Joffrey Academy of Dance: Official School of The Joffrey Ballet

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, is committed to providing students of all ages, levels and backgrounds who have a desire to dance with a world-class education built on a foundation of classical ballet. With the talents cultivated at the Joffrey Academy, students can pursue careers as professional dancers at companies throughout the world, higher education opportunities in dance, or success in other fields. Through the Joffrey Academy’s programs, students develop a diverse set of skills including artistry, creativity, discipline and confidence, among others. The Joffrey Academy’s high-quality, educational programming forms future audiences and support for the Joffrey and builds the organization’s reputation worldwide.

As the official school and only training program of The Joffrey Ballet, we believe that the Academy should be a reflection of the Joffrey Company – America’s preeminent ballet company. Following Robert Joffrey’s vision for training, the Academy is rooted in classical ballet. Taking from the English, Russian and French techniques, amongst others, the Academy’s curriculum gives students a well-rounded and comprehensive dance education, fully preparing them for today’s dance world. The Academy’s training syllabi have been carefully crafted and reviewed by Ashley Wheater and the Academy Artistic Team. The training offered at the Academy generates technically strong, artistically creative and well-versed students who will excel in their future careers.


Academy Hours

Monday: 8:30am- 9:15pm
Tuesday: 8:30am- 9:15pm
Wednesday: 8:30am- 9:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am- 9:30pm
Friday: 8:30am- 8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am- 5:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am- 4:00pm


Adult Open Division Fall Semester Schedule 


Download the 2017-2018 Joffrey Academy of Dance Parent and Student Handbook.

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“Most young dancers know what it takes to earn a place in a professional company-good physical proportions, coordination, technical facility, and musicality. But many of them do not realize how important it is to be fully trained when they get there. The best dancers remain inquisitive about their art throughout their careers and are always willing to explore new areas of growth and discovery.” - Robert Joffrey

Thank you to our 2017-2018 Joffrey Academy of Dance sponsor, Athletico!



What's New

Audition Tour Cities and Dates Announced

The International Audition Tour will kick off in January 2018. Four new cities added!

Fall Registration is Open!

Join us this Fall Semester in the Children's or Youth Division. Visit our Registration page for schedules and registration instructions.

Joffrey Academy Announces New Joffrey Conservatory Program

The Joffrey Ballet is pleased to announce the launch of a new Joffrey Conservatory Program within the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Offical School of The Joffrey Ballet, beginning September 2017. Click here to learn more.

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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.