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Chicago Innovation Award Winner

Joffrey Ballet

Winner in: 2014
Winner Category: Spirit of Innovation Award

Now celebrating its 20th season in Chicago, The Joffrey Ballet has been hailed as “America’s Company of Firsts.” The Joffrey Ballet’s long list of firsts includes being the first dance company to perform at the White House, the first to appear on television, 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, the first company to have had a major motion picture based on it – Robert Altman’s The Company, and the first U.S. ballet company to livestream video of a rehearsal on YouTube. The Joffrey Ballet’s innovative repertoire includes major story ballets, reconstructions of masterpieces, and cutting-edge contemporary works. Founded by visionary teacher Robert Joffrey in 1956, the company continues to thrive under internationally renowned Artistic Director Ashley Wheater.

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