Joffrey Studio Company

Program Details

  • Ages 17+
  • Requirements Audition
  • Commitment Full-Time

The Joffrey Studio Company consists of dancers who show exceptional promise and a desire to join the Joffrey or another organization’s main company. The individualized training and performance opportunities allow students to expand their technique and artistry while offering a unique insight into the life of a professional dancer, including performing on some of the most prestigious stages around the country.

An Update on COVID-19
While continuing to put the health and safety of our community first, Studio Company 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.

Important Dates

Schedule subject to change.

  • Fall Semester: September 7, 2021-January 23, 2022
  • Academy Fall Program: November 19-21, 2021
  • Thanksgiving Break- No Classes: November 25-28, 2021
  • Winter Break- No Classes: December 20, 2021-January 2, 2022
  • MLK Day- No Classes: January 17, 2022
  • Spring Semester: January 24-June 3, 2022
  • Winning Works Performances: March 18-20, 2022
  • Spring Break- No Classes: April 11-17, 2022
  • Spring Performance: May 19-22, 2022
  • Memorial Day- No Classes: May 30, 2022
  • Studio Company & Trainee Final Presentation: June 3, 2022

Auditions and Admission

Joffrey Studio Company members are selected by The Joffrey Ballet’s Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director, Academy Director, and Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program. Admission to Studio Company is by audition only. Students may audition by submitting a video audition.

Visit the Academy's Audition page for more information.

Resources and Information

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

The Joffrey Academy has an ongoing housing partnership with Infinite Chicago for students in the Pre-Professional Division and Professional Training Programs. Infinite Chicago is located on Wabash and Jackson, within walking distance to Joffrey Tower and designed to fit the busy lifestyle of Joffrey students living in the downtown Loop area. 

All apartments come fully furnished and include a large array of amenities including an in-unit washer and dryer, full kitchen, and cable and internet service. Housing at Infinite is unchaperoned and recommended for students 16 and older. Students 15 and under are encouraged to move to Chicago with a parent/guardian.

Joffrey Academy has a referral-based relationship with K-12 Online Private Schools. K-12 enables students to learn at their own pace, whether they are seeking greater academic challenges, in need of a more nurturing environment, or working around budding careers, travel, and extracurricular pursuits. A flexible approach to online schooling, students can enroll at any time as a full-time student on track to receive a high school diploma, or part-time to supplement a traditional home school curriculum.

Please note: The Joffrey Academy does not take any responsibility for arranging academic needs and does not provide an accredited program for the completion of high school. All academic arrangements are the responsibility of the student.

Joffrey Studio Company alumni have gone on to dance with over 30 companies around the world, including The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Dresden Semperoper, Complexions, Cincinnati Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Polish National Ballet, Ballet West, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ballet Austin, Colorado Ballet, and more.

Required Attire

Joffrey Academy’s dress code is designed to encourage unity, discipline, and improved concentration among our students. Studio Company dancers must wear the required colors indicated below, however are permitted to wear different styles than those indicated. It is recommended to have one set of the required styles below for performance and photography opportunities.

Option 1:

Black camisole leotard (Wear Moi Faustine), flesh-tone or pink convertible tights* (Bloch Adaptatoe convertible tights style T1935L or Body Wrappers convertible tights style A31), sheer black wrap skirt (Body Wrappers chiffon wrap skirt style P981), flesh-tone or pink shoes*

*Tights and shoe colors must match

Flesh-tone leotard required for performances

Option 2:

White fitted t-shirt (Body Wrappers short-sleeve “snug fit” pullover t-shirt style M400), gray convertible tights (Body Wrappers convertible tights in slate gray style M92, nude dance belt, white ballet shoes, and white ballet socks

Black tights, black shoes, and black socks required for performances

Option 1:

Below-the-knee black character skirt (Natalie style N8108 or Body Wrappers black character circle skirt style 511), low-heel 1.5" black character shoes

Option 2:

Black jazz shoes

Attire is at the discretion of the instructor.

Meet the Studio Company

Members of the Studio Company have gone on to perform with professional companies throughout the world.