Auditions

Programs/Divisions

Audition Tour

General Audition Information

National and International Audition Tour

The 2015 Audition Tour has been announced, please see the Audition Cities tab. Pre-register here.

Admission into the Joffrey Academy summer intensives is by audition only. 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. During the Audition Tour, students also may be considered for our year-round Pre-Professional Division, Trainee Program, or Studio Company

  

What to bring: 

  • A headshot (wallet size) with ballet hairstyle is required in addition to the audition form. 
  • For students ages 12 and up: First Arabesque Photo (Ladies - on pointe)
  • Audition Form
  • Note: materials will not be returned

 

Required attire for girls:

  • pink tights
  • black leotard
  • ballet slippers
  • Girls who are already working en pointe must bring their pointe shoes in addition to ballet slippers

Required attire for boys:

  • white t-shirt
  • full-length black tights
  • black ballet slippers

 

Click here for Summer Intensive FAQs.

 

Academy Programs

General Audition Information

Acceptance into our Pre-Professional Division, Trainee Program, and Studio Company is by audition only. Auditions take place during an in-class audition at Joffrey Tower or during our Audition Tour.

 

If you would like to set up an in-class audition at Joffrey Tower in Chicago, please contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org

 

Pre-Professional Auditions, for students ages 9 to 18

What to bring: 

  • A headshot (wallet size) with ballet hairstyle is required in addition to the audition form. Headshots will not be returned. 
  • For students ages 12 and up: First Arabesque Photo (Ladies - on pointe)
  • Pre-Professional Audition form

 

Trainee and Studio Company Audition Requirements, for students ages 17 and up

What to bring:

  • A headshot (wallet size) with ballet hairstyle
  • Full length photo in first arabesque (Ladies - on pointe)
  • Studio Company Audition form
  • Dance resume
  • Note: materials will not be returned


Required attire for girls:

  • pink tights
  • black leotard
  • ballet slippers
  • Girls age 12 and older who are already working on pointe must bring their pointe shoes in addition to ballet slippers

Required attire for boys:

  • white t-shirt
  • full-length black tights
  • black ballet slippers


 

Nutcracker Children's Cast Auditions

General Audition Information

Open auditions for the Nutcracker Children's Cast will be held on September 14, 2014 for America's #1 Nutcracker. All students in the greater Chicagoland area with dance experience are welcome to audition. Your student should audition with the appropriate group based on age. Registration opens one hour before the audition. Dancers should be prepared to stay until 4:00 PM on the day of the audition.

 

Ages 11-14:  Registration 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Audition 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Ages 9-10:  Registration 1:15 – 2:15 PM, Audition 2:15 – 4:00 PM

 

Audition Location

Joffrey Tower

10 East Randolph Street

Chicago, IL 60601


Audition Details

This annual audition is for all children interested in auditioning for The Nutcracker, from any studio or school, whether or not they have participated in The Joffrey’s Nutcracker in the past. We look for dancers to be between 4’-5’ tall and generally 9-14 years old. All dancers need to bring a headshot or photo no larger than 4x6 and audition form with them on the day of the audition. 


2014 Availability

  • Students must be available for rehearsals in October, November, and December, 2014
  • Performances falling on dates between December 5 - December 28 (no performance on December 25)

2014 Rehearsals

All rehearsals are coordinated by Joffrey Academy Faculty and Joffrey Ballet Masters.

Please refer to the Nutcracker Children's Cast FAQs  and contact Joffrey Academy Reception if you have any additional questions: reception [at] joffrey [dot] org.

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Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, is the only training program owned, operated or endorsed by The Joffrey Ballet. The Joffrey Ballet is not affiliated with any other dance training or school program, including the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. The Joffrey Academy, located in the Exelon Education Center at Joffrey Tower in Chicago, Illinois is the only school that follows the organizational mission, training syllabi, and artistic vision of The Joffrey Ballet. No other program, including those holding the Joffrey name, is sanctioned by The Joffrey Ballet. For more information, please contact Academy Reception at 312.784.4600.