Children's Ballet

Ages 2 – 7 in our Manhattan studios

We make dance fun while learning. Classes rooted in the foundation of ballet begin at age 2 and build to age 7. The curriculum was created to encourage age appropriate creativity, musicality, and physicality. Your child will dance and have fun with an emphasis on the foundations of ballet. Dancers will be guided through creative movement, basic ballet steps and more!

For students who are new to dance, we offer the opportunity to complete a trial class before registering!

Fall Semester

Sept 3, 2024 – Jan 18, 2025

Spring Semester

Jan 20, 2025 - May 17, 2025

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Available Classes

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Dance with Me

Ages 2+
This class has been specially designed for 2 year olds who are not yet comfortable being in a class alone. Each child is joined in the class by a parent or caregiver who will be the child’s “dancing partner”. We use proven movement exercises, games, stories and other activities. These dancers are introduced to the joy of creative movement in a fun, family friendly musical setting.
Schedule
Dance with Me, Ages 2+
SemesterLevelClassDay(s)Class TimeTeacherStudio/Zoom Info
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Dance with MeWednesday10:00am - 11:00amLauren JaegerJBS - Studio 5JBSDance with Me - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Dance with MeWednesday11:00am - 12:00pmLauren JaegerJBS - Studio 5JBSDance with Me - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Dance with MeThursday10:00am - 11:00amKelly HayesJBS - Studio 5JBSDance with Me - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Dance with MeThursday2:45pm - 3:45pmLauren JaegerJBS - Studio 7JBSDance with Me - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Dance with MeSaturday10:15am - 11:15amLauren JaegerJBS - Studio 5JBSDance with Me - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Baby BallerinasMonday3:00pm - 4:00pmKelly HayesJBS - Studio 2JBSBaby Ballerinas - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Baby BallerinasTuesday3:15pm - 4:15pmCarolina RiveraJBS - Studio 5JBSBaby Ballerinas - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Baby BallerinasWednesday3:00pm - 4:00pmJulia ArmourJBS - Studio 2JBSBaby Ballerinas - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Baby BallerinasThursday3:15pm - 4:15pmJulia ArmourJBS - Studio 5JBSBaby Ballerinas - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Baby BallerinasSaturday9:00am - 10:00amLauren JaegerJBS - Studio 5JBSBaby Ballerinas - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Demi SoloistsMonday3:00pm - 4:00pmPaula AlvarezJBS - Studio 5JBSDemi Soloists - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Demi SoloistsTuesday4:30pm - 5:30pmKelly HayesJBS - Studio 1JBSDemi Soloists - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Demi SoloistsWednesday3:00pm - 4:00pmTBAJBS - Studio 5JBSDemi Soloists - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Demi SoloistsThursday4:30pm - 5:30pmJulia ArmourJBS - Studio 5JBSDemi Soloists - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Demi SoloistsSaturday11:30am - 12:30pmPaula AlvarezJBS - Studio 5JBSDemi Soloists - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 1Monday4:15pm - 5:15pmKelly HayesJBS - Studio 2JBSPre-Ballet 1 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 1Tuesday3:15pm - 4:15pmKelly HayesJBS - Studio 1JBSPre-Ballet 1 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 1Wednesday4:15pm - 5:15pmTBAJBS - Studio 5JBSPre-Ballet 1 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 1Thursday3:15pm - 4:15pmPaula AlvarezJBS - Studio 1JBSPre-Ballet 1 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 1Saturday9:15am - 10:15amJazmine DinkinsJBS - Studio 1JBSPre-Ballet 1 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 2Monday4:15pm - 5:15pmPaula AlvarezJBS - Studio 5JBSPre-Ballet 2 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 2Tuesday4:30pm - 5:30pmCarolina RiveraJBS - Studio 5JBSPre-Ballet 2 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 2Wednesday4:15pm - 5:15pmJulia ArmourJBS - Studio 2JBSPre-Ballet 2 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 2Thursday4:30pm - 5:30pmPaula AlvarezJBS - Studio 1JBSPre-Ballet 2 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 2Saturday10:30am - 11:30amJazmine DinkinsJBS - Studio 1JBSPre-Ballet 2 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Foundations of BalletMonday4:30pm - 5:30pmJo MatosJBS - Studio 1JBSFoundations of Ballet - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Foundations of BalletWednesday 4:30pm - 5:30pmJo MatosJBS - Studio 1JBSFoundations of Ballet - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Foundations of BalletSaturday11:45am - 12:45pmJazmine DinkinsJBS - Studio 1JBSFoundations of Ballet - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Dance with MeSaturday10:15am - 11:15amJulia ArmourLIC - Studio BJDCDance with Me - JDC
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Baby BallerinasSaturday9:15am - 10:15amJulia ArmourLIC - Studio BJDCBaby Ballerinas - JDC
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Demi SoloistsSaturday9:15am - 10:15amJulia ArmourLIC - Studio BJDCDemi Soloists - JDC
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 1Saturday11:15am - 12:15pmJulia ArmourLIC - Studio BJDCPre-Ballet 1 - JDC
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 2Saturday11:15am - 12:15pmJulia ArmourLIC - Studio BJDCPre-Ballet 2 - JDC
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Foundations of BalletSaturday12:15pm - 1:15pmJulia ArmourLIC - Studio BJDCFoundations of Ballet - JDC
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Artistic Director & Faculty

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Artistic Director

Jo Matos

Jo Matos is the Artistic Director for the Joffrey Ballet School’s Children’s and Youth Ballet Programs and Summer Intensives in New York and Miami. She joined the Joffrey Ballet School, as a Director in 2008. Jo devised a curriculum and acts as liaison for a partnership between the Joffrey Ballet ... Read More

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Julia Armour
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Kelly Hayes
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Lauren Jaeger
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Jo Matos
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Carolina Rivera
Carolina Rivera
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Artistic Director & Faculty

Learn more about our incredible faculty
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Artistic Director

Jo Matos

Jo Matos is the Artistic Director for the Joffrey Ballet School’s Children’s and Youth Ballet Programs and Summer Intensives in New York and Miami. She joined the Joffrey Ballet School, as a Director in 2008. Jo devised a curriculum and acts as liaison for a partnership between the Joffrey Ballet ... Read More

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Paula Alvarez
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Julia Armour
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Jazmine Dinkins
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Kelly Hayes
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Lauren Jaeger
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Jo Matos
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Carolina Rivera
Carolina Rivera
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Performances

The Nutcracker & Peter Pan
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The Nutcracker

Students from the Joffrey Ballet School’s Children's & Youth Ballet program will present the full two act holiday tradition, “The Nutcracker” at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.

As a work for students, it is an ideal challenge and gives many opportunities to dancers from the "babies" to the young adults as a collaboration with the Ballet Trainee Program. Set to what is regarded as Tchaikovsky's best ballet score, the story tells the courage and love of a small girl, Clara, in breaking the wicked spell held over the Nutcracker Prince.

Enroll today to join our performance, as an addition to your Children's or Youth Fall 2024 Registration.

Performance Dates:
Friday, December 13, 2024 - Sunday, December 15, 2024

Location:
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

Peter Pan

The Wizard of Oz

The Joffrey Ballet School Children’s & Youth Ballet Programs proudly present the innovative retelling of the classic The Wizard of Oz.

This live performance will be presented on May 18, 2025 at Laguardia Performing Arts Center.

Enroll today to join our performance, as an addition to your Children’s or Youth Spring 2025 Registration. Study the curriculum developed for the classroom that will become the choreography of our show. Return to the stage with our fully-produced, premiere performance of The Wizard of Oz!

Performance Date:
Sunday, May 18, 2025

Location:
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
31-10 Thomson Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

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Tuition & Fees

Children's Ballet Program

$695

Per Semester


  • Per Semester (16 weeks), Per Class, One Class Per Week.

  • Payment Plans Available

  • Registration is open and ongoing through the year.

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Additional Costs & Fees
Non-Refundable Registration Fee

$50
 

Refund Policy


It is the policy of the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School that all tuition and other fees paid shall not be refunded at any time, regardless of the time of cancellation by the student or student's parents/guardians or whether the relevant program has commenced. In the event that the relevant program has been cancelled by the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School, the School will make best efforts to move the student into a substantially similar program or if the program is not rescheduled then the student will receive a credit to be used towards Joffrey programming within one calendar year from the end date of the originally scheduled program.

Student Cancellation or Withdrawal after Registration: In the event the student withdraws after registration for any reason, including injury (see injury withdrawal policy below), it is the policy of the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School that all tuition and other fees paid shall not be refunded at any time, regardless of the time of cancellation by the student or student's parents/guardians or whether the relevant program has commenced. New students are encouraged to schedule a trial class before registering.

Rescheduled programming: In the event that the relevant program is re-scheduled or switched to remote instruction due to circumstances outside of the School’s control, and a student chooses not to attend, a credit will be issued to be used towards Joffrey Ballet School programing. This credit will have no expiry date and be transferable to another student.

Cancellation: In the event that the program is cancelled by the Center for American Dance / Joffrey Ballet School, the School will make best efforts to move the student into a substantially similar program. Such similar programming will be age appropriate to the student and within the same genre of dance as the original program. If no such similar programming is available, or has already filled to capacity, the student will be issued a refund. If the student chooses not to attend the similar program, a credit will be issued to be used towards Joffrey Ballet School programing. This credit will have no expiry date and be transferable to another student.

Injury: In the event of an injury after the program commences that causes a student to withdraw for the remainder of the program term, the student may request a pro-rated credit towards future Joffrey Ballet School programming. In order to receive the pro-rated credit the student must provide a signed and dated note from their doctor on their doctor’s stationary indicating the nature of the injury and the date which the student can return to dancing which must fall on a date after the program term ends.

No Transfer or Cancellation:
I acknowledge that this agreement is non-transferable except under the very limited circumstances described in the Refund Policy.

Non-Payment:
In the event that there is an outstanding non-payment balance Joffrey Ballet School may retain to an attorney or collection agency to enforce payment under this agreement.

Tardiness:
Dancers arriving more than 15 minutes late may not be admitted to class.


Return Policy

A fee of $15.00 will be charged for any credit card/debit card charge not honored by the bank for any reason when processing any credit card/debit card charge. Please call us no less than thirty (30) days in advance of any change to your credit card/debit card account to prevent this $15.00 fee from being charged


Terms & Conditions

Program Description & Registration

Students register for the academic year with a minimum financial commitment for the Fall Semester. This is not a drop in class/program. Students enrolling for the Fall semester will have their enrollment automatically renewed for the Spring semester on December 1st unless they “Opt Out”. Those who wish to opt out in Spring, will need to email joffreyregistrar@joffreyballetschool.com with the subject line “JBS Children’s/Youth Ballet Program Spring Opt Out” and include their dancer’s name and classes they are enrolled in by December 1st.

OPTION 1: Full Payment Terms
Full Pay & Credit Card/Debit Card Charge Authorization:

Joffrey Ballet School offers customers the opportunity to purchase the right to participate in full semester and annual payment options. Joffrey Ballet School accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and AMEX credit card/debit card payments to permit customers to pay for these in full.

I acknowledge and agree to pay for the right to take classes at Joffrey Ballet School and in consideration of such right granted by Joffrey Ballet School, for the above total for the contract of sessions designated above by amount. I hereby authorize Joffrey Ballet School to charge the credit card/debit card noted below in order to pay this full payment.

OPTION 2: Installment Payment Terms
Auto-Pay & Credit Card/Debit Card Charge Authorization:

Joffrey Ballet School offers customers the opportunity to purchase the right to participate in an installment payment option. Joffrey Ballet School accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and AMEX credit card/debit card payments to permit customers to pay for these classes in installments. 

I acknowledge and agree to pay for the right to take classes at Joffrey Ballet School and in consideration of such rights granted by Joffrey Ballet School, do promise to pay Joffrey Ballet School for the above total for the contract classes designated above by amount. I hereby authorize Joffrey Ballet School to charge the credit card/debit card noted below each 30 days in order to pay these installments.

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Trial Class, Questions & Comments

Joffrey Ballet School is located at 434 Avenue of the Americas, 3rd Floor, New York City, New York 10011.

Joffrey Ballet School understands that young children may require the opportunity to try out any new activity. Our Trial Class program gives the child and their family an opportunity to take a class to determine if the program is a good fit before registering for a semester commitment.

A trial class is not required to enroll in the Children's Program. If a dancer completes a trial class, the $20 fee will be credited to the dancer's account if they choose to register. This fee is non-refundable.

 

Full Schedule

SemesterLevelClassDay(s)Class TimeTeacherStudio/Zoom Info
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Dance with MeWednesday10:00am - 11:00amLauren JaegerJBS - Studio 5JBSDance with Me - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Dance with MeWednesday11:00am - 12:00pmLauren JaegerJBS - Studio 5JBSDance with Me - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Dance with MeThursday10:00am - 11:00amKelly HayesJBS - Studio 5JBSDance with Me - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Dance with MeThursday2:45pm - 3:45pmLauren JaegerJBS - Studio 7JBSDance with Me - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Dance with MeSaturday10:15am - 11:15amLauren JaegerJBS - Studio 5JBSDance with Me - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Baby BallerinasMonday3:00pm - 4:00pmKelly HayesJBS - Studio 2JBSBaby Ballerinas - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Baby BallerinasTuesday3:15pm - 4:15pmCarolina RiveraJBS - Studio 5JBSBaby Ballerinas - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Baby BallerinasWednesday3:00pm - 4:00pmJulia ArmourJBS - Studio 2JBSBaby Ballerinas - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Baby BallerinasThursday3:15pm - 4:15pmJulia ArmourJBS - Studio 5JBSBaby Ballerinas - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Baby BallerinasSaturday9:00am - 10:00amLauren JaegerJBS - Studio 5JBSBaby Ballerinas - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Demi SoloistsMonday3:00pm - 4:00pmPaula AlvarezJBS - Studio 5JBSDemi Soloists - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Demi SoloistsTuesday4:30pm - 5:30pmKelly HayesJBS - Studio 1JBSDemi Soloists - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Demi SoloistsWednesday3:00pm - 4:00pmTBAJBS - Studio 5JBSDemi Soloists - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Demi SoloistsThursday4:30pm - 5:30pmJulia ArmourJBS - Studio 5JBSDemi Soloists - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Demi SoloistsSaturday11:30am - 12:30pmPaula AlvarezJBS - Studio 5JBSDemi Soloists - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 1Monday4:15pm - 5:15pmKelly HayesJBS - Studio 2JBSPre-Ballet 1 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 1Tuesday3:15pm - 4:15pmKelly HayesJBS - Studio 1JBSPre-Ballet 1 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 1Wednesday4:15pm - 5:15pmTBAJBS - Studio 5JBSPre-Ballet 1 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 1Thursday3:15pm - 4:15pmPaula AlvarezJBS - Studio 1JBSPre-Ballet 1 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 1Saturday9:15am - 10:15amJazmine DinkinsJBS - Studio 1JBSPre-Ballet 1 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 2Monday4:15pm - 5:15pmPaula AlvarezJBS - Studio 5JBSPre-Ballet 2 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 2Tuesday4:30pm - 5:30pmCarolina RiveraJBS - Studio 5JBSPre-Ballet 2 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 2Wednesday4:15pm - 5:15pmJulia ArmourJBS - Studio 2JBSPre-Ballet 2 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 2Thursday4:30pm - 5:30pmPaula AlvarezJBS - Studio 1JBSPre-Ballet 2 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 2Saturday10:30am - 11:30amJazmine DinkinsJBS - Studio 1JBSPre-Ballet 2 - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Foundations of BalletMonday4:30pm - 5:30pmJo MatosJBS - Studio 1JBSFoundations of Ballet - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Foundations of BalletWednesday 4:30pm - 5:30pmJo MatosJBS - Studio 1JBSFoundations of Ballet - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Foundations of BalletSaturday11:45am - 12:45pmJazmine DinkinsJBS - Studio 1JBSFoundations of Ballet - JBS
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Dance with MeSaturday10:15am - 11:15amJulia ArmourLIC - Studio BJDCDance with Me - JDC
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Baby BallerinasSaturday9:15am - 10:15amJulia ArmourLIC - Studio BJDCBaby Ballerinas - JDC
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Demi SoloistsSaturday9:15am - 10:15amJulia ArmourLIC - Studio BJDCDemi Soloists - JDC
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 1Saturday11:15am - 12:15pmJulia ArmourLIC - Studio BJDCPre-Ballet 1 - JDC
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Pre-Ballet 2Saturday11:15am - 12:15pmJulia ArmourLIC - Studio BJDCPre-Ballet 2 - JDC
Children's Ballet - In-PersonFA24Foundations of BalletSaturday12:15pm - 1:15pmJulia ArmourLIC - Studio BJDCFoundations of Ballet - JDC

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