Step 1:

Dancers first audition for the Joffrey Ballet School. It is a fun and easy process from the audition options below.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic some of our in person audition options are not available at this time. However, we are offering LIVE auditions via Zoom. For information email Nancy Cole, 

Step 2:

Once you have received your acceptance you can apply for financial aid through FAFSA (US Citizens graduating from high school before Sept 1 of this year) or through FAST (all other students.

your dream is here!
welcome to your future in dance

The Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program provides artists ages 13 – 25, a solid foundation for a career in dance.

  • Conservatory Training
    Certificate Program
    All Ages
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    High School Graduates
  • Dual Credit Program
    High School Students
  • Two Locations
    New York & Texas

What is the

Several of our Joffrey Ballet School success stories share the same plot. These featured dancers began their journeys as our summer intensive students, who were then selected to join us for our year-round Trainee Program.

What exactly IS our year-round Trainee Program, and why is it one of the best ways for a young aspiring dancer to pursue a dance career?

Joffrey Ballet School offers a year-round training ground for pre-professional artists in a multitude of dance disciplines. You have the choice of study at Joffrey Ballet School, either Ballet or Jazz & Contemporary. The goal is to train dancers to work professionally, but most of the top ballet schools around the country do not have this vast range in training. They are focused primarily on a single discipline, and at Joffrey Ballet School we recognize the need for versatility.

Our goal is to create a highly employable dancer. Dancers are here to embrace a future in dance, and we are here to help guide them on a successful career path.

Where is the
Program Location

We offer two options for Location.

Dancers from all over the world can choose either program to reap the benefits of the rigorous schedule as well as inspiration from the culture of their new home.

New York City
New York City
New York

The New York Trainee Programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, and are available to dancers between the ages of 13 and 25. Merit scholarships and financial aid are available to all students.

The Trainee Program is 4 years in length. Our affiliation with New Jersey City University (NJCU) provides the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance. If entering the program as a high school student, dancers are expected to be working toward high school graduation. Dancers that have completed two years of high school can earn college credit toward their BFA from NJCU while working concurrently toward their high school diploma.



The Texas Trainee Program maintains the same focus on excellence as our NYC Trainee Programs, but in a location that allows us to provide the training at a considerably lower cost. The Housing and Tuition cost is $18,000 less per year than our New York Programs. Merit scholarships and financial aid are also available.

The Texas Trainee Program has the same age requirements, accepting the serious dancer between the ages of 13 and 25. As with our New York City Programs, Texas Trainees are expected to either have completed their high school graduation requirements, or to be working toward completion. High school credits can be earned online, and study time is allotted each day for Joffrey Ballet School Housing students.

Tell me about the
Training & Classes

A rigorous schedule awaits you
where we will meet the highest standards in dance education.

You can choose your path in the Joffrey Trainee Program:

Our program is built for dancers ages 13 – 25, studying 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday.

World Class

Here you will train with a world-class faculty who represent a diverse array of professional experiences!

But what about

Attend Joffrey and earn your

Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Conservatory Training
    Certificate Program
    All Ages
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    High School Graduates
  • Dual Credit Program
    High School Students

Earn up to 3 years of college credit while still in high school!

Joffrey has entered into a very exciting partnership with New Jersey City University (NJCU) and we are now able to offer our students the ability to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree through a joint program starting this year at the school.

Dancers can receive the exceptional training that the Joffrey Ballet School is known for and at the same time work towards a college degree. This is an amazing opportunity for any dancer. A college degree opens up so many doors and gives dancers an advantage not only in their dance career, but after that career is done.

What is unique about this program?

It allows our students who are still in high school to start earning credits towards their BFA while they are still in high school. Dancers in high school can earn up to three years of credit towards the program.

To put this into perspective a high school student entering the program in their sophomore year would be able to earn 3 years worth of dance credits by the time they finish high school. They would enter the NJCU/Joffrey BFA program with 3 years of dance credits. They would be able to complete their degree at NJCU with one more year of dance credits and 36 academic credits. Student’s also have the ability to transfer in AP credits to reduce the academic courses required.

High School

The Joffrey Ballet School and The Keystone School have formed a partnership to provide a second-to-none academic offering with our Keystone at JBS Blended Program. Together we have created a flexible academic model structured for students to physically and academically perform at an elite level. The Keystone School is a fully accredited, teacher supported, diploma granting private school of K12 Inc., a leader in the growing field of online and blended learning.

Keystone students at Joffrey are awarded additional high school credit for their dancing and coursework, allowing their academic transcripts to reflect Joffrey’s rigorous training.

  • Matthew Slattery
    Boston Ballet
  • Stephan Azulay
    Nevada Ballet
  • Shaine Wire
    Charlotte Ballet
  • Patrick Ward
    Sarasota Ballet
  • Cristina Weimer
    Ballet West
  • Kathryn Meeusen
    Ballet San Antonio
  • Imani Williams
    Florida Dance Theatre
  • Erika Citrin
    JKing Dance Company
  • Starr Dee
  • Chyrstyn Fentroy
    Boston Ballet
  • Natalia Lemus
    Compañía Nacional de Danza
  • Jiryeong Cho
    Wise Ballet Theater
  • Catherine Rogers
    Madison Ballet
  • Cristina Commisso
    Osnabruck Theater
  • Luna Sayag
    Cleveland Ballet
  • Victor Smith
    Charlottesville Ballet
  • Paige White
    Ballet Met of Houston
  • Ana Lucía Liedo
    Ballet de Jalisco
  • Giulia Morgando
    Bellini Junior Company
  • Austap Klymko
    American Repertory Ballet

Let us set you on the
Path to

fully produced

See highlights below from our trainees in performance. Performance opportunities are offered both in fully produced shows in theaters and also smaller, intimate studio showcases.

2020 Jazz & Contemporary Trainee Program Performance

2019 Ballet Trainee Program Performance

8:30 – 10:00am

Ballet Technique

8:30 – 10:00am

10:15am – 11:15am

Pointe or Men’s Class

10:15am – 11:15am

11:30am – 12:45pm


11:30am – 12:45pm

12:45pm – 1:45pm


12:45pm – 1:45pm

2:00pm – 3:30pm

Ballet Repertory

2:00pm – 3:30pm

3:45pm – 5:15pm

Rehearsal/Performance Studies

3:45pm – 5:15pm

9:00 – 10:30am

Ballet Technique

9:00 – 10:30am

10:30am – 12:00pm

Contemporary Technique

10:30am – 12:00pm

12:00pm – 1:00pm


12:00pm – 1:00pm

1:00pm – 2:00pm


1:00pm – 2:00pm

2:30pm – 4:00pm

Theater Dance

2:30pm – 4:00pm

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Performance Studies

4:30pm – 6:00pm
Days filled with Dance
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At Joffrey, housing is like a second home. We work together to create a welcoming environment where the student dorm life is filled with great activities and friendship building. Your time will be filled with joyful moments and life-long friends. 

Above, you can see our historic New York City Studio and comfortable Texas Trainee Housing

Ready to get started?

Choose a way to contact us below! Schedule a call at a time that works for you or send us a message and we will get back to you.

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Angelica Stiskin
Artistic Director – Jazz & Contemporary NYC
Era Jouravlev
Artistic Director – Ballet NYC
Thelma Flores
Artistic Director – Dallas
NYC & TX Registrar
Hanro Janse van Rensburg
NYC Housing Director
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Speak with our BFA Representative
Tia Feather
High School Academic Liaison

Send us your Questions

Tuition & Pricing

New York


New York City


Per Term

Fall 2020 / Spring 2021

  • US Citizens & Permanent Residents
  • Additional $500/term for International Students
  • Annual Tuition: $20,900 Domestic | $21,900 International
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Per Term

Fall 2020 / Spring 2021

  • All Students
  • Annual Housing Cost: $18,975
  • Additional Housing Information in the FAQ or..
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Additional Costs & Fees

Bachelor of Fine Arts Program


Per academic credit for NJCU General Education Classes. Academic classes generally are 3 credits in total, $1,233. Students take between 1 & 2 academic classes per semester.

Registration Fee


New Students

Application Fee


This fee will go towards the first term's tuition. $50 refundable upon cancellation.

International Visa Fee


For new students, $50 for returning students.

Performance Fee


Per year or $300 per term.

Housing Security Deposit


Housing RA Fee


Registration has never been so easy!

Step 1


Dancers first audition for the Joffrey Ballet School. It is a fun and easy process with your audition options below

Step 2

Apply for Scholarships & Financial Aid

Merit scholarships are awarded by auditions. So put your best foot forward. US Citizens can apply for financial aid through FAFSA

Step 3


Once you have received your acceptance, register.
New York Registration
Texas Registration

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic some of our in person audition options are not available at this time. However, we are offering LIVE auditions via Zoom. For information email Nancy Cole, 

See more about scholarships and financial aid in our FAQ under Tuition and Finances.

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