Parents' Association

The Joffrey Academy Parents’ Association is a great way for Academy families, students and staff to interact with each other and learn more about different aspects of the dance world. With the intent of facilitating communication and exchange of ideas, this group fosters community among students, parents and the staff and faculty of The Joffrey Academy by encouraging communication and providing opportunities for engagement. All families enrolled in the Academy are a part of the Parents’ Association. We encourage our families to serve as ambassadors for The Joffrey Ballet and the Joffrey Academy by sharing enthusiasm for the organization and its programs with the broader community.

 

PURPOSE AND VISION

The Joffrey Academy Parents’ Association aims to create a more meaningful connection to The Joffrey Ballet by implementing events and activities that energize and educate the Joffrey Academy community while enhancing the student and family experience. The Parents’ Association is focused on supporting the mission and goals of The Joffrey Ballet while developing a sense of community.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Holiday Gift Card Drive 
From November 15 - December 15, the Joffrey community will have the opportunity to donate to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a national organization whose mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it. Families can donate $5 or $10 gift cards from any gas station or grocery store at Academy Reception. 


Nutcracker Suite Preview Performance 
Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 PM 
Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet students and one parent will be invited to watch dress rehearsal. 


Get Involved

Get Involved

All families of Joffrey Academy of Dance are members of the Parents’ Association, and are invited to get more involved in their child’s dance education. By putting together the Inside the Academy Series, Academy student training is supplemented by informative sessions covering a range of topics from knowledgeable industry insiders. The Parents’ Association also organizes special activities for the dancers to enjoy, such as a field trip and an end of the year movie night.

Thank you to our Parents' Association Ambassadors for their time and effort in making the Association such a success!

Parents' Association Ambassadors

Terri Franklin
Lauren Freedman 
Beth Marcus
Anita Mark
Hallie Rehwaldt
Dana Russo
Susan Santoro 
Holly Smith
Kathy Smith 

We encourage any parents that want to get more involved to email reception [at] joffrey [dot] org

Projects

Projects

As the year progresses, the Parents’ Association has various projects they put together. The lead parents will head these projects; assistance from volunteers is always appreciated. If you would like to be added to a list of who we contact as projects arise, please email reception [at] joffrey [dot] org

JOFFREY ACADEMY ETIQUETTE GUIDE

Check out the Dancer’s Etiquette Guide with helpful tips and pointers on being at the Academy, how to make a bun guide, important dates and numbers, and more!

PARENTS’ WELCOME GUIDE

Check out the Parents’ Welcome Guide, a great resource that includes answers to frequently asked questions, suggestions of where to buy dancewear for your student, and great places to eat near Joffrey Tower. 

Meetings & Events

Projects

Inside the Academy Series

These educational discussions are geared to different levels and age groups of students in the Joffrey Academy, however all levels are invited to join the discussions. For more information about the Parents' Association meetings, discussions, and events, please contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org.

The Inside the Academy series will take place at Joffrey Tower. Dates and Times are subject to change. 


Parents' Association Mix & Mingle
September 17, 5:30 PM 
From 5:30-6:30 PM, mix and mingle with Academy staff, Parents' Association Ambassadors, and other Academy families before attending the Mandatory Parent Orientation Meeting. 

"Nutrition and Injury Prevention"
Tuesday, October 21, 6:30 PM
Every dancer needs to know how to take care of their bodies. Join an Athletico physical therapist and a Sports and Dance Medicine physician in a discussion about healthy habits and mindful movement. RSVP here. 


"Winning Work in Progress"
Thursday, February 12, 5:00 PM
Get an exclusive look at a Winning Works rehearsal with a Choreographer of Color Award winner and the Academy Trainees and Joffrey Studio Company.


"Careers in Dance: Beyond the Ballet"
Wednesday, March 11, 5:00 PM
Explore different career paths in the dance world such as a dance teacher, accompanist, costume designer, or administrator.


Other Parents' Association Events


Holiday Gift Card Drive 
From November 15 - December 15, the Joffrey community will have the opportunity to donate to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a national organization whose mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it. Families can donate $5 or $10 gift cards from any gas station or grocery store at Academy Reception. 

Nutcracker Suite Preview Performance 
Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 PM 
Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet students and one parent will be invited to watch dress rehearsal. 


Dancewear Donation Collection
January 19 - February 1, 2015
To kick off second semester, there will be a Dancewear Donation Collection to benefit the Community Engagement Program. Please bring in any new or gently used dance items that your dancer has outgrown, such as leotards, skirts, shorts, pants and shoes. Items can be dropped off at Academy Reception. 

 

Spring Performance Outing - Grupo Corpo
Auditorium Theatre, Sunday, March 1, 3:00 PM
The Academy will be offering discounted tickets to families to see world famous Brazilian dance troupe Grupo Corpo.


Movie Night - Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance 
Joffrey Tower's Black Box Theatre, Friday, May 1, 7:00 PM 
This will be a fun evening to kick back in the Black Box Theater with your Joffrey friends, eat some Garrett’s popcorn, and watch the Joffrey’s story unfold, in this documentary that tells the story of the first truly American dance company that revolutionized American ballet. 

 

 

Content

The Joffrey Academy Parents’ Association is a great way for Academy families, students and staff to interact with each other and learn more about different aspects of the dance world. With the intent of facilitating communication and exchange of ideas, this group fosters community among students, parents and the staff and faculty of The Joffrey Academy by encouraging communication and providing opportunities for engagement. All families enrolled in the Academy are a part of the Parents’ Association. We encourage our families to serve as ambassadors for The Joffrey Ballet and the Joffrey Academy by sharing enthusiasm for the organization and its programs with the broader community.

 

PURPOSE AND VISION

The Joffrey Academy Parents’ Association aims to create a more meaningful connection to The Joffrey Ballet by implementing events and activities that energize and educate the Joffrey Academy community while enhancing the student and family experience. The Parents’ Association is focused on supporting the mission and goals of The Joffrey Ballet while developing a sense of community.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Holiday Gift Card Drive 
From November 15 - December 15, the Joffrey community will have the opportunity to donate to Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a national organization whose mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it. Families can donate $5 or $10 gift cards from any gas station or grocery store at Academy Reception. 


Nutcracker Suite Preview Performance 
Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 PM 
Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet students and one parent will be invited to watch dress rehearsal.