Awards & Alumni

Since its opening, more than 30 of the Joffrey Academy students have found positions with professional dance companies dancing successfully with The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, Dresden Semperoper,  Estonian National Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Complexions, Cincinnati Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Memphis Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, BalletMet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Polish National Ballet, Slovak National Ballet, Ballet West, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Nebraska, Oklahoma City Ballet, Colorado Ballet and more.


The Joffrey Academy received the distinguished honor of being named Outstanding School in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016 by the Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest international student ballet competition. The Joffrey Academy also received the Boeing Game Changer Award in recognition of its efforts to make dance accessible to all.

 

Youth America Grand Prix

February 2016 Results:

Juniors

Tricia Carmody / Maya Belcove / Top 24 Classical Ballet

Seniors

Derek Drilon / Grand Prix Award 

Yuka Iwai/ 1st Prize Women’s Classical Ballet 

Yuki Shimaoka / 1st Prize Men’s Classical Ballet 

Tess Voelker / 1st Prize Contemporary and 3rd Prize Women’s Classical Ballet

Shun Nakagima / 3rd Prize Classical Ballet

Auyko Ogino / Yoka Hirayama / Top 12 Classical Ballet

Mayu Sakai / Elisabeth White / Emma Alicz Top 24 Classical Ballet 

 

February 2015 Results:

Juniors 

Viola Pantuso / 1st Prize Classical Category Women 

Boris Fedorov / 3rd Prize Contemporary Category Men 

Seniors

Yuka Iwai / 1st Prize Classical Category Women

Promise Smith / 2nd Prize Classical Category Women 

Akari Morimatsu / Camila Ferrera / Top 12 Classical Category Women 

Yuki Shimaoka / 1st Prize Classical Category Men 

Yossi Zarfati / 2nd Prize Classical Category Men 

Yuki Shimaoka / 2nd Prize Contemporary Category Men 

Yossi Zarfati / 3rd Prize Contemporary Category Men 

 

Dancer photo credit: Leah Christianson

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Since its opening, more than 30 of the Joffrey Academy students have found positions with professional dance companies dancing successfully with The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, Dresden Semperoper,  Estonian National Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Complexions, Cincinnati Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Memphis Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, BalletMet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Polish National Ballet, Slovak National Ballet, Ballet West, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Nebraska, Oklahoma City Ballet, Colorado Ballet and more.


The Joffrey Academy received the distinguished honor of being named Outstanding School in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016 by the Youth America Grand Prix, the world’s largest international student ballet competition. The Joffrey Academy also received the Boeing Game Changer Award in recognition of its efforts to make dance accessible to all.

 

Youth America Grand Prix

February 2016 Results:

Juniors

Tricia Carmody / Maya Belcove / Top 24 Classical Ballet

Seniors

Derek Drilon / Grand Prix Award 

Yuka Iwai/ 1st Prize Women’s Classical Ballet 

Yuki Shimaoka / 1st Prize Men’s Classical Ballet 

Tess Voelker / 1st Prize Contemporary and 3rd Prize Women’s Classical Ballet

Shun Nakagima / 3rd Prize Classical Ballet

Auyko Ogino / Yoka Hirayama / Top 12 Classical Ballet

Mayu Sakai / Elisabeth White / Emma Alicz Top 24 Classical Ballet 

 

February 2015 Results:

Juniors 

Viola Pantuso / 1st Prize Classical Category Women 

Boris Fedorov / 3rd Prize Contemporary Category Men 

Seniors

Yuka Iwai / 1st Prize Classical Category Women

Promise Smith / 2nd Prize Classical Category Women 

Akari Morimatsu / Camila Ferrera / Top 12 Classical Category Women 

Yuki Shimaoka / 1st Prize Classical Category Men 

Yossi Zarfati / 2nd Prize Classical Category Men 

Yuki Shimaoka / 2nd Prize Contemporary Category Men 

Yossi Zarfati / 3rd Prize Contemporary Category Men 

 

Dancer photo credit: Leah Christianson

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