Academy Leadership

In 2016, The Joffrey Ballet announced a major leadership reorganization for the Joffrey Academy of Dance featuring a new team comprised of respected dance industry veteran Raymond Rodriguez as Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program, and Joffrey Ballet's Karin Ellis-Wentz as Head of Pre-Professional Programs. Both of these director-level positions report to Karine Provost, Academy Director. Joffrey Ballet's Artisic Director Ashley Wheater serves as Artistic Director of both the Academy and the Company- assuming creative leadership across the organization.

Academy Leadership Announcement 

Ashley Wheater

Artistic Director of The Joffrey Ballet

Karine Provost

Academy Director

Raymond Rodriguez

Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program

Karin Ellis-Wentz

Head of Pre-Professional Programs

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