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.

As the official school and only training program of The Joffrey Ballet, we believe that the Academy should be a reflection of the Joffrey Company – America’s preeminent ballet company. Following Robert Joffrey’s vision for training, the Academy is rooted in classical ballet. Taking from the English, Russian and French techniques, amongst others, the Academy’s curriculum gives students a well-rounded and comprehensive dance education, fully preparing them for today’s dance world. The Academy’s training syllabi have been carefully crafted and reviewed by Ashley Wheater and the Academy Artistic Team. The training offered at the Academy generates technically strong, artistically creative and well-versed students who will excel in their future careers.


Academy Hours

Monday: 8:30am - 9:15pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 9:15pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 9:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 9:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm


Joffrey Academy Holiday Schedule

All classes in the Children’s, Youth, Pre-Professional, Conservatory, Trainee, and Studio Company programs are cancelled December 18 - January 1. All classes resume January 2, 2018.


The Academy will be closed and all Adult Division classes cancelled:

Sunday, December 24

Monday, December 25

Sunday, December 31

Monday, January 1


New time! Classical Modern Isadora Duncan Technique is at 10:30am on Saturday, December 23 and December 30.


Added! Advanced Drop-In Classes

Join the Joffrey Academy for additional classes this Winter Break. These classes are best suited for advanced pre-professional and professional dancers ages 15+. Regular drop-in rates apply.


Advanced Ballet, 10:00-11:30am

Monday, December 18 with Raymond Rodriguez

Tuesday, December 19 with Karin Ellis-Wentz

Wednesday, December 20 with Kyle Seguin

Thursday, December 21 with Karin Ellis-Wentz

Friday, December 22 with Yoshihisa Arai


Contemporary Class, 11:45am-1:15pm

Tuesday, December 19 with Riccardo Battaglia

Thursday, December 21 with Riccardo Battaglia


Adult Open Division Fall Semester Schedule 


Download the 2017-2018 Joffrey Academy of Dance Parent and Student Handbook.

Take a look at our Important Dates this year

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“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

Thank you to our 2017-2018 Joffrey Academy of Dance sponsor, Athletico!



What's New

8th Annual Winning Works Tickets Now on Sale

Join us for the Academy's annual Winning Works peformances! Four choreographers will present their new works at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's Edlis Neeson Theater March 3-4, 2018

International Audition Tour Registration is Open!

Register online for the International Audition Tour, which kicks off in January 2018

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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.