The Joffrey's Annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition

July 15, 2015



Press contact:  Caitlin Jagodzinski/Beth Silverman


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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 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 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

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