Programs

Programs in the Children’s Division, Youth Division and Adult Open Division are offered year-round. The Pre-Professional Division and Trainee Program take place during the academic-year only. The summer intensives and summer camps are offered in the summer only.

The schedule of classes for all divisions, except Trainee Program, is intended to accommodate the academic schedules of our students. Classes for year-round programs are generally held in the evenings and require a year-long commitment. Adult Open Division classes are on a drop-in basis and do not require pre-registration.

For information for our international students visit our International FAQ page as well as our International Pre-Professional Welcome Packet.

 

The Joffrey Academy of Dance is always looking for experienced, talented faculty members with strong classical ballet backgrounds interested in teaching in the Children’s, Youth and Pre-Professional divisions. Interested candidates – please send a resume and cover letter to reception [at] joffrey [dot] org  

 

Programs/Divisions

Studio Company

The Joffrey Studio Company is a scholarship program of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet. The Joffrey Studio Company consists of up to 10 outstanding students selected by the Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director. Joffrey Studio Company participants will train alongside dancers in the Trainee Program of the Academy and participate in daily classes Monday through Saturday. Led by Ashley Wheater, the Joffrey Studio Company will be taught and rehearsed by Academy Faculty, Academy Directors, and the Joffrey Artistic Staff.

 

Students in the Joffrey Studio Company will have the opportunity to be selected to perform with the main company at the Auditorium Theatre, as well as perform in the Academy’s performance series at Joffrey Tower and additional opportunities around Chicago.

 

The Joffrey Studio Company and Trainees have successfully performed on some of the most prestigious stages, including Lincoln Center in NY, Auditorium Theatre, Harris Theater, Cadillac Palace and MCA in Chicago, Music Hall in LA, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as well in the collaborations with the Chicago Symphony and with the Cleveland Orchestra. 

 

The individualized training and performance opportunities provided by the Joffrey Studio Company offers students unique insight into the life of a professional dancer, assisting students in preparation for a professional career in dance and helping them expand their technique and artistry.

 

Selection for the Joffrey Studio Company is by audition only. Students may be asked to join the Trainee Program in the Academy for one to two years prior to being selected for the Joffrey Studio Company, or may be asked to join the Joffrey Studio Company from an Academy audition.  

 

International students, visit our International FAQ page.

Trainee Program

Approximately 17-21

The Joffrey Academy Trainee Program is a one to two year program for students ages 17 and older who are preparing for a professional dance career. Students are selected to participate in the Trainee Program by invitation from The Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director, Ashley Wheater, and the Head of the Trainee Program. The Trainee Program is a rigorous program in which students train in ballet and other dance disciplines. Trainees rehearse and perform classical and contemporary works from The Joffrey Ballet’s extensive repertoire and have the opportunity to work with world-renowned guest choreographers.

 

Graduates of the Trainee Program have found positions with professional dance companies dancing successfully with The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, Dresden Semperoper,  Estonian National Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Complexions, Cincinnati Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Memphis Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, BalletMet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Polish National Ballet, Slovak National Ballet, Ballet West, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Nebraska, Oklahoma City Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and more.

 

The Joffrey Studio Company and Trainees have successfully performed on some of the most prestigious stages, including Lincoln Center in NY, Auditorium Theatre, Harris Theater, Cadillac Palace and MCA in Chicago, Music Hall in LA, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as well in the collaborations with the Chicago Symphony and with the Cleveland Orchestra. 

 

The personal attention and guidance by Joffrey Academy Faculty will help prepare each student for his/her dance future. Trainees who are invited back for a second year and complete two consecutive years of study in this program will receive a certificate of training upon completion of their second year.

 

Trainee Program Auditions

Admission into the Trainee Program is by audition only. Auditions for the Trainee Program are held during the Summer Intensive Audition Tour, with the possibility of a second audition in early spring. Students interested in the program after the scheduled auditions have passed should contact Joffrey Academy Reception (reception [at] joffrey [dot] org).

 

Performing Opportunities

Annual performances of Nutcracker Suite, a Spring Production, and a year-end presentation are performed in the Black Box Theater at Joffrey Tower. Additionally, Trainees perform world premiere works choreographed by the winners of the annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition. Trainees may also be selected to perform in The Joffrey Ballet's season at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

 

Additional performance opportunities may include: The Joffrey Ballet's Gala performance, Chicago Tree Lighting Ceremony, the nationally aired McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and more!

 

Past productions have included The Blue Bird of Happiness, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Coppélia, performed in the Black Box Theater at Joffrey Tower, the city of Chicago's Classics in the Park, performed at the South Shore Cultural Center, Firebird, performed with Chicago Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra and Nutcracker Suite, performed with the Cleveland Orchestra. Other exciting opportunities included an apprentice exchange program with Semperoper Dresden (Dresden Ballet) and Palucca School (Germany) and an exchange program with the Royal Danish Ballet and American Academy of Dance in Paris (France).


International students

The Joffrey Academy is now offering M1 visas for international students. To learn more, please visit our International FAQ page.


“This program allowed me the opportunity to transition from a student mentality into more of a professional mentality, largely due to the professional manner in which we were treated throughout the year. Not only was the training successful in improving strength and clarifying technique, but the approach taught me to embrace the artist aspects of dance which my dancing lacked.” - 2009-2010 Trainee

Pre-Professional Program

Approximately 10-18

The Pre-Professional Division at the Joffrey Academy of Dance is designed to meet the highest artistic standards. The training given by the artistic staff provides dancers with a strong foundation in classical ballet. With the discipline and confidence cultivated at the Joffrey Academy, students can pursue careers as professional dancers, or find success in other fields. As part of the Pre-Professional Division, students participate in a full schedule of evening dance classes, and perform in the Joffrey Academy’s productions including Nutcracker Suite and an annual spring production. Past productions have included The Blue Bird of Happiness, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Coppélia.


Audition

Placement in the Pre-Professional Division is by audition only. Students are encouraged to audition during the International Audition Tour. 

Audition Information

Audition Dates

 

Schedule and Important Dates

First Semester: September 6, 2016 - January 22, 2017

Second Semester: January 23 – June 4, 2017

 

Welcome to our International Pre-Professional Students!

If you are one of our International Pre-Professional students, please review the International Pre-Professional Welcome Packet for useful tips on navigating Chicago, as well as important Academy information. 

 

Required Class Attire

Joffrey Academy’s dress code is designed to encourage unity, discipline, and improved concentration among our students. All students in Pre-Pro III – VI and Trainees are required to wear the assigned Motionwear leotard in the color assigned to their level. The teacher may ask a student to sit and observe class if they are not in the correct attire.

Ballet, Pointe & Repertoire (Levels III – VI)

Women: Camisole leotard in required style and appropriate color (listed below),  ¾” hip alignment belt or ¾” elastic, pink footed tights, black wrap skirt (in pointe and repertoire only), pink canvas split sole ballet slippers, and pink pointe shoes.

Men: White fitted t-shirt, black tights, black ballet slippers, black jazz shoes, and dance belt.


Jazz (Levels III – VI): Black jazz shoes

Modern (Levels V – VI): Bare feet

Character (Levels IV – VI): Women: Black character shoes, black character skirt


Leotard Colors by Level:

Level III: Maroon

Level IV: Hunter Green

Level V: Royal Blue

Level VI: Perfect Plum


Required Performance Attire (Levels III – VI)

Women: Black camisole leotard in required style, nude camisole leotard, and nude trunks.

Men: Black & white fitted t-shirt in required style, white tights, and nude dance belt.


Required Styles for Class and Performance

Women: Motionwear leotard style 2516 in required color by level, Capezio style #15 tights in ballet pink, Theatricals Adult/Child Sheer Wrap Skirt (No. TH5109/TH5109C), Freed Character Shoe (low heel), Natalie Character Skirt style N8108 in black (length: below the knee)

Men: Wear Moi “Haxo” fitted shirt #WM123, M. Stephens tights Style No. 1099, Capezio Quilted dance belt #N5930


Additional Dress Code Guidelines

  • Uniforms should be kept clean and neat. Dancewear is to be kept laundered and in good repair. Holes and frayed edges must be mended. 
  • Warm-up attire may not be worn during class, including shirts, legwarmers, skirts, etc.
  • Jewelry should be minimal: only small earrings at the teachers' discretion. No watches or bracelets.
  • Shoes should be neatly sewn with like color thread. No safety pins.
  • Hair should be pulled up securely in a neat bun. No large hair accessories please.
  • Please mark clothing, shoes and dance bags with the student’s name and class level.
  • Dance shoes should never be worn outside the building.


Dancewear Stores

Discount Dance Supply 
800.328.7107 
www.discountdance.com

Motion Unlimited 
218 S. Wabash, Suite 270 
Chicago IL, 60601 
312.922.3330

Allegro Dance Boutique 
2114 Central Street 
Evanston, IL 60201 
847.733.8460


Class Etiquette

Pre-Professional students further develop discipline and respectfulness in the classroom by actively practicing these student expectations.



Summer Intensives

approximately 7-21

Summer Program Audition Tour 

The 2016 International Audition Tour has been announced! To audition for Joffrey Programs, please check out our Audition Tour dates or submit a Video Audition.

Additional Information

 

General Audition Information

Admission into the International and Junior Summer Dance Intensives, Dance Lab, and Trainee Program is by audition only. Summer Intensive auditions are open to all students ages 7 to 21+. Students also may be considered for our year-round Pre-Professional Division and Studio Company. Click the Auditions link or view the 2016 summer intensive packet for more information about our programs!

 

"Thank you for giving my daughter an irreplaceable gift, hours of dance under the guidance of true artists who showed daily that they believed in these young dancers. She has come away from Joffrey with more fire in heart to become a professional dancer someday. Joffrey has placed her one step closer.” - Parent of a 2013 program participant

 

“This was by far the best intensive my daughter has attended. The quality of the instruction was terrific, and the accommodations and food services were also good.” - Parent of a program participant

Summer Camps

Children's, Junior, Youth and Teen Dance Camps

Registration for Summer Camps is now open!  

Register online: https://online.spectrumng.net/Joffrey

*Please note – Our online system is currently experiencing issues for those using google chrome. It is recommended that you use a different internet browser or clear your google chrome history before registering. Below is a link with instructions on how to clear your google chrome history. 

http://www.refreshyourcache.com/en/chrome-27/ 

Cinderella Children's Camp
June 13-17, 2016 - with Miss Trish

Enroll your child in a fun-filled week of  creative movement based on the classic story of Cinderella. Camps include one hour of engaging activities such as mime, music, costumes and props. There will be a final in-studio presentation for the parents on the last day of camp.

Tuition: $140.00
Registration Fee: $25.00

Creative Movement (Ages 3-4) 9:00am-10:00am

Pre-Ballet (Ages 5-6) 10:00am-11:00am

 

Junior, Youth and Teen Camps

These one week camps are fun, educational and challenging for young dancers. Ranging from Ballet to Hip Hop, each class will be engaging, aerobic and recreational. Families will have the chance to see a final presentation on the last day of camp.

Tuition: $320.00
Registration Fee: $25.00


June 13-17, 2016

Youth Camp (Ages 9-12) 

AM Section - 9:00am-12:30pm 

Intermediate Ballet with Miriam Rose LeDuc

Musical Theatre Jazz with Katie Rafferty

Modern with Wade Schaaf

 

PM Section - 1:00pm-4:30pm

Beginning Ballet with Miriam Rose LeDuc

Hip Hop with Andrew Tamez-Hull

Contemporary with Phylicia Royball


Teen Camp (Ages 13-16)

PM Section - 1:00pm-4:30pm

Intermediate Ballet with Miriam Rose LeDuc

Hip Hop with Andrew Tamez-Hull

Contemporary with Phylicia Royball


July 11-15, 2016

Junior Camp (Ages 7-8)

AM Section: 9:00am-12:30pm

Ballet with Trish Strong

Latin with Rebecca Perez

Musical Theatre Jazz with Katie Rafferty

 

August 1-5, 2016

Teen Camp (Ages 13-16)

AM Section - 9:00am-12:30pm

Ballet with Miriam Rose LeDuc

Hip Hop with Andrew Tamez-Hull

Contemporary with Phylicia Royball


Youth Camp (Ages 9-12) 

PM Section -  1:00pm-4:30pm

Ballet with Miriam Rose LeDuc

Hip Hop with Andrew Tamez-Hull

Contemporary with Phylicia Royball

 

Children's Division

Approximately 3-9

At the Joffrey Academy of Dance, nurturing a love of dance at a young age sparks a true passion for the art form. The Children’s Division builds a strong dance foundation by focusing on correct posture, placement, discipline, coordination, strength, flexibility and musicality.

 

Schedule

Summer Schedule: June 13-August 21

Children's Division Summer Session

 

Placement

The Joffrey Academy Faculty evaluates and places student in the appropriate level based on age and ability. Students are continually evaluated throughout the year and placement is at the discretion of the Joffrey Academy Faculty.

 

Registration

Summer Session registration is now closed.

Fall Semester registration dates and schedule coming soon!

Please be sure you have an account and know your login credentials prior to registration date. Try your login credentials or create a guest account at https://online.spectrumng.net/Joffrey. Contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org with login questions. 

 

Attire

Toddler & Me
Girls Required: Solid pink leotard, pink footed tights and pink ballet slippers. NO skirts.
Parent: Comfortable clothes that allow movement.

Creative Movement – Pre Ballet
Girls Required: Solid pink leotard, pink footed tights and pink ballet slippers. Recommended: Mirella camisole leotard style M207C and Canvas split sole ballet slippers. *Please note that skirts are not allowed in any ballet class in the Children's Division.
Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

Little Movers: Boys’ Dance
Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

Ballet I
Girls Required: Pink camisole leotard, ¾” hip alignment belt or ¾” elastic, pink footed tights and pink ballet slippers.
Recommended: Mirella leotard style M207C, Canvas split sole ballet slippers.
Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

Ballet II
Girls Required: Light Blue camisole leotard, ¾” hip alignment belt or ¾” elastic, pink footed tights and pink ballet slippers.
Recommended: Mirella leotard style M207C, Canvas split sole ballet slippers.
Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

Children’s Jazz I & II
Girls Required: Solid colored camisole leotard and black jazz shoes. Optional fitted black dance shorts or jazz pants.
Boys Required: Solid color fitted t-shirt, black shorts/jazz pants, and black jazz shoes. 

Youth Division

Approximately 9-16

The Youth Division at the Joffrey Academy of Dance brings high-quality, Joffrey training to students at all levels in a variety of disciplines. Beginning students can discover their passion for dance, while intermediate and advanced students can enhance their training. Students from the Youth Division may have the opportunity to advance to the Pre-Professional Division by audition.


Youth Division ballet classes are geared for ages of approximately 9-17 years old.

 

Schedule

Summer Schedule: June 13-August 21

Youth Division Summer Session

 

Registration

Summer Session registration is now closed.

Fall Semester registration dates coming soon!


Please be sure you have an account and know your login credentials prior to registration. Try your login credentials or create a guest account at https://online.spectrumng.net/Joffrey Contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org with login questions. 

 

Youth Pre-Pointe and Pointe Placement Class and Registration: Students interested in being approved for Pre-Pointe or Pointe should attend a placement ballet class. Please fill out a Trial Class Form and bring it with you to the placement class. Students wishing to take Pre-Pointe or Pointe must register for 2 Youth ballet classes per week, including the Youth Ballet class immediately preceding the Pre-Pointe or Pointe class. 


Attire

Ballet

Girls Required: Black leotard, pink tights that cover the feet, pink ballet slippers Recommended: Mirella leotard M207 (either Child or Adult size) or Motionwear style 2516, Canvas split sole ballet slippers

Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts and/or black tights, black shoes

Jazz/Tap

Girls Required: Solid colored leotard, black jazz pants, black jazz/tap shoes

Boys Required: Solid colored shirt, black jazz pants, black jazz/tap shoes

Classical Duncan Modern

Girls Required: Solid colored leotard, black footless/convertible tights

Boys Required: Solid colored shirt, black shorts


Adult Open Division

15 and up


The Adult Open Division is designed for adult dancers of all ages and abilities. Whether a student has years of dance experience or wants to learn dance for the first time, the Academy has the perfect class. All classes are fun, educational, and challenging for working professionals and others interested in dance. The drop-in schedule allows for flexibility and variety, offering a great workout to relieve daily stress. 

 

Summer Session: June 6 - September 4, 2016

Adult Open Division Summer Session Schedule

 

Class Prices 

Drop-in Class: $15.00
Professional Drop-in Class*: $10.00
College Student Drop-in Class*: $12.00
10 Class Card: $140.00
Professional 10 Class Card*: $90.00
College Student 10 Class Card*: $120.00

Enrollment-based classes** 
6-week session: $85.00

9-week session: $125 

Enrollment classes cannot be pro-rated if student enrolls after the first week of classes. 

* Must present a valid student ID, union card, letter of verification on letterheard from the institute of employment, or a CPS ID to be eligible

**Intro to Pointe and Ballet Vocabulary are not drop-in classes. Students must register for the full session. Students must be approved for Intro to Pointe. Approval forms are available at Reception.

 

10 Class Cards

Class Cards are only valid during the semester in which they are purchased. No extensions or refunds will be issued for unused classes.

 

Drop-in Classes

Drop-in classes do not require pre-registration or enrollment. Students may begin at any time during the semester, and take a drop-in class of their choice. This allows the adult student flexibility with their schedule and variety in their dance lessons. Unless otherwise marked as an enrollment class, Adult Division classes are drop-in. Join us at any time throughout the semester for a drop-in class! 

 

Enrollment-Based Classes

Summer Session Enrollment-Based Classes 

Intro to Pointe *Teacher’s approval required*

Mondays: 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15

No class on July 4

A nine-class series on basic beginning pointe work, classes will guide the students through pre-pointe preparation, finding a proper pointe shoe, sewing, and beginning pointe exercises. For the safety of the students, it is mandatory that they take two ballet technique classes a week. Daielma Decker will need to approve student’s enrollment in pointe during the Monday technique class. Please pick up an approval form from Reception as you check in for technique class.

 

Ballet Vocabulary

Sundays: 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31

No class on July 3

Students will work on learning key vocabulary that is used during ballet classes. Students can expect to perform simple exercises to reinforce the vocabulary learned during this class, and are encouraged to take the Basic Ballet class immediately following.


About Intro to Pointe and and Ballet Vocabulary Registration:

Intro to Pointe and Ballet Vocabulary are enrollment based classes, not drop-in classes. Students must be approved for Intro to Pointe prior to registering. Ballet Vocabulary does not require prior approval.

Enrollment is open for Adult Division enrollment-based classes. Students may enroll at Reception. Registration is available until each class is full (capacity: 16 students). The class is filled on a first come, first served basis. Classes cannot be pro-rated if student enrolls after the first week of classes. 


Adult Division Recommended Attire and Shoes

In general, close-fitting clothing that allows the dancer to feel comfortable and allows for proper instruction is recommended. Some prefer to wear a leotard and dance tights, dance shorts or a dance skirt, however this is not required. No costumes or tutus please.


Ballet, Keep Fit, Ballet Vocabulary- Ballet shoes or socks

BeMoved- Socks, ballet shoes, or jazz shoes

Classical Modern, Pilates, Yoga - Socks or bare feet

Hip Hop- Sneakers or jazz shoes - no street shoes in the studios please

Jazz- Jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or socks

Tap- Tap shoes


Studio Late Policy

Our classes require a proper warm up in order to avoid injury, therefore, either Reception or Faculty may ask students to not participate if they arrive more than 10 minutes late. 

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Master Classes

The Joffrey Academy of Dance offers master classes throughout the year in a variety of dance styles. Classes are offered for all ages and levels from beginner to advanced.


Whether you are visiting Chicago for vacation, business, or bringing a group of students to the Windy City, there’s something for everyone at the Joffrey Academy of Dance. The Academy offers drop-in classes for adults of all abilities as well as master classes for dancers of all ages. Classes offered include ballet, modern, contemporary, and more! Enjoy a fun and educational experience at our state-of-the art studios in Joffrey Tower home of The Joffrey Ballet.


Groups wishing to take a class at the Joffrey Academy of Dance can request a master class taught by one of our talented Faculty members by filling out the Master Class Request Form. Information about pricing can be found on the form. 

  

Past Master Classes

Master Class with Christopher Saunders, Senior Ballet Master of The Royal Ballet

Hip Hop Master Class with Dantriell Houston

Michael Clark Co. Workshop

Master Class with David Hallberg

Bollywood Master Class

African Dance on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Don Quixote Master Class

Classical Modern Duncan Dance 

 

Content

Programs in the Children’s Division, Youth Division and Adult Open Division are offered year-round. The Pre-Professional Division and Trainee Program take place during the academic-year only. The summer intensives and summer camps are offered in the summer only.

The schedule of classes for all divisions, except Trainee Program, is intended to accommodate the academic schedules of our students. Classes for year-round programs are generally held in the evenings and require a year-long commitment. Adult Open Division classes are on a drop-in basis and do not require pre-registration.

For information for our international students visit our International FAQ page as well as our International Pre-Professional Welcome Packet.

 

The Joffrey Academy of Dance is always looking for experienced, talented faculty members with strong classical ballet backgrounds interested in teaching in the Children’s, Youth and Pre-Professional divisions. Interested candidates – please send a resume and cover letter to reception [at] joffrey [dot] org  

 

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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.