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essay scholarship winners
These 25 students won a Full Tuition Scholarship* for a 2 Week Intensive that includes Housing and Meals, Congratulations!
*Fine Print: The essay scholarship winners are only for domestic programs and do not quality for Denver or the Mia Michaels Experience.
Students are required to audition first and based upon their scores they will be eligible for certain programs.
Having taken the “minor” Jazz classes offered at Adelphi University, I realized how much I missed it and applied for the Joffrey Summer Jazz and Contemporary program. To become a well rounded dancer, I studied Ballet, Pointe, various forms of Modern, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. Deep down, my passion is Ballet but my soul has a Jazz lining. I attended the full program, commuting from Long Island daily. I looked forward to the challenges and diverse experiences this program successfully provided. I had the pleasure of working with Matthew Prescott, Sue Samuels and Joyce King on their pieces for the finale performance. Studying various forms of dance was my goal and an added bonus was that it was all under one roof with a wealth of hand-picked talent packed into a three week schedule! Just incredible! I have attended intensive programs for years and never experienced that level of training in so many different areas nor the exposure to so many “working” professionals…another goal of mine! In three weeks, it has helped me attain my short term goals, filled my passion with professional, career loving individuals who encouraged and inspired me to be better than my best each day. This was, by far, an excellent choice for summer studies and I hope to have the opportunity to return next summer, hopefully on scholarship.
Alyssa Pitaluga – Returning Student
Dance is the best form of expression. When I move across a floor, I can communicate in my eyes and in my body what I feel in my soul. Dance has no set alphabet to define and limit the ways in which we may express. Any movement can be executed in a way that allows the audience and the dancer to enter into the same community of thought, to breach the barrier that exists between two entities and, even just for the duration of the piece, to be connected as one. This summer, I hope to further my expressive abilities by being a part of the Joffrey Ballet School NYC Intensive.The world renowned and awe-inspiring faculty, the metropolitan location, and the philosophy of excellence unique to Joffrey all provide endless opportunities for growth and amazing outlets for passion that any aspiring dancer would be grateful to have. Dancers who train at the Joffrey Ballet School turn out to be well-rounded artists whose technique and spirit make them captivating performers that are easily employed. To me, dance is a necessity, an essential, a way of life, and I cannot wait to see where my training at the Joffrey Ballet School, the world premiere dance school in the USA, will take my dancing career.
Ana Vasan – New Student
Joffrey Ballet School is a prominent and world-renowned dance school because it gives students the privilege to learn from the best teachers and coaches. The school makes dancers confident, push their limits and strive to become great. Joffrey Ballet School also illustrates the image of professionalism when it comes to the dancers appearance and attire. Dancing to me is like a story. A story shown through movements, which allows the audience to feel an emotion based on that story. I dance because I want to tell the audience my story and show them why I dance. When I am illustrating that story to the audience it makes me feel like I can do anything I set my mind to and be able to convey originality threw this story. I hope the audience will understand the story/message that is being told through the dance so they may feel connected in some way to either laugh, cry or leave feeling touched by a piece that I performed.
Anijah Lezama – New Student
I don't think anyone should be told that they can't do what they love. Dance is what I love and although sometimes it's hard to balance everything, it's always worth it when I step on that stage. The feeling I get makes all the work and time management worth it. Dance makes me happier than I have ever been. It brought me confidence in myself and made me the person I am today. For that I will always be grateful, I don't know where I'd be without dance. It's a part of me now and I wouldn't wish for anything better. I would be honored to attend a summer intensive or any class at the Joffrey Ballet School. This school produces stars, talent. I know I would benefit greatly from this, and the experience would be unforgettable.
The Joffrey Ballet School is a beautiful school with amazing teachers. To go would be a life changing experience. Everyday I strive to be a better dancer, and I know if I received this scholarship it would change me forever. What makes this school different from all the others is the passion. I see the passion this school has for dance, and I see the impact it makes on the dancers that attend. I want to have that impact on me. It's always been a dream of mine to attend Joffrey, but I never knew exactly how I would get there. I hope that this is my chance.
Brittany Maples – New Student
Martha Graham once said "Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion". This phrase is the one which have guided me all around my dancing career, because I know that I was not born with natural conditions to be a dancer, but with hard work and love, these have never stopped me to achieve my goals. Passion is the mainly ingredient in the life of a dancer, It is what makes the difference between a professional and an amateur. Without passion, the artist will never reach his or her best potential. Without passion there is no expression and without expression, dancing stops being an art, but a sport. The Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the USA because it teaches students not only the technique, but the passion for dance.
Camila Mazzini – New Student
My two weeks at JBS Summer Intensive 2013 were the best two weeks I’ve ever spent dancing and the highlight of my summer. During those two weeks I grew a lot as a dancer physically, mentally and emotionally. From being told you dance beautifully from Ashani Mfuko, to Fred C.L. Mann III calling you a diva, words can’t express how honored I was and still am to have been taught by such talented people. To me, Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the USA because of the wide range of dance styles they offer, the caring, talented and inspirational teachers guiding us along the way, the staff members, especially the directors and every pep-talk our teachers had with us before, during or after classes. We were told its okay to make mistakes and never give up as it’s the only way we’ll be closer to perfection. Thank you for an amazing experience this summer and I hope to have another fantastic Joffrey Experience in 2014.
Celeste Libert – Returning Student
To me dancing is a part of my soul, it is who I am, dance is how I live my life, dance has taught me many things in life such as telling a story through my body and my movement, dance has taught me how to be inspired, how to inspire others, and dance has taught me how to have goals as well as work hard to reach those goals. I aspire to obtain my Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in dance, and continue my journey teaching dance to young aspiring dancers, and to one day open a dance studio of my own. Receiving this scholarship, and being given the opportunity to advance my training and skills as a dancer through your unique program would be a dream for me! The Joffrey School of Ballet has produced and inspired the artist in many dancers, I would like to be known as one of those lucky enough to receive this level of training.
Ciani Crosby – New Student
My experience at the Joffrey summer intensive was an experience that I will never forget. It was my favorite part of summer this past year. I grew as a person and a dancer. I learned new styles of dance like Horton, wacking, and popping. I expanded my dance vocabulary by being able to take classes like improv, which I had done before in a class setting. I learned new styles of Broadway like fosse. I learned how to pop and lock in hip-hop. I learned all about the placement of each muscle and ligament in our bodies and how they are all connected. I was taught how to take care and prevent injuries. Each class had something beneficial in it. It might be that I learned a new style, or learned about body placement or that I became more confident as a dancer. I learned so much at the two week intensive that I will take with me for the rest of my life.
Colleen McHugh – Returning Student
As a male dancer, I want to not just scathe by for being a male, but dance equally as talented as the hundreds of girls that compare to one of me. I won’t ever give up, even after I’ve achieved everything I could have possibly wanted. To have the privilege to dance at the Joffrey Ballet School summer program would be an opportunity not to miss, as the name in itself carries a worldwide reputation of excellence. With the desire to become a professional dancer, it is only logical that Joffrey would be a great choice, seeing that the school turns out amazing, successful dancers. It is the premiere dance school, as the faculty, the dancers, and the trainees all set high standards for the rest of the dance community. It will be an honor to dance under the Joffrey Ballet School curriculum.
Dylan Balka – New Student
There are few moments in life that I will remember and cherish forever. One of those moments was standing on stage as the music slowly ended and the lights faded, at the end of the last dance. Everything was dead silent and dark, except for our gasps that created a steady beat together. Tears gathered in our eyes, blurring our vision of the audience in front of us, and sweat rolled down our foreheads. In those few seconds between the end of the piece and the start of the applause, we could tell from the audience’s energy that our dancing had moved them. And when the curtain finally closed all we could do was hug each other tightly and scream and cry and smile. I will never forget those moments at the end of Mia Michael's Joffrey West piece. Joffrey was one of the best experiences of my life. I was astounded by the variety of dance styles and choreography taught at Joffrey. I entered the program assuming that—as a contemporary dancer—I would be familiar with all the modern and jazz styles I encountered. Instead, I discovered that each teacher and choreographer had their own incredible, unique, and inspiring style, making my experience even richer.. You are expected to perform to the best of your ability in every class. In rehearsals, the choreographers expected a level of technique and commitment that is expected from professional company dancers
Elena Anamos – Returning Student
The San Francisco Joffrey Summer Intensive was the most amazing experience I have had as a dancer. I have attended many dance workshops and intensives but without a doubt the Contemporary Ballet Intensive held in San Francisco was by far the best I have every been a part of. Everyday was filled new and exciting dance explorations. I looked forward to each and every class. Each faculty member bought their own flavor and unique teaching methods to share with the students. The classes were filled with more then learning to move your body with precision and correct technique. I was being taught to feel the movement not just with my body but with my heart and soul and to see the movements in my mind’s eye. I was being taught to dance with fullness and richness to my movements. It was so inspiring that when the day of classes would end I would go back to my room and go over what I had learned earlier that day.
Emily O'Rourke – Returning Student
The name “Joffrey” is synonymous with “Dance Excellence” and the opportunity made me determined to audition. As soon as I found out that Joffrey Ballet School was holding auditions somewhere relatively close to my home town, I was thrilled and excited. I was accepted into the Joffrey West Program in Los Angeles, California. Four weeks at Joffrey West was the most demanding, invigorating, positive experience in my six years of dance. Not only did I meet some of the most talented choreographers in the dance community, but I also forged lasting friendships with my fellow students. I expected to learn and grow from the instruction, but an added bonus was what I learned from the other students. I am a more confident dancer. I know my strengths and my areas for improvement. I told my parents, “I WANT TO DANCE!” when I came home from Joffrey West. I don’t want to go to college and dance for a scholarship. I want to be professionally trained to be a professional dancer. Thank you Joffrey Ballet School for making my decision easy and clear.
Haddon Martin – Returning Student
While attending The Joffrey Ballet School Jazz & Contemporary program this summer, I had the opportunity to grow not only as a dancer but as a performer and person. It was an honor to have been able to take class from world renowned dance teachers and choreographers. The Joffrey Ballet school did a great job in diversifying the program and providing the dancers with a great variety of styles within the classes. Being pushed everyday to live up to the expectations that comes along with being a Joffrey student, provided me with a sense of determination and drive that I had never experienced before. The Joffrey Ballet School is indeed the best there is. I had a great experience unlike any other summer intensive that I have been present for. The environment and the other dancers are all wonderful. It would be a wonderful thing in my life, if I were able to be part of the Joffrey family again. To be part of this family means to be part of the greatest legacy that will ever be left.
Jermaine Turnbow – Returning Student
If I could sum up my summer at the Joffrey Ballet School in one word it would have to be: unforgettable. Just two short weeks of the intensive helped me realize my true passion for dance. With all of the amazing instructors, choreographers, staff, and dancers around me, I know that I improved not only as a dancer, but as a person. This experience put me one step closer to achieving my dance goals. For more than 50 years, Joffrey Ballet School has maintained its title as the forefront of American Dance Training. Many dancers have graduated from Joffrey Ballet School and gone on to work in the professional dance industry. The level of training provided by the staff at Joffrey Ballet School is absolutely incredible. The amount of quality and effort that goes into creating a great dance environment goes to show how amazing Joffrey Ballet School really is.
Jessica Kennedy – Returning Student
I thrive to become the best dancer I can possibly be and I know the Joffrey Ballet School can get me there. When someone brings up Joffrey Ballet School I think of the best of the best. You train in everything from hip-hop and jazz to classical ballet and contemporary. Joffrey produces the best, most well rounded dancers out there, making these students unstoppable in the dance world. Along with these students' talents come a brilliant education in keeping their bodies in the best shape they can be in. I have had some amazing opportunities to be taught by some of Joffrey Ballet School's instructors and graduates. Attila Mosolygo studied at the Joffrey Ballet School when he was a kid, and now is one of my teachers at Grand Rapids Ballet. Attila is a great inspiration to me. Not only have I met Attila, but I have met Brian McSween. Brian has came back to Grand Rapids to choreograph Movements In Full on our junior company, and I am so glad he did. In the week he has been here I have never worked so hard. Brian has treated us like professionals, pushing every limit we had making us better dancers than we were before. These are the kinds of teachers I want to work with. The ones that will make me a better dancer and continually push me to accomplish my dreams.
Kaitlyn Stacey – New Student
Passion is defined as any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling. However, my passion for dance is more than that. My passion isn’t an amorous disposition or an intense desire, but more than words can describe. My passion for dance fills me with this evangelical zeal, convincing me that the shattered world will never be put back together unless all human beings experience too. It pushes me to try harder every day and put forth my best effort. Dance is what I choose to immerse my life in. It is what I choose to devote my precious time into. My passion for dance burns brighter than the sun could ever do. The Joffrey Ballet School is the world premiere dance school in the USA. Its top notch staff and wonderful reputation is one of the many contributing factors. However, the main reason it is one of the leading facilities is that the teachers share their passion for dance as much as the students. The staff immerse their life in helping the students achieve goals and train intensely. Joffrey Ballet School has incorporated fundamentals and best practices from styles to create the American style of dance training that is Joffrey.
Katie Johnson – New Student
This summer I attended the Joffrey Ballet NYC Performance Track Intensive and there is no other place I would have rather spent my time. I improved, learned, grew, and discovered my individuality in my dancing with the help of many amazing instructors. The talent and knowledge they offered to share with each student is unique and very valuable. The great amount of time spent at the studio and doing activities with new people allowed good friendships to form. Joffrey Ballet School is diverse in many different cultures and it is very interesting to meet and talk with dancers from other countries. It reminds me that no matter the language barrier, dance is something that people can use to connect around the world. The overall environment is exciting and motivating. Joffrey Ballet School also has a lot to offer to new students such as a healthy environment, a positive atmosphere, opportunities to work with well known choreographers and preform classic, as well as original choreography.
Kristina Synder – Returning Student
"Strength and skill are built through repetition", "Give every excerice and movement 100% of your focus and energy at all times." Joffrey Ballet School teaches you everything you need to know to get into shape the natural way.
Liberty Saccaro – New Student
They sculpt your body and teach appreciation of the art of dance. They give you many opportunities as a dancer. Joffrey Ballet School also teaches a well rounded curriculum on both classical ballet and contemporary ballet. I love dance with a burning passion. Dance is my life and I hope to pursue it as a profession.
Experience In the summer of 2012, I attended the inaugural season of the Joffrey West Summer Program. I had always wanted to participate in a Joffrey intensive, and this new program really caught my eye. I am a jazz/contemporary dancer at heart, and the renowned faculty including Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, and Dante 7 made it a perfect opportunity! Although these famous teachers made a huge impact, it was actually two of the other instructors who influenced me the most. Working closely with Denise Biggi, the director of Cirque Du Solei Iris, and her assistant, Claude Caron, was an exciting and rewarding experience. Not only was their class challenging and insightful, but they also managed to create a safe environment that was open to individual creativity and inspiration. I was overjoyed and honored to be a part of their ballet piece in the showcase at the conclusion of the program. I found the entire Joffrey West intensive to be incredibly motivating and life-changing. It elevated my love of dance to a whole new level and sparked new thoughts and dreams for my future. Because it continually sets the bar in the community of dance through its tradition and innovation, Joffrey Ballet School is and will remain both progressive and inspiring. Not only does Joffrey pursue rigorous training in order to forge technically beautiful dancers, its instructors truly care about the hearts and minds of the dancers. I find this aspect to be the best part of the organization because, ultimately, it is a balanced combination of attributes that pushes Joffrey to the top again and again. Joffrey - Go big or go home!
Mackenzie Messick – Returning Student
I feel that Joffrey Ballet School is the best opportunity for a girl like me, because it gives me the best chance to further myself from where I am. Starting at age 10 I'm not as far as the other girls my age, though it doesn't stop me from working as hard as I can.
Madalaine Mackinnon – New Student
The experience to dance at Joffrey Ballet School is the dream of a lifetime, after looking at many different ballet schools I've found that Joffrey Ballet School is by far the best. Joffrey Ballet School holds the best future opportunities for every young dancer, and I'm hoping to have the chance to go one day
The Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive was a wonderful experience that helped me grow as an artist and an individual. Throughout the course of the summer, I consistently found myself being challenged in new and exciting ways. I was pushed to new levels that helped both my technique and artistry improve tremendously. In an environment in which I am surrounded by the most qualified teachers and dedicated students,it is hard to not constantly feel inspired. By the end of the program I broke down boundaries I never thought possible that took my dancing to a whole new level. It is a no brainer why the Joffrey Ballet School is the premier dance school. I would be honored to return this up coming summer. Each and every teacher, choreographer and student is there to reach towards a common goal. We all want to improve our dancing technique and be the best artist we can be. Each teacher goes above and beyond to make sure that every student gets the individualized attention they need to get the most out of their summer. They make sure to pass on an abundance of valuable information while making each students classroom experience a positive one. The summer program is the perfect balance of professionalism and fun. The opportunity to be lucky enough to spend my summer surrounded by such wonderful people in such a magical place would be a honor. I am ready to push myself to next level and I know that the Joffrey Ballet School is the place the make that happen.
Monica Manfredonia – Returning Student
When I dance, I’m given opportunities to share my creativity with others. It allows me to be an artist of movement. It’s a natural ability that I continue to train on by working with various artists. Dancing has also taught me discipline in other activities and areas of my life including school. I enjoy working with talented artists as I look up to them and work hard to strive to excel as they have in the art. Joffrey Ballet School is the premier dance school because it strengthens the dancer’s technique while still encouraging the individual dance spirit. Joffrey Ballet School has trained many students to move on to professional dance companies and other dance opportunities. My goal is to be one of these students that can acknowledge my training is from the Joffrey School of Ballet.
Natalia Duran – New Student
Dance is the reason I have become disciplined and dedicated in everything I do. What would life be like without moving my feet and body rhythmically to the sounds of music? Being a dancer has affected my life greatly; performing on a stage with the lights beaming down on you and a packed audience just inspires you to be a better dancer. Dance is not a sport but it is also more than just an art because although it creates something beautiful, it also can create a healthy lifestyle among dancers. It also produces strong and disciplined people who are passionate to their chosen lifestyle. Music is the basis for dance and it provides a background for creating a piece that expresses emotion and technique. An experienced dancer should have strong technique and technique comes with dedication and hard work. Also, it is important to be able to express emotions through movement. This idea of doing two things at once requires discipline and constant improvement.
Rebecca Paulis – New Student
I spent seven weeks in New York City at the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive 2013 and it was the best experience of my life! This was the first summer dance intensive that I have attended and was also my first time away from home, traveling from Texas to New York by myself and living with a roommate. One of the things I loved about Joffrey's program is the variety of classes: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Pas De Deux, Contemporary, Variations, Pointe, Character, and Acting along with Dance History and Nutrition classes.
Ronald Wagstaff – Returning Student
In Dance History, we learned about the history of Joffrey Ballet School, founded by Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino in addition to other important dancers and choreographers like George Balanchine, Michel Fokine, Agnes DeMille, and William Forsythe which happen to be the names of our class groups. There were inspiring Interview/Q&A sessions with famous dancers and choreographers like Desmond Richardson and Dwight Rhoden from Complexions Ballet. The instructors are awesome; they really push you to get better and improve which was exactly what I needed. As a male dancer, it was great to hang out with and meet other male dancers that helped each other out in class. I've made lifetime friendships this summer with other dancers and I hope to see them in my professional life.
The summer ended with an awesome performance with my fellow dancers that my family came to see and I was really happy to hear how much I had grown as a dancer. Since returning home, my parents have said that I am more focused, responsible, and taking school and dance more seriously. Joffrey Ballet School offers you a summer dance experience like no other!
It’s hard to explain the excitement I feel when I walk into the studio. I never get bored of dance because I want to always improve – even with the simplest steps or technique. I love performing and dancing for an audience; the feeling I get when they applaud for me is amazing. I started ballet training when I was 6 years old and joined a competitive group two years later. Since then, I have been training intensively in many different styles: ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. My hopes are to one day be able to train at a world renowned dance school so that I may have a chance to realize my dreams of becoming a professional dancer
Salma Tran – New Student