Summer Intensives

Program Details

  • Requirements Audition
  • For Ages 7-21+

The Joffrey's Academy's annual summer intensive programs welcome hundreds of students from around the country and the world for an elite training experience and a summer experience in the city of Chicago.

Auditions and Acceptance

Admission into the Joffrey Academy Summer Intensives is by audition only. Auditions for our 2022 Intensives will begin in January, 2022. Audition Tour information coming soon.

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2021 Program Details

All Summer Intensive programs are planned to be held in-person and follow current health and safety protocols. Space in each program may be limited due to capacity restrictions. All program schedules subject to change.

June 21-July 23, 2021

9:30 AM-5:00 PM

(Times will be adjusted to allow for socially distanced arrival and departure from Joffrey Tower, with groups starting and ending within a half hour of this timeframe.)

The Advanced Summer Intensive 5 Week Program at the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet is a five-week intensive designed for the serious ballet student who is aspiring to a professional dance career. Daily classes include ballet technique, pointe, variations, men's class, partnering, and classical repertoire. The program will also include weekly classes in modern, jazz, body conditioning, character, contemporary repertoire, and Pilates. Classes in nutrition, choreography and other enrichment seminars may also be included. This intensive culminates with a presentation to showcase the students’ hard work and talents. Classes are taught by The Joffrey Ballet’s Artistic Staff and Joffrey Academy Faculty.

July 26-August 13, 2021

10:00 AM-5:00 PM

(Times have been adjusted to allow for socially distanced arrival and departure from Joffrey Tower.)

In the Advanced Summer Intensive 3 Week Program, intermediate to advanced level students ages 12 and older will work on developing technique and be challenged in various disciplines while working with top dance professionals. The three week curriculum includes daily classes in ballet technique, pointe and classical repertoire, as well as weekly classes in modern, jazz, contemporary repertoire, character and Pilates. This intensive culminates with a presentation to showcase the students’ hard work and talents. Classes are taught by Joffrey Academy Faculty.

Session 1: June 28-July 16, 2021

9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Session 2: July 26-August 13, 2021

9:30 AM-4:30 PM

(Times are slightly adjusted to allow for socially distanced arrival and departure from Joffrey Tower.)

The Junior Summer Intensive Level 3 at the Joffrey Academy of Dance is a rigorous three week program. This program is designed for the serious young dancer who loves ballet. Classes include ballet technique, pointe/pre-pointe, classical repertoire, character, jazz, modern and flexibility. This intensive culminates with a presentation to showcase the students’ hard work and talents. Classes are taught by Joffrey Academy Faculty.

June Section: June 14-25, 2021

July Section: July 19-30, 2021

August Section: August 2-13, 2021

9:00 AM-2:30 PM

(Times are adjusted to allow for socially distanced arrival and departure from Joffrey Tower.)

The Junior Summer Intensives (1 & 2) at the Joffrey Academy of Dance are two-week programs designed for the dedicated young dancer who loves ballet. Daily classes include ballet technique, jazz, flexibility, and more. A presentation for family and friends at the end of each intensive will showcase the students’ hard work and talents. Classes are taught by Joffrey Academy Faculty.

July 19-30, 2021

Session 1: 9:00 AM-12:45 PM 

Session 2: 1:15-4:45 PM

(Times have been slightly adjusted to allow for socially distanced arrival and departure from Joffrey Tower.)

The Junior Summer Intensives (1 & 2) at the Joffrey Academy of Dance are two-week programs designed for the dedicated young dancer who loves ballet. Daily classes include ballet technique, jazz, flexibility, and more. A presentation for family and friends at the end of each intensive will showcase the students’ hard work and talents. Classes are taught by Joffrey Academy Faculty.