Children’s Division

Program Details

  • Ages 2–12
  • Requirements Registration

At the Joffrey Academy of Dance, nurturing a love of dance at a young age sparks a true passion for the art form. The Children’s Division builds a strong dance foundation by focusing on correct posture, placement, discipline, coordination, strength, flexibility, and musicality.

An Update on COVID-19

While continuing to put the health and safety of our community first, Children's Division 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 Schedule

*NEW* The Session 2 Spring Semester schedule can be found here.*

Classes take place at Joffrey Tower (10 E Randolph Street) or our South Loop location (1920 S Wabash Avenue) as noted on the schedule.

A complete list of class descriptions can be found here

Important Dates

Schedule subject to change.

  • *Session 2 Priority Registration (for all students enrolled in either Fall 2021 or Spring Session 1): March 9, 2022, at 10 AM CT
  • *Session 2 Open Registration: March 16, 2022, at 10 AM CT
  • Spring Break - No Classes: April 11-17, 2022
  • Memorial Day - No Classes:  May 30, 2022
  • *UPDATED* Summer Semester Priority Registration (for all students enrolled in Spring 2022): May 18, 2022, at 10 AM CT
  • *UPDATED* Summer Semester Open Registration: May 25, 2022, at 10 AM CT

* For Toddler & Me, Creative Movement I & II, and Little Movers: Boys' Dance I ONLY

Registration and Placement

Spring Semester registration is currently open! Click to register online here.

Class capacities continue to be limited in accordance with The Joffrey Ballet’s COVID-19 Guidelines. All classes fill on a first come, first serve basis. We encourage you to register as soon as you are eligible to ensure your preferred class section.

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.

Effective January 3, 2022, any individual age 5 and older will be 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.

After registration, instructions will be provided on how to upload proof of vaccination. All students age 5-11 should be prepared to show proof of full vaccination at Reception until we have proof of vaccination on file. 

The Joffrey Academy of Dance follows a year-long syllabus from the beginning of Fall Semester through the conclusion of Summer Session. If your student is interested in joining an age-based class, they must have turned the listed age on or before August 31, 2021:

  • Toddler & Me—Age 2
  • Creative Movement I—Age 3
  • Creative Movement II—Age 4
  • Pre-Ballet I—Age 5
  • Pre-Ballet II—Age 6
  • Boys’ Dance I—Ages 4–6
  • Boys’ Dance II—Ages 7–9
  • Ballet I—Ages 7–8

The classes below require a placement class. If interested in setting up a placement class, please contact reception@joffrey.org.

  • Children’s Ballet IIB
  • Children’s Ballet IIA

The Joffrey Academy Faculty evaluates and places students at the appropriate level based on age and ability. Students are continually evaluated throughout the year and placement is at the discretion of the Joffrey Academy Faculty.

Financial Aid Application

Students applying for Financial Aid in the Children's and Youth Divisions must submit an application for each semester. Click here to fill out the application.

Tuition Policy

The Joffrey Academy of Dance does not offer any tuition refunds for missed classes, withdrawal or dismissal from the program. By registering for classes, families will agree that they are liable for the full tuition amount indicated on any Joffrey Academy of Dance materials, including any late charges, fees, or interest, even in the event of the student's withdrawal or dismissal from the program before it is complete. Classes cannot be pro-rated.

Required Attire

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

Option 1: Pink, plain camisole leotard, flesh-tone or pink footed tights, and flesh-tone or pink canvas ballet slippers. No skirts. Tights and slipper colors must match.

Option 2: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and white canvas ballet slippers.

Adult (for Toddler and Me): Comfortable clothes that allow for movement.

Option 1: Pink, plain camisole leotard, ¾" white hip alignment belt or ¾" elastic, flesh-tone or pink footed tights, and flesh-tone or pink canvas, split sole ballet slippers. Tights and slipper colors must match.

Recommended: Mirella leotard style M207C.

Option 2: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and white canvas ballet slippers. 

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

Option 1: Light blue plain, camisole leotard, ¾" white hip alignment belt or ¾" elastic, flesh-tone or pink footed tights and flesh-tone or pink canvas, split sole ballet slippers. Tights and slipper colors must match.

Recommended: Mirella leotard style M207C.

Option 2: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks, and white canvas ballet slippers.

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

All IIB and IIA students should bring a medium-strength Theraband.

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

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

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