The famed Joffrey Ballet School, based in New York City, has launched “Joffrey West,” a month-long summer dance training intensive at California State University, Northridge. Open by audition to students ages 12–25 with prior dance experience, “Joffrey West” is led by a faculty of renowned professional dancers including Mia Michaels and Mandy Moore of the hit Fox television show “So You Think You Can Dance.”
“Joffrey West” is so high profile and competitive that the range of students has an international flair, with dancers from Spain and Mexico flying in to take part in the month-long affair. Its goal is to prepare the students for the rigorous world of professional dance, whether it’s with a ballet or modern company, or flashing their styles on a concert stage or in a music video.
Morning classes will focus on ballet, consisting of technique, pointe, variations and partnering. In the afternoon, students will learn about modern and contemporary dance, nutrition and conditioning classes. In addition to Michaels and Moore, the list of instructors also includes Josie Walsh, a choreographer and a former professional dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, and Dante 7, who has worked with Justin Timberlake and Mary J. Blige.
“Like CSUN, [the Joffrey Ballet] is an institution interested in developing young talent and generating new work,” said W. Robert Bucker, dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication and the Valley Performing Art Center’s executive director. “The summer program gives dance students exposure to top professionals in their field and the opportunity for rigorous training, artistic collaboration and live performance that take place in state-of-the-art studios and on a big, beautiful stage.”
The program will culminate on Jul. 27 with a performance at the Valley Performing Arts Center.
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