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.

 

 

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

Tamara Buday

Lily Chapa

Holly Garrard

Beth Marcus

Anita Mark

Dana Russo

Susan Santoro 


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.

 

LEOTARD SWAP

Gently used, laundered leotards can be donated to Reception for use by other Academy families.

 

STUDY HALL

A new study area has been reserved on the 3rd floor for homework sessions.

 

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 unless otherwise noted. Dates and Times are subject to change. 


"Injury Prevention and Healthy Habits Workshop"
Monday, October 17, 5:00-6:00pm
Join Athletico, official provider of physical therapy for the Academy, and Carrie Jaworski, Academy parent and Sports and Dance Medicine physician, in a discussion about mindful movement, injury prevention, and healthy habits.


Download these Injury Prevention and Strengthening and Conditioning info sheets from Athletico. Also check out the list of Injury Prevention Tips and Common Dance Injuries!


"Summer Intensive 101"
Tuesday, November 29, 6:00-7:00pm

The Academy Team will be leading parents through the ins and outs of summer intensives and the audition season. Learn what a summer intensive is, how to choose a program, and everything in between.


Check out these helpful tips on auditioning successfully and navigating the registration process:

16 Auditioning Basics and Pointers

Summer Intensive Tips from a Peer Parent

Ballet School Auditions at Joffrey Tower

 

"Winning Work in Progress"
Wednesday, February 15, 6:00-7:00pm
Get an exclusive look at a Winning Works rehearsal with a winning choreographer and the Academy Trainees and Joffrey Studio Company.

 

"Careers in Dance"

TBA Spring 2017

Led by former dancers and professionals, this panel discussion will focus on opportunities outside of the studio for students who wish to pursue future careers in the dance world.


Other Parents' Association Events

Parents' Association Meet & Greet
Wednesday, September 14, 6:00 PM 
From 6:00-7:00 PM, mix and mingle with Academy staff, Parents' Association Ambassadors, and other Academy families before attending the Mandatory Parent Orientation Meeting.


Leotard Exchange 

Students who no longer need or have outgrown their leotards from last year are welcome to drop off gently used, laundered leotards to Joffrey Academy Reception during the first week of classes from September 6-13. The donated leotards will be available to families during the Meet & Greet on September 14. All students should purchase their class level’s required attire prior to the start of the semester, as this selection will be limited.


Master Class and Pizza Party

TBA Fall 2016


Charity Drive

The Joffrey Academy will host a charity drive during the Fall Semester leading into the holiday season. More information to come!

 

Dance with Me - Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet

TBA February 2017 

Students will be invited to bring a special guest to class to dance side by side. 

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.