Chicago And The Nation: Call For Artists of Color!





CHICAGO – August 7, 2012 – The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces a national call for artists to submit applications for the Joffrey’s Third Annual Choreographers of Color Award.  The goal of the Award is to recognize promising young choreographers of color whose diverse perspective will ignite creativity through original works of dance.  The deadline for application is September 1, 2012 and winners will be notified by October 1, 2012.


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 Joffrey 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 various venues throughout the 2012-2013 academic year, including at the Joffrey Tower and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.  Last year’s Choreographers of Color Award winners were Carlos dos Santos, Jr., Ray Mercer and Bennyroyce Royon.


Choreography created for the Joffrey Academy Trainees must be original work developed by the applicant.  The finished piece must be between 10 and 12 minutes long.  To be eligible, applicants must be 21 years of age or older with at least two years of choreographic experience.  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 or email to  a DVD or YouTube link with a five-minute or less excerpt of their choreography and 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  There is no submission fee.  Materials can also be mailed to:  The Joffrey Ballet, Attn: Choreographers of Color Competition Selection Committee, 10 E. Randolph Street, Chicago, IL, 60601.


About the Joffrey Academy Trainees

Students are selected to participate in the Joffrey Academy 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 one- to two-year 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, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Texas Ballet Theater, Cincinnati Ballet, Tulsa Ballet II, Milwaukee Ballet II, Memphis Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Ballet Met, Richmond Ballet and 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.  The Joffrey Academy of Dance opened in January of 2009 and received the Youth America Grand Prix Outstanding School Award in 2010 and 2012. For more information on the Joffrey Academy Trainees, or other programs at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of the Joffrey Ballet, please visit


The Joffrey Academy of Dance is grateful for its 2012-2013 sponsors, including Allstate, The Boeing Company, Sara Lee Foundation, and the Rental Subsidy Program at the Harris Theater.


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