Pre-Professional Division

Program Details

  • Requirements Audition
  • Ages 10–18

The Pre-Professional Division at the Joffrey Academy of Dance is designed to meet the highest artistic standards. Led by Karin Ellis-Wentz, Head of Conservatory and Pre-Professional Program, the artistic staff trains dancers to develop a strong foundation in classical ballet.

An Update on COVID-19
While continuing to put the health and safety of our community first, Pre-Professional Division classes are held in person following our 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.

Auditions and Admission

Placement in the Pre-Professional Division is by audition only. Students may audition by submitting a video audition.

Visit the Academy's Audition page for more information.

Important Dates

Schedule subject to change.

The 2021-2022 Pre-Professional Division schedule can be found here.

  • Fall Semester: September 7, 2021-January 23, 2022
  • Academy Fall Program (Levels IV-VI): November 19-21, 2021
  • Thanksgiving Break- No Classes: November 24-28, 2021
  • Winter Break- No Classes: December 20, 2021-January 2, 2022
  • MLK Day- No Classes: January 17, 2022
  • Spring Semester: January 24-June 4, 2022
  • Winter Presentation (Levels III-VI): February 11, 2022
  • Spring Break- No Classes: April 11-17, 2022
  • Spring Performance (Levels III-VI): May 19-22, 2022
  • Memorial Day- No Classes: May 30, 2022

Financial Aid Application

Students applying for Financial Aid for the 2021-2022 season must submit an application by June 1. Click here to fill out the application

International Student Information

The Joffrey Academy is now offering M1 visas for international students. To learn more, please visit our International FAQ page.

Required Class Attire

Joffrey Academy’s dress code is designed to encourage unity, discipline, and improved concentration among our students.

Ballet

Option 1:

Wear Moi Faustine leotard in Burgundy

White ¾ hip alignment belt

Block Adaptatoe convertible tights style T1935L or Body Wrappers convertible tights style A31 in flesh-tone or pink*

Body Wrappers black chiffon wrap skirt style P981

Flesh-tone or pink* split-sole ballet slippers

Flesh-tone or pink* pointe shoes (for those on pointe)

*tights and shoe colors must match

Option 2:

Body Wrappers short-sleeve “snug fit” pullover t-shirt in white style M400

Body Wrappers convertible tights in slate gray style M92

Thin white socks

White canvas split-sole ballet slippers

Flesh-tone dance belt

 

Jazz

Fitted black dance shorts or black leggings

Black jazz shoes

Ballet

Option 1:

Wear Moi Faustine leotard in Prune

White ¾ hip alignment belt

Block Adaptatoe convertible tights style T1935L or Body Wrappers convertible tights style A31 in flesh-tone or pink*

Body Wrappers black chiffon wrap skirt style P981

Flesh-tone or pink* split-sole ballet slippers

Flesh-tone or pink* pointe shoes (for those on pointe)

*tights and shoe colors must match

Option 2:

Body Wrappers short-sleeve “snug fit” pullover t-shirt in white style M400

Body Wrappers convertible tights in slate gray style M92

Thin white socks

White canvas split-sole ballet slippers

Flesh-tone dance belt

 

Character

Option 1:

Black character shoes in 1.5” heel

Natalie black character skirt (below the knee) style N8108 or Body Wrappers black circle skirt (below the knee) style 511 

Option 2:

Black jazz shoes

Optional black jazz pants

 

Jazz

Fitted black dance shorts or black leggings

Black jazz shoes

Ballet

Option 1:

Wear Moi Faustine leotard in Royal Blue

White ¾ hip alignment belt

Block Adaptatoe convertible tights style T1935L or Body Wrappers convertible tights style A31 in flesh-tone or pink*

Body Wrappers black chiffon wrap skirt style P981

Flesh-tone or pink* split-sole ballet slippers

Flesh-tone or pink* pointe shoes (for those on pointe)

*tights and shoe colors must match

Option 2:

Body Wrappers short-sleeve “snug fit” pullover t-shirt in white style M400

Body Wrappers convertible tights in slate gray style M92

Thin white socks

White canvas split-sole ballet slippers

Flesh-tone dance belt

 

Character

Option 1:

Black character shoes in 1.5” heel

Natalie black character skirt (below the knee) style N8108 or Body Wrappers black circle skirt (below the knee) style 511 

Option 2:

Black jazz shoes

Optional black jazz pants

 

Modern and Contemporary

Fitted black dance shorts or black leggings

Black socks without logos (Contemporary)

Ballet

Option 1:

Wear Moi Faustine leotard in Navy

White ¾ hip alignment belt

Block Adaptatoe convertible tights style T1935L or Body Wrappers convertible tights style A31 in flesh-tone or pink*

Body Wrappers black chiffon wrap skirt style P981

Flesh-tone or pink* split-sole ballet slippers

Flesh-tone or pink* pointe shoes (for those on pointe)

*tights and shoe colors must match

Option 2:

Body Wrappers short-sleeve “snug fit” pullover t-shirt in white style M400

Body Wrappers convertible tights in slate gray style M92,

Thin white socks

White canvas split-sole ballet slippers

Flesh-tone dance belt

 

Character

Option 1:

Black character shoes in 1.5” heel

Natalie black character skirt (below the knee) style N8108 or Body Wrappers black circle skirt (below the knee) style 511

Option 2:

Black jazz shoes

Optional black jazz pants

 

Modern and Contemporary

Fitted black dance shorts or black leggings

Black socks without logos (Contemporary) 

Option 1:

Wear Moi Faustine leotard in Black

Flesh-tone camisole leotard

Flesh-tone trunks

Black bike shorts

Option 2:

Body Wrappers black and white fitted t-shirts style M400

M. Stevens black and white tights style 1099 or Body Wrappers black and white tights style M92

Black ballet slippers

Black bike shorts