Announcing our Winter Intensive!

December 27 - 29, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas



My name is Mauro Villanueva and it is my pleasure to welcome you to Joffrey Texas.

In celebration of our 40 years, we have made some exciting additions to the Joffrey Texas programs. It is my belief that our founder, Robert Joffrey, would be happy with trying new things in order to reach a new level of expertise.

In addition to hosting three Artistic Directors to work with our Session I and II students, we have added two brand new programs:

  • A Pre-Professional Experience will host university and trainee level artists for one week to offer the opportunity to work intimately with the Artistic Directors joining the 2018 Joffrey Texas faculty. Additionally, two of these artists will be given the chance to lead creative sessions of their own. This can be an opportunity to prepare for future assignments or simply challenge themselves as leaders and creative directors.
  • Session III will cater to younger dancers by offering a shorter study day as well as providing important fundamental dance information in a fun and focused environment

I am certain that by expanding our offerings and connecting young dancers with leaders in the dance world we will have a successful 2018. I look forward to seeing how we all grow in this new and exciting 40th anniversary season.

The future is not possible without the past and with that knowledge we move forward with the utmost respect for what has come before us.

With gratitude,


Mauro Villanueva


Joffrey Texas, founded by Robert Joffrey in 1978 as The Joffrey Workshop Texas, is proud to provide the highest level of dance education to young artists. In our effort to achieve this goal our faculty and staff continually educate themselves in the most current methods of dance education while drawing from the fundamental lessons established by Mr. Joffrey.

In order to provide an experience of the highest quality, Joffrey Texas will only accept 25 students to each of its programs. This class size will allow the dancers to achieve their fullest potential while studying with our expert faculty.

Classes, dormitories, and meals take place on the beautiful campus of St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. Students will study six days a week in ballet technique, pointe, men's technique, pas de deux, variations, contemporary and modern dance, character dance, repertory rehearsals, music for dancers, dance history, and pilates. We are also excited to offer, for the first time, classes from the Progressing Ballet Technique syllabus.

Continue below to found out more about our programs.


Winter Intensive
December 27 - 29, 2017

Join us for a three day intensive hosted by the Ballet Conservatory of South Texas in San Antonio.

There are no auditions for this program. It is a first come first serve registration and groups will be divided by age. Below is the schedule and fees for each group.

AGES 11 - 14
$275.00 per student
Ballet Technique: 9:00am - 11:00pm
Pointe: 11:15 - 12:15pm
Break: 12:15 - 12:45pm
Contemporary: 12:45 - 2:15pm

AGES 15-18
$275.00 per student
Ballet Technique: 12:30 - 2:30pm
Pointe: 2:45 - 3:45pm
Break: 3:45 - 4:15pm
Contemporar:y 4:15 - 5:45pm

Ballet Technique and Pointe classes will be taught by Mauro Villanueva.
Contemporary classes will be taught by Kenny Borchard.

To participate send and email with the students name and age group to

Pre-Professional Experience
July 1 - July 7, 2018

This NEW program will host pre-professional, university, and trainee level artists for one week to work intimately with two Artistic Directors. Each day will begin with a ballet technique class as well as a structured contemporary warmup, followed by creative sessions.

Barak Ballet founding director Melissa Barak will be working with artists in informal sessions to create language that could be integrated into future commissioned works. As a member of the New York City Ballet, Ms. Barak was the youngest choreographer to ever create a ballet for the company after participating in the inaugural NY Choreographic Institute.

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance founding director Joshua Peugh will also be leading creative sessions. In 2015, Josh was chosen as one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" and the New York Times has said that he is "an important discovery" in the dance world.

Additionally, two participating artists will be chosen to lead creative sessions of their own while at Joffrey Texas. These sessions can be used as a platform to experiment with movement and concepts for future projects or assignments.

Recommended age: 19 - 25

Session I
June 24 - July 21, 2018

This program has been extended to take place over a four week period and is geared toward students who are serious about their training and the possibility of making dance their profession. In addition to daily classes, students will also take part in the creation of new works for their final performance. In celebration of our 40th anniversary, three Artistic Directors  will be joining the Joffrey Texas faculty.

Barak Ballet founding director Melissa Barak will be will be teaching ballet technique and creating new choreography to an original score written by accomplished Los Angeles composer Nick Norton. This will be Mr. Norton's first original score for dance and we are excited that he and Ms. Barak are joining efforts to create a brand new ballet.

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance founding director Joshua Peugh will also be joining the faculty. Mr. Peugh is a former Joffrey Texas student and has agreed to stage a piece from his company's well-received current repertoire on the students of Session I. In 2015, Josh was chosen as one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" and the New York Times has said that he is "an important discovery" in the dance world.

The final director joining our faculty is Douglas Martin, of American Repertory Ballet. Mr. Martin trained at the American Ballet Theater school before dancing for the Joffrey Ballet. Douglas has been directing American Repertory Ballet since 2010 and has commissioned nearly 30 world premieres for his company. Mr. Martin will be teaching ballet technique classes as well as giving seminars on the value of attending a trainee program such as the one associated with his company.

Each of these directors have companies with a distinct take on dance. Working with and being seeing in an intimate setting by three Artistic Directors will be a tremendous opportunity for the students of Session I.

Recommended age: 15 - 19

Session II
July 8 - July 21, 2018

This program is geared toward students who want to improve their technical foundation. Daily technique classes are the most important part of this experience. While also participating in the final performance, these pieces are structured to provide students the time to improve their technique, musicality, and execution of material. Students of Session II will also have some opportunities to work with the Artistic Directors joining the 2018 Joffrey Texas faculty.

Recommended age: 12 - 15

Session III: The FUNdamentals
June 25 - 29, 2018

This NEW program is for students who would like to receive information on technical foundations. Simple, straight forward technique in ballet and modern or contemporary are the focus of this program. Faculty will include instructors who can expertly share the basics of dance in a friendly and fun manner. Students will attend classes for 3 to 5 hours each day.

Recommended age: 9 - 12. Room and Board is not offered with this program.




Traditional class attire, including pointe shoes. No photos or resumes needed.

During the final 5 minutes of each audition, there will be an informational talk with parents/guardians about our programs. Please join us so that we can answer any questions you may have!

Please check back for information on locations, dates, and times.

Current Faculty


Mauro Villanueva


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.


Buddy Trevino


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 Trevino


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 Singleton


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


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.

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Bailey Anglin


Originally from Shreveport, LA, Bailey Anglin began her training at Carol Anglin Dancenter where she was a member of Louisiana Dance Theatre and was featured in Gala performances of Regional Dance America, International Ballet Competition/Jackson, and Tanzsommer Austria Festivals. She furthered her education by studying at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation from KAB, Bailey accepted a traineeship with the Richmond Ballet. She attended numerous summer intensives including Kirov Academy of Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet Academy Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Richmond Ballet and Ballet Austin. She has taught for summer intensives including Ballet Austin and Michigan Ballet Academy. As a dancer, Bailey has performed classical repertoire as well as contemporary choreography by Robert Battle, Christopher Huggins, Dianne Maroney-Grigsby, Billy Siegenfeld, Chet Walker, Stephen Mills, and more. Bailey recently completed her second and final season with Ballet Austin and has relocated to New York City.


Tye Love


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.


Kenny Borchard


Kenny Borchard is an alumni of Idyllwild Arts Academy and the University of Arizona.  Since graduating Kenny has worked on television and commercial projects with credits including a featured role on TruTV’s Fake Off, What Not to Wear, Toyota Pruis, Mobbed, and Lifetime’s Petals on the Wind.  Kenny has worked with many dance companies including Odyssey Dance Theatre, Solevita Dance Company, Pacific Festival Ballet, and Pasadena Dance Theatre. Kenny was a closing cast member of “Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular” at Disney’s California Adventure.   
Besides dancing Mr. Borchard has a begun expanding his resume by assisting the marketing and production of Los Angeles Dance Festival which will have another season in the spring of 2016.  



Richard Abrahamson

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

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.

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John Fry

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.

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Jared Oaks

Jared Oaks, one of the leading young ballet conductors in the United States, is Associate Music Director of Ballet West. Since joining the company in 2008, Jared has conducted numerous performances at the Capitol Theatre and Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, the Kennedy Center, Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, the Wortham Theater in Houston, and the Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis. Beyond his substantial conducting and piano rehearsal schedule, Jared has played for ballet classes at the Royal Danish Ballet, Balettakademien Stockholm, Houston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Burklyn Ballet Theatre, artÉmotion, the Barlow Arts Conservatory, University of Utah, and others.

In addition to studies with renowned ballet conductor Terence Kern, Jared studied choral conducting with Ronald Staheli and in masterclasses throughout Europe and North America.

An avid researcher, Jared is a fellow of the American-Scandinavian Foundation and co-founder of the non-profit music publication and research firm Composer Discovery Initiative. Jared is also an active composer, and his ballet In Memoriam, scored for four violins and piano, premiered in 2016 at Ballet West.


Jaime Carini

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.


Dennis Passmore

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.

We would love to hear from you.
(210) 418 - 1421

P.O. Box 15844
San Antonio, TX 78212

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