Audition Tour


The 2017 International Audition Tour has ended. Video submissions are still being accepted on a rolling basis. Find out more under the 'Video/DVD' tab on our Audition Tour page.


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General Audition Information

National and International Audition Tour

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. During the Audition Tour, students also may be considered for our year-round Trainee Program or Studio Company


Students who are unable to attend an audition in person can submit a video audition. Find out more under the 'Video/DVD' tab.


What to bring: 

  • A headshot (4"x6") with ballet hairstyle is required in addition to the audition form. 
  • For students ages 12 and up: First Arabesque Photo (4"x6", Ladies - on pointe)
  • Audition Form
  • $35 registration fee paid in cash or check (if not already pre-registered and paid online)
  • Note: materials will not be returned


Required attire for girls:

  • pink tights
  • black leotard
  • ballet slippers
  • Girls who are already working on pointe must bring their pointe shoes in addition to ballet slippers

Required attire for boys:

  • white t-shirt
  • full-length black tights
  • black ballet slippers


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Academy Programs

General Audition Information

Acceptance into our Pre-Professional Division, Conservatory Program, Trainee Program, and Studio Company is by audition only.


Year Round Program Audition - Thursday June 29, 2017

Conservatory and Pre-Professional Programs (Ages 10-18)


Joffrey Tower

Check in begins at 4:15pm

Audition Form

$15 Audition Fee (Cash or Check please)


Required attire for girls:

  • pink tights
  • black leotard
  • ballet slippers
  • Girls age 12 and older who are already working on pointe must bring their pointe shoes in addition to ballet slippers

Required attire for boys:

  • white t-shirt
  • full-length black tights
  • black ballet slippers

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

Nutcracker Children's Cast Auditions

Joffrey Ballet is pleased to present a brillantly reimagined Nutcracker by Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, premiering in the 2016-2017 season.

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Auditions for this year's Nutcracker season have ended. Thank you to all who participated! Auditions for the 2017-2018 season will be held in September, 2017.


All auditions take place at Joffrey Tower (10 East Randolph). Please read all information below for details on what to bring, attire, expectations and more.


What to Bring:

Completed Audition Form

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

4x6 Headshot (Ladies with hair in a bun)


What to Wear:

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

Men – 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!


What to Expect:

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 arrive 20 to 60 minutes prior to the audition to register. Please do not arrive more than 1 hour prior to the audition.
  • 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.
  • Parents will drop their students off in the lobby, and students will be escorted up the elevator by Joffrey staff and volunteers.
  • The age and height parameters are strict and students who do not fall within the parameters will not be admitted into the audition. 


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.


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, 2016. All rehearsals are coordinated by Joffrey Ballet Masters and Joffrey Academy Staff, and will be held generally on Sundays and weekday evenings. Production Week (December 4-10) may require day time rehearsals during the week. 
  • Performances take place December 10 to December 30 (No performance on December 25) at the Auditorium Theater.


Audition Location

Joffrey Tower

10 East Randolph Street

Chicago, IL 60601



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