By Ron Matz

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — They’re part of a legendary performing arts group, and they’re here in Baltimore.

Ron Matz reports members of the Joffrey Ballet are not only on stage at the Lyric, they’re also giving a master class to some lucky area students.

It’s master class from the best in the business. This ballet lesson at the Carver Center for Arts and Technology is like no other–taught by a member of the Joffrey Ballet.

“The Joffrey is a wonderful company. The Lyric Opera approached us about having a master class. We were ecstatic,” said Maria Royals, Dance department chair at Carver Center.

The Joffrey will perform at the Lyric Wednesday night. Students at Carver are thrilled to have members of the first dance company to ever perform at the White House in their classroom.

“It’s really cool to have a different perspective on ballet, just to have different teachers than I normally have,” 11th grader Eliana Lock said. “The Joffrey is one of the companies we hear about all the time. To get to take classes from someone who usually teachers professionals makes you feel more professional.”

“This class, for me, is a rejuvenating experience. It’s an opportunity for me to be pushed,” dance student Kareem Best said. “It gives me insight hopefully on what I’m going to be able to do when I get older.”

And for these young dancers and dreamers, they’re reaching for the stars.

“They’re a terrific company. The students are very, very attentive. They want to look good,” Royals said. “Maybe somewhere down the road this man might give them a job someday. They’re definitely working hard.”

The performance by the Joffrey coincides with the Lyric’s celebration of 120 consecutive years in business. Wednesday’s performance of the Joffrey Ballet starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are still available.

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