Audition for Joffrey Workshop

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Davis Robertson, choreographer and artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group in New York City, the performance company of the Joffrey Ballet School, will hold auditions for area dancers who will be selected to participate and train in a workshop to be conducted this spring in Seaside.

The auditions will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4, in the Seaside Assembly Hall in Santa Rosa Beach. To reserve a place, applicants are requested to email tpope@seasidefl.com. Then applicants can download the registration form at www.seasidefl.com and click on the “Events” tab and email to tpope@seasidefl.com, fax to 850-231-6110 or bring the form to the auditions on Oct. 4. An audition fee of $25 will be due the day of auditions.

The workshop for 15 selected dancers, conducted by Robertson, will be held April 30–May 2 in Seaside. Intermediate to advanced dancers ages 13 and up from the Northwest Florida regions are eligible to audition. Robertson is planning to bring his Joffrey Ballet Concert Group dancers as demonstrators and teaching aids for the four-day workshop.

“The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group workshop will offer local and regional dancers an incredible opportunity to study under one of the most premier ballet companies in the country,” said Seleta Hayes Howard, Seaside Nutcracker ballet mistress and ballet teacher of the Dance Academy of Seaside Neighborhood School. “It is cultural experiences such as these which enrich our community and continue our goal of providing performing arts education and entertainment.” 

In addition to the workshop, the Merchants of Seaside will host the Joffrey Concert Group dancers for a debut performance in Seaside at sunset Saturday, May 2. The one and a half hour show will include 26 Joffrey company members performing a variety of dances ranging from modern and jazz, to classical ballet. The Joffrey Ballet Concert Group is under the direction of Robertson.

“Not having been to this area before, the Joffrey Concert Group, featuring 26 concert dancers, will offer attendees and the community a delightful, quality ballet performance — the type found in places such as New York and Chicago,” said Hayes Howard.