Joffrey Ballet School

Covid-19 Information

Updated - August 29, 2022

Academic Year Programming - September 2022 - May 2023

The Joffrey Ballet School studios and residence halls are designed to provide our community with safe in-person instruction as well as clean & healthy boarding. The following information represents an overview of the COVID-19-related safety and sanitation protocols we are following for on-site participation during the 2022 – 2023 academic year. No student is required to participate in any program or environment in which they are not comfortable.

All of our dance studios, restrooms, offices and common areas at Joffrey Ballet School are furnished with a HEPA Air Filtration system that is designed to filter pollution, bacteria and viruses, including COVID-19, out of the air. These advanced systems filter the entire air volume of a room five to seven times an hour.

We are dedicated to promoting safety and have mandated practices at all of our locations that include social distancing in common areas and requirement of masks and PPE (when necessary).

Due to the high risk for spread in group dance activity, Joffrey Ballet School continues to require a minimum of 5-day isolation period for any student who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination or symptom status. Starting on day 5 they can test to return with a negative rapid test as long as they are asymptomatic. The maximum days they will not be allowed on site is 10 days as long as they are symptom free. This policy will be upheld for faculty, staff, and musicians whenever administratively feasible.

Asymptomatic individuals who are close contacts will be not required to isolate. Frequent testing is highly encouraged, especially 5-7 days following exposure.

Our Zero-Tolerance Contagious Illness Policy for onsite participation remains intact for contagious illness that is not COVID-19: All must be fever free for at least 72 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and free of contagious illness symptoms (other than possible lasting loss of taste/smell). After illness or close contact exposure, well-being and test results must be confirmed by 5pm ET on a dancing day to return onsite for the following dancing day. There are no same-day sick clearances.

The safety of our community is always of utmost importance, and we appreciate your support to keep our community safe. Our policies are subject to change as the situation and guidance of best practices evolve. We will continue to follow state and federal requirements, as well as referring to the best practice recommendations of Dance/USA Task Force on Dancer Health, World Health Organization, and more as we develop and maintain our School safety policies.


Gail D'Addario
Frank Lee Merwin
Executive Director
Nancy Cole
Managing Director
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Joffrey Ballet School
434 Ave of the Americas
5th Floor
New York, NY 10011