Lemonis Bridge Program

Overview

The Joffrey Ballet’s Lemonis Bridge Program is designed to introduce students from Chicago Public Schools to the basic elements of classical ballet ultimately finding and training the next generation of dancers. This program provides first and second grade students with a highly structured dance experience where they will develop life skills, creativity and physical awareness. The Joffrey Ballet is committed to providing the highest level of classical dance instruction to Chicago’s youth, thereby teaching students about the concept of pursuing dance as a career when they otherwise would not have had this exposure.

The program is structured in four phases. During Phase I, students receive ballet instruction at their schools from Joffrey Teaching Artists. Select students are invited to participate in Phase II classes that take place at Joffrey Tower on Saturdays. Throughout Phase III, students participate in a four-week summer intensive with four hours of dance classes each day. Students that demonstrate excellent attendance, behavior, and progress are awarded scholarships to continue studying at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, in the final phase of the program.

For more information, see the Program Overview.

 

 “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 C. Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet

Video

Bridge Program Final Presentation: Girls (May 2013)

Bridge Program Final Presentation: Boys (May 2013)

Community Engagement in ABC News (February 2013)

Director of Community Engagement, Pierre Lockett is interviewed on ABC News.

Bridge Program - In the news - ABC (February 2011)

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Details

Details

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.

Content

The Joffrey Ballet’s Lemonis Bridge Program is designed to introduce students from Chicago Public Schools to the basic elements of classical ballet ultimately finding and training the next generation of dancers. This program provides first and second grade students with a highly structured dance experience where they will develop life skills, creativity and physical awareness. The Joffrey Ballet is committed to providing the highest level of classical dance instruction to Chicago’s youth, thereby teaching students about the concept of pursuing dance as a career when they otherwise would not have had this exposure.

The program is structured in four phases. During Phase I, students receive ballet instruction at their schools from Joffrey Teaching Artists. Select students are invited to participate in Phase II classes that take place at Joffrey Tower on Saturdays. Throughout Phase III, students participate in a four-week summer intensive with four hours of dance classes each day. Students that demonstrate excellent attendance, behavior, and progress are awarded scholarships to continue studying at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, in the final phase of the program.

For more information, see the Program Overview.

 

 “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 C. Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet

Designed For: 
Grades 1-2
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