Audition Tour

International Audition Tour Information

Admission into the Joffrey Academy Summer Intensives is by audition only. Summer Intensive auditions are open to all students ages 7 to 21+. Students should audition according to their age on the date of the audition, not the age they will be during the time of the summer program. Students interested in our year-round Conservatory ProgramTrainee Program or Studio Company should also audition during the International Audition Tour.


See our list of 2018 audition tour cities.

Register below in two easy steps!


To pre-register for an audition: 

  1.  Pay $30 Pre-Registration Audition Fee
  1. Complete Online Audition Form

Online pre-registration is strongly recommended but not required. To pre-register, dancers must pay the $30 audition fee ($35 in-person) and complete the Online Audition Form.

Online pre-registration will close the prior Sunday of each audition.

Pre-registered students who have paid the fee and completed the Online Audition Form will not need to bring any additional materials to the audition. 



Dancers who are not pre-registered may register on-site with cash or check only. On-site registration will begin one hour prior to the start of each audition except where otherwise noted.

If registering day-of, dancers will need to bring: 

  • Completed Audition Form 
  • Headshot (4 x 6) with ballet hairstyle 
  • For students ages 12 and up: First Arabesque Photo (Ladies - on pointe) 
  • $35 audition fee (cash or check only) 
  • Note: materials will not be returned


Required attire for girls:

  • pink tights
  • black leotard
  • ballet slippers
  • Girls who are already working on pointe must bring their pointe shoes in addition to ballet slippers

Required attire for boys:

  • white t-shirt
  • full-length black tights
  • black ballet slippers


Students who are unable to attend an audition in person can submit a video audition following directions under the 'Video/DVD Auditions tab. Video auditions will be reviewed beginning January 1, 2018.


Learn more about our Summer Intensive Programs at 

Click here for Summer Intensive FAQs.


Academy Programs

General Audition Information

Acceptance into our Pre-Professional Division, Conservatory Program, Trainee Program, and Studio Company is by audition only. We encourage all students interested in joining Academy Programs to attend an audition during the International Audition Tour.


If you are not able to attend an in-person audition, the Joffrey Academy accepts video auditions. Application requirements can be found on the Audition Tour page under the Video Audition tab. In-class auditions during the Academic year are available at the discretion of the Artistic Team. If you have additional audition questions, please contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org.


Students interested in our Children's and Youth Division programs may register for age-based programs or take a placement class. To schedule a placement class, please contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org

Nutcracker Children's Cast Auditions

The Joffrey Ballet is pleased to present a brillantly reimagined Nutcracker by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Click here for more information.

2017-2018 Nutcracker Auditions

Sunday, September 10, 2017

11:00am-11:45am: Gentlemen ages 10-17, max height 5’8” (no minimum height)

12:00pm-12:45pm: Ladies ages 11-18, between 5’0”-5’6”.

Some dancers may be asked to stay for the next audition*

1:30pm-4:30pm: Ladies ages 9-18, above 4’5” through 5’0”

*Dancers who fall into two categories, for instance someone who is 5’0” and 13 years old, should attend the first audition, and may be asked to stay for the later audition. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

5:00-6:30pm: Ladies ages 8-10, maximum height 4’5” (no minimum height)


All auditions take place at Joffrey Tower (10 East Randolph). Please read all information below for details on what to bring, attire, expectations and more. Dancers do not need to rsvp or pre-register to audition. 

What to Bring

Completed Audition Form

Copy of Proof of Age (ID, Passport, Birth Certificate, etc…)

4x6 Headshot (Ladies with hair in a bun)


What to Wear

Ladies – Leotard (black recommended), pink tights and ballet shoes. All hair must be prepared in a bun prior to the audition.

Gentlemen – T-shirt (black or white), tights, jazz pants or shorts, ballet shoes.

Students should arrive to Joffrey Tower dressed in their dancewear with hair in a bun for ladies, and a small bag for their shoes, warm ups and water. Please be mindful of our limited space and send your student with only what is necessary for the audition. We encourage students not to bring valuables to the audition. Thank you!


What to Expect

The Children’s Cast is an important part of The Nutcracker each year. All Children’s Cast members are expected to commit to attending all scheduled rehearsals and performances. We also expect our Children’s Cast members to act respectfully and professionally when they share studio and the stage with our professional dancers.


Before the Audition:

·         Please arrive 20 to 60 minutes prior to the audition to register. Please do not arrive more than 1 hour prior to the audition.

·         Students must be the minimum age required on the day of the audition. Students younger/older than the required age will not be admitted.

·        Height and age requirements will be verified by Joffrey Staff at the door prior to admission to the audition. The age and height parameters are strict and students who do not fall within the parameters will not be admitted into the audition.

·         Parents will drop their students off in the lobby, and students will be escorted up the elevator by Joffrey staff and volunteers.


During the Audition:

·         Students should have ballet training. During the audition, students will be asked to learn and perform Children’s Cast Role steps in groups. 

·         Dancers will be selected based on technical, artistic and performance ability.

·         Some students may be released from the audition early and others may be asked to stay for additional auditions. Being released from an audition or being asked to stay does not indicate casting decisions.


After the Audition:

·         Casting is at the sole discretion of the Artistic Faculty and all casting decisions are final.

·         Cast members must be available for rehearsals in September, October, November, and December, 2017. All rehearsals are coordinated by Joffrey Ballet Masters and Joffrey Academy Staff, and will be held generally on Sundays and weekday evenings. Production Week (November 27- December 1) may require day time rehearsals during the week. 

·         Performances take place December 1 to December 30 (No performance on December 25) at the Auditorium Theater.


Audition Location

Joffrey Tower

10 East Randolph Street

Chicago, IL 60601


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Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, is the only training program owned, operated or endorsed by The Joffrey Ballet. The Joffrey Ballet is not affiliated with any other dance training or school program, including the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. The Joffrey Academy, located in the Exelon Education Center at Joffrey Tower in Chicago, Illinois is the only school that follows the organizational mission, training syllabi, and artistic vision of The Joffrey Ballet. No other program, including those holding the Joffrey name, is sanctioned by The Joffrey Ballet. For more information, please contact Academy Reception at 312.784.4600.