“The Joffrey’s Annual Choroeographers of Color"

July 29, 2013


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CHICAGO – July 9, 2013 – The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces a national call for artists to submit applications for the Joffrey’s Fourth Annual Choreographers of Color Award. The goal of the Award is to recognize promising young choreographers of color whose diverse perspective will ignite creativity in the form of original works of dance.  The deadline for application is September 2, 2013.


Three selected choreographers will be given a minimum of 30 rehearsal hours to set their pieces on the Joffrey Academy Trainees.  Each winning choreographer will also receive a $2,500 stipend and an opportunity to work directly with Academy Artistic Directors, Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik.  Choreographers whose permanent residence is more than 100 miles from Joffrey Tower will be provided with accommodations for the duration of a two-week residency.  The completed new works will be performed at the acclaimed Harris Theater for Music and Dance on March 1, 2014.


Choreography created for the Joffrey Academy Trainees must be original work developed by the applicant.  The finished piece must be a minimum of 10 minutes and maximum of 12 minutes long.  To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years of age or older.  International students are excluded, as are foreign nationals who hold citizenship with countries other than the U.S., unless they are naturalized or permanent residents.


To apply, interested choreographers must submit the following by mail:  a DVD with a five-minute or less excerpt of their choreography with a brief written description; a letter of intent describing their interest in the competition and the kind of work they will create; a headshot and curriculum vitae with three references; and, a general application, which can be found online at joffrey.org/cofc.  There is no submission fee.  Materials can be mailed to:  The Joffrey Ballet, Attn: Choreographers of Color Competition Selection Committee, 10 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL, 60601.


About the Joffrey Academy Trainees

Students are selected to participate in the Trainee Program by invitation from The Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director, Ashley C. 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 from this program have been accepted into ballet companies around the world, including The Joffrey Ballet, Staatsballet Berlin, Dresden Semperoper, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Met, Richmond Ballet, Complexions and many more.


Trainees rehearse and perform classical and contemporary works from The Joffrey Ballet’s extensive repertoire and have the opportunity to work with world-renowned guest choreographers. 

For more information on the Academy Trainees of the Joffrey Ballet, or other programs at the Academy of Dance, Official School of the Joffrey Ballet, please visit joffrey.org/academy


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