Contemporary Ballet Apprenticeship Program

The Joffrey Ballet School will partner with Los Angeles based contemporary ballet company, BalletRED, for an apprenticeship program open to dancers ages 14-19. A daily training ground for classical and contemporary dance fused with experience in a professional company will create the JoffreyRED Contemporary Ballet Apprenticeship Program, with its first season this Fall 2022.

Internationally acclaimed Artistic Director, choreographer, and instructor, Josie Walsh, will lead this small, hand-selected group of elite dancers from around the world.

Artistic Director

Josie Walsh

1st Season

September 2022


Los Angeles, California


Training with JoffreyRED

Dancers will “become the company”, studying Monday through Friday in techniques intended to prepare them for the cutting-edge repertoire BalletRED has brought to the stage. A strong classical foundation will start each day with technique classes, and Pointe, while afternoons will expand into genres including Contemporary, Modern, Contemporary Partnering, and Improvisation.

Alice in the Park

The Selection Process

Dancers who have auditioned for the 2022 Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensives, anywhere in the world, will be considered for the JoffreyRED Contemporary Ballet Apprenticeship Program. Artistic Director Josie Walsh will invite a select group of dancers, based on the recommendations of our Artistic Directors and Master Faculty currently touring the country, to submit a video. A small group will be selected to train year-round with JoffreyRED and invited to become an apprentice with the BalletRED company, beginning this September.

Fully Produced


Nine choreographic residencies per season will bring the brightest talents choreographing in the worlds of concert and commercial dance directly to the dancers. Students will be mentored by these leaders in the industry, training in their unique contemporary techniques and experiencing their process for creating an original work. Each will premiere as a part of three fully-produced performances each season, created and performed exclusively by the dancers of JoffreyRED.
Artistic Director

Josie Walsh


Josie Walsh is the Founder, Artistic Director and Choreographer of BalletRED and the Joffrey RED Conservatory in Los Angeles. She is the Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet School summer intensives in Los Angeles, San Francisco and year round Ballet Director at the Industry Dance Academy in Los Angeles.

Josie has danced professionally with the Joffrey Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre and the Zurich Ballet in Switzerland where she began her choreographic career. Moving on to several freelance projects throughout Europe before returning to Los Angeles where she integrated this vast background into the commercial as well as concert dance world. Known as the “Renegade” ballerina for her cutting edge hybrid style of edgy classical and contemporary ballet fusion, Josie is infamous for transcending boundaries and setting new trends. Josie was named 25 to watch by Dance Magazine, awarded 4 times the “Outstanding Choreography” award at the Youth American Grand Prix and featured in their NYC Gala, featured on NBC World of Dance Season 2 for her contemporary ballet choreography on “Avery and Marcus, Americas Got Talent for Izzy and Easton and honored with the endorsement from the Los Angeles Times as “Faces to Watch” for her work as Artistic Director/Choreographer of BalletRED.

Josie is a sought after master teacher and coach worldwide with her progressive and holistic approach to the classical ballet syllabus and injury prevention method. Her 3-point system, pelvic alignment, oppositional and circular dynamics, breathing techniques and visualization have given her students and professionals a competitive edge and longevity worldwide.