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Although the weather is currently cold in Chicago, we are planning for an amazing SUMMER at HPSD!  We are offering a full line-up of classes, workshops, and intensives for all ages.  Our workshop and intensive packages offer great discounts for enrolling in multiple weeks of programming - the more you dance, the less you pay!  And our short summer sessions make it a great time to try a new or familiar dance style.  See below for the schedule and details for our classes, workshops, and HPSD's Summer Intensive!

Registration will begin March 7, 2018 for classes, workshops, and HPSD's Summer Intensive.  Space is limited, so be sure to enroll promptly!


Dancers aged 7 - 18 are invited to join us on March 16, 2018 for HPSD's Summer Program Placement Auditions to receive your level workshop/intensive level placements and for a chance to be awarded for a summer scholarship award.  Details below!

March 16, 2018

Current and new HPSD dancers aged 7 -18 are invited to get a taste of HPSD's summer programming and receive their workshop/intensive level placements at our upcoming Summer Program Placement Auditions on March 16, 2018.

Most of our summer workshops are broken up into level-specific groups, so participants can benefit from targeted instruction that will help them get the most out of their time in the studio. Dancers interested in participating in our summer programming are strongly encouraged to attend the summer placement auditions on March 16.  All participating dancers will be considered for HPSD's inaugural Summer Study Award, a merit scholarship for summer programming at HPSD.



Things to know:

  • Please attend the audition time corresponding with your level.
  • If you qualify for the upper-level audition in one dance style but your level for another dance style would put you in the lower-level audition, please attend the upper level audition. 
  • All auditions will take place in HPSD's Studio 1, at 5650 S. Woodlawn Avenue
  • Dancers must be checked in with HPSD staff and ready to dance by their scheduled audition start times. Late arrivals will not be considered for the Summer Study Award.


Lower Level Audition:
6:00 pm - 6:20 pm (check-in); 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (audition)

  • Ballet I-II
  • Modern I-II
  • Jazz I
  • all levels of Hip Hop
  • Boys' Dance I-II
  • Dancers new to HPSD with 0-3 years of experience


Upper Level Audition:
7:15 pm - 7:35 pm (check-in); 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm (audition)

  • Ballet III-VI
  • Boys' Ballet III-IV
  • Modern III-IV
  • Jazz II-III
  • Dancers new to HPSD with 4+ years of experience

Unable to attend?  Audition by video!
Dancers unable to attend the Summer Program Placement Audition on March 16who would still like to receive their placement levels and be considered for the Summer Study Award should submit a video audition via email by March 16.  Videos should include the following:

For HPSD dancers in Ballet I & II; Modern I & II ; Jazz I-II; all levels hip hop; Boys Dance or new dancers aged 7+ with 0 - 3 years experience:

  • demi plié in first and second positions
  • tendu devant and a la second
  • sauté in first position
  • Optional:  1 minute of improvisation in any dance style


For HPSD dancers in Ballet III-VI; Boys Ballet III-IV; Modern III and IV; Jazz II-III; or new dancers with 4+ years experience:

  • Grand plié in first

  • Tendu encrois
  • A petite allegro that includes:  glissade, assemblé, sissonne, changement and petit jeté

    piqué turns

  • Dance solo in any style no longer than 1.5 min.

Video auditions should be in MP4 or MOV format and should be emailed to auditions@hydeparkdance.org no later than March 16 along with the following information:

  • Dancer first name:
  • Dancer last name:
  • Dancer email (if applicable):
  • Dancer phone number (if applicable):
  • Dancer birthdate:
  • Parent/guardian(s) first name:
  • Parent/guardian(s) last name:
  • Parent/guardian(s) email:
  • Parent/guardian(s) phone number:
  • Dancer address:
  • Please describe your previous dance training.
  • Please describe your dance goals for the summer.

Dancers auditioning in-person or via video will receive their placement results by May 1 via email.  


Questions? Email admin@hydeparkdance.org!

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TNG Summer Performance Company - June 21-August 17

Beginning Pointe & Pointe Strengthening Workshop - June 25-29

Young Choreographers Workshop - July 9-13

HPSD Summer Intensive - July 16-August 5 (Choose one, two, or three weeks!)

Young Dancers Workshops - August 6-10 and August 13-17 (Choose one or two weeks!)

Little Dancers Workshops - August 6-10 and August 13-17  (Choose one or two weeks, and half- or full-days!)


HPSD's Summer Performance:  August 5, 2018

Dancers in HPSD's TNG Summer Performance Company along with select pieces from our Young Choreographer's Workshop and HPSD Summer Intensive will perform in our culminating Summer Performance on August 5.  Save the date and stay tuned for additional details!


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June 21 - July 21       |      July 26 - August 17

AGES 11 and up
WHEN Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm & Fridays, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Performances: Schedule TBA
DIRECTORS August Tye, Jane Sawyer
PREREQUISITE Participating dancers must have been cast in TJ, TNGT, or TNG for the 2017-2018 and/or 2018-2019 season. 

TNGSC, the Tyego Next Generation Summer Company, returns for a third exciting summer of performances! Summer Company is open to dancers who danced with the company (all levels) for the 2017-2018 season, as well as newcomers accepted for participation in the 2018-2019 season following the May 2018 company audition. Dancers participating in the Summer Company will rehearse repertoire for a variety of public performances at local events, as well as the August 5 HPSD Summer Performance.

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June 25 - June 29 
Limited enrollment! Only 20 spaces available!  

AGES 11 and up
WHEN Monday - Friday, 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
PREREQUISITE Minimum one full year of experience in Ballet IVA*
*Also available to non-HPSD dancers aged 11 - 18 with 4+ years of ballet training. 

For dancers recently approved to begin training to go en pointe, the Beginning Pointe & Strengthening Workshop is the perfect way to get started. Students will be guided through pointe shoe maintenance and foot care, and begin learning the basics of pointe work.

Dancers who have not yet been approved to begin their pointe training but who wish to fast-track their progress are also invited to take advantage of the Beginning Pointe & Strengthening Workshop. By dancing the workshop en flat, students who hope to begin training en pointe can build the necessary ankle strength they’ll need for approval to go en pointe.

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July 9 - July 13 
Limited enrollment! Only 24 spaces available!

AGES 9 and up
WHEN Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm & Friday 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
(early drop-off & late pick-up available!)
PREREQUISITE Minimum one full year of experience in HPSD's Ballet III or Modern II. 
*Also available to non-HPSD dancers aged 11 - 18 with 4+ years of ballet training. 

The Young Choreographers Workshop is a favorite workshop for new and seasoned student choreographers! 

Participating dancers will begin their days with a class in contemporary, jazz, or ballet, before digging into the fundamentals of creating choreography. Our younger choreographers are given instruction on choreographic technique (based on their level of experience) and then allotted time to work on their own pieces.

Students will break midday for lunch, and return for an educational component, learning about the history of dance, studying dance videos, and exploring a variety of dance-related skills like costume design that support the work of dancers and choreographers.

Then it’s back to choreography with another session on the Choreographer’s Toolbox. One more work period gives students a chance to make adjustments to their pieces inspired by the day’s learning before leaving the studio for the day.

On Friday, the afternoon work period will be followed by an hour-long dinner break from 5 to 6 pm, and then a 6:30 - 8:00 pm invitation-only showcase of works created by our young choreographers for family and friends. Selected works will also be showcased in the HPSD Summer Performance on August 5.


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July 16 – 20  |  July 23 – 27  |  July 30– August 3           Choose 1, 2, or 3 weeks!                
Limited enrollment! Only 32 spaces available!       

AGES 11 years - 18 years
WHEN Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
PREREQUISITE Minimum one full year of HPSD's Ballet IVA*
*Also available to non-HPSD dancers aged 11 - 18 with 4+ years of ballet training. 

The Hyde Park School of Dance Summer Intensive returns for its third year! Geared toward serious dancers aged 11-18, the intensive gives dancers a chance to dig into their technique in ballet and modern, with additional components focusing on musical theatre, contemporary, and African dance. In addition to these studies, students will build strength and flexibility in a daily Pilates class and learn classical ballet variations and other repertoire. Students will be placed into two groups each week to ensure maximum individualized attention and level-appropriate class work.

Students participating in all three weeks of the Summer Intensive will be invited to participate in the culminating Summer Performance on August 5.

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YOUNG DANCERS WORKSHOP - Carnival of the Animals     
August 6 - August 10  |  August 13 - August 17  
Choose 1 or 2 weeks for the same price!

Limited enrollment! Only 20 spaces available!                                           


AGES 7 - 11
WHEN Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(early drop-off & late pick-up available!)
PREREQUISITE Minimum one full year of Modern 1, Jazz 1, or Ballet 1

The Young Dancers Workshop features full-day week-long programming for dancers in Ballet, Modern, and/or Jazz 1 and up.  

Participating dancers will start their day with a ballet class, and a second class in the afternoon will expose students to modern dance, jazz dance, and musical theatre, with something new every day. Between classes, an educational component will give students a physical break while introducing them to dance history, the principles of costume design, and more!  

This year’s Young Dancers Workshop also features an introduction to Hyde Park School of Dance's original “Carnival of the Animals” choreography that is part of HPSD's repertoire of story ballets choreographed specifically for young dancers. Participating dancers will learn this choreography over the course of each workshop in daily 90-minute classes.


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August 6 - August 10  |  August 13 - August 17  
Choose 1 or 2 weeks! 
Multi-week discounts available!

Limited enrollment! Only 20 spaces available!

AGES 4 years - 7 years by the time of the workshop
WHEN Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
(early drop-off and late pick-up available!)
PREREQUISITE Open to dancers in Pre-Ballet I, Pre-Ballet II, and
Pre-Ballet III. Participants must have turned 4 by the start of the workshop. 

Our full-day workshops for dancers in all levels of Pre-Ballet returns for a second year!  The Little Dancers Workshop features a daily pre-ballet class and an additional daily class introducing the concepts of modern dance and hip hop and reinforcing the skills learned throughout Creative Movement.

In addition to two daily classes, participating dancers will be guided through a full schedule of age-appropriate dance-related activities. They’ll get creative playing dress up and dancing independently in costumes, enjoy picture books about dance and dancers both real and fictional, play outside, create art indoors, and more! Structured snack time, lunch time, and relaxation time round out the day, and the last day of the workshop will feature a special ice cream picnic celebration!

Students may attend the Little Dancers Workshop for a half-day (9am-1pm or 1pm-5pm) or full day (9am-5pm, with early drop-off and late pick-up available.) 


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Summer registration opens on begin March 7, 2018 for classes, workshops, and HPSD's Summer Intensive.  



We look forward to a great summer of dancing.  See you in the studios!

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