The mission of Joffrey Community Engagement is to provide Chicago's youth equitable access to exceptional arts learning and dance education.

Such opportunities support physical, social, and emotional development, to improve educational, community, and wellness outcomes.

Our Vision

All those who experience Joffrey Community Engagement will recognize us as the leading dance education provider in Chicago because of our commitment to:

Excite: Engaging Students through dance, movement, and creativity at school.

Explore: Enhancing technique and developing lifelong learning skills through quality-driven iniatives.

Enrich: Connecting students, school staff, families, and communities with professionals in the field. 

Our strong dedication to equity and integrity makes us change-makers in ballet, locally, and nationally.

Explore Joffrey Community Engagement

In-School Programs

Joffrey Community Engagement in-school programs provide highly structured dance experiences in which students will develop techniques, creativity, and life skills.

Joffrey Tower and South Loop Programming

Joffrey Community Engagement offers free classes at Jofrey Tower and Joffrey South Loop for the continuation of dance education.

Cultural Connections

There’s no better teacher than experience. Cultural Connections gives students an opportunity to shine in front of an audience.

Dancing with Parkinson's

Dancing with Parkinson's is a partnership program between The Joffrey Ballet and Northwestern Medicine built for people with Parkinson's and their caregivers, friends, and family members.

Bridge Academy Scholarship Recipients 2023

Academy faculty selected the following ten students for scholarships, allowing these students to take Academy classes tuition-free through the Academy until they graduate high school.

The Community Engagement Vision

Everyone who experiences Joffrey Community Engagement will recognize us as the leading dance education provider in Chicago because of our commitment to:


Engaging students through dance, movement, and creativity at school.


Enhancing technique and developing lifelong learning skills through quality-driven initiatives.


Engaging students, school staff, families, and communities with professionals in the field.



Sponsors of Community Engagement Programming

  • The Allstate Insurance Company
  • Anonymous
  • John P. Brazzale
  • Greg Cameron and Greg Thompson
  • Capital Group Companies
  • Crown Family Philanthropies
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • The Hearst Foundations
  • Illinois Arts Council
  • Anne L. Kaplan
  • Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • Laurie Mahler
  • Elizabeth Marcus, MD and Ira Belcove
  • Mazza Foundation
  • Diane and John Patience
  • Peoples Gas Community Fund
  • Polk Bros Foundation
  • D. Elizabeth Price and Lou Yecies
  • Searle Consultants Account at the Chicago Community Trust
  • Eric C. Schieber, MD
  • Terry A. Schwartz
  • The Siragusa Family Foundation
  • Rita Spitz and David Blears
  • U.S. Bank
  • Magnes Welsh
  • Women's Board of The Joffrey Ballet