Youth Division

Program Details

  • Ages 9–17
  • Requirements Registration

The Joffrey Academy’s Youth Division emphasizes high-quality training and a variety of disciplines for students of all levels. Beginners discover their passion for dance, while intermediate and advanced students strengthen their technical skills and artistry. The Youth Division allows for more flexible training schedules.

An Update on COVID-19

While continuing to put the health and safety of our community first, Youth 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

The 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.

  • 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

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 prior to EVERY in-person class or activity 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. The classes below require a placement class. If interested in setting up a placement class, please contact Academy Reception.

  • Youth Ballet II
  • Youth Ballet III
  • Youth Ballet IV
  • Youth Pre-Pointe
  • Youth Pre-Pointe I and II
  • Youth Jazz II and III

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.

Youth Pre-Pointe and Pointe Placement Class and Registration: Students in Youth Ballet III and IV interested in being approved for Pre-Pointe or Pointe should attend a placement ballet class. Students wishing to take Pre-Pointe or Pointe must register for two Youth ballet classes per week, including the Youth Ballet class immediately preceding the Pre-Pointe or Pointe class. When enrolling, these classes will appear together as one line item during the registration process. Note that the second ballet class will have to be added separately. 

Financial Aid Application

Students applying for Financial Aid in the Youth Division 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.

Attire

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

Option 1: Black camisole leotard, flesh-tone or pink tights that cover the feet, flesh-tone or pink canvas, split sole ballet slippers. Tights and slipper colors must match.

Recommended: Wear Moi Faustine or Mirella style 207. 

Option 2: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts and/or black tights, black ballet shoes.

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

Ballet students should bring a journal or paper and a pen or pencil to take notes for class. Students in Pre-Pointe and Pointe should bring a medium-strength Theraband. Students new to Pointe should not purchase pointe shoes without first speaking with their instructor.

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

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

Solid colored camisole leotard or fitted t-shirt, fitted black dance shorts or black footless/convertible tights.

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

Comfortable, form fitting clothing such as leggings, sweatpants, or shorts, and clean sneakers (no jeans)

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