spanish dance in Spain and Japan, and was a soloist and choreographer for the José Greco Dance Company. She has also danced as part of The Charo Show in Las Vegas with Jerry Lewis. She has choreographed The Broadway Workshop production of Rita Hayworth-Hollywood Goddess, numerous zarzuelas (traditional Spanish operas) and the mixed media dramatic presentation, Picasso’s Guernica, at The Thalia Theater in New York. Ms. Romano has taught workshops at The Alvin Ailey Studio and Ballet Hispanico and has also been featured on the “Dr. Oz” show teaching a castanet workout. Currently, Ms. Romano conducts Spanish dance and castanet classes for adults at 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Center where she has taught for over 15 years and is a graduate of the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) program. She was recently a guest teacher at Hunter College and co-developed and taught a DEL workshop. She also teaches at Studio Maestro and Steps in New York, as well as other locations throughout the NY metropolitan area. She is available for performances, lecture demonstrations, workshops and has completed a series of instructional DVDs on castanet and flamenco movement techniques. Ms. Romano has also produced and played castanets on her Spanish Classical Piano and Castanets CD. You can visit her website

Natalia Alonso

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Natalia Alonso began her studies in dance at the Fedicheva Ballet School, Boston Ballet and Alvin Ailey. She joined Ballet Hispanico in 2001 and received accolades for her work with the company on Dance Magazine’s cover story of August 2008. Shortly thereafter, she joined Complexions Contemporary Ballet where she danced for 5 seasons. Ms. Alonso has toured and dance on the world’s most acclaimed theaters, as well as worked also with choreographers such as Alonzo King, Sergio Trujillo, and Bradley Shelver on freelance projects.   She has been seen in commercial publications, such as Discount Dance and Baltogs, as well as several TV specials. Before her first job as a professional dancer, Ms. Alonso received a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and is a certified GYROTONIC® Instructor. In 2010 she accepted the role of Maria Tallchief in the Lincoln Center Theater play, Nikkolai and the Others.   Ms. Alonso has since been performing with the Metropolitan Opera, in such operas as Carmen, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, La Nozze de Figaro, Die Fleidermaus, and Rigoletto. Since the beginning of her career, Ms. Alonso has taught ballet and contemporary dance at such institutions as Julliard, Perry Mansfield, Broadway Dance Center as well as master companies for each company she joined.

Ceyhun Ozsoy

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Ceyhun Ozsoy was born in Turkey.  He began his ballet education at the Ankara Government Conservatory where he studied with Molly Lake, Travis Kemp, Angela Bayley and Beatrice Appliard Fenmen.  After nine years of study, he graduated with an excellent degree in 1968.  In the summer of 1972 he earned his bachelor’s degree from the conservatory.  He danced with the Turkish National Ballet Company in Ankara for 18 years as a soloist and as principal dancer.  He also acted as ballet master for the company in the later years.  Ceyhun also danced with Bayarische Staatsoper Company in Munich, West Germany.  During his career, he performed major roles in many of the classics such as Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, La Fille Mar Gardee, Romeo and Juliet, Paquita, Don Quixote and Coppelia, to name a few.  He has worked with great masters of the ballet world, including Dame Ninette de Valois, Anton Dolin, John Gilpin, Alfred Rodrigues, John Neumeier, Sandor Toth, Irina Hudova, Nina Tcholova, Sulamith Messerer, Nicolai Haritnov, Aleksander ProkovskyVladimir Tsoukanov, and many more.  He served as ballet master for Delta Festival Ballet in New Orleans for eight years.

In 1990 Ceyhun moved to Dallas and founded Ozsoy School of Ballet.  Currently, in addition to being director of his school, he is a part-time faculty member at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing Arts in Dallas, Joffrey Ballet School’s eight week summer program, and he is a guest master teacher for The Compañia Nacional de Danza in Mexico City.

Jennifer Lee Crowl

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Jennifer Lee Crowl is an actress, musical theatre performer, and choreographer. Originally from Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, her theatre credits include The Producers (1st National Tour/Dance Captain), Young Frankenstein (Original Broadway Cast), and Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Rockette). Her first television appearance was in PBS: Great Performances/Crazy for You (1999). She danced in two production numbers in the Universal Pictures 2005 remake of Mel Brooks’ Musical The Producers as a Girl in Pearls and a Little Old Lady. Jennifer will appear in the 2012 film Arbitrage as the receptionist.

Giorgia Bovo

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Giorgia Bovo was born in Biella, Italy, where she grew up until her dance studies brought her to Firenze to train on full scholarship at Scuola del Balletto di Toscana. While in Italy she worked with Junior Balletto di Toscana and Kaos-Balletto di Firenze. After moving to NY, Giorgia has worked with The Metropolitan Opera, Armitage Gone! Dance, The Francesca Harper Project, Bradley Shelver Dance Theater and Collective Body Dance Lab. She currently dances with Gabrielle Lamb, Rebecca Kelly Ballet, Indelible Dance, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance and Giada Ferrone. She has been featured on Dance Spirit and on Dance 212. As a choreographer she has created work for Uselessness Project and Indelible Dance. Giorgia enjoys teaching to students of all ages and she is an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Ronnie Carney

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Mr. Carney is a native of Newark and an alumnus of Arts High School. He received a BFA in dance performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. During a short performing career, cut short by an injury, he worked with choreographers Milton Myers, Ashley Roland, Michael Gary, Douglas Dunn, and Greg Carter. He also worked as an actor and workshop teacher for The Whole in the Wall Theatre Project in Camden, NJ, before moving back to Newark. Mr. Carney was hired as a full time staff member at Arts High School. Since, he has completed the course work for a Masters of Arts Education at New York University. He has also presented workshops for the National Dance Educators’ Organization and will have an article published in the Journal of Dance Education on teaching dance composition using aesthetic inquiry. This is Mr. Carney’s Fifth Year teaching at Arts High.

Stacy Caddell

NYC Ballet Instructor

Stacy Caddell is a native of Norfolk, Virginia where she began her dance training at the age of 5.  She later went to the School of American Ballet and was invited to join the New York City Ballet by George Balanchine.  Stacy was promoted to soloist and danced many principal roles.  She later left NYCB and joined Twyla Tharp and Dancers.  She performed all over the world including a tour with Mikhail Baryshnikov in the show “Cutting Up”.  Stacy stopped performing and assisted Ms. Tharp at American Ballet Theater on “Known by Heart” and at NYCB on “Beethoven’s Seventh”.  Ms. Caddell also became the Dance Supervisor on the Broadway show “Movin’ Out” and staged it’s first National tour.  She then became a repetiteur for Ms. Tharp staging her ballets for NYCB, ABT, Royal Danish Ballet, Maggio Danza, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Zurich Ballet, Ballet de Geneva, Berlin Stattsoper, Vienna Stattsoper, Ballet de Lorraine, Introdans, Sommerballet, Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theater, the Washington Ballet and the Nashville Ballet.  Ms. Caddell also stages ballets for the Balanchine Trust.  These ballets include “Serenade”, “Symphony in C”, “Allegro Brilliante”, “Tin Soldier” and “The Nutcracker”.  Stacy has also choreographed the opera “Aida”, two episodes on the HBO series “The Sopranos”, the short film “Central Park” and four ballets for Ballet Academy East.  She is currently the ballet master for the Joffrey Concert Group under the direction of Davis Robertson.

Nijawwon Matthews

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Nijawwon Matthews a native of Auburn, New York, studied under the tutelage of Sean McLeod, founder of the New York Institute of Dance & Education.Inspired by solid training and early achievements, Nijawwon was motivated to pursue his interest in dance further. He landed opportunities with several companies including the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Philadanco, and the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. As a dance educator and choreographer, Mr. Matthews has travelled nationally to instruct master classes for a host of academic schools, dance studios, and professional companies and is now a proud instructor at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. He has taught internationally at institutions in the British Virgin Islands, Germany, Taiwan, South Africa, and Curacao. To his credit, Nijawwon orchestrated theatrical performances for Partnership for Results, a community-wide after-school youth program under the direction of Susan Muldoon. With Michael Henty, the founder of Champions for Life Sports Center, he created dances expressly developed for children with autism. Nijawwon taught dance at the Cayuga Home for Children, a community support services provider, where as a guest speaker he inspired at-risk teens with his own story of overcoming life’s challenges. Recently, Nijawwon Matthews has finished a film called “Black Nativity” featuring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson. He also performed in the Macy’s day Parade on the Cirque du Soleil float. Nijawwon quoted an inspirational quote ““What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence” – Dr. Samuel Johnson.

Joanna Numata

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Also a NYC Ballet Instructor.

Joanna Numata’s love of dance lead her to train extensively in hip hop, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and african. Her hard work and tenacity paid off when she was invited into Rhapsody James’s company. This opportunity allowed her to gain the experience and training she would need for the commercial dance world. Joanna has had the privilege of working with such artists as Kanye West, Beyonce, Rihanna, Fergie, Black Eyed Peas, Busta Rhymes, Nelly, Pharrel, Cassie and Dirty Money to name a few. She has also worked on the feature films, Step Up 3D, I AM Legend, The Smurfs and Friends with Benefits. Some other credits include the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, “Fashion Rocks,””MTV VMA’s,””SNL,””Law & Order,”“How to make it in America,”“Jimmy Fallon show,” Dr.Scholls national commercial, and industrials for Tommy Hilfiger, L’Oreal, Nexxus, Nike, Adidas, Sobe Lifewater and Equinox. She now wants to share her love of movement and musicality with the world, and give other young dancers the tools and opportunities they need in order to be successful in the dance industry. Joanna has primed herself by teaching at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance and various studios all around the world.

Brian Chung

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Also a NYC Ballet Instructor.

Brian Carey Chung is the founding artistic director and choreographer of COLLECTIVE BODY | DANCELAB, a creative think tank for the production and performance of new ballet. Brian and the Collective are represented by Pentacle, Inc. in New York City.

His performing career spanned the companies of LINES Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Armitage Gone! Dance where he was company rehearsal director and assistant choreographer to Ms. Armitage on the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park Production of HAIR, which later went to Broadway.

Brian has choreographed six works for his new company and has been commissioned to create dances for Motion Dance Theatre, Connecticut Ballet, Cedar Lake Ensemble II, Ballet Santa Barbara, Joffrey Ballet School, LINES Ballet School, the 2010 Aarhus International Choreographic Competition in Denmark (where he was a finalist), and the 2010 Reverb Choreographic Competition of which he was a winner.

He holds the MFA in Creative Writing from New York University where he taught poetry as an adjunct professor, and has taught dance internationally for LINES, Armitage, and Complexions; as well as on the ballet faculties of LINES Ballet School in San Francisco, Peridance Capezio Center, Dance New Amsterdam, Broadway Dance Center, and Joffrey Ballet School in New York City.

Brian divides his time between New York City and Chicago where he is Assistant Professor of Ballet at Northern Illinois University. He is a certified GYROTONIC® instructor, and an ABT® Certified Teacher in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® Teacher Training Curriculum.

Ephrat Asherie

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie has trained extensively in ballet and modern dance but found her artistic home in breaking, hiphop, house and voguing. She began breaking in 2002 under Richard Santiago (aka Breakeasy) and soon after was introduced to house music.  She has been greatly influenced by the New York club scene ever since. Ephrat has performed and taught throughout the US and Europe, as well as in Peru, South Africa and Israel. She has appeared on NBC, MTV, Comedy Central and at Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden and DTW. Ephrat is a regular guest artist with Rennie Harris Puremovement and has worked with Bill Irwin, Buddha Stretch and Cori Olinghouse among others.  Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, The Bushwick Starr, The Flea, The Motherlode Theater and the Bendheim Performing Arts Center. Ephrat is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center and dances with her crews FoxForceFive and MAWU.  She recently finished working on the show Magnifico, choreographed by Pilobolus.  She has a B.A. in Italian Language (summa cum laude) from Barnard College.  More information is available at

Curtis “Trix” Pearson

Summer of Hip-Hop NYC Instructor

Curtis “Trix” Pearson is a very talented performer/Dance Choreographer. His passion and love for dance and Entertainment goes a long way. Former Dance Memeber of Round 1, and goes by the name “Trix”. He’s had the pleasure of teaching at the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington County, Gifted Students Camp at Princeton University, Musical Movents Dance Theater,Bucks County Technical High School, Artist in Motion, Arabesque Dance Studio and Modeling, Beyond Dance In Brooklyn NY, Dream Dance Studio in LedgeWood NJ and many other dance studios across the East Coast All Down To Orlando Florida. He also appeared and performed on BET’s 106 & Park with His Dance Group Round 1 many times. Very self motivated to stay postive and continue to do what he loves with moving forward to bigger and better things. A Very Great Accomplishment was appearing as a Las Veges Contestant For The Telvision Show “So you think you can dance” !! Recently a Cast Member of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando Florida performing in the shows and Parades Such as, Disney Channel Rocks, Star Wars Hyperspace Hoopla, Monsters University, and The Move it Shake it Celebrate it Street Party. Was Recently Placed in the Data Base For Upcoming Contracts With Disney Live And Cirque Du Soleil after a successful audition Process. Had The Pleasure Of Being ask To Choreograph For The Orlando Magics Dance Team and Running Their Audition Process for The 2014-2015 Season. An Upcoming artist that Goes By The Name Chris C-PO Porter refers to “Trix” as The Go to choreographer For His Music Video! A Guest Faculty Member/Choreographer At New York Cities “Broadway Dance Center”, And “Peridance Capezio Center”, and HipHop Director at Peak Performance Arts Center Of New Jersey!

Marina Bogdanova

NYC Character Dance Ballet Instructor

Also a NYC Ballet Instructor.

Trained at Russia’s Prestigious Perm Ballet Academy , Marina is a former Principal Dancer with the Russian National Ballet Company and the Ballet Theatre of Moscow. She received valuable private classes with such legendary prima ballerinas as Ekaterina Maksimova and Elena Chernyshova and earned the title of Honored Artist of the Russian Federation…

Currently Marina is on the faculty of  New Jersey School of Ballet and Joffrey Ballet school.

Karen Gayle

NYC Jazz & Contemporary Instructor

Also, a NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor.

Originally from Toronto, Karen began her formal training in the Claude Watson Arts Program. After moving to New York, she furthered her studies at the Alvin Ailey American Dance School. Karen has had the honor of working with such choreographers as Earl Mosley, Ronald K. Brown and Tony winner Hinton Battle. Karen has taught at Ballet Hispanico, The Joffrey Ballet School, The Ailey Extension, The School at Columbia University, Horace Mann, New Dance Group, and is currently a faculty member at Steps on Broadway, Montclair State University and Marymount Manhattan College. She has had the opportunity to guest teach and choreograph across the U.S. and abroad, including Canada, Mexico, Bolivia, Italy, Cyprus, and Israel and recent commissions include: The Steps Repertory Ensemble, Steffi Nossen, Earl Haig High School, Montclair State University and the Harvard Ballet Company. Most recently, she choreographed the original production of The Boston Tea Party Opera for the NY Fringe Festival. As artistic director of the xodus dance collective, her choreography has been showcased at such venues as: The Ailey Theatre, Riverside Theatre, American Dance Guild Festival, DUMBO Dance Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Downtown Dance Festival, JPAC, Here Arts Center, The Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto and the Inside/Out Festival at Jacob’s Pillow.

Fernando Carrillo

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Fernando Carrillo (Los Angeles, CA), Trained at the Ailey School. He has performed in Broadway’s 1st national tour of “The Lion King”, Ailey II, Ballet Hispanico, Chippendales of NY, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Has worked with Hinton Battle in “Bronx Casket” (musical workshop) and “Louis -The Movie” (motion picture). Performed at Carnegie Hall with Jessye Norman (choreography by Milton Myers). Fernando is currently an instructor at the Ailey School, CAP21 Musical Theatre Conservatory and STEPS on Broadway. Teaches at the Kirov Academy of Ballet (Summer Program). He is a proud member of AGMA, SAG and ACTOR’S EQUITY.

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

Francesca Corkle

NYC Pre-Professional Instructor

Also a NYC Ballet Instructor.

From her first studies with her mother in Seattle, Washington, Francesca Corkle knew a career in ballet was all she ever wanted. After finishing High School at the age of 15Francesca Corkle left Seattle to head for New York City and the Joffrey Ballet School. After five months as an apprentice, she became a member of the company and developed into one of the world’s finest dancers.

Ms. Corkle was a member of the Joffrey Ballet Company from 1969 – 1978 and performed in ballets by Ashton, Balanchine, Bournonville, Cranko, DeMille, Feld, Fokine, Harkarvy, Joos, Massine, Robbins, Tharp and Tudor. During her ten year tenure with the Joffrey Ballet, she received enthusiastic acclaim throughout her career. Known for her brilliant technique, speed and wit, Ms. Corkle won high acclaim for her roles in such classics by Joffrey Ballet co-founder Gerald Arpino as “Confetti,” “Kettentantz” and “L’Air d’Esprit” and in John Cranko’s “Pineapple Poll.” In 1974, her first major dramatic role was choreographed for her by Robert Joffrey in “Remembrances” to the music of Richard Wagner. After the premiere, the NY Post described her as “feather-light and soft as she makes the most difficult lifts effortless.” In 1978 Chicago critic Ann Barzel wrote that “She is a perfectionist in technique and superbly intelligent in matters of style.”

Additional praise for Ms. Corkle’s work included Richard Christiansen’s of the Chicago Daily News who called her “the Joffrey’s foremost ballerina in the classical vein.” Clive Barnes called her “a dancer of great mystery and intensity.” Esquire Magazine named Ms. Corkle as one of the 45 Best Dancers in the World and said that she was “the secret ingredient” in the Joffrey Productions.

In 1979, Ms. Corkle became a principal ballerina with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, where she performed the full-length classics: “Giselle,” “The Sleeping Beauty,” “Swan Lake,” “Coppelia,” “The Nutcracker” and “La Sylphide” as well as lead roles in “Le Combat,” “Etudes,” “The Merry Widow,” and “Les Sylphides.”

In 1982 Ms. Corkle left Pittsburgh to become a guest dancer and teacher during which time she appeared with her partner, former Royal Ballet Principal Keith Martin. Ms. Corklecreated the role of Juliet in his production of “Romeo and Juliet” which she performed with the Santa Barbara Ballet and the Phoenix Ballet Company. Ms. Corkle teaches exclusively at the Joffrey Ballet School in the Trainee Program. She has been a faculty member for over twenty years.

Scott Foxx

Joffrey Miami Instructor

Also an Adult, Children’s Dance, and Youth Ballet Program Instructor, as well as a NYC Ballet and Jazz Intensive Instructor.

Scott Fox, a native of Roanoke, Virginia began his training at the “Roanoke City Magnet School for the Performing Arts. He attended a competition for the “Common Wealth of Virginia “Scholars program. Winning the award sealed his fate, and helped him pursue a new journey with “Peace Child”. Scott toured for 5 months with this children’s touring company visiting Russia, Latvia and Yermala.

Scott attended “Interlochen Arts Academy” to continued perfecting his craft. He studied Ballet and Jazz under Joe Orlando and Anne Krapin. He performed original works by Joe Orlando and David Keener (Virginia School of the Arts). Scott performed in the annual “Nutcracker” ballet as Interlochen’s first ethnic Fritz. He performed roles: Trapac, Dolls and Soldier Commander. Interlochen Arts Academy jolted the door for a transfer to “Virginia School of the Arts” with a full Scholarship. He studied under Mark Schnider, David Keener and the late Petrus Bosman. Scott studied at V.S.A. for two years. He performed in the showcase “Evening of Elegance”. That year he performed with Top Dancers Edward Morgan, Jenifer Galfan, and the late Fernando Bujones.

Scott auditioned for Southwest Virginia Ballet and was add as a new company member under the direction of Terri Post. Scott performed “”Coppllia” and original works for the company

In 1991 Scott was accepted into “North Carolina School of the Arts” !as a dance major under the “Deans Scholarship program” from Susan McCullough. Scott continued his training and performed ballets such as “Petruska”, restaged by Marina Eglevsky, “Holburg Suite” (Pas de nufe) restage by Auther Mitchell. “Sinfonietta” restaged by Susan McCullough. After four Years Scott graduated from the school with his degree in dance.

His Performing extends to: Kennedy Dancers NJ, Boca Ballet Theater, Carnival Cruise line, Vee Corporation, Roanoke Ballet Theater and Hard Rock Times Square players. He has had the opportunity to work under Director/Choreographer “Maria Torres” in the New York city windows Phone Launch. His duties included Choreography, staging and auditioning. He Currently is working with in the Broadway world with many shows like “Lion King”, “Rock of Ages”, “Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark” and Radio City’s “Christmas Spectacular” under local 764.

His teaching credits include: Arias Dance NYC, Starquest National Competition, Diva Dance Academy, Roanoke City Magnet School, Davie Dance Academy, Radford University, National Ballet of Barbados and many others. Scott is on the faculty of Fancy Feet Dance Studio’s. Where he is teaching Men’s Classes and specialty Jumps and Turns Classes. He has also created and headed a Three week summer intensive for the school. The Summer included Voice with Broadway Star (Damian Norfleet), Ballet with Master teacher Tobin Eason (ABT), and Scott Foxx.

Andrei Jouravlev

NYC Pre-Professional Instructor

Also a NYC Ballet Instructor.
Mr. Jouravlev studied at the famed Perm State Choreography Academy in Russia and went on to become a Principal Dancer in the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre. He won a Diploma and the Silver Medal in international ballet competition in Russia.

Mr. Jouravlev toured internationally with the “Stars of the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet”. He has been in performances in England, Italy, Japan, China, Czechoslovakia, Poland, South Korea and Germany. Mr. Jouravlev has toured with American Ballet Theatre Principal Nina Ananiashvili in Japan and South Korea, where he danced Espada of “Don Quixote”. This Performance is available on video around the world. Also he toured with Bolshoi Theatre Principals E. Maksimova and V. Vasiliev in Tokyo and Osaka.

After the Jackson Ballet Competition he joined the New Jersey Ballet as a Principal Dancer. He danced with the “Stars of American Ballet” during a 1997 summer tour in China. Mr. Jouravlev has performed the ballets of George Balanchin, Agnes de Mille , Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor and worked with contemporary choreographers Robert North, Margo Sappington, Donlin Foreman and many more.He has performed in over thirty Principals roles in classical and contemporary repertoires including “Giselle”, “Swan Lake”, Sleeping Beauty”, “Don Quixote”,The Nutcracer”, “La Bayadere”, “Spartacus”, “Raymonda”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Coppelia”, “Cinderella”, “ La Sylphide”, “Serenade” “Theme and Variations”, “Carmen”, “Who Cares”, “ Death and the Maiden”, “Antre Dos Aguas”, “Belong”, “Allegro Brilliante”, and others.

Sabrina Jaafar-Melton

NYC Ballet Instructor

Also a NYC Summer Dance Camp Instructor.

Ms. Jaafar-Melton graduated cum laude with a BFA from the Alvin Ailey / Fordham University dance program. She has worked with Buglisi Dance Theater, Hope Boykin Dance, The DanceNow Ensemble!,YaaSamar Dance Theater, Broward Ballet, and apprenticed with Pascal Rioult Dance Theater. Sabrina has performed a wide range of works by choreographers such as Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor, Ohad Naharin, Doug Varone, Ronald K. Brown, Helen Pickett, Tim Rushton and Elisa Monte. Teaching is her passion and has taught for schools such as Alvin Ailey, The Friends Seminary School, Ballet Eliete, Fort lauderdale Christian School (designed program and curriculum), The Boden Center for the Performing Arts and currently at the Joffrey Ballet School. Her classes are structured, yet flexible to meet the needs of pre-schoolers through primary students who need to have fun while learning.

Eva Moore (Eva Bust a’ Move)

NYC Summer Dance Camp Instructor

Also a NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor.

Trained in house, hip hop and breakdancing Eva Bust a’ Move, who is originally from Guatemala and now a Harlem b-girl is a powerhouse of a performer. Outside of bringing her unique style to the Haus of Sweat, Eva Bust a’ Move is an apprentice for Ephrat Asherie Dance Company, teaches hip hop to teens and is a flash mob choreographer.

Bradley Shelver

Joffrey Experience Instructor

Also a Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Instructor, as well as a Joffrey San Francisco Instructor and Choreographer.

Bradley Shelver (South Africa) trained at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg and The Ailey School. He has danced with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Company, Elisa Monte Dance Company, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, The Francesca Harper Project, Limón Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theater (UK) and in projects with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. Lar Lubovich Dance, The Universal Ballet, Radio City Music Hall and in productions with the Mark Morris Dance Group. He currently dances as a soloist for The Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Mr Shelver is an international touring solo artist and has choreographed works for companies in the USA, Israel, Sweden, Denmark and Italy, including; Ballet Austin, Lustig Dance Theater, Compania Rio Danca, New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble, Cape Dance Company, Cedar Lake 2, Sobers & Godley Dance, as well as creating works for the Royal Danish, Royal Swedish Ballet Schools, Joffrey Ballet School, The Ailey School, Long Island University. He is the founder of Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater, and the Artistic Director of the STEPS Repertory Ensemble as well as Production Director for Steps on Broadway. He is on the Faculty of schools and universities worldwide having taught for ABT, Royal Danish and Royal Swedish Ballet Schools, Ateballeto, Mathew Bourne’s “Adventures in Motion Pictures”, The Ailey School, La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts, Joffrey Ballet School, Bikuratim (Israel), Centro Coregrafico (Brazil) amongst others. He is co-producer and Curator for the annual REVERBdance Festival and has written a monthly column for Dance Spirit Magazine. His book, “Performance Through the Dance Technique of Lester Horton” is available worldwide.

Ana-Maria Lucaciu

Joffrey San Francisco Instructor

Ana-Maria Lucaciu was born in Bucharest, Romania. After graduating from the National Ballet School of Canada she joined Canada’s National Ballet and went on to dance with the Royal Danish Ballet, Germany’s Augsburg Ballet, Lisbon’s Contemporary Portuguese Dance Company and most recently, with New York’s Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, where she danced for seven years. Lucaciu has performed works by Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Jiří Kylián, Alexander Ekman, Jo Stromgren, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, George Balanchine, and many others. In the summer of 2013, she was rehearsal director for Andrea Miller’s Gallim dance company. Ana Maria assisted Alexander Ekman with his new full evening production of  “A Swan Lake” at the Norwegian Opera Ballet in Oslo, which premiered in April 2014. She continues to stage Ekman’s pieces around the world, and to teach and collaborate frequently with artists and companies in the US and Europe. Lucaciu has earned a BFA in dance from Empire State College.

Tobin Eason

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Also an Adult and Youth Ballet Program Instructor.

From Mandeville, Louisiana, Tobin Eason began his ballet training at the Apetrei Dance Center. He later continued his ballet studies at the Giacobbe Academy of Dance in New Orleans, LA with Richard Rholdon and Joseph Giacobbe. While in New Orleans, Tobin performed with the New Orleans Youth Ballet and Delta Festival Ballet Company. He continued his professional training through the School of American Ballet where he received a full scholarship in 2000. While at SAB, Tobin was awarded the Nureyev Foundation Scholarship Award.

In the summer of 2001, he attended ABT’s Summer Intensive on full scholarship. Eason joined American Ballet Theatre as an apprentice in 2002 and became a member of the company’s corps de ballet in April 2003. His roles with the company include the Cockerel in La Fille mal gardée, the Spanish Dance in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker, a Groom in Petrouchka, the Neapolitan Dance in Swan Lake, and roles in classical ballet repertory such as Raymonda, Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, The Firebird, Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, John Cranko’s Eugene Onegin, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations, Agnes de Mille’s Rodeo, Twyla Tharp’s Baker’s Dozen, Paul Taylor’s Black Tuesday and Company B, to name a few. After leaving ABT, Tobin joined the Metropolitan Opera Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, performing in various operas including Aida, Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Richard Strauss’s Arabella, Antonin Dvorak’s Rusalka, Don Giovanni, Macbeth, Tales of Hoffman, and Lucia di Lammermoor. In addition to performing, Mr. Eason also choreographs.

At the age of seventeen, Eason choreographed for American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company for its New York season and received favorable reviews by newspapers such as the New York Times. In 2012 he choreographed another work for former ABT principal dancer Michele Wiles’ company, Ballet Next, for their Brooklyn Academy of Music performances. Tobin also designed and painted the set for his piece at BAM and his sets were also featured at New York Live Arts Center in Manhattan. Outside of the dance scene, Tobin is also an oil painter, inspired by the varied landscapes he has seen around the world while traveling to perform. Dancers and performing artists also inspire him and are the subject of his work. His paintings will be featured in the gallery “The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York” in May 2015 and “Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor” in August 2015.

Jon Ole Olstad

Joffrey West LA Instructor

Also a Joffrey San Francisco and Joffrey Experience Instructor.

Jon Ole Olstad started dancing at the age of 16 and took his first ballet class when auditioning for a high school dance department. He quickly realized dancing was his big passion and that he would do anything to make his dream of becoming a professional dancer come true. Later he was accepted into the National Academy of the Arts in Oslo, and graduated with a bachelor degree in 2009. After college he was hired for the tour project “Kamuyot”, a collaboration between the Swedish Riksteatern and Batsheva Dance Company led by artistic director Ohad Naharin. During this time he participated in daily ‘gaga’ class, the training form they use in Batsheva Dance Company, and developed a great love and respect for this work. In 2010 Jon Ole formed the choreographic duo “Ruth n ´Walter” together with Caroline Skjoershammer. Their first duet “Epilogue” got invited to the Cross Connection Choreography Competition and in 2012 they created “Dear, its time to turn the lights off”, which was performed in different festivals and venues. In 2013, Jon Ole was hired by Nederlands Dans Theater 1, led by artistic director Paul Lightfoot. He has worked with choreographers such as Paul Lighfoot and Sol Leon, Johan Inger, Hofesh Shechter, Marco Goecke, Alexander Ekman, Jiri Kylian, Mehdi Walerski and Crystal Pite. He started teaching in 2009 and has a huge passion for sharing knowledge and the love of dance. He has taught at numerous colleges and studios across Norway, as well as in Los Angeles and New York City. Class description; “In my class I want each and every one of the students to discover something new about themselves, both physically and mentally. To be able to step outside the box but at the same time gain the knowledge of being inside the box with your center and technique. The class focuses on expanding your limits, reaching further as a dancer, breaking habits and a personal investigation to take your dancing to a completely different landscape. I encourage a balance between doing the steps that are given to you, but at the same time letting who you are as a dancer and person color the movements.” – Jon Ole Olstad.

Andrew Brader

Joffrey San Francisco Instructor

Andrew Brader was born and raised in New Orleans, LA, and began his training with Karen Hebert and at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts with Jan Miller and Miguel Lopez. He attended The Harid Conservatory on full scholarship and the Jaqueline Kennedy Onasis School at American Ballet Theatre, also studying privately with Susan Jaffe. He was then invited to join ABT as an Apprentice dancing with the company at The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. Andrew then joined the Houston Ballet performing in ballets by Stanton Welch, Ben Stevenson, John Cranko, Kenneth MacMillan and George Balanchine. He danced with the Los Angeles Ballet for four seasons performing principal roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, The Four Temperaments, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Serenade, Kammermuzik No.2 Lar Lubovich’s The Evangelist, Bourninville’s Napoli Pas de Six and original works by Josie Walsh, Sonya Tayeh, Olivier Wevers, and Melissa Barak’s Scrying presented as the first dance installation ever to be performed at NYC’s Modern Museum of Art. Mr. Brader was a 2009 Lester Horton Award nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Performance and has been selected to dance with the National Choreographers’ Initiative for 4 seasons in Orange County, California. Andrew spent two seasons with BalletMet Columbus before joining Stadtische Theater Chemnitz  as a Soloist in Chemnitz, Germany. Andrew is currently dancing with Complexions Contemporary Ballet under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson and also continues to work as a freelance dancer, teacher, and choreographer.

Maria Kowroski

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Maria Kowroski was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she began her ballet training at age seven with the School of Grand Rapids Ballet. Ms. Kowroski entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, in the fall of 1992. She became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in the summer of 1994 and was invited to join the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in January of 1995. In the spring of 1997, Ms. Kowroski was promoted to the rank of soloist and in the spring of 1999, she was promoted to principal dancer.

In May of 2002, Ms. Kowroski appeared in the Live from Lincoln Centerbroadcast of “New York City Ballet’s Diamond Project: Ten Years of New Choreography,” dancing in Them Twos and Red Angels, and in May of 2004 she appeared in the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast of “Lincoln Center Celebrates Balanchine 100,” dancing in Concerto Barocco.

Ms. Kowroski has performed as a guest artist with the Maryinsky Ballet, in productions of Swan Lake and Jewels, as well as with the Munich Ballet inApollo and Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet.

Ms. Kowroski was the recipient of the Princess Grace Award in 1994.

Irene Hogarth-Cimino

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Also a Youth Ballet Program Instructor.

Ms. Hogarth-Cimino was born in South Africa, training in the Cecchetti Method with Joy Shearer, Patricia Mcintosh and Faith Devilliers, and graduated with a Performing Art’s Diploma from the University of Cape-Town. Ms. Hogarth-Cimino continued her training in New York at the School of American Ballet, the Joffrey School and the Martha Graham School, attending workshops with Twyla Tharp, coaching with Gelsey Kirkland and Charla Genn, and the Paris Opera Ballet Seminars. She danced soloist and principal roles with South Africa’s Cape Town Ballet and NAPAC Dance Company before joining the American Repertory Ballet, under directorship of Septime Webre. Ms. Hogarth-Cimino joined Ballet Hispanico in 2000 and performed with the company for eight years before transitioning into an artistic and administrative role as the Artistic Assistant to founder, Tina Ramirez; Ballet Mistress and teacher for the school and company; and more recently as Ballet Hispanico’s Deputy School Director. In 2008 she worked in collaboration with Gelsey Kirkland and Michael Chernov to develop and implement the ballet curriculum for Ballet Hispanico’s pre-professional training program. Ms. Hogarth-Cimino began teaching in 1995 under the mentorship of one of South Africa’s leading teachers of children, Natalie Stern, and has taught master classes and been a guest teacher at numerous schools and companies, including American Repertory Ballet; Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, Israel; UC Santa Barbara; Marymount College, NY; The Julliard School; Alvin Ailey School; Princeton Ballet School; Steyvesant High School and La Guardia High School of the Performing Arts.

Annastasia Mercedes

NYC Ballet Intensive Instructor

Also a Children’s Dance and Youth Ballet Program Instructor.

Annastasia Mercedes is a New York native. From a classical foundation, she went on to begin her professional studies in ballet and modern technique, pedagogy, and dance composition at the Hartt School, under the direction of Stephen Pier. She received her B.F.A in Ballet and Dance Pedagogy while studying under Nina Watt, Hilda Morales, Debra Collins-Ryder, Tim Melady, Samantha Dunster, and Gregory Dolbashian. She has performed in both classical and contemporary works to include choreography by Pascal Rioult, Charlotte Griffin, Martin Losfnes, Stephen Pier, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, George Balanchine, Anthony Tudor, and August Bournonville. In addition to her experiences in concert dance, Annastasia has appeared in a number of regional theatre productions including those at Hartford Stage under the direction of Darko Tresnjak. When not teaching at The Joffrey Ballet School, you can find her working with more children in NYC at Ballet Tech, Ballet Academy East, and Peridance Capezio Center. Annastasia believes versatility is essential and thus enjoys exploring every opportunity to expand her limits and has a passion for sharing the art of dance.