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). 

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 eligible students/participants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in in-person classes and activities at Joffrey properties.  Currently, a vaccine for individuals under the age of 12 has not been approved; therefore, students under the age of 12 will be required to wear a mask and always maintain six feet of social distance. Students in the process of becoming fully vaccinated (two weeks after final dose) will be permitted to participate but must wear a mask, always maintain six feet of social distance, and submit proof once acquired (to be completed by October 1, 2021). Proof of vaccination from all eligible participants will be required by October 1, 2021. This policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities.

Fall Semester Schedule

The Fall 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.

  • Fall Semester: September 7, 2021-January 23, 2022
  • Thanksgiving Break- No Classes: November 24-26, 2021
  • Winter Break- No Classes: December 20, 2021-January, 2022
  • MLK Day- No Classes: January 17, 2022
  • Spring Semester Priority Registration (students enrolled in Fall 2021): January 5-7, 2022 at 10:00 AM CST
  • Spring Semester Open Registration (new students): January 12, 2022 at 10:00 AM CST

Registration and Placement

Register online here.

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.

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.