Joffrey Ballet School
Student Spotlight: dancer, choreographer… J&C Trainee Imani Williams
Feb10

Student Spotlight: dancer, choreographer… J&C Trainee Imani Williams

Awesome, crazy, exciting, intense, rewarding are just a few words that describe my experience as a Jazz and Contemporary Trainee at the Joffrey Ballet School. You are immediately thrown into a variety of classes, including hip-hop, Horton technique, Latin jazz, musical theater, street jazz, and many, many more. This variety is what originally brought me to the Jazz and Contemporary Program. It drew me in because you get versatile training directly from successful, working artists in the industry.

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Student Spotlight: Jermaine Turnbow: A 2014 Summer Scholarship Recipient
Jan26

Student Spotlight: Jermaine Turnbow: A 2014 Summer Scholarship Recipient

Check out this inspiring video from 2014 summer scholarship recipient Jermaine Turnbow – who has overcome many challenges in his life to follow his passion to dance. Joffrey Ballet School student spotlights bring you closer to the students at our school that are just like you! Real stories from real dancers that inspire you to always give one hundred percent, check out the #MyJoffreyLife tab for more Student Spotlights!

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#RisetoJBSChallenge Winners Announced!
Jan19

#RisetoJBSChallenge Winners Announced!

We received an outpouring of videos for this contest and we want to congratulate all of the contestants! Thank you for sharing your passion, talent and enthusiasm with us. It was so much fun to watch all of you dance, but after much deliberation, we have made up our mind. All eight winners have been awarded a 2-week summer scholarship to the JBS summer intensive of their choice (international intensives excluded). Without further ado, we present our 2014 #RisetoJBSChallenge Video Contest Winners:

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A Letter From The Sugar Plum Fairy
Dec04

A Letter From The Sugar Plum Fairy

Dear Aspiring Ballerinas,

With Nutcracker performances right around the corner, this is such a fun and exciting time, but it is also a time for hard work and sacrifice. This year we have been given the exciting opportunity to perform the principle role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Joffrey Ballet School’s production of The Nutcracker. It’s been a difficult and exhausting process, but also a very rewarding one. There have been times when we weren’t sure how the role was going to come together. Days when we were sore and tired and felt like nothing was working,. These times truly test your ability as a dancer. The times when you must push through even though you feel you can’t. These are the moments you become stronger.

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TweetChat Recap: Pointe Shoe Problems @BlochDanceUSA
Nov09

TweetChat Recap: Pointe Shoe Problems @BlochDanceUSA

As dancers, we have all had a pointe shoe problem before. Ingrown toenails, ill-fitting shoes, blisters… the list goes on. We recently chatted with Susie Riefenhauser from Bloch Dance on Twitter to answer all of your pointe shoe questions! Here you can read through the conversation and see all the great advice they had to offer.

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Student Spotlight: Bald Ballerina Maggie Kudirka Grande Jetes Over Cancer
Nov03

Student Spotlight: Bald Ballerina Maggie Kudirka Grande Jetes Over Cancer

We recently sat down with our very own, Maggie Kudirka, the Bald Ballerina. A dancer in our Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, Maggie was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in June 2014 at the age of 23. In this intimate interview we discuss her journey from diagnoses to today and what she hopes to accomplish with her new initiative. Take a look!

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