JOFFREY ACADEMY OF DANCE, AMONGST TOP 10 SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD, RECRUITS NEW LEADERSHIP

June 26, 2012

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JOFFREY ACADEMY OF DANCE,
AMONGST TOP 10 DANCE SCHOOLS IN THE WORLD,
RECRUITS NEW LEADERSHIP


Karine Provost, former Pre-Professional Programs Manager with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, joins Joffrey Academy as Managing Director

CHICAGO – June 25, 2012 – The Joffrey Ballet and Executive Director Christopher Clinton Conway are pleased to announce that Karine Provost has been named the new Managing Director of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, effective immediately.  Provost joins the Joffrey Academy with extensive experience managing studio and education programs with dance companies across the country.

“The Joffrey Academy has seen tremendous growth since its opening in 2009, having just been named as one of the Top 10 International Dance Schools,” said Conway.   “Our new Summer Dance Intensive program in L.A. is about to begin, and with a potential expansion to the Chicago suburbs on the near horizon, someone with Karine’s unique skill set is key to managing a growing education program of this scale.  We’re very pleased to welcome Karine to the Joffrey team.” 

Before joining the Joffrey Academy, Provost, 30, worked with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago since 2007, where she served as the Manager of Pre-Professional Programs, creating and overseeing Hubbard Street’s Summer Intensive program, including its programming, structure, marketing and budget.  She also oversaw day-to-day operations at the Lou Conte Dance Studio, working with the Studio Director to schedule and manage studio space, classes, faculty and accompanists.  Prior to that, she served as School Manager of The Washington Ballet.  Provost holds a Bachelor of Science, Dance and Arts Administration from Butler University in Indianapolis.

As Managing Director of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Provost will serve as the public face of the Academy through interactions with families and students, members of the Joffrey Board of Directors and Women's Board, funders, current and prospective partner organizations, teachers, principals and school administrators, and other special communities with an interest in the Academy.  She will oversee the Academy’s 20 faculty and 8 accompanists, plus the programming and day-to-day operations of the Academy’s dozens of classes in multiple programs, including Children’s, Youth and Adult Divisions, Summer Camps and Summer Intensives, Pre-Professional and Trainee Programs.  Approximately 700 students take classes at the Joffrey Academy in any given term.

The Joffrey Academy of Dance is committed to providing a world-class education built on a foundation of classical ballet to students of all ages, levels and backgrounds who have a desire to dance.  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.  The Academy occupies approximately 12,000 square feet among four state-of-the-art studios within the Exelon Education Center, housed at 10 E. Randolph Street in Joffrey Tower.  Each studio meets the highest technical standard of dance flooring and sound systems, and boasts floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the high-profile corner of State and Randolph Streets.

To learn more about the Joffrey Academy of Dance and its programs visit joffrey.org/joffreyacademy.