About

Joffrey Ballet School

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. Joffrey Ballet School cultivates the individual artist within you.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Joffrey Ballet School is to transform 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.

In more than fifty years of existence, 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.

The Joffrey Ballet School is the only ballet school in New York City that offers a well-rounded dance curriculum that includes serious training in both classical ballet (technique, pointe, variations, adagio, men’s classes) and contemporary ballet (technique, improvisation, partnering), as well as modern, character, choreography, dance history, music, pilates and yoga. Special workshops are taught by guest faculty to augment the curriculum. All dance classes have live piano accompaniment, and live cello and percussion accompaniment is used in some contemporary and modern classes.

The Joffrey Technique

The Joffrey Ballet School fuses multiple styles of balletic training to create a curriculum that is uniquely Joffrey. We have incorporated fundamentals and best practices from these styles to create the American style of dance training that is Joffrey. We have gone many steps further incorporating modern understanding of human anatomy and physiology to minimize dance related injuries while maximizing strength, endurance and flexibility.
The Joffrey dancer is also trained in multiple other forms of dance including Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Character, and so much more.

The Dance Training at the Joffrey Ballet School has been designed into levels appropriate to the age, maturity and dance expertise of each student. Students will elevate to higher levels at the conclusion of each year, in a systematic and progressive manner.

We produce well-rounded, versatile artists that will thrive in today’s dance environment.

Leadership

Gail D'Addario
President
Frank Lee Merwin
Executive Director
Nancy Cole
Managing Director
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The Joffrey Ballet School

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Joffrey Ballet School
434 Ave of the Americas
5th Floor
New York, NY 10011
888.438.3808