Middle School Dance Clubs

Overview

The Middle School Dance Clubs (MSDC), The Joffrey Ballet’s longest-standing outreach program, is a weekly dance education program in Chicago Public Schools. MSDC students work with Teaching Artists from the Joffrey Academy Faculty to create original dances based on dance technique and concepts learned in the program. Along with several performance opportunities, this organization is focused on developing essential skills such as confidence and leadership as well setting important learning goals. The program culminates with two major events: the Spring Concert in April and the MSDC Intensive week in May. The Spring Concert is an extremely motivating series of performances that allows all schools to join together in one showcase. The ability for each of the schools to watch each other and then perform together is truly a unique and uplifting experience. The MSDC Intensive program allows students to travel to other participating MSDC schools for a week of performances, allowing the dancers to understand the experience of a touring dance company.

 

Performances

  • Extension Phase II Presentation: Saturday, January 26 at 3:30 pm, Joffrey Tower
  • Spring Concert: Thursday, March 21 at 10:30 am, Thorp Scholastic Academy located at 6024 W Warwick in Chicago
  • Intensive: May 20 through 24, 10:00 am, locations TBA
  • Extension Year-End Presentation: Saturday, May 18 at 4:00 pm, Joffrey Tower

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MSDC 2011 Intensive

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The Middle School Dance Clubs (MSDC), The Joffrey Ballet’s longest-standing outreach program, is a weekly dance education program in Chicago Public Schools. MSDC students work with Teaching Artists from the Joffrey Academy Faculty to create original dances based on dance technique and concepts learned in the program. Along with several performance opportunities, this organization is focused on developing essential skills such as confidence and leadership as well setting important learning goals. The program culminates with two major events: the Spring Concert in April and the MSDC Intensive week in May. The Spring Concert is an extremely motivating series of performances that allows all schools to join together in one showcase. The ability for each of the schools to watch each other and then perform together is truly a unique and uplifting experience. The MSDC Intensive program allows students to travel to other participating MSDC schools for a week of performances, allowing the dancers to understand the experience of a touring dance company.

 

Performances

  • Extension Phase II Presentation: Saturday, January 26 at 3:30 pm, Joffrey Tower
  • Spring Concert: Thursday, March 21 at 10:30 am, Thorp Scholastic Academy located at 6024 W Warwick in Chicago
  • Intensive: May 20 through 24, 10:00 am, locations TBA
  • Extension Year-End Presentation: Saturday, May 18 at 4:00 pm, Joffrey Tower