Young Dancer Faculty
Ballet Trainee Faculty
Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Faculty
Adult Class Faculty
The Joffrey Ballet School, located in new york city’s Greenwich Village, was founded in 1953 by Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino to develop and train professional dancers. The School continues to strive for the founders’ vision of dance based on intensive training that is imbued with a sense of movement, clarity, and exuberant energy.
For more than 57 years, the Joffrey Ballet School has remained on the forefront of American dance education. Graduates of the School have gone on to dance for major classical ballet companies, as well as for numerous modern and contemporary companies, both in the United States and abroad. Joffrey was the first to sanction rock music in a ballet company, beginning with his trailblazing Astarte in 1967 and then with Billboards set to prince’s music. The Joffrey Ballet continued its rock ballets by Gerald Arpino, the company’s resident choreographer, as well as Twyla Tharp. Peter Pucci and Margo Sappington, both principal choreographers for the ballet, have taught and choreographed for the Joffrey Ballet School in the past three years.
Joffrey’s talent as a teacher was apparent early in his career; soon after moving to New York City from Seattle, he began teaching at American Ballet Theater School and the High School for the Performing Arts. In 1956, Joffrey and Arpino founded their first company, which would share a home with the Joffrey Ballet School at 434 Avenue of the Americas, in the same landmark building where the School continues its mission today.
In the 1960’s, talented students as well as world-renowned professionals from both the ballet, modern and postmodern dance worlds flocked to the School to study with Joffrey and other faculty members, including Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, Carmen De Lavallade, and Yvonne Rainer. In the citation of the prestigious capezio Award, conferred on robert Joffrey in 1974, he is commended as “an ardent spokesman for and a stern but loving guide to youth, be they gifted children, teenage students with dreams, or dedicated young professionals, whom he has served as dancer, teacher, director. The School is a testimony to his merit.”
For over 57 years, Joffrey Ballet School students have graduated and gone on to dance with world-class bal let companies, including the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and other companies throughout North America and Europe. Students and graduates have won countless grants and scholarships, including the pre-eminent Princess Grace Foundation Award. Dancers and choreographers from all over the world regard the Joffrey Ballet School as one of the premiere institutions of dance instruction.
Until recently, the daily operations of the school were overseen by Edith D’Addario, Director of the School since 1962.
The Joffrey Ballet School transforms passionate dance students into versatile, individualistic artists able to collaborate and evolve fluidly in a fast-changing society.
Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino founded the Joffrey Ballet School in 1953. The school continues to strive for its founders’ vision by deconstructing dance to allow dancers the ability to perfect their technique and form so it flows naturally and passionately from within. We cultivate the individual artist within you.
The School is located in picturesque Greenwich Village at 434 Avenue of Americas (6th Avenue) between West 9th and West 10th streets. Our building is an historic landmark within the Village. The school occupies 15,000 square feet on the third, fourth and fifth floors, with seven air-conditioned studios, equipped with Sprung Marley dance floors.
The Dance Studios
The studios are beautiful spaces, filled with natural light, offering views of the Village and the historic Jefferson Market building across the street. Each studio is equipped with a piano and stereo. The fifth floor is newly acquired and completely remodeled with two studios are 2,000 square feet each, which can be opened to one large space occupying 4,000 square feet.
Ladies’ Dressing Room & Restroom
Our ladies’ dressing room and restroom is located on the 3rd floor. It is fully equipped with bathroom facilities, showers, dressing areas, and student lockers.
Men’s Dressing Room & Restroom
Our men’s dressing room and restroom is located on the 4th floor. It is fully equipped with bathroom facilities, showers, dressing areas, and student lockers.
The Joffrey Ballet School provides apartment-style accommodation to its students. The apartments are located on the corner of Grove Street and 7th Avenue, approximately two blocks from the Joffrey Ballet School in Greenwich Village. Each apartment houses four to six students in single and double rooms and is equipped with a full bath and kitchen. A live-in Head Resident and Resident Advisors supervise the residents. Students are required to stay in our housing unless it is full. Exceptions may be granted upon request.
The apartments are located in the Western portion of Greenwich Village. The West Village is usually defined as bounded by the hudson river and Sixth Avenue extending from 14th Street down to Houston Street. Bordering neighborhoods include chelsea to the north, the South Village, the newly invented area called Hudson Square to the South, and Greenwich Village to the east. The neighborhood is primarily residential, with a multitude of small restaurants, shops and services. Everything from supermarkets to pharmacies to 24 hour convenience stores, are located within walking distance of the apartments. Additional housing information can be found in the housing handbook.
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We welcome all to come and visit the school.
Children are welcome to take a class for Free!
Adults are welcome to audit any classes for Free!
Potential Young Dancers & Trainee's are welcome to come in and take a few classes for Free!
We are a world premiere dance institution thats sole purpose is to bring the highest quality of dance education to all that seek to learn and grow.
Please call us to schedule a visit to the school and/or schedule a free class or audition.