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.

An Update on COVID-19

While continuing to put the health and safety of our community first, Summer Intensives are held in person following our 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.

Auditions and Acceptance

Admission into the Joffrey Academy Summer Intensives is by audition only. Auditions for our 2022 Intensives will begin in January 2022. Summer Intensive auditions are open to all students ages 7 to 21+. Students should audition according to their age on the date of the audition, not the age they will be during the time of the summer program. Please refer to the Academy’s Audition page for information on auditioning.

Summer Intensives Informational Packet

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2022 Program Details

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

June 20-July 22, 2022

9:00 AM-4:30 PM

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 25-August 12, 2022

10:00 AM-5:00 PM

In the Advanced Summer Intensive Ballet 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.

July 25-August 12, 2022

10:00 AM-5:00 PM

In the Advanced Summer Intensive Contemporary 3-Week Program, students will be focusing on Contemporary dance. Students will establish strong artistic and technical skills through a comprehensive training and performance curriculum, preparing them for a future in dance and the performing arts. Intermediate to advanced level students ages 15 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, modern, contemporary, jazz, West African, 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 27-July 15, 2022

9:00 AM-4:30 PM

The Junior Summer Intensive 3-Week Program at the Joffrey Academy of Dance is a rigorous program 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 13-24, 2022

July Section: July 18-29, 2022

August Section: August 1-12, 2022

9:30 AM-3:15 PM

The Junior Summer Intensives (Levels 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 18- 29, 2022

Session 1: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

The Junior Summer Intensives (Levels 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.

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