STEPS: The Outreach Division of HPSD
In-School & After-School Programming
In-school and after-school programs provide basic instruction in a variety of dance styles to students with little or no formal dance training, in facilities outside of HPSD dance studios. Priority is given to serving Chicago public elementary schools and community organizations. The target age group for these classes is 4-13. In-school and after-school programs are available at a modest cost. The programs provide student-focused study of a specific dance style (ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop) as well as training in the language and history of dance, improvisation, and basic choreography.
Programs are tailored to the specific needs of the sponsoring organization.
Current and past sponsors of HPSD’s after-school and in-school programs include Bret Harte School, Ray School, Woodlawn Charter School, Better Boys Foundation, Oakdale Christian Academy, and Easter Seals Child Developmental Center. Dancers in the after-school programs are occasionally invited to perform alongside HPSD students, allowing for a personal connection with the school and mentoring by older dancers.