Under the direction of Alexandra Wells, Artistic Director of Springboard Danse Montréal, the program's mission is to address the needs of dancers striving to enter the current job market by providing diverse training alongside one of the prestigious contemporary dance companies in the world.
Curriculum for the two semesters will include: Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Gaga, Flying Low, Low Fly, Contemporary Partnering, Floorwork, Improvisation, Cunningham Technique, Hip Hop, and Qi Gong as well as Somatics; Pilates, Yoga and IMAGE TECH. There will be weekly mentoring lunches with a variety of guests. Additionally, dancers will learn Hubbard Street Dance Company repertoire and collaborate in creative processes with guest artists.
Dancers will also be offered classes with company members Craig D. Black Jr, Jacqueline Burnett, Rena Butler, Kellie Epperheimer, Andrew Murdock, Kevin J. Shannon, and Connie Shiau.
Dancers will receive 1 + 2 year Completion Certificates at the end of each year with HS Pro. A full year in the program approximates 1200+ hours of training, including multiple creative processes and performances.
The 2018-19 guest artists and choreographers include:
HS Choreographic Fellow Rena Butler
HS Choreographic Fellow Florian Lochner
The 2019-20 HS Pro guest artists and choreographers include:
HS Choreographic Fellow Rena Butler
And more to be announced soon!
Take a look at some of our favorite moments from the first two years of HS Pro!
Dancers will have the opportunity to take company class, rehearse and perform with the company. Regular observation of company rehearsals and performance is integrated into the HS Pro schedule. Selected dancers may have the opportunity to understudy certain programs.
Invitation to Company and Apprenticeship:
Following one or two years with HS Pro, a dancer may be invited to Apprentice with Hubbard Street for one year. Apprentices may be invited to audition for the company.
2019-20 Company Member:
Abdiel Figueroa Reyes
Abdiel Figueroa Reyes
Classes with Company Members
Improvisation & Creative Process:
Click here see the HS Pro Dancers
Alumni of HS Pro have graduated on to professional careers at dance companies across the world.
Class of 2018
Haley Heckethorn : BODYTRAFFIC
Andres Trezevant : Charlotte Ballet II
Gaby Diaz : Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice (2018-19) and West Side Story (2020) cast member
Rachel Ferring : Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice (2019-20)*
Abdiel Figueroa Reyes : Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice (2018-19) | Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Company Member (2019-)
Kelsey Matsch : Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice (2018-19)
Melissa Panetta: TanLin.z (Landestheater Linz) in Austria
Emily Wohl : Ballet Augsburg (Staatstheater Augsburg) in Germany, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice (2018-19)
Claire Baiocchi: Apprentice at Lucky Plush Productions in Chicago
Class of 2019
Asha Benjelloun : Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice (2019-20)*
Nicholas Garlo : Tanzburo Munchen (Germany)
Sarah Jordan : Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice (2019-20)*
Anthony Milian : Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Apprentice (2019-20)*
Matthew McLaughlin: Apprentice at Mark Morris Dance Group
*Learn more about our current Hubbard Street apprentices here.
Take a look at our HS Pro dancers onstage and in the studio by visiting this performance gallery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept international dancers?
Hubbard Street is not able to assist international dancers with the Visa application process at this time, nor can we recommend the type of visa to apply for. Any required paperwork must be submitted and completed by the dancer. In the event that you have been accepted in HSPro as an international student, you are responsible for securing your Visa.
Is financial aid available for HSPro?
Dancers accepted into HSPro are given an opportunity to apply for financial assistance. We try our best to provide as many families as possible with financial support. Awards will be distributed to families in the greatest need. Hubbard Street does not offer merit scholarships. After you have been accepted into HSPro, dancers may request an application for consideration.
Are work study opportunities available for HSPro?
Work study and financial aid awards are distributed in conjunction with one another. Work study duties may be assigned to dancers who receive larger scholarships, or to individuals who have participated in our program 1+ years.
What is the age range of the dancers attending HSPro?
Our current dancers range in age from 18 – 27.
Are there other dancers that have graduated from college?
Yes! Our program serves multiple needs including pre and post-graduation. Our program caters to a large age range (currently 18 – 27). Our current class demographic is comprised of over 50% post-graduate dancers.
Will I be able to work while participating in HSPro?
Most dancers need to balance training and employment in an effort to pay for cost of living expenses. Rehearsals conclude at 5pm Monday – Friday, unless there are exceptional performances or showings scheduled on Friday evenings (2 - 3 per semester). Select performance opportunities could require weekend commitments (average 1 – 3 weekends per year). Schedule will be communicated in advance.
Is there involvement with the main company?
Dancers will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform with the company. Regular observation of company rehearsals and performance is integrated into the HS Pro schedule. Dancers will have the opportunity to take company class on a rotating basis. Following one or two years of HS Pro, a dancer may also be invited to apprentice with Hubbard Street for one year.
How many years is the commitment?
Our program length varies from 1 – 3 years pending on the dancer’s needs.
Do you offer housing?
Hubbard Street is proud to partner with the University Center to help dancers secure individual leases during their long term residency. The University Center offers a 9-month lease, as well as full year leases for guests. Equipped with renovated rooms, great amenities, and downtown location, the University is a great location to consider when looking for your home away from home.
Additionally, dancers have the opportunity to connect with one another on a private Facebook group in an effort to find roommates and secure other housing opportunities prior to the dancer’s arrival.
Is there a dress code?
Dancers are asked to wear form-fitting attire for ballet classes with ballet slippers and/or socks depending on the teacher’s request. Dancers are recommended to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants for floor work. No particular color of attire is required unless there is a scheduled showing or performance.
HS Pro in Performance with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Thank you to the Illinois Arts Council for their support!