In-School programs provide highly structured dance experiences in which students develop technique, creativity, and life skills. Programs last the full school year, though shorter residencies are available.
In-School programming is appropriate for all age groups and takes place before, during, or after school with highly qualified teaching artists. All programs adhere to the Illinois Learning Standards Social Emotional Learning, 21st Century Learning Skills, Illinois Arts Learning Standards: Dance Standards, and the Chicago Guide for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.
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Joffrey Bridge Program
Designed for Grades K–2
The Joffrey Bridge Program meets twice per week for 30 weeks. Students creatively explore movement possibilities, with introductions to classical ballet exercises and basic ballet vocabulary. Program focus: technique and discipline.
Designed for Grades 3–5
Dance Explorations meets twice per week for 30 weeks. Students learn the origins of African, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Latin dance, while also exploring and understanding culture through dance. Program focus: culture and movement.
Middle School Dance Clubs (MSDC)
Designed for Grades 5–8
Middle School Dance Clubs meets once per week for 30 weeks. Inspired by an annual theme, students create their own dances and have the opportunity to perform for other schools at the program’s two major field trips. Program focus: teamwork and self-expression.
Designed for Grades K–12
Residency programs are customized and cater to the unique needs of each school. A program can be designed to improve student comprehension of school curricula through the discipline of dance.
Nutcracker Student Matinee
Students from Chicago schools attend a matinee performance of Act I of the Joffrey’s annual production of The Nutcracker. A professional development workshop introduces teachers to Nutcracker curriculum to prepare students for attending the show.
Joffrey Tower Tour
Students gain an understanding of the daily operations of a dance organization by touring the Joffrey studios and wardrobe department at Joffrey Tower.