Pre-Professional Program

Overview

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. 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 8, 2015 - January 24, 2016

Second Semester: January 25 – June 5, 2016

2015-2016 Class Schedule

2015-2016 Important Dates

 

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

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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

 

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. 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. 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 8, 2015 - January 24, 2016

Second Semester: January 25 – June 5, 2016

2015-2016 Class Schedule

2015-2016 Important Dates

 

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

Designed For: 
Approximately 10-18

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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.