New York City
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. 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.
To earn their certificate, trainee students successfully graduate from high school, prior to the completion of their studies at the Joffrey Ballet School.
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
Earn Credits Towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts
Earn up to 3 years of college credit while still in high school!
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 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.
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
Residence Lifeat Joffrey
New York City, New York
East 3rd Residence Hall
81 East 3rd St. New York, NY 10002
Available for students 13 and older.
At Joffrey Ballet School we welcome our students to a safe, exciting and diverse student life where we celebrate our community. Traveling away from home is a big decision, but in doing so you have chosen to increase your opportunities to learn, grow and make life changing connections and memories.
The Residence Hall is located in a prime Manhattan location that is within short travel distance from Joffrey Ballet School, Little Italy, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park and much more. Students will have access to a bundle of amenities as well as indoor and outdoor common areas. Our live-in Housing staff are available to students and parents 24 hours a day and assist by providing support and guidance at the dorm and studio.
All of our students also enjoy access to our exclusive student life programs and events. The events include site tours, world class workshops, cruises, trips to Museums, Broadway Shows and Dance productions.
Although it is not required, we highly recommend that students stay at the residence hall.
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Tuition & Pricing
New York City
Additional Costs & Fees
Per academic credit for NJCU General Education Classes. Academic classes generally are 3 credits in total, $1,275. Students take between 1 & 2 academic classes per semester.
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Tuition & Finances
All Students (NYC Only)