Joffrey Academy of Dance: Official School of The Joffrey Ballet

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, is committed to providing students of all ages, levels and backgrounds who have a desire to dance with a world-class education built on a foundation of classical ballet. With the talents cultivated at the Joffrey Academy, students can pursue careers as professional dancers at companies throughout the world, higher education opportunities in dance, or success in other fields. Through the Joffrey Academy’s programs, students develop a diverse set of skills including artistry, creativity, discipline and confidence, among others. The Joffrey Academy’s high-quality, educational programming forms future audiences and support for the Joffrey and builds the organization’s reputation worldwide.


“Most young dancers know what it takes to earn a place in a professional company-good physical proportions, coordination, technical facility, and musicality. But many of them do not realize how important it is to be fully trained when they get there. The best dancers remain inquisitive about their art throughout their careers and are always willing to explore new areas of growth and discovery.” - Robert Joffrey


What's New


Fall Semester registration for Children's & Youth Divisions is now open to all students. Don't miss a single step - register today! Find class schedules and registration info at  


Fall Semester is just around the corner. Start your semester with FREE classes in the Adult Open Division on Friday, September 5! This is the perfect opportunity to bring a friend to your favorite class, or take a new class you’ve always wanted to try.

Click here to view the Free First Friday schedule.


The Joffrey Academy is calling for diverse choreographers for the 5th Annual Winning Works: Choreographers of Color Awards. Three winners will receive a $2,500 stipend and will have the opportunity to work directly with Academy Artistic Directors, Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. The choreographers’ world premiere works will be showcased on The Joffrey Academy Trainees and Joffrey Studio Company at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and other venues throughout the year. Find more information and application info here: Deadline to apply is October 1, 2014. 

Four-week Back to Basics Ballet Workshop

Bring your retiré out of retirement with our four-week “Back to Basics” ballet workshop! Re-energize after work with a one hour ballet class designed for those who would like to review the basics of ballet, release their creative self and revive their muscles. Class is tailored for adult students over 50 and their experience and ability, focusing on moving the body, increasing confidence and releasing joint pain. Bring your friends and experience ballet in a new way! 


From August 18 to August 29, the Joffrey Academy will be offering Open Adult Advanced Ballet classes. This is a great way for advanced students to get back in shape before the semester begins. Drop-in classes will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, and will be taught by Academy Artistic Director Alexei Kremnev and Academy Faculty members Karin Ellis-Wentz and Suzanne Lopez.

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Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, is located in the Exelon Education Center at Joffrey Tower in Chicago, Illinois and is the only training program owned, operated or endorsed by The Joffrey Ballet. The Joffrey Ballet is not affiliated with any other Joffrey dance training or school program. For more information, please contact The Joffrey Ballet at 312.784.4600.