Happy New Year!
As many of you know, HYDE PARK SCHOOL OF DANCE was founded in 1993 as Hyde Park School of Ballet.
As we bid farewell to 2017, we at HPSD also welcomed in the new year that brings our 25th anniversary!
One of the things we're doing to mark our anniversary is a brand new original story ballet, Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story, which will debut at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts here in Hyde Park, Chicago, this June.
In this fresh take on the classic tale of Cinderella, the story gets a modern twist without losing any of the fairytale's magic.
Students participating in workshops and the 2017 Hyde Park School of Dance Intensive this past summer worked with the school's artistic team to develop the storyline, and had portions of the brand new original choreography set on them.
Amira tells the familiar contemporary story of a young refugee to the US who finds herself living with her family in Chicago. Set in the neighborhood of Hyde Park, Amira sees our young protagonist adjusting to life in her new city, exploring its unique neighborhoods, making new friends, and learning as she does that even in a place that seems so different from the homeland of her childhood, so much of the human condition is universally shared.
In addition to giving a classical ballet a modern and local spin, Amira seeks to highlight the innovation of our own young people.
Longtime HPSD student and high school senior Olivia Issa has been hard at work engineering tutus woven through with LED lights that react to music. We debuted a prototype of Issa's invention at our Let's Dance! gala this past April, and it's safe to say that the magic that the Cinderella magic that you know and love will be well represented in Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story!
We look forward to sharing more updates on the production's progress with you throughout the first half of our 25th anniversary year!
If you'd like to make a financial contribution toward the realization of HPSD's premiere of Amira: A Chicago Cinderella Story, doing so is quick and secure at hydeparkdance.org/cinderella.
To make a more general donation that supports Hyde Park School of Dance in its continued mission to make dance accessible to all Chicago's kids, please visit hydeparkdance.org/donate to join our supporters!