Programs

Programs in the Children’s Division, Youth Division and Adult Open Division are offered year-round. The Pre-Professional Division and Trainee Program take place during the academic-year only. The summer intensives and summer camps are offered in the summer only.

The schedule of classes for all divisions, except Trainee Program, is intended to accommodate the academic schedules of our students. Classes for year-round programs are generally held in the evenings and require a year-long commitment. Adult Open Division classes are on a drop-in basis and do not require pre-registration.

For information for our international students visit our International FAQ page.

 

The Joffrey Academy of Dance is always looking for experienced, talented faculty members with strong classical ballet backgrounds interested in teaching in the Children’s, Youth, Pre-Professional and Adult divisions. Interested candidates – please send a resume and cover letter to reception [at] joffrey [dot] org  

 

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Programs/Divisions

Studio Company

The Joffrey Studio Company is a scholarship program of the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet. The Joffrey Studio Company consists of up to 10 outstanding students selected by the Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director and Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program. Joffrey Studio Company participants will train alongside dancers in the Trainee Program of the Academy and participate in daily classes Monday through Saturday. Led by Ashley Wheater and Raymond Rodriguez, the Joffrey Studio Company will be taught and rehearsed by Academy Faculty, Academy Directors, and the Joffrey Artistic Staff.

 

Students in the Joffrey Studio Company will have the opportunity to be selected to perform with the main company at the Auditorium Theatre, as well as perform in the Academy’s performance series at Joffrey Tower and additional opportunities around Chicago.

 

The Joffrey Studio Company and Trainees have successfully performed on some of the most prestigious stages, including Lincoln Center in NY, Auditorium Theatre, Harris Theater, Cadillac Palace and MCA in Chicago, Music Hall in LA, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as well in the collaborations with the Chicago Symphony and with the Cleveland Orchestra. 

 

The individualized training and performance opportunities provided by the Joffrey Studio Company offers students unique insight into the life of a professional dancer, assisting students in preparation for a professional career in dance and helping them expand their technique and artistry.

 

Joffrey Studio Company Auditions

Admission into the Joffrey Studio Company is by audition only. Auditions are held during the International Audition Tour, with the possibility of a second audition in early spring. Students interested in the program after the scheduled auditions have passed should contact Joffrey Academy Reception (reception [at] joffrey [dot] org). Please note that generally a video audition will be required prior to an in-class audition.

 

Students may be asked to join the Trainee Program in the Academy for one to two years prior to being selected for the Joffrey Studio Company, or may be asked to join the Joffrey Studio Company from an Academy audition.  

 

International students, visit our International FAQ page.

 

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Trainee Program

Approximately 17-21

The Joffrey Academy Trainee Program is a one to two year program for students ages 17 and older who are preparing for a professional dance career. Students are selected to participate in the Trainee Program by invitation from The Joffrey Ballet Artistic Director, Ashley Wheater, and the Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program, Raymond Rodriguez. The Trainee Program is a rigorous program in which students train in ballet and other dance disciplines. Trainees rehearse and perform classical and contemporary works from The Joffrey Ballet’s extensive repertoire and have the opportunity to work with world-renowned guest choreographers.

 

Graduates of the Trainee Program have found positions with professional dance companies dancing successfully with The Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, Dresden Semperoper,  Estonian National Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Complexions, Cincinnati Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Atlanta Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Memphis Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, BalletMet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Polish National Ballet, Slovak National Ballet, Ballet West, Royal New Zealand Ballet, Alabama Ballet, Ballet Austin, Ballet Nebraska, Oklahoma City Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and more.

 

The Joffrey Studio Company and Trainees have successfully performed on some of the most prestigious stages, including Lincoln Center in NY, Auditorium Theatre, Harris Theater, Cadillac Palace and MCA in Chicago, Music Hall in LA, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as well in the collaborations with the Chicago Symphony and with the Cleveland Orchestra. 

 

The personal attention and guidance by Joffrey Academy Faculty will help prepare each student for his/her dance future. Trainees who are invited back for a second year and complete two consecutive years of study in this program will receive a certificate of training upon completion of their second year.

 

Trainee Program Auditions

Admission into the Trainee Program is by audition only. Auditions for the Trainee Program are held during the Summer Intensive Audition Tour, with the possibility of a second audition in early spring. Students interested in the program after the scheduled auditions have passed should contact Joffrey Academy Reception (reception [at] joffrey [dot] org).

 

Performing Opportunities

A Fall Production, a Spring Production, and a year-end presentation are performed in the Black Box Theater at Joffrey Tower. Additionally, Trainees perform world premiere works choreographed by the winners of the annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition. Trainees may also be selected to perform in The Joffrey Ballet's season at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, including the Joffrey Ballet's annual Gala performance.

 

Past productions have included The Blue Bird of Happiness, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Coppélia, performed in the Black Box Theater at Joffrey Tower, the city of Chicago's Classics in the Park, performed at the South Shore Cultural Center, Firebird, performed with Chicago Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra and Nutcracker Suite, performed with the Cleveland Orchestra. Other exciting opportunities included an apprentice exchange program with Semperoper Dresden (Dresden Ballet) and Palucca School (Germany) and an exchange program with the Royal Danish Ballet and American Academy of Dance in Paris (France).


International students

The Joffrey Academy is now offering M1 visas for international students. To learn more, please visit our International FAQ page.


“This program allowed me the opportunity to transition from a student mentality into more of a professional mentality, largely due to the professional manner in which we were treated throughout the year. Not only was the training successful in improving strength and clarifying technique, but the approach taught me to embrace the artist aspects of dance which my dancing lacked.” - 2009-2010 Trainee


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Joffrey Conservatory

The Joffrey Conservatory Program, led by Karin Ellis-Wentz, Head of Pre-Professional Programs, is for students ages 14-18 years old who are seeking a successful balance between academics and intensive training as they prepare for professional careers in dance. Classes are offered weekdays Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM at Joffrey Tower, 10 E. Randolph Street in Downtown Chicago.

 

The program's curriculum, created by Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Academy staff, is designed to help students better prepare for the rigorous training of the Joffrey Academy Trainee Program and Studio Company offered to students ages 17 and older. The Conservatory will also lay the foundation for a successful career in professional dance or in other fields by developing artistry, creativity, discipline, and confidence. The individual guidance provided in the program ensures that each dancer is working to their fullest potential and prepares students for his/her dance future. 


Auditions

Acceptance into the Conservatory Program is by audition only. Students are encouraged to attend the International Audition Tour and audition during Summer Intensives. 

 

If you are not able to attend the in-person audition, the Joffrey Academy accepts video auditions. In-class auditions during the Academic year are available at the discretion of the Artistic Team.

More information on auditioning for Academy programs can be found on our Auditions page. 

 

Performance Opportunities

Students in the Conservatory Program will have the opportunity to be selected to perform in the Academy's performance series, as well as additional festivals and performance opportunities around Chicago. 

 

Class Schedule

Dancers have class five days a week, from 9:00am-3:30pm.

Sample Conservatory Schedule

 

Academics

K-12

Joffrey Academy has a referral-based relationship with K-12 Online Private Schools. K-12 enables students to learn at their own pace, whether they are seeking greater academic challenges, in need of a more nurturing environment, or working around budding careers, travel, and extracurricular pursuits. A flexible approach to online schooling, students can enroll at any time as a full-time student on track to receive a high school diploma, or part-time to supplement a traditional home school curriculum.

Please note: The Joffrey Academy does not take any responsibility for arranging academic needs and does not provide an accredited program for the completion of high school. All academic arrangements are the responsibility of the student.

 

Housing

The Joffrey Academy has an ongoing housing partnership with Infinite Chicago for students in the Pre-Professional Division and Trainee Programs. Infinite Chicago is located on Wabash and Jackson, within walking distance to Joffrey Tower and designed to fit the busy lifestyle of Joffrey students living in the downtown Loop area. 

All apartments come fully furnished and include a large array of amenities including an in-unit washer and dryer, full kitchen, and cable and internet service. Please identify yourself as a Joffrey Academy participant when contacting Infinite Chicago for the first time. If interested in having another Joffrey student as your roommate, mention at the time of booking. Infinite Chicago will make every effort to accommodate these requests, although it is not guaranteed. Housing at Infinite is unchaperoned and recommended for students 16 and older. Students 15 and under are encouraged to move to Chicago with a parent/guardian.

 

International Student FAQ page

For more information for our international students, visit our International FAQ page.

  

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Pre-Professional Program

Approximately 10-18

The Pre-Professional Division at the Joffrey Academy of Dance is designed to meet the highest artistic standards. Led by Karin Ellis-Wentz, Head of Pre-Professional Programs, the artistic staff trains dancers to develop a strong foundation in classical ballet. With the discipline and confidence cultivated at the Joffrey Academy, students can pursue careers as professional dancers, or find success in other fields. As part of the Pre-Professional Division, students participate in a full schedule of evening dance classes, and perform in the Joffrey Academy’s annual Fall and Spring productions. Past productions have included The Blue Bird of Happiness, Sleeping Beauty, CinderellaCoppélia, and Don Quixote Suite.


Audition

Placement in the Pre-Professional Division is by audition only. Students are encouraged to attend the International Audition Tour and audition during the Summer Intensives. If you are not able to attend the Audition Tour, the Joffrey Academy accepts video auditions. In-class auditions during the Academic year are available at the discretion of the Artistic Team. 

Audition Dates

 

Schedule and Important Dates

2018-2019 Pre-Professional Division Schedule

First Semester: September 4, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Second Semester: January 21 – June 1, 2019

 

Required Class Attire

Joffrey Academy’s dress code is designed to encourage unity, discipline, and improved concentration among our students. All students in Pre-Pro III – VI are required to wear the assigned Motionwear leotard in the color assigned to their level. The teacher may ask a student to sit and observe class if they are not in the correct attire.


Required Class Attire

Ballet, Pointe & Repertoire (Levels III – VI)

Women

• Motionwear pinch front camisole leotard in required color (listed below) silkskyn, style 2516

• White ¾” hip alignment belt or ¾” elastic

• Bloch Adaptatoe convertible tights in pink or flesh-tone*, style T1935L or Body Wrappers convertible tights in pink or flesh-tone*, style A31

• Body Wrappers black chiffon wrap skirt, style P981

• Pink or flesh-tone* canvas split sole ballet slippers

• Pink or flesh-tone* pointe shoes

*Tights and shoe colors must match.

Men

• Body Wrappers short-sleeve “snug fit” pullover t-shirt in white, style M400

• Body Wrappers convertible tights in slate gray, style M92

• Thin white socks

• White ballet slippers

• Nude dance belt

 

Jazz (Levels III & IV only): Fitted black dance shorts or black leggings, black jazz shoes

 

Modern (Levels V – VI): Fitted black dance shorts or black leggings, bare feet

 

Contemporary (Levels V-VI): Fitted black dance shorts or black leggings, black socks (no logos)

 

Character (Levels IV – VI):

Women: Black character shoes in 1.5” heel, Natalie black character skirt (below the knee), style N8108 or Body Wrappers black circle skirt (below the knee), style 511

Men: Black jazz shoes, optional black jazz pants

 

Leotard Colors by Level (Motionwear style 2516)

Level III: Maroon

Level IV: Hunter Green

Level V: Royal Blue

Level VI: Perfect Plum

               

Additional Required Performance Attire (Levels III–VI)

Women: Motionwear black camisole leotard (style 2516), nude camisole leotard, nude trunks, black bike shorts

Men: Body Wrappers black and white fitted t-shirts (style M400), M. Stevens white and black tights (style 1099) or Body Wrappers white and black tights (style M92), black ballet slippers, nude dance belt, black bike shorts

 

Note: Additional performance attire may be added, with advanced notice.

 

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Summer Intensives

approximately 7-21

Audition Information

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. 

 

See our list of 2019 audition tour cities.

If you cannot make an in-person audition, video submissions will be reviewed beginning January 1, 2019. Find out how to apply under the 'Video/DVD' tab on our Audition Tour page.

 

Program Information

Information on programs, dates, and times can be found on the 'Programs/Divisions' tab on this page.

 

Additional Information

  

"Thank you for giving my daughter an irreplaceable gift, hours of dance under the guidance of true artists who showed daily that they believed in these young dancers. She has come away from Joffrey with more fire in heart to become a professional dancer someday. Joffrey has placed her one step closer.” - Parent of a 2013 program participant

 

“This was by far the best intensive my daughter has attended. The quality of the instruction was terrific, and the accommodations and food services were also good.” - Parent of a program participant

 

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Summer Camps

Thank you to all who attended our 2018 Summer Camps!

Registration for Summer 2019 will open February 1, 2019.


Children's Camps

Enroll your child in a fun-filled week of creative movement. Camps include one hour of engaging activities that focus on imaginative expression and musicality as an introduction to ballet. There will be a final in-studio presentation for the parents on the last day of camp.

Creative Movement (Ages 3-4)

Pre-Ballet (Ages 5-6)

 

Junior, Youth and Teen Camps

These one week camps are fun, educational and challenging for young dancers. Ranging from Ballet to Jazz to Hip Hop, each class will be engaging, aerobic and recreational. Families will have the chance to see a final presentation on the last day of camp.

Junior Camp (Ages 7-8)

Youth Camp (Ages 9-12)

Teen Camp (Ages 13-16)

 

Children's Division

Approximately 3-9

At the Joffrey Academy of Dance, nurturing a love of dance at a young age sparks a true passion for the art form. The Children’s Division builds a strong dance foundation by focusing on correct posture, placement, discipline, coordination, strength, flexibility and musicality.

 

Class Schedules

Fall Semester: September 4, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Children's Division Fall Semester

 

Placement

The Joffrey Academy of Dance follows a year-long syllabus. If your student is interested in joining an age based class, they must have turned the listed age on or before 8/31/18:

Creative Movement I – Age 3

Creative Movement II – Age 4

Pre-Ballet I – Age 5

Pre-Ballet II – Age 6

Boys' Dance I – Ages 4-6

Boys' Dance II – Age 7-9

Ballet I – Age 7-8

 

The classes below require a placement class. If interested in setting up a placement class, please contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org

Children’s Ballet IIB

Children's Ballet IIA

 

The Joffrey Academy Faculty evaluates and places student in the appropriate level based on age and ability. Students are continually evaluated throughout the year and placement is at the discretion of the Joffrey Academy Faculty.

 

Attire

Toddler & Me, Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet,

Little Movers Boys’ Dance and Boys’ Dance II:

Girls Required: Solid pink camisole leotard, pink or flesh-toned* footed tights and pink or flesh-toned* ballet slippers. NO skirts.

Recommended: Mirella camisole leotard style M207C, Canvas spilt sole ballet slippers.

*Tights and slipper colors must match.

Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

Adult (for Toddler & Me): Comfortable clothes that allow movement.

 

Ballet I

Girls Required: Pink camisole leotard, ¾” white hip alignment belt or ¾” elastic, pink or flesh-toned* footed tights and pink or flesh-toned* ballet slippers.

Recommended: Mirella leotard style M207C, Canvas split sole ballet slippers.

*Tights and slipper colors must match.

Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

 

Ballet IIB, Ballet IIA

Girls Required: Light Blue camisole leotard, ¾” white hip alignment belt or ¾” elastic, pink or flesh-toned* footed tights and pink or flesh-toned* ballet slippers.

Recommended: Mirella leotard style M207C, Canvas split sole ballet slippers.

*Tights and slipper colors must match.

Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and white ballet slippers.

 

All IIB/IIA students should bring a medium-strength Theraband.

 

Jazz

Required: Solid colored camisole leotard or solid colored t-shirt, fitted black dance shorts or jazz pants, black jazz shoes

Youth Division

Approximately 9-16

The Youth Division at the Joffrey Academy of Dance brings high-quality, Joffrey training to students at all levels in a variety of disciplines. Beginning students can discover their passion for dance, while intermediate and advanced students can enhance their training. Students from the Youth Division may have the opportunity to advance to the Pre-Professional Division by audition.


Youth Division ballet classes are geared for ages of approximately 9-17 years old.

  

Class Schedules

Fall Semester: September 4, 2018 - January 20, 2019

Youth Division Fall Semester

 

Placement

The classes below require a placement class. If interested in setting up a placement class, please contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org

Youth Ballet II

Youth Ballet III

Youth Ballet IV

Youth Pre-Pointe

Youth Pointe

Youth Jazz II/III

 

The Joffrey Academy Faculty evaluates and places student in the appropriate level based on age and ability. Students are continually evaluated throughout the year and placement is at the discretion of the Joffrey Academy Faculty.

 

Attire

Ballet and Repertory

Girls Required: Black camisole leotard, pink or flesh-toned* tights that cover the feet, pink or flesh-toned* ballet slippers
Recommended: Motionwear style 2516 or Mirella style 207 (either Child size or Adult size), Canvas split sole ballet slippers

*Tights and slipper colors must match.

Boys Required: White fitted t-shirt, black shorts and/or black tights, black ballet shoes


Students in Pre-Pointe and Pointe should bring a medium-strength Theraband.

 

Jazz
Required: Solid colored camisole leotard or solid colored t-shirt, fitted black dance shorts or jazz pants, black jazz shoes


Modern

Required: Solid colored camisole leotard or fitted t-shirt, fitted black dance shorts or black footless/convertible tights


Hip Hop

Required: comfortable, form fitting clothing, clean sneakers (no jeans)


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Adult Open Division

15 and up

The Adult Open Division is designed for adult dancers of all ages and abilities. Whether a student has years of dance experience or wants to learn dance for the first time, the Academy has the perfect class. All classes are fun, educational, and challenging for working professionals and others interested in dance. The drop-in schedule allows for flexibility and variety, offering a great workout to relieve daily stress.

 

Adult Open Division Fall Semester Schedule

Fall Semester: September 4, 2018 - January 20, 2019 

  

Class Prices 

Drop-in Class: $15.00
Professional Drop-in Class*: $10.00
College Student Drop-in Class*: $12.00
10 Class Card: $140.00
Professional 10 Class Card*: $90.00
College Student 10 Class Card*: $120.00

Intro to Pointe Enrollment Series**: $165

**Series classes cannot be pro-rated if student enrolls after the first week of classes.
 

* Must present a valid student ID, union card, letter of verification on letterheard from the institute of employment, or a CPS ID to be eligible

**Series classes are not drop-in classes. Students must register for the full session. Students must be approved for Intro to Pointe. Approval forms are available at Reception.

 

10 Class Cards

Class Cards are only valid during the semester in which they are purchased. No extensions or refunds will be issued for unused classes.

 

Drop-in Classes

Drop-in classes do not require pre-registration or enrollment. Students may begin at any time during the semester, and take a drop-in class of their choice. This allows the adult student flexibility with their schedule and variety in their dance lessons. Join us at any time throughout the semester for a drop-in class! 

 

Enrollment-Based Classes

Intro to Pointe Enrollment Series *Teacher’s approval required*

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:15pm - 12 weeks

Session: 6/5, 6/12, 6/19, 6/26, 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21


This 12-class series, focused on basic beginning pointe work, will guide the students through pre-pointe preparation, finding a proper pointe shoe, sewing, and beginning pointe exercises. For the safety of the students, it is mandatory that they take two ballet technique classes a week, including the ballet class immediately preceding pointe. The instructor will need to approve student’s enrollment in pointe during the Tuesday technique class. Please pick up an approval form from Reception as you check in for technique class.

 


About Enrollment-Based Class Registration:

Intro to Pointe is an enrollment based class, not a drop-in class. Students must be approved for Intro to Pointe prior to registering.

Enrollment opens the first day of each semester for enrollment-based classes. Students must enroll at Reception. Registration is available until each class is full (capacity: 16 students). The class is filled on a first come, first served basis. Classes cannot be pro-rated if student enrolls after the first week of classes. 


Adult Division Recommended Attire and Shoes

In general, close-fitting clothing that allows the dancer to feel comfortable and allows for proper instruction is recommended. Some prefer to wear a leotard and dance tights, dance shorts or a dance skirt, however this is not required. No costumes or tutus please.


Ballet, Keep Fit Ballet- Ballet shoes or socks

BeMoved- Socks, ballet shoes, or jazz shoes

Isadora Duncan Modern, Pilates, Yoga - Socks or bare feet

Hip Hop- Sneakers or jazz shoes - no street shoes in the studios please

Jazz- Jazz shoes, ballet shoes, or socks


Studio Late Policy

Our classes require a proper warm up in order to avoid injury, therefore, either Reception or Faculty may ask students to not participate if they arrive more than 10 minutes late.


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Master Classes

The Joffrey Academy of Dance offers master classes throughout the year in a variety of dance styles. Classes are offered for all ages and levels from beginner to advanced.


Whether you are visiting Chicago for vacation, business, or bringing a group of students to the Windy City, there’s something for everyone at the Joffrey Academy of Dance. The Academy offers drop-in classes for adults of all abilities as well as master classes for dancers of all ages. Classes offered include ballet, modern, contemporary, and more! Enjoy a fun and educational experience at our state-of-the art studios in Joffrey Tower home of The Joffrey Ballet.


Groups wishing to take a class at the Joffrey Academy of Dance can request a master class taught by one of our talented Faculty members by filling out the Master Class Request Form. Information about pricing can be found on the form. 

  

Past Master Classes

Master Class with Christopher Saunders, Senior Ballet Master of The Royal Ballet

Hip Hop Master Class with Dantriell Houston

Michael Clark Co. Workshop

Master Class with David Hallberg

Bollywood Master Class

African Dance on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Don Quixote Master Class

Classical Modern Duncan Dance 

 

Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg 

Content

Programs in the Children’s Division, Youth Division and Adult Open Division are offered year-round. The Pre-Professional Division and Trainee Program take place during the academic-year only. The summer intensives and summer camps are offered in the summer only.

The schedule of classes for all divisions, except Trainee Program, is intended to accommodate the academic schedules of our students. Classes for year-round programs are generally held in the evenings and require a year-long commitment. Adult Open Division classes are on a drop-in basis and do not require pre-registration.

For information for our international students visit our International FAQ page.

 

The Joffrey Academy of Dance is always looking for experienced, talented faculty members with strong classical ballet backgrounds interested in teaching in the Children’s, Youth, Pre-Professional and Adult divisions. Interested candidates – please send a resume and cover letter to reception [at] joffrey [dot] org  

 

Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg 

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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.