Joffrey Trainee Program
- Ages 17+
- Requirements Audition
- Commitment Full-Time
The Joffrey Academy Trainee Program is a full-time, one-to-two-year program for students preparing for a professional dance career. Through meticulous training, Trainees focus on artistic excellence, rehearsing, and performing classical and contemporary works from The Joffrey Ballet’s extensive repertoire, as well as works by world-renowned choreographers.
An Update on COVID-19
While continuing to put the health and safety of our community first, Trainee 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. policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities.
Schedule subject to change.
Auditions and Admission
Joffrey Trainees are selected by The Joffrey Ballet’s Mary B. Galvin Artistic Director, Academy Director, and Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program. Admission to the Joffrey Trainee Program is by audition only. Students may audition by submitting a video audition.
Visit the Academy's Audition page for more information.
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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. With 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.
Graduates of the Trainee Program have found positions with professional dance companies dancing successfully with The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, Dresden Semperoper, Estonian National Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Complexions, Cincinnati Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Memphis Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, BalletMet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Polish National Ballet, Slovak National Ballet, Ballet West, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Nebraska, Oklahoma City Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and more.
Joffrey Academy’s dress code is designed to encourage unity, discipline, and improved concentration among our students.
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
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
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
Black jazz shoes
Attire is at the discretion of the instructor.