HS First Steps is a free training program for young dancers ages 6-18. Eligible students begin their journey with an audition into the program at age 6. Students will attend the Introduction to Ballet class for their first year in the program and upon successful completion, will be invited to continue their training in dance the following year. All classes and required attire are provided free of charge for the duration of the student’s time at Hubbard Street, some additional fees may be required.

Click here to register for the May 4th Audition (form available in English and Spanish).


The audition will be a basic introductory ballet class. Students do not need to prepare any dances for the audition or have any prior experience with ballet training.

Date, Time, and Location
The 2019-20 audition will be held on May 4, 2019, 2-3 pm, at the Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago.

Students should wear comfortable clothing they can move in easily. Ballet clothing is acceptable as well. Students should plan to dance in ballet shoes or bare feet, no socks.

Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Click here to register (form available in English and Spanish). 


To participate in HS First Steps free of charge, students must attend a Chicago Public School and be eligible for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. Parents may be required to provide 2018 tax statements to show proof of eligibility, as well as proof of attendance and registration at a Chicago Public School.


A parent information session will be held during the May 4th audition. There will be an opportunity to meet and hear from current parents, as questions, and learn more about HS First Steps.


Each year 10-15 young dancers are accepted into the program. All students begin in the weekly Intro to Ballet class starting in August and performing in the end of the year Showcase in June. Successful completion of the first year (meeting attendance requirements and participating in classes and performances) automatically enters the student in continuing dance education, as they take Ballet 1 and Beginning Jazz in year 2 and begin their progression through the Youth Dance Program. With good attendance and participation, students remain eligible for free dance education through their 18th year. All HS First Steps student uniforms are provided courtesy of our partner, Allegro Dancewear.

Questions? Please email youth@hubbardstreetdance.com

Each year, Hubbard Street Youth Dance Program auditions dancers entering first grade in September (generally between the ages of 6 and 8 years) to receive a full scholarship to study classical ballet during the school year.

May 4 , 2019 from 2-3PM

At the Hubbard Street Dance Center, 1147 W. Jackson, Chicago, IL 60607

Comfortable clothes that they can move easily in, dance attire is not required. They will take class in bare feet if they do not have ballet shoes.

Students will take a fun creative movement class with some ballet elements so that we can see how they work together in groups, observe and copy movement, and follow directions.

Audition attendance and participation, financial eligibility and completed forms. All who complete these requirements are entered a lottery and 20 students are selected.

This scholarship provides one free Intro to Ballet class weekly for selected students, plus all required attire for the year. Students and their families will also receive free tickets to two Hubbard Street performances annually.

Students must maintain good attendance (missing no more than 2 classes/session), attend class in appropriate attire, and participate in all class and performance activities.

First year HS First Steps students are placed in an Intro to Ballet class. Students who successfully complete all requirements are invited to return and begin in our Level I ballet classes, with opportunities to continue until they are 18.

Students are provided with the ballet class uniform free of charge thanks to our sponsor, Allegro Dance.

Students may miss no more than 2 classes per semester.

Students will perform in the end of year showcase and may elect to audition for other performances throughout the year.

This scholarship is renewable annually until the student is 18 provided all attendance and behavior requirements are met.

Your child may make up two classes/semester, following our make up class policies.

They will be required to observe class instead of participating.

Hubbard Street offers financial aid as available. Parents should complete the financial aid application if they are not selected for HS First Steps.