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The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s Valerie Robin and Sam Franke in The Nutcracker

The Joffrey Ballet

The Joffrey Ballet has been hailed as “America’s Company of Firsts”: the first dance company to perform at the White House at Jacqueline Kennedy’s invitation; the first to appear on television; the first American company to visit Russia; the first classical dance company to go multi-media; the first to commission a rock ‘n’ roll ballet; the first, and only, dance company to appear on the cover of Time magazine, and the first company to have had a major motion picture based on it, Robert Altman’s The Company.   For more than a half-century, The Joffrey Ballet’s commitment to taking world-class, artistically vibrant work to a broad and varied audience has created a solid foundation that continues to support the company’s unprecedented capacity for achieving important “firsts.” Today, the Joffrey, which has been hugely successful in its former residences in New York and Los Angeles, lives permanently in its brilliant new facility, Joffrey Tower, in the heart of America, Chicago, Illinois. The company’s commitment to accessibility is met through the most extensive touring schedule of any dance company in history, an innovative and highly effective education program including the much lauded Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, and collaborations with myriad other visual and performing arts organizations. Classically trained to the highest standards, The Joffrey Ballet expresses a unique, inclusive perspective on dance, proudly reflecting the diversity of America with its company and audiences and repertoire, which includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces and contemporary works.

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  • The Joffrey Ballet of Chicago’s Valerie Robin and Sam Franke in The Nutcracker
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