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'African for Everybody!' class FREE this December!

Join us for this high-energy class on traditional West African folk dances! Accompanied by live drummers, African for Everybody! is a fun class that anyone can enjoy: no experience is necessary, no special footwear is required, and all ages are…

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NEW! Nutcracker tees for the whole family!

This year's Nutcracker shirts are too fresh and so affordable! High-quality Gildan tee shirts in hip black come in a wide variety of kids' and adults' unisex sizes. Featuring our breaking Mouse King in a sick freeze and a subtle…

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Nutcracker '18 Volunteering Sign-Ups

This year's Nutcracker performances are coming up, and HPSD is seeking volunteers to help make them a success! 

Read on for all of the ways you can be involved both before and during performance weekend. 


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Hyde Park School of Dance Names New Executive Director

     LaWanda May has been named Executive Director of Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD), effective October 29, 2018. The appointment comes after a seven-month search by the School’s Board of Directors.  Ms. May replaces Terra Schultz, who served as Executive…

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Nutcracker Cast List Announced

Congratulations to all of the dancers who auditioned for The Nutcracker this year!

A cast of about 180 dancers will bring our 2018 production of the beloved holiday classic alive on the stage of Mandel Hall this December - but…

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Welcome to HPSD:

Serving Chicago's South Side Since 1993
Hyde Park School of Dance is a 501(c)3 non-profit providing opportunities for students of all ages to study, perform, and create classical and contemporary dance at the highest levels of discipline and artistry. We welcome dancers of any race, religion, body type, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and family income. We cultivate a love of dance and strength of body, mind, and character that will benefit our students throughout their lives.

Explore our offerings in these dance types:

Come dance with us!

Hyde Park School of Dance accepts new students during three annual registration periods - at the end of summer in preparation for our fall session, near the end of each calendar year in preparation for our winter/spring session, and through late spring and summer for our two shorter summer sessions.

Trial classes are available!

For the dates of our upcoming registration period, please visit