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Joffrey Academy of Dance to Present WINNING WORKS: CHOREOGRAPHERS OF COLOR AWARD, 3/10

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San Diego native Jeremy McQueen has appeared in the 1st Broadway National Tours of Wicked and The Color Purple in addition to the New York City and National Touring companies of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. McQueen, a 2008 graduate of The Ailey School/Fordham University, BFA in Dance program, has presented his choreographic works throughout New York City, including the seventh annual Dance From The Heart concert presented by Dancers Responding to AIDS, the Young Choreographer's Festival held at Symphony Space, and the Dance Gallery Festival. In July 2012, McQueen's choreography was featured in the 80th Anniversary of the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival - Inside/Out series. Most recently, McQueen was named a finalist for the 2012 Capezio Award for Choreographic Excellence (Capezio A.C.E. Award). McQueen began his training at the California Ballet School and the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. He has also trained as a scholarship recipient with the San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Alonzo King's LINES Ballet. He has also taught at the Peridance Capezio Center, Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Steps on Broadway, and numerous high schools, universities and dance studios around the country. He is currently on faculty at Broadway Dance Center in New York City.

LaQuan Smith has always had a love for fashion and design, but at the age of 13, his grandmother passed on her old Singer sewing machine for him to practice on. Smith began with simple patterns and then developed his own techniques on creating garments. In 2007, after graduating from high school, Smith began working as an intern at Blackbook, a prominent magazine in New York City. After realizing his fashion thirst was not yet quenched, he began exploring his design talents. In 2008, he created his self-titled designer brand. Multiple fashion experiences and pure ambition have opened doors for Smith, allowing him to work with some of the industry's top models and photographers. He started off designing custom pieces for an array of celebrities, pop culture icons, and artists including: Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Tyra Banks, Sessilee Lopez, and fashion personality Andre J, among many others.

The Winning Works program will also include a world premiere Carnival of the Animals created by the Joffrey's Academy Artistic Director Alexei Kremnev. It will include a music score by Camille Saint-Saens's and costumes by Gabriel Hanson.

Tickets for the Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Award 2013 at the Harris Theater are
$18 in advance and $22 at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting or calling the Harris Theater Box Office at 312-334-7777 or online at www.harristheaterchicago.org.

Students are selected to participate in the Trainee Program by invitation from The Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director, Ashley C. Wheater, and Academy Artistic Directors, Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. The Trainee Program is a rigorous program in which students train in ballet and other dance disciplines. Graduates from this program have been accepted into ballet companies around the world, including The Joffrey Ballet, Staatsballet Berlin, Dresden Semperoper, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Met, Richmond Ballet, Complexions and many more.

Trainees rehearse and perform classical and contemporary works from The Joffrey Ballet's extensive repertoire and have the opportunity to work with world-renowned guest choreographers.

For more information on the Academy Trainees of the Joffrey Ballet, or other programs at the Academy of Dance, Official School of the Joffrey Ballet, visit joffrey.org/academy.

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