The First Film To Tell The Joffrey Ballet Story — Autographed DVD


The first film to tell the story of this groundbreaking company.

Joffrey: Mavericks Of American Dance is a documentary film produced by Lakeview Films and released by Hybrid Cinema, that chronicles the over 50 year history of the Joffrey Ballet, known as the first truly American dance company.

During the Joffrey Ballet’s 2008 Spring Gala in Chicago, executive producer Jay Alix and producer Una Jackman sat with their friends, famed Hollywood screenwriter/director Harold Ramis and his wife Erica Mann Ramis in a theater box next to the Joffrey’s Artistic Director Gerald Arpino.

Noting that Arpino did not look well due to his advanced age, Alix suggested to the others that someone ought to sit Arpino down and videotape interviews with him about the founding of the Joffrey before it was too late. Alix and Harold Ramis had been looking for a film project on which to collaborate. “Joffrey: Mavericks Of American Dance” became that project.

Narrated by Tony® and Emmy® Award winner Mandy Patinkin and directed by Bob Hercules (Bill T. Jones-A Good Man), the film documents how The Joffrey Ballet revolutionized American ballet by daringly combining modern dance with traditional ballet technique, combining art with social statement and setting ballets to pop and rock music scores.

View the trailer:

Official trailer Joffrey Mavericks of American Dance

Watch this video on YouTube.

The Giveaway

Lakeview Films and Hybrid Cinema would like to give away ONE signed copy and TWO unsigned copies of Joffrey: Mavericks Of American Dance on DVD to Dance Advantage readers.

IMAGE Image of autographed copy of Joffrey: Mavericks Of American Dance on DVD IMAGEThis beautifully designed, six panel DVD package features rarely seen photos and the film contains excerpts from many seminal Joffrey works including Astarte, Trinity and Billboards, as well as breakthrough collaborations with choreographers Twyla Tharp (Deuce Coupe), Kurt Jooss (The Green Table) and Leonide Massine (Parade).

ONE grand prize winner will receive a signed copy of the DVD. It was signed at the world premiere screening which took place January 27 at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center, New York City where “Joffrey: Mavericks Of American Dance” was the opening night film of the Dance on Camera Festival. Signatures are from the film’s director Bob Hercules, current Joffrey artistic director Ashley C. Wheater, and former Joffrey principal dancers Trinette Singleton and Christian Holder.

There only 100 copies signed by these artists for sale (retail $34.95) at

TWO additional winners will receive one copy of the unsigned DVD (sold for $24.95).

The Joffrey Movie giveaway is open worldwide to those 18 and up and closes at Midnight EST on Thursday, February 23.

How To Enter

This giveaway is closed but you can find DVD copies of the film, podcasts, video, and much, much more at

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Teaching Tools For Dancers: Ballet Bundle

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Teaching tools for dancers --

Dance Teacher Press has creative books, posters, flashcards, coloring sheets, and other teaching tools for dancers.

Dance Teacher Press began with The Ballet Combination Book

The Ballet Combination Book is a compilation of notes from years of teaching. Says founder, Janet Jerger, “I was constantly referring to my notes and thought many other teachers might enjoy them too.”  Testing the market on ebay, teachers told Jerger it was a very helpful tool that they enjoyed for class planning.

“That was my first product,” says Jerger, “and since then I have created many new items for dancers and teachers.  It has been a wonderful adventure to create beautiful items that make teaching dance easier and more enjoyable.”

The Giveaway

Dance Teacher Press would like to give away a Ballet Bundle to THREE Dance Advantage readers.

The bundle includes:

IMAGE Cover of Ballet Step by Step (Dance Teacher Press)Ballet Step by Step, an illustrated ballet dictionary for students.

The 64-page book includes definitions, translations and pronunciations for more than 60 of the most basic ballet terms. The book is written in the order a class is conducted, beginning with etiquette and positions. Ballet Step by Step is Perfect bound, 8 x 8, 64 pages, and retails for $13.95.

IMAGE The Ballet Combination Book by IMAGEThe Ballet Combination Book contains over 250 combinations for the ballet class.

This book is designed to help you with a multitude of choices and ideas, ideal for those times when you find yourself teaching the same exercises week after week. It is also an indispensable tool for apprentice teachers. You’ll find basic technique ideas for young dancers, as well as more difficult combinations for the intermediate dancer. After you are familiar with the easy to read combinations, refer to it on the spot – even while teaching! The Ballet Combination Book is Perfect bound. 8 X 11, 58 pages, and retails for $21.95

You can read DA’s review of these two resources here. But wait, there’s more!

IMAGE Words of the Week by Dance Teacher Press IMAGEWords of the Week provides a visual display of ballet vocabulary.

Use “Words of the Week” as a reminder to discuss, define, and demonstrate vocabulary. This visual aid hangs like a spiral bound calendar and displays over 50 ballet terms or phrases. There are 18 displays with 2 to 4 phrases per display.  Having the “Words of the Week” system helps insure you cover essential terms throughout the year. Words of the Week is Spiral Bound, 8.5 x 11 folded (Full display is 11 X 17), is printed on high quality gloss stock to last for years, and retails for $22.95.

The Ballet Bundle giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 and over and closes at Midnight EST on Saturday, February 18.

How To Enter

This giveaway is closed but learn more about these and other fantastic teaching tools at

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How Do We Love Thee? Let Us Count The Giveaways!

Every once in a while I like to express appreciation for our readers with an entire week of giveaways.

It’s been almost a year since our last one and, because next week is Valentine’s Day, it seemed an especially appropriate time for showing and sharing the love.

When will the LOVE Our Readers Giveaway begin?

Good question! The first giveaway will appear at 8am EST on Sunday, February 12, 2012.

A new giveaway will go up every day for 7 days.

When will it end?

The last giveaway goes up on Saturday, February 18 Sunday, February 19 (we love to overdeliver)

But each giveaway is open for approximately 4 1/2 days, closing at 12am, Midnight EST at the close of Day 4. (That means the final giveaway will close at Midnight on the 23rd)

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