Will 2021 Summer Intensives be held in person?

The Academy is holding all 2021 Summer Intensives in-person at Joffrey Tower located at 10 E. Randolph Street in Chicago, IL. Should in-person classes be suspended for any reason prior to or during Summer Intensive programming, classes will be adapted to a virtual or hybrid model following recommended guidelines. Families will be informed of any changes. The Academy is unable to provide refunds or tuition adjustments should the program shift between an in-person or online format at any point during the summer.

I do not live locally. May I attend your program?

Students from other states within the US are welcome to attend our program, however they must keep Chicago's current Emergency Travel Order in mind while planning their summer. Currently, the city of Chicago does not require a negative test or quarantine from any travelers coming from a yellow-category state, though requires a negative test within 72 hours prior to arrival or a 10-day quarantine upon arrival or from all orange-category states.

Students will not be permitted to move into University Center housing early to quarantine, so those traveling from an orange state must be prepared to obtain a test and negative test result within 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago. Alternatively, students may arrive in Chicago and arrange their own quarantine housing for 10 days prior to the program start date.

Vaccinated persons are not required to quarantine if they are 1) asymptomatic and 2) fully vaccinated (i.e., are at least 2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or at least 2 weeks following receipt of 1 dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.)  It is recommended that you bring a copy of your vaccination records while traveling.

International Students: all air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for students traveling internationally also require a 7-day quarantine upon arrival (with another negative test obtained 3-5 days upon arrival in the US) or a 10-day quarantine (without a test upon arrival in the US). International students would need to arrange their own quarantine housing for 7-10 days prior to the start of the program. We encourage any international student to research current travel restrictions from their home country.

What happens if I register and then can no longer attend?

When registering for any of the Joffrey Academy’s programs, parents/guardians should understand that it is a commitment for the entire length of the program and they are liable for the full tuition amount indicated on any Joffrey Academy of Dance materials. The Joffrey Academy of Dance maintains a policy of offering no refunds, credits, or transfers. Tuition is non-refundable even in the event of the student’s withdrawal or dismissal from the program before it has begun and the Joffrey Academy of Dance does not offer any tuition refunds for missed classes. 

What safety precautions and sanitation procedures are currently in place at Joffrey Tower?

The safety of all students and staff at Joffrey Tower is paramount. A full list of safety precautions and sanitation procedures are listed in our Academy COVID-19 Guidelines. These rules are expected to continue this summer, unless advised otherwise. Of particular note:

  • Masks must be worn at all times upon entering the building, including during class
  • Only students, faculty, and staff will be permitted inside Joffrey Tower. Parents/guardians and siblings will not be permitted in the building.
  • At least 6 feet of social distancing must be maintained at all times throughout the building and in the studios
  • There is currently no physical contact during class, including hand corrections and partnering

What is the protocol for a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19?

  • If someone becomes ill with symptoms potentially related to COVID-19, that person will be isolated in a specified area until they can leave the building. Those with symptoms are encouraged to contact their doctor regarding next steps in care, including testing.
  • If there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, Joffrey Ballet will coordinate with local health officials to assess the risk and communicate information to families.
  • If someone is identified as being COVID-19 positive by testing, cleaning and disinfecting will be performed according to CDC guidelines. There may be a short-term dismissal.
  • If a Joffrey student or staff member contracts COVID-19, that person must follow CDC guidelines before returning to Joffrey Tower. This typically includes isolation for at least 10 days and being symptom free for 3 days.
  • Anyone considered close contact to that person (spending more than 15 minutes less than 6 feet away, either masked or unmasked) must complete a 10-day quarantine.

If someone from my class or a suitemate tests positive for COVID-19, will I have to quarantine?

Students who are determined to be in close contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, either masked or unmasked) will be required to quarantine for 10 days from date of last contact. Students who are in quarantine will be able to participate in classes virtually. Students who are in the same group but are not considered to have had close-contact will not be required to quarantine.

Will partnering be allowed this year?

For safety reasons, there are currently no partnering classes planned within the Academy's curriculum.

Will there be a final performance?

There will not be an in person performance at the end of each intensive, however students will study repertoire in preparation of a filmed performance which will be shared with families.

Will there be group activities this year?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no large group outings planned for Summer Intensive students. Should activities become available that are deemed safe by health professionals, some may be added at a later date. As such, there will be no mandatory activities fee for those staying at the dorms.


Is pre-registration required for the audition tour?

Students must register online prior to 2021 in-person/virtual auditions. Walk-ups or late registrants will not be permitted. Registration will close the Wednesday prior to each audition. Video audition registration and submissions will be considered on a rolling basis, however we encourage auditions to be submitted by February 1. 

Which audition should I attend?

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. Students will be considered for all summer programs that they are eligible for based solely on technique. 

How can I audition if I cannot make it to a live audition or if my age group is not offered in my city?

Students who cannot make it to a live audition or who do not fall within the audition age groups offered may submit a video audition. Video auditions are accepted on an ongoing basis as space permits. It is highly recommended that students submit video auditions by February 1 as students who submit a video audition after February 1 may not receive a result before registration opens.

What should I bring to the audition?

Students who have submitted both their audition fee and online audition form will not need to bring any materials to the audition. 

Which programs will I be considered for during the audition tour?

Students will be considered for all summer programs that they are eligible for based solely on technique. Students who indicate interest in year-round programs on their audition form will also be considered for those programs if eligible. Year-round programs include the Conservatory Program, Trainee Program, and the Joffrey Studio Company. Students interested in the Pre-Professional Division will have the opportunity to audition during the Summer Intensives.  

When will I receive my audition results?

Audition results will be emailed to the primary email address listed on the audition form within 2 weeks of the audition date. Please add to your safe sender list to ensure receipt of the audition result email. Please note that due to extenuating circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 results may be delayed past the 2-week mark.


Is my spot in a summer program guaranteed if I am accepted?

Acceptance to a program does not guarantee a place in the program. Registration is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs fill quickly and capacities are limited, so we encourage parents and students to register as soon as possible. Once the program is at capacity, students will be placed on a waitlist and contacted if a spot becomes available in the order their waitlist request was received.

Program Capacities:
Advanced Summer Intensive (5 Weeks)—75
Advanced Summer Intensive (Weeks)—30
Junior Summer Intensive Level 3—30
Junior Summer Intensive Level 2 (full day)—15 per section
Junior Summer Intensive Level 1 (half day)—15

What is the cost of the programs?

Advanced Summer Intensive 5 Weeks Tuition—$2,802
Advanced Summer Intensive 5 Weeks Tuition + Housing—$5,837
Advanced Summer Intensive 3 Weeks Tuition—$1,925
Advanced Summer Intensive 3 Weeks Tuition + Housing—$4,271
Junior Summer Intensive Level 3 Tuition—$1,884
Junior Summer Intensive Level 3 Tuition + Housing—$4,230
Junior Summer Intensive Level 2 Tuition—$1,185
Junior Summer Intensive Level 1 Tuition—$757

What is your refund policy?

When registering for any of the Joffrey Academy’s programs, parents/guardians should understand that it is a commitment for the entire length of the program and they are liable for the full tuition amount indicated on any Joffrey Academy of Dance materials. The Joffrey Academy of Dance maintains a policy of offering no refunds, credits, or transfers. Tuition is non-refundable even in the event of the student’s withdrawal or dismissal from the program before it has begun. The Joffrey Academy of Dance does not offer any tuition refunds for missed classes. 

Upon registration families will agree to the following policy:

I understand and agree that I am 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. I understand that the Joffrey Academy of Dance does not offer any tuition refunds for missed classes, withdrawal or dismissal from the program. No credit will be given for missed classes due to injury or illness. 

When does registration open for my program?

Current Joffrey Academy students and select students from the audition tour will be offered Priority Registration allowing a student to register as soon as he/she receives their acceptance letter (or at an indicated time). If priority registration is not indicated on a student’s acceptance letter, registration will open on the following dates:

Advanced Summer Intensive—5 Weeks, February 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM CST
Advanced Summer Intensive—3 Weeks, February 23, 2021 at 10:00 AM CST
Junior Summer Intensive Level 3, February 24, 2021 at 10:00 AM CST
Junior Summer Intensive Levels 1 & 2, February 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM CST

Is lunch included?

Due to current restrictions, lunch will not be catered to Joffrey Tower. Students ages 15+ will have the option of purchasing lunch outside of Joffrey Tower at a surrounding location (students ages 15-17 must have a liability waiver signed and travel in groups of 3. Students 18+ may leave Joffrey Tower on their own. All students will need to check out and in with a chaperone). Students residing at University Center will also have the option to purchase a flex pass, on which funds can be stored for purchasing a packed lunch at the University Center's Market each day, which can then be brought to Joffrey Tower. Students enrolled in the Junior Summer Intensive Level 2 program should bring their own lunch. We recommend any students packing a lunch bring a lunchbox with an ice pack. Students in the Junior Summer Intensive Level 1 program will have a snack break instead of lunch, since it is a half-day program.

What is included in the housing fee?

Room and board costs include supervised housing at University Center's Residence Hall in a shared room with a shared suite bathroom, as well as breakfast or brunch and dinner every day in the dining facility. Micro-fridges are provided in each room. Students will have the option to add money to a Flex Pass at a later date which may be used to purchase a grab-and-go lunch each day.

What forms are required in order for my student to participate?

Every student must submit a Medical Exam Form (completed by the student’s doctor), a copy of the front and back of their insurance card, and a signed Medical Care Waiver. These forms can be downloaded during registration. All paperwork must be submitted prior to the start of the program. Students may not participate in class if any required paperwork, including proof of insurance, is missing.

All students (or their parent if under the age of 18) must also sign a COVID-19 waiver prior to the start of the program.

For students ages 15-17, parents may submit a Liability Waiver Form, which allows their students to go off campus, in a group of three or more, without a Chaperone. Students must sign in and out with a Chaperone each time they leave and return from the dorms and may only go within walking distance. 

Program Information

Is it possible to begin a program late or leave early?

Our expectation for our intensives is that students will participate in the entire program and their experience will culminate with the final presentation at the end of the program. However, we understand that the summer season can be a very busy time for families and are willing to address this issue on a case-by-case basis. Please note that tuition must still be paid in full for all students beginning late or leaving a program early. Please contact and fill out an inquiry form to request late entry or early dismissal from a program. Note that due to limited capacities on programs this year, participating students may be required to complete their entire program.

Will students be greeted at the airports?

Students and families are responsible for their own transportation from the airport to the dorms and will not be greeted by Joffrey Academy staff at the airports. Chaperones will be available to supervise students only once they arrive at the dorms on the official check-in day. If you are not comfortable with your student getting a cab on their own, we suggest getting a car service. Someone from the car service will go into the airport with a sign of your student’s name, and safely escort them to the car, help with baggage, and drive them to their location. Car services can be booked in advance.

Transportation from the airports to downtown Chicago can be arranged by CTA trains and buses, cabs, or car services. Cabs are available curbside at either Midway or O’Hare International Airports. Car services can be prearranged by parents/guardians for students traveling alone to Chicago. CTA train maps and schedules can be found by visiting:

  • University Center Residence Hall Address: 525 South State Street 

Where do classes take place?

Classes are held at Joffrey Tower, at 10 East Randolph, in the Exelon Education Center. Additionally, supplementary space is used in order to accommodate all of the students and programs during the summer intensive. The Joffrey uses space at 218 South Wabash, the historic building where The Joffrey Ballet first rehearsed when the company moved to Chicago. The walk from 218 South Wabash to Joffrey Tower is about 10-15 minutes as it is only a few short blocks away. Chaperones will be accompanying students walking to and from the studios. Schedules will indicate where classes are held, and families may plan to drop off/pick up students at the correct space.

When can I drop-off and pick-up my student for class in Chicago?

Students in Chicago will have class at Joffrey Tower (10 E Randolph) and at 218 S. Wabash, depending on the program and schedule. Joffrey Tower and 218 S. Wabash Studio will open each day at 8:30 AM. Please do not arrive earlier than 8:30 AM because the building will be locked and students will not be able to enter. Once students arrive at The Joffrey Tower or 218 S. Wabash, they are not allowed to leave except if permitted to do so for the lunch hour. Due to social distancing guidelines, program start times and end times, including drop off and pick up times, may be slightly adjusted prior to the Intensive beginning.

Where can I find the required Summer Intensive attire?

Attire requirements will be included in the Welcome Packet sent out to registered Summer Intensive students. The Joffrey Academy of Dance has several partnerships with dancewear retailers, some of which offer discounts for Summer Intensive students:

Allegro Dance Boutique
Mention you a Joffrey student for 10% off all products:
2114 Central Street 
Evanston, Illinois 60201 

104 South Cook Street
Barrington, Illinois 60010

Wear Moi
3352 North Broadway
Chicago, Illinois 60657

Discount Dance Supply 

What should students bring to class on the first day of the program?

Students should be prepared for all classes on the first day. They should have their tights and leotard, ballet shoes and pointe shoes (if applicable), jazz and character shoes (if applicable), and any warm ups they would like to have with them. The Joffrey Academy recommends that each student bring a water bottle and nut-free snacks. All students will either need to pack a lunch (with an ice pack) or students ages 15+ have the option to purchase lunch locally (students ages 15-17 must have a signed Liability Waiver and travel in groups of 3). For a complete recommended packing list, please refer to the Welcome Packet that is emailed to the primary email on file for the parent/guardian after registration.

How are students placed in groups during the intensives? (Please note: this does not apply to the Junior Summer Intensives Levels 1 and 2)

Students are divided in to groups with other students of similar age and skill level. The skill level of each group may vary each year depending on overall level and experience of the students attending the program. All summer intensive group placements are determined by the Academy Artistic Team and Faculty and are final. Artistic staff and faculty do not discuss placement decisions with students or parents.

What is a typical day like?

For full-day programs, classes begin at 9:00 AM and conclude by 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. Students may have classes in ballet technique, pointe technique, classical variations and repertory (note that partnering may not be allowed during Summer 2021). Students will also take other technique classes including modern, character, jazz, and Pilates throughout the week. The Junior Summer Intensive Level 2 ends at 3:15 PM every day. The Junior Summer Intensive Level 1 is a half-day program that ends at 1:00 PM.  

Who will be teaching the Summer Intensive Programs?

All classes are taught by the Joffrey Academy’s reputable faculty. Students may also have the opportunity to take class with a Rehearsal Director, Company Member, The Joffrey Ballet’s Artistic Director or the Joffrey Academy Artistic Team. For a list of Academy Faculty, visit the Faculty Page on the website.

Is there a discipline policy for students who break the rules?

Yes. The Joffrey Academy maintains a “three strikes” policy during summer intensive programs. Any misconduct will be counted as a strike and an incident report will be completed to record each rule violation. When a student receives their second strike, families will be contacted and teachers will be informed. A student who has three strikes will be dismissed from the program without a refund. 

What is the policy for students who are sick or injured during the program?

Injured students should observe class unless they are unable to do so. For students staying in the dorms, there will be a chaperone stationed there to stay with sick/injured students. If students are unable to get to class, students must call our Attendance Hotline at 312.784.4698. Failure to notify us of an absence may lead to a strike being issued against the student. Students who will be late to class or leave class early must inform the Academy. Late arrivals and early dismissals can be reported to Reception at 312.784.4600 or 

Students with injuries should speak with their instructor, chaperone (if applicable), and Academy administrative staff so they are informed of any restrictions. 

Will written evaluations be given to students during the program?

Due to the number of students and faculty involved for our summer intensive programs, no written evaluations will be issued for the summer intensives. Summer intensive faculty evaluates students on a continual basis throughout the program and offer corrections as needed during classes. 

Will I be able to see my student perform?

Typically, each summer program culminates in a final presentation and family members will be allotted a small number of tickets to attend. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, performance options for the 2021 Intensives are still under review.

Is my student eligible for Joffrey Academy’s year-round programs after attending a summer intensive program?

An audition class will be held for year-round programs during select intensives. Students who are interested in becoming a Joffrey Academy student during the year should attend this audition. Students whose intensive does not include an audition class should speak to Academy Reception about their interest in our year-round programs.

What are options for staying in the Chicago area?

There are many extended stay hotels in the Chicagoland area. Most suburbs are also accessible by train or shuttle into the city. Please consult Chicago area transit system maps ( for Chicago Transit Authority, or for Metra Train). Discounted parking validation will also be available at Joffrey Tower for the final presentation. Family and friends are free to find accommodations wherever they choose. For your convenience, a few local options for both short-term and long-term stays are listed below:

Short-term Stay

JW Marriott Chicago
151 West Adams Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603

The Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603

Long-term Stay

Marriott Extended Stay Hotels

Premier Luxury Suites
545 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654


In which programs are students eligible for housing?

The Advanced Summer Intensive- 5 Week, Advanced Summer Intensive- 3 Week, and Junior Summer Intensive Level 3 offer housing options, where students will be supervised by Joffrey Chaperones. Housing includes chaperone supervision and breakfast and dinner each day.

How do I register for housing?

Registration instructions for securing housing with University Center will be emailed to accepted students along with registration information for Joffrey Academy summer programs. 

How much money should dorm students bring for the summer program?

This depends on the student. Overall, $150 per week in spending money should be adequate for all programs to cover any shopping or extra activities students would like to do while in Chicago. This figure also includes lunch money should students wish to purchase lunch. Pre-paid gift cards or debit cards are a great way for parents to provide money to their students without sending them with cash. 

How will I know that my student is being properly supervised?

Joffrey chaperones are required to be with their students at all times outside of Joffrey Tower with the exception of students age 15 and up with signed liability waivers. Students and chaperones will be expected to get to and from class as a group. Joffrey chaperones are also responsible for acting as role models and mentors to their students and maintaining an open door policy to help address all student concerns. Chaperones and Joffrey Academy staff are in communication on a daily basis about students. 

How are students over the age of 18 who stay at University Center supervised?

Students over the age of 18 are not required to be with a chaperone at all times. However, students are expected to abide by the rules and regulations set forth by their chaperones and the dormitory. Students who are 18 and over who violate any of these rules will be issued a strike as outlined in the discipline policy.

What is the Liability Release Form for students ages 15-17?

This form allows dorm students between the ages of 15 and 17 to be off campus without the supervision of a chaperone by permission of his/her guardian, however, students with a signed liability form must still abide by the rules:

  • Students must be in a group of 3 or more any time they are off campus
  • Students must check in and out with Chaperones when they will be leaving campus
  • Students must provide Chaperones exact details of where they will be going, who they are going with, and when they will return
  • Students must return by building curfew (9pm Sunday-Thursday, 10pm Friday and Saturday) and be checked in with a Chaperone
  • Students may only go up to 20 minutes walking distance of the dorms or Joffrey Tower. Under no circumstance are students to use public transportation unless accompanied by a Joffrey Chaperone.
  • Should a student engage in any illegal activity while off campus, it is grounds for his/her dismissal from the program. No refund or compensation will be made for early dismissal and any costs incurred through dismissal will be the responsibility of the student/parents.

When is check-in and check-out?

Check-in is the Sunday before the program starts, and check-out is the Saturday after the program ends. The exact times of check-in and check-out will be emailed to students after registration. Students can also check-out on the Friday night after the final presentation. Joffrey Academy staff, chaperones, and dorm housing staff are not responsible for students or their luggage who arrive early to check-in for the dorms.

Are the dorm students allowed to have visitors?

This is to be determined at a later date, following recommended COVID-19 guidelines. Should visitors be allowed, Visitor Forms must be completed by parents/guardians and returned to the Joffrey Academy at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled visit. No visitors, including parents, are permitted beyond the first floor lobby inside of any dorm room or on the floor where students are staying. Visitors will be limited to the communal lobby or anywhere outside of the dorm.

Can I request a single room?

Students residing at University Center must live in a shared bedroom with one roommate. A bathroom is shared among two rooms, so four students total.  There are no single rooms available for Summer Intensive students. Students wishing to reside alone must secure housing on their own, and will not be supervised by a chaperone. 

Can students pick their roommates?

Students can request roommates during registration. Both students must request each other as roommates in order for a request to be accepted. The Joffrey Academy will try to accommodate these requests, but they are not guaranteed. 

How will roommates be assigned?

Students will be placed in suites/rooms based on program, age, and gender. Students will be placed with other students in their same program who are the same age or close in age.

Can students receive packages?

Yes, students may receive mail at University Center as early as move-in day. Pre-move in packages will not be accepted or guaranteed. Room numbers will be assigned and provided prior to move in day. Please address envelopes or packages as:

Attn: <Student’s Full Name, Room #>
University Center
525 S. State Street 
Chicago, IL 60605  

Can students attend religious services throughout the program?

Yes. Students interested in attending a religious service on the weekend should let their chaperone know at the beginning of the program. If possible, chaperones will arrange a drop-off and pick-up time or accompany the student to the services depending on the situation. 

Is wireless internet available in the dorms?

University Center has Wi-Fi available in the student dorm rooms and communal areas throughout the building. 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Can students apply for a scholarship to a summer intensive program?

The Joffrey Academy Artistic Staff awards a limited number of merit scholarships for the summer intensive programs. All students are considered for merit scholarships during the audition tour. There is no application process. Students will be informed of scholarship awards in their program acceptance letters. If no scholarship award in included in a student’s acceptance letter, it means they were not awarded a merit scholarship.

Is financial aid available for summer intensive programs?

The Joffrey Academy of Dance has a limited number of need based financial assistance awards available to offer summer intensive students. Parents may submit a financial aid application and their most recently filed 1040 (including additional schedules) by February 8, 2021. Only complete, on-time applications will be considered.

Can I apply for financial aid before my student has auditioned?

Yes, the Joffrey Academy encourages families to fill out the financial aid application early even if their student has not auditioned or received an audition result. Only accepted students will be considered for financial aid.

When will I receive my financial aid results?

Financial aid results will be emailed to the email address listed in the application by February 22, 2021.

Do scholarships or financial aid cover room and board or other fees?

Scholarships and financial aid are for tuition only and do not cover housing or any other fees. All scholarship and financial aid students will be required to pay the applicable registration fee for their program.