During her time training at Hyde Park School of Dance, Amber supplemented her dance education at HPSD by participating in summer intensives at a variety of renowned institutions, including Deeply Rooted, Joffrey Ballet Chicago, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. She was also a member of the pom pon dance team at her high school, Kenwood Academy – the beginning of her storied association with the citywide championship team.
As a high school graduate in 2012, Amber became the head coach and choreographer for Kenwood, devoting herself to the training of the dance team she had loved when she was a student. Formal dance training was scarce among the girls she was coaching, but after three years of training with Amber, the team’s technique began to shine. Kenwood Academy was the first runner up in Chicago Public School’s IHSA Dance Competition in the Hip Hop Choreography category for the 2014/2015 academic year. In 2015/2016, under Amber’s leadership and performing her choreography, the team went on to win first place in that same competition, qualifying the Chicago champions for State competition.
Beginning in the fall of 2016, Amber joined the professional faculty at Hyde Park School of Dance, teaching ballet and hip hop classes through our outreach program at parks and schools across the city, and, later, instructing classes here in our own studios.
Some of you may also recognize Amber from the office, where she works part-time, in addition to teaching, coaching, and dancing professionally, as an invaluable member of the school’s small administrative staff.
Hyde Park School of Dance is honored to offer our students the benefit of training with our own home-grown high-achieving dance professionals, and proud to count Ms. Amber Echols among them!