The Joffrey Ballet announced today that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been named the honorary chairman of the Joffrey Ballet board of directors. Mayor Emanuel, a former dancer, has a history with the Joffrey beginning at age 17 when he was offered a scholarship to study with the troupe. He opted to pursue dance at Sarah Lawrence College. The board also elected Jason Tyler, a senior vice president at Ariel Investments, LLC, as the dance company’s working chairman. Past board chairmen of the Joffrey Ballet included current White House chief of staff Bill Daley.