Joffrey Academy of Dance: Official School of The Joffrey Ballet

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, is committed to providing students of all ages, levels and backgrounds who have a desire to dance with a world-class education built on a foundation of classical ballet. With the talents cultivated at the Joffrey Academy, students can pursue careers as professional dancers at companies throughout the world, higher education opportunities in dance, or success in other fields. Through the Joffrey Academy’s programs, students develop a diverse set of skills including artistry, creativity, discipline and confidence, among others. The Joffrey Academy’s high-quality, educational programming forms future audiences and support for the Joffrey and builds the organization’s reputation worldwide.


The Joffrey Academy of Dance will remain open for all classes on Martin Luther King Day, Monday January 16.


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Adult Fall Semester Class Schedule (through January 22, 2017)

Adult Spring Semester Class Schedule

Adult Open Division Free First Friday!

January 27, 2017

Classes in the Adult Open Division are offered for free the first Friday of each semester! This is the perfect opportunity to bring a friend to class or take a new class you've always wanted to try. Classes fill on a first come, first serve basis so plan to arrive early to reserve your spot.


12:30-1:30 PM           Keep Fit Ballet with Kim Sagami

1:30-2:30 PM             Yoga with Shannon Ferrante

6:00-7:30 PM             Advanced Beginning Ballet with Mai Claypool

6:30-8:00 PM             Intermediate Ballet with Lynne Alberding

6:30-7:30 PM             Jazz with Ethan Kirschbaum

7:30-8:30 PM             BeMoved with Brenda Fournier

7:30-8:30 PM             Hip Hop with Leila Henry

Visit our Adult Open Division Program page for more information on classes.


Download the 2016-2017 Joffrey Academy of Dance Parent and Student Handbook


“Most young dancers know what it takes to earn a place in a professional company-good physical proportions, coordination, technical facility, and musicality. But many of them do not realize how important it is to be fully trained when they get there. The best dancers remain inquisitive about their art throughout their careers and are always willing to explore new areas of growth and discovery.” - Robert Joffrey


What's New

Spring Semester Registration

Join us in the Children's and Youth Divisions for a new semester of classes! Spring Semester runs from January 23-June 4.

Priority Registration for current students begins Tuesday, January 3.

Registration for new students opens Wednesday, January 11.

Register for the International Audition Tour

Online registration is now open for the 2017 Summer Intensive Audition Tour! Dates and information are available on our Audition Tour 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.