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NYC Ballet Intensive

JUNE 3 – JULY 19
(1 - 7 Week Sessions)

The NYC Ballet Intensive is the east coast flagship program with Josie Walsh and Jo Matos as the Artistic Directors.

➡Josie Walsh: Ages 14 -25
➡Jo Matos: Ages 8-13

The Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive in NYC is a classical ballet intensive that offers the finest in classical ballet as well as contemporary ballet and contemporary dance to prepare dancers for the concert dance world landscape of today which requires versatility. Daily classes are taught in classical ballet, pointe, variations, partnering, contemporary ballet, contemporary dance, modern and repertory. This seven week experience will transform you as a dancer and provide you access to the worlds best working dancers. 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. The Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive in NYC is a classical ballet intensive that offers the finest in classical ballet as well as contemporary ballet and contemporary dance to prepare dancers for the concert dance world landscape of today which requires versatility. Daily classes are taught in classical ballet, pointe, variations, partnering, contemporary ballet, contemporary dance, modern and repertory. On the performance track, students will have a creative rehearsal process with our esteemed choreographers culminating in a beautifully designed concert dance performance at the prestigious Symphony Space Theatre in NYC!This is a 7 week program and the performance track requires students to be there the last 3 weeks which I highly recommend.

  • 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

Some of the most common camp questions are answered on the below FAQ.

For more detailed information about our summer dance camps, feel free to check out the following links. Please look this over, and if you still have a question, don’t hesitate to email us at Our offices are open from 9 am to 6 pm EST.

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

Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center
29 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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

33 Beekman St, New York, NY 10038

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.

81 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003
The Joffrey Ballet School Third Street Residence is located at 81 East 3rd Street, New York, NY 10003. Located in Manhattan’s East Village, Third Street is within short walking distance to some of New York’s best restaurants, independent stores, coffee shops, and theaters. Nearby essentials are Whole Foods, K-Mart, NY Grocery, several banks, City MD Clinic, Starbucks, Rite Aid, and easy access to the N, R, 6, B, D, and F trains. It is a short 20 minute subway ride to Joffrey.

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

East 3rd Housing

  • Bed style: Bunk beds or loft bed, Twin XL
  • Each apartment will be furnished with bunk and loft beds, dresser drawers, desks and chairs, closet, full kitchen with stove, oven, microwave, and full size fridge.
  • AC unit available in each bedroom for temperature control (air conditioning included). There is no AC unit in kitchens. For effective airflow, keep bedroom doors open with bedroom AC units on.
  • Laundry available on top floor. TV, beverage vending machine, sink, and counter tops (no oven or fridge) available in the basement Recreation Room West and East.
  • Window Screens/Blinds not 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 housing students will eat at the Pace University Cafeteria

Students in all other buildings will have their meals catered by Panera which provides an array of options, including vegetarian, dairy free, and gluten free choices. Panera Bread provides students with breakfast and dinner daily

Please note that lunch is NOT included in any of the meal plan. We recommend that students pack a healthy lunch and snacks to eat between meals. Due to severe food allergies, dancers are NOT permitted to pack anything with peanuts in their lunch.

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 19, 2019
Time: 2:30pm
Run Time: 105 mins
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990

Date: July 19, 2019
Time: 7:30pm
Run Time: 105 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.


Employment Opportunities

If you are interested in working as an Arts Administration Intern, HRA, AHRA, or RA for our Summer Intensives please read the duties described below and submit the application form. They are all paid positions. Positions will be filled at a first come first serve basis to qualified candidates – please submit application early for best consideration. Final candidates who are offered a position will be required to undergo a background check prior to finalizing the hiring process.

Online Application Form - HRA, RA, ARA,

Online Application Form - Interns

Please email us at for questions regarding any of the positions.


Interns Supervisor assist the Joffrey Ballet School in the administration of the summer programs. This is a tremendous learning experience. Be ready to work hard and long hours. Interns MUST HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE! The Joffrey Ballet School is seeking hard-working, ethical, caring, organized, teamwork minded, detail-oriented individuals interested in perusing a career in Arts Administration. Interns would gain valuable experience working within an office environment, assisting with daily operations of the school’s variety of summer programs and supporting the administrative staff with customer assistance.

Interns assist the Interns Supervisor and the Joffrey Ballet School in the administration of the summer programs. This is a tremendous learning experience. Be ready to work hard and long hours. Interns MUST HAVE AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE! The Joffrey Ballet School is seeking hard-working, ethical, caring, organized, teamwork minded, detail-oriented individuals interested in perusing a career in Arts Administration. Interns would gain valuable experience working within an office environment, assisting with daily operations of the school’s variety of summer programs and supporting the administrative staff with customer assistance.

Joffrey Ballet School seeks hard working and enthusiastic individuals for Head Resident Advisors in New York City, Dallas, San Francisco, and Athens. This is a temporary, full-time position, with live-in and on-call responsibilities. The Head RA is responsible for supervising housing staff and students who are residing in their assigned dormitory during the summer school session. The Head RA will organize transportation of students to and from the dormitory and Joffrey studio locations and activities. The Head RA will organize and supervise staff schedules and work assignments in the dormitory. The Head RA will ensure that all staff schedules, policies, transportation schedules, major disciplinary decisions and scheduled staff meetings are presented to the Director of Resident Life for review and approval.  The Head RA will be responsible for communication between their assigned dormitory and Joffrey administrative staff, faculty, students, and parents.

The Resident Assistant (RA) is responsible for assisting students who are staying at Joffrey Ballet School during the summer school session. The Resident Assistant helps dancers feel at home in housing, organize fun activities, problem solve, ensure dancers are following the rules. RAs will also collaborate with the Joffrey administration to ensure the well-being of all residents. Applicants must be able to work within the artistic culture of Joffrey, have the ability to give and receive constructive feedback, be able to problem solve, have excellent verbal and written communication, and have good organizational and analytical skills.

Dance and Residence Life experience preferred. We background check each applicant to ensure the safety of our dancers. Joffrey Ballet School seeks enthusiastic and hard working individuals for several Resident Advisor (RA) positions in New York City, LA, Dallas, San Francisco and Athens. This is a temporary, full-time position with live-in and on-call responsibilities. The RAs report to the Head RA. The RAs manage the daily operations of the Residence Halls and maintain an active leadership role to cultivate a positive and supportive community to the residents. The RAs serve as a role model and resource to students by assisting in artistic and personal growth.

Application deadline date: April 1st, 2019


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 a 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 2014 she joined Benjamin Briones Ballet. She is grateful to Kenny Larson, Zvi Gotheiner, Miro Magloire for all his teachings. 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.

Young-Sil Kim

Joffrey Experience Instructor

Young-sil Kim was born in Okayama City, Japan. She began her ballet training at Sugimoto Sonoko Ballet with Sonoko Sugimoto and Svetlana Assaouliak.

At age 18 Young-sil moved to NYC to study dance at the Joffrey Ballet School and later at Ellison Ballet professional training program, where she graduated in 2008. She has danced with Configuration Dance Theatre, Eglevsky Ballet, Connecticut Ballet Company, Ballet Hispanico II and Peridance Contemporary Dane Copmany. She has had the opportunity to perform works by choreographers including Susan Jaffe, Sidra Bell, Enzo Celli, Igal Peri, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe and Dwight Rhoden. She has studied summers at Walnut Hill, Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Springboard Montreal and Complexions.

Ms. Kim joined Complexions in 2013.

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 also performed in the Franco Zeffirelli original production of Carmen, starring Placido Domingo and Maria Benitez at the Metropolitan Opera, attended by president Clinton, which was broadcast for PBS “Live From Lincoln Center” and toured Japan with the Three Tenors. For over 20 years, Ms. Romano lived, studied and performed Spanish dance in Spain and Japan, was soloist and choreographer for the José Greco Dance Company at the Joyce Theater, the Town Hall New York City, and toured the US and Spain. She was also a dancer in The Charo Show in Las Vegas with Jerry Lewis, Joel Grey, and others, and taught a castanet workout on the Dr. Oz Show.
JoDe Romano choreographed the Broadway Workshop production of Rita Hayworth-Hollywood Goddess, numerous Zarzuelas, and the mixed media dramatic presentation, Picasso’s Guernica, at The Thalia Theater in New York.
Ms. Romano has taught at Alvin Ailey, Ballet Hispanico, NYC public schools, and the summer intensives at Joffery Ballet NYC.
Currently, Ms. Romano conducts Spanish dance and castanet classes at the 92Y Harkness Dance Center and is a graduate of the 92Y Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) program. She has been a guest teacher at Hunter College and co-developed and taught a DEL workshop at the 92Y.
Ms. Romano also taught a master class and workshop at NYU for NYSDEA and at Fall for Dance at NY City Center.
She teaches at Steps on Broadway, Ballet Hispanico, the Joffrey Ballet trainees NYC, and another locations throughout the NY metropolitan area.
Ms. Romano holds a teaching license from the Bureau of Provisionary School Supervision (BPSS) under the NY Dept.of Education. She has completed a series of instructional DVDs on castanet and flamenco movement techniques, and produced and played castanets on her Spanish Classical Piano and Castanets CD.

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.

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.


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.

Lisa Donmall-Reeve

Joffrey Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary Program Theatre Teacher

Lisa currently teaches the Youth Ballet Program, Joffrey Miami, Musical Theater LA, and NYC Ballet Intensives.

Lisa was born and raised in the UK and moved to New York in 2012.She trained at London Studio Center (London), The Conservatoire de Paris (with Matt Mattox), Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey in New York.

Lisa taught in London for over 15 years. Disciplines such as ;Matt Mattox jazz technique, Theatre Jazz,Contemporary and Tap at many of leading London performing arts colleges such as Millennium Performing Arts, Mountview , GSA, Urdang, London Studio Centre and of course AMTA.

She is currently a faculty member at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York and has been for over 3 years ,teaching for them both in NYC and Miami on The Jazz and Contemporary ,Youth Ballet and for all their summer intensive courses.

Lisa is also a fully qualified Flybarre instructor at FlyWheelsports (NYC)

Her performing credits are:

NY/Regional credits : Mrs Corry in Mary Poppins (Ogunquit,Gateway,Music Hall) ; Ursula in Sweet Charity       (Engeman Theatre, NY); Mrs Gardiner in Pride and Prejudice (New World Stages, NY, staged reading)

West End credits include Velma Kelly in Chicago (Cambridge Theatre), 1st U/S Ulla in The Producers (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Elaine U/S Nicky in Sweet Charity (Victoria Palace), Louise/Shelia in Crazy for You (Prince Edward), 1st U/S Queen in My Fair Lady (NT and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Phyllis Fontaine in Once in a Lifetime (NT) ,Swing and U/S Roxie in Chicago (Adelphi), The Snowman (Peacock) International/UK touring/Regional credits include Judy U/S Cassie in A Chorus Line, Bombalurina in Cats, Irene in Crazy For You ,Helvetia Burrelli in The Rat Pack, Ann Reilly U/S Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, Lead Dancer/Dance Captain in The Opera Show , Sheila U/S Polly Baker in Crazy For You and ensemble in Anything Goes.

Lisa has performed the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago in many countries around the world including Japan, South Korea, Turkey, and Kuala Lumper, and is regarded as an expert of the ‘Fosse style’. She has worked with and assisted many leading choreographers including Susan Stroman, Matthew Bourne, Gillian Lynne, Baayork Lee, Chet Walker, Mitch Sebastian and Andrew Wright. She was the associate choreographer of Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London, and has been choreographer or assistant choreographer on shows such as 42nd St, Crazy For You, Cats,A night of 1000 Voices, Carousel , Zombie Prom and recently a new show Siempre Navidad in Bogota,Colombia

She also wrote and successfully performed her own One Woman Show at the Bridewell,Leicester Square Theatre and The Delfont Room in London.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Africa Guzman


Africa Guzman was born in Madrid, Spain. She trained with her mother at the Escuela de Ballet Africa Guzmán and continued at the Escuela del Ballet Nacional of Spain. As a student, Africa was awarded honors by both careers the Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza de Madrid and The Royal Academy of Dance of London. In 2007, Africa furthered her education with a Superior degree in Dance. Specialty: Choreography and Dance Interpretation Techniques”.

In January 1988 she joined Compañía Nacional de Danza directed by Maya Plisetskaya where she danced principal roles in numerous classical and neoclassical ballets. Under Nacho Duato’s artistic direction with CND Africa was promoted to Principal Dancer. Africa had a long career with CND, as one of Duato ́s muses Africa has been a pivotal dancer in both the creative and performance processes.and has played an integral role in a multitude of Duato’s works from 1990 to 2010. Africa danced with Netherland Dans Theater under Glen Edgerton ́s direction from 2003 to 2005. Africa’s artistic career includes working with numerous choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, Hans Van Manen, Jorma Elo, Johan Inger, Angelin Prejolcaj, and many more

Africa has danced in over 30 countries and her artistic talents have led her to be a frequent guest at a multitude of International ballet galas throughout the World.

In 2000 Africa presented her first choreographed work in Madrid for the Choreographic Workshop of Compañía Nacional de Danza. Her choreographed works have led her to create pieces for Ballet West in Salt Lake City, the Alvin Ailey School and Joffrey Ballet School in New York, and the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Carmen Amaya and Ballet Joven Africa Guzmán in Madrid. Ballet West commisioned Africa a ballet for their National Choreographic Festival in SLC premiered in May 2018 which had a fantastic response from the audience and critics. A preview of this piece, Sweet and Bitter has been premiered in NYC at the Joyce Theater in October 2017.

Ms. Guzman is a ballet master and assistant of Nacho Duato ́s Works staging ballets all around the globe. Africa was invited to work with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Ballet Nacional SODRE in Montevideo, the Oklahoma City Ballet in Oklahoma, the Finnish National Ballet in Helsinki, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in Chicago.

Since Africa stop dancing in 2010, she continues her career as a ballet teacher at the Escuela de Ballet Africa Guzmán and the Conservatorio Profesional de Danza Carmen Amaya in Madrid. As a guest teacher she has been invited to The Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Ballet Nacional SODRE in Montevideo under the direction of Julio Bocca, the School of Oregon Ballet Theater in Portland, and the Joffrey Ballet School and Peridance Capezio Center in NY and San Francisco.

Since 2012 she has been invited several times to judge the classical ballet exams for the private dance career ACADE in Spain.

Africa’s talents have led her to perform on stage as well as on film. In 1999 she filmed several episodes for Spanish television (TVE) series “Step to step with Nacho Duato”; in 2000 she filmed the DVD “Three by Duato”, in 2004, she filmed for Dutch television (NPS) “Kerst met het NDT”; and in 2010, she filmed the documentary “Nacho Danse la Danse” by Alain Deymier.

In March 2018, Africa is invited to be part of the reality show FAME TO DANCE as a ballet teacher and choreographer broadcast live on the television network #Cero of Movistar. Her classes ahd a great impact on the audience, being the most viewed both in the live broadcast of that channel and in the YouTube channel that the program has.