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PECKing Order

3 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Choreography, for me, is a celebration of music. In the world of classical ballet, there is a general pecking order. After years of training, if you are talented enough, you join a company and start making your way through the ranks....Show More Summary

Spring Program Preview

3 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Artistic Director Ashley Wheater Discusses Our Spring Program: New Works 4 New Works – Fresh, Physical, Unadorned New work is the life blood of any company. Whether the work is new to the company, a dancer, or to simply new the audience – it is an important part of the education of dance. Show More Summary


3 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Artistic Director Ashley Wheater discusses what makes the Unique Voices program unique “Each of the choreographers in the Unique Voices program is based in the classical language. Each of them has explored how that classical language has allowed them to find real freedom in their ideas”. Show More Summary

In Transition: Giving Back Through Community Engagement

3 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

In 2000, two young dancers joined The Joffrey Ballet family as Arpino Apprentices. Still in their teens, the duo learned how to be professional dancers from watching, learning and performing with the Main Company. Both spent their entire...Show More Summary

Scott Speck on Tchaikovksy's Score for The Nutcracker

3 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Joffrey Music Director and Conductor Scott Speck discusses Tchaikovksy’s Score for The Nutcracker You just finished conducting Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous score for Swan Lake. How is The Nutcrackerdifferent or similar? ?What a thrill it is to conduct two such ravishingly beautiful scores back-to-back. Show More Summary

Double Duty for John Mark Giragosian

3 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

The summer months are relatively quiet at Joffrey Tower and Sunday afternoons even more so. Still, on a Sunday afternoon in late July, dancer John Mark Giragosian was stretching and sweating, trying to stay in shape for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Show More Summary

What's Your Story? Edson Barbosa

4 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Meet new Joffrey dancer Edson Barbosa! He joins us from his hometown of Rio de Janeiro for the 2014-2015 season. What did you do over the summer?I had performances in Brazil. I'm always dancing when I am on vacation. It sounds very bunhead, but I try to make it not. Show More Summary

Artistic Director Ashley Wheater on Stories in Motion

4 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Joffrey Artistic Director Ashley Wheater discusses the Stories in Motion program: why he chose to focus on storytelling, why he chose these three particular ballets, and what goes in to getting them on the stage. Wheater will be performing the role of Father in George Balanchine's Prodigal Son, September 18-21. Show More Summary

Herbert Migdoll's PI COW SO Takes a Hike

4 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Regular visitors to Joffrey Tower should be very familiar with the work of Joffrey's resident artist HERBERT MIGDOLL, whether they know it or not. Much of the artwork and photography on display is Migdoll's from his decades of artistic partnership with Robertob Joffrey and the company. Show More Summary

Yumelia Garcia's Final Bow

4 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

On Friday, April 25th, at our Spring gala performance, dancer Yumelia Garcia took her final bow with the Joffrey. After a long and blessed career with stints in Venezuala, Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin and Chicago, Garcia happily moves on...Show More Summary

Alexei Kremnev on creating "The Blue Bird of Happiness"

4 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Interview written by Anna Frient Alexei Kremnev is the Artistic Director of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, a role he shares with his wife and fellow dancer, Anna Reznik. Mr. Kremnev has been working on the Academy's spring production, The Blue Bird of Happines, since the summer of 2013. Show More Summary

Scott Speck on the music for "Romeo & Juliet"

4 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Joffrey Music Director Scott Speck began conducting music for dance almost as a fluke. The second conductor for San Francisco Ballet found himself faced with conducting all 40 Nutcrackers one season in the late 90s and called Speck in to help. Show More Summary

Behind the Scenes of Krzysztof Pastor's "Romeo & Juliet" - Part 2

4 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Répétiteur Amanda Eyles is a force to be reckoned with while in the studio rehearsing the dancers for the upcoming U.S. Premiere of Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet. A former dancer at the Royal Ballet, Eyles was the Ballet Mistress at the Scottish Ballet in 2008 when Pastor originally created the work. Show More Summary

Behind the Scenes of Krzysztof Pastor's "Romeo & Juliet" - Part 1

4 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

We are busy preparing for the U.S. premiere of Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo & Juliet opening April 30th at the Auditorium Theatre. A choreographer from Gdansk, Poland, Pastor originally created this modern retelling of Shakespeare's tragedy...Show More Summary

An Audition Experience

4 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Have you ever wondered what it is like to audition for the Joffrey Academy of Dance's Summer Intensive program? Olivia Pennell, 13, was one of 1,200 students to audition for the Academy's summer programs this year. Pennell is a new company member at the Springfield Ballet Company in downstate Illinois. Show More Summary

Stefanie Batten Bland Gives Back

4 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

"When you fall, it's not the ending of a movement, it's the beginning of something."Stefanie Batten Bland is a visceral presence in the rehearsal studio. One of three winners of the 2014 Choreographers of Color Award, she won the opportunity...Show More Summary

Choreographer Brock Clawson's Emotional Ride

4 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

In rehearsal, he's driven, focus, intense. Outside rehearsal, he's charming and quick with a laugh and a smile. Chicagoan Brock Clawson is one of three choreographers being featured in the Contemporary Choreographers program opening Wednesday (Feb. Show More Summary

Nutcracker Family Dinner Fun- Join us December 8th!

4 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

It's the holiday season and we are preparing for the exciting 16th annual family event, called the Nutcracker Family Dinner. This year, we asked one of our young attendees, Sarah Stone to share her experience. We hope you enjoy reading her post- and please join us on December 8th for a magical day!My name is Sarah Stone and I am 15 years old. Show More Summary

Sabrina Lenzi, Répétiteur Works With The Joffrey Ballet on La Bayadère

4 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Sabrina Lenzi, native of Rome, Italy and former principal dancer, was hand selected by renowned choreographer Stanton Welch to be the “répétiteur” for The Joffrey Ballet’s upcoming production of La Bayad ère. (Learn more about the ballet here.) Ms. Show More Summary

Interview with Darla Hoover: Working with the Company, Mr. Balanchine & Teaching

5 years agoDance / Ballet : j-Pointe

Darla Hoover, Stager Allegro Brillante Darla Hoover, former principal dancer with New York City Ballet and one of "Balanchine's ballerinas" has been working with the Company on staging and preparing Allegro Brillante, one of many inspiring works choreographed by the legendary Mr. Show More Summary

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