Joffrey Ballet School

Testimonials

 

These are our top 100 essay submissions for our 2014/2015 Essay Scholarship Contest that ran from July through November 2014. We absolutely loved reading all 1000 submissions this year and they were all well received.

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Brittany Focht

I am Brittany Focht…I am a dancer. The studio is where I am at home. The stage is where I am free. Dancing is my life’s calling, my true passion. I feel fortunate to have found what I truly love to do in life and it fuels my commitment to becoming a professional dancer. Attending last year’s Summer Intensive Program at the Joffrey Ballet School was a revelation. It opened my eyes to the incredible opportunities to be explored in the dance world. Working with the Joffrey instructors was so rewarding. They introduced me to new styles/techniques. They created a welcoming environment that challenged me to push beyond my limits but also gave me confidence to excel. Close bonds quickly developed with the other dancers. It brought together all the joys that make dance so unique. If I am fortunate enough to attend the Joffrey School again, I will strive to contribute as much as I gain from that experience. There are many excellent schools to consider but last summer was an amazing experience that clearly showed me that the Joffrey Ballet School is the perfect atmosphere to help reach my potential. I am Brittany Focht…I am a dancer.

- Returning Student December 17, 2014

Brittany Ponce

Dance is my way of expressing myself and conveying messages to the audience that I cannot express through words. I've always had a great passion and love for dance. It brings an immense amount of joy to me, as well as its viewers. I feel incredibly fortunate that I can participate in such a beautiful art form, it has become my whole life and I absolutely love it. To me, dance is more than just an after school activity, it's my life and my passion. I'm always looking for ways to improve myself and become a better dancer. Although I know I am not perfect. When I dance I feel powerful, beautiful in a way. I immerse myself in the music and become lost in the piece and choreography, it's an amazing feeling. That's why I would like to attend the Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive. The dancers and pieces are so beautiful and spectacular. I feel I could benefit a lot from an incredible experience. The Joffrey Ballet is an amazing company with such talented and gifted dancers and choreographers, I would be blessed to attend. Please take this essay into consideration, thank you so much for your time

- New Student December 16, 2014

Celine Chai

To me, dancing is like being able to have a conversation with my mind, body and soul. It enables me to express my creativity and ideas through a medium of movement that nothing else could compare to. Dancing rejuvenates me. It taught me discipline and integrity. It has developed my self-confidence and character, but most importantly, dance has sparked a life-long passion within me.      The Joffrey Ballet School is a spectacular school with remarkable faculty and facilities. What draws me to this school is the professional environment where students can improve, refine their technique and grow as a performer. I am hungry to learn. The Joffrey Ballet School provides me with the best of the best to learn from and an experience like this would life-changing. It would be an honour to advance my dance training and perform alongside amazing talent at one of the world’s most reputable dance schools. This program offers endless opportunities to be inspired and also to inspire.      To sum it up, dance holds a special place in my heart and I know that there is no greater privilege for me than to spend my summer surrounded by artistically talented individuals, at the Joffrey Ballet School. 

- New Student December 16, 2014

Chelsea Clark

This summer, I participated in the Joffrey West LA intensive for three weeks and the NYC Jazz and Contemporary Intensive for two weeks. Throughout both programs, I had opportunities to work with amazing choreographers who I never would have been able to work with otherwise.  I met some of my closest friends through living in the dorms and dancing with them for ten hours a day.  Dance is my passion and through the Joffrey West and NYC Jazz and Contemporary Intensives I was able to focus on nothing but dance every day for weeks, while learning choreography and rehearsing for the performance at the end of the intensive.  I think the Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the USA because of it's ability to provide opportunities to so many students worldwide, while continuing to produce some of the top dancers nationwide. 

- Returning Student December 16, 2014

Cindy Chen

This summer I attended the Joffrey San Francisco. In only a week I not only gained a better technique and artistry, but many friends who I can keep in touch with. Being my first summer intensive, I didn't know what to expect, if I'll make any friends, or if I will be good enough. But, I became comfortable really quickly. Made plenty of friends. And in the end, all I cared about was becoming a better artist and having fun.  Joffrey Ballet School is the premiere dance school because of how well known the programs are. People show up to all the programs. The teachers each bring something unique to the students, which helps them grow. I was really happy with the summer program I attended, and I hope to continue to experience more of the Joffrey experience.

- Returning Student December 16, 2014

Claudia Chen

While circumstances and conditions around me are constantly changing, the one thing that has been constant my whole life is my passion for dance. Each and every time I dance, I feel so grateful to be able to experience the feeling of my body’s movement fill the air around me. Each and every time I dance, I get to be an artist. I get to be something greater than my pedestrian self, and I get to show the most powerful version of myself to the world.     Dance is never stagnant and is constantly evolving; because of this, to be a good dancer, one must be trained in several styles of dance. The Joffrey Ballet School gives students from around the world opportunities to diversify their training that they otherwise would not have had. Students of the Joffrey Ballet School not only work towards perfecting their technique, but also work on growing their artistry. They are accomplished and refined in multiple styles of dance and are prepared for the professional world. I hope that I too will get the opportunity to continue my passion and immerse myself in the diverse atmosphere that is the Joffrey Ballet School.

- New Student December 16, 2014

Courtney Chaffin

I attended Joffrey San Francisco Summer Intensive the last two years.  Dancing at Joffrey was truly the best experience of my life.  I was so excited every day to participate in the different classes and to learn from all the wonderful and knowledgeable choreographers in action.  To be a part of something so unique and special was an experience that touched my heart deeply.  The love and personal attention the instructors gave only increased my passion for dance all the more.  The personal attention, positive environment and support helped me grow not only as a dancer but as an individual too.  Joffrey has high expectations of their dancers and they pushed me to dance every day to my fullest.  It was an honor to be part of such an amazing program.  Joffrey San Francisco’s performance track was extra special and I wouldn’t have chosen anywhere else to spend my summer.  It would be an honor to do it again.     

- Returning Student December 16, 2014

Driss Dallahi

“D” is for the dedication and drive that this sport requires to succeed. “A” is for all of the hours inside and outside the studio that dance consumes. “N” is for never giving up on something that you don’t get on the first try. “C” is for the constant stretching and conditioning to maintain your technique. “E” is for every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears that has to go into everything that you do. Dance is not just something that I like to do, it is something that I need to do. I have never felt more myself than when I am on stage doing what I love. There is definitely something to be said about an art form that can make you feel excited, upset, sassy, elegant, and powerful all at different points. I cannot go one hour without falling into my thoughts going over some fantasy performance that I could only dream of. The Joffrey Program is perfect because it combines every genre of dance into one pool. It gives dancers the opportunity to excel in jazz, contemporary, ballet, hip hop, and so much more and that is an opportunity that I am hungry for. 

- New Student December 16, 2014

Elizabeth Libertella

Everyone should be able to do what they love to do and want to do. Dancing is what I love to do and want to pursue. Dance is an art that requires devotion, perseverance, and most importantly, the emotion that you put into the way you dance. Ever since I was 6 years old, I have loved dance, and these three important parts of dance have grown in me immensely. Last summer, I was privileged to attend the Joffrey Ballet School, and through the work of the wonderful teachers at the school, I have been able to become a better dancer. I know that attending Joffrey was the best step I made in my dance education. With all the skills, which I learned from the mentors at the Joffrey Ballet School, I look forward to challenging myself further and learning more about the art of dance. " I dance with my feet on the ground and my eyes wide open, which means I can better appreciate this adventure I am on. This adventure requires faith, it requires humility, and always love." - Dance Academy 2010

- Returning Student December 17, 2014

Elizabeth Marsh

Dance is my true passion. I wake up every morning determined to perfect my technique and musicality. I take classes each day of the week and work independently on the weekends. Whenever I think of dance, the word LIFE comes into my mind. Life to me means working as hard as I can to become a Joffrey dancer! One day I want to dance on the Joffrey stage with all of the other principal dancers. What an honor it would be! For me, a 12 year old to even attend the Joffrey dance school summer intensive would be a life changing opportunity. Dance means everything to me. The Joffrey Ballet School is the place to be! If I had the opportunity to receive instruction from Michael Blake, Joyce King, Francesca Corkle, and so many other incredible instructors I would be so grateful. I know that Joffrey would push me to a higher level in my dancing mentally and physically.  Everyday, I know that I would walk out of class better and stronger in my art. That is why the Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the USA.

- New Student December 16, 2014

Emilie Kaiser

Words can hardly explain what a wonderful 2-weeks I had dancing at the Joffrey Miami Jazz/Contemporary summer intensive program. Miss Jo was motivating and inspiring. Mr. Diego and Miss Hannah were as eager to teach all of us, as I was to learn by such talented and respected dance professionals. I met new friends not only from Florida, but from all over the world. Finally, the amazing performance that we showcased at the end of the 2-weeks, had my family in tears. It was moving, artisic and beautifully danced by all the students who worked very hard to bring Miss Jo's vision to life. I loved every minute of this experience and CAN NOT wait to come back next summer!!! I had the time of my life, thank you for an opportunity I will never forget!  

- Returning Student December 16, 2014

Emily Lawler

I have attended Joffrey Ballet School's summer ballet intensive in NYC for the past two summers (2013 and 2014). My weeks training at Joffrey were simply some of the best weeks of my life. The beautiful, spacious studios and well-equipped dorms provided by Joffrey were places where I always felt safe. The teachers were wonderful! The corrections that I received were personalized and all of the teachers were very encouraging. I enjoyed every single class and there was not one class that I didn't learn something in! The training I received was absolutely exceptional, and I felt that I have made very large strides in my technical ability, as well as my artistic ability, in the weeks I spent at the Joffrey Ballet School.    The Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the USA. Their amazing faculty and staff provides top-notch training that includes personalized corrections and attention to detail, as well as an encouraging and loving attitude towards each and every student. Joffrey facilitates unparalleled experiences and opportunities to enable oneself to fully immerse in the culture of a truly one-of-a-kind city. There is no place other than Joffrey where I'd wish to spend my summer.

- Returning Student December 16, 2014

Emily Randon

I have shared with all of my friends and family how my experience at the NYC Ballet intensive impacted my life in such a positive manner.  In order to attend the Summer Intensive, I saved up my entire yearly paycheck from teaching kids ballet in my home state of Louisiana.  Although it was expensive, I wouldn't trade my experience for anything in the world.  I had the priceless opportunity of meeting fellow dancers from all over the world and learning together under the instruction of world renown teachers.  I not only learned more to take back to my ballet classroom at home, but I also grew as a person myself.  It was an experience I will always remember.  Thanks Joffrey!

- Returning Student December 17, 2014

Emma Barrentine

Joffrey Ballet School has taken dancers to higher levels of personal achievement through guidance and teaching by its world-renowned faculty and staff. I had the opportunity to experience the dance prominence of Joffrey Ballet School through a master class taught by Davis Robertson. He shared his passion for not only ballet but also hip-hop and how dance is a process of the whole body and mind.Dance began for me when I was 3 years old beginning with ballet and then hip-hop. I enjoyed learning a routine and free style. I left hip-hop to try jazz and tap which became ways to express my joys and sorrows. From Broadway to modern, jazz and tap have endless ways to make me smile. Then I experienced contemporary dance and fell in love with how it combines all the dance genres to further express emotions. A few months back I started training in ballet again, the grace and beauty of ballet captured my wonderment. Some of my best memories are early morning dance rehearsals when I worked my hardest on new routines and mastering old ones. Dance has given me wonderful memories, and I can't wait for more to be made.   

- New Student December 16, 2014

Emma Heuertz

Everyone knows the name Joffrey Ballet. You envision certain words; unique, creative, artistry, strength and passion.  The impact that Joffrey has had on American dance has spread throughout the world. Anytime anyone asked what I did with my summer, I told them I danced with Joffrey Ballet NYC, enough said.  Everyone knew what I was talking about. Joffrey Ballet is a part of our culture. It knows no barriers. I spent my summer with students from Japan, Australia, Mexico, Spain and Italy. We were immersed in dance all day long with teachers who are dancers and artists. There is no better place for a dancer to grow in their discipline and passion than with the instructors at Joffrey Ballet. They are dancing, creating, and sharing their vast knowledge and passion with each dancer who walks into a Joffrey studio. I was surrounded by people who love, live and breathe dance. I lived with dancers from other cultures who shared their different perspectives on our shared form of art. I was pushed to my limits and required to express my passion. I wanted to stay forever. I hope to return to Joffrey, because dancing with them there are no barriers.

- Returning Student December 17, 2014

 

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