Joffrey Ballet Announces the Creation of the Joffrey Studio Company

Joffrey Ballet Announces the Creation of the Joffrey Studio Company

Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet, and Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik, Co-Artistic Directors of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, are pleased to announce the formation of the new Joffrey Studio Company set to begin in the 2014-2015 season. Formalizing this program will enable the Academy to recruit potential students from around the globe and continue to strengthen Joffrey's reputation.

The Joffrey Studio Company is a scholarship program of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, consisting of 10 outstanding students selected by Wheater, Kremnev and Reznik. The selected participants will train alongside dancers in the Trainee Program of the Academy and participate in daily classes, Monday through Saturday. Led by Kremnev and Reznik, the Joffrey Studio Company will be taught and rehearsed by Academy Faculty, Academy Directors, and Joffrey Artistic Staff.

Students in the Joffrey Studio Company will have the opportunity to be selected to perform with the main company at the Auditorium Theatre, as well as perform in the Academy's performance series at Joffrey Tower and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, and at additional festival opportunities.

Selection for the Joffrey Studio Company is by audition only. Students may be asked to join the Trainee Program in the Academy for one to two years prior to being selected for the Joffrey Studio Company, or may be asked to join the Joffrey Studio Company from an Academy audition.

"The individualized training and performance opportunities provided by the Joffrey Studio Company offers students unique insight into the life of a professional dancer, assisting students in preparation for a professional career in dance and helping them expand their technique and artistry," noted Wheater.

"We are excited to be able to take another milestone step for The Joffrey Ballet organization," said Kremnev. "The Joffrey StudioCompany will be dedicated to developing the next generation of dance professionals. This exceptional group of young, emerging dancers will make a huge impact on the future national and international professional dance community."

About the Joffrey Academy of Dance

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet thrives under the leadership of Joffrey Academy Artistic Directors Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik and Managing Director Karine Provost. The Joffrey Academy of Dance is committed to providing students of all ages, levels and backgrounds who have a desire to dance with a world-class education built on a foundation of classical ballet. With the talents cultivated at the Joffrey Academy, students can pursue careers as professional dancers at companies throughout the world, higher education opportunities in dance, or success in other fields. Through the Joffrey Academy's programs, students develop a diverse set of skills including artistry, creativity, discipline and confidence, among others. The Joffrey Academy's high-quality, educational programming forms future audiences and support for the Joffrey and builds the organization's reputation worldwide.

Located in the heart of Chicago's theater district, the 20,000-square foot Exelon Education Center, which is home to the Academy, boasts four state-of-the-art studios in the Joffrey Tower.