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Ballet Master Nicolas Blanc Receives Choreography Award at USAIBC

Joffrey Ballet Master Nicolas Blanc received the Choreography Award at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Rendez-Vous was performed by dancer Aaron Smyth and Cara Marie Gary.

Read the full list of winners here.

Photo by Richard Finkelstein. 

Aaron Smyth Wins Bronze Medal at the USA International Ballet Competition

Dancer Aaron Smyth won a Bronze Medal in the Senior Division at the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi last week. Congratulations Aaron!

Photo by Richard Finkelstein.

Mayor Emanuel Declares June 30, 2014 Pierre Lockett Day

Community Engagement Director and former Joffrey dancer Pierre Lockett announced last week he will be stepping down from his Joffrey position. In honor of his tireless efforts in community outreach and dance education, Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared by Mayoral Proclamation that June 30, 2014 is Pierre Lockett Day in Chicago. Read the proclamation here

JW Marriott Launches Poise & Grace Training Initiative With The Joffrey


“At JW Marriott, we look to identify associates that live the brand vision of orchestrating the exceptional, crafting luxurious experiences for guests that are inspired by their passions,” said Mitzi Gaskins, vice president and global brand manager of JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts.  “Poise and posture are globally recognized cultural cues that reflect the care and dedication our associates provide in every service interaction.”


A Ballet Horse Trots Through Cow Country

Chicago will forever be “cow town,” even if the closest we now come to bovine sightings are those painted and decorated fiberglass sculptures remaining from the 1999 Cows on Parade spectacle.


But what if a cow/horse hybrid joined the parade — a cow with ballet-bred horse breeding by way of Picasso?


That is exactly what happened in Chicago late last week as the Joffrey Ballet’s veteran photographer, artists Herb Migdoll, watched his Cow in Horse’s...