Adaptive Dance

Overview

JAM: Joffrey Abilities in Motion

JAM helps students with autism find their place in the dance community by providing a positive movement experience, improving upon their mind and body awareness, verbal and nonverbal communications, adaptation to different situations, socialization, and self-confidence.

 

In light of the most recent city mandates and in recognition that we must continue to put the health and safety of our community first, classes for the remainder of the Spring Semester have transitioned to an online format. Our scheduled in-person summer programming has also been cancelled, including our Summer Intensives, Summer Camps, and Summer Session.

 

Class Schedule

Virtual Summer Session: June 15-July 17, 2020

(For current students only)

Children's Division Summer Session


Register online

The Joffrey Academy strongly recommends that registration be completed online. Only new students should make a guest account to register for classes; returning students must sign into their existing account. If you have questions about your member login, contact Reception: reception [at] joffrey [dot] org


Journey with Joffrey: Relaxed Performance

Due to COVID-19, this year's Sensory-Friendly Performance is cancelled. We look forward to hosting next year.


Joffrey Community Engagement and the Joffrey Academy of Dance partner each year to present their annual Relaxed Performance in the Joffrey Tower Black Box Theater.


Relaxed performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families with children with autism or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.

Accommodations for this performance include:

  • Lower sound levels, especially for startling or loud sounds
  • Lights on at a low level in the theater during the performance
  • Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance
  • Designated "Quiet Room" adjacent to the theater
  • Joffrey Tower staff trained to be inviting and accommodating to families' needs
  • An opportunity to meet the dancers 30 minutes prior to the performance 
  • ASL interpretation 

  

Private Instruction

The Academy is proud to offer private and semi-private training for students with diverse movement abilities, including but not limited to those with Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, or Down Syndrome.

To find out more or inquire about private lessons, please contact Academy Reception at reception [at] joffrey [dot] org or 312-784-4600.

 


Photo by Cheryl Mann.

Video by Bigfoot Media.

Content

JAM: Joffrey Abilities in Motion

JAM helps students with autism find their place in the dance community by providing a positive movement experience, improving upon their mind and body awareness, verbal and nonverbal communications, adaptation to different situations, socialization, and self-confidence.

 

In light of the most recent city mandates and in recognition that we must continue to put the health and safety of our community first, classes for the remainder of the Spring Semester have transitioned to an online format. Our scheduled in-person summer programming has also been cancelled, including our Summer Intensives, Summer Camps, and Summer Session.

 

Class Schedule

Virtual Summer Session: June 15-July 17, 2020

(For current students only)

Children's Division Summer Session


Register online

The Joffrey Academy strongly recommends that registration be completed online. Only new students should make a guest account to register for classes; returning students must sign into their existing account. If you have questions about your member login, contact Reception: reception [at] joffrey [dot] org


Journey with Joffrey: Relaxed Performance

Due to COVID-19, this year's Sensory-Friendly Performance is cancelled. We look forward to hosting next year.


Joffrey Community Engagement and the Joffrey Academy of Dance partner each year to present their annual Relaxed Performance in the Joffrey Tower Black Box Theater.


Relaxed performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all families with children with autism or other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.

Accommodations for this performance include:

  • Lower sound levels, especially for startling or loud sounds
  • Lights on at a low level in the theater during the performance
  • Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance
  • Designated "Quiet Room" adjacent to the theater
  • Joffrey Tower staff trained to be inviting and accommodating to families' needs
  • An opportunity to meet the dancers 30 minutes prior to the performance 
  • ASL interpretation 

  

Private Instruction

The Academy is proud to offer private and semi-private training for students with diverse movement abilities, including but not limited to those with Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, or Down Syndrome.

To find out more or inquire about private lessons, please contact Academy Reception at reception [at] joffrey [dot] org or 312-784-4600.

 


Photo by Cheryl Mann.

Video by Bigfoot Media.