Summer Intensives Frequently Asked Questions


Is it possible to attend a program only part time?

Our expectation for our intensives is that students will participate in the entire program and their experience will culminate with the final presentation at the end of the program. However, we understand that the summer season can be a very busy time for families and are willing to address this issue on a case-by-case basis. Please note that tuition must still be paid in full for all students.

What is included in the cost of the programs?

Tuition includes the fee for classes and a catered box lunch on weekdays for all programs except the two-week Junior Summer Dance Intensives. Please note that students are given the chance to opt out of boxed lunches. All two-week Junior Summer Dance Intensive students should bring their own lunch or snack each day.

Room and board costs (if applicable) include a shared suite at Roosevelt University that includes weekly linen service plus breakfast and dinner every day at Roosevelt University. Laundry at Roosevelt University costs $1.55 to wash and $1.25 to dry.

What is your refund policy?

The Academy does not offer refunds, credits, or transfers of any kind. Once a student has registered and paid a portion of or all of the tuition for a program, that tuition and all fees are non-refundable whether a student withdraws before the program begins or at any time prior to the program’s completion.

Is the Activities Fee mandatory?

The Activities Fee is mandatory for all students staying at Roosevelt University. Students are encouraged to participate in all activities with the chaperones and other students.

For students in the International Summer Dance Intensive, Dance Lab Program, or the three-week Junior Summer Dance Intensive who are not staying at Roosevelt University, the Activities Fee is optional. Those who choose to pay the fee are expected to participate in all activities; paying for only a portion of the activities is not an option.

What is included in the Activities Fee?

The Activities Fee will cover admission to planned weekend activities as well as tranportation to the activities. The Activities Fee will not cover any unplanned activities that the students and chaperones decide upon during the week such as dinner outside of Roosevelt University, ice cream, movies, etc.

Can I get a refund on the Activities Fee if my student does not end up attending some of the activities?

Similar to tuition and other fees, the Activities Fee is non-refundable.

How many students will be accepted into each program?

Approximately 150 students will be accepted into the International Summer Dance Intensive and about 50 for the Dance Lab program. The three-week Junior Summer Dance Intensive will hold roughly 45 students, and the Junior Summer Dance Intensives I & II will have approximately 20 students, respectively. The Los Angeles Summer Dance Intensive will hold roughly 50 students.

When does the student find out what group he/she is in? (Please note: this does not apply to the Junior Summer Dance Intensives I and II)

The first day of the program will include a placement class. After the first day students will be placed into groups and given their schedules for the rest of the program.

Who will be teaching the Summer Intensive Programs?

All classes are taught by the Joffrey Academy’s reputable faculty. Some students may be given the opportunity to take class with a Ballet Master, Company Member, the Joffrey’s Artistic Director, or Joffrey Academy Artistic Directors.

Will students be greeted at the airports?

Students will not be greeted at the airports, but CTA trains, busses, and cabs can transport the students to and from the downtown Chicago area. Cabs are available curbside at either Midway or O’Hare International Airport. CTA train maps and schedules can be found by visiting:

What should students bring to class on the first day?

Students should be prepared for all classes on the first day. They should have their tights and leotard, ballet shoes and pointe shoes (if applicable), jazz and character shoes (if applicable), and any warm ups they would like to have with them. The Academy recommends that each student bring a water bottle.

What is the policy for students who are sick?

Sick students should observe class unless they have a fever or if they are contagious.

For students staying at Roosevelt University, there will be a chaperone stationed at Roosevelt University to stay with sick/injured students.

If students are unable to get to class, students must call our Attendance Hotline at 312.784.4698. Failure to notify us of an absence may lead to a strike against the student.

Will written evaluations be given to students during the program?

No written evaluations will be issued for the summer intensives. Academy Faculty evaluate students on a continual basis and offer corrections as needed during classes.

In which programs are students eligible for housing?

The International Summer Dance Intensive, Dance Lab Program, and three-week Junior Summer Dance Intensive are eligible for housing at Roosevelt University, where they will be supervised by Joffrey Chaperones. Additionally, students participating in the Los Angeles Summer Dance Intensive are eligible for housing at California State University Los Angeles.

Does a Full Tuition Scholarship cover Room & Board?

Because the housing is secured through an outside party, we are unable to apply financial aid or scholarships toward room and board fees. You will be given more information about how to secure housing with Roosevelt University once you have registered.

What should I bring to Roosevelt University?

Here is a list of required and suggested items to bring while staying at Roosevelt University.

How much money should students bring for the summer program if they are staying at Roosevelt University?

This depends on the student. Overall, $100 per week in spending money should be adequate for all programs to cover group activities with chaperones and any shopping or extra activities students would like to do while in Chicago.

How will I know that my student is being properly supervised?

Joffrey chaperones are required to be with their students at all times outside of Joffrey Tower. Students and chaperones will be expected to get to and from class as a group. Joffrey chaperones are also responsible for acting as role models and mentors to their students and maintaining an open door policy to help address all student concerns.

How are students over the age of 18 who stay at Roosevelt University supervised?

Students over the age of 18 are not required to be with a chaperone at all times. However, students are expected to abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the Student and Parent Handbook.

What is the Liability Release Form for students ages 15-17?

This form allows students between the ages of 15 and 17 to be off campus without the supervision of a chaperone by permission of his/her guardian, or parents can indicate that the student has approval to be picked up at any time by certain people.

When is Check-in and check-out?

Check-in will be at Roosevelt University, times are TBD. 

Is Roosevelt University a secure building?

Yes. The security desk at Roosevelt University has a guard on duty 24 hours per day. Room cards are required for access beyond this point.

Are the students staying at Roosevelt University allowed to have visitors?

Yes, students can have visitors when they are not in class at Joffrey Tower. Visitor’s Forms must be completed by parents/guardians and returned to the Joffrey Academy and chaperones at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled visit. No visitors, including parents, are permitted beyond the first floor lobby inside of any dorm room or on the floor where students are staying. Visitation at Roosevelt University will be limited to the communal lobby on the first floor, or anywhere outside of Roosevelt University.

Can students pick their roommates?

Students can request roommates. In the online registration for Roosevelt University, there is a place to indicate a preference of roommate. Roosevelt University will try to meet these requests, but they are not guaranteed.

How will roommates be assigned?

Students will be placed in suites based on age and sex. Males and females will be kept separate and students will be placed with others who are the same age or close in age.

Do students need to have a meal plan to stay at Roosevelt University?

Yes. The meal plan is included in the room and board costs for the summer programs. Roosevelt University has many options for students with dietary restrictions, and students will be asked to indicate any food allergies and/or dietary restrictions in Phase II of registration.

Can students receive packages at Roosevelt University?

Yes. The address for Roosevelt University is 425 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60605. In order to send packages and/or mail to a student, the package should indicate the student’s room number, which will be assigned on move-in day.

Can students attend religious services throughout the program?

Yes. Students may be able to arrange with the chaperones to attend religious services over the weekend. It is the responsibility of students to approach their chaperones to ask to be accompanied to religious services, and not the responsibility of chaperones to approach students.


What are the options for staying in the area?

 There are many extended stay hotels in the Chicagoland area. Most suburbs are also accessible by train or shuttle into the city. Please consult Chicago area transit system maps ( for Chicago Transit Authority, or for Metra Train). Parking will also be available at a discounted rate at Joffrey Tower for the final presentation. Family and friends are free to find accommodations wherever they choose. For your convenience, a few local options for both short-term and long-term stays are listed below



The Seneca Hotel & Suites
200 E Chestnut St.
Chicago, IL 60611


The Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603


Affinia Hotel
166 E Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60611


University Center
525 S. State St.
Chicago, IL. 60605



Marriott Execustay
151 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601


Premier Luxury Suites*
545 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60654


Extended Stay Hotels*