Located in the heart of New York City, the Joffrey Ballet Center serves as a platform for some of the nation’s best young dancers to launch their professional careers. The Center is home to the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, founded by Robert Joffrey in 1981, as a pre-professional performing ensemble for young artists selected from the Joffrey Ballet School's year-round Trainee Program.
In the years since its inception, selected Trainees studied and performed some of the most celebrated classical and contemporary repertoire. This included the works of Gerald Arpino (Birthday Variations, Light Rain), Robert Battle (Battlefield), George Balanchine (Serenade), August Bournonville (La Ventana), Dwight Rohden (New Work), Africa Guzman (The Stolen Path), Bradley Shelver (The 12th Room, Babel, Random People..) Omar Ramon DeJesus (Tip Toe..) Eric Trope (Gazebo Dances) and Lindsay Grymes (Falter Upwards)
The Concert Group has toured domestically and internationally, providing dancers the experience necessary to confidently transition from student to professional.
Newly appointed Artistic Director, Bradley Shelver, will seek to build on the high standard, with the reboot of the ensemble in September 2022, preparing the next generation of artists for the stage.
Concert Group dancers have gone on to perform in premiere companies including Miami City Ballet, Boston Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, the Forsythe Company, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Joffrey Ballet.