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.

 

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 10 outstanding students selected by Ashley Wheater, Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. 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 Kremnev and Reznik, 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 the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, plus at additional festival opportunities around Chicago.

 

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 Academy Artistic Directors, Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. 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 and more.
 
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: Choreographers of Color Award now at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; as well as a work by Alexei Kremnev, Academy Artistic Director. 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 performances have included The Blue Bird of Happiness, Sleeping BeautyCinderella and Coppelia, 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, and Firebird, 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 American Academy of Dance in Paris (France).


Housing

Recommended housing for the Joffrey Academy Trainees is provided by 777 South State and the Buckingham Chicago, both just a short distance from the Joffrey Tower. To learn more about monthly rates and floor plans, please visit 777southstate.com or thebuckinghamchicago.com.


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 performance. Past performances have included The Blue Bird of Happiness, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Coppélia.


Audition

Placement in the Pre-Professional Division is by audition only. Please contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org if you would like to schedule an audition. 

Audition Information

Audition Dates

 

Schedule and Important Dates

First Semester: September 2, 2014 - January 18, 2015

Second Semester: January 19 – May 31, 2015

2014-2015 Class Schedule

2014-2015 Important Dates

Summer Intensives

approximately 7-21

Summer Program Audition Tour 

The 2014-2015 Audition Tour has been announced. Check out our Audition Tour for 2015 audition dates and cities. To audition for Joffrey Programs, please call reception [at] joffrey [dot] org 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 9 to 21+. Students also may be considered for our year-round Pre-Professional Division. Click the Auditions link or view the 2015 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

 

Children's Camp
Dates: June 8-12, 2015

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

Pre-Ballet (Ages 5-6) 
10:00-11:00 AM

Tuition: $130 + $40 registration fee

Enroll your child in a fun-filled week of movement-based creativity. 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.


Junior Camp 
Dates: July 13-17, 2015

Junior Camp (Ages 7-8)
9:00 AM-12:30 PM

Classes may include Ballet, Pilates, Musical Theatre Jazz, Modern, Contemporary Jazz, and Hip Hop

There will be a final presentation for the parents on the last day. 

Tuition: $310 + $40 registration fee 


Youth and Teen Dance Camps
Dates: June 15-19, 2015

Youth Camp (Ages 9-12) 

Morning and Afternoon sections offered:

9:00 AM-12:30 PM or 
1:00-4:30 PM

Classes may include Ballet, Pilates, Musical Theatre Jazz, Modern, Contemporary Jazz, and Hip Hop

There will be a final presentation for the parents on the last day. 


Teen Camp (Ages 13-16)

Morning and Afternoon sections offered:

9:00 AM-12:30 PM or 
1:00-4:30 PM

Classes may include Ballet, Pilates, Musical Theatre Jazz, Modern, Contemporary Jazz, and Hip Hop

There will be a final presentation for the parents on the last day. 

Schedules and class offerings subject to change.


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: $310 + $40 registration fee 

 

Registration

Summer Camp Registration opens February 2 at 10:00 AM CST.

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

Fall Semester: September 2, 2014 - January 18, 2015

Children's Division First Semester Schedule

Spring Semester: January 19 - May 31, 2015

Children's Division Second Semester Schedule


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

Spring Semester Priority Registration opens to returning students on December 15 at 10:00 AM CST.

Spring Semester Open Registration opens to new students on December 29 at 10:00 AM CST.  

 

Attire

Creative Movement – Jaguars – 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

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.

Child pink camisole leotards are also available at the Joffrey Store and can be purchased online or on the 3rd floor at Joffrey Academy Reception.

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 black ballet slippers.

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 9-16 years old.

 

Schedule

Fall Semester: September 2, 2014 - January 18, 2015

Youth Division First Semester Schedule

Spring Semester: January 19 - May 31, 2015

Youth Division Second Semester Schedule

 

Registration

Spring Semester Priority Registration opens to returning students on December 15 at 10:00 AM CST.

Spring Semester Open Registration opens to new students on December 29 at 10:00 AM CST.  

 

Attire

Ballet

Girls Required: Black leotard, pink tights that cover the feet; pink ballet slippers Recommended: Mirella leotard M207L or Capezio style CC101 (either Child size or Adult size), canvas split sole ballet slippers
Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts and/or black tights, black shoes.

Jazz

Girls Required: Solid colored leotard, black jazz pants, black jazz shoes
Boys Required: Solid colored shirt, black jazz pants, black jazz shoes

Leotards can be purchased in Adult or Child sizes at the Joffrey Store either online or at the 3rd floor Joffrey Academy Reception desk.

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 offers a great workout to relieve daily stress.


Holiday Schedule at the Joffrey Academy

Adult classes are offered at the Joffrey throughout the holiday season. Stop by to take your favorite class or take a new class you've always wanted to try. 

December 22 - January 2

Special Advanced Professional Classes will be taught by the Academy Artistic Directors and Faculty in addition to our regularly scheduled classes

12.22.2014   11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

12.23.2014   11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

12.26.2014   11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

12.29.2014   11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

12.30.2014   11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

01.02.2014   11:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

The Academy is closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1.


Give the Gift of Dance

Treat your loved one to the gift of dance this holiday season! Gift cards available for purchase at the Joffrey Academy Reception in any denomination. Gift cards may be used for adult classes or class cards at the Joffrey Academy. 


Schedules

Fall Semester: September 2, 2014 - January 18, 2015

First Semester Adult Open Division Schedule 2014


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 (Intro to Pointe, Ballet Repertoire, Modern Repertoire) 9-week Session**: $125.00 

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, Ballet Repertoire, and Modern Repertoire 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.

 

Enrollment-Based Classes

Intro to Pointe, Ballet Repertoire & Modern Repertoire Schedule:


September 2 - November 3, 2014
November 4, 2014 – January 18, 2015 

 

    Mondays 8:00-8:45 PM Intro to Pointe (Kim Sagami)
    Tuesdays 8:30-9:15 PM Ballet Repertoire (Kim Sagami)
    Thursdays 8:00-8:45 PM Intro to Pointe (Elizabeth Luse)
    Saturdays 3:45-4:45 PM Classical Modern Repertoire (Jennifer Sprowl) 


About Intro to Pointe, Ballet Rep and Classical Modern Rep Registration:

Intro to Pointe, Ballet Rep, and Classical Modern Rep are 9-week enrollment based classes, not drop-in classes. Students must be approved for Intro to Pointe prior to registering. Ballet Rep and Classical Modern Rep do not require prior approval, but do require the corresponding technique class to be taken. 

Enrollment is open for Adult Division enrollment-based classes. Students may enroll at Reception for their class card. 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. 

 

Master Classes

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

 

Past Master Classes

Michael Clark Co. Workshop

Co-presented with Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Master Class with David Hallberg

Bollywood Master Class

African Dance on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Don Quixote Master Class

Classical Modern Duncan Dance 

 

Lemonis Bridge Program

Grades 1-2

The Joffrey Ballet’s Lemonis Bridge Residency Program is designed to introduce students from Chicago Public Schools to the basic elements of classical ballet ultimately finding and training the next generation of dancers. This program provides students in grades 1 and 2 with a highly structured dance experience where they will develop life skills, creativity and physical awareness. The Joffrey Ballet is committed to providing the highest level of classical dance instruction to Chicago’s youth, thereby teaching students about the concept of pursuing dance as a career when they otherwise would not have had this exposure.

The program is structured into three phases. During the first phase, students work on perfecting basic classical exercises, increasing ballet vocabulary and improving body placement. These classes are taught twice per week at the beginning levels by a Joffrey Teaching Artist at Chicago Public Schools. Students will increase their physical awareness, strength and flexibility. They will also improve their coordination and balance through a series of exercises designed especially for this age group. They will develop a greater understanding for the technical elements of classical ballet while improving their ability to follow directions. Finally, participants will enhance their self-management skills and character traits such as respect, responsibility and teamwork.

Some students will be selected to continue this program in transitional classes that take place on Saturdays at the Joffrey Academy of Dance. These classes are by invitation only and only available for students that participated in the Lemonis Bridge Program at their school during the first semester of the academic year.

Students that demonstrate excellent attendance, behavior and progress will be awarded a scholarship to continue studying at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of the Joffrey Ballet, as the third and final phase of the program. These students will have an opportunity to be integrated into the Children’s and Youth Division classes that summer and beyond.

 

“Nothing is closer to my heart than a young person who finds a means of expression through dance. In many ways, that was my story, too.”  -Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet

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.

 

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.