Pre-Professional Program

Overview

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 if you would like to schedule an audition. 

Audition Information

Audition Dates

 

Schedule and Important Dates

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

Second Semester: January 19 – May 31, 2015

2014-2015 Class Schedule

2014-2015 Important Dates

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Classes

Classes

Level III

Students in this level will study ballet vocabulary, focusing on the development of the legs and feet with the introduction of pre-pointe and pointe work.

Approximately ages 10-12+

Required number of classes per week:

4 ballet • 2 pre-pointe • 1 jazz • 1 stretch • 2 repertoire (second semester only)

 

Level IV

New vocabulary is added to the terms addressed in Level III and a focus on strengthening of pointe work. Classes will increase in complexity and emphasize the development of line, movement quality, musicality and artistry.

Approximately ages 12-15+

Required number of classes per week:

5 ballet • 3 Pointe • 1 jazz • 1 character • 1 conditioning • 2 repertoire (first and second semester)

 

Level V

Advanced pointe work and ballet technique are emphasized. Dancers are challenged in every aspect of training and performance. More advanced roles are given to high level students in the Academy spring productions.

Approximately ages 14-18+

Required number of classes per week:

6 ballet • 5 Pointe • 1 jazz • 1 character • 1 modern* • 1 pilates* • repertoire

 

Level VI 

This is the most intense level of training in the Pre-Professional Division, aimed at preparing dancers for a professional career. Advanced pointe work and ballet technique are emphasized. Dancers are challenged in every aspect of training and performance.

Approximately ages 14-18+

6 ballet • 5 Pointe • 1 jazz • 1 character • 1 modern* • 1 pilates* • repertoire

 

*Level V and Level VI modern and pilates classes are combined. 

 

Requirements: Placement in the Pre-Professional Division is by audition only. Please contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org if you would like to schedule an audition.

Content

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 if you would like to schedule an audition. 

Audition Information

Audition Dates

 

Schedule and Important Dates

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

Second Semester: January 19 – May 31, 2015

2014-2015 Class Schedule

2014-2015 Important Dates

Designed For: 
Approximately 10-18

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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.