Adult Open Division

Program Details

  • Ages 15+
  • Previous Training Not Required
  • Drop In Classes Available Yes

The Adult Open Division is designed for adult dancers of all abilities, whether a student has years of dance experience or wants to learn dance for the first time. All classes are fun, educational, and challenging for working professionals and others interested in dance.

*NEW FOR 2022*

Join us for our Adult Summer Intensive Program, designed for adult students ages 18+ who are at an Advanced Beginning or Intermediate level. Dancers will develop technique, classical repertoire, strength, and flexibility through challenging yet fun classes taught by Joffrey Academy's acclaimed faculty. Classes will include ballet, jazz, modern, and a variety of other dance forms in the beautiful studios of Joffrey Tower, located in the heart of downtown Chicago. Head over to our Adult Summer Intensive page to learn more and register today!

An Update on COVID-19

While continuing to put the health and safety of our community first, Adult  classes are held in person following our current Academy COVID-19 Guidelines (guidelines subject to change). Out of an abundance of caution, masking will be required for all individuals while at Joffrey Tower and South Loop Studios until further notice.

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.

MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIREMENTS WILL BE IN PLACE FOR JOFFREY FACILITIES WHEN IDENTIFIED AS WITHIN A HIGH COMMUNITY LEVEL BY THE CDC, OR IF REQUIRED BY STATE OR LOCAL AUTHORITIES, COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS, OR A PARTICULAR PERFORMANCE VENUE. IN THE EVENT MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ARE NOT REQUIRED, INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTARY MASK USE AND SOCIAL DISTANCING SHALL BE ACCEPTED AND RESPECTED.

INDIVIDUALS AGE 2 AND OLDER WHO ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINE WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK AND ALWAYS MAINTAIN SIX FEET OF SOCIAL DISTANCE WHILE ONSITE. ANYONE WORKING DIRECTLY WITH THESE INDIVIDUALS IN A STUDIO WILL REMAIN MASKED WHILE IN THE STUDIO WITH THE INDIVIDUALS. 

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.

Spring Semester Classes: January 24-June 5

The Spring Semester class schedule can be found here.

Important Dates: 
April 11-17, 2022: Spring Break (select classes only)
May 30, 2022: No Classes

Drop-In Classes

Unless marked as a series, all Adult Division classes are drop-in classes, or "pay as you go". Students may begin at any time during the semester.

Pre-Registration Available

Online pre-registration is available beginning one week prior to each scheduled class and closes 30 minutes prior to the class start time. Pre-registration is encouraged for students intent on taking class. Walk-up registration is allowed dependent on available space in the class. We highly encourage cashless payments whenever possible.

Refund Policy: The Joffrey Academy of Dance does not offer refunds or credits for missed or cancelled classes, dismissal, or withdrawal from class even in the event of withdrawal prior to the class start time, including drop-in classes and classes redeemed from 10-class cards.

Register online using your member credentials. If you do not know your login information, please contact Academy Reception for assistance. Registering with a Guest Account is permitted for first-time enrollees. All students who pre-register must check in with Academy Reception upon arrival.

Enrollment Class Series are not available for online pre-registration.

Class Prices

Drop-in Class: $20.00

College Student Drop-in Class*: $17.00

Senior Drop-in Class (Age 55+): $17.00

Professional Drop-in Class*: $15.00

10-Class Card: $190.00

College Student 10-Class Card*: $160.00

Senior 10-Class Card (Age 55+): $160.00

Professional 10-Class Card*: $140.00

* Must present a valid student ID, union card, letter of verification on letterhead from the institute of employment, or a CPS ID to be eligible

10-Class Cards
Class Cards are only valid during the semester in which they are purchased. No extensions or refunds will be issued for unused classes. 10-Class Cards cannot be purchased online and must be purchased through Academy Reception.

Enrollment Class Series

Enrollment Class Series are not drop-in classes. Enrollment-based classes cannot be prorated if a student registers after the first week of classes and no make-up classes are offered. Register at Joffrey Academy Reception.

Pointe Enrollment Series

Tuesdays, 8:00-8:45pm - three 4-week sessions ($60 each)
Session 1: 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1
Session 2: 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29
Session 3: 4/5, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3

This four-class series focuses on beginning pointe work. For the safety of the students, it is mandatory that they take two ballet technique classes per week, including the Intermediate Ballet class immediately preceding Pointe. The instructor will need to approve student's enrollment in Pointe during the Tuesday technique class. Please pick up an approval form from Reception as you check in for Intermediate Ballet.

Classical Modern Duncan Repertoire

Saturdays, 12:30-1:30pm - two 6-week sessions ($110 each) + one 5-week session ($92)
Session 1 "Isadora Duncan Repertoire": 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12
Session 2 "Designing a Nature Inspired Dance": 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/23, 4/30
Session 3 "Open Circle": 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4

Students will learn original and re-staged choreography of Isadora Duncan during a 5-6 week series. Students are required to take the weekly Classical Modern Duncan Technique prior to the Repertoire Class.

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.

Class Offerings and Descriptions

From beginner to advanced to everything in between. The Joffrey has something for everyone.

Adult Division Recommended Attire

In general, close-fitting clothing that allows the dancer to feel comfortable and allows for proper instruction is recommended. Dance attire is not required. No costumes or tutus, please. Students should wear ballet flats for ballet classes, however, socks are permitted for basic classes.

Recommended footwear and accessories:
Ballet, Keep Fit Ballet - Ballet shoes or socks
BeMoved® - Socks, ballet shoes, or jazz shoes
Contemporary, Isadora Duncan Modern, Pilates, West African - Socks or bare feet
Hip Hop - Clean sneakers or jazz shoes
Jazz - Jazz shoes or ballet shoes
Yoga - Socks or bare feet (bring a yoga mat)
Zena Rommett Floor Barre™ - Socks (bring a yoga mat)