The Joffrey Ballet Education and Community Engagement Outreach Programs By Emily Patterson
History of Joffrey Outreach Program <ul><li>An outreach program was started shortly after Joffrey moved to Chicago in 1995...
Transition Period <ul><li>In 2004 Pierre Lockett, a retired Joffrey Dancer, revamped the outreach program renaming it the ...
<ul><li>What started with one program the ECE now runs over 20 different programs to schools, the park district, and priva...
Some Programs Offered: <ul><li>The American Square Dance Program </li></ul><ul><li>The Shakespeare Program </li></ul><ul><...
<ul><li>The Strobel Step-Up Program has proven to be one of the most successful in promoting social change </li></ul><ul><...
These are photos from a recent performance for DanceChicago
Here is an interview with graduate  Aaron White
Were you interested in dance before the Joffrey program? <ul><li>Reply:  Yes I was. I took dance class at my high school f...
Why did you decide to enter the program? <ul><li>Reply:  My junior year in high school, I was offered a scholarship to par...
Has the program helped you in your college studies, and if so in what ways? <ul><li>Reply: Very much so. The program prepa...
Do you think that the program has a positive effect on the community? <ul><li>Reply: I do. There are many places in Chicag...
Was it helpful to be in an environment with professional dancers? <ul><li>Reply: Seeing professional dancers in action is ...
Please feel free to add any other thoughts you may have about the program. <ul><li>Reply: If someone asked me years from n...
Despite the recent success <ul><li>The program is young and still has to develop a better training program for the student...
 
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  1. 1. The Joffrey Ballet Education and Community Engagement Outreach Programs By Emily Patterson
  2. 2. History of Joffrey Outreach Program <ul><li>An outreach program was started shortly after Joffrey moved to Chicago in 1995. The program was designed to expose children to ballet </li></ul><ul><li>The first program was focused on Middle School students in the Chicago Public School System </li></ul><ul><li>The program was a success and continued to be well funded </li></ul>
  3. 3. Transition Period <ul><li>In 2004 Pierre Lockett, a retired Joffrey Dancer, revamped the outreach program renaming it the Education and Community Engagement Program </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>What started with one program the ECE now runs over 20 different programs to schools, the park district, and private organizations </li></ul><ul><li>These programs also comply with the Illinois Learning Standard guidelines </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some Programs Offered: <ul><li>The American Square Dance Program </li></ul><ul><li>The Shakespeare Program </li></ul><ul><li>Water Ballet Workshop </li></ul><ul><li>The Joffrey Gallery 37 Summer Intensive at Tuley Park </li></ul><ul><li>PLI E 101: Presentation, Learning, Inspiration, Excellence </li></ul><ul><li>The Strobel Step-Up Program </li></ul><ul><li>And of course, Middle School Dance Clubs </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The Strobel Step-Up Program has proven to be one of the most successful in promoting social change </li></ul><ul><li>This program is a performing group consisting of Chicago Public School high school students </li></ul><ul><li>They are selected by an audition process and meet from October to June for three hours a week </li></ul>
  7. 7. These are photos from a recent performance for DanceChicago
  8. 8. Here is an interview with graduate Aaron White
  9. 9. Were you interested in dance before the Joffrey program? <ul><li>Reply: Yes I was. I took dance class at my high school for a physical education grade. It was the class that I looked forward to everyday. I knew that I would get through my day if I could dance. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why did you decide to enter the program? <ul><li>Reply: My junior year in high school, I was offered a scholarship to participate in the Strobel Step-Up program. I accepted the offer on the spot. I knew that it was an opportunity that did not come around everyday and I had to seize it. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Has the program helped you in your college studies, and if so in what ways? <ul><li>Reply: Very much so. The program prepared me for anything that life (college) had to through at me. Since the program was so rigorous, I had to learn how to deal with difficultly everyday. I learned to stick it out no matter how impossible a situation seemed. Being in college is EXTREMELY different from being in high school. You're all alone and must deal with maintaining grades, holding on to a minute social-life, and keeping sanity. But Strobel taught me all those things so I was well prepared when I got to school. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Do you think that the program has a positive effect on the community? <ul><li>Reply: I do. There are many places in Chicago, especially in the black community, that does not have access to the arts. There are kids in my neighborhood that I know would be doing something positive if they had the opportunity. But they do not. So, they are at the park all day surrounded by negative influences and no one to tell them not to go down that path. Joffrey programs give you hope and show you that you do not have to be a product of your environment. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Was it helpful to be in an environment with professional dancers? <ul><li>Reply: Seeing professional dancers in action is an experience like no other. It's wonderful seeing them on stage but when you get to talk to one of your favorite dancers in person and pick their brains...Priceless. Seeing the Joffrey dancers in their natural environment, I got to study their behaviors and that helped me to build a better me. Some things did not work for me, while others did. But in the end, I learned so much just by being observant. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Please feel free to add any other thoughts you may have about the program. <ul><li>Reply: If someone asked me years from now, &quot;What is your most triumphant moment?,&quot; I'd answer, &quot;Completing the Strobel Step-Up program and gaining so much experience from the Joffrey Ballet.&quot; </li></ul>
  15. 15. Despite the recent success <ul><li>The program is young and still has to develop a better training program for the students </li></ul><ul><li>It is planned that the Strobel Step-Up Students will soon have access to more ballet classes to help their dance technique grow </li></ul>

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