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Laurel Blair

At its core, dance is the transformation of the body. The body undertakes impossible risks that hopefully become the beauty and grace that the English language deems “dance”. The passion that is found in the soul of a disciplined dancer always amazes me; it is a true zeal for one’s craft. My own passion for dance is drawn from freedom found within discipline, technique, and reform. I choose to cultivate my passion for dance by spreading it through my community and through myself; by devoting my entire being to dance, the art that I share with dance history and the family of dancers before me. I believe that dance education reflects what the individual dancer applies, but more how the dancer internalizes dance in his or her own body, mind, and spirit. The Joffrey School reflects the ever-changing transformation within the body, but also the contemporary transfiguration of dance education, and has since its start in 1953. Joffrey is committed to an innovated education, one that I cannot surpass as I pave my path as an artist. I hope that I will be accepted into Joffrey’s scholarship program in order to further pursue my passion and education as a dancer.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
At its core, dance is the transformation of the body. The body undertakes impossible risks that hopefully become the beauty and grace that the English language deems “dance”. The passion that is found in the soul of a disciplined dancer always amazes me; it is a true zeal for one’s craft. My own passion for dance is drawn from freedom found within discipline, technique, and reform. I choose to cultivate my passion for dance by spreading it through my community and through myself; by devoting my entire being to dance, the art that I share with dance history and the family of dancers before me. I believe that dance education reflects what the individual dancer applies, but more how the dancer internalizes dance in his or her own body, mind, and spirit. The Joffrey School reflects the ever-changing transformation within the body, but also the contemporary transfiguration of dance education, and has since its start in 1953. Joffrey is committed to an innovated education, one that I cannot surpass as I pave my path as an artist. I hope that I will be accepted into Joffrey’s scholarship program in order to further pursue my passion and education as a dancer.

Darius Marshall

I attended the Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary Intensive in New York this summer. It was definitely an adventure that I was looking forward to embarking on, and it was most definitely a great experience. My dream job is to be on Broadway and being able to work with professional choreographers helped me believe that my dream can easily be reached. This experience has advanced my technique and performance skills in a way that I could not imagine. It was also a very humbling experience to be around so many passionate dancers who all just wanted to be free and learn. While reflecting on my time at Joffrey I would ask myself ,"Would I want to do this again?'. My answer was simply "I would not have it any other way." I loved my time spent in the studios, and I know that I will be better off because of it. I am truly grateful of the opportunity I was given to attend this intensive.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
I attended the Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary Intensive in New York this summer. It was definitely an adventure that I was looking forward to embarking on, and it was most definitely a great experience. My dream job is to be on Broadway and being able to work with professional choreographers helped me believe that my dream can easily be reached. This experience has advanced my technique and performance skills in a way that I could not imagine. It was also a very humbling experience to be around so many passionate dancers who all just wanted to be free and learn. While reflecting on my time at Joffrey I would ask myself ,"Would I want to do this again?'. My answer was simply "I would not have it any other way." I loved my time spent in the studios, and I know that I will be better off because of it. I am truly grateful of the opportunity I was given to attend this intensive.

Amani Holloway

"Dance isn't just my sport. It defines me." Joffrey’s 2015 Summer Intensive Program in San Francisco was AMAZING. The Joffrey Ballet School's reputation precedes itself and as the premiere dance program in the country , I received world-class training during the summer intensive. As a male dancer, it is sometimes difficult for me to "fit in" to the culture of dance programs. I often question my ability in ballet because I am normally the only male in my classes both at school and my local dance studio. Joffrey afforded me the opportunity to work with other male dancers and to challenge myself beyond my limits. Dance isn't just a part of my life, it is my life. I am passionate about dance and becoming a dance therapist and my experience at Joffrey solidified my desire to grow. This summer, I was only able to attend for one week because my baby sister was in NICU for nearly three months and my parents could only sacrifice so much due to this hardship. Being able to travel to California from Virginia was a real blessing. If granted the opportunity to return for the summer of 2016, I would truly appreciate the opportunity.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
"Dance isn't just my sport. It defines me." Joffrey’s 2015 Summer Intensive Program in San Francisco was AMAZING. The Joffrey Ballet School's reputation precedes itself and as the premiere dance program in the country , I received world-class training during the summer intensive. As a male dancer, it is sometimes difficult for me to "fit in" to the culture of dance programs. I often question my ability in ballet because I am normally the only male in my classes both at school and my local dance studio. Joffrey afforded me the opportunity to work with other male dancers and to challenge myself beyond my limits. Dance isn't just a part of my life, it is my life. I am passionate about dance and becoming a dance therapist and my experience at Joffrey solidified my desire to grow. This summer, I was only able to attend for one week because my baby sister was in NICU for nearly three months and my parents could only sacrifice so much due to this hardship. Being able to travel to California from Virginia was a real blessing. If granted the opportunity to return for the summer of 2016, I would truly appreciate the opportunity.

Perris Amento

HI My name is Perris amento and I am 12 years old. I was blessed to attend your 1 week ballet intensive in San francisco. My ballet techer, my parents, and my grandpa all pulled together enough money to pay for tuition. And they all came along! That 1 week was the most inspiring week that I ever had in my dance career. I remember in mr. Michaels class, I had a moment where I felt like I wanted it. I wanted better feet, I wanted better arms, I wanted to be a better dancer than I was yesterday. I pushed myself to the max in just that hour and I felt like something had clicked in my mind about dance. From there on, I have tried my hardest that I can in every class so I could become the dancer I wanted to be. And I thank all of the teachers that I worked with that week that inspired me and made me a better dancer. I would really love to attend this year's Joffrey intensive because I would really love to be inspired like that again. And the staff was amazing too!
2015-12-22T21:19:50+00:00
HI My name is Perris amento and I am 12 years old. I was blessed to attend your 1 week ballet intensive in San francisco. My ballet techer, my parents, and my grandpa all pulled together enough money to pay for tuition. And they all came along! That 1 week was the most inspiring week that I ever had in my dance career. I remember in mr. Michaels class, I had a moment where I felt like I wanted it. I wanted better feet, I wanted better arms, I wanted to be a better dancer than I was yesterday. I pushed myself to the max in just that hour and I felt like something had clicked in my mind about dance. From there on, I have tried my hardest that I can in every class so I could become the dancer I wanted to be. And I thank all of the teachers that I worked with that week that inspired me and made me a better dancer. I would really love to attend this year's Joffrey intensive because I would really love to be inspired like that again. And the staff was amazing too!

Emily Singer

Dance is not just something that I love doing; I need it. I need it to express myself and tell stories, to tell my stories, to tell others’ stories. Dance has pulled something out of me that nothing else ever could. I can express any emotion I want through dance. The words I cannot say through my mouth can be said through my movement. It’s like I am painting a picture each time I dance. The dance floor is my canvas, my expressions and movements the colors, and I am the paintbrush. Dance empowers me to be anyone I want to be. Dance, with all its diversity of styles and ways of expressing myself gives me strength and confidence. The diverse dance environment that is the Joffrey Ballet School will allow me to continue to paint pictures on canvas with my body and dance to my potential. The multi-discipline training provided by its accomplished and talented faculty will help me continue to improve my technique and develop my artistic performance. I can think of no greater privilege than to spend my summer immersed in the world of the Joffrey Ballet School.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
Dance is not just something that I love doing; I need it. I need it to express myself and tell stories, to tell my stories, to tell others’ stories. Dance has pulled something out of me that nothing else ever could. I can express any emotion I want through dance. The words I cannot say through my mouth can be said through my movement. It’s like I am painting a picture each time I dance. The dance floor is my canvas, my expressions and movements the colors, and I am the paintbrush. Dance empowers me to be anyone I want to be. Dance, with all its diversity of styles and ways of expressing myself gives me strength and confidence. The diverse dance environment that is the Joffrey Ballet School will allow me to continue to paint pictures on canvas with my body and dance to my potential. The multi-discipline training provided by its accomplished and talented faculty will help me continue to improve my technique and develop my artistic performance. I can think of no greater privilege than to spend my summer immersed in the world of the Joffrey Ballet School.

Claire Herzog

“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle” -Napoleon Hill. This quote perfectly describes my adventure during the entire 6 weeks I spent at the Joffrey West LA summer intensive. During the program I was pushed and challenged physically, enabling my passion for dance to fire and flourish. Walking out of the studio at the end of week one, I obtained an unbelievable sense of accomplishment and growth, nonetheless I was worn out. I realized my training was going to be the farthest thing from easy however all the long strenuous days proved more than worth it! I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend my summer. I am honored to have gotten the opportunity to not only learn diverse techniques, but also to get a firsthand look of what a professional career takes. I always hear that dance is not a sport but the commitment, endurance, and passion shared by this group I had the privilege to dance with said otherwise. My summer was unforgettable and I was incredibly pleased to be welcomed to the Joffrey family, and hope to be with them for many more years to come!
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle” -Napoleon Hill. This quote perfectly describes my adventure during the entire 6 weeks I spent at the Joffrey West LA summer intensive. During the program I was pushed and challenged physically, enabling my passion for dance to fire and flourish. Walking out of the studio at the end of week one, I obtained an unbelievable sense of accomplishment and growth, nonetheless I was worn out. I realized my training was going to be the farthest thing from easy however all the long strenuous days proved more than worth it! I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend my summer. I am honored to have gotten the opportunity to not only learn diverse techniques, but also to get a firsthand look of what a professional career takes. I always hear that dance is not a sport but the commitment, endurance, and passion shared by this group I had the privilege to dance with said otherwise. My summer was unforgettable and I was incredibly pleased to be welcomed to the Joffrey family, and hope to be with them for many more years to come!

Frankie Gioino

For the past two summers, I have attended the Joffrey Ballet NYC Intensive. Both experiences were unforgettable, and after both intensives, my dance teachers at home are always surprised about how much I have improved. When I went back this past summer, I was surprised about how many teachers remembered me from the year before. The teachers are very good at giving the students all the individual attention that is needed, and the teachers are constantly pushing the students to reach new levels of their potential. This past summer was so helpful in improving my dance technique and I know that I would not be in the stage of my dance career without those two summer I spent at Joffrey Ballet NYC. Getting into and attending the summer program was such an accomplishment and I am so glad I got to spend my summers at a place as special and as talented as Joffrey Ballet School. Joffrey Ballet is the world premiere dance school in the USA because of the teachers and the staff, and being able to attend it again would be such an honor. I am so thankful for this program and for all it has taught me.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
For the past two summers, I have attended the Joffrey Ballet NYC Intensive. Both experiences were unforgettable, and after both intensives, my dance teachers at home are always surprised about how much I have improved. When I went back this past summer, I was surprised about how many teachers remembered me from the year before. The teachers are very good at giving the students all the individual attention that is needed, and the teachers are constantly pushing the students to reach new levels of their potential. This past summer was so helpful in improving my dance technique and I know that I would not be in the stage of my dance career without those two summer I spent at Joffrey Ballet NYC. Getting into and attending the summer program was such an accomplishment and I am so glad I got to spend my summers at a place as special and as talented as Joffrey Ballet School. Joffrey Ballet is the world premiere dance school in the USA because of the teachers and the staff, and being able to attend it again would be such an honor. I am so thankful for this program and for all it has taught me.

Melissa Constantine

Some years ago I realized that dance was becoming something more serious to me. Each day I was enjoying more the dance classes, the choreographies, and every movement. Each new class was an opportunity to feel myself as part of what this art is. There were days when I felt that my conditions were not enough to reach a good level of quality and compared myself with the others. Then I realized I had two options: to continue thinking this way or to believe in myself, and make the most of what God has given me, coming back the next day and work harder to do my best. I love what dance offers me: to show and share sentiments and emotions and to reach not only the public but that universe we have inside waiting to be discovered. A few weeks ago I read about The Joffrey Ballet School, and I found what I was looking for: well trained teachers and a working atmosphere that pursues art and motivation. This is what I appreciate from Joffrey, a place that inspires and provides knowledge and feelings that only a great art can offer to those that are always searching.
2015-12-22T19:09:34+00:00
Some years ago I realized that dance was becoming something more serious to me. Each day I was enjoying more the dance classes, the choreographies, and every movement. Each new class was an opportunity to feel myself as part of what this art is. There were days when I felt that my conditions were not enough to reach a good level of quality and compared myself with the others. Then I realized I had two options: to continue thinking this way or to believe in myself, and make the most of what God has given me, coming back the next day and work harder to do my best. I love what dance offers me: to show and share sentiments and emotions and to reach not only the public but that universe we have inside waiting to be discovered. A few weeks ago I read about The Joffrey Ballet School, and I found what I was looking for: well trained teachers and a working atmosphere that pursues art and motivation. This is what I appreciate from Joffrey, a place that inspires and provides knowledge and feelings that only a great art can offer to those that are always searching.

Sherry Wu

Experience. Of. A. Lifetime. The 2015 Joffrey New York Ballet Summer Intensive was a truly unparalleled memory: a trying, but exuberantly rewarding time of growth in not only technique, but also artistry. I found myself through dance and developed as both a dancer and a person. Inspired everyday by the world-renown teachers and the prodigious talent present, the exceptional classes pushed me to work to the extent of my abilities and discover all that I am capable of. An undeniable passion grew out of an innate love for the art form, and the Joffrey Ballet School was responsible for it. Chills run down my spine just thinking about the significant advice of Mr.Robertson, Africa Guzman, Mr.McSween, Mrs.Duffy, and Misty Copeland, among other notable teachers. Surrounded by welcoming, benevolent peers and instructors, I fell in love with the atmosphere of the Joffrey Ballet School that so evidently makes it the premier dance school in the USA: the fundamental sentiment of true compassion and will to be excellent in all senses was ubiquitous throughout the intensive. I am forever thankful for the opportunity I had and hope with immense zeal that I can experience it again with the help of this scholarship!
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
Experience. Of. A. Lifetime. The 2015 Joffrey New York Ballet Summer Intensive was a truly unparalleled memory: a trying, but exuberantly rewarding time of growth in not only technique, but also artistry. I found myself through dance and developed as both a dancer and a person. Inspired everyday by the world-renown teachers and the prodigious talent present, the exceptional classes pushed me to work to the extent of my abilities and discover all that I am capable of. An undeniable passion grew out of an innate love for the art form, and the Joffrey Ballet School was responsible for it. Chills run down my spine just thinking about the significant advice of Mr.Robertson, Africa Guzman, Mr.McSween, Mrs.Duffy, and Misty Copeland, among other notable teachers. Surrounded by welcoming, benevolent peers and instructors, I fell in love with the atmosphere of the Joffrey Ballet School that so evidently makes it the premier dance school in the USA: the fundamental sentiment of true compassion and will to be excellent in all senses was ubiquitous throughout the intensive. I am forever thankful for the opportunity I had and hope with immense zeal that I can experience it again with the help of this scholarship!

Marcus Sarjeant

Last summer I attended Joffrey San Francisco 2015. It was the best intensive I have ever been to. I made so many life long friends. One of my favorite teachers at the intensive was Josie Walsh and that's because she pushed me to be a better dancer and not just a competition/convention dancer. Josie would always ask me, "Marcus do you want to be a house of cards, or a castle?" I have taken that question and used it as my mantra in life. If I have a strong foundation I can branch out and really fuse technique and movement to create art. One of the things I love most about dance is an instructor can tell me to do ten steps across the floor anyway I want and there's an infinite amount of ways I can do it and really make it my own. Joffrey is the leading Ballet school in the US because it teaches its students not to be a ballet robot, but a dancer who can move and take direction from a choreographer and make it their own.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
Last summer I attended Joffrey San Francisco 2015. It was the best intensive I have ever been to. I made so many life long friends. One of my favorite teachers at the intensive was Josie Walsh and that's because she pushed me to be a better dancer and not just a competition/convention dancer. Josie would always ask me, "Marcus do you want to be a house of cards, or a castle?" I have taken that question and used it as my mantra in life. If I have a strong foundation I can branch out and really fuse technique and movement to create art. One of the things I love most about dance is an instructor can tell me to do ten steps across the floor anyway I want and there's an infinite amount of ways I can do it and really make it my own. Joffrey is the leading Ballet school in the US because it teaches its students not to be a ballet robot, but a dancer who can move and take direction from a choreographer and make it their own.

Alexandra Brizel

Dance has always been my escape from the traditional classroom, and dancing this summer at the Joffrey School's New York City Ballet Intensive truly embodied that feeling. The six weeks I spent at Joffrey were truly the most rewarding six weeks I have ever had as a dancer. Within my cleverly entitled groups, Demille and Petipa, I stood out as an older dancer, but one who was also incredibly passionate and dedicated to the Joffrey experience. I was in constant awe of my teachers and classmates and through working with different teachers almost every day and for almost every class, it was clear to me that the limits of learning simply did not exist. I worked harder than I have worked in a long time and am utterly grateful to those teachers who took the time to work specifically with me on my technique and grace. Being able to dance and learn at the world premiere dance school in the US is not something that many students are able to say, and after my six weeks at Joffrey I am confident that I am a better dancer and an even better student for having studied there.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
Dance has always been my escape from the traditional classroom, and dancing this summer at the Joffrey School's New York City Ballet Intensive truly embodied that feeling. The six weeks I spent at Joffrey were truly the most rewarding six weeks I have ever had as a dancer. Within my cleverly entitled groups, Demille and Petipa, I stood out as an older dancer, but one who was also incredibly passionate and dedicated to the Joffrey experience. I was in constant awe of my teachers and classmates and through working with different teachers almost every day and for almost every class, it was clear to me that the limits of learning simply did not exist. I worked harder than I have worked in a long time and am utterly grateful to those teachers who took the time to work specifically with me on my technique and grace. Being able to dance and learn at the world premiere dance school in the US is not something that many students are able to say, and after my six weeks at Joffrey I am confident that I am a better dancer and an even better student for having studied there.

Juliana Lamia

A not-so-Wicked witch once said, “I’m through accepting limits, ‘cause someone says they’re so.” Last summer, I had the honor of attending Joffrey’s new Broadway Musical Theatre program, and I can say without a doubt that the experience truly changed my life. JBS has inspired me to follow my passion in the performing arts and push beyond the limits that others have set before me. It was a privilege to be mentored by incredible instructors and to get the opportunity to see some of them perform in their Broadway shows. The daily training in dancing, singing, and acting was enhanced with lessons in other important skills needed to truly become triple threats. During my time in New York, I formed many supportive friendships with classmates from all over the world who I still talk to daily. Since the day I left last summer, I have been dreaming of returning to New York City and seeing my Joffrey family again. Mr. Prescott was an amazing mentor, teaching me one of the most valuable pieces of advice that I have received thus far. In this industry, you never know who is watching, so remember to always be “camera ready!”
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
A not-so-Wicked witch once said, “I’m through accepting limits, ‘cause someone says they’re so.” Last summer, I had the honor of attending Joffrey’s new Broadway Musical Theatre program, and I can say without a doubt that the experience truly changed my life. JBS has inspired me to follow my passion in the performing arts and push beyond the limits that others have set before me. It was a privilege to be mentored by incredible instructors and to get the opportunity to see some of them perform in their Broadway shows. The daily training in dancing, singing, and acting was enhanced with lessons in other important skills needed to truly become triple threats. During my time in New York, I formed many supportive friendships with classmates from all over the world who I still talk to daily. Since the day I left last summer, I have been dreaming of returning to New York City and seeing my Joffrey family again. Mr. Prescott was an amazing mentor, teaching me one of the most valuable pieces of advice that I have received thus far. In this industry, you never know who is watching, so remember to always be “camera ready!”

Laila MacKay-Williams

Summer of 2015 saw me have the most incredible and enriching 2 weeks of my life. Not only did I learn and retain so much valuable information from the world class teachers at the Joffrey Ballet school, but I also learnt so much about myself. I grew as a person in mind, body and spirit, and living in the cultural hub of New York opened my eyes to the all the different ways that the Joffrey school could mould me into the best dancer I can be. Joffrey Baller School is one of the premiere dance schools because each teacher respects the art form so much and puts in so much love and soul into their students, its so inspiring. There is so much rich history and knowledge in the school that in only one day of classes, you can learn so much about technique, performance quality, strength, self care, history and respect for the art form. The Joffrey Ballet School allows each individual to learn in an environment that not only pushes but also cares for each student so that they can take the risks to become a true artist. I would trade anything to study at Joffrey again.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
Summer of 2015 saw me have the most incredible and enriching 2 weeks of my life. Not only did I learn and retain so much valuable information from the world class teachers at the Joffrey Ballet school, but I also learnt so much about myself. I grew as a person in mind, body and spirit, and living in the cultural hub of New York opened my eyes to the all the different ways that the Joffrey school could mould me into the best dancer I can be. Joffrey Baller School is one of the premiere dance schools because each teacher respects the art form so much and puts in so much love and soul into their students, its so inspiring. There is so much rich history and knowledge in the school that in only one day of classes, you can learn so much about technique, performance quality, strength, self care, history and respect for the art form. The Joffrey Ballet School allows each individual to learn in an environment that not only pushes but also cares for each student so that they can take the risks to become a true artist. I would trade anything to study at Joffrey again.

Veronica Magolon

I believe the quote: “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard” portrays my whole journey as a dancer thus far. I was not always the strongest dancer, but I worked diligently to become the dancer I dreamed of being. I’ve been able to achieve many amazing things because of my work ethic. I owe a lot of my success as a dancer to my ballet training because it is the base for all other styles. It has helped me establish my technique, movement and artistry at the same time. I have always dreamed of dancing at the Joffrey and doing an intensive because it is the premiere dance school in the USA. The Joffrey has amazing programs made to cultivate dancers to new heights, and is comprised of some of the most prestigious instructors in the world. I would truly love to continue developing my passion, movement and technique in dance and I feel that the faculty at Joffrey would push me to reach my goals, and help me grow as a dancer.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
I believe the quote: “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard” portrays my whole journey as a dancer thus far. I was not always the strongest dancer, but I worked diligently to become the dancer I dreamed of being. I’ve been able to achieve many amazing things because of my work ethic. I owe a lot of my success as a dancer to my ballet training because it is the base for all other styles. It has helped me establish my technique, movement and artistry at the same time. I have always dreamed of dancing at the Joffrey and doing an intensive because it is the premiere dance school in the USA. The Joffrey has amazing programs made to cultivate dancers to new heights, and is comprised of some of the most prestigious instructors in the world. I would truly love to continue developing my passion, movement and technique in dance and I feel that the faculty at Joffrey would push me to reach my goals, and help me grow as a dancer.

Harry Peterson

My passion for dance began when I was just 4 years old and saw a pa de deux class at my sister's ballet school when we were picking her up one day. I was fascinated by the movement and poise of the male dancers and I told my mum I wanted to do that someday. 10 years of blood, sweat, and tears later, I've joined that very same class and had the opportunity to dance with a multitude of different youth companies. Dance allows me a platform to refine my body and skills and I enjoy the precision and dedication it takes to attempt to achieve perfection. When I take the stage, I feel powerful and it's as if I could achieve anything. To be able to even get the chance to attend the Joffrey Ballet School is an opportunity to work with some of the best instructors in the world that will push me to become my best self and help me achieve my goals of becoming a dancer. I'm looking forward to enhancing my technique as well as exploring my own artistic side through Joffrey's unique and inspiring programs.
2015-12-22T21:19:50+00:00
My passion for dance began when I was just 4 years old and saw a pa de deux class at my sister's ballet school when we were picking her up one day. I was fascinated by the movement and poise of the male dancers and I told my mum I wanted to do that someday. 10 years of blood, sweat, and tears later, I've joined that very same class and had the opportunity to dance with a multitude of different youth companies. Dance allows me a platform to refine my body and skills and I enjoy the precision and dedication it takes to attempt to achieve perfection. When I take the stage, I feel powerful and it's as if I could achieve anything. To be able to even get the chance to attend the Joffrey Ballet School is an opportunity to work with some of the best instructors in the world that will push me to become my best self and help me achieve my goals of becoming a dancer. I'm looking forward to enhancing my technique as well as exploring my own artistic side through Joffrey's unique and inspiring programs.

Jaida Ocasio-Parvaiz

I was fortunate to attend one week Musical Theater and one week Ballet Intensive this past summer in NYC. The entire program pushed me as a dancer and have learned life skills that I will carry with me forever. This was the first time I was away from home. The housing staff made me feel very comfortable and safe. I made life-long world wide friends and learned how to navigate the city. I loved everything about Broadway Musical Theater! Being taught by these professionals really has inspired me to continue on this track. Learning non-verbal scenes, acting, singing, make-up, seeing Wicked made me realize what it takes to make it on Broadway!! During my ballet week I struggled a little because the teachers taught fast but this just pushed me to work harder. My favorite was Pas De Deux. I never did this before and I really liked learning how to balance and partner. I improved a lot in that week in ballet and become stronger on pointe. This was the best 2 weeks of my summer! Joffrey has impacted me in so many wonderful ways as a dancer, artist and young lady! I can't wait to go back!
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
I was fortunate to attend one week Musical Theater and one week Ballet Intensive this past summer in NYC. The entire program pushed me as a dancer and have learned life skills that I will carry with me forever. This was the first time I was away from home. The housing staff made me feel very comfortable and safe. I made life-long world wide friends and learned how to navigate the city. I loved everything about Broadway Musical Theater! Being taught by these professionals really has inspired me to continue on this track. Learning non-verbal scenes, acting, singing, make-up, seeing Wicked made me realize what it takes to make it on Broadway!! During my ballet week I struggled a little because the teachers taught fast but this just pushed me to work harder. My favorite was Pas De Deux. I never did this before and I really liked learning how to balance and partner. I improved a lot in that week in ballet and become stronger on pointe. This was the best 2 weeks of my summer! Joffrey has impacted me in so many wonderful ways as a dancer, artist and young lady! I can't wait to go back!

Jorgie Ingram

Doing what you love is so important. When you find your passion, it feels like home. Being able to pursue your passion and really give it your all: it’s an indescribable feeling. Working so hard at such a pristine and demanding art form, like dance, is so rewarding. Last year I was accepted into Joffrey summer intensives as well as the trainee program, but unfortunately, we couldn’t afford it. I stayed in New York City with my mom for a few days to tour, and take a few classes at Joffrey. Being in New York was amazing, though it was so different from what I was used to in New Hampshire. But, when I walked into Joffrey, it felt like home. Not only because the staff and students were so kind, but because I was there pursuing my passion. Being able to train at Joffrey over the summer would be an amazing opportunity; I know I would improve and grow as a dancer and as a person. Joffrey is filled with talented, passionate, and caring people from all over the world. Many people have left Joffrey with better training and experiences. I would be honored to be one of them.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
Doing what you love is so important. When you find your passion, it feels like home. Being able to pursue your passion and really give it your all: it’s an indescribable feeling. Working so hard at such a pristine and demanding art form, like dance, is so rewarding. Last year I was accepted into Joffrey summer intensives as well as the trainee program, but unfortunately, we couldn’t afford it. I stayed in New York City with my mom for a few days to tour, and take a few classes at Joffrey. Being in New York was amazing, though it was so different from what I was used to in New Hampshire. But, when I walked into Joffrey, it felt like home. Not only because the staff and students were so kind, but because I was there pursuing my passion. Being able to train at Joffrey over the summer would be an amazing opportunity; I know I would improve and grow as a dancer and as a person. Joffrey is filled with talented, passionate, and caring people from all over the world. Many people have left Joffrey with better training and experiences. I would be honored to be one of them.

Morgan Goodfellow

Surprising. If I had to choose just one word to describe my experiences this summer with Joffrey, surprising would be that word. When I decided to attend a Joffrey program I expected something incredible. I knew I would be dancing in a wonderful environment with world-renowned staff. The Southwest Dallas Intensive not only met my expectations, it exceeded them magnificently. I never could have imagined the number of opportunities that were available to me at Joffrey. Not only did I have the chance to take classes from inspiring instructors such as Desmond Richardson, I had the opportunity to work with them on a personal level. I gained invaluable information that would not be available to me anywhere else. For this reason I was able to push myself to my limits and achieve more than I had previously thought possible. The biggest surprise however, was the amount of personal growth I experienced. Never in my life have I discovered more about myself, both as a dancer and as a human being, than I did in just two short weeks with Joffrey. Some people hate surprises, but for me the Joffrey experience was a surprise in all the best possible ways.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
Surprising. If I had to choose just one word to describe my experiences this summer with Joffrey, surprising would be that word. When I decided to attend a Joffrey program I expected something incredible. I knew I would be dancing in a wonderful environment with world-renowned staff. The Southwest Dallas Intensive not only met my expectations, it exceeded them magnificently. I never could have imagined the number of opportunities that were available to me at Joffrey. Not only did I have the chance to take classes from inspiring instructors such as Desmond Richardson, I had the opportunity to work with them on a personal level. I gained invaluable information that would not be available to me anywhere else. For this reason I was able to push myself to my limits and achieve more than I had previously thought possible. The biggest surprise however, was the amount of personal growth I experienced. Never in my life have I discovered more about myself, both as a dancer and as a human being, than I did in just two short weeks with Joffrey. Some people hate surprises, but for me the Joffrey experience was a surprise in all the best possible ways.

Liana Wang

“The essence of dance is the expression of the soul…dance reveals yourself” (Martha Graham).Utilizing dance as means of expression of internal emotions and motives have always challenged me as a dancer. There is a distinct difference between those who can execute flawless technique versus those who harmonize self-expression and technique into true art form. However under the instruction of Josie Walsh and other notable faculty at Joffrey West I was able to come to the realization of my true potential as an artistic dancer. Throughout my 6 week course, I was able to experience a perfect balance between technical training and more choreography based training. By having such a wide variety of dance classes, I learned both new forms of dance and absorbed the different styles of the various choreographers that taught. Not only was I able to further enhance the quality of my movement, I became more self aware about my lack of artistry as a dancer. Nevertheless, with daily training from choreographers of superb artistic ability and unique stylization, I significantly improved both in technique and in artistry over the course of my stay. Nonetheless, I could not ask for a more rewarding program than Joffrey West.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
“The essence of dance is the expression of the soul…dance reveals yourself” (Martha Graham).Utilizing dance as means of expression of internal emotions and motives have always challenged me as a dancer. There is a distinct difference between those who can execute flawless technique versus those who harmonize self-expression and technique into true art form. However under the instruction of Josie Walsh and other notable faculty at Joffrey West I was able to come to the realization of my true potential as an artistic dancer. Throughout my 6 week course, I was able to experience a perfect balance between technical training and more choreography based training. By having such a wide variety of dance classes, I learned both new forms of dance and absorbed the different styles of the various choreographers that taught. Not only was I able to further enhance the quality of my movement, I became more self aware about my lack of artistry as a dancer. Nevertheless, with daily training from choreographers of superb artistic ability and unique stylization, I significantly improved both in technique and in artistry over the course of my stay. Nonetheless, I could not ask for a more rewarding program than Joffrey West.

Sophie Shapiro

Dance has always been a part of my life, but it seemed like an unattainable dream, not a reality. I doubted the fact that I could do it for the rest of my life. At the age of thirteen, I took my first musical theater class, which was terrifying. I couldn't sing, I couldn't act, and I could barely move because of the butterflies in my stomach! But from that moment, I knew that it was something that needed to be a part of my life forever. When Joffrey opened a musical theater intensive, I did everything in my power to get that audition (including taking voice lessons which was very frightening!) What I experienced was hands down the most incredible and rewarding 2 weeks of my life. Joffrey has helped me realize that dance CAN be a career..if I work hard enough. I was able to show myself that dance is my passion, which changed my life for the better. I can't wait for another summer at Joffrey to expand my love and knowledge of Broadway and further my comfort levels even more. I love to dance and I will do it for as long as I can.
2015-12-22T17:56:32+00:00
Dance has always been a part of my life, but it seemed like an unattainable dream, not a reality. I doubted the fact that I could do it for the rest of my life. At the age of thirteen, I took my first musical theater class, which was terrifying. I couldn't sing, I couldn't act, and I could barely move because of the butterflies in my stomach! But from that moment, I knew that it was something that needed to be a part of my life forever. When Joffrey opened a musical theater intensive, I did everything in my power to get that audition (including taking voice lessons which was very frightening!) What I experienced was hands down the most incredible and rewarding 2 weeks of my life. Joffrey has helped me realize that dance CAN be a career..if I work hard enough. I was able to show myself that dance is my passion, which changed my life for the better. I can't wait for another summer at Joffrey to expand my love and knowledge of Broadway and further my comfort levels even more. I love to dance and I will do it for as long as I can.

Zuri Archer

"My hope is to shed light, provoke thought, entertain, and move through dance" (Dwight Rhoden). I want to inspire people to follow their dream. I want to be looked up to just as I have looked up to many people. I want to do that by being the very best person and dancer I can. I want to share my passion-perfecting it and expressing it. When I don’t feel like getting up some mornings, I remember I have the privilege of dancing and creating something beautiful for watching eyes. Dance is my life; I am sometimes at my studio just as many hours as at home. I dance, I eat, I sleep, I breathe, I enjoy myself. The studio is my second home. Joffrey Ballet School has made dance accessible to many people through a variety of class options and scholarships, giving them unique opportunities to train with prestigious teachers, evolve into versatile and individualistic artists, and challenge themselves. I hope I have the chance to meet these teachers at Joffrey Ballet School and push myself even further while perfecting my artistry and technique so I can inspire others.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
"My hope is to shed light, provoke thought, entertain, and move through dance" (Dwight Rhoden). I want to inspire people to follow their dream. I want to be looked up to just as I have looked up to many people. I want to do that by being the very best person and dancer I can. I want to share my passion-perfecting it and expressing it. When I don’t feel like getting up some mornings, I remember I have the privilege of dancing and creating something beautiful for watching eyes. Dance is my life; I am sometimes at my studio just as many hours as at home. I dance, I eat, I sleep, I breathe, I enjoy myself. The studio is my second home. Joffrey Ballet School has made dance accessible to many people through a variety of class options and scholarships, giving them unique opportunities to train with prestigious teachers, evolve into versatile and individualistic artists, and challenge themselves. I hope I have the chance to meet these teachers at Joffrey Ballet School and push myself even further while perfecting my artistry and technique so I can inspire others.

Julia Rueckert

Instead of counting sheep to fall asleep, I lay in bed thinking about my future dance career. Dance is what I live for, life without it is like the world without the sun. Whenever I dance I feel a fuzzy, happy feeling inside, knowing THIS is what I want to do with my life. As I continue to grow, I continue to become more passionate as I’m dancing. Having strong affection for dancing pushes me to exceed technically. Besides that it's my passion, music and other dancers inspire and motivate me to ascend to the next level. Along with inspirational dancers, the music allows me move from the soul. Dance is the music made visible George Balanchine once said, proving the beautiful sound that is heard, is followed by dance. Artists produce music based on their emotions while choreographers move based on their emotions creating extraordinary art being seen and heard through audiences eyes and ears, penetrating minds in amazement. This is why JBS will be an experience to grow as an artist and learn techniques so one day I can inspire the next generation of dancers like the staff of JBS inspire me.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
Instead of counting sheep to fall asleep, I lay in bed thinking about my future dance career. Dance is what I live for, life without it is like the world without the sun. Whenever I dance I feel a fuzzy, happy feeling inside, knowing THIS is what I want to do with my life. As I continue to grow, I continue to become more passionate as I’m dancing. Having strong affection for dancing pushes me to exceed technically. Besides that it's my passion, music and other dancers inspire and motivate me to ascend to the next level. Along with inspirational dancers, the music allows me move from the soul. Dance is the music made visible George Balanchine once said, proving the beautiful sound that is heard, is followed by dance. Artists produce music based on their emotions while choreographers move based on their emotions creating extraordinary art being seen and heard through audiences eyes and ears, penetrating minds in amazement. This is why JBS will be an experience to grow as an artist and learn techniques so one day I can inspire the next generation of dancers like the staff of JBS inspire me.

Emily Salo

I had the privilege to attend the Joffrey Miami Tap Spectacular last June and it was the most eye opening and incredible experience. I have taken tap classes since I was five years old, and this camp showed me that there are so many techniques that I still need to learn and master. I learned that going back to the basics is so crucial in tap, because technique is everything. The teachers were very kind and taught me how to tap correctly and helped me add the correct technique. The Joffrey ballet school is the premiere dance school in the USA because of their state of the art camps with endless opportunities, with the most experienced artists in their craft that come and teach students all around the world. They teach from the bottom up and engage each student in their classes and give their advice. We can see the passion they have for dance which makes me realize how beautiful the art is and made me more passionate about dancing. The Joffrey Ballet school is the world premiere dance school and I feel so honored to have been apart of one of their camps this past summer.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
I had the privilege to attend the Joffrey Miami Tap Spectacular last June and it was the most eye opening and incredible experience. I have taken tap classes since I was five years old, and this camp showed me that there are so many techniques that I still need to learn and master. I learned that going back to the basics is so crucial in tap, because technique is everything. The teachers were very kind and taught me how to tap correctly and helped me add the correct technique. The Joffrey ballet school is the premiere dance school in the USA because of their state of the art camps with endless opportunities, with the most experienced artists in their craft that come and teach students all around the world. They teach from the bottom up and engage each student in their classes and give their advice. We can see the passion they have for dance which makes me realize how beautiful the art is and made me more passionate about dancing. The Joffrey Ballet school is the world premiere dance school and I feel so honored to have been apart of one of their camps this past summer.

Summer McNeill

This past summer, I had the distinct honor (and pleasure!) of attending Joffrey Ballet School NYC Ballet Intensive 2015. It was truly a remarkable experience that challenged my technique and artistry and helped me grow as a dancer! I improved, learned, and discovered my individuality as a dancer with the help of many amazing instructors. Words cannot express how honored I am to have been taught by talented professionals, such as Akop Akopian, Gaiane Akopian, Marina Bogdanova, and Andrei Jouravlev. I also got the opportunity to meet other dancers in the program from different countries, which is a testament that though language barriers exist, dance is something that can connect us all around the world. Overall, my JBS experience was incredibly motivating and life-changing and made me realize not just what the art of ballet is to me, but what I’m to the art of ballet. It was an absolute dream come true. As the daughter of an active duty soldier and educator, they’ve sacrificed so much in support of my dreams of being a dancer. If blessed with the opportunity to return for the Summer 2016 Intensives, I’d be eternally grateful and deeply indebted to Joffrey Ballet School.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
This past summer, I had the distinct honor (and pleasure!) of attending Joffrey Ballet School NYC Ballet Intensive 2015. It was truly a remarkable experience that challenged my technique and artistry and helped me grow as a dancer! I improved, learned, and discovered my individuality as a dancer with the help of many amazing instructors. Words cannot express how honored I am to have been taught by talented professionals, such as Akop Akopian, Gaiane Akopian, Marina Bogdanova, and Andrei Jouravlev. I also got the opportunity to meet other dancers in the program from different countries, which is a testament that though language barriers exist, dance is something that can connect us all around the world. Overall, my JBS experience was incredibly motivating and life-changing and made me realize not just what the art of ballet is to me, but what I’m to the art of ballet. It was an absolute dream come true. As the daughter of an active duty soldier and educator, they’ve sacrificed so much in support of my dreams of being a dancer. If blessed with the opportunity to return for the Summer 2016 Intensives, I’d be eternally grateful and deeply indebted to Joffrey Ballet School.

Peyton Harville

Anne Frank once said regret is a stronger emotion than gratitude. I totally get that, as a late starter in my dance education. There were many times in the studio where I regretted beginning dance at a later age than my peers. However I allowed that gnawing pang to fuel my desire to be a better dancer. And I am. But not alone, through the guidance of caring teachers who taught me the best way to improve is by truly dancing from my soul. I have had friends attend Joffrey summer intensives and I saw how their Joffrey training molded them into amazing, skillful artists! They came back from intensive transformed technically and also confidently fluent in all styles of dance. I know it is an experience demanding it's students' best by requiring hard work and focused dedication. The Joffrey faculty is the gold standard of international dance education and I can only imagine the feeling of being in class led by the renowned Desmond Richardson or Michael Blake! It amazes me I could obtain the dream to train at the most prestigious dance school and for this opportunity, I am fully embracing the flickering emotion of gratitude. No regrets!
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
Anne Frank once said regret is a stronger emotion than gratitude. I totally get that, as a late starter in my dance education. There were many times in the studio where I regretted beginning dance at a later age than my peers. However I allowed that gnawing pang to fuel my desire to be a better dancer. And I am. But not alone, through the guidance of caring teachers who taught me the best way to improve is by truly dancing from my soul. I have had friends attend Joffrey summer intensives and I saw how their Joffrey training molded them into amazing, skillful artists! They came back from intensive transformed technically and also confidently fluent in all styles of dance. I know it is an experience demanding it's students' best by requiring hard work and focused dedication. The Joffrey faculty is the gold standard of international dance education and I can only imagine the feeling of being in class led by the renowned Desmond Richardson or Michael Blake! It amazes me I could obtain the dream to train at the most prestigious dance school and for this opportunity, I am fully embracing the flickering emotion of gratitude. No regrets!

Sydney James

As an aspiring young artist, I dance to defy the expectations of what the perfect image of dancer is supposed to be and to prove to everyone that to be a successful dancer, all you need is your love and passion for it. Dance let’s me tell my story in a universal language that everyone can enjoy! I’ve personally been told that I won’t ever make into the dance world because of my body type and for a while, I agreed with all of those people who’d brought me down. I love everything about dance, from the callused toes and feet to the grueling 6 hour long rehearsals. I LOVE to dance. I love pushing my mind and body to new limits and expressing myself through movement. I live for the pure, happy feeling I get as I pour my soul into my performances. The Joffery Ballet school is known world wide for their exceptional dance training. It has been the stepping stone for numerous professional dancers that have gone on to make their marks in the dance world. I dream of no better place to dance with as I continue my journey as a young artist.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
As an aspiring young artist, I dance to defy the expectations of what the perfect image of dancer is supposed to be and to prove to everyone that to be a successful dancer, all you need is your love and passion for it. Dance let’s me tell my story in a universal language that everyone can enjoy! I’ve personally been told that I won’t ever make into the dance world because of my body type and for a while, I agreed with all of those people who’d brought me down. I love everything about dance, from the callused toes and feet to the grueling 6 hour long rehearsals. I LOVE to dance. I love pushing my mind and body to new limits and expressing myself through movement. I live for the pure, happy feeling I get as I pour my soul into my performances. The Joffery Ballet school is known world wide for their exceptional dance training. It has been the stepping stone for numerous professional dancers that have gone on to make their marks in the dance world. I dream of no better place to dance with as I continue my journey as a young artist.

Caitlin Brady

After my first summer training with Joffrey I am confident in saying that it is the premiere dance school in the United States. I have attended numerous conventions, studios and intensives, but one summer at here has had the biggest impact on my technique, stage presence and performance qualities. I was trained by experienced teachers, who danced with some of the most prestigious companies around the world, many of whom are still working professionals. I received individualized attention from instructors who were able to pinpoint exactly which critiques I needed, corrected me in an informative and professional manner and ultimately transformed the way I dance. In a changing dance culture, it’s essential that students are versatile. Trainees are provided with outstanding classes in not only ballet, but contemporary, jazz and modern as well. Due to brilliant teaching, outstanding administration and the most dedicated students I left the Joffrey with confidence, heightened aspirations and the courage to follow my dreams. I credit their programs with playing a crucial role in my future accomplishments and look forward to my next opportunity to train with them.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
After my first summer training with Joffrey I am confident in saying that it is the premiere dance school in the United States. I have attended numerous conventions, studios and intensives, but one summer at here has had the biggest impact on my technique, stage presence and performance qualities. I was trained by experienced teachers, who danced with some of the most prestigious companies around the world, many of whom are still working professionals. I received individualized attention from instructors who were able to pinpoint exactly which critiques I needed, corrected me in an informative and professional manner and ultimately transformed the way I dance. In a changing dance culture, it’s essential that students are versatile. Trainees are provided with outstanding classes in not only ballet, but contemporary, jazz and modern as well. Due to brilliant teaching, outstanding administration and the most dedicated students I left the Joffrey with confidence, heightened aspirations and the courage to follow my dreams. I credit their programs with playing a crucial role in my future accomplishments and look forward to my next opportunity to train with them.

Kamilah Abubakar

This summer I had a wonderful experience at Joffrey Ballet School. I was introduced to Horton and Character Dance. I also participated in Ballet and Hip Hop classes. We had nine days of intensive training in all areas of dance and on the tenth day we gave a performance and invited a few family members. My ballet teacher immediately noticed that I had made improvements in my technique. I was also taught exercises to help stretch properly. My mother was so impressed with how quickly I was able to learn various steps/movements in Character and use the castanets. I am usually very shy but I think that my summer experience helped me to gain confidence. I performed with confidence and had a lot of fun. All of the Joffrey Dance Instructors were patient and caring. They really helped us to learn the various types of dances, and challenged us to improve. I met students from all around the world at Joffrey this summer. There were male and female students from Africa, Spain and other countries. I also met students from various states such as North Carolina, California, and Florida. I made many friends. My time at Joffrey N.Y was Great!
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
This summer I had a wonderful experience at Joffrey Ballet School. I was introduced to Horton and Character Dance. I also participated in Ballet and Hip Hop classes. We had nine days of intensive training in all areas of dance and on the tenth day we gave a performance and invited a few family members. My ballet teacher immediately noticed that I had made improvements in my technique. I was also taught exercises to help stretch properly. My mother was so impressed with how quickly I was able to learn various steps/movements in Character and use the castanets. I am usually very shy but I think that my summer experience helped me to gain confidence. I performed with confidence and had a lot of fun. All of the Joffrey Dance Instructors were patient and caring. They really helped us to learn the various types of dances, and challenged us to improve. I met students from all around the world at Joffrey this summer. There were male and female students from Africa, Spain and other countries. I also met students from various states such as North Carolina, California, and Florida. I made many friends. My time at Joffrey N.Y was Great!

Isabella Kulstad

The Joffrey Southwest Jazz & Contemporary summer intensive was one of the best experiences of my life. I have been dancing since I was three, with much of my free time spent in dance lessons or with dance friends, so dance has been my comfort zone, something I love. The summer experience took it to a whole different level, challenging and changing me. Through my home studio, I learned to turn and to leap, but training with Desmond Richardson and the rest of the amazing, talented, and motivating Joffrey faculty opened my eyes to the passion and inner feeling of dance itself. I learned about more than technique in the three weeks of the intensive; about moving my body, having courage in my movement, and trying my hardest in everything I do. After going to the intensive, I now feel more proud of my dancing, and can better express ideas and feelings through dance. The Joffrey Ballet School helped me and many others throughout our stay and gave the best instruction for my moves, my rhythm, and my skill development. Joffrey Ballet School is THE world premier dance and I highly encourage anyone interested an intensive to go!
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
The Joffrey Southwest Jazz & Contemporary summer intensive was one of the best experiences of my life. I have been dancing since I was three, with much of my free time spent in dance lessons or with dance friends, so dance has been my comfort zone, something I love. The summer experience took it to a whole different level, challenging and changing me. Through my home studio, I learned to turn and to leap, but training with Desmond Richardson and the rest of the amazing, talented, and motivating Joffrey faculty opened my eyes to the passion and inner feeling of dance itself. I learned about more than technique in the three weeks of the intensive; about moving my body, having courage in my movement, and trying my hardest in everything I do. After going to the intensive, I now feel more proud of my dancing, and can better express ideas and feelings through dance. The Joffrey Ballet School helped me and many others throughout our stay and gave the best instruction for my moves, my rhythm, and my skill development. Joffrey Ballet School is THE world premier dance and I highly encourage anyone interested an intensive to go!

Madison Pineda

The Joffrey Ballet School has molded me into the dancer I am and will be in the future. This summer, I attended two very amazing and different Joffrey Summer intensives. For two weeks, I attended the Joffrey San Francisco intensive. Josie Walsh, the artistic director, guided us through these weeks of exploration with a contemporary and classical ballet fusion. Each day, the teachers pushed me and allowed me to find my own artistry in the guidelines given. I feel this intensive heightened my technique, simultaneously making me into a new artist. Later, I attended the Joffrey Experience. In two weeks time, Michael Blake’s handpicked staff and choreographers gave me their own perspective of contemporary dance. I received the pleasure to be in Josie Walsh and Donald Byrd’s pieces. Working with Josie was a collaborative and exploratory experience and she created a new, captivating piece on our group. Donald Byrd challenged each of us, and I was able to perform apiece previously performed by professionals. Today, because of the experiences I received from Joffrey, I am apart of their J&C trainee program. Joffrey is the premier dance school in America, because it trains dancers to become artists and later, professionals.
2015-12-22T19:06:25+00:00
The Joffrey Ballet School has molded me into the dancer I am and will be in the future. This summer, I attended two very amazing and different Joffrey Summer intensives. For two weeks, I attended the Joffrey San Francisco intensive. Josie Walsh, the artistic director, guided us through these weeks of exploration with a contemporary and classical ballet fusion. Each day, the teachers pushed me and allowed me to find my own artistry in the guidelines given. I feel this intensive heightened my technique, simultaneously making me into a new artist. Later, I attended the Joffrey Experience. In two weeks time, Michael Blake’s handpicked staff and choreographers gave me their own perspective of contemporary dance. I received the pleasure to be in Josie Walsh and Donald Byrd’s pieces. Working with Josie was a collaborative and exploratory experience and she created a new, captivating piece on our group. Donald Byrd challenged each of us, and I was able to perform apiece previously performed by professionals. Today, because of the experiences I received from Joffrey, I am apart of their J&C trainee program. Joffrey is the premier dance school in America, because it trains dancers to become artists and later, professionals.

Erin Shenk

The studio is my second home. When I dance I feel as though I am connected to everything and everyone in the room. I can communicate without ever having to say a word. I am shy, but when I dance I break out of that shell and become outgoing. Dance means the world to me and I love and the way it makes me feel. Because of dance I stand a little taller and I hold my head a little higher. Dancing has helped me gain the confidence that I didn't have before. I can't see myself in the future without dance; I never want to give it up. Joffrey offers such a wide selection of programs that are great for all dancers. I want to improve my technique, but I also would like to develop more artistry as a dancer and I have confidence that the Joffrey is the right place to help me achieve this. I would be honored to study at the Joffrey Ballet School.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
The studio is my second home. When I dance I feel as though I am connected to everything and everyone in the room. I can communicate without ever having to say a word. I am shy, but when I dance I break out of that shell and become outgoing. Dance means the world to me and I love and the way it makes me feel. Because of dance I stand a little taller and I hold my head a little higher. Dancing has helped me gain the confidence that I didn't have before. I can't see myself in the future without dance; I never want to give it up. Joffrey offers such a wide selection of programs that are great for all dancers. I want to improve my technique, but I also would like to develop more artistry as a dancer and I have confidence that the Joffrey is the right place to help me achieve this. I would be honored to study at the Joffrey Ballet School.

Sofia Lelo de Larrea Gil

This summer I was so privileged to have the opportunity to take the Joffrey Southwest Dallas Intensive. I was so thankful for this opportunity because, not just my favorite thing to do, but my passion is to dance! I had a great time! I was nervous at the beginning but lastly I made friends and had amazing classes, which I took advantage and enjoyed every one of them. I confirmed that dance comes from your heart and your body just helps it do the movements. In this way you can tell any beautiful story by dancing. Now in every single one of my studio classes I love to remember about the corrections the amazing Joffrey teachers gave me since they are unforgettable! I didn't just improved my technique, but also my discipline, confidence, and sincerely my way of dancing. All these tell myself that Joffrey, without doubt, is the best USA premiere school, since this school gives incredible opportunities to dancers and helps them to really give the best of what dancers have hide inside. Since JBS leaves you an unforgettable experience, I would love to continue improving my dance living this experience again, the Joffrey Ballet School Experience! Please!
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
This summer I was so privileged to have the opportunity to take the Joffrey Southwest Dallas Intensive. I was so thankful for this opportunity because, not just my favorite thing to do, but my passion is to dance! I had a great time! I was nervous at the beginning but lastly I made friends and had amazing classes, which I took advantage and enjoyed every one of them. I confirmed that dance comes from your heart and your body just helps it do the movements. In this way you can tell any beautiful story by dancing. Now in every single one of my studio classes I love to remember about the corrections the amazing Joffrey teachers gave me since they are unforgettable! I didn't just improved my technique, but also my discipline, confidence, and sincerely my way of dancing. All these tell myself that Joffrey, without doubt, is the best USA premiere school, since this school gives incredible opportunities to dancers and helps them to really give the best of what dancers have hide inside. Since JBS leaves you an unforgettable experience, I would love to continue improving my dance living this experience again, the Joffrey Ballet School Experience! Please!

Nyah Gantt

I spent a week at Joeffry NYC Jazz and contemporary intensive this past summer. I was so excited when I found out that I was accepted to attend. I had a year where I experienced many struggles which started to affect my confidence and motivation. Attending Joeffry relit a fire in me and help me to regain my confidence. I learned so much and increased my desire to improve as a dancer. The staff were awesome and I met so many cool dancers. My goal is to continue to work harder on my craft of dance in order to soar and experience my dreams of being a professional dancer come true. When things began to seem dim for me, Joeffry was my light. Attending helped me to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. My teachers have told me about how much progress they have seen in me this year. I am excited about auditioning to attend again next summer!
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
I spent a week at Joeffry NYC Jazz and contemporary intensive this past summer. I was so excited when I found out that I was accepted to attend. I had a year where I experienced many struggles which started to affect my confidence and motivation. Attending Joeffry relit a fire in me and help me to regain my confidence. I learned so much and increased my desire to improve as a dancer. The staff were awesome and I met so many cool dancers. My goal is to continue to work harder on my craft of dance in order to soar and experience my dreams of being a professional dancer come true. When things began to seem dim for me, Joeffry was my light. Attending helped me to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. My teachers have told me about how much progress they have seen in me this year. I am excited about auditioning to attend again next summer!

Helga Paris-Morales

People dance for many different reasons. For exercise, or because their mothers make them, or because they want to make it big one day as a dancer. I dance, because I have to. Because if I don't dance, those intense emotions that don't even have a name, that are indescribable cannot be expressed. Because if I don't dance, I don't have a voice. Because if you don't see me dance, you won't be able to see who I really am. Joffrey gave me a voice and I will forever be grateful. The teachers helped me to explore deeper parts of me that I didn't know existed. I learned so many valuable lessons about myself, about life, about the business, and about people. I think that every dancer who has the passion for it, deserves this experience. Every year you'll learn something new, and every year it's a world premier. Every year Joffrey gets stronger, and our voices become louder.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
People dance for many different reasons. For exercise, or because their mothers make them, or because they want to make it big one day as a dancer. I dance, because I have to. Because if I don't dance, those intense emotions that don't even have a name, that are indescribable cannot be expressed. Because if I don't dance, I don't have a voice. Because if you don't see me dance, you won't be able to see who I really am. Joffrey gave me a voice and I will forever be grateful. The teachers helped me to explore deeper parts of me that I didn't know existed. I learned so many valuable lessons about myself, about life, about the business, and about people. I think that every dancer who has the passion for it, deserves this experience. Every year you'll learn something new, and every year it's a world premier. Every year Joffrey gets stronger, and our voices become louder.

Rebekka Ryan

The Joffrey Ballet school is a wonderful dance school to attend. Two summers ago I took the ballet intensive and it was hard, but I came home and really started to take my ballet classes serious. I currently dance at a ballet studio and I love it, but I do miss the occasional contemporary or jazz class so this summer I attended the Joffery Experience which was fantastic because I was able to let loose, and I met some incredible dancers that I still communicate with. The Joffery Ballet school is a world premiere dance school in the USA because they always seem to get the best faculty. For example, I was able to take class from over ten renowned instructors and without the Joffery I probably would have never had such an amazing opportunity. Also this summer in the Experience the 7 lovelies taught many improv classes that really opened my eyes to how to improvise and how to let everything out and to enjoy every step and breath you make in the studio. The Joffery ballet school is a great choice for a summer intensive and I hope to go back whether it be for ballet or contemporary.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
The Joffrey Ballet school is a wonderful dance school to attend. Two summers ago I took the ballet intensive and it was hard, but I came home and really started to take my ballet classes serious. I currently dance at a ballet studio and I love it, but I do miss the occasional contemporary or jazz class so this summer I attended the Joffery Experience which was fantastic because I was able to let loose, and I met some incredible dancers that I still communicate with. The Joffery Ballet school is a world premiere dance school in the USA because they always seem to get the best faculty. For example, I was able to take class from over ten renowned instructors and without the Joffery I probably would have never had such an amazing opportunity. Also this summer in the Experience the 7 lovelies taught many improv classes that really opened my eyes to how to improvise and how to let everything out and to enjoy every step and breath you make in the studio. The Joffery ballet school is a great choice for a summer intensive and I hope to go back whether it be for ballet or contemporary.

Reyna Pine

Last summer, I was fortunate enough to attend Joffrey West in LA. This experience taught me more than any other program I have attended. I learned not only technical aspects of dance, but also some important life lessons. Differences were encouraged at Joffrey. I met people from all over the country, and some from other countries! We were encouraged to put all our fears and insecurities away and just learn and grow from and with dance. I felt so welcomed there, which was helpful because I was the very youngest in my class! Being placed with the older kids definitely took me out of my comfort zone and taught me things about myself that I hadn’t realized before. I became more aware of my strengths and my weaknesses. I was a different dancer after this experience. I think Joffrey is a world premiere dance school not only for its high level of technique, but also for its diversity and artistry. You are exposed to so many different types of dance you might not even realize you enjoyed! The teachers encourage you to be yourself and not worry about what other people think. I can’t wait to get back to Joffrey!
2015-12-22T19:09:34+00:00
Last summer, I was fortunate enough to attend Joffrey West in LA. This experience taught me more than any other program I have attended. I learned not only technical aspects of dance, but also some important life lessons. Differences were encouraged at Joffrey. I met people from all over the country, and some from other countries! We were encouraged to put all our fears and insecurities away and just learn and grow from and with dance. I felt so welcomed there, which was helpful because I was the very youngest in my class! Being placed with the older kids definitely took me out of my comfort zone and taught me things about myself that I hadn’t realized before. I became more aware of my strengths and my weaknesses. I was a different dancer after this experience. I think Joffrey is a world premiere dance school not only for its high level of technique, but also for its diversity and artistry. You are exposed to so many different types of dance you might not even realize you enjoyed! The teachers encourage you to be yourself and not worry about what other people think. I can’t wait to get back to Joffrey!

Isobel Levy

I’ve been blessed to dance with the Joffrey Ballet School for the past two summers. In less than a week at Joffrey, I learned more than I had in six years of classes elsewhere. The talented staff holds true to the Joffrey mission statement; “To help students cultivate their artist within.” During both intensives, I found a part of the artist within me. This past summer, Joffrey introduced a new program, NYC Broadway Intensive. It was an amazing experience and I didn’t want it to end, nor return back home to Connecticut. From day one, I loved every moment. From hours of practicing, to performing with my theatre group, it felt like I had made it to Broadway. I sensed an energy within me saying, “The stage is where you belong” I couldn’t have asked for anything else. I’ve always known the Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the USA. As I’ve grown, I realized it’s a life-changing place to dance, flourish, and find yourself artistically, no matter what or where you come from. My dream is to become a Broadway performer and Joffrey will help me get there.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
I’ve been blessed to dance with the Joffrey Ballet School for the past two summers. In less than a week at Joffrey, I learned more than I had in six years of classes elsewhere. The talented staff holds true to the Joffrey mission statement; “To help students cultivate their artist within.” During both intensives, I found a part of the artist within me. This past summer, Joffrey introduced a new program, NYC Broadway Intensive. It was an amazing experience and I didn’t want it to end, nor return back home to Connecticut. From day one, I loved every moment. From hours of practicing, to performing with my theatre group, it felt like I had made it to Broadway. I sensed an energy within me saying, “The stage is where you belong” I couldn’t have asked for anything else. I’ve always known the Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the USA. As I’ve grown, I realized it’s a life-changing place to dance, flourish, and find yourself artistically, no matter what or where you come from. My dream is to become a Broadway performer and Joffrey will help me get there.

Callaway Turner

“Give it your all because nothing less counts!” –Caitlin Abraham. In the five weeks I spent at the New York City Ballet Intensive I grew more in technique and artistry than I had in my previous 10 years of training. I had attend five week ballet intensives before coming to Joffrey, but nothing can compare to what I learned taking class and rehearsing with the Joffrey faculty. I was blown away by the professionalism of the program and the quality of the dancing. Joffrey gave me confidence to explore styles of dance I would never have the opportunity to otherwise. The friends I made during my time at Joffrey are ones that I talk to weekly and will have for many years. The atmosphere at Joffrey inspired me every day to squeeze out every bit of knowledge I could from my teachers and peers. Having the opportunity to work under internationally recognized choreographers and to performing their works at the end of the program was incredibly rewarding and an experience I will not soon forget. When I reflect back on my time at The Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive, my dancing soul is fulfilled. It truly changed my life.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
“Give it your all because nothing less counts!” –Caitlin Abraham. In the five weeks I spent at the New York City Ballet Intensive I grew more in technique and artistry than I had in my previous 10 years of training. I had attend five week ballet intensives before coming to Joffrey, but nothing can compare to what I learned taking class and rehearsing with the Joffrey faculty. I was blown away by the professionalism of the program and the quality of the dancing. Joffrey gave me confidence to explore styles of dance I would never have the opportunity to otherwise. The friends I made during my time at Joffrey are ones that I talk to weekly and will have for many years. The atmosphere at Joffrey inspired me every day to squeeze out every bit of knowledge I could from my teachers and peers. Having the opportunity to work under internationally recognized choreographers and to performing their works at the end of the program was incredibly rewarding and an experience I will not soon forget. When I reflect back on my time at The Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive, my dancing soul is fulfilled. It truly changed my life.

Andrea Vazquez

It was my first summer intensive, my first time at Joffrey and my first time traveling alone. Now I can say that it was one of the best experiences in my life. The faculty was so welcoming and willing to help me to improve, the people at the dorms is people that gets why you are there and encourages you to continue everyday. Yes, it was tiring at some point but the need to improve and love to dance made it easier to keep going on with the course, I can say that Joffrey gave me some things to keep in mind while I dance and its not only the technique but the passion to do it. So because it gave me a summer to remember, I think that Joffrey Ballet School its a world premier dance school.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
It was my first summer intensive, my first time at Joffrey and my first time traveling alone. Now I can say that it was one of the best experiences in my life. The faculty was so welcoming and willing to help me to improve, the people at the dorms is people that gets why you are there and encourages you to continue everyday. Yes, it was tiring at some point but the need to improve and love to dance made it easier to keep going on with the course, I can say that Joffrey gave me some things to keep in mind while I dance and its not only the technique but the passion to do it. So because it gave me a summer to remember, I think that Joffrey Ballet School its a world premier dance school.

Ashley Nielsen

This passed summer was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I had motivation to wake up in the morning, and trust me, I usually don't. I was just so excited to go to class and learn from many amazing teachers. Joffrey is the world premiere dance school in the USA because all the students that go there get so much out of it. I had only gone to Joffrey for 3 weeks but I had become a much better dancer thanks to the curriculum of the classes. I would definitely recommend Joffrey summer intensive to anyone wanting to improve their dancing. You get to learn all different teaching styles instead of getting the same dance teacher every day. Joffrey is also great because you get the option to focus on one style of dance (mine was ballet) and still get to experience all the other types of dance. Just living in the city and having a sense of independence will help you make it through the dance world. Joffrey ballet school is definitely the best if you truly have a deep passion for dance.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
This passed summer was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I had motivation to wake up in the morning, and trust me, I usually don't. I was just so excited to go to class and learn from many amazing teachers. Joffrey is the world premiere dance school in the USA because all the students that go there get so much out of it. I had only gone to Joffrey for 3 weeks but I had become a much better dancer thanks to the curriculum of the classes. I would definitely recommend Joffrey summer intensive to anyone wanting to improve their dancing. You get to learn all different teaching styles instead of getting the same dance teacher every day. Joffrey is also great because you get the option to focus on one style of dance (mine was ballet) and still get to experience all the other types of dance. Just living in the city and having a sense of independence will help you make it through the dance world. Joffrey ballet school is definitely the best if you truly have a deep passion for dance.

Ana de Gannes

Why do I dance? Why ballet? I ask myself this everyday, each time searching for a clearer answer. The bare truth is, it cannot be answered simply or bluntly. The deep endearment embedded in me for ballet is powerful, controlling and utterly ineffable.when I dance I am swallowed by a rush of emotions as the music and I merge into one. My demure presence is transformed into pure radiance and the ever-growing confidence overshadows all of my insecurities. I become lost in my longing to comprehend every aspect of this compelling art. Even when in pain I still yearn for this empowering feeling to be sempiternal. Living on a small Caribbean island has prevented me from experiencing ballet programs like the Joffrey ballet but I continue to push myself diligently to excel at my greatest potential. Joffrey ballet is an international renowned school and has motivated and inspired young dancers such as myself. Attending this program with such prestigious instructors would be a privilege and a dream come true. I hope to explore new horizons and gain a wider understanding of dance. Joffrey ballet will be the beginning of my journey onwards to fulfill my dreams.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
Why do I dance? Why ballet? I ask myself this everyday, each time searching for a clearer answer. The bare truth is, it cannot be answered simply or bluntly. The deep endearment embedded in me for ballet is powerful, controlling and utterly ineffable.when I dance I am swallowed by a rush of emotions as the music and I merge into one. My demure presence is transformed into pure radiance and the ever-growing confidence overshadows all of my insecurities. I become lost in my longing to comprehend every aspect of this compelling art. Even when in pain I still yearn for this empowering feeling to be sempiternal. Living on a small Caribbean island has prevented me from experiencing ballet programs like the Joffrey ballet but I continue to push myself diligently to excel at my greatest potential. Joffrey ballet is an international renowned school and has motivated and inspired young dancers such as myself. Attending this program with such prestigious instructors would be a privilege and a dream come true. I hope to explore new horizons and gain a wider understanding of dance. Joffrey ballet will be the beginning of my journey onwards to fulfill my dreams.

Brittany Watson

I am compelled by the artistry and creativity that The JBS provides. I have attended Joffrey San Francisco for two years. Each year I accumulate more knowledge about movement and technique. The JBS gives me the training I need to become unstoppable. In class, I’m not only inspired by the teachers, but also the dancers. I get the opportunity to learn from my incredible peers. We’re all there to become the best possible version of ourselves. There’s a vibe about the Joffrey students that inspires me to work harder each day. One of the teachers said something that really stuck with me. He said “When you think you’re going to die, you’re not.” It seems exaggerated, but it’s what got me through the days of soreness and fatigue. After hearing those words, I realized, no matter how difficult the class is, I can always push through. I wouldn’t have traded those days of soreness and fatigue for anything. I learned that being uncomfortable is one of the best things you can do to improve. I have acquired so much knowledge, met some lifelong friends, and continuously improve. I’m extremely thankful for these opportunities and hope to return next summer.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
I am compelled by the artistry and creativity that The JBS provides. I have attended Joffrey San Francisco for two years. Each year I accumulate more knowledge about movement and technique. The JBS gives me the training I need to become unstoppable. In class, I’m not only inspired by the teachers, but also the dancers. I get the opportunity to learn from my incredible peers. We’re all there to become the best possible version of ourselves. There’s a vibe about the Joffrey students that inspires me to work harder each day. One of the teachers said something that really stuck with me. He said “When you think you’re going to die, you’re not.” It seems exaggerated, but it’s what got me through the days of soreness and fatigue. After hearing those words, I realized, no matter how difficult the class is, I can always push through. I wouldn’t have traded those days of soreness and fatigue for anything. I learned that being uncomfortable is one of the best things you can do to improve. I have acquired so much knowledge, met some lifelong friends, and continuously improve. I’m extremely thankful for these opportunities and hope to return next summer.

Alexis Faught

Although I did not attend Joffrey this past summer, I did have the privilege of experiencing the NYC intensive in 2013 and Joffrey Denver in 2014. When I was at the intensives, I left with a whole new perspective than when I had arrived. I love how we all got the opportunity to take classes from several different instructors so each day really felt like a new beginning. For me I always need some sort of motivation to keep me going and pushing me further and at Joffrey just waking up each morning and knowing that I could improve myself was enough to really get me going. The Joffrey Ballet has a very well rounded program that I have grown to love. I really wish I would have been able to attend during the summer of 2015, and it would mean the world to me to if I could go one more time before I have to head off to college and persue my dreams as a BFA dance major.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
Although I did not attend Joffrey this past summer, I did have the privilege of experiencing the NYC intensive in 2013 and Joffrey Denver in 2014. When I was at the intensives, I left with a whole new perspective than when I had arrived. I love how we all got the opportunity to take classes from several different instructors so each day really felt like a new beginning. For me I always need some sort of motivation to keep me going and pushing me further and at Joffrey just waking up each morning and knowing that I could improve myself was enough to really get me going. The Joffrey Ballet has a very well rounded program that I have grown to love. I really wish I would have been able to attend during the summer of 2015, and it would mean the world to me to if I could go one more time before I have to head off to college and persue my dreams as a BFA dance major.

Katelynn Carroll

Why is the Joffrey Ballet School the world premiere dance school in the USA? By: Katelynn Carroll, Age 13 For the past few years, I have been putting all my attention to my technique. But is that really dance? Only a short while ago, I realized that the answer to that question is no. Don’t get me wrong, dance does consist of having technique and is very important, but also performing with your heart and soul, and this is what Joffrey Ballet School represents. Joffrey Ballet School welcomes all dancers of any age, level, and background with a love and dedication to dance. They teach to dance with your heart and soul and to express who you are and what you want to tell the world, through dance. They not only teach to dance with passion, they additionally introduce you to new concepts and evaluate on technique. Joffrey Ballet School teaches so many important concepts in dance with their amazing and wonderful staff, and I would be honored to be part of this experience.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
Why is the Joffrey Ballet School the world premiere dance school in the USA? By: Katelynn Carroll, Age 13 For the past few years, I have been putting all my attention to my technique. But is that really dance? Only a short while ago, I realized that the answer to that question is no. Don’t get me wrong, dance does consist of having technique and is very important, but also performing with your heart and soul, and this is what Joffrey Ballet School represents. Joffrey Ballet School welcomes all dancers of any age, level, and background with a love and dedication to dance. They teach to dance with your heart and soul and to express who you are and what you want to tell the world, through dance. They not only teach to dance with passion, they additionally introduce you to new concepts and evaluate on technique. Joffrey Ballet School teaches so many important concepts in dance with their amazing and wonderful staff, and I would be honored to be part of this experience.

Miranda Schry

Dance is without a doubt my passion. I attended the Joffrey NYC Jazz & Contemporary program two years ago, and this past year I attended Joffrey West LA, and I am so grateful. I have absolutely no complaints about either intensive. Both intensives were inspiring environments where I felt completely vulnerable to all chances and opportunities I was given. I pushed and challenged myself more than I ever have before, and yet I improved and grew as a dancer and a person more than I ever have before. Sometimes, I doubt myself. I doubt my abilities and strengths. But then, I dance and I realize what this life is all about, and why it is all worth it. Success comes from endless work, perseverance, dedication, time, and the most valuable of them all, passion. Without dance, I am empty. But my endless passion reminds me every day of why I do what I love. Joffrey is the best environment for a dancer who is willing to go the extra step and really become what it takes. The faculty is outstanding, and everyone there shares the same passion-endless love for the art of dance.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
Dance is without a doubt my passion. I attended the Joffrey NYC Jazz & Contemporary program two years ago, and this past year I attended Joffrey West LA, and I am so grateful. I have absolutely no complaints about either intensive. Both intensives were inspiring environments where I felt completely vulnerable to all chances and opportunities I was given. I pushed and challenged myself more than I ever have before, and yet I improved and grew as a dancer and a person more than I ever have before. Sometimes, I doubt myself. I doubt my abilities and strengths. But then, I dance and I realize what this life is all about, and why it is all worth it. Success comes from endless work, perseverance, dedication, time, and the most valuable of them all, passion. Without dance, I am empty. But my endless passion reminds me every day of why I do what I love. Joffrey is the best environment for a dancer who is willing to go the extra step and really become what it takes. The faculty is outstanding, and everyone there shares the same passion-endless love for the art of dance.

Tyler DuVall

Starting ballet at age 17, my dance story has been different than most of my peers. However, ballet is something that I have completely fallen in love with, and through hard work and whole-hearted dedication, I have been able to achieve my dreams. I have had the opportunity to dance at a professional company’s summer intensive, and this December I’ll be performing my dream role of the Sugarplum Fairy with AZ School of Classical Ballet. Even after starting at such a late age, I have always known that the word “Joffrey” is synonymous with being a true ballerina. I have watched friends and mentors alike succeed and flourish through the Joffrey program, and can only hope to have the opportunity to do the same. I am just beginning to reach all of my goals and dreams, however, many schools across the country have an age cut off of 18. Joffrey does not; I believe this is a place that values potential and gives a large variety of dancers the ability to succeed. Since starting this wonderful journey of becoming a ballerina, Joffrey has been my dream, and this year I hope to make that dream come true.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
Starting ballet at age 17, my dance story has been different than most of my peers. However, ballet is something that I have completely fallen in love with, and through hard work and whole-hearted dedication, I have been able to achieve my dreams. I have had the opportunity to dance at a professional company’s summer intensive, and this December I’ll be performing my dream role of the Sugarplum Fairy with AZ School of Classical Ballet. Even after starting at such a late age, I have always known that the word “Joffrey” is synonymous with being a true ballerina. I have watched friends and mentors alike succeed and flourish through the Joffrey program, and can only hope to have the opportunity to do the same. I am just beginning to reach all of my goals and dreams, however, many schools across the country have an age cut off of 18. Joffrey does not; I believe this is a place that values potential and gives a large variety of dancers the ability to succeed. Since starting this wonderful journey of becoming a ballerina, Joffrey has been my dream, and this year I hope to make that dream come true.

Aimee Brotten

Last year I attended Joffrey's NYC Experience, for one week. I had an incredible time, I was amazed by the relationships I built with the other students in such a short amount of time and deeply wished to stay longer. My favorite part of the intensive I attended was Improv at then end of the day for two hours! It was surreal working with all of the other talented artists to create "Improv dances" as our amazing teachers The 7 Lovelies called them. This experience helped me grow as an artist and a dancer more than I could of imagined. But improv wasn't the only amazing class I got to take, from Josie Walsh's excellent ways of explaining ballet technique, to getting to take from modern legend Desmond Richardson. This amazing faculty helped me learn and become a better all around dancer in a very small window of time. I left the intensive hungrier for more training and this is why I crave to return to a Joffrey Summer Intensive next summer. To be able to get a week or hopefully more time to further my dance education from even more illustrious teachers.
2015-12-22T20:49:14+00:00
Last year I attended Joffrey's NYC Experience, for one week. I had an incredible time, I was amazed by the relationships I built with the other students in such a short amount of time and deeply wished to stay longer. My favorite part of the intensive I attended was Improv at then end of the day for two hours! It was surreal working with all of the other talented artists to create "Improv dances" as our amazing teachers The 7 Lovelies called them. This experience helped me grow as an artist and a dancer more than I could of imagined. But improv wasn't the only amazing class I got to take, from Josie Walsh's excellent ways of explaining ballet technique, to getting to take from modern legend Desmond Richardson. This amazing faculty helped me learn and become a better all around dancer in a very small window of time. I left the intensive hungrier for more training and this is why I crave to return to a Joffrey Summer Intensive next summer. To be able to get a week or hopefully more time to further my dance education from even more illustrious teachers.

Stone Snowden

When I first found out that I got into the Joffrey Summer intensive I was both shocked and excited! I was very nervous about classes and how the teachers were going to treat the students. However when I got there and took classes the teachers were very helpful and they pushed me to do new things. I learned so much from just on week in the summer and I left a better dancer. I apply the corrections that I was given everyday and it has helped tremendously. I'm so glad that I went to the Joffrey Ballet School I had the time of my life and it has changed me in so many ways.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
When I first found out that I got into the Joffrey Summer intensive I was both shocked and excited! I was very nervous about classes and how the teachers were going to treat the students. However when I got there and took classes the teachers were very helpful and they pushed me to do new things. I learned so much from just on week in the summer and I left a better dancer. I apply the corrections that I was given everyday and it has helped tremendously. I'm so glad that I went to the Joffrey Ballet School I had the time of my life and it has changed me in so many ways.

Daniella Sibley

When I am dancing, there is no better feeling in the world. No matter what happens, dance is always there for me. While I am dancing, all of my problems become irrelevant, with my heart and mind clear of my goals, hopes, and dreams both short and long term. For me, dancing is a moment of clarity, where my body takes control over my mind, allowing me to reach my full potential. No matter where I am or what I am doing, dance is always there, allowing me to escape the harsh realities of the world outside of dance class. The Joffery Ballet School is well-known for their technically prestige and all-around beautiful dancers. I believe they teach not only dance, but important life lessons, shaping one's character. They teach with great emphasis on the future, leading towards progressions as a person, as well as a dancer. Technical aspects of the school's main focus;ballet, are portrayed through every other style of dance, setting one up to succeed in any other style of dance. In order to obtain all aspects needed to become a great dancer, ballet is a necessity, and training from the best leads to the best.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
When I am dancing, there is no better feeling in the world. No matter what happens, dance is always there for me. While I am dancing, all of my problems become irrelevant, with my heart and mind clear of my goals, hopes, and dreams both short and long term. For me, dancing is a moment of clarity, where my body takes control over my mind, allowing me to reach my full potential. No matter where I am or what I am doing, dance is always there, allowing me to escape the harsh realities of the world outside of dance class. The Joffery Ballet School is well-known for their technically prestige and all-around beautiful dancers. I believe they teach not only dance, but important life lessons, shaping one's character. They teach with great emphasis on the future, leading towards progressions as a person, as well as a dancer. Technical aspects of the school's main focus;ballet, are portrayed through every other style of dance, setting one up to succeed in any other style of dance. In order to obtain all aspects needed to become a great dancer, ballet is a necessity, and training from the best leads to the best.

Kelly Beck

You live as long as you dance, and I plan to live a very long time! Constantly searching for instruction to be the best dancer I can be, I found it this summer at Joffrey NYC Jazz/Contemporary Intensive. I auditioned and was honored to work in all disciplines with Master Teachers and current working professionals. All were inspiring, encouraging, yet extremely challenging. I need to be in class with students who are as serious about the work and are as good or better than I am, so that I push myself, and that is the Joffrey way. In fact one evening rehearsal had to be rescheduled, forcing me to miss it. My choreographer for our showcase face-timed with me for the two hours so I wasn’t behind! Also provided were yoga, pilates, auditioning workshops, and evaluations on what our look and dance strengths were best suited for commercially. That said, I made international friends, even using my Spanish skills to translate, and I am proud to say I survived a summer on N.J. Transit, the path train, and the NYC subway systems. Thank you Joffrey 2015 for the Best Dance Summer Ever.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
You live as long as you dance, and I plan to live a very long time! Constantly searching for instruction to be the best dancer I can be, I found it this summer at Joffrey NYC Jazz/Contemporary Intensive. I auditioned and was honored to work in all disciplines with Master Teachers and current working professionals. All were inspiring, encouraging, yet extremely challenging. I need to be in class with students who are as serious about the work and are as good or better than I am, so that I push myself, and that is the Joffrey way. In fact one evening rehearsal had to be rescheduled, forcing me to miss it. My choreographer for our showcase face-timed with me for the two hours so I wasn’t behind! Also provided were yoga, pilates, auditioning workshops, and evaluations on what our look and dance strengths were best suited for commercially. That said, I made international friends, even using my Spanish skills to translate, and I am proud to say I survived a summer on N.J. Transit, the path train, and the NYC subway systems. Thank you Joffrey 2015 for the Best Dance Summer Ever.

Nicole Bonvini

This summer I attended the Joffrey Miami intensive,it was an amazing experience I meet loads of amazing people especially the amazing high quality faculty which I was honored to work with. I could see myself improving every day. The nice thing about these summer intensives are that they make you realize how is it going to be like working as a professional dancer. The show at the end of the program was very professional and it made us realize how hard is it to work as a professional dancer and how much work goes in to it. Everyone that work at the intensive had a big part in helping me get through my weeks at Joffrey because if I needed help in something they where always there. My four weeks at Joffrey were amazing and I would love to come back next summer to improve even more.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
This summer I attended the Joffrey Miami intensive,it was an amazing experience I meet loads of amazing people especially the amazing high quality faculty which I was honored to work with. I could see myself improving every day. The nice thing about these summer intensives are that they make you realize how is it going to be like working as a professional dancer. The show at the end of the program was very professional and it made us realize how hard is it to work as a professional dancer and how much work goes in to it. Everyone that work at the intensive had a big part in helping me get through my weeks at Joffrey because if I needed help in something they where always there. My four weeks at Joffrey were amazing and I would love to come back next summer to improve even more.

Maria McCain

I applied to the NYC Ballet Intensive hesitantly this past year. Ballet has never been my strong-point, and I was nervous about being able to keep up with material in classes. I also did not know anyone else going, and I was worried about not being welcomed by everyone there. To my delight, none of this even came close to being true! In fact, I grew so much technically and as a person throughout my three weeks in the intensive, and it was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had in my life. The group levels were not numbered, so I did not feel inferior to other students taking more challenging classes than me. I was challenged according to my current skill level. This was a blessing for me, since I often feel inadequate to be studying ballet because of my late introduction to it (17 years old). I also stayed in housing, where the RA staff was super helpful to me, a first-timer to New York City! I love Joffrey Ballet School because it allows older students like myself (23) an opportunity to be challenged in their technical growth under well-experienced, encouraging staff. THANK YOU JBS!!!!
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
I applied to the NYC Ballet Intensive hesitantly this past year. Ballet has never been my strong-point, and I was nervous about being able to keep up with material in classes. I also did not know anyone else going, and I was worried about not being welcomed by everyone there. To my delight, none of this even came close to being true! In fact, I grew so much technically and as a person throughout my three weeks in the intensive, and it was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had in my life. The group levels were not numbered, so I did not feel inferior to other students taking more challenging classes than me. I was challenged according to my current skill level. This was a blessing for me, since I often feel inadequate to be studying ballet because of my late introduction to it (17 years old). I also stayed in housing, where the RA staff was super helpful to me, a first-timer to New York City! I love Joffrey Ballet School because it allows older students like myself (23) an opportunity to be challenged in their technical growth under well-experienced, encouraging staff. THANK YOU JBS!!!!

Macy Dunn

People say, "You're quiet". But I don't think I am. People ask me, "Do you ever speak?" I do. everyday. all day. My language, while unconventional, interprets more than they know. Passion through an emotional past. Submission and determination through each breath I take and move I make. I speak through whispered pas de bourree and boisterous grand jetés. My body joyfully screams through each fouette' turn and new variation that I learn . They don' know that I can carry stage-long pique turn conversations. They don't know yet. Joffrey taught. Curtain drawn. Stage lights on. It's my time to speak. People exclaim, "That was beautiful!" They finally heard me. Thank you Joffrey Ballet School.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
People say, "You're quiet". But I don't think I am. People ask me, "Do you ever speak?" I do. everyday. all day. My language, while unconventional, interprets more than they know. Passion through an emotional past. Submission and determination through each breath I take and move I make. I speak through whispered pas de bourree and boisterous grand jetés. My body joyfully screams through each fouette' turn and new variation that I learn . They don' know that I can carry stage-long pique turn conversations. They don't know yet. Joffrey taught. Curtain drawn. Stage lights on. It's my time to speak. People exclaim, "That was beautiful!" They finally heard me. Thank you Joffrey Ballet School.

Kaitlyn Boswell

Tears, sweat, and pain but totally worth it! Aching muscles and bleeding toes but loving every moment! Exhaustion but plenty of energy! Never good enough but always striving for perfection! The Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive challenged me in more ways than I knew possible. Soreness and exhaustion were never excuses. We were told to give our best and more. Each day we had a choice: give it our all or give it nothing. JBS Summer Intensive taught me so many lessons every day. I came home with new insight and strengths. The teachers were there to help us improve and they wouldn’t give up on us until they knew we had given them everything we had. The classrooms were beautiful and spacious and the dorms made for a comfortable stay. The Joffrey staff and RAs gave me such a warm welcome when I first arrived and it made me even more excited to begin! JBS has as reputation as being a top ballet school in the nation! Every time I mention it to someone else, even non-dancers, they know it to be a great ballet school! Thank you, Joffrey Ballet School, for giving me such a great experience!
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
Tears, sweat, and pain but totally worth it! Aching muscles and bleeding toes but loving every moment! Exhaustion but plenty of energy! Never good enough but always striving for perfection! The Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive challenged me in more ways than I knew possible. Soreness and exhaustion were never excuses. We were told to give our best and more. Each day we had a choice: give it our all or give it nothing. JBS Summer Intensive taught me so many lessons every day. I came home with new insight and strengths. The teachers were there to help us improve and they wouldn’t give up on us until they knew we had given them everything we had. The classrooms were beautiful and spacious and the dorms made for a comfortable stay. The Joffrey staff and RAs gave me such a warm welcome when I first arrived and it made me even more excited to begin! JBS has as reputation as being a top ballet school in the nation! Every time I mention it to someone else, even non-dancers, they know it to be a great ballet school! Thank you, Joffrey Ballet School, for giving me such a great experience!

Stephanie Browning

My life is a dance. It’s movement set to song. It’s the work of my feet, my body, and my heart. Each day I come closer to my goal: to become a professional dancer. On paper it may seem beautiful, and on stage it’s lovely. But the effortless grace that others outside of dance see is possible because of the training and work that’s behind it. Each day, students and professionals alike study ballet. The class strengthens the body, clarifies the mind, and nurtures the artistry that we need. Under the best circumstances, teachers work with students to form the backbone of the beauty we see. It takes the dedication of both to create the finest dancers. Joffrey Ballet School’s intensive will point the way for me to become the dancer I dream of. I like that the training is based in classical ballet, but goes further into other dance forms The school was founded over 50 years ago, and has started many young dancers on their way to ballet careers. I hope that you will give this opportunity to me and that one day I will become another of your many students to become a professional dancer.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
My life is a dance. It’s movement set to song. It’s the work of my feet, my body, and my heart. Each day I come closer to my goal: to become a professional dancer. On paper it may seem beautiful, and on stage it’s lovely. But the effortless grace that others outside of dance see is possible because of the training and work that’s behind it. Each day, students and professionals alike study ballet. The class strengthens the body, clarifies the mind, and nurtures the artistry that we need. Under the best circumstances, teachers work with students to form the backbone of the beauty we see. It takes the dedication of both to create the finest dancers. Joffrey Ballet School’s intensive will point the way for me to become the dancer I dream of. I like that the training is based in classical ballet, but goes further into other dance forms The school was founded over 50 years ago, and has started many young dancers on their way to ballet careers. I hope that you will give this opportunity to me and that one day I will become another of your many students to become a professional dancer.

Corah Abbott

I feel that the Jofferey Ballet School would be a great opportunity for me to show my love of dance in a more professional manner. I have been dancing since I was five years old and started my first ballet class. I new that at that moment this would be my passion. When I danced I felt like nothing mattered except for using the movements I need to express myself. Later I started taking Contemporary and I learned that it is using your dynamics and motions to create different unpredictable motions that may change direction and envolves strength. I think Joffery Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the USA because dancers who come to try out, join, and advance to professionals make it for the long run getting paid for doing something they love. Someday I would love to join and make great progress training with teachers who have mastered technique and experienced the fine art of contemporary and ballet.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
I feel that the Jofferey Ballet School would be a great opportunity for me to show my love of dance in a more professional manner. I have been dancing since I was five years old and started my first ballet class. I new that at that moment this would be my passion. When I danced I felt like nothing mattered except for using the movements I need to express myself. Later I started taking Contemporary and I learned that it is using your dynamics and motions to create different unpredictable motions that may change direction and envolves strength. I think Joffery Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the USA because dancers who come to try out, join, and advance to professionals make it for the long run getting paid for doing something they love. Someday I would love to join and make great progress training with teachers who have mastered technique and experienced the fine art of contemporary and ballet.

Amelia Danehy

My experience at the Joffrey Ballet School was unforgettable. I had the experience of a life time with all the kind staff and friends that I will never forget. I loved going to classes and seeing how dancers from other states or even countries have been taught to dance. I learned so much from the teachers and the other dancers in my classes. I also loved that I could try different styles of dance and to my surprise loved the styles more than I thought I would and it inspired me to try different styles of dance. Another thing that I loved about my experience at the Joffrey Ballet School was getting to live in New York City. I loved how the chaperones would always have fun places for us to go to after classes. The Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the USA because of the great ballet training and the variety of dance styles. I would love to go back to the Joffrey Ballet School and have the training and fun I had the first time.
2015-12-22T21:19:50+00:00
My experience at the Joffrey Ballet School was unforgettable. I had the experience of a life time with all the kind staff and friends that I will never forget. I loved going to classes and seeing how dancers from other states or even countries have been taught to dance. I learned so much from the teachers and the other dancers in my classes. I also loved that I could try different styles of dance and to my surprise loved the styles more than I thought I would and it inspired me to try different styles of dance. Another thing that I loved about my experience at the Joffrey Ballet School was getting to live in New York City. I loved how the chaperones would always have fun places for us to go to after classes. The Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the USA because of the great ballet training and the variety of dance styles. I would love to go back to the Joffrey Ballet School and have the training and fun I had the first time.

Anna Harlow

Dance has been prominent in my life for as long as I can remember. I've always loved being on a stage and dancing my heart out. I came to Joffrey so I could become a more well-rounded dancer because my studio didn't really offer the kind of ballet program that Joffrey did. I absolutely loved the summer intensive and gained so much from just a week there. The teachers had so many different approaches at teaching ballet and contemporary that I'd never come across before. I feel that I improved in so many ways coming to this intensive and I am so incredibly grateful for being able to do this. It is my dream to come back again for another year because I learned so much last year. Joffrey Ballet School is definitely the world premiere dance school in the USA because they teach so many different ways of learning and help every dancer achieve their full potential. That is why I love Joffrey and hope to attend this coming season.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
Dance has been prominent in my life for as long as I can remember. I've always loved being on a stage and dancing my heart out. I came to Joffrey so I could become a more well-rounded dancer because my studio didn't really offer the kind of ballet program that Joffrey did. I absolutely loved the summer intensive and gained so much from just a week there. The teachers had so many different approaches at teaching ballet and contemporary that I'd never come across before. I feel that I improved in so many ways coming to this intensive and I am so incredibly grateful for being able to do this. It is my dream to come back again for another year because I learned so much last year. Joffrey Ballet School is definitely the world premiere dance school in the USA because they teach so many different ways of learning and help every dancer achieve their full potential. That is why I love Joffrey and hope to attend this coming season.

Gabriella Martinez

Usually moms push, pull, drag their daughters into dance and it’s not a passion but a situational or circumstantial state, the fashionable thing to do that soon loses luster. For me, it’s always been a passion that was initiated by my mother’s circumstantial actions. My mother who had very little to nothing as she grew up tried to provide me with any and all the privileges she lacked. I have been dancing since I was three years old, thanks to one very crazy, amazing, giving woman. My mother without a doubt trying to compensate for her missed childhood registered me in ice skating, gymnastics, drawing, and dance. Although at first, she chose randomly where to place me in the arts, I chose from the heart who I want to be and that is a Dancer. I am grateful for her sacrifice and for this I push myself every day to be better, learn my craft and auditioned to Miami Arts Charter School where I attend and why I auditioned and attended the world premiere dance school in America, Jeffrey Ballet School Summer intensive. Although, circumstantial beginnings it is by choice that I remain and thrive to be a professional dancer.
2015-12-22T21:19:50+00:00
Usually moms push, pull, drag their daughters into dance and it’s not a passion but a situational or circumstantial state, the fashionable thing to do that soon loses luster. For me, it’s always been a passion that was initiated by my mother’s circumstantial actions. My mother who had very little to nothing as she grew up tried to provide me with any and all the privileges she lacked. I have been dancing since I was three years old, thanks to one very crazy, amazing, giving woman. My mother without a doubt trying to compensate for her missed childhood registered me in ice skating, gymnastics, drawing, and dance. Although at first, she chose randomly where to place me in the arts, I chose from the heart who I want to be and that is a Dancer. I am grateful for her sacrifice and for this I push myself every day to be better, learn my craft and auditioned to Miami Arts Charter School where I attend and why I auditioned and attended the world premiere dance school in America, Jeffrey Ballet School Summer intensive. Although, circumstantial beginnings it is by choice that I remain and thrive to be a professional dancer.

Laine Whittier

It is an understatement to say that Joffrey changed my life. I am not a naturally born dancer, but I have always been surrounded by a close group of girls who love to dance, showing up five days a week in our convivial studio to laugh, challenge our bodies, and feel good about life. When I decided to audition for Joffrey, I didn’t think I had a chance at getting in, but was shocked to find that I got into many programs, ultimately choosing New York as my first real “dance camp.” My dancing started off tense, but almost immediately did I start to see improvements (my previous ability to do one shaky pirouette, and mastering three by the end of camp). Each teacher took a fraction of their time and dedicated it towards me, making sure I was getting the most out of every moment I spent 2,500 miles away from home. I am nowhere close to a professional, and I’m definitely not the the most flexible or technically perfect dancer, but I am confident, and I feel something truly magical when I dance everyday. That feeling you experience is, in my opinion, what dancing is all about.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
It is an understatement to say that Joffrey changed my life. I am not a naturally born dancer, but I have always been surrounded by a close group of girls who love to dance, showing up five days a week in our convivial studio to laugh, challenge our bodies, and feel good about life. When I decided to audition for Joffrey, I didn’t think I had a chance at getting in, but was shocked to find that I got into many programs, ultimately choosing New York as my first real “dance camp.” My dancing started off tense, but almost immediately did I start to see improvements (my previous ability to do one shaky pirouette, and mastering three by the end of camp). Each teacher took a fraction of their time and dedicated it towards me, making sure I was getting the most out of every moment I spent 2,500 miles away from home. I am nowhere close to a professional, and I’m definitely not the the most flexible or technically perfect dancer, but I am confident, and I feel something truly magical when I dance everyday. That feeling you experience is, in my opinion, what dancing is all about.

Kelly Chase

As an aspiring professional ballerina, I understand how much hard work and effort it takes to make it. Born and raised in Florida, I was on a competition team. I loved seeing other dancers, props, and choreography. It inspired me to push myself harder everyday, I wanted to be able to do the things I had seen at the competitions. Two years ago, moved to Alaska. I knew it would be a good opportunity to further improve my technique in dance with different teachers, so I was excited. It was here in Alaska that I realized my love of ballet, and I am in Anchorage Ballet's pre-professional program. Going to Joffrey would not only be an amazing experience to take classes from different teachers, but to also become more well-rounded as a dancer as I would be exposed to different styles and teaching methods. I know that Joffrey has trained many professionals, and I would hope that I become one of those students. For me, it would be a great honor to attend a Joffrey Intensive.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
As an aspiring professional ballerina, I understand how much hard work and effort it takes to make it. Born and raised in Florida, I was on a competition team. I loved seeing other dancers, props, and choreography. It inspired me to push myself harder everyday, I wanted to be able to do the things I had seen at the competitions. Two years ago, moved to Alaska. I knew it would be a good opportunity to further improve my technique in dance with different teachers, so I was excited. It was here in Alaska that I realized my love of ballet, and I am in Anchorage Ballet's pre-professional program. Going to Joffrey would not only be an amazing experience to take classes from different teachers, but to also become more well-rounded as a dancer as I would be exposed to different styles and teaching methods. I know that Joffrey has trained many professionals, and I would hope that I become one of those students. For me, it would be a great honor to attend a Joffrey Intensive.

Rebekah Pearson

Two years ago, I attended the Joffrey South Georgia Intensive. The classes were small and I benefited greatly from the personal instruction and corrections received. After two weeks of this program, I looked forward to coming back. For the following summer, I contemplated attending the Joffrey Ballet Intensive in New York City. I aspired to broaden my horizons by participating in this extremely large and prestigious dance intensive, but was intimidated about going to New York City alone, and worried that I would find myself overwhelmed in class with impersonal, critical teachers. Instead, upon attending, I found the total opposite. The teachers were incredibly hard and pushed me to be better, but they were also encouraging and kind. In class, they broke down movements so that I knew the correct way to dance them, they introduced me to concepts that I had never been exposed to, and they gave wonderful corrections. In some ways, the Joffrey Ballet School is similar to other schools, in that students come from abroad to study a dance form they love, but what makes the Joffrey Ballet School exceptional is its focus on nurturing each individual dancer to become his or her own personal best.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
Two years ago, I attended the Joffrey South Georgia Intensive. The classes were small and I benefited greatly from the personal instruction and corrections received. After two weeks of this program, I looked forward to coming back. For the following summer, I contemplated attending the Joffrey Ballet Intensive in New York City. I aspired to broaden my horizons by participating in this extremely large and prestigious dance intensive, but was intimidated about going to New York City alone, and worried that I would find myself overwhelmed in class with impersonal, critical teachers. Instead, upon attending, I found the total opposite. The teachers were incredibly hard and pushed me to be better, but they were also encouraging and kind. In class, they broke down movements so that I knew the correct way to dance them, they introduced me to concepts that I had never been exposed to, and they gave wonderful corrections. In some ways, the Joffrey Ballet School is similar to other schools, in that students come from abroad to study a dance form they love, but what makes the Joffrey Ballet School exceptional is its focus on nurturing each individual dancer to become his or her own personal best.

Jade Jubert

This past year attending the Joffrey Ballet School was unlike any other dance experience I've had. Just being present in New York City was a dream in itself. Dancing for two weeks in the Jazz and Contemporary program it definitely taught me more then I had expected. Each class for me was a great challenge but also a great experience as we were taught by the most professional teachers and choreographers in the dance world. I met a ton of interesting dancers and made life long friends that I can't wait to perform with again. I believe that the Joffrey Ballet School serves as the worlds most premiere dance school in the USA because of it's rich potential in the performing arts and its ambition to help students thrive to perfection. As an eighteen year old girl I know that the Joffrey Ballet School is where I need to be in order to accomplish my dreams of becoming a performer.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
This past year attending the Joffrey Ballet School was unlike any other dance experience I've had. Just being present in New York City was a dream in itself. Dancing for two weeks in the Jazz and Contemporary program it definitely taught me more then I had expected. Each class for me was a great challenge but also a great experience as we were taught by the most professional teachers and choreographers in the dance world. I met a ton of interesting dancers and made life long friends that I can't wait to perform with again. I believe that the Joffrey Ballet School serves as the worlds most premiere dance school in the USA because of it's rich potential in the performing arts and its ambition to help students thrive to perfection. As an eighteen year old girl I know that the Joffrey Ballet School is where I need to be in order to accomplish my dreams of becoming a performer.

Jeanette Smith

When I was invited to attend The Joffrey Ballet School Jazz Contemporary Intensive in New York City, I expected to meet brilliant choreographers and to perform with passionate elite dancers. I was sure that I would love the experience, but little did I expect the growth I would experience during day to day life in New York. For a girl from the quiet suburbs, the subway and streets felt like another world. Surrounded by people who seemed to know exactly where to go, I had to choose between relying on my uncle to supervise my every step or learning how to do things myself. My time in classes at JBS, the encouragement of my teachers, and support of newfound friends gave me confidence and independence. The Joffrey Intensive was the most memorable dance experience I ever had, but I learned far more than technique. In the unique exciting Joffrey environment, I gained confidence to not only take advantage of new dance opportunities, but to navigate and experience New York. I am indebted to The Joffrey Ballet School, and its world-class staff, for making me a better dancer, performer, and person. I hope with all of my heart to return.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
When I was invited to attend The Joffrey Ballet School Jazz Contemporary Intensive in New York City, I expected to meet brilliant choreographers and to perform with passionate elite dancers. I was sure that I would love the experience, but little did I expect the growth I would experience during day to day life in New York. For a girl from the quiet suburbs, the subway and streets felt like another world. Surrounded by people who seemed to know exactly where to go, I had to choose between relying on my uncle to supervise my every step or learning how to do things myself. My time in classes at JBS, the encouragement of my teachers, and support of newfound friends gave me confidence and independence. The Joffrey Intensive was the most memorable dance experience I ever had, but I learned far more than technique. In the unique exciting Joffrey environment, I gained confidence to not only take advantage of new dance opportunities, but to navigate and experience New York. I am indebted to The Joffrey Ballet School, and its world-class staff, for making me a better dancer, performer, and person. I hope with all of my heart to return.

Jesseca Scott

I was thrilled to spend another summer with Joffrey Ballet, NYC. This year I was able to dorm, which permitted me the opportunity to meet dancers from Japan, Sweden, Argentina and the U.S. The opportunity to befriend such a diverse group of girls excited me. I now have friends located across the world. The most enjoyable part of our newfound friendship was our shared love of dance. We may each have our strengths in a different discipline, but each girl was very encouraging and supportive. The experience this year, more than any other opened my eyes to the talented dancers in the world. I am so honored to have had some of the best hands on instruction offered at Joffrey Ballet, as well as, the staff that was readily available for us at our dorms. My home instructors have commented on seeing marked improvement in some skills since attending the intensive. My core is stronger and my passion is greater. Between the training and diversity of dancers, Joffrey Ballet continues to far exceed my expectations. I am very appreciative of the exposure and caliper of training I receive with Joffrey Ballet each year. I hope to attend again next year.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
I was thrilled to spend another summer with Joffrey Ballet, NYC. This year I was able to dorm, which permitted me the opportunity to meet dancers from Japan, Sweden, Argentina and the U.S. The opportunity to befriend such a diverse group of girls excited me. I now have friends located across the world. The most enjoyable part of our newfound friendship was our shared love of dance. We may each have our strengths in a different discipline, but each girl was very encouraging and supportive. The experience this year, more than any other opened my eyes to the talented dancers in the world. I am so honored to have had some of the best hands on instruction offered at Joffrey Ballet, as well as, the staff that was readily available for us at our dorms. My home instructors have commented on seeing marked improvement in some skills since attending the intensive. My core is stronger and my passion is greater. Between the training and diversity of dancers, Joffrey Ballet continues to far exceed my expectations. I am very appreciative of the exposure and caliper of training I receive with Joffrey Ballet each year. I hope to attend again next year.

Dillan Ritmiller

Last year I went to Joffrey West in Los Angeles and Joffrey in San Francisco. When I went I was kind of nervous because it is known to have great talent. On my first day I walk in a felt very welcome it was a very friendly environment and I flourished in it. I loved getting all the new info and corrections. One of the classes that I really enjoyed was Bradley Shelver's. He had such a good opinion on making it in the dance world. He also gave tips that made me grow as a dancer. Another class I enjoyed was Allison Debona's class. In her class see really pushed me. Also she helped me with pointe because at the time I had only been on for a year. Also when I came back to my studio all my teachers noticed my growth and how much stronger I was. I think Joffrey is exceptional because its amazing faculty is able to take a student and even over a week with all the class they are able transform a student into a new dancer. I think that if I went back I would grow as a performer and a dancer.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
Last year I went to Joffrey West in Los Angeles and Joffrey in San Francisco. When I went I was kind of nervous because it is known to have great talent. On my first day I walk in a felt very welcome it was a very friendly environment and I flourished in it. I loved getting all the new info and corrections. One of the classes that I really enjoyed was Bradley Shelver's. He had such a good opinion on making it in the dance world. He also gave tips that made me grow as a dancer. Another class I enjoyed was Allison Debona's class. In her class see really pushed me. Also she helped me with pointe because at the time I had only been on for a year. Also when I came back to my studio all my teachers noticed my growth and how much stronger I was. I think Joffrey is exceptional because its amazing faculty is able to take a student and even over a week with all the class they are able transform a student into a new dancer. I think that if I went back I would grow as a performer and a dancer.

Andrea Gomez

Attending the NYC J&C Intensive this past summer was life changing for me, it made me realize that I don't have to be afraid of showing my emotions through dance because that's who I am and that's who I want to be for as long as my life would let me; it helped me explore all my capabilities, my strengh and my capacity of creating things through dance; it was very challenging, not only for my brain and my body, but for myself and I feel that I'm not just a better dancer now, but I'm also a better person, someone who knows what she wants and its willing to show the world that Dance it's not for the uncertain and weak, but for people who is brave enough to show everyone who they are and are not afraid to use their bodies as paint-brushes or the floor as canvas to create a reality of dreams and show everyone the beauty of the world through art. Thnak you JBS for opening my eyes to an amazing world full of dance and the amazing staff that was always available for all of us. This experience I will never forget.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
Attending the NYC J&C Intensive this past summer was life changing for me, it made me realize that I don't have to be afraid of showing my emotions through dance because that's who I am and that's who I want to be for as long as my life would let me; it helped me explore all my capabilities, my strengh and my capacity of creating things through dance; it was very challenging, not only for my brain and my body, but for myself and I feel that I'm not just a better dancer now, but I'm also a better person, someone who knows what she wants and its willing to show the world that Dance it's not for the uncertain and weak, but for people who is brave enough to show everyone who they are and are not afraid to use their bodies as paint-brushes or the floor as canvas to create a reality of dreams and show everyone the beauty of the world through art. Thnak you JBS for opening my eyes to an amazing world full of dance and the amazing staff that was always available for all of us. This experience I will never forget.

Aiden Mayhew

When I started dance, it was just for fun, just like most other dancers. I didn't really consider having the possibilities in dance and Careers until just a few years ago. When I found out all of the options for pursuing what I have been studying for 11 years, I obviously wanted to take as many classes as possible! Just like many other families, mine did have financial issues and still does struggle to pay for classes. It was very hard for me, as my best friend was able to do many extra activities for dance while I could not. Last year, when I auditioned for The Joffrey Ballet School, I was more than excited when I was accepted. When my parents told me that I could attend the school in San Francisco I couldn't believe it. I was extremely grateful for all of the amazing teachers for giving me the opportunity to dance and improve that summer. This past summer was probably my best summer ever thanks to Joffrey nThis is why I believe that The Joffery Ballet School is the world premier School.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
When I started dance, it was just for fun, just like most other dancers. I didn't really consider having the possibilities in dance and Careers until just a few years ago. When I found out all of the options for pursuing what I have been studying for 11 years, I obviously wanted to take as many classes as possible! Just like many other families, mine did have financial issues and still does struggle to pay for classes. It was very hard for me, as my best friend was able to do many extra activities for dance while I could not. Last year, when I auditioned for The Joffrey Ballet School, I was more than excited when I was accepted. When my parents told me that I could attend the school in San Francisco I couldn't believe it. I was extremely grateful for all of the amazing teachers for giving me the opportunity to dance and improve that summer. This past summer was probably my best summer ever thanks to Joffrey nThis is why I believe that The Joffery Ballet School is the world premier School.

Emmaline Devore

There is a famous quote that says, “Dancing is like dreaming with your feet.” I find this is only partially true because if an average person were to feel the blisters, bruised toenails, and injuries dancers face, they might find it to be a nightmare. However, to me it is a reminder of the passion I have for dance and the dedication it takes to be serious in dancing. It is a reality that is full of difficult challenges that often times are genuinely rewarding. I love to dance because it pushes me physically and mentally to be strong yet graceful. The strength to sauté high off the ground while still appearing graceful is harder than it commonly insinuates. Joffrey would help me in the journey to make a dream out of reality because it provides an exposure to different genres of dance and outstanding teacher that can help me develop a mature awareness of the body alignment. Joffrey also has an exposure to other talented dancers that will continue to push me so that I can become the best I possibly can. The school will provide unique challenges every day that will help me see unprecedented progress being made.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
There is a famous quote that says, “Dancing is like dreaming with your feet.” I find this is only partially true because if an average person were to feel the blisters, bruised toenails, and injuries dancers face, they might find it to be a nightmare. However, to me it is a reminder of the passion I have for dance and the dedication it takes to be serious in dancing. It is a reality that is full of difficult challenges that often times are genuinely rewarding. I love to dance because it pushes me physically and mentally to be strong yet graceful. The strength to sauté high off the ground while still appearing graceful is harder than it commonly insinuates. Joffrey would help me in the journey to make a dream out of reality because it provides an exposure to different genres of dance and outstanding teacher that can help me develop a mature awareness of the body alignment. Joffrey also has an exposure to other talented dancers that will continue to push me so that I can become the best I possibly can. The school will provide unique challenges every day that will help me see unprecedented progress being made.

Alexis Brady

Dance is a release, a creative way to expression your feelings no matter how uncontrollable the world may seem. Dance teaches you self-control, strengthens the individual, and grounds you, but it also sets you free. Dance is flying, while safely on the ground. You feel reconciliation with yourself yet also released from the pressures of everyday stress, completely unstoppable yet absolutely joyful with the innermost peace that you could possibly have with life. You can go to a place where there is no one judging, it’s just your body creating a beautiful picture; you feel as though you can do anything and everything at once. Dance encourages you to understand your true self. Joffrey is the world premiere dance school in the U.S.A. because it cultivates passionate dancers into individually talented, creative, versatile artists that are able to fluidly evolve and work together in the fast-paced, ever changing society that is our world today. The original founders wanted to create a refuge that allowed dancers the opportunity to deconstruct their dance while perfecting their technique and form so that it would emit a passionately and naturally formed whole dancer. Joffrey nurtures the individual artist within every person.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
Dance is a release, a creative way to expression your feelings no matter how uncontrollable the world may seem. Dance teaches you self-control, strengthens the individual, and grounds you, but it also sets you free. Dance is flying, while safely on the ground. You feel reconciliation with yourself yet also released from the pressures of everyday stress, completely unstoppable yet absolutely joyful with the innermost peace that you could possibly have with life. You can go to a place where there is no one judging, it’s just your body creating a beautiful picture; you feel as though you can do anything and everything at once. Dance encourages you to understand your true self. Joffrey is the world premiere dance school in the U.S.A. because it cultivates passionate dancers into individually talented, creative, versatile artists that are able to fluidly evolve and work together in the fast-paced, ever changing society that is our world today. The original founders wanted to create a refuge that allowed dancers the opportunity to deconstruct their dance while perfecting their technique and form so that it would emit a passionately and naturally formed whole dancer. Joffrey nurtures the individual artist within every person.

Kamryn Jaugstetter

This year was my first year going to The Joffery Balllet Jazz and Contemporay summer intensive. I was so grateful to be able to go because My family's money was very stretched but with the help of friends and family members I was able to go for one week. I had the best experience at Joffery. It was always my dream to go and I did. I made so many new friends and learned lots of technique. My dream is to go to The Joffery Ballet School for college. I dance everyday of the week for 4 hours each day. I have never missed a dance class in my life. Without dance I would not be who I am today. Dance is my passion and I will dance for as long as I live. I also learned from my teachers at Joffery to never give up on my dreams and dream bigger and bigger each day. If I could go one more year to The Summer Intensive it would mean the WORLD to me. Dance is my passion and I will never give up on it.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
This year was my first year going to The Joffery Balllet Jazz and Contemporay summer intensive. I was so grateful to be able to go because My family's money was very stretched but with the help of friends and family members I was able to go for one week. I had the best experience at Joffery. It was always my dream to go and I did. I made so many new friends and learned lots of technique. My dream is to go to The Joffery Ballet School for college. I dance everyday of the week for 4 hours each day. I have never missed a dance class in my life. Without dance I would not be who I am today. Dance is my passion and I will dance for as long as I live. I also learned from my teachers at Joffery to never give up on my dreams and dream bigger and bigger each day. If I could go one more year to The Summer Intensive it would mean the WORLD to me. Dance is my passion and I will never give up on it.

Amber Sosnicki

My Joffrey experience was a lifetime opportunity that i will never forget. It gave me the chance to make lifelong friends and share my love of dance with many amazing artists that have passed down their experiences to the next generation of dancers. My love for dance is unlike any other love i will ever encounter. It gives me the chance to express myself in every way. Dance allows me to express those feelings and to always stay strong because of the joy and peace it brings me. When i went to Joffrey, it opened up so many doors for means gave me the chance to connect personally with other dancers. I loved the advice i received from the instructors and the experiences they shared with us. Learning so many new things and the quality of dance i received inspired me to work harder and harder every class. I loved dance before Joffrey, but after my experience i grew more love for it than i thought i ever would. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to spend a week with the best dance school in the country and it is something that all stay in my heart forever.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
My Joffrey experience was a lifetime opportunity that i will never forget. It gave me the chance to make lifelong friends and share my love of dance with many amazing artists that have passed down their experiences to the next generation of dancers. My love for dance is unlike any other love i will ever encounter. It gives me the chance to express myself in every way. Dance allows me to express those feelings and to always stay strong because of the joy and peace it brings me. When i went to Joffrey, it opened up so many doors for means gave me the chance to connect personally with other dancers. I loved the advice i received from the instructors and the experiences they shared with us. Learning so many new things and the quality of dance i received inspired me to work harder and harder every class. I loved dance before Joffrey, but after my experience i grew more love for it than i thought i ever would. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to spend a week with the best dance school in the country and it is something that all stay in my heart forever.

Kiah Champion

I live for the moment when I put on my dance shoes, step into the studio, and let go of all of my stress. The studio is my safe haven and my sanctuary. I may feel weak at times, but I become stronger, more determined and filled with bliss the instant I step into the studio. I live for the hours in the studio at the end of the day because this time allows me to create art while becoming a better version of myself. Vicki Baum was speaking the truth when she said, “ There are many short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.” Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the US because it is a short cut to happiness for many dancers. The pure bliss that the Joffrey Ballet School offers has dancers coming back for relief from the chaos of the outside world. While becoming stronger people and technicians, dancers receive world-class dance instruction. By empowering dancers and offering impeccable training, Joffrey is the best of the best and would be the perfect place for me to become a better person and dancer.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
I live for the moment when I put on my dance shoes, step into the studio, and let go of all of my stress. The studio is my safe haven and my sanctuary. I may feel weak at times, but I become stronger, more determined and filled with bliss the instant I step into the studio. I live for the hours in the studio at the end of the day because this time allows me to create art while becoming a better version of myself. Vicki Baum was speaking the truth when she said, “ There are many short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.” Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the US because it is a short cut to happiness for many dancers. The pure bliss that the Joffrey Ballet School offers has dancers coming back for relief from the chaos of the outside world. While becoming stronger people and technicians, dancers receive world-class dance instruction. By empowering dancers and offering impeccable training, Joffrey is the best of the best and would be the perfect place for me to become a better person and dancer.

Victoria Brady

Last summer at Joffrey Ballet School was the experience of a lifetime. I was able to meet so many new people from all over, who soon became great friends, and learn from so many inspiring teachers. Having many different teachers made it possible to learn so much because each teacher was looking at different things. I really enjoyed that because it isn’t something many people, including me, have at home, I only have two ballet teachers, not twelve. The Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive in NYC last year brought my dancing and my potential to new heights, new places that I couldn’t of imagined them going. Even when I’m dancing today I feel different, more confident, and more relaxed than I did before attending the Joffrey Ballet School. This year I hope again to attend the Joffrey Ballet School.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
Last summer at Joffrey Ballet School was the experience of a lifetime. I was able to meet so many new people from all over, who soon became great friends, and learn from so many inspiring teachers. Having many different teachers made it possible to learn so much because each teacher was looking at different things. I really enjoyed that because it isn’t something many people, including me, have at home, I only have two ballet teachers, not twelve. The Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive in NYC last year brought my dancing and my potential to new heights, new places that I couldn’t of imagined them going. Even when I’m dancing today I feel different, more confident, and more relaxed than I did before attending the Joffrey Ballet School. This year I hope again to attend the Joffrey Ballet School.

Annette Cherkasov

This year I experienced something that not only I can't stop talking about but something that brought me a step closer to my dream of becoming a professional dancer. I attended Joffrey's summer intensive program in NY. I was impressed, amazed and thrilled to absorb every moment of the experience being trained with the world premier dance school. It started with an audition which was not just a selection process but a real master class and a learning opportunity. The amazing journey continued in NY where I had a privilege working with the world class teachers. The ultimate goal of the instructors was to have dancers achieve their maximum not only through technique improvement but by bringing the soul and feeling in every movement. There was an abundance of corrections that were “AHA!” moments and each was given with care. In addition to a full dance curriculum, yoga, acting, dance history and nutrition classes were part of the program aimed to train versatile and well-rounded dancers. Joffrey's faculty gave me the tools to become an outstanding dancer, and mastering them will help me to realize my dream. I would be grateful for the opportunity to continue training with JBS.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
This year I experienced something that not only I can't stop talking about but something that brought me a step closer to my dream of becoming a professional dancer. I attended Joffrey's summer intensive program in NY. I was impressed, amazed and thrilled to absorb every moment of the experience being trained with the world premier dance school. It started with an audition which was not just a selection process but a real master class and a learning opportunity. The amazing journey continued in NY where I had a privilege working with the world class teachers. The ultimate goal of the instructors was to have dancers achieve their maximum not only through technique improvement but by bringing the soul and feeling in every movement. There was an abundance of corrections that were “AHA!” moments and each was given with care. In addition to a full dance curriculum, yoga, acting, dance history and nutrition classes were part of the program aimed to train versatile and well-rounded dancers. Joffrey's faculty gave me the tools to become an outstanding dancer, and mastering them will help me to realize my dream. I would be grateful for the opportunity to continue training with JBS.

Katie McCleary

People have asked me why I chose to be a dancer. I did not choose, I was chosen to be a dancer, and with that, you live all your life-Martha Graham. I am 14 years old, and ever since I can remember, I have danced. I look as far into the future as my mind will let me, and I am still dancing. I thank God for this everyday! I live in Iowa, and the dancing opportunities in the area are often hard to find compared to other places. I decided at a young age that I will not let this stop me from pursing my love of dance. I will dance in the cornfields if I have to! My passion for dance drives me everyday to grow both as an artist and a technician. I know the Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the USA because their instructors have so much experience and knowledge! Also, they provide so many opportunities for young dancers like myself. I would be so honored to win this scholarship because I know without a doubt that I would be surrounded by amazing people and pushed to reach my full potential!
2015-12-22T21:19:50+00:00
People have asked me why I chose to be a dancer. I did not choose, I was chosen to be a dancer, and with that, you live all your life-Martha Graham. I am 14 years old, and ever since I can remember, I have danced. I look as far into the future as my mind will let me, and I am still dancing. I thank God for this everyday! I live in Iowa, and the dancing opportunities in the area are often hard to find compared to other places. I decided at a young age that I will not let this stop me from pursing my love of dance. I will dance in the cornfields if I have to! My passion for dance drives me everyday to grow both as an artist and a technician. I know the Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the USA because their instructors have so much experience and knowledge! Also, they provide so many opportunities for young dancers like myself. I would be so honored to win this scholarship because I know without a doubt that I would be surrounded by amazing people and pushed to reach my full potential!

Michela Chiroli

In July 2015 I spent a couple of weeks attending the Summer Intensive Program of Joffrey Ballet School in New York. It was a wonderful opportunity. I met the most educated and experienced dance instructors in the world: Davis Robertson, Nicole Duffy, Africa Guzman, Dwight Rodhen, Chartel Arthur, Misty Copland. I loved taking different classes from all different teachers, each with his own style. I enjoyed the way the lessons were organized, in a hard but joyful way, helping us to warm up muscles and tendons, in order not to harm ourselves. I attended different stages, but I realized that Joffrey Ballet School is really the world’s first dance school, because classes and exercises offer several technical cues and you can try many times until you internalize movements and expressions. We worked hard, but also had a lot of fun: the teachers worked with us, so they let us understand exactly how to perform the exercises. The staff was friendly and helpful, encouraging me to relax and express myself at my best dancing. I feel I grew up as a person and as a dancer. I wish I could earn a new scholarship to repeat my experience next summer.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
In July 2015 I spent a couple of weeks attending the Summer Intensive Program of Joffrey Ballet School in New York. It was a wonderful opportunity. I met the most educated and experienced dance instructors in the world: Davis Robertson, Nicole Duffy, Africa Guzman, Dwight Rodhen, Chartel Arthur, Misty Copland. I loved taking different classes from all different teachers, each with his own style. I enjoyed the way the lessons were organized, in a hard but joyful way, helping us to warm up muscles and tendons, in order not to harm ourselves. I attended different stages, but I realized that Joffrey Ballet School is really the world’s first dance school, because classes and exercises offer several technical cues and you can try many times until you internalize movements and expressions. We worked hard, but also had a lot of fun: the teachers worked with us, so they let us understand exactly how to perform the exercises. The staff was friendly and helpful, encouraging me to relax and express myself at my best dancing. I feel I grew up as a person and as a dancer. I wish I could earn a new scholarship to repeat my experience next summer.

Brooklynn Goryniuk

Brooklynn Goryniuk My Experience at the Joffrey Summer Intensive My time at the Joffrey Summer Intensive was absolutely incredible, I can barely put my contentment into words. Besides the thrill of visiting New York City, the most influential city in the world, I had to attempt to wrap my head around the fact that I was dancing at the premiere dance school in North America. In the short week I was attending Joffrey, I learned a substantial amount; I tried to grasp every concept and correction thrown at me by the spectacular teaching staff. The excitement I had in attending the program ignited a desire to retain everything I possibly could from every class. The Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive not only made me want to learn, but also provided me with a continuing flow of the information I wanted. I recommend the program to as many people as possible because I think every dancer deserves the outstanding experience I had, the experience that I want so desperately to relive.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
Brooklynn Goryniuk My Experience at the Joffrey Summer Intensive My time at the Joffrey Summer Intensive was absolutely incredible, I can barely put my contentment into words. Besides the thrill of visiting New York City, the most influential city in the world, I had to attempt to wrap my head around the fact that I was dancing at the premiere dance school in North America. In the short week I was attending Joffrey, I learned a substantial amount; I tried to grasp every concept and correction thrown at me by the spectacular teaching staff. The excitement I had in attending the program ignited a desire to retain everything I possibly could from every class. The Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive not only made me want to learn, but also provided me with a continuing flow of the information I wanted. I recommend the program to as many people as possible because I think every dancer deserves the outstanding experience I had, the experience that I want so desperately to relive.

Renee Garcia

Going to the Joffrey Ballet school tutorial in New York City this past summer is the best thing that had happened to me in my life and I am sure it will be within the most important things in my whole life. I waited for this opportunity for years. I think the Joffrey Ballet School is a world premiere dance school in the USA defiantly because of the talent of the instructors. I was very impressed with all my instructors; they were all very professional and very knowledgeable. It is very motivating when you are led in a discipline by talented people. I do believe that any good school is only as good as the sum of the talent of its teachers and Joffrey I think adds more talent than any other ballet school in America.
2015-12-22T21:19:50+00:00
Going to the Joffrey Ballet school tutorial in New York City this past summer is the best thing that had happened to me in my life and I am sure it will be within the most important things in my whole life. I waited for this opportunity for years. I think the Joffrey Ballet School is a world premiere dance school in the USA defiantly because of the talent of the instructors. I was very impressed with all my instructors; they were all very professional and very knowledgeable. It is very motivating when you are led in a discipline by talented people. I do believe that any good school is only as good as the sum of the talent of its teachers and Joffrey I think adds more talent than any other ballet school in America.

Madalaine MacKinnon

Two years ago I had the amazing opportunity to dance with the Joffrey Ballet School, due to a concussion I had been unable to return this past year. Now I am back on my feet and back in class and would love to return for another summer. The time I spent with Joffrey was phenomenal, everyone was kind, the teachers were professional, and it truly felt as if I could do anything. Joffrey has by far been the best-intensive I ever experienced and I hope to do it again this coming year. If ever asked what my best memories are, my response would be my time with Joffrey, I made many new friends from all over the world, got to dance among professionals, and got treated as one too.
2015-12-22T21:19:50+00:00
Two years ago I had the amazing opportunity to dance with the Joffrey Ballet School, due to a concussion I had been unable to return this past year. Now I am back on my feet and back in class and would love to return for another summer. The time I spent with Joffrey was phenomenal, everyone was kind, the teachers were professional, and it truly felt as if I could do anything. Joffrey has by far been the best-intensive I ever experienced and I hope to do it again this coming year. If ever asked what my best memories are, my response would be my time with Joffrey, I made many new friends from all over the world, got to dance among professionals, and got treated as one too.

Kelly Knief

My experience at the Joffrey Jazz Summer Intensive in New York was a dream come true. I was on cloud nine when I received my acceptance letter. Michael Blake and all the other faculty members made my experience everything I imagined and more! I loved working with choreographers like Germaul Barnes and Tatiana Domovidova. I learned many different ways my body could move and all the shapes I could make with my body. It was truly an inspiration to work with so many talented people. Everyday at the Joffrey I took in so much information from many different amazing teachers that I will keep forever. While at the Joffrey I met several life long friends that pushed me harder everyday at practice and rehearsals. It was also so much fun to go to broadway shows like On the Town. My overall favorite part of my Joffrey experience was the final show. I felt so alive when I stepped on the stage. It was an incredible feeling! Going to the Joffrey Ballet School was the best experience of my lifetime and it would be an honor if I got the chance to attend again and further my dance training.
2015-12-22T21:11:45+00:00
My experience at the Joffrey Jazz Summer Intensive in New York was a dream come true. I was on cloud nine when I received my acceptance letter. Michael Blake and all the other faculty members made my experience everything I imagined and more! I loved working with choreographers like Germaul Barnes and Tatiana Domovidova. I learned many different ways my body could move and all the shapes I could make with my body. It was truly an inspiration to work with so many talented people. Everyday at the Joffrey I took in so much information from many different amazing teachers that I will keep forever. While at the Joffrey I met several life long friends that pushed me harder everyday at practice and rehearsals. It was also so much fun to go to broadway shows like On the Town. My overall favorite part of my Joffrey experience was the final show. I felt so alive when I stepped on the stage. It was an incredible feeling! Going to the Joffrey Ballet School was the best experience of my lifetime and it would be an honor if I got the chance to attend again and further my dance training.

Madeline Gellatly

My two week experience with the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary program was one of the most amazing, positive, experiences of my life. The jazz, ballet, modern, and improv classes were challenging and enjoyable. The program also opened my eyes to new styles of dance like Horton. The teachers were challenging, professional and not intimidating. I found their input and guidance helpful. After classes you go back to your room and spend time with your roommates and chaperone. I was so happy with my chaperone. She was responsible, friendly and a good role model. My roommates were very nice and I enjoyed making new friends. Each night we would go out together as a group and walk around the city. We would shop or go to the candy store. It was so much fun because the city has so many amazing things to do and to walk around and go to new places was really nice. My experience with Joffrey was amazing. I will never forget the memories and the experience I had. I would very much like to attend more summer Joffrey programs and even become a teacher or chaperone one day.
2015-12-22T21:09:35+00:00
My two week experience with the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary program was one of the most amazing, positive, experiences of my life. The jazz, ballet, modern, and improv classes were challenging and enjoyable. The program also opened my eyes to new styles of dance like Horton. The teachers were challenging, professional and not intimidating. I found their input and guidance helpful. After classes you go back to your room and spend time with your roommates and chaperone. I was so happy with my chaperone. She was responsible, friendly and a good role model. My roommates were very nice and I enjoyed making new friends. Each night we would go out together as a group and walk around the city. We would shop or go to the candy store. It was so much fun because the city has so many amazing things to do and to walk around and go to new places was really nice. My experience with Joffrey was amazing. I will never forget the memories and the experience I had. I would very much like to attend more summer Joffrey programs and even become a teacher or chaperone one day.

I’Ziae Frazier

Attending Joffrey Miami this past summer was truly an eye opening experience. The teachers improved my skills and pulled out some I didn't even know I had in me. They revealed how the real dance world is; giving us an inside look on what they went through everyday. I learned how to feel the music and be one with my inner self. Not only did I come out with better technique, I came out an artist who is still continuing to paint a moral of my on going dance career. This intensive showed me it's okay to be out of my comfort zone. In all honesty I left a better dancer and as an artist.
2015-12-22T21:14:37+00:00
Attending Joffrey Miami this past summer was truly an eye opening experience. The teachers improved my skills and pulled out some I didn't even know I had in me. They revealed how the real dance world is; giving us an inside look on what they went through everyday. I learned how to feel the music and be one with my inner self. Not only did I come out with better technique, I came out an artist who is still continuing to paint a moral of my on going dance career. This intensive showed me it's okay to be out of my comfort zone. In all honesty I left a better dancer and as an artist.

Grace Blando

This summer I was honored to have the opportunity to attend the Joffrey NYC Ballet Intensive. I will never forget the day I got accepted into the intensive. I was overjoyed! Knowing the Joffrey’s amazing reputation, I had high expectations for the four-week program; the Joffrey did not disappoint. The teachers were both challenging and inspiring, pushing me to do more than I knew I was capable of. I could see that they were invested in helping me become the best dancer I could be. The nutrition and dance history classes were excellent: I have put into practice several tips I learned in the nutrition classes to be a healthy dancer, and the dance history classes gave invaluable lessons about important people and works in this beautiful art form. Lastly, the performance was outstanding! I was grateful to be a part of it. Not only did I cherish performing in the gorgeous theater, but I also loved watching the other groups' dances during rehearsals. The gifted teachers, the engaging classes, and the thrilling performance all establish the Joffrey Ballet School as the world premiere dance school in the USA.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
This summer I was honored to have the opportunity to attend the Joffrey NYC Ballet Intensive. I will never forget the day I got accepted into the intensive. I was overjoyed! Knowing the Joffrey’s amazing reputation, I had high expectations for the four-week program; the Joffrey did not disappoint. The teachers were both challenging and inspiring, pushing me to do more than I knew I was capable of. I could see that they were invested in helping me become the best dancer I could be. The nutrition and dance history classes were excellent: I have put into practice several tips I learned in the nutrition classes to be a healthy dancer, and the dance history classes gave invaluable lessons about important people and works in this beautiful art form. Lastly, the performance was outstanding! I was grateful to be a part of it. Not only did I cherish performing in the gorgeous theater, but I also loved watching the other groups' dances during rehearsals. The gifted teachers, the engaging classes, and the thrilling performance all establish the Joffrey Ballet School as the world premiere dance school in the USA.

Dania Grant

I hear my name getting called. I walk confidently on to the stage, carefully hiding the butterflies anxiously flying around my stomach. "It's now or never," I tell myself. As I dance, I forget all my problems, and just focus on dancing. The only thing important right now is remembering each correction my teacher has told me. Her voice is still in my head, telling me, "Point your feet!" or "...and fouette, fouette, fouette, down." The last beat of my song plays all too soon, and fades into the distance. I finally gain my senses and see the judges furiously scribbling comments on paper, and my family smiling at me in the audience. I feel the sweat dripping down my neck and I hear my rapid breathing mixed with the sound of applause. I stand up from my ending pose, curtsy, and run off stage. I feel exhilarated, but yearn for water. My mom appears backstage with my full water bottle and I take 3 gulps. There's no experience quite like this, and I'm a bit saddened I can't share this experience with everyone, but I would love to do it for all of my life if I can.
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I hear my name getting called. I walk confidently on to the stage, carefully hiding the butterflies anxiously flying around my stomach. "It's now or never," I tell myself. As I dance, I forget all my problems, and just focus on dancing. The only thing important right now is remembering each correction my teacher has told me. Her voice is still in my head, telling me, "Point your feet!" or "...and fouette, fouette, fouette, down." The last beat of my song plays all too soon, and fades into the distance. I finally gain my senses and see the judges furiously scribbling comments on paper, and my family smiling at me in the audience. I feel the sweat dripping down my neck and I hear my rapid breathing mixed with the sound of applause. I stand up from my ending pose, curtsy, and run off stage. I feel exhilarated, but yearn for water. My mom appears backstage with my full water bottle and I take 3 gulps. There's no experience quite like this, and I'm a bit saddened I can't share this experience with everyone, but I would love to do it for all of my life if I can.

Olivia Pietrolungo

This summer, I attended the New York Joffrey Ballet School summer intensive for Musical Theater. “Amazing” doesn’t even begin to describe my experience. While I was at Joffrey, I was taught more than just dance techniques, singing, and acting. I was taught how to be confident in my dancing and not just to just dance for the audience, but for myself as well. Being accepted to The Joffrey Ballet School was “insane” for me because not many small town dancers such as myself get the opportunity to train in New York City. Joffrey has an amazing reputation worldwide and is very well known not just for ballet but for all forms of dance. The caliber of talent brought in from Broadway to instruct costuming, voice, makeup etc. was exceptional which once again, shows how serious they take dance. Mr. Prescott and Mr. Baud did a wonderful job at personalizing their critiques for each dancer. Each correction I was given from them, showed me, how much they wanted me to succeed with my future. My summer intensive experience at New York Joffrey Ballet School has given me one step closer to accomplishing my dream as a performer.
2015-12-22T21:16:49+00:00
This summer, I attended the New York Joffrey Ballet School summer intensive for Musical Theater. “Amazing” doesn’t even begin to describe my experience. While I was at Joffrey, I was taught more than just dance techniques, singing, and acting. I was taught how to be confident in my dancing and not just to just dance for the audience, but for myself as well. Being accepted to The Joffrey Ballet School was “insane” for me because not many small town dancers such as myself get the opportunity to train in New York City. Joffrey has an amazing reputation worldwide and is very well known not just for ballet but for all forms of dance. The caliber of talent brought in from Broadway to instruct costuming, voice, makeup etc. was exceptional which once again, shows how serious they take dance. Mr. Prescott and Mr. Baud did a wonderful job at personalizing their critiques for each dancer. Each correction I was given from them, showed me, how much they wanted me to succeed with my future. My summer intensive experience at New York Joffrey Ballet School has given me one step closer to accomplishing my dream as a performer.

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