Hailed as America's Company of Firsts, the world-renowned Joffrey Ballet has been blazing an artistic trail through media stereotypes since 1956 to redefine the global view of ballet. Through its maiden voyages as the first dance company to perform at the White House and on television, appear on the cover of Time, and commission a rock 'n' roll ballet, the Joffrey's artistically dynamic works have inspired a broad audience and a major motion picture. Its troupe of classically trained, world-class dancers oozes grace as they execute a diverse repertoire of classical masterpieces and cutting-edge performances. The company's annual Nutcracker performances have garnered global acclaim, and it attracts a wide audience in Chicago and around the world during national and international tours.
The Joffrey Ballet also bolsters the Windy City's arts education and dance training through the Joffrey Academy of Dance and community-engagement programs. The Chicago Philharmonic serves as the Joffrey’s official orchestra, bringing its diverse and innovative musical talent to the company's performances.
Fire for expression, earth for physicality, air for focus, and water for freedom: when Mike Gosney and Joseph Caruana founded Elements Contemporary Ballet in 2005, they drew on these four themes as inspiration for their original modern choreography. This artistic alchemy became the basis for Elements’ annual season at the Athenaeum Theatre, whose century-old confines provide an elegant contrast to the newfangled footwork on display. In its pursuit of uniquely graceful expression, the company has partnered with choreographers from such respected companies as the Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and BJM Danse.