Trainee Program

Overview

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, 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 and more.
 
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

Annual performances of The Nutcracker Suite and and a year-end production are performed in the Black Box Theater at Joffrey Tower. Additionally, Trainees perform world premiere works choreographed by the winners of the annual Choreographers of Color Award at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park; as well as a work by Alexei Kremnev, Academy Artistic Director. Trainees may also be selected to perform in The Joffrey Ballet's season at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

 

Additional performance opportunities may include: The Joffrey Ballet's Gala performance, Chicago Tree Lighting Ceremony, the nationally aired McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and more!


Past performances include The Sleeping BeautyCinderella and Coppelia, 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, and Firebird, 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 American Academy of Dance in Paris (France).


Housing

Recommended housing for the Joffrey Academy Trainees is provided by the Buckingham Chicago, just a short distance from the Joffrey Tower. To learn more about monthly rates and floor plans, click here. To learn more about the Buckingham, please visit the website at http://www.thebuckinghamchicago.com.


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

Classes

Classes

Daily required classes for the Joffrey Academy Trainee Program run Monday through Friday, 11:30 am – 4:30 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Classes

Ballet, Pointe, Repertoire, Character, Modern, Jazz, Partnering and Men's

Tuition

Registration Fee: $500

Tuition: $8,050/year

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Trainees

Trainees (2013-2014)

Aya Baba
Anna Beeman
Abigail Crowell
Claire Davey
Maggie Dixon-Best
Erin Dooley
Maritess Escueta
Sara Falstad
Camila Ferrera
Asha Gangolli
William Geary
Claire Glavin

Jiayi Guo
Veronica Gutierrez
Hibiki Hatakeyama
Haruko Ishimoto
Jeppe Jakobsen
Saaya Kita
Grace Kowalski
Brooke Linford
Akari Morimatsu
Tomo Muranaka
Kogan Murphy
Mairi Nicol
Saki Ota
Kristen Patrick
Veronica Plys
Victor Prigent

Wan Yue Qiao

Jenna Scaccia
Sabrina Sellers

Ludvina Theodor

Paulo Vitor Rodriguez de Oliveira
Whitney Walsh
Ransom Wilkes-Davis
Loretta Williams
Nat Wilson
Reagan Wise
Saori Yamashita

Trainees (2012-2013)

Nardia Boodoo

Laura Carstensen

Michaela Carter

Jesse Chase-Lubitz

Fernando Duarte

Katya Duncan

Asha Gangolli

Arthur Goncalves Sai

Elivelton das Gracas

Daniel Hardman

Molly Klug

Min Kyung Lee

Brooke Linford

Daniela Moya

Heather Neff

Haley Neisser

Jessica Pelluer

Kali Porteous

Tessa Moore

Kogan Murphy

Kristen Patrick

Mary Elizabeth Pellett

Michael Sayre

Sidney Scully

Sabrina Sellers

Amanda dos Santos

Jose Soares da Silva

Daniella Spitelli

Alexander Stuart

Whitney Walsh

Ransom Wilkes-Davis

Loretta Williams

Trainees (2011-2012)

Nardia Boodoo

Carina Brown

Alexis Caruso

Heather Christiansen

Vivi DiMarco

Fernando Duarte

Lucia Figueroa

McKenna Gadzia

Laura Hand

Meredith Harrill

Lilit Hogtanian

Hailee Karam

Jaclyn Kenyon

Molly Klug

Kristie Lettera

Gal Mahzari

Tuesday Mayhew

Tessa Moore

Daniela Moya

Haley Neisser

Sam O'Brien

Gabriela Pizano

Lauren Pschirrer

Sofia Robbins

Michael Sayre

Hannah Schoendorf

Jose Soares da Silva Junior

Jia Sun

Anna Wassman

Matthew Wenckowski

Diana Yohe

Trainees (2010-2011)

Michael Agudelo

Braeden Barnes

Marianne Bassing

Meredith Broussard

Carina Brown

Abigail Bushnell

Alexis Caruso

Mengjun Chen

Heather Christiansen

Sarah Chun

Pattersen Floberg

Connor Frain

Andre Grippi

Meredith Harrill

Dara Holmes

Hailee Karam

Alexandra Lake

Kristie Lettera

Cleo Magill

Katherine Maxted

Molly McCoy

Elizabeth Mensah

Sam O'Brien

Mariya Oishi

Lauren Pschirrer

Pablo Sanchez

Gal Shenhav

Elizabeth Stack

Taylor Swantek

Heather Thomas

Brandon Weilein

Sarah Wiese

Content

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, 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 and more.
 
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

Annual performances of The Nutcracker Suite and and a year-end production are performed in the Black Box Theater at Joffrey Tower. Additionally, Trainees perform world premiere works choreographed by the winners of the annual Choreographers of Color Award at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance at Millennium Park; as well as a work by Alexei Kremnev, Academy Artistic Director. Trainees may also be selected to perform in The Joffrey Ballet's season at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University.

 

Additional performance opportunities may include: The Joffrey Ballet's Gala performance, Chicago Tree Lighting Ceremony, the nationally aired McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and more!


Past performances include The Sleeping BeautyCinderella and Coppelia, 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, and Firebird, 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 American Academy of Dance in Paris (France).


Housing

Recommended housing for the Joffrey Academy Trainees is provided by the Buckingham Chicago, just a short distance from the Joffrey Tower. To learn more about monthly rates and floor plans, click here. To learn more about the Buckingham, please visit the website at http://www.thebuckinghamchicago.com.


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 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.