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
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 seen in an intimate setting by three Artistic Directors will be a tremendous opportunity for the students of Session I.
Recommended age: 15 - 19
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.