The Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program provides artists ages 13 – 25, a solid foundation for a career in dance. The program is divided between High School students and those who have graduated.
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.
New York City
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. If entering the program as a high school students, dancers are expected to be working toward high school graduation. For dancers who have completed their high school education our affiliation with New Jersey City University (NJCU) provides the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance.More about the NYC Program
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.More about the Texas Program
Training & Classes
A rigorous schedule awaits you
where we will meet the highest standards in dance education.
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Conservatory Training ProgramHIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Post-Secondary Certificate ProgramHigh School Graduates
Bachelor of Fine Arts DegreeHigh School Graduates
Joffrey has entered into a very exciting partnership and we are now able to offer our students the ability to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from New Jersey City University (NJCU) through a joint program.
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?
The Joffrey BFA with NJCU is a program that allows you to spend your time in the studio. Your studies are focused on training. You are able to participate in classes such as pas de deux, variations and contemporary ballet, in our Ballet Division, and musical theater, hip hop and street jazz, in our Jazz & Contemporary Division, all four years of your training. In many programs these course offerings, which are important for your professional development, are only offered for limited semesters.
Dancer Lifeat Joffrey
"Day in the Life" of a Ballet Trainee
Ballet Technique8:30 – 10:00am
Pointe or Men's Class10:15 – 11:00am
Lunch11:30am – 12:45pm
Anatomy12:45 – 1:45pm
Ballet Repertory2:00 – 3:30pm
Rehearsal/Performance Studies3:45pm – 5:15pm
"Day in the Life" of a Jazz & Contemporary Trainee
Ballet Technique9:00 – 10:30am
Contemporary Technique10:30am – 12:00pm
Lunch12:00 – 1:00pm
Anatomy1:00 – 2:00pm
Theater Dance2:30 – 4:00pm
Performance Studies4:30 – 6:00pm
Days filled with Dance
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Residence Lifeat Joffrey
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.
Below, you can see our historic New York City Studio and comfortable Texas Trainee Housing
Tuition & Pricing
New York City
Additional Costs & Fees
Per credit cost. Average 6 credits per term *Pricing is an estimate and subject to change
Additional Costs & Fees
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