Ballet Trainee Division


SEMESTER DATES — 2013 to 2014 Academic Year

AGES 13 -25



The Joffrey Ballet School transforms passionate dance students into versatile, individualistic artists able to collaborate and evolve fluidly in a fast-changing society.



The Trainee Program of the Joffrey Ballet School is a four-year post-secondary program that is both highly competitive and extremely intensive. It trains young dancers in the classical ballet technique and artistry required for an active career in a professional company.  Further, the Trainee Program frequently provides disciplined dancers with the opportunity to perform in professional arenas while continuing their training.  The Trainee Program demands a deep commitment on the part of the students and is recommended only to those students who are dedicated to working diligently and exclusively towards a career in dance.

Think of the Joffrey Ballet School as an intimate conservatory where you will be exposed to all facets of the dance world - from choreography and music to staging and costuming. The atmosphere is professional. You’ll see firsthand how it all comes together, at the school, through guest teachers and visiting artists with respected dance companies. As one trainee puts it, “Joffrey makes dance class seem like a real job, with the staff more like employers than teachers. You have a lot of people to impress.”

Are you ready to train hard, dance hard but do what you love for 6 – 8 hours per day Monday through Friday?  Want to work with a phenomenal faculty on a daily basis with exceptional guest instructors who complement your training? The Joffrey Ballet School’s faculty are well-known professionals, and the guest instructors are world-renowned professionals who are currently on tour and taking time out of their busy schedules to come and help train you.

The ballet program is designed to develop pre-professional students with a classical ballet and contemporary background, balancing consistency and versatility in both classical and contemporary ballet and dance.  Students will be given performing opportunities through Student Choreography Workshops, The Fall Performance, and a Spring Performance. Students may also be involved in lecture demonstrations in and around our community. Trainees will be cast in performances at the discretion of the Artistic Director. The students of the Joffrey Ballet School have been coached in and performed the works of founders Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino, as well as George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, and the Petipa repertoire, among others. Students take at least three technique classes daily which may include ballet, contemporary, pointe, partnering, variations, modern, improvisation, composition, jazz, character, body conditioning, yoga, Pilates, or stretching

The Joffrey Ballet School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance and meets the U.S.A. Department of Education standards for a school of vocational training.



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