Northland’s own Bella Ford has been accepted to attend her choice of any of the 2017 Joffrey Summer Intensives with a nearly full scholarship. In addition, she has been invited to attend the Joffrey School’s year round Trainee Program in NYC, a high-school dance opportunity that has fantastic career placement. We are incredibly proud of her!
Bella has been dancing since she was 3 years old at Northland School of Dance in Champlin, MN. She is currently 14 years old and this is her 11th year of dance. We are looking forward to watching her continued progress in the years to come!
We asked Bella to describe how this came about:
With the guidance of my ballet instructor, Annie Nimmo, I decided to audition for a Ballet Summer Intensive. I know dancers in the past that have attended them and I could tell they were different dancers when they came back. The problem was finding a program that wouldn’t conflict with my dance commitments at Northland. I chose to audition for the Joffrey because of their outstanding reputation and it fit into my schedule at Northland.
“Before the audition I was very nervous and I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I was talking with Annie the day of and she really helped to calm my nerves and reassured me that it would be great.
“Some of the Joffrey faculty travel around the country to hold auditions. I attended one of these auditions in Maple Grove, MN. You can chose to only do the ballet audition or the jazz or both. I chose to attend both auditions. The ballet was first and consisted of a 1.5 hour audition which first focused on bar and then center. The jazz audition was next and was also 1.5 hours long. This time we learned a combo that was very difficult and auditioned it. There were around 50 dancers auditioning.
“I didn’t find out the results for a few days afterwards and I was excited and scared to find out. They emailed my mom and told her that not only did I get into any of the Summer Intensives I wanted to attend, I also got an almost full scholarship to cover the tuition!
“On top of that a few weeks later I found out that I was accepted in the Joffrey School year round Trainee Program in NYC. It is a program designed for High School students to attend school and dance training in NYC. Most of their students get hired into a dance company right from the program. It is such a huge honor for me to be considered for this!”
More on the Joffrey Summer Intensive
The Joffrey Summer Intensive is a multi-week dance Intensive held in NYC, L. A., San Francisco, Miami, Dallas, Denver, and Atlanta. There are several different Intensives depending on which style of dance you are interested in, such as Ballet, Jazz/Contemporary, Musical Theater and so on. This well-reputed Intensive boasts some of the most talented faculty possible, including Mia Michaels, Desmond Richardson, Talia Favia, and Chaz Buzan.
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