ADULT CLASSES at Hyde Park School of Dance: How does it work?
All of the classes in our adult program are open to drop-in participation, allowing adult students to join our program at any time. There's no need to register, schedule attendance for specific classes, or let us know if you can't make it to your usual class. All you have to do is show up to the classes you wish to attend!
These classes are mixed-level, and are appropriate for intermediate dancers, adults who danced as children but have taken years off, and brand new novices alike!
When can I start?
How do I pay?
When you pay as you go, you’ll fill out the information on one of the payment envelopes located in each of our studio lobbies, slip your payment inside, and hand the envelope to the instructor as you enter for class.
If you are attending classes on a regular basis, you may prefer to pay using one of our Eight Class Cards. Class cards can be purchased through your instructor or in the HPSD office. Each card is non-refundable and never expires. Bring your class card to the studio and you won’t have to fill out a payment envelope, write a check, or worry about exact cash – your instructor will simply mark your attendance on the card, and you’ll be good to go. You can use your class card to attend any of our adult classes at any time.
What does it cost?
Single class, UChicago student.................................................................$10/class
8 Class Card, general public.......................................................................$110/card
8 Class Card, parents of HPSD students..................................................$100/card
8 Class Card, current students of any post-secondary institution.......$100/card
8 Class Card, current students of the University of Chicago.................$80/card
Dancers must present valid IDs for student discounts.
Single class payments or purchases of class cards made in the studio must be done with exact cash or checks. Instructors do not have change or credit card capabilities in the studios.
The office can also sell you a class card, or can provide change prior to classes during open office hours. The HPSD office accepts cash, check, money orders, and credit and debit cards.
What do I wear?
Wear whatever you’re comfortable in!
We generally recommend clothing that is neither too restrictive nor too baggy. You don’t want clothes to be too tight to move freely in, but you want your instructor to be able to see the alignment of your body to facilitate corrections.
Modern dance will require that you dance with bare feet.
For ballet, you may dance in socks or bare feet (at each instructor’s discretion), but if you intend to attend on a regular basis, you will benefit from the purchase of some ballet shoes.
If you don’t own any workout clothes you think will fit the bill and are interested in purchasing some dancewear, please utilize our youth program’s dress code requirements as a guide for finding the pieces that are best for the type of class you are interested in taking.
I have quite a bit of dance experience. Do you have any advanced adult options?
For most of our adult dancers, the adult drop-in classes are the best fit. This includes intermediate dancers, folks who used to dance a bit but have been out of the studio for years, and brand new beginners. Some of you, however, may find these classes aren’t quite as challenging as you’d like. Don’t worry, we have something for you, too!
These options are for adult dancers who have considerable experience – those who danced throughout high school and/or college, those who are active in university-level ballet companies, or even those who are relatively new to dance, but have mastered the basics and are interested in attending several classes each week.
If this sounds like you, please continue to our page for advanced adult students!