Youth Dance Program classes run on a two semester schedule. Registration for the 2018 Spring Session is now open.

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Hubbard Street’s Early Childhood Creative Movement curriculum allows young students to explore their developing movement skills while interacting with caregivers and peers, slowly moving into independent classes at age 3. Utilizing our renowned universal dance vocabulary, each session features a different theme, such as change, communication, balance or confidence to contribute to the development of our littlest students as they start to understand themselves and the world around them.

Creative Movement (CM) Parent/Child Class: ages 18 months to 3 years

Caregivers are an essential part of this class, in which we bounce, swing, twirl and jump accompanied by vibrant music and stories.

 Creative Movement (CM): ages 3 to 5

As children explore new and familiar dance concepts through their evolving gross motor skills, we’ll tell stories with movement while dancing together.

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Dancers in the primary program explore the “BEST” universal elements of dance (Body, Energy, Space, Time) in more complex ways, using partners, learning simple dance combinations and creating dances as they learn beginning choreography. Students work together as they choreograph in trios and quartets, gain a stronger sense of self as they explore who they are as dancers, and prepare their bodies and minds for technical study. Dancers begin formal technique study alongside their Creative Movement class, creating a balanced and developmentally appropriate dance education.

Creative Movement (CM): ages 5 to 7

Students become skilled dancers and choreographers as they increase their range of motion, body articulation and locomotion, learn to put movements together, and solve simple movement problems.

 Intro to Ballet: ages 6 to 7

Dancers investigate ballet technique through etiquette, body awareness, and vocabulary in a welcoming environment.

 Level A technique classes: ages 7 to 9

Students with little or no formal dance training explore their choice of ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap or musical theater.


For ages 9 - 18

The Secondary Division provides in-depth study for beginning to advanced students, in techniques including ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, musical theater, and tap. Within the Secondary Division, there are two tracks: Academy and Open Studio. Both tracks allow students to reach their individual goals.

Academy Track

With a classical ballet foundation, the Academy Track provides rigorous contemporary dance training that allows students to pursue dance at a pre-professional level. Level D and above by audition only. The Academy Track at Level D and above prepares students to audition for the Advanced and Pre-Professional Summer Intensives.

  • Level A (Basic - Students with 0-3 years of continuous study)
    • All Level A students are in the Open Studio track (see below)
  • Level B (Basic/Intermediate - Students with 2-4 years of continuous study)
    • 2 ballet classes

    • 1 modern or jazz class

  • Level C (Intermediate - Students with 4-6 years of continuous study)
    • 3 ballet classes

    • 1 pre-pointe or pointe class*

    • 1 variations class

    • 1 modern or jazz class

    • 1 conditioning class

  • Level D (Intermediate/Advanced - Students with 6-8 years of continuous study)
    • 4 ballet classes

    • 1 pointe class

    • 1 partnering class

    • 1 modern class

    • 1 jazz class

    • 1 Pilates class

  • Level E (Advanced - Students with 7-9 years of continuous study)
    • 5 ballet classes (some taken on pointe)

    • 1 partnering class

    • 1 modern class

    • 1 jazz class

    • 1 Pilates class

 Open Studio Track

We are all dancers.  And choreographers.  And sometimes soccer players and future engineers. For students in Level B and above who wish to continue their dance training as arena for creative activity, the Open Studio Track allows students to continue training while customizing their schedules to accommodate academic studies or outside interests.

  • Level A (Basic - Students with 0-3 years of continuous study)
    • 1 technique class

    • For Ballet A, 2 classes per week is strongly recommended.

  • Level B (Basic/Intermediate - Students with 2-4 years of continuous study)
    • 2 technique classes
  • Level C (Intermediate - Students with 4-6 years of continuous study)
    • 3 technique classes

    • To take pointe, you must enroll in 2 ballet classes

  • Level D (Intermediate/Advanced - Students with 6-8 years of continuous study)
    • 4 technique classes

    • To take pointe, you must enroll in 3 ballet classes.

  • Level E (Advanced - Students with 7-9 years of continuous study)
    • 5 technique classes

    • To take pointe, you must enroll in 3 ballet classes.


ChoreoLab: ages 8 to 11

For Academy and Open Studio Track students

The creative process of choreography is at the core of the Hubbard Street Youth Dance Program. Dancers have space to improvise, experiment, choreograph and perform their ideas with the Hubbard Street ChoreoLab. Through the guidance of our teaching artists, ChoreoLab dancers engage in student-created contemporary choreography, with opportunities for community performances throughout the year as well as a year-end sharing.

 Hubbard Street Junior Ensemble: ages 11 to 14

For Academy and Open Studio Track Students, level C and above

Audition required

The Jr. Ensemble program prepares students to bridge from ChoreoLab and entry technique course work into the advanced academy track program. Students learn from a variety of master teachers as they engage in more complex choreography and performance studies. Students will be able to audition to understudy roles in the youth ensemble as appropriate and will represent Hubbard Street’s Youth Dance Program at select events.

 Hubbard Street Youth Ensemble: ages 14 to 18

For Academy Track students only, by audition or recommendation

Audition Required

 Experience the joy of performance as you put your technical skills to work.  Advanced Academy Track dancers expand their skills through intensive coursework in a variety of techniques, engage in choreographic studies, and attend master classes with a diverse range of professional dancers and choreographers. Students have opportunities to learn selections of current and historical repertoire from the main company and Hubbard Street 2. The Youth Ensemble represents Hubbard Street’s Youth Dance Program at events throughout the year and performs student and faculty work for Hubbard Street’s school and community partners.

Class Duration

Monthly (9 months)

FALL SESSION (19 weeks)


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Annual fees will be applied to your first payment. Fees include a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee and $100 end-of-the-year Showcase fee (Primary and Secondary Divisions only).

Multi-Class Discount

Receive 5% off annual tuition if your family is taking 6 or more classes. The multi-class discount will be applied during registration.

Questions? Email or call 312-850-9744