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). 

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

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.


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.