Adaptive Programs

Program Details

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The Joffrey Academy of Dance's Adaptive Dance programs offer the opportunity for students with diverse movement abilities to learn and enjoy the elements of dance.

An Update on COVID-19

While continuing to put the health and safety of our community first, Adaptive Dance classes are held in person following our current Academy COVID-19 Guidelines (guidelines subject to change). It has been 2 consecutive weeks with Cook County identified as being within a low community level by the CDC, therefore masking will no longer be required at Joffrey Tower and 1920 S Wabash Ave starting Monday, October 10. Joffrey leadership will continue to monitor and provide updates as levels change.

People may choose to mask at any time. Individual voluntary mask use is of course accepted and will be respected. Everyone should continue to monitor for symptoms and be diligent about testing as needed. Do NOT report to Joffrey facilities if you have symptoms or test positive. 

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE JOFFREY BALLET'S DUTY TO PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS FREE OF KNOWN HAZARDS, JOFFREY HAS ADOPTED A POLICY REQUIRING ALL STAFF, FACULTY, AND ELIGIBLE STUDENTS/PARTICIPANTS TO BE FULLY VACCINATED AGAINST COVID-19 TO PARTICIPATE IN PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVITIES AT JOFFREY PROPERTIES:

ALL COVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS ARE REQUIRED TO SHOW PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY IN-PERSON CLASSES OR ACTIVITIES HELD AT JOFFREY TOWER, SOUTH LOOP STUDIOS, OR SPECIFIED PERFORMANCE LOCATIONS. 

EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 1, 2022, FULL VACCINATION INCLUDES BOOSTER SHOTS FOR ALL THOSE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THEM PER CDC GUIDELINES. BOOSTER SHOTS SHOULD BE RECEIVED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE ONCE AN INDIVIDUAL IS ELIGIBLE.

VALID PROOF OF VACCINATION INCLUDES VALID PHOTO ID (AGE 16+) AND VACCINATION CARD, PHOTO/COPY OF VACCINATION CARD, DIGITAL RECORD OR APP, OR PRINTED RECORD FROM VACCINE PROVIDER.

THIS POLICY WILL COMPLY WITH ALL APPLICABLE LAWS AND IS BASED ON GUIDANCE FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION AND LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES, AS APPLICABLE.

JAM (Joffrey Abilities in Motion)

JAM helps students with autism find their place in the dance community by providing a positive movement experience, improving upon their mind and body awareness, verbal and nonverbal communications, adaptation to different situations, socialization, and self-confidence.

*UPDATED* JAM Fall Session: October 2-November 20, 2022 at Joffrey Tower

JAM I (approximate ages 4-7): Sundays 2:45-3:30 PM
JAM II (approximate ages 8-12): Sundays 3:30-4:15 PM

JAM Fall Session Tuition: $40

Required Attire: Comfortable clothes, ballet slippers or socks

Register online here. The Joffrey Academy strongly recommends that registration be completed online. Only new students should make a guest account to register for classes; returning students must sign into their existing account. If you have questions about your member login, contact Reception at reception@joffrey.org.

Open Adaptive Classes

These are ballet classes for children with diverse movement abilities. This targeted ballet class enhances posture control, movement coordination, and executive function while engaging students in creative and expressive movement. Dancers will be evaluated during the first class to ensure proper placement.

*NEW* Open Adaptive Fall Session: September 24, 2022-January 21, 2023 at Joffrey Tower

Saturdays 3:15-4:15 PM: Ages 3+ (must be toilet independent).

Open Adaptive Fall Session Tuition: $80

Required Attire: Comfortable clothes

To find out more or to register for the Open Adaptive Fall Session, please contact Academy Reception at reception@joffrey.org or 312-784-4600. 

Private Instruction

The Academy is proud to offer group, private, and semi-private training for students with diverse movement abilities, including but not limited to those with Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, or Down Syndrome. To find out more or inquire about private lessons, please contact Academy Reception at reception@joffrey.org or 312-784-4600.