Youth Division

Overview

 

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

Spring Semester: January 19 - May 31, 2015

Youth Division Second Semester Schedule

Summer Session: June 8 - August 16, 2015

Youth Division Summer Session 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

 

Classes

Classes

Youth Ballet I

This class is designed for children with little or no ballet experience. Students are introduced to ballet vocabulary as well as musicality, discipline, and class structure.
 

Youth Ballet II

This class is designed for children with 1-2 years of ballet experience. Students continue to build their ballet vocabulary and work on musicality, discipline, and class structure.

Youth Ballet III

Students will continue training in the fundamental concepts of ballet technique, vocabulary and studio etiquette. This level builds on the development of technical skills, coordination, discipline and musicality.

Youth Ballet IV

Students in this class will be using a more extensive ballet vocabulary, and focus on artistry as an advanced dancer.

Youth Tap

Youth Tap is designed to help students develop rhythm, style and sound with exercises that focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement.
Ages: approximately 12-16 years old.

Youth Jazz I

Students will learn basic dance techniques in this upbeat class, and will develop artistic creativity, flexibility, coordination and musicality. Taking jazz in addition to ballet will help to create a well-rounded dancer. 
Ages: approximately 9-12 years old.

 

Youth Jazz II

This class is good for students who would like to supplement their ballet training with an Intermediate level jazz class. Taking jazz in addition to ballet will strengthen the student's adaptability to other dance forms. Youth Jazz II will help develop their endurance, strength, and musicality through more complex steps.  
Ages: approximately 11-15 years old.

 

Youth Pre-Pointe - NEW!

Students will prepare for pointe in this class with theraband and strengthening exercises on the floor and at the barre. This class will further develop the muscles needed to dance on pointe. Dancing on pointe requires proper spine alignment, turn out from the hips, strong ankle strength, proper foot-pointing technique, and good balance. In Youth Pre-Pointe, students will work on strengthening calf muscles, ankles, and the arches of the feet. 

Class is to be taken in flat dance shoes. Pointe shoes should not be purchased prior to class. All students will be recommended to go on pointe on an individual basis when the teacher feels the student is strong enough and ready. At that time, information about pointe shoe purchasing will be discussed with the teacher. 

Requirements and Registration: Recommended for Youth III and IV students, with teacher approval.  

Students need Joffrey teacher approval before enrolling, including students who are currently taking pointe at another studio. Students are required to register for two ballet classes per week at Joffrey Academy, including the 9:00 AM Youth Ballet class on Saturday mornings immediately prior to Youth Pre-Pointe.  

   
Content

 

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

Spring Semester: January 19 - May 31, 2015

Youth Division Second Semester Schedule

Summer Session: June 8 - August 16, 2015

Youth Division Summer Session 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

 

Designed For: 
Approximately 9-16

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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.