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.

Holiday Schedule

All classes in the Studio Company, Trainee, Pre-Professional, Youth, and Children's Divisions will be cancelled during Winter Break, from December 19 - January 2. All classes resume January 3.

Adult Open Division classes will be held as regularly scheduled, except for the dates below.


The Joffrey Academy of Dance will be closed the following dates:

Saturday, December 24

Sunday, December 25

Monday, December 26

Saturday, December 31

Sunday, January 1

Monday, January 2 


New! Winter Break Advanced Classes

Special Advanced classes taught by Academy faculty will be offered throughout the holiday season in addition to our regular Adult Open Division classes.

These classes are best suited for Joffrey Studio Company, Trainee, Pre-Professional Levels IV, V, and IV, Youth Ballet IV, and Advanced Adult students. Regular class rates apply.


December 19        Ballet                    10:00-11:30 AM            Kyle Seguin

December 21        Ballet                    10:00-11:30 AM            Raymond Rodriguez

December 23        Ballet                    10:00-11:30 AM            Raymond Rodriguez

December 28        Ballet                    10:00-11:30 AM            Karin Ellis-Wentz

December 28        Contemporary        11:30 AM-1:00 PM        Brandon DiCriscio

December 30        Ballet                    10:00-11:30 AM            Kyle Seguin

December 30        Contemporary        11:30 AM-1:00 PM        Brandon DiCriscio


Visit our Adult Open Division page for more information on drop-in classes.


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Adult Fall Semester Class Schedule


Download the 2016-2017 Joffrey Academy of Dance Parent and Student Handbook


“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

Register for the International Audition Tour

Online registration is now open for the 2017 Summer Intensive Audition Tour! Dates and information are available on our Audition Tour page.

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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.