Auditions

Programs/Divisions

Audition Tour

The audition tour is now complete. Thank you for everyone who auditioned for the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet. 

 

If you are interested in auditioning, you may still do so via video audition, however please note that many of our programs have already filled.


Learn more about our Summer Programs at joffrey.org/summerintensives


General Audition Information

National and International Audition Tour

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 (4"x6") with ballet hairstyle is required in addition to the audition form. 
  • For students ages 12 and up: First Arabesque Photo (4"x6", 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 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

 

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. We encourage all students interested in joining Academy Programs to attend an audition during the International Audition Tour

 

If you are not able to attend the audition tour, the Joffrey Academy accepts video auditions. Application requirements can be found on the Audition Tour page under the Video Audition tab. If you have additional audition questions, please contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org


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

Joffrey Ballet is pleased to present a brillantly reimagined Nutcracker by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, premiering in the 2016-2017 season.

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Dancers between 7 and 18 years old - Be part of Christopher Wheeldon’s Nutcracker in the Nutcracker Children’s Cast!

 

All auditions take place at Joffrey Tower (10 East Randolph). Please read all information below for details on what to bring, attire, expectations and more.


Audition Details: 

Wednesday, September 7th:

Ladies ages 11-18, between 5’0”-5’6”

Girls may be asked to return on Sunday September 11th at 2pm

Registration: 6:00-7:00pm

Audition: 7:00-8:30pm

RSVP here for this audition

 

Sunday, September 11th

Ladies ages 7-9, maximum height 4’5” (no minimum height)

Registration: 9:30-10:30am

Audition: 10:30am-12:00pm

RSVP here for this audition

 

Men ages 10-17, maximum height 5’8” (no minimum height)

Registration: 11:30am-12:30pm

Audition: 12:30-1:30pm

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Ladies ages 10-16, between 4’6”-5’0”

Registration 1:00-2:00pm

Audition 2:00-5:00pm

RSVP here for this audition

 

What to Bring:

Completed Audition Form

Proof of Age (ID, Passport, Birth Certificate, etc…)

4x6 Headshot (Ladies with hair in a bun)

 

What to Wear:

Ladies – Leotard, pink tights and ballet shoes. All hair must be prepared in a bun prior to the audition.

Men – T-shirt, tights, jazz pants or shorts, ballet shoes.

Students should arrive to Joffrey Tower dressed in their dancewear with hair in a bun for ladies, and a small bag for their shoes, warm ups and water. Please be mindful of our limited space and send your student with only what is necessary for the audition. We encourage students not to bring valuables to the audition. Thank you!

 

 

What to Expect:

The Children’s Cast is an important part of The Nutcracker each year. All Children’s Cast members are expected to commit to attending all scheduled rehearsals and performances. We also expect our Children’s Cast members to act respectfully and professionally when they share studio and the stage with our professional dancers.

 

Before the Audition:

  • Please arrive 20 to 60 minutes prior to the audition to register. Please do not arrive more than 1 hour prior to the audition.
  • Students must be the minimum age required on the day of the audition. Students younger/older than the required age will not be admitted.
  • Height and age requirements will be verified by Joffrey Staff at the door prior to admission to the audition.
  • Parents will drop their students off in the lobby, and students will be escorted up the elevator by Joffrey staff and volunteers.
  • The age and height parameters are strict and students who do not fall within the parameters will not be admitted into the audition. 

 

During the Audition:

  • Students should have ballet training. During the audition, students will be asked to learn and perform Children’s Cast Role steps in groups. 
  • Dancers will be selected based on technical, artistic and performance ability.
  • Some students may be released from the audition early and others may be asked to stay for additional auditions.

 

After the Audition

  • Casting is at the sole discretion of the Artistic Faculty and all casting decisions are final.
  • Cast members must be available for rehearsals in September, October, November, and December, 2016. All rehearsals are coordinated by Joffrey Ballet Masters and Joffrey Academy Staff, and will be held generally on Sundays and weekday evenings. Production Week (December 4-10) may require day time rehearsals during the week. 
  • Performances take place December 10 to December 30 (No performance on December 25) at the Auditorium Theater.

 

Audition Location

Joffrey Tower

10 East Randolph Street

Chicago, IL 60601

 

Content

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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.