Academy Conservatory

 

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Joffrey Conservatory Program beginning September 2017!

 

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 will be 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. 

 

As the Official School and only training program of The Joffrey Ballet, the Academy reflects the Joffrey Company -- America's preeminent ballet company. Following Robert Joffrey's vision for training, the Academy is rooted in the foundation of classical ballet. Taking from the English, Russian, and French techniques, among others, the Academy's curriculum gives students a well-rounded and comprehensive dance education, fully preparing them for today's dance world. The training offered at the Academy generates technically strong, artistically creative and well-versed students who excel in their future careers. The personal attention and guidance by Joffrey Academy Faculty will help prepare each student for his or her dance future. 

 

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. 

 

Park District Collaboration (Fall 2017) - Mixed repertory performance in collaboration with the Chicago Park District highlighting the Conservatory students, Trainees, and Studio Company.

Fall Program (November 2017) - Mixed repertory performance highlighting the upper levels of the school. 

The Joffrey Ballet Nutcracker (December 2017) - Students in the Conservatory Program may be selected to perform in Christopher Wheeldon's Nutcracker.

Joffrey Spring Gala (April 2018) - Students may be selected to perform at the annual gala.

Spring Production (May 2018)

 

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.

 

English Language Course

In an effort to maximize communication and overall experience, all international students from non English-speaking countries will be required to take an English proficiency test near the beginning of the program. The results of this test will determine whether or not the student will need to participate in mandatory ESOL classes throughout the program. Classes will take place before ballet one (1) day a week over the course of the Fall term. 

 

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 downtwon 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.

 

Auditions

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

 

There will be an open audition for the Pre-Professional Conservatory Program on Thursday, June 29 from 4:45 - 6:00 PM. If interested in auditioning, please email Joffrey Academy Reception at reception [at] joffrey [dot] org.

 

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. 

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We are excited to announce the launch of the new Joffrey Conservatory Program beginning September 2017!

 

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 will be 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. 

 

As the Official School and only training program of The Joffrey Ballet, the Academy reflects the Joffrey Company -- America's preeminent ballet company. Following Robert Joffrey's vision for training, the Academy is rooted in the foundation of classical ballet. Taking from the English, Russian, and French techniques, among others, the Academy's curriculum gives students a well-rounded and comprehensive dance education, fully preparing them for today's dance world. The training offered at the Academy generates technically strong, artistically creative and well-versed students who excel in their future careers. The personal attention and guidance by Joffrey Academy Faculty will help prepare each student for his or her dance future. 

 

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. 

 

Park District Collaboration (Fall 2017) - Mixed repertory performance in collaboration with the Chicago Park District highlighting the Conservatory students, Trainees, and Studio Company.

Fall Program (November 2017) - Mixed repertory performance highlighting the upper levels of the school. 

The Joffrey Ballet Nutcracker (December 2017) - Students in the Conservatory Program may be selected to perform in Christopher Wheeldon's Nutcracker.

Joffrey Spring Gala (April 2018) - Students may be selected to perform at the annual gala.

Spring Production (May 2018)

 

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.

 

English Language Course

In an effort to maximize communication and overall experience, all international students from non English-speaking countries will be required to take an English proficiency test near the beginning of the program. The results of this test will determine whether or not the student will need to participate in mandatory ESOL classes throughout the program. Classes will take place before ballet one (1) day a week over the course of the Fall term. 

 

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 downtwon 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.

 

Auditions

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

 

There will be an open audition for the Pre-Professional Conservatory Program on Thursday, June 29 from 4:45 - 6:00 PM. If interested in auditioning, please email Joffrey Academy Reception at reception [at] joffrey [dot] org.

 

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. 

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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.