Lemonis Bridge Program

Overview

The Joffrey Ballet's Lemonis Bridge Program is aligined with The Chicago Guide for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and is designed to introduce students from Chicago Public Schools to the basic elements of classical ballet. This program provides kindergarten through second grade students with a highly structured dance experience where they also develop life skills, creativity and physical awareness. One of the main goals of the program is to identify and train the next generation of dancers at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet.

✶ Phase 1 | Students receive ballet instruction at their schools

✶ Phase 2 | Select students are invited to attend Saturday class for free

                   at the Joffrey Academy

✶ Phase 3 | Students participate in a three-week summer intensive

✶ Phase 4 | Students demonstrating excellent behavior, attendance,

                   and progress are awarded full scholarships to continue

                   studying at the Joffrey Academy of Dance

 

 “Nothing is closer to my heart than a young person who finds a means of expression through dance. In many ways, that was my story, too.”  -Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet

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The Joffrey Ballet’s Bridge Program is aligned with the expectations, standards, and goals for dance as described in The Chicago Guide for Teaching and Learning in the Arts

This program also addresses the following National Dance Standards:

  • Identifying and demonstrating movement elements and skills in performing dance
  • Understanding choreographic principles, processes and structures
  • Understanding dance as a way to create and communicate meaning
  • Applying and demonstrating critical and creating thinking skills in dance
  • Demonstrating and understanding dance in various cultures and historical periods
  • Making connections between dance and healthful living
  • Making connections between dance and other disciplines

 

And age-appropriate Illinois State Learning Standards for Social Emotional Learning:

  • Goal 1: Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success.
  • Goal 2: Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships

 

And Fine Arts Standards as appropriate for Grades 1 and 2: 

  • Goal 25: Know the language of the arts
  • Goal 26: Through creating and performing, understand how works of art are produced.
  • Goal 27: Understand the role of the arts in civilizations, past and present.


For more information, you can view the Bridge Program Overview or send a message to ce [at] joffrey [dot] org with questions.

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The Joffrey Ballet's Lemonis Bridge Program is aligined with The Chicago Guide for Teaching and Learning in the Arts and is designed to introduce students from Chicago Public Schools to the basic elements of classical ballet. This program provides kindergarten through second grade students with a highly structured dance experience where they also develop life skills, creativity and physical awareness. One of the main goals of the program is to identify and train the next generation of dancers at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet.

✶ Phase 1 | Students receive ballet instruction at their schools

✶ Phase 2 | Select students are invited to attend Saturday class for free

                   at the Joffrey Academy

✶ Phase 3 | Students participate in a three-week summer intensive

✶ Phase 4 | Students demonstrating excellent behavior, attendance,

                   and progress are awarded full scholarships to continue

                   studying at the Joffrey Academy of Dance

 

 “Nothing is closer to my heart than a young person who finds a means of expression through dance. In many ways, that was my story, too.”  -Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet

Designed For: 
Grades K-2