Joffrey Ballet

Good news for our Joffrey Ballet-obsessed readers: You now have a chance to work alongside the Chicago companyon a full scholarship. The Joffrey Studio Company will launch with the 2014-15 season. Like most second companies, it will serve 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 to perform with the main company.

Story ballets are back. On Monday, when the Joffrey Ballet announced a $500,000 challenge grant from Chicago’s Rudolf Nureyev Dance Foundation to develop new full-length narrative works, it felt like a tipping point. A company best known in recent decades for its abstract contemporary repertoire, the Joffrey’s new grant steers it toward a different model, and signals that storytelling has returned to the creative mainstream.

Pointe invited James Fayette to write about the current lockout situation at the Joffrey Ballet from the perspective of the American Guild of Musical Artists, the union that represents dancers’ employment. As a former New York City Ballet principal and with almost six years' experience negotiating and enforcing contracts as a dance executive at AGMA, he has a unique perspective on the dance world.