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 and Pre-Professional divisions. Interested candidates – please send a resume and cover letter to reception [at] joffrey [dot] org  

 

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 10 outstanding students selected by Ashley Wheater, Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. 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 Kremnev and Reznik, 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 the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, plus at additional festival opportunities around Chicago.

 

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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 Academy Artistic Directors, Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik. 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...

Pre-Professional Program

Approximately 10-18

The Pre-Professional Division at the Joffrey Academy of Dance is designed to meet the highest artistic standards. The training given by the artistic staff provides dancers with 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 productions including Nutcracker Suite and an annual spring performance. Past performances have included The Blue Bird of Happiness, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Coppélia.


Audition

Placement in the Pre-Professional Division is by audition only. Please contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org...

Summer Intensives

approximately 7-21

Summer Program Audition Tour 

The 2013-2014 Audition Tour is now complete. Check back in the fall for 2015 audition dates and cities. To audition for Joffrey Programs, please call reception [at] joffrey [dot] org or submit a Video Audition.

Additional Information

Summer Camps

Children's, Youth and Teen Dance Camps

 

Children's Camp
Dates: tbd

Creative Movement (Ages 3 – 4) 
Pre-Ballet (Ages 5 – 6) 
Tuition: $130 + $40 registration fee

Enroll your child in a fun-filled week of movement-based creativity. Camps include one hour of engaging activities such as mime, music, costumes and props. There will be a final in-studio presentation for the parents on the last day of camp.

 

Youth and Teen Dance Camps
Dates: tbd

Youth Camp (Ages 9-12) 

Morning and Afternoon sections offered

Ballet, Pilates, Musical Theatre Jazz, Modern, Contemporary Jazz, and Hip Hop

There will be a final presentation for the parents on the last day. 


Teen Camp (Ages 13-16)

Morning and Afternoon sections offered

Ballet...

Children's Division

Approximately 3-9

Registration is open for Fall Semester! Classes start September 2. 

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.

 

Schedule

Fall Semester: September 2, 2014 - January 18, 2015

Children's Division First Semester Schedule


Placement:

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...

Youth Division

Approximately 9-16

Registration is open for Fall Semester! Classes start September 2. 

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 9-16 years old.

 

Schedule

Fall Semester: September 2, 2014 - January 18, 2015

Youth Division First Semester Schedule


Attire

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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 offers a great workout to relieve daily stress.

 

Schedules

Fall Semester: September 2, 2014 - January 18, 2015

First Semester Adult Open Division Schedule 2014


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...

Master Classes

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

 

Past Master Classes

Master Class with David Hallberg

Bollywood Master Class

African Dance on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Don Quixote Master Class

Classical Modern Duncan Dance 

 

Lemonis Bridge Program

Grades 1-2

The Joffrey Ballet’s Lemonis Bridge Residency Program is designed to introduce students from Chicago Public Schools to the basic elements of classical ballet ultimately finding and training the next generation of dancers. This program provides students in grades 1 and 2 with a highly structured dance experience where they will develop life skills, creativity and physical awareness. The Joffrey Ballet is committed to providing the highest level of classical dance instruction to Chicago’s youth, thereby teaching students about the concept of pursuing dance as a career when they otherwise would not have had this exposure.

The program is structured into three phases. During the first phase, students work on perfecting basic classical exercises, increasing ballet vocabulary and improving body placement. These classes are taught twice per week at the beginning levels by a Joffrey Teaching Artist at Chicago Public Schools. Students will increase their physical awareness, strength...

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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 and Pre-Professional divisions. Interested candidates – please send a resume and cover letter to reception [at] joffrey [dot] org  

 

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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.