Each year, The Academy identifies three elite-level freshman male dancers to receive the Rusty and Jeffrey Sanfilippo Young Men's Dance Initiative scholarship. Selected dancers will receive financial aid for up to the entire cost of tuition.

Led by world-renowned choreographer Randy Duncan, The Academy's Dance Department is one of the leading preparatory institutions for top colleges and dance companies in the country.

Please contact Kitsana Salyphone, Director of Enrollment Management for more information and to schedule an audition.


The Academy Dance Department is recognized as one of the leading preparatory institutions for top colleges and dance companies in the country.

Students take a foundational class of ballet every day, delving deep into classical technique — also taking jazz, modern, pointe, pas de deux. Academy dancers will have the opportunity to audition for the Academy’s repertory company, and perform in Chicago and beyond. Students will also grow their understanding of dance history while working with both Academy faculty and accomplished guest artists.


The Academy educational model is co-curricular.

In addition to pre-professional dance training, Academy students participate in a robust academic program. A third of Academy graduates pursue majors and careers outside of the arts, finding that the unique experience they had at The Academy allowed them to succeed in business, science, engineering, law, and more.