In-School Residencies

World-class dance educators.
Innovative research-based programming.
Your students.

 Hubbard Street Dance Chicago offers residencies and workshops for students to explore contemporary dance and choreography, develop their creativity and problem-solving skills, deepen their analytic and abstract thinking, create connections to other areas of study, and learn about themselves and from one another. All while having an incredible time.

SPRINGBOARD arts integration residencies energize student learning through dance, developing creativity, abstract thinking, interpretation and problem solving.

WHY DANCE? Kinesthetic learning - dance education – provides a rich foundation for engaging students. In alignment with Social Emotional Learning (SEL) standards, Common Core State Standards, and Illinois Core Arts standards, Hubbard Street curricula promotes a growth mindset with the student at the center.

WHY HUBBARD STREET? With more than 15 years of experience, Hubbard Street utilizes research-based best practices in delivering integrated, sequential curricula. Our professional teaching artists undergo a rigorous two year training program, developing highest-quality instruction with focus on students’ strengths.



Creating Context - Building inference skills through dance, students will view, develop and interpret literature and choreography to support inference proficiency

Exploring Character Traits - Using dance vocabulary, students grow their ability to analyze character traits. Embodying character traits encourages students’ understanding of looking for evidence and communicating intent.


Harvesting Hope - Inspired by “Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez” by Kathleen Krull, this residency addresses the importance of community, the struggles of immigration, and how to embody teamwork and leadership.

Harlem Renaissance - Inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, explore how art, culture, and dance mirror society. This residency builds on concepts of how art reflects life, and how artists depict their experiences. Students will brainstorm contemporary issues and how they will share them through art.


Force and Motion - Examine simple machine principles and cause-and-effect through improvisation and choreography. Students will gain deeper insight into the relationship between force and work, input and output.

Changing World - Investigate how wind, water, gravitational, and biological forces cause weathering and erosion to our environment. Using movement and choreography as a lens, students will brainstorm and explore the different outcomes from these forces of change.

Conceptual Learning - Give your students new insights into familiar concepts like pattern, sequence and compare/contrast through dance and movement exploration.


Dare to Fail - Success involves risk, and failure is a part of learning. Through dance concepts and choreographic devices, students grow in SEL by exploring the concepts of effort, struggle, perseverance, and risk-taking.

Creative Choreography - Adapting repertoire from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, students use their experiences to build a new dance that is meaningful to them.


SPRINGBOARD residencies include 5 sessions with each participating classroom, a pre-program planning meeting and a final Sharing.

PRICING starts at $1500 (for 2 classrooms.) Contact us for more details!

When bodies move, minds soar

With great thanks to our funding partners, MAP is offered free, through a competitive grant process, to our partner schools Movement as Partnership schools are selected by application annually. The 2018-19 application portal will open in March 2018. 

 The Movement As Partnership (MAP) Program is our signature education initiative. Our free, in-school dance residency program transforms classrooms into living laboratories of movement and learning. This unique long-term partnership model is designed to strengthen and advance dance education in the public-school setting while also supporting teacher professional development and student learning across subjects.

 Students explore their surroundings, express and embody knowledge, and enhance their learning in compelling and powerful ways. Teachers have the unique opportunity to collaborate with a dance educator for professional development and curriculum design. As a school community, these classrooms become vital spaces of expression and growth.

Since 1997, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has partnered with hundreds of public elementary schools throughout Chicago and the surrounding region. We continually examine our processes to find and refine ways to more effectively reach teachers and students. As an organization, Hubbard Street engages in in-depth and ongoing reflection from independent researchers to assess and improve our programmatic offerings. Our research-supported initiatives bring a powerful community program to elementary schools. Inclusive, adaptive curriculum planning ensures every student is celebrated and able to participate.

Collaborative, creative, research-based—and fun—our residency programs bring dance into classrooms. Rooted in experience and research, these innovative offerings take student learning to new heights. Our Creative School Fund partners often choose to adapt a SpringBoard curriculum model for their school.

The Creative Schools Fund is a grant making partnership between Ingenuity and CPS’ Department of Arts Education to support the expansion of arts education in schools. Additional information and application information for The Creative Schools Fund can be found here.

Adaptive Dance

Our Adaptive Dance Program focuses on participants’ strengths — on their talents and potential, as they learn to see themselves as we see them: dancers and choreographers. Hubbard Street’s experienced teaching artists work in both dedicated and combined classrooms to share dance with students of all abilities.

Early Childhood

Joyful, imaginative, brave and creative! Little movers aged 2-5 thrive while exploring the world around them through dance. Contact us about programs for your preschool classroom.

Middle/High School

Make a deep dive into cross-curricular connections and learn from top dance professionals with our master classes and project-based learning programs. Available for elective periods, integrated sessions or after-school enrichment.


Hubbard Street Dance Chicago offers after-school programs in creative movement, jazz dance, hip hop, and contemporary dance. We serve grades preK-6, with groups of up to 15 students.

Professional Development

Our industry-leading experts in dance education can help your teachers devise creative, active ways to make learning connections. Hubbard Street curricula are aligned with Learning Forward, Illinois Core Arts Standards, Common Core State Standards, Social-Emotional Learning Standards and more. Choose from one-hour workshops to multiple-day immersions in arts integration. CPDUs are available