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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 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.

 
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 daily parking to $19. Pre-paid parking packs are available at Reception for $80 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.

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

The schedules of classes for Children's, Youth, and Pre-Professional Divisions are 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 Conservatory, Trainee, and Studio Company programs 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
800.328.7107
www.discountdance.com

Motion Unlimited

218 S. Wabash, Suite 270
Chicago IL, 60601
312.922.3330

www.motionunlimiteddancewear.com

Allegro Dance Boutique
2114 Central Street
Evanston, IL 60201
847.733.8460

104 South Cook Street
Barrington, IL 60010
847.277.1009

www.allegrodanceboutique.com

 
Is there a dress code?

Yes. Joffrey Academy’s dress code is designed to encourage unity, discipline, and improved concentration among our students. 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. 

Additional Dress Code Guidelines

  • Uniforms should be kept clean and neat. Dancewear is to be kept laundered and in good repair. Holes and frayed edges must be mended. 
  • Warm-up attire may not be worn during class, including shirts, legwarmers, skirts, etc.
  • Jewelry should be minimal: only small earrings at the teachers' discretion. No watches or bracelets.
  • Shoes should be neatly sewn with like color thread. No safety pins.
  • Hair should be neat and pulled up securely in a bun (ladies). No large hair accessories please.
  • Please mark clothing, shoes and dance bags with the student’s name and class level.
  • 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 Children's IIA, the Pre-Professional Division, Joffrey Conservatory, Academy Trainee program, and Joffrey Studio Company are invited to participate in annual performance opportunities and may be invited to participate in additional events. Some students are also given the opportunity to perform various roles throughout The Joffrey Ballet’s season at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, including in Christopher Wheeldon's 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 Staff 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. The Artistic Director does not teach private lessons.

 
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. Drop-in classes do not require pre-registration or enrollment. However, there may be enrollment based classes offered in the Adult Division including Intro to Pointe and Repertoire classes which do require registration. Find out more at http://www.joffrey.org/adultclasses

 
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, and our Pre-Pointe and Pointe classes in the Youth Division

 
How is placement determined?

All Children's Division classes prior to Ballet II, as well as Youth Ballet I, Jazz I, Modern, and Hip Hop are age-based classes. Ballet IIB, IIA, Youth Ballet II and above, Jazz II/III are determined during a Trial Class. See the Registration page for more information. Acceptance into the Pre-Professional, Conservatory, Trainee, Studio Company, or Summer Intensive programs is by audition only. 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 class placement is based on age at the beginning of the current academic year:

Toddler & Me: age 2

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

312.660.8200 

www.marriott.com


The Palmer House Hilton

17 E. Monroe St.

Chicago, IL 60603

312.726.7500

www.palmerhouse.hilton.com

 

Hard Rock Hotel

230 N. Michigan Ave

Chicago, IL 60611

312.345.1000

www.hardrockhotel.com

 

The Wit

201 N. State St.

Chicago, IL 60601

www.thewithotel.com

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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.