This summer we are pleased to have the following guest teachers join us:
Victoria Jaiani joined The Joffrey Ballet in August 2003. Born and raised in Tbilisi Georgia, Victoria Jaiani began her training at the age of 10 at the Choreographic school of Georgia. Later she continued her studies at a ballet school in New York.
In June 2003, she won a bronze medal at the New York International Ballet Competition. Since joining The Joffrey, Ms. Jaiani roles include: and has also performed in Age of Innocence, Alegro Consabor, Apollo (Terpsichore), Arpino’s Birthday Variations, Ashton’s Cinderella (Cinderella), Creative Force, Dark Elegies, Giselle (Giselle), The Green Table,In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, In the Night, Kettentanz, Laurencia Pas d’Action, Light Rain, Monotones II, The Nutcracker, Pas Des Deesses (Grahn), Petrouchka, Postcards, Les Presages (Passion), Jiri Kylians Return to a Strange Land, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Round of Angels, Square Dance, Viva Vivaldi, and A Wedding Bouquet.
Temur Suluashvili joined The Joffrey Ballet in 2003. He began his dance career at age 15 by studying at the Vachtang Chaboukiani Academy in the Republic of Georgia. During his years at the Academy, Mr. Suluashvili performed in productions of The Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote, Bluebird, and Hour Dance. In 1999, he was a finalist the Republic’s first dance competition and received a certificate of achievement.
In September 2000, Mr. Suluashvili came to the United States thanks to a full scholarship with The Joffrey Ballet School in New York. For two years, he studied and performed with The Joffrey School, including roles in The Nutcracker, Raymonda, Copellia, Swan Lake, and Esmeralda. Before becoming a full-time dancer with The Joffrey Ballet, Mr. Suluashvili was a part of The Joffrey School Dancers, a student ensemble that toured the United States.
In the summer of 2003, Mr. Suluashvili was a finalist in the New York International Ballet Competition. Later that summer, he joined The Joffrey Ballet as a full-time dancer and made his debut with the company in John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet.
Mr. Suluashvili has performed in various ballets with The Joffrey including The Clowns, Creative Force, Giselle, Laurencia Pas d’Action, Les Patineurs, The Nutcracker, N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz!, Petrouchka, Round of Angels, Le Sacre du Printemps, Square Dance, Tensile Involvement, Viva Vivaldi, and A Wedding Bouquet.
Amy Rose trained on scholarship at the American Ballet Theatre school, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Ruth Page Foundation School of Dance. She performed with the Chicago Ballet before joining ABT at the age of sixteen. She was a soloist with ABT, and from 1979-1992 was featured in Principal, Soloist and Character roles in both the classical and contemporary repertoire. She has also been a guest artist with the Universal Ballet in Korea, Japan, and China, and performed with Stars of the American Ballet in Manila.
In 1992, she joined the Pacific Northwest Ballet where she danced leading roles in many ballets. Most recently she was a guest artist with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Dance West Ballet, the Civic Ballet of Chicago, as well as being on staff as a faculty teacher for Terpsichore Dance Chicago Ballet Arts and North Shore Dance schools.
Stephen started his training at Southhold Dance Theater in South Bend, Indiana. He then went on to North Carolina School of the Arts where he trained under Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble, and Warren Conover. He later went to Ballet Chicago Studio Company and was mentored by Dan Duell and Patricia Blair. Stephen has attended numerous summer courses including School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet and Hartford Ballet. Stephen has performed as a guest artist for New York Theater Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Geiger Ballet, and Southhold Dance Theater.