Magazine article Pointe

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Magazine article Pointe

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The end of the school year means spring performances. That can be a chance to impress company directors. But what signals to them that an advanced student is ready to be a professional? Joffrey Ballet artistic director Ashley Wheater shares his advice as students from the Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago prepare to perform Sleeping Beauty May 20-22.

Pointer. How many current Joffrey dancers came through the Academy?

Ashley Wheater: In the two years since it opened, I've hired four into the company.

PT: When you attend a student performance, what do you want to see?

AW: That they understand the ballet they're performing. The classics are hard and demanding because if you make a mistake, we all know it. But you can't forget that technique is just a means to an end. Aurora should burst onto the stage with joy. knowing that everyone is there to celebrate her 16th birthday Think about why those particular steps are in there. …

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