Please note: as of Saturday, February 11 the 2023 Audition Tour has concluded and live auditions are now closed.  Late submissions for Video Auditions are still being accepted and will be considered on a case-by-case basis with priority given to dancers who submitted by our January 31 deadline.  Please email to submit a request.

Click here to reserve your spot for our in-person or virtual auditions.

Pre-registration for auditions is required for our in-person and virtual auditions, and will close 24 hours before the scheduled audition date.

Results will be sent by email, within approximately 1 - 2 weeks of a dancer’s scheduled audition date. If you have not received your results by this date, we encourage you to check your spam or junk folder before reaching out to

Yes, dancers must re-audition each year for consideration into our Intensives.

Form-fitting apparel and ballet shoes must be worn for ballet class. Body lines must be clearly visible. Hair should be pulled back and out of the dancer’s face.

Auditions will consist of a technique class followed by learning a short repertoire phrase and conclude with dancer improvisation.  Dancers do not have to prepare a solo for the audition.

  • On the day of the audition, dancers are required to bring the following items:
    • 1) Resume (1 page max): Resumes should list the dancer's performance and training experience to date, primary dance instructors, and current place of training.
    • 2) 8x10 Headshot: Headshots need to resemble how the dancer appears in the studio. It does not have to be a professional photo, nor a specific color. A black & white photo is acceptable.
    • 3) Vaccination Card: A vaccination card showing full vaccination against COVID-19, including with any boosters for which you are eligible, must be shown at the time of check-in to attend our live auditions. A photo of your vaccination card is permitted. While a vaccination card is not required to attend our virtual auditions, please note that dancers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in our 2023 Summer Intensive Programs.
    • 4) Signed Waiver: Dancers must print, sign, and bring page 3 of our waiver to the audition. All dancers under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian signature included on the waiver. Click here to download the waiver.

Acceptance into our program does not guarantee a place in the program. Registration is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs fill quickly and capacities are limited, so we encourage parents and students to register as soon as possible. Once the program is at capacity, students will be placed on a waitlist and contacted if a spot becomes available in the order their waitlist request was received.

The deadline for Video Auditions was 11:59pm CST on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. Late submissions for Video Auditions are still being accepted and will be considered on a case-by-case basis with priority given to dancers who submitted by our January 31 deadline.  Please email to submit a request. For more information regarding our video submission process, please click here.

New this year, we are offering a social media challenge for our EXPLORE and TEEN Intensives that will fast-track the dancer through the audition process. The deadline to submit is December 31, 2022. Click here to read more!


Dancers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any boosters for which they are eligible to receive. Proof of vaccination is required at our live auditions, and all participants will be required to submit a copy of their vax cards prior to arrival. For answers to questions such as, "When am I fully vaccinated?", visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

We are unable to waive our vaccination requirement for any reason to ensure that we have as many safety protocols in place as possible, as our rigorous programs demand working in close proximity to fellow students and faculty for extended periods of time.

Masks may be required depending on the building regulations at the time of our 2023 Intensives. Updates will be provided closer to the program start dates.

  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we ask that you take a PCR test. Symptoms of COVID-19 include, but are not limited to the following: 
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough 
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat 
    • Congestion of runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting 
    • Diarrhea
  • Anyone who tests positive, are asked to do the following: 
    • Email to inform us of your positive test result. 
    • Isolate yourself at home for 5 days.
    • If you have been fever-free for 24 hours and have no symptoms, or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house. If you still have a fever or your symptoms are not resolving, you are required to remain in isolation until your fever resolves. 
    • Before returning to the studios, a dancer must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test. An at-home test will not suffice. Proof of test results will need to be sent to

If a dancer comes in contact with someone who tested positive, you are not required to quarantine. We request you wear a mask in public and closely monitor symptoms. If you develop symptoms,  please take a PCR test immediately and isolate yourself until you receive your results.


Hubbard Street offers a TEEN Intensive catered towards pre-professional dancers, ages 13 - 17, as well as CREATE and EXPLORE Programs for early career dancers, ages 18 - 25. A dancer must meet our minimum age requirements by June 1, 2023, meaning a dancer must be at least 18 years of age by June 1, 2023 to attend our 18-25-year-old programs, and a dancer must be 13 years old by June 1, 2023 to attend our 13-17-year-old program.

Dancers attending our Summer Intensives will have the opportunity to train with Artistic Director Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Senior Rehearsal Director and Director of Summer Intensives Jonathan E. Alsberry, Rehearsal Director Craig Black, Jr., in addition to many current HSDC Dancers and highly-accredited faculty members. Faculty for our 2023 Programs will be announced soon! For a look at who taught at our programs last year, click here.

Select classes are held at HSDC's Pritzker Foundation Studio at Water Tower Place (835 N Michigan). In addition, Hubbard Street will partner with Columbia College (916 S Wabash) and Roosevelt University (218 S Wabash) to offer supplementary space in downtown Chicago to accommodate all 2023 programming needs.  Schedules will indicate where classes are held, and Chaperones will accompany students attending our TEEN Intensive to and from the studios each day.

Form-fitting apparel and ballet shoes must be worn for ballet classes. Body lines must be clearly visible. Hair should be pulled back and out of the dancer’s face.

Hubbard Street does not perform works on pointe; therefore, pointe work is not a part of our Summer curriculum and pointe shoes should not be worn in classes.

HSDC does not offer placement classes. Dancers will be placed into groups at random, as deemed appropriate by our Director of Summer Intensives. Decisions are not discussed with students or parents, nor may dancers request a group change once assigned. Dancers will be notified of their groups a week prior to the program start date.

Full participation in our Summer Programs is required. Absences due to personal circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be pre-approved by our Summer Intensive staff.

  • Quantity of classes varies by program.  
    • On average, our TEEN Intensive participants will participate in three classes each day, including a mix of technique classes, somatics, and additional training in Horton, Jazz, Improvisation, Floorwork, Tap, African, Hip Hop, and Ballroom, coupled with learning repertory excerpts from HSDC’s 45th season.
    • Our CREATE Intensive is focused on exploring, researching, and collaborating with four choreographers to be announced in early 2023! Dancers will engage in a single technique class and some days, an additional somatics course is offered.
    • Our EXPLORE program includes a variety of technique classes and chosen electives. Unique to our EXPLORE program, we offer dancers the opportunity to select a technique track, which gives the dancers the freedom to mold their Summer Intensive experience.  Week 1 is purely focused on training with a full day of classes. Weeks 2 + 3 offer two morning classes and afternoon electives accompanied by learning excerpts from HSDC’s 45th season from current HSDC artists.  Week 4 narrows the focus even further towards HSDC repertory with only one or two classes offered. 

Class sizes will range between 25 - 30 dancers.

When registering Hubbard Street’s Summer Intensive programs, parents/guardians should understand that it is a commitment for the entire length of the program and they are liable for the full tuition amount indicated on HSDC materials. Hubbard Street maintains a policy of offering no refunds, credits, or transfers. Tuition is non-refundable even in the event of the dancer’s withdrawal or dismissal from the program before it has begun and HSDC does not offer any tuition refunds for missed classes due to injury or illness that takes place while actively participating in the Intensive.

In the event of a cancellation beyond the control of Hubbard Street, we cannot guarantee housing fees will be refunded due to our third-party contract regarding those enrolled in housing. Registered students and families would receive a refund for any tuition costs associated with your registration.

A limited amount of financial aid is available to dancers attending our Summer Intensives. Scholarships and financial aid are for tuition only and do not cover housing or any other fees. Aid will be awarded to families in the greatest need. Hubbard Street does not offer merit scholarships. Dancers are eligible to apply for aid once they have been accepted into our Summer Intensives.


HSDC offers housing accommodations for dancers in downtown Chicago. Housing is offered at an additional cost. More information is provided to students accepted into our Programs. Please note that for dancers attending our TEEN Programs, housing includes onsite Chaperone supervision.

Dancers are responsible for their own transportation from the airport to the dorms and will not be greeted by HSDC staff at the airports. Chaperones will be available to supervise dancers attending our TEEN Intensive once they arrive at the dorms on the official check-in day.

Check-in and check-out vary for each program. The exact times of check-in and check-out will be emailed to dancers after registration.

Dancers may request roommates at the time of registration. Hubbard Street will try their best to accommodate room requests, but they are not guaranteed. Both dancers must request each other as roommates in order for a request to be accepted.

Meals plans are offered at an additional cost for our TEEN Intensive only. Meal plans will not be provided as a part of our CREATE or EXPLORE Intensives.

Further Questions?

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