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.

As the official school and only training program of The Joffrey Ballet, we believe that the Academy should be a reflection of the Joffrey Company – America’s preeminent ballet company. Following Robert Joffrey’s vision for training, the Academy is rooted in classical ballet. Taking from the English, Russian and French techniques, amongst others, the Academy’s curriculum gives students a well-rounded and comprehensive dance education, fully preparing them for today’s dance world. The Academy’s training syllabi have been carefully crafted and reviewed by Ashley Wheater and the Academy Artistic Team. The training offered at the Academy generates technically strong, artistically creative and well-versed students who will excel in their future careers.


Academy Winter Break Schedule: December 17, 2018 - January 1, 2019

All Children's, Youth, Pre-Professional and Trainee classes are cancelled.

The Academy will be closed and all classes cancelled December 24-27, December 31, and January 1.

Adult Open Division classes continue on an adjusted Winter Break Adult Class Scheduleincluding added Advanced/Professional classes! Note that Jazz and all Saturday Isadora Duncan Modern classes are cancelled during Winter Break. Schedule update: beginning January 2, Adult Jazz will take place on Wednesdays.


Added Advanced/Professional Ballet Classes

10:00-11:30 AM

Monday, December 17 - Raymond Rodriguez

Tuesday, December 18 - Kyle Seguin

Wednesday, December 19 - Raymond Rodriguez

Thursday, December 20 - Karin Ellis-Wentz


Fall Academy Hours

Monday: 8:30am - 9:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 9:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 9:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 9:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm


Drop In for a Class! (Ages 15+) 

Adult Open Division Fall Semester Schedule

Fall Semester: September 4, 2018 - January 20, 2019 

Class descriptions can be found on the Adult Open Division program page. 


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“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

Thank you to our 2018-2019 Joffrey Academy of Dance sponsor, Athletico!


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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.