The Trainee Program of the Joffrey Ballet School is a four-year post-secondary program that is both highly competitive and extremely intensive. It trains young dancers in the classical ballet technique and artistry required for an active career in a professional company. Further, the Trainee Program frequently provides disciplined dancers with the opportunity to perform in professional arenas while continuing their training. The Trainee Program demands a deep commitment on the part of the students and is recommended only to those students who are dedicated to working diligently and exclusively towards a career in dance.

Think of the Joffrey Ballet School as an intimate conservatory where you will be exposed to all facets of the dance world - from choreography and music to staging and costuming. The atmosphere is professional. You’ll see firsthand how it all comes together, at the school, through guest teachers and visiting artists with respected dance companies. As one trainee puts it, “Joffrey makes dance class seem like a real job, with the staff more like employers than teachers. You have a lot of people to impress.”

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