José Carayol

Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program

Karin Ellis-Wentz

Head of Pre-Professional Programs

Keesha Beckford

Youth Division Liaison, Ballet, Jazz

Raúl Casasola

Academy Principal Teacher

Tricia Strong

Children's Division Liaison, Ballet

Katlin Bourgeois


Ludmila Lupu


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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.