Parents' Association

The Joffrey Academy Parents’ Association is a great way for Academy families, students and staff to interact with each other and learn more about different aspects of the dance world. With the intent of facilitating communication and exchange of ideas, this group fosters community among students, parents and the staff and faculty of The Joffrey Academy by encouraging communication and providing opportunities for engagement. All families enrolled in the Academy are a part of the Parents’ Association. We encourage our families to serve as ambassadors for The Joffrey Ballet and the Joffrey Academy by sharing enthusiasm for the organization and its programs with the broader community.

 

PURPOSE AND VISION

The Joffrey Academy Parents’ Association aims to create a more meaningful connection to The Joffrey Ballet by implementing events and activities that energize and educate the Joffrey Academy community while enhancing the student and family experience. The Parents’ Association is focused on supporting the mission and goals of The Joffrey Ballet while developing a sense of community.

 

 

Get Involved

Get Involved

All families of Joffrey Academy of Dance are members of the Parents’ Association, and are invited to get more involved in their child’s dance education. By putting together the Inside the Academy Series, Academy student training is supplemented by informative sessions covering a range of topics from knowledgeable industry insiders. The Parents’ Association also organizes special activities such as master classes and a charity drive.

Thank you to our Parents' Association Ambassadors for their time and effort in making the Association such a success!

Parents' Association Ambassadors

Tamara Buday

Holly Garrard

Monique Jones

Beth Marcus

Carolynn Pfaff

Dana Russo

Susan Santoro 


We encourage any parents that want to get more involved to email reception [at] joffrey [dot] org

Projects

Projects

As the year progresses, the Parents’ Association has various projects they put together. The lead parents will head these projects; assistance from volunteers is always appreciated. If you would like to be added to a list of who we contact as projects arise, please email reception [at] joffrey [dot] org

 

Leotard Exchange
Students who no longer need or have outgrown their leotards from last year are welcome to drop off gently used, laundered leotards to Joffrey Academy Reception. The donated leotards will be available to families during the annual Mix & Mingle in the fall. All students should purchase their class level’s required attire prior to the start of the semester, as this selection will be limited.


Holiday Charity Drive

The Joffrey Academy hosts it's annual pajama drive to provide patients at Comer Children's Hospital with new sets of pajamas each holiday season. Comer Children’s treats patients with common as well as complex medical problems, of all ages, and from various economic backgrounds. Comer Children’s accepts any size and style of new pajamas, for newborns through adolescents. Due to infection control rules, donations must be new. Please keep tags on garments. Donations may be dropped off at Academy Reception.


Joffrey Academy Etiquette Guide

Check out the Dancer’s Etiquette Guide with helpful tips and pointers on being at the Academy, how to make a bun guide, important dates and numbers, and more!

Parents' Welcome Guide

Check out the Parents’ Welcome Guide, a great resource that includes answers to frequently asked questions, suggestions of where to buy dancewear for your student, and great places to eat near Joffrey Tower.

 

Meetings & Events

Events

Parents' Association Events

Parents' Association Mix & Mingle
Tuesday September 17, 2019, 6:30-7:15pm 
Join the Parents' Assocation's Lead Ambassadors and Academy Staff before the Mandatory Parent Division Meetings to chat and enjoy refreshments.


Dance with Me for Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet

February 10-16, 2020

Students will be invited to bring a special adult guest to class to dance side by side.

 

Inside the Academy Series

These educational discussions are geared toward different levels and age groups of students in the Joffrey Academy, however all levels are invited to join the discussions. For more information about the Parents' Association meetings, discussions, and events, please contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org.

The Inside the Academy series will take place at Joffrey Tower unless otherwise noted.

Dates and times are subject to change.


Solutions in Motion- Career Workshop for Dancers

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Independent Educational and Career Consultant and Founder of Solutions in Motion, Cydney Spohn, will be at Joffrey Tower for a special one-day workshop for students enrolled in 10th-12th grades (or ages 15+ if not enrolled in traditional school). This workshop explores traditional and non-traditional career opportunities in dance as well as the benefits of a collegiate dance degree. Parents of participating students are invited to a session on navigating collegiate dance programs after the workshop.

 

Winning Works in Progress- February, 2020

Details TBD!

 

See below for resources from past discussions:

Injury Prevention and Healthy Habits Workshop

Download these Injury Prevention and Strengthening and Conditioning info sheets from Athletico. Also check out the list of Injury Prevention Tips and Common Dance Injuries!


Summer Intensive 101

Check out these helpful tips on auditioning successfully and navigating the registration process:

16 Auditioning Basics and Pointers

Summer Intensive Tips from a Peer Parent

 

On Pointe with Allegro Dance Boutique

Do you know all the parts of a pointe shoe? Check out Allegro's helpful Pointe Shoe Vocab Sheet.

 

Content

The Joffrey Academy Parents’ Association is a great way for Academy families, students and staff to interact with each other and learn more about different aspects of the dance world. With the intent of facilitating communication and exchange of ideas, this group fosters community among students, parents and the staff and faculty of The Joffrey Academy by encouraging communication and providing opportunities for engagement. All families enrolled in the Academy are a part of the Parents’ Association. We encourage our families to serve as ambassadors for The Joffrey Ballet and the Joffrey Academy by sharing enthusiasm for the organization and its programs with the broader community.

 

PURPOSE AND VISION

The Joffrey Academy Parents’ Association aims to create a more meaningful connection to The Joffrey Ballet by implementing events and activities that energize and educate the Joffrey Academy community while enhancing the student and family experience. The Parents’ Association is focused on supporting the mission and goals of The Joffrey Ballet while developing a sense of community.