Summer Dance Camps

Summer Camp Registration is now open. Come dance with us!

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NEW FOR 2018!

  • Story Ballet Camp – Sleeping Beauty
  • Dance Ninjas
  • Dance & Film
  • Girl’s Lead!

For more information, email or call 312-850-9744 ext. 139

Parent-Child Mini-Camp

Ages 18 months to 3 years

Monday - Thursday Camp includes four one-hour classes from 10-11am. $85 per child.

Aug 20-23

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

 Little Movers Camps

Ages 3 to 5 years

Monday - Friday from 9-12:30pm. $250 per child, per week.

June 18-22              August 13-17

Students wiggle and giggle as they establish a lifelong love of dance, exploring their world through creative movement activities, dancing stories such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Going on a Bear Hunt

 For more information, email: or phone: 312-850-9744 ext. 139

Dance Explorers Camps

Ages 5 to 9

Must be entering Kindergarten by fall 2018

Mondays through Fridays from 9am – 4pm

One week: $450

Two weeks: $425/week

Three or more weeks: $400/week

 After-care available, Monday-Thursday, from 4-6pm for just $90 per week.

 Calling young dance artists! For new and experienced movers, Dance Explorers Camp encourages energetic students to discover their creative voice and perform together! Each camp includes a fun, take-home costume piece. Campers will have time outside daily, in addition to dance classes.

June 18-22          Musical Theater                                                

June 25-29           Dancing Stories                                                                

August 6-10        Intro to Hip-Hop                                                              

August 13-17      Dance Ninjas                                                     

 Musical Theater                                                              

Young dancers have the most amazing imaginations! Through acting and dancing, students embody a variety of characters from Broadway musicals, develop confidence and stage presence, and explore the unique style of dance used in the theater world. 

 Dancing Stories                                                               

Students will bring stories to life as they learn adapted excerpts of traditional story ballets. Explore the foundations of traditional ballet technique through the lens of classical favorites such as Cinderella, Coppélia, and Firebird.

 Intro to Hip-Hop                                                             

Personal voice and style are at the core of hip-hop dance.  Through the traditions, music, and movement of this dynamic dance form, students develop the confidence to share their story in a new way.

 Dance Ninjas

In this energetic exploration of dance styles, dancers will improve their ninja skills. Throughout the week students will learn to walk with sneaky silence, sprint and pounce like a cat, and create a mysterious “dance of the ninjas.” All black attire is welcome and encouraged.

 For more information, email: or phone: 312-850-9744 ext. 139

Mondays through Fridays from 9am – 4pm

One week: $450

Two weeks: $425/week

Three or more weeks: $400/week

 Dance and Film

June 18-22

Ages 9-16

Explore new ideas in choreography on and off camera in this exciting new camp. Students will study choreography created for film and then work in groups to create and edit their own dance films. All films will be presented to friends and family the final day of class.

 Sleeping Beauty

June 25-29

 Ages 9-16

Dancers will learn and perform an adaptation of the famous ballet, Sleeping Beauty, while gaining a deeper understanding of dance history and traditional ballet narrative.

 Teen Workshop

August 13-17

Ages 12 and up

For teens just beginning their dance training, coming back to dance after some time off, or who need to get back to basics to advance.  Students will take classes in ballet, modern, jazz, Pilates, yoga, and composition in an exacting, yet encouraging environment, and will perform for family and friends at the end of the week.  No audition required.

Hip-Hop Workshop

August 6-10

For ages 9-18

Dancers will develop the fundamentals of hip-hop – rhythm, personal style, and musicality – as they progress to their next level.  In this one-week workshop, each day will be devoted to a specific style within hip-hop: breaking, house, and vogue, giving dancers the opportunity to study the history and development of the branches within hip-hop. 

 Next Gen: Girls Lead

August 13-17

Ages 9-14

Connecting dance experiences with leadership and life-skills training, the Dance Leadership curriculum on the touchstones: Action, Support, Curiosity, Challenge, and Resilience with a kinesthetic, affective, and cognitive component to each. Our programs are taught by professional dance artists who are working in the field and hold advanced degrees in dance. This one-week workshop cultivates creativity, leadership, and wellness in and through dance.


Back to Class Bootcamp

August 20-22

Ages 9 – 16 years


Get ready for the school year and prevent injury with our Back to Class Bootcamp. Three days of conditioning, stretching, and strengthening will make sure you are ready to start the year off right.

The Summer Preparatory Program

Ages 9-13

9am – 4 pm, Monday - Friday

The Summer Preparatory Program is a rigorous summer training program for the young pre-professional student. A minimum of three years of significant, continuous ballet training is required. Spend your summer doing what you love! A presentation for family and friends concludes each session. 

Students are selected through either an in-person audition on February 17, 2018 in Chicago at 9 am or 10:30 am (register here )  or a video submission (submit here). Students attending the in-person audition should provide a headshot and photo in first arabesque. Pre-registration is encouraged.

  • 4 daily classes, Monday–Friday, led by Chicago’s finest dance faculty
  • Daily ballet and pointe or pre-point strengthening classes, as well as classes in contemporary, modern, composition, and repertoire
  • Seminars for young dancers including cross training, dance history, dance critique, and physical therapy.

Session 1: July 9-20                                         

Session 2: July 23-August 3                       

$1200 per session, includes lunch

Housing is provided in shared rooms on the UIC Campus, half a mile from the Hubbard Street Dance Center. Complete housing details will be sent with acceptance information. 2018 costs available January 1.

For summer programs for advanced dancers ages 13 and older, please see our Summer Intensives.

Questions? Email or call 312-850-9744