Founded in 2010, the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, provides students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds with a world-class education, built on a foundation of classical ballet.

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, located in Chicago, Illinois, is the only training program owned, operated, and endorsed by The Joffrey Ballet. The Joffrey Academy of Dance is the only school that follows the organizational mission, training syllabi, and artistic vision of The Joffrey Ballet, and is not affiliated with any other dance training or school programs, including the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. 

Based in the heart of Chicago’s theater district, the 20,000 square foot Exelon Education Center at Joffrey Tower, home to the Academy, boasts four state-of-the-art studios and facilities. In 2021, The Joffrey Ballet acquired two more state-of-the-art studios in the South Loop of Chicago. 

Academy Programs

From year-round offerings to drop-in classes, the Joffrey Academy has something for all ages and levels.


Meet the leaders behind the Joffrey Academy of Dance.


Teachers and educators hail from around the world, with a variety of professional experiences that forms the bedrock of the Joffrey Academy curriculum.


Find helpful information about our annual audition tour and next steps for aspiring students.


The Joffrey Academy hosts annual fall and spring programs, in addition to its acclaimed Winning Works choreographic competition.

Academy FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Joffrey Academy, our summer programs, and requirements for international students. Contact the Joffrey Academy directly with further questions.

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