Good news for our Joffrey Ballet-obsessed readers: You now have a chance to work alongside the Chicago company—on a full scholarship. The Joffrey Studio Company will launch with the 2014-15 season. Like most second companies, it willserve as a bridge between student and professional life. The 10 members, all of whom will receive full scholarships, will study alongside trainees and have opportunities toperform with the main company.
For many students today, the last step before going pro is a traineeship—a one or two–year program where dancers can polish up their technique and gain professional performing experience. While more and more companies are launching trainee programs, the opportunities they offer (and tuition they require) vary dramatically. Some trainees get to take company class and dance with the corps in larger ballets. Others get private coaching from the ballet masters. In certain programs, trainees participate in some of the company's most innovative projects.