Community Engagement

To celebrate The Joffrey Ballet’s 20th year as Chicago’s premier ballet company, the Joffrey Community Engagement department will be presenting 20 community-based performances and dance education workshops throughout 2015.

The goal of 20 for 20! is to give back to the city and introduce dance to communities in Chicago. The Joffrey Ballet will partner with local organizations including The Field Museum, Garfield Park Conservatory and many others to share thoughtful and exciting programs with the people of Chicago.


Randolph Elementary School Career Day Lecture - March 4, 2015

Harold Washington College Career Day Lecture - March 18, 2015

Lydia Home Workshop - April 25, 2015

Joffrey Tower Tour - April 25, 2015

Garfield Park Conservatory Performance and Workshop - April 26, 2015

Switch on Summer Performance and Workshop - May 9, 2015

KIPP Joffrey Tower Field Trip and Workshop - May 11, 2015

Studio Manarchy Opening - May 28, 2015

Chopin Elementary School Performance - June 3, 2015

Maggie Daley Park Opening Performance - June 13, 2015

DCASE Performance - June 13, 2015

Carver Park Teen Wellness Center Performance - June 27,2015

Piece for Piece Performance - July 19, 2015

Steelworker Park Performance (Dance in the Park) - August 2, 2015

Foster Park Performance (Dance in the Park) - August 5, 2015

K.L.E.O. Community Center Peace Rally Performnace - August 22, 2015

CDOT Performance - August 28, 2015 

Raddison Blu Diversity Event - August 31, 2015

Fifth Star Awards Performance - September 16, 2015

CDOT Polish Triangle Performance - September 25, 2015

Halloween Gathering Perfornance and Parade - October 24, 2015

K.L.E.O Gala Performance - October 25, 2015

Embarc Inc. A New Movement Performace - October 30, 2015

Pediatric Oncologist Service Performance - November 21, 2015

Field Museum Greek Exhibit Performance and Workshop - December 21, 2015

Chicago Park District Workshops TBD

YMCA Performance TBD

Master Class with Erica Lynette Edwards TBD

Master Class with Willy Shives TBD

Master Class with Michael SmithTBD

Master Class with Linda Swayze TBD

More events coming soon. 

 The Joffrey Ballet's Community Engagement (CE) Programs are committed to empowering individuals and developing life skills through creative and educational dance programming while strengthening ties within Chicago's underserved communities. Programs are designed to inspire a greater appreciation for dance and develop participants’ Social Emotional Learning.

View the 2014-2015 Community Engagement brochure for information on our programming.


What's New

Former Joffrey Dancer Brings Ballet To Youth

Community Engagement Director Erica Lynette Edwards is featured in The Bulletin. Read the full article here

ABC News Interview: Dance teaches focus, respect, teamwork, discipline

Check out this ABC news interview with our Director of Community Engagement, Pierre Lockett! Have an inside look at our Community Engagement programs and their positive impact on students.