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JOFFREY ACADEMY OF DANCE, OFFICIAL SCHOOL OF THE JOFFREY BALLET LAUNCHES A NATIONAL CALL FOR ALAANA ARTISTS FOR THE SIXTH ANNUAL WINNING WORKS CHOREOGRAPHIC COMPETITION
CHICAGO – JULY 15 – The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces
a national call for ALAANA (African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab and Native American) artists to submit
applications for The Joffrey Academy’s Sixth Annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition. The
goal of the Award is to recognize talented and emerging ALAANA choreographers whose unique
perspective will ignite creativity in the form of original works of dance. The deadline for
application is October 1, 2015.
The winning choreographers will be awarded a $5,000 stipend and given a minimum of 30 rehearsal
hours. They will set their piece on the international members of the Joffrey Academy Trainee
Program and the Joffrey Studio Company and have the opportunity to work under the artistic
supervision of Joffrey Academy Artistic Directors Anna Reznik and Alexei Kremnev.
The choreographic work must be original and developed by the applicant and the finished piece must
be a minimum of 10 minutes and maximum of 12 minutes long. The world premiere works will be
presented in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on March 5-6, 2016 at the
MCA’s Edlis Neeson Theater.
To apply, interested choreographers must submit the following by mail or email: DVD or video clip
with a five-minute or less excerpt of their choreography with a brief written description, a letter
of intent describing interest in the competition and the kind of work that will be created in
500–1,000 words, headshot, curriculum vitae, and application form available on-line at
joffrey.org/winningworks with three references. The completed applications can be sent to The
Joffrey Ballet Attention: Winning Works Selection Committee 10 East Randolph Street Chicago IL
60601 or emailed to winningworks [at] joffrey [dot] org
The final works will be presented as part of the culminating Winning Works performance in three
performances on March 5 at 3:00 and 7:30 PM and March 6 at 3:00 PM. Tickets are on sale and
available by visiting joffrey.org/winningworks or by calling the MCA box office at 312.397.4010.
About the Joffrey Studio Company
The Joffrey Studio Company is a scholarship program of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official
School of The Joffrey Ballet. The Joffrey Studio Company consists of 10 outstanding students
selected by Joffrey Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Joffrey Academy Co-Artistic Directors
Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. The Joffrey Studio Company and Trainees have performed on some of
the most prestigious stages, including Lincoln Center in NY, the Auditorium Theatre, Harris Theater
for Music and Dance, Cadillac Palace Theatre and MCA Stage in Chicago, Music Hall in LA, The
Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and more. 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.
About the Joffrey Academy Trainees
The Joffrey Academy Trainee Program is a one to two year program for students ages 17 and older who
are preparing for a professional dance career. Students are selected to participate in the Trainee
Program by invitation from The Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director, Ashley 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 of the Trainee Program have
found positions with professional dance companies dancing successfully with The Joffrey Ballet,
American Ballet Theatre, 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 and more.
For more information on The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet and its
programs please visit joffrey.org/academy.
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