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.


Open Advanced Ballet Classes!

August 29 - September 2

Join Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and the Joffrey Academy of Dance Faculty for advanced ballet classes the week of Monday, August 29 - Friday, September 2. Regular drop-in rates apply.


Monday, August 29          10:00-11:30 AM     with Ashley Wheater

Tuesday, August 30         10:00-11:30 AM     with Daielma Decker

Wednesday, August 31     10:00-11:30 AM     with Karin Ellis-Wentz

Thursday, September 1     10:00-11:30 AM     with Daielma Decker

Friday, September 2          10:00-11:30 AM     with Kyle Seguin


Take a look at our Important Dates this year!

The Academy will be closed on Labor Day, Monday September 5

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Adult Summer Session Class Schedule

Adult Fall Semester Class Schedule


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

Nutcracker Children's Cast Auditions

Audition dates and requirements are posted! Join us on September 7 or September 11 to be part of Christopher Wheeldon's reimagined Nutcracker.

Open Advanced Ballet Classes

Join Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and the Joffrey Academy Faculty for drop-in Advanced Ballet classes the week of August 29-September 2. Full schedule available under Adult Open Division!

Fall Semester Registration Now Open

Registration for Children's and Youth Division classes is now open! Visit our Registration page for schedules and registration information.

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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.