BE YOUR BEST.
Welcome, my name is Mauro Villanueva and it is my honor to be the new Director of Joffrey Texas. As a student of the workshop myself this is truly a full circle moment. It was because of this workshop and the guidance of Buddy and Susan Trevino that I was inspired to and was able to achieve a career as a dancer.
As a professional I grew most when I received one on one coaching and critiques. Working intimately with people like Gerald Arpino, Sir Anthony Dowell, Freddie Franklin of The Ballet Russe, Twyla Tharp and so many others greatly shaped my growth as an artist. It is my aspiration to transfer these type of personal experiences to the students of Joffrey Texas.
We have always been a smaller program and unlike other larger programs our classes have and will remain small and students will continue to train for the greater part of each day. This type of intense schedule will give an example of what it is like in a professional setting. We will also continue to work with the Gerald Arpino Foundation so that students have the chance to learn and/or perform the works he created for the Joffrey Ballet as the company’s co-founder, Resident Choreographer and Artistic Director.
Additionally, I am excited to announce that we have teamed up with the long standing dance convention LA Dance Magic in a program called BRIDGING THE GAP. This program is intended to connect convention dancers to concert dance, colleges, commercial dance and continued dance education. LADM has given away more than $200,000 in scholarships this year alone and we are privileged to be considered a worthy collaborator.
The future is not possible without the past and with that knowledge we move forward as an organization with utmost respect to what has come before us. We look forward to inspiring more young artists and hope to see many eager faces at an audition in 2017!
REGISTRATION 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO EACH AUDITION
AUDITION FEE: $30.00 PER STUDENT, CASH ONLY
Traditional class attire, including pointe shoes. No photos or resumes needed.
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Audition video must be no longer than 8 minutes in length and should include the following:
- Barre exercises (Plies to Grand Battements - one side only)
- Center: Adagio, Pirouettes, Petite Allegro and Grande Allegro
- Ladies: include two to three center combinations on pointe
- Gentlemen: include two to three men's combinations
- DVD must be labeled with the following: Student Name, Age, Address, Contact Phone, and Email address
DVD audition videos and materials may be sent to the following address:
P.O. Box 33865
San Antonio, TX 78265
Please send the following along with your Video/DVD:
• $35.00 non-refundable video audition fee (cash only)
• Note: materials will not be returned
Students who are accepted into either session will be notified by email no later than 30 days after materials are received.
For any further questions or information, please contact:
DIRECTOR / EDUCATOR
Mauro grew up in San Antonio and studied dance with the Treviños and attended Joffrey Texas. He later finished his studies at the Nutmeg Ballet before joining the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. There he danced many principal roles around the world by renowned choreographers such as Kylian, Tharp and Wheeldon. He has since left the Joffrey to teach, choreograph, and dance as an independent artist.
Abelardo Treviño is a San Antonio native. “Buddy” began his dance training at age 11 and went on to receive full scholarship to Academia National de Danza in Mexico City. Later he joined the Ballet National de Mexico and toured for many years. Upon his return to the States he and wife Susan established the dance program at the University of Incarnate Word working with students of all ages. In 1978 Robert Joffrey began hosting his annual workshop with the help of the Treviños.
Susan Treviño is an Oklahoma native and danced for several regional companies and the renowned Ruth Page Ballet Company. As a professional choreographer she has created over 100 works for her students at the University of Incarnate Word and for other well know groups including Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo. She is a member of the National Society of Arts and Letters, was named Emissary of the Musses by the mayor and was inducted to the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame in 1990.
Trinette grew up and received her early dance training in Massachusetts. She later went on to train at and then join The Joffrey Ballet. She toured extensively dancing works by many notable choreographers like Arpino, Balanchine and Tudor. Trinette was the first dancer to appear on the cover of Time magazine for her original role in Joffrey’s multi-media ballet Astarte. She is also currently on faculty at the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and DeSales University.
Diane Orio began dancing at age 8 in her native New Jersey. She later studied at the School of American Ballet and then joined The Joffrey Ballet in 1968 where she danced for more than ten years. Later she became ballet mistress for the company working under Robert Joffrey’s guidance. She has lead dancers through ballets for choreographers such as Tharp, Kylian, Ailey, Feld and Arpino. Mr. Joffrey brought Diane to be on faculty at his first Texas Workshop.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES / WELFARE / EDUCATOR
Nathalie is from and began her dance studies in South Africa. She went on to study at the Joffrey Workshop TX, Boston Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and others. Nathalie continues to work on Broadway and other commercial and theatrical productions. She has worked with major artists like Madonna, Rihanna, Michael Buble and many more. She has been on both sides of the camera in TV and film here in the United States and in Istanbul, Turkey where she currently resides.
Tye Love is from Dallas Texas. In his early years he trained with Lisa Slagle and John Magnus. Tye continued his education at the University of Oklahoma and received his B.F.A. in 2009 under the direction of Mary Margaret Holt. In 2010 he joined and danced for the Oklahoma City Ballet for four years. Tye has since returned to the University of Oklahoma on a Graduate Fellowship program.
Richard Abrahamson joined the Joffrey Workshop Texas music faculty in 1987. He currently serves as music director for the dance division at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Mr. Abrahamson has accompanied classes taught by masters such as Robert Joffrey, Erik Bruhn and Maria Tallchief. Richard studied at Oberlin College, Texas Christian University, and the Juilliard School, and is a member of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance.
Shawn Ellison, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, began playing the piano at age eight. His former band, Native Sun, was voted Best Jazz Band in the Austin Chronicle in 1990-92. In 1998, he toured Japan with the Legends of Rock. He is currently the musical director of Something's Afoot, a dance program for elementary school children. He is also currently working with the Austin Jazz Workshop, a program that brings jazz education to elementary schools.
John Fry is from Ohio and received his Masters of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He later went on to receive his Doctorate of Piano Performance at Ohio State University. John has been company pianist for the Atlanta Ballet and the Houston Ballet. He is currently an accompanist and educator at University of Oklahoma.
Jaime Carini is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and graduated as a Presidential Scholar from the University of Tulsa with the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Music Theory. Ms. Carini has spent her years since graduation at the University of Tulsa Chorale, Tulsa Ballet, Barthelmes Conservatory and is a part of the American Organ Institute.
Mr. Passmore has been a pianist since 1970. He has worked with dance legends such as Igor Yousekevitch, Agnes de Mille and Robert Joffrey. Dennis’s signature sound is an improvised repertoire which he uses for both class and performance. Dennis teaches various styles of piano, specializing in jazz piano. He performs regularly at the Petroleum Club, Weston Center and other venues. He has been a part of The Joffrey Workshop Texas since shortly after it’s inception, over thirty years ago.