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.


The Joffrey Academy of Dance is open seven days a week.

Academy Summer Hours

Monday: 8:30am- 8:45pm
Tuesday: 8:30am- 9:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am- 8:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am- 8:30pm
Friday: 8:30am- 7:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am- 2:30pm
Sunday: 8:30am- 3:00pm


Children's and Youth Division Trial Class Day- Sunday, August 27

Students 8 years old and above are invited to take a free Trial Class in the Youth and Children's Divisions on Sunday, August 27. This is a great opportunity to receive placement in Ballet or Jazz, take a new class, or bring a friend to dance.

Please bring the required Trial Day Class Form. Students should fill out a form for each class they wish to take. All classes are FREE!


9:00-10:15 AM- Ballet (ages 8-11) with Miss Keesha

9:00-10:15 AM- Ballet (ages 12-16) with Miss Jocelyn

10:15-11:15 AM- Pre-Pointe and Pointe (ages 11-16) with Miss Jocelyn

10:15-11:15 AM- Hip Hop (ages 10-16) with Mr. Drew

11:15 AM-12:15 PM- Jazz (ages 8-11) with Miss Keesha

11:15 AM-12:15 PM- Jazz (ages 12-16) with Miss Katie

12:15-1:15 PM- Contemporary (ages 12-16)  with Mr. Riccardo

12:15-1:15 PM- Youth Classical Modern Isadora Duncan Technique (ages 10-16) with Miss Jennifer


Added! Open Professional and Intermediate/Advanced Classes

Monday, August 7 - Friday, September 1

Get ready for Fall with open classes at the Joffrey Academy. These classes are suited for professionals as well as intermediate and advanced students ages 10+.

Mondays and Wednesdays

4:30 - 6:00 PM Intermediate/Pre-Professional Ages 10-14
6:00 - 7:30 PM Advanced/Professional Ages 15+

Tuesdays and Fridays

10:00 - 11:30 AM Advanced/Professional Ages 14+

Regular drop-in rates apply.


Adult Summer Session Class Schedule 

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


What's New

Fall Registration Opens August 16

Join us this Fall Semester in the Children's or Youth Division! Registration opens for current students the week of August 16. New students may register beginning August 22. Schedules are published online on our Registration page.

8th Annual Winning Works Choreographic Competition

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, announces a national call for ALAANA (African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab, and Native American) artists to submit applications for the annual Winning Works choreographic competition. Application deadline is September 1, 2017!

Joffrey Academy Announces New Joffrey Conservatory Program

The Joffrey Ballet is pleased to announce the launch of a new Joffrey Conservatory Program within the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Offical School of The Joffrey Ballet, beginning September 2017. Click here to learn more.

Photo by Todd Rosenberg

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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.