Audition Tour

Thank you for joining us during the 2019 Audition Tour!

Video Auditions are still being accepted on a rolling basis- click on the 'Video/DVD' tab to find out more.


Audition Attire

- Black camisole leotard, pink or flesh-tone* tights, pink or flesh-tone* ballet slippers, pink or flesh-tone* pointe shoes (if applicable) *tights and shoe colors should match

- White fitted shirt, black or gray tights, black or white ballet slippers

- Hair in bun or ballet hairstyle


International Audition Tour Information

Admission into the Joffrey Academy Summer Intensives is by audition only. Summer Intensive auditions are open to all students ages 7 to 21+. Students should audition according to their age on the date of the audition, not the age they will be during the time of the summer program. Students interested in our year-round Conservatory ProgramTrainee Program or Studio Company should also audition during the International Audition Tour.


Learn more about our Summer Intensive Programs at 

All Summer Intensive programs take place in Chicago, IL.

Click here for Summer Intensive FAQs.


Photo credit: Cheryl Mann 

Academy Programs

General Audition Information

Acceptance into our Pre-Professional Division, Conservatory Program, Trainee Program, and Studio Company is by audition only. We encourage all students interested in joining Academy Programs to attend an audition during the International Audition Tour.


If you are not able to attend an in-person audition, the Joffrey Academy accepts video auditions. Application requirements can be found on the Audition Tour page under the Video Audition tab. In-class auditions during the Academic year are available at the discretion of the Artistic Team. If you have additional audition questions, please contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org.


Students interested in our Children's and Youth Division programs may register for age-based programs or take a placement class. To schedule a placement class, please contact reception [at] joffrey [dot] org


Photo credit: Cheryl Mann

Nutcracker Children's Cast Auditions

The Joffrey Ballet is pleased to present a brillantly reimagined Nutcracker by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. Click here for more information.


2018 Nutcracker Children's Cast Auditions

All auditions take place at Joffrey Tower (10 East Randolph Street). Please read all information below for details on what to bring, attire, expectations and more. Dancers do not need to rsvp or pre-register to audition. 


Thursday, September 6, 2018

5:30-7:00 PM

Registration begins 30 minutes prior to audition.

Ladies ages 8-11, maximum height 4' 5" (no minimum height)


Sunday, September 9, 2018

11:00-11:45 AM

Registration begins 1 hour prior to audition.

Gentlemen ages 10-17, maximum height 5' 8" (no minimum height)


12:00-1:00 PM

Registration begins 1 hour prior to audition.

Ladies ages 11-18, between 5' 0" and 5' 6"


1:30-4:30 PM

Registration begins 1 hour prior to audition.

Ladies ages 9-18, between 4' 5" and 5' 0"



Joffrey Tower

10 East Randolph Street

Chicago, IL 60601


Completed Audition Form

Copy of Proof of Age (ID, Passport, Birth Certificate, etc…)

4x6 Headshot (Ladies with hair in a bun)



Ladies – Leotard (black recommended), pink tights and ballet shoes. All hair must be prepared in a bun prior to the audition.

Gentlemen – T-shirt (black or white), tights, jazz pants or shorts, ballet shoes.

Students should arrive to Joffrey Tower dressed in their dancewear with hair in a bun for ladies, and a small bag for their shoes, warm ups and water. Please be mindful of our limited space and send your student with only what is necessary for the audition. We encourage students not to bring valuables to the audition. Thank you!



The Children’s Cast is an important part of The Nutcracker each year. All Children’s Cast members are expected to commit to attending all scheduled rehearsals and performances. We also expect our Children’s Cast members to act respectfully and professionally when they share studio and the stage with our professional dancers.


Before the Audition:

  • Please do not arrive before the time that registration opens (30 minutes prior to the audition on Thursday, 1 hour prior to each audition on Sunday).
  • Students must be the minimum age required on the day of the audition. Students younger/older than the required age will not be admitted.
  • Height and age requirements will be verified by Joffrey Staff at the door prior to admission to the audition. The age and height parameters are strict and students who do not fall within the parameters will not be admitted into the audition.
  • Parents will drop their students off in the lobby, and students will be escorted up the elevator by Joffrey staff and volunteers.


During the Audition:

  • Students should have ballet training. During the audition, students will be asked to learn and perform Children’s Cast Role steps in groups. 
  • Dancers will be selected based on technical, artistic and performance ability.
  • Some students may be released from the audition early and others may be asked to stay for additional auditions. Being released from an audition or being asked to stay does not indicate casting decisions.


After the Audition:

  • Casting is at the sole discretion of the Artistic Faculty and all casting decisions are final.
  • Cast members must be available for rehearsals in September, October, November, and December, 2018. All rehearsals are coordinated by Joffrey Ballet Masters and Joffrey Academy Staff, and will be held generally on Sundays and weekday evenings. Production Week may require day time rehearsals during the week. 
  • Performances take place December 1 to December 30 (No performance on December 25) at the Auditorium Theater.


Photo by Cheryl Mann. 


Academy Logo

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.