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The Joffrey Workshop has been educating dancers since 1978 and it is our mission to provide a welcoming space for all. 

We focus on concert dance techniques - Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and ModernOur knowledge of these techniques is our strength, and we feel confident in delivering them in detail to students.

Our dress codes ensure students of color and gender nonconforming students feel welcome, and to reflect what is being done in professional dance companies. 

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We meet students where they are. Clarity and consent, combined with an encouraging atmosphere means students can be their most authentic selves in the classroom.

We honor Mr. Joffrey's legacy by sharing the positive traditions of concert dance and we are careful to not continue sharing the negative parts. 

Our professional credits include: The Joffrey Ballet, Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular” at Disney’s California Adventure, Ballet San Antonio, Odyssey Dance Theatre, Solevita Dance Company, Pasadena Dance Theatre, Barak Ballet, and others.

Our teaching credits include: Broadway Dance Center - Children & Teens Program, Colburn School, North Carolina School of the Arts, Edge Performing Arts Center, Regional Dance America, The New Orleans Ballet Association, The New Jersey Ballet, Eglevsky Ballet, The Ballet Alliance and others. 


Workshops begin with Foundational Techniques - Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz -  with additional classes after.

We recommend that students who participate take 3 or more technique classes per week at their studio. No audition needed to attend.


Summer Intensive


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You may see a class on your schedule titled "Arpino Repertoire." What does this mean?

Gerald Arpino was the Joffrey Ballet's co-founder, Artistic Director, and Resident Choreographer. We have partnered with The Gerald Arpino Foundation to teach portions of the ballets he created for the Joffrey Ballet in a variations-style class. This one of a kind collaboration allows students to access choreography usually danced by professional artists. 


Our dress code should be similar to the requirements at your studio. If you do not have an element use a similar alternative. No costumes will need to be purchased.

Ballet, Pointe, Variations, and similar classes:

Option 1: Plain black leotard. Convertible pink/skin tone tights. Pink/skin tone ballet shoes. Pink/skin tone pointe shoes if applicable.

Option 2: White, grey, or black slim fitting shirt. Black or grey convertible tights or leggings. White socks and white ballet shoes, or black socks and black ballet shoes.

Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theater, and similar classes:

All Dancers: White, grey, or black shirt. Black leggings, or black slim fitting athletic pants, or convertible black tights. Black or skin tone jazz shoes.

Logos, prints, and large graphics are discouraged and should be kept to a minimum.




In 1923, Gerald Arpino, the visionary choreographer and co-founder of the Joffrey Ballet, was born in Staten Island, NY.  To honor this 100th anniversary, The Joffrey Workshop is planning a celebratory workshop in conjunction with a larger celebration produced by The Gerald Arpino Foundation. Join us in Chicago this September 23 & 24, for an unforgettable series of classes and performances!