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THE JOFFREY BALLET
The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s Valerie Robin and Sam Franke in The Nutcracker
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The Joffrey Ballet has been hailed as “America’s Company of Firsts”: the first dance company to perform at the White House at Jacqueline Kennedy’s invitation; the first to appear on television; the first American company to visit Russia; the first classical dance company to go multi-media; the first to commission a rock ‘n’ roll ballet; the first, and only, dance company to appear on the cover of Time magazine, and the first company to have had a major motion picture based on it, Robert Altman’s The Company.  

For more than a half-century, The Joffrey Ballet’s commitment to taking world-class, artistically vibrant work to a broad and varied audience has created a solid foundation that continues to support the company’s unprecedented capacity for achieving important “firsts.” Today, the Joffrey, which has been hugely successful in its former residences in New York and Los Angeles, lives permanently in its brilliant new facility, Joffrey Tower, in the heart of America, Chicago, Illinois. The company’s commitment to accessibility is met through the most extensive touring schedule of any dance company in history, an innovative and highly effective education program including the much lauded Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, and collaborations with myriad other visual and performing arts organizations.

Classically trained to the highest standards, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company and audiences and repertoire, which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works. Founded by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey in 1956, guided by celebrated choreographer Gerald Arpino from 1988 until 2007, The Joffrey Ballet continues to thrive under internationally renowned Artistic Director Ashley C. Wheater and Executive Director Christopher Clinton Conway. The Joffrey Ballet has become one of the most revered and recognizable arts organizations in America and one of the top dance companies in the world.

 

(11/2010)

 

Additional Resources
Ashley C. Wheater: Artistic Director

The Joffrey Ballet: is on Facebook

The Joffrey Ballet Presents "Cinderella": (promotional spot)

Website for The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago


Cast and Company
Ashley C. Wheater - Artistic Director
Gerald Arpino - Choreographer
Robert Joffrey - Choreographer
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Composer