Jen Murphy

Jen Murphy

Adult Ballet Comes to The Studio

Ballet DancerINFO

Begins: April 19th
When: Sundays 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: First class is free, $10 per class, 10 classes for $80
Instructor: John Magnus


Classes to explore the Art of Ballet for those who have no or limited experience or it’s been years since you last took a ballet class.

All classes based on the foundations of ballet technique with a guide to basic understanding of exercises at the barre, in the center and moving across the floor, concentrating on core strength and control as well as proper body alignment and posture.

This is a full ballet class with all the basic elements of ballet technique, helping the adult beginner progress to the next level.


Ladies may wear tights and leotards or any tight fitting yoga or athletic attire and ballet slippers. Hair to be pinned or tied back or up.

Gentlemen may wear tights and leotards, bike shorts or basketball shorts or any tight fitting yoga or athletic attire and ballet shoes or you may wear socks (socks can be slippery)


John Magnus born in South Africa received his early training at the University of Cape Town Ballet School. After his training he accepted a position with CAPAB now known as Cape Town City Ballet. In 1980, Magnus moved to the United States, after his arrival he served as Ballet Master for the Nevada Dance Theatre. On his return to New York City he began teaching for New Jersey Ballet School and Company.

In 1986 he was invited to join the Joffrey Ballet School faculty, he was privileged to be the last teacher to be hired by Robert Joffrey before Mr. Joffrey’s death in 1988. While on faculty with the Joffrey School he taught the Joffrey Ballet Company and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. The Joffrey Midwest Summer Workshop was established in 1996 and Magnus was named Artistic Director by the Joffrey Ballet School Director, Edith D’Addario.

The workshop was renamed Magnus Midwest Dance in July 2009 to honor his vision and leadership. In 2005 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Joffrey Ballet School and created a full length Nutcracker reviewed by the New York Times as “glorious and sweetly inventive.”

In 2009 Magnus ended his 23 year relationship with the Joffrey Ballet School to accept the position of Artistic Director with Portland Festival Ballet, Portland, Oregon. Magnus Northwest Dance Summer program was established in 2013.

Magnus is currently Artistic Director of Magnus Dance in Milford, Pennsylvania his home town.
He is also co-director of San Gorgonio Ballet and president of American Readers Theatre a not-for-profit organization promoting literacy through the Arts.

Magnus has created numerous choreographic works for the Joffrey Ballet School, Joffrey Midwest, Magnus midwest and northeast summer programs as well as works for the Portland Festival Ballet including a full length Hansel and Gretel and Alice in Wonderland and numerous works for companies throughout the United States.

For more information or to register contact John Magnus at 917–968–7642.


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