Dance Lab Program

Program Details

  • Ages 9–17
  • Requirements Registration

The Joffrey Academy’s Dance Lab Program emphasizes high-quality training and a variety of disciplines for students of all levels. Beginners discover their passion for dance, while intermediate and advanced students strengthen their technical skills and artistry. Led by Keesha Beckford, Dance Lab Program Liaison, Dance Lab allows for more flexible training schedules.

Academy Resources

Check below for information including schedules, registration, financial aid, and more!

Open registration for our 2024 summer session opens on Wednesday, May 8 at 10 AM CT.

Students may register using our registration system, Club Automation, which can be found linked below. Specific registration instructions can be found below as well. All classes fill on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to register as soon as you are eligible to ensure your preferred class section. Registration after the start of our classes may require a trial class placement or waitlist. 

If you have questions about your Club Automation account or registration, please contact Reception at [email protected]

Returning Students: Returning students are students who were registered for the previous semester or year. Returning students should use their pre-existing Club Automation account to register. All returning students are eligible to take part in Priority Registration. Please watch your inbox for details.

New Students: New students will need to create a new Club Automation account to register. Students are placed in classes based on their age as of August 31 of that school year. Students ages 10+ require a trial class for proper placement. For more information on trial classes, please see our Trial Class page.


Club Automation | Joffrey Academy of Dance

Find our registration instructions here.

The Joffrey Academy of Dance does not offer any tuition refunds, credits, or transfers for missed or cancelled classes, injury/illness, withdrawal, or dismissal from programming. By registering for classes, registrants agree that they are liable for the full amount indicated on any Joffrey Academy of Dance materials, including any fees, even in the event of the student's withdrawal or dismissal from the program before it has begun or is complete.

The Joffrey Academy of Dance does not accept cash as a form of payment.

To learn more about Financial Aid applications, click here

Medical Forms Required for All Students: The Joffrey Academy of Dance is requiring all dancers to have a Medical Exam and Medical Waiver on file in order to participate in Joffrey Academy programming. This is for the safety of the dancer and the Joffrey Academy of Dance. Dancers who do not have all medical forms on file by their first class will be permitted to attend and observe class, however, will not be able to dance. Dancers may begin participating fully in classes once all medical forms have been submitted. Medical Exams must have been completed and signed within twelve (12) months of August 31 the year the dancer is registered for Joffrey Academy programming. Students who are still missing forms after three (3) weeks of being enrolled in Joffrey Academy programming will be un-registered from said programming. Forms only need to be submitted once per school year. New forms must be submitted at the start of each fall or at the time the new dancer joins the Joffrey Academy of Dance. Blank copies of the Joffrey Medical Waiver and an Illinois State Medical Form can be found linked in the submission form. To find them, hover your mouse over the part of the form where you upload your files and the link will appear to the right. They are only accessible on a laptop or desktop computer and not on a mobile device. The Medical Exam does not have to be the Illinois State Medical Exam provided. The Joffrey Academy of Dance will accept any medical exam form provided and completed by a licensed medical professional.

Private Lessons: Private Lessons are offered to current members of the Academy community at the discretion of the Academy Artistic Team. Private Lesson rates vary by teacher. Private Lessons can be requested via the Private Lesson form, located in the Academy Resources PDF in the Resources section of each monthly Academy Newsletter. Please see the Academy Student and Family Handbook (also found in the Academy Resources PDF) for the full policy regarding Private Lessons.

Studio Late Policy: Our classes require a proper warm-up in order to avoid injury, therefore, either Reception or Faculty may ask students to not participate if they arrive more than 10 minutes late.

Joffrey Academy Gift Cards: Now available, the Joffrey Academy of Dance offers digital gift cards for those wanting to give the gift of dance. Gift cards may be used on any payment at the Joffrey Academy, including class tuition, private lessons, studio reservations, physical therapy sessions, merchandise, and more. Gift cards are available for purchase online through Club Automation, in-person, by email, or over the phone. Gift cards purchased online are only available in predetermined amounts. Those wanting to gift an amount different from what is available online may contact Reception to request their specific amount. Gift cards purchased online may only be applied to the account they were purchased on. To transfer the gift card, please contact Reception with the name on the account you would like the gift card to be transferred to. If the recipient does not have a Club Automation account, please make sure they create one prior to requesting the transfer. 

To use a gift card for any purchase, you must contact Reception to complete the transaction. Gift cards cannot be used to complete purchases online independently.

Required Class Attire

Joffrey Academy’s dress code is designed to encourage unity, discipline, and improved concentration among our students. Specific requirements for the Dance Lab Program can be found below.

Option 1: Black camisole leotard, flesh-tone or pink tights that cover the feet, flesh-tone or pink canvas, split sole ballet slippers. Tights and slipper colors must match.

Recommended: Wear Moi Faustine or Mirella style 207

Option 2: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts and/or black tights, black ballet shoes.

Long hair must be in a neat bun, short hair must be pulled away from face. No jewelry or large accessories.

Ballet students should bring a journal or paper and a pen or pencil to take notes for class.

Students in Pre-Pointe and Pointe should bring a medium-strength Theraband.

Students new to Pointe should not purchase pointe shoes without first speaking with their instructor.

Solid colored camisole leotard or solid colored t-shirt, fitted black dance shorts or jazz pants, black jazz shoes.

Hair must be be pulled away from face. No jewelry or large accessories.

Solid colored camisole leotard or solid colored fitted t-shirt, fitted black dance shorts or black footless/convertible tights.

Long hair must be in a neat bun or pulled away from the face, short hair must be pulled away from the face. No jewelry or large accessories.

Trial Classes

Trial Classes

Trial Classes

Trial classes are required for new students ages 10 and up. Click here to learn more about them!