The Joffrey Ballet

Robert Joffrey and Gerald Arpino’s uniquely American vision of dance first took form in 1956 with an ensemble of six strong, individual dancers who toured the country on a series of one-night stands with a répertoire of original ballets by their artistic director Robert Joffrey. From the beginning, The Joffrey Ballet brought a new American approach to ballet, setting itself apart from other small touring companies of the time, which were, for the most part, performing reduced versions of the classics.