Pre-Professional Program

Overview

The Pre-Professional Division at the Joffrey Academy of Dance is designed to meet the highest artistic standards. Led by Karin Ellis-Wentz, Head of Pre-Professional Programs, the artistic staff trains dancers to develop 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 annual Fall and Spring productions. Past productions have included The Blue Bird of Happiness, Sleeping Beauty, CinderellaCoppélia, and Don Quixote Suite.


Audition

Placement in the Pre-Professional Division is by audition only. Students are encouraged to attend the International Audition Tour and audition during the Summer Intensives. If you are not able to attend the Audition Tour, the Joffrey Academy accepts video auditions. In-class auditions during the Academic year are available at the discretion of the Artistic Team. 

Audition Dates

 

Schedule and Important Dates

2018-2019 Pre-Professional Division Schedule

First Semester: September 4, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Second Semester: January 21 – June 1, 2019

 

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 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.


Required Class Attire

Ballet, Pointe & Repertoire (Levels III – VI)

Women

• Motionwear pinch front camisole leotard in required color (listed below) silkskyn, style 2516

• White ¾” hip alignment belt or ¾” elastic

• Bloch Adaptatoe convertible tights in pink or flesh-tone*, style T1935L or Body Wrappers convertible tights in pink or flesh-tone*, style A31

• Body Wrappers black chiffon wrap skirt, style P981

• Pink or flesh-tone* canvas split sole ballet slippers

• Pink or flesh-tone* pointe shoes

*Tights and shoe colors must match.

Men

• Body Wrappers short-sleeve “snug fit” pullover t-shirt in white, style M400

• Body Wrappers convertible tights in slate gray, style M92

• Thin white socks

• White ballet slippers

• Nude dance belt

 

Jazz (Levels III & IV only): Fitted black dance shorts or black leggings, black jazz shoes

 

Modern (Levels V – VI): Fitted black dance shorts or black leggings, bare feet

 

Contemporary (Levels V-VI): Fitted black dance shorts or black leggings, black socks (no logos)

 

Character (Levels IV – VI):

Women: Black character shoes in 1.5” heel, Natalie black character skirt (below the knee), style N8108 or Body Wrappers black circle skirt (below the knee), style 511

Men: Black jazz shoes, optional black jazz pants

 

Leotard Colors by Level (Motionwear style 2516)

Level III: Maroon

Level IV: Hunter Green

Level V: Royal Blue

Level VI: Perfect Plum

               

Additional Required Performance Attire (Levels III–VI)

Women: Motionwear black camisole leotard (style 2516), nude camisole leotard, nude trunks, black bike shorts

Men: Body Wrappers black and white fitted t-shirts (style M400), M. Stevens white and black tights (style 1099) or Body Wrappers white and black tights (style M92), black ballet slippers, nude dance belt, black bike shorts

 

Note: Additional performance attire may be added, with advanced notice.

 

Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg

Classes

Classes

Level III

Students in this level will study ballet vocabulary, focusing on the development of the legs and feet with the introduction of pre-pointe and pointe work.

Approximately ages 10-12+

Required number of classes per week:

3 Ballet • 2 Pre-Pointe • 1 Jazz • 1 Conditioning • 2 Repertoire (second semester only)

 

Level IV

New vocabulary is added to the terms addressed in Level III and a focus on strengthening of pointe work. Classes will increase in complexity and emphasize the development of line, movement quality, musicality and artistry.

Approximately ages 12-15+

Required number of classes per week:

4 Ballet • 3 Pointe • 1 Jazz • 1 Character • 2 Repertoire (first and second semester)

Optional:1 Ballet • 1 Pointe 

 

Level V

Advanced pointe work and ballet technique are emphasized. Dancers are challenged in every aspect of training and performance. More advanced roles are given to high level students in the Academy spring productions.

Approximately ages 14-18+

Required number of classes per week:

5 Ballet • 4 Pointe/Repertoire • 1 Jazz • 1 Character • 1 Modern • 1 Pilates

Optional:1 Ballet • 1 Pointe 

 

Level VI 

This is the most intense level of training in the Pre-Professional Division, aimed at preparing dancers for a professional career. Advanced pointe work and ballet technique are emphasized. Dancers are challenged in every aspect of training and performance.

Approximately ages 14-18+

6 Ballet • 5 Pointe/Repertoire • 1 Jazz • 1 Character • 1 Modern • 1 Pilates

 

Level V and VI Men

2 Men's Classes per week in addition to their 5-6 ballet technique classes

 

Requirements: 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.

Content

The Pre-Professional Division at the Joffrey Academy of Dance is designed to meet the highest artistic standards. Led by Karin Ellis-Wentz, Head of Pre-Professional Programs, the artistic staff trains dancers to develop 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 annual Fall and Spring productions. Past productions have included The Blue Bird of Happiness, Sleeping Beauty, CinderellaCoppélia, and Don Quixote Suite.


Audition

Placement in the Pre-Professional Division is by audition only. Students are encouraged to attend the International Audition Tour and audition during the Summer Intensives. If you are not able to attend the Audition Tour, the Joffrey Academy accepts video auditions. In-class auditions during the Academic year are available at the discretion of the Artistic Team. 

Audition Dates

 

Schedule and Important Dates

2018-2019 Pre-Professional Division Schedule

First Semester: September 4, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Second Semester: January 21 – June 1, 2019

 

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 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.


Required Class Attire

Ballet, Pointe & Repertoire (Levels III – VI)

Women

• Motionwear pinch front camisole leotard in required color (listed below) silkskyn, style 2516

• White ¾” hip alignment belt or ¾” elastic

• Bloch Adaptatoe convertible tights in pink or flesh-tone*, style T1935L or Body Wrappers convertible tights in pink or flesh-tone*, style A31

• Body Wrappers black chiffon wrap skirt, style P981

• Pink or flesh-tone* canvas split sole ballet slippers

• Pink or flesh-tone* pointe shoes

*Tights and shoe colors must match.

Men

• Body Wrappers short-sleeve “snug fit” pullover t-shirt in white, style M400

• Body Wrappers convertible tights in slate gray, style M92

• Thin white socks

• White ballet slippers

• Nude dance belt

 

Jazz (Levels III & IV only): Fitted black dance shorts or black leggings, black jazz shoes

 

Modern (Levels V – VI): Fitted black dance shorts or black leggings, bare feet

 

Contemporary (Levels V-VI): Fitted black dance shorts or black leggings, black socks (no logos)

 

Character (Levels IV – VI):

Women: Black character shoes in 1.5” heel, Natalie black character skirt (below the knee), style N8108 or Body Wrappers black circle skirt (below the knee), style 511

Men: Black jazz shoes, optional black jazz pants

 

Leotard Colors by Level (Motionwear style 2516)

Level III: Maroon

Level IV: Hunter Green

Level V: Royal Blue

Level VI: Perfect Plum

               

Additional Required Performance Attire (Levels III–VI)

Women: Motionwear black camisole leotard (style 2516), nude camisole leotard, nude trunks, black bike shorts

Men: Body Wrappers black and white fitted t-shirts (style M400), M. Stevens white and black tights (style 1099) or Body Wrappers white and black tights (style M92), black ballet slippers, nude dance belt, black bike shorts

 

Note: Additional performance attire may be added, with advanced notice.

 

Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg

Designed For: 
Approximately 10-18

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