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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Sasha Sagel

"Stomach in,chin up,don't let your butt stick out and point your toes more". This is something any dancer has probably heard a hundred times. Always hearing the same corrections and dancing the same steps. At Joffrey Ballet School programs you learn more than just that. You experience limits you didn't know your body could reach. They're a thriving prestige dance program that is based on different styles of dance. They would teach me how my movements have to come within me and that I have  to tell a story. They encourage you to take every class like you have an audience.  That's a valuable lesson I'll never forget. It's changing me into a better dancer. My technique has improved because now I dance with emotion and passion instead of just doing the movements given to me. It kind of feels like I can escape my body and it is the greatest feeling. It has forced me to bring more to the table,just that extra push was all I needed. Every single of their students excel in their dance skills because they are taught to perform dance and not just dance.    

- Returning Student December 16, 2014

Schry Miranda

The Joffrey Summer Experience was easily the best experience of my whole life. I grew so much as a dancer, and I improved an incredible amount. Each teacher brought something new to the table, and I wouldn't take back one second of learning. During one of my rehearsals, I finally found out how deep my passion was for dance. I have never been so sweaty or so tired in my whole entire life, but I've never wanted to dance more than I did in that very moment. It honestly brought tears to my eyes. I have never been more inspired to do what I love. I didn't think I could love dance any more, but Joffrey proved me wrong. The experience opened up a whole new world for me, and it's a world I get to explore until my passion grows even more. I'm so very thankful for Joffrey. The experienced honestly changed my life. I can only wish that everyone in the world could feel the happiness that I felt at Joffrey. 

- Returning Student December 17, 2014

Shae Luna

Where do I start? I had the priviledge of attending Joffrey last summer and it was an unbelievable experience. I learned so many things and went home a more confident and better dancer. Not only did I have the best teachers, I made new friends from all over the globe to share the experience with! Although fearful, I got to try new things like partnering and African dance and ended up loving them and having a lot of fun! I think Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school because of its amazing teachers and the students who attend.  We are striving to improve our craft even though we may have various goals for our future. Joffrey reaches out to dancers with all different skill levels and helps them to develop in strength, technique and passion. You can learn at your own comfortable pace and under the safe, proper guidance of a most exclusive dance company. Joffrey looks out for its students and sees the potential in all of us. It was a true honor to attend Joffrey and I cannot wait for the opportunity again. I hope every dancer gets the Joffrey experience, as it is truly amazing!  

- Returning Student December 16, 2014

Sophia Chun

 My experience at the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive was life-changing. The Joffrey Ballet School gave me an enormous opportunity to grow as a dancer, both physically and emotionally. I met a handful of amazing teachers and dancers who shared the same passion for dance as I did. The artistic director, Josie Walsh, motivated our class to never give up and to dance to the best of our potential. At Joffrey, each and every teacher taught me different techniques. Sara Silkin taught us how to roll, Michael Waldrop taught us how to move in beautiful ways, and Andrew Brader taught us how to do turns, leaps, and kicks. Even though the first day was tough, each teacher stood by me during the following two weeks and never gave up on me. Although I felt like I wasn’t a strong ballerina, my instructors encouraged me daily and helped boost my confidence, allowing me to become the dancer I wanted to be. I look forward to another great year at Joffrey Ballet School in 2015!

- Returning Student December 17, 2014

Sydney Lentz

My Joffrey experience this past summer is more than words can describe. I only spent a week at the Joffrey New York jazz summer intensive but it was the best week of my whole summer. I got to meet great people who now have turned into some of my best friends. The classes that I had the opportunity to take were truly amazing. Every single one of the teachers taught me some very important lessons about dance, but also multiply lessons that I can take with me through everyday life. It was amazing to get to meet people from all over the United States and even a few people from different countries. The teachers were great and getting to learn all of their different styles and new styles that I had never heard of before has now helped to open me up to different techniques that help improve my dancing tremendously. This experience is one that I will remember and cherish forever and would love to be able to have the opportunity to make more memories this upcoming summer.  

- Returning Student December 17, 2014

Teresa Gomez

“There are times when the simple dignity of movement can fulfill the function of a volume of words.”  - Doris Humphrey  ​Erudition of the movement of dance brings me great joy. When I dance, I feel as if I am shifted in an enchanted dimension; where I can pour out my immense passion for the art. I feel this is the only safe place for me to put my entire heart and soul on display for anyone to view. Dance teaches me to push myself to work with vigor and diligence. Without the art of dance I would have no way to express my emotions; I communicate through my dancing. I would like to cultivate my passion in an environment where I may learn to be individualistic as an artist. Joffrey would provide me with what I need to become a professional dancer because it's the only ballet school in New York that offers a well, rounded program. Joffrey School trains not only balletic forms of dance but various others (modern, lyrical, jazz, contemporary etc.).  This is why it would be more than just an honor to attend the prestigious Joffrey ballet school...it would be a dream come to life! 

- Returning Student December 17, 2014

Tyler Trussell

The Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive program in Milledgeille, Georgia is a fun and challenging time.  I enjoyed meeting and dancing with dancers from all over the United States.  I hope to see them again next year.    My favorite part of the Intensive was the lyrical portion.  I used to dislike ballet, but now I love it.  My Joffrey instructors were great.  They were fun but pushed us very hard to be the best that we can be.  They changed my point of view of contemporary, lyrical, and ballet styles.  Because of my time at the Joffrey Intensive last summer, I've decided to be more serious in dance.  I'm going to focus more on my ballet technique as I want to continue to get better.  I am making this change by moving to a ballet studio, the NWA Conservatory of Ballet in Bentonville, Arkansas.  My focus will be ballet, contemporary and strength training.    I think that the Joffrey Intensive is a fun and challenging learning experience for dancers of all ages.  I hope to get to do many more in the future!

- Returning Student December 17, 2014

Victoria Gomez

I have a serious and strong commitment to dance, and I want to develop it in a creative and flourishing atmosphere.  I feel that the outstanding staff will encourage my expression of my craft, and help me grow as a dancer.  It is important to me to surround myself with like-minded people and immerse myself in my passion.  Joffrey is the world premiere dance school in the USA.  After reading numerous articles, I have found that this is true because Joffrey has a high reputation, and is honored and esteemed in the dance world.  For many decades, this prestigious school has been the leader in classical and contemporary ballet.  Joffrey is known for their unique and well-rounded curriculum that makes them incomparable to any other dance program.  This school creates eager and excited students into remarkable and beautiful dancers who graduate and dance for major companies all around the world.  Robert Joffrey, a master teacher, meticulous choreographer, and legendary creator of old ballets gave up his career to start his own dance company and train students in his school.  I admire this about him very much, which in turn inspires me to be a part of this program.

- New Student December 16, 2014

Victoria Pardo

Studying with the Joffrey Ballet School this past summer was an experience that will never be forgotten. I fell in love with ballet all over again; sure it’s a cliche, but it’s also true. Nothing in this world is more rewarding as a dancer than to be challenged by your teachers, and to promptly see a fulfilling end result. Studying with the powerfully influential teachers like I did, was something that is incomparable to many other dance schools around. From the five weeks I spent at Joffrey, I felt an incredible improvement in my all around dancing. From ballet, to character, to jazz; I left the summer as a much better version of myself. Having the ability to be exposed to such an extensive array of dance styles was an experience in its own. One summer dance intensive after another, I am pleased to say I have finally found a program I am yearning to go back to. 

- Returning Student December 17, 2014

Virginia Smith

The first time I walked onto a stage I couldn't breathe. Not because I was nervous or forgot my dance, but because of the amazing feeling of joy that filled my body. My smile grew ear-to-ear and in that very instant I knew that I would be dancing until the day that I died. Dance is something that has stolen my heart and it is very hard to explain in words how it makes me feel. Dance gives me the ability to express everything I am feeling without saying a single word. There are always different styles of dance for you to discover, and with each style of dance you can convey a different emotion. Joffrey Ballet School has become the world premiere dance school in the USA because of their world renown instructors who are able to convey different styles of dance and then relate them all back to each other. The Joffrey Ballet school has made many successful dancers. The school focuses on technique while still encouraging the individual. With my hopes of dancing one day in the professional world,  Joffrey Ballet School is the only school  where I could imagine continuing my training.

- New Student December 16, 2014

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