Academy FAQ


What is the difference between Joffrey Academy of Dance in Chicago and Joffrey School in New York?


Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, is located in the Exelon Education Center at Joffrey Tower in Chicago, Illinois and is the only training program owned, operated or endorsed by The Joffrey Ballet. The Joffrey Ballet is not affiliated with any other Joffrey dance training or school program. For more information, please contact The Joffrey Ballet at 312.784.4600

Where can I park?

Parking is available in the InterPark Self-Parking lot at 20 East Randolph Street (corner of Randolph and Wabash). Parking validation is available at Joffrey Academy Reception and discounts parking to $16 for up to 10 hours. Pre-paid parking packs are available at Reception for $130 for 10 passes. These pre-paid passes are only eligible for parking after 3pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.

How can I get to Joffrey Tower?

The Joffrey Academy of Dance is located on the third floor of the Exelon Education Center at 10 East Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601. Joffrey Tower is located in the heart of Chicago’s loop, near most major public transportation, including the Chicago Transit Authority (Red, Brown, Green, Blue, Orange and Purple lines). A parking garage is located immediately east of Joffrey Tower; please ask Joffrey Academy Reception for a discounted parking pass.

What qualifications are necessary to apply to the Pre-Professional Division of the Joffrey Academy of Dance?

Students must have a strong base in ballet training and the abilty and drive to sustain the intensity of pre-professional training. Acceptance to the Academy's Pre-Professional Program is by audition only.

Do you offer housing accommodations for your students?

The Joffrey Academy of Dance does not provide dormitories for year round programs. However, housing recommendations are made for out-of-town and international students participating in the Trainee Program and Pre-Professional Program. Recommended housing for the Joffrey Academy is provided by 777 South State and the Buckingham Chicago, both just a short distance from the Joffrey Tower. To learn more about monthly rates and floor plans, please visit or

During the summer, housing is provided for the International Summer Dance Intensive, Dance Lab Summer Intensive, Three-Week Junior Summer Dance Intensive and Los Angeles Summer Dance Intensive. Out-of-town students should expect to spend (on average) $800-1200/month for Chicago housing as well as an additional $350-500/ month for living expenses.

How do the students at the Joffrey Academy of Dance continue their academic education?

The schedule of classes for all Divisions, except Trainee Program, is intended to accommodate the academic schedules of our students. The students at the school continue their education in a variety of ways. Some enroll in local schools, while others complete their coursework through correspondence with either their home school or an online university. Students in the Trainee Program may consider distance learning programs, if they have not yet received their high school degree. 

Where can I purchase dancewear in the Chicago area?


Discount Dance Supply


Motion Unlimited
218 S. Wabash, Suite 270
Chicago IL, 60601


Allegro Dance Boutique
2114 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201

Is there a dress code?

Yes. There is a specific dress code for each level of the Joffrey Academy of Dance. This information can be found online, on each program overview page.

The Joffrey Academy of Dance maintains a dress code to encourage improved concentration. Students are required to wear the color leotard assigned to their level. Students who are not properly attired may be asked to leave class in order to change into appropriate clothing.

Here are a few reminders about uniforms for all Joffrey Academy of Dance students:
• Uniforms should be kept clean and neat. Holes and frayed edges must be mended.
• Warm-up attire may not be worn during class.
• Hair should be pulled up securely in a neat bun.
• Watches, jewelry and safety pins should not be worn into the studio.
• Dance shoes should never be worn outside the building.


Are scholarships, financial aid or work-study programs offered?

A limited number of merit scholarships are available each term to students who have demonstrated professional potential. Merit scholarships are awarded by the Artistic Staff of The Joffrey Ballet. 

A limited amount of financial assistance is also available for students whose financial circumstances would limit their exposure to classical ballet and other dance forms. To apply for financial assistance, please visit the Registration page and follow application procedures. 

Students awarded scholarships or financial assistance must attend all classes assigned to their level. If an absence is unavoidable (i.e. illness, family emergency, etc.), students will need to notify the Joffrey Academy as soon as possible to excuse their absence. Scholarship and financial aid students must pay any registration fees and/or deposits, and will always strive to exemplify high moral character, a strong work ethic and excellence in performance.

The Joffrey Academy does not currently offer a work-study program.

What performance opportunities are available?

Students in the Pre-Professional Division and Trainee Program at the Joffrey Academy are invited to participate in annual performance opportunities and may be invited to participate in additional events. All students in all divisions, except the Adult Open Division, participate in the Year-End Presentation that takes place during the last weekend of the second semester. Some students are also given the opportunity to perform various roles throughout The Joffrey Ballet’s season at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Some students may be selected to participate in the children’s cast of Americas’ #1 Nutcracker.

If I am a current student, do I need to audition for the Summer Intensives?

Yes. Current students are expected to attend auditions for all summer intensive programs if they are interested in attending. Acceptance into year-round programs does not guarantee acceptance into summer programs.

How can I request private lessons?

Private lessons are offered to Academy of Dance students at the discretion of the Academy Artistic Directors and are dependent upon regular attendance in the classes in which the student is already enrolled. Students or parents can pick up a Student Private Lesson Request Form from Academy Reception. The price of the lesson will include a studio rental fee of $30/hour as well as the Faculty member’s rate for private lessons, which generally ranges from $40-$100 per hour. Faculty pricing for private lesson is at the discretion of the instructor. Academy Artistic Directors do not teach private lessons unless they are preparing students for Academy sponsored competitions or festivals.

Do I need to register for Adult Open Division classes?

No. The Adult Open Division is the only Division at the Academy of Dance that is on a drop-in basis.

Can students in the Youth Division or Adult Open Division take Pointe?

This is determined on a case by case basis and requires teacher approval. Please see more information about our Intro to Pointe Class in the Adult Open Division.

How is placement determined?

Ballet II, Pre-Professional Division Levels, Trainee Program, and Summer Intensives placements are determined by audition only. Students joining classes in Pre-Ballet, Creative Movement, Ballet I and the Youth Division will be assessed for correct placement during the first day of class. Placement in the Academy is at the sole discretion of the Artistic staff and Directors.

What are the age requirements for the Children's Division?

Children’s Division and Summer Camp placement is based on age at the beginning of the current academic year:

Creative Movement I: age 3

Creative Movement II: age 4

Pre-Ballet I: age 5

Pre-Ballet II: age 6

Ballet I: age 7

Are there any hotels nearby?

Yes, there are several hotels nearby. We recommend that you contact a travel agent or do online research for further information about your visit to Chicago. Some hotels near Joffrey Tower are:

JW Marriott Chicago 

Official Hotel of The Joffrey Ballet

151 W Adams St

Chicago, IL 60603


The Palmer House Hilton

17 E. Monroe St.

Chicago, IL 60603



Hard Rock Hotel

230 N. Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60611



The Wit

201 N. State St.

Chicago, IL 60601

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Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, is located in the Exelon Education Center at Joffrey Tower in Chicago, Illinois and is the only training program owned, operated or endorsed by The Joffrey Ballet. The Joffrey Ballet is not affiliated with any other Joffrey dance training or school program. For more information, please contact The Joffrey Ballet at 312.784.4600.