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Yes. Pre-registration for auditions is required for our in-person and virtual auditions, and will close 24 hours before the scheduled audition date.

Results will be sent by email within 1 - 2 weeks of a dancer’s scheduled audition date. If you have not received your results by this date, please check your spam or junk folder before reaching out to

Yes, dancers must re-audition each year for consideration into our Intensives.

Form-fitting apparel and ballet shoes must be worn for technique class. Hair should be pulled back and out of the dancer’s face.

Auditions will consist of a technique class followed by learning a short repertoire phrase and conclude with dancer improvisation.  Dancers do not have to prepare a solo for the audition.

  • On the day of the audition, dancers are required to bring the following items:
    • 1) Resume (1 page max): Resumes should list the dancer's performance and training experience to date, primary dance instructors, and current place of training.
    • 2) 8x10 Headshot: Headshots need to resemble how the dancer appears in the studio. It does not have to be a professional photo, nor a specific color. A black & white photo is acceptable.
    • 3) Signed Waiver: Dancers must submit a signed waiver to participate in our audition. All dancers under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian signature included on the waiver. Click here to download the waiver.

Acceptance into our program does not guarantee a place in the program. Registration is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs fill quickly and capacities are limited, so we encourage parents and students to register as soon as possible. Once the program is at capacity, students will be placed on a waitlist and contacted if a spot becomes available in the order their waitlist request was received.

If you are unable to attend our live auditions, dancers may submit a video audition for consideration. The last day to accept video applications is 11:59pm on Thursday, February 15, 2024. Late submissions for Video Auditions will be considered on a case-by-case basis with priority given to dancers who submitted by our February 15 deadline.  For more information regarding our video submission process, please click here.

Our social media challenge provides an opportunity to win a $250 scholarship and be fast-tracked through the Summer audition process. Dancers may submit a 30-second video for consideration into our EXPLORE and TEEN REPERTOIRE Intensive. The deadline to submit is December 31, 2023. Click here to learn more!


Hubbard Street offers a TEEN CREATE and TEEN REPERTOIRE Intensive that is catered towards pre-professional dancers, ages 13- 17. We also offer a CREATE and EXPLORE Intensive for early career dancers, ages 18 - 25. A dancer must meet our minimum age requirements by June 1, 2024, meaning a dancer must be at least 18 years of age by June 1, 2024 to attend our 18-25-year-old programs, and a dancer must be 13 years old by June 1, 2024 to attend our 13-17-year-old program.

Dancers attending our Summer Intensives will have the opportunity to train with Artistic Director Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell, Senior Rehearsal Director and Director of Summer Intensives Jonathan E. Alsberry, Rehearsal Director Craig Black, Jr., current HSDC Dancers, and highly-accredited local professionals. Stay tuned for our full 2024 Faculty roster to be announced!

Classes will be held at HSDC's Pritzker Foundation Studio at Water Tower Place (835 N Michigan). To accommodate our 2024 programming needs, Hubbard Street will partner with Columbia College and Roosevelt University to offer supplementary space in downtown Chicago.  Class schedules will indicate specific class locations. Resident Assistants will accompany students attending our TEEN CREATE and TEEN REPERTOIRE Intensives to and from the studios each day.

Form-fitting apparel and ballet shoes must be worn for ballet classes. Body lines must be clearly visible. Hair should be pulled back and out of the dancer’s face.

Hubbard Street does not perform works on pointe; therefore, pointe work is not a part of our Summer curriculum and pointe shoes should not be worn in classes.

HSDC does not offer placement classes. Dancers will be placed into groups, at random, as deemed appropriate by our Director of Summer Intensives. Decisions are not discussed with students or parents, nor may dancers request a group change once assigned.

Full participation in our Summer Programs is required. Absences due to personal circumstances will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be pre-approved by our Summer Intensive staff.

All participants are expected to be up to date on vaccinations as recommended by the FDA. Participants will be required to submit a copy of their vax cards before the program begins along with a health code of conduct agreement.

We do not require masks to be worn inside the studios. HSDC continues to closely monitor government and city mandates to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our staff and participants.

The quantity of classes varies by program. Please see program details for more information.

Class sizes will range between 25 - 30 dancers.

When registering Hubbard Street’s Summer Intensive programs, parents/guardians should understand that it is a commitment for the entire length of the program and they are liable for the full tuition amount indicated on HSDC materials. Hubbard Street maintains a policy of offering no refunds, credits, or transfers. Tuition is non-refundable even in the event of the dancer’s withdrawal or dismissal from the program before it has begun and HSDC does not offer any tuition refunds for missed classes due to injury or illness that takes place while actively participating in the Intensive.

In the event of a cancellation beyond the control of Hubbard Street, we cannot guarantee housing fees will be refunded due to our third-party contract regarding those enrolled in housing. Registered students and families would receive a refund for any tuition costs associated with your registration.

A limited amount of financial aid is available to dancers attending our Summer Intensives. Financial aid is awarded to families in the greatest need. Dancers are eligible to apply for aid once they have been accepted into our Summer Intensives.

The Summer Intensive Fellows Program is an unprecedented opportunity for top-performing dancers from our EXPLORE and CREATE summer intensive programs to immerse themselves in the world of a professional contemporary dance company. HSDC will select 4-6 dancers from the EXPLORE and CREATE summer intensive programs to join the company for a world premiere creation process during a week-long residency in Chicago. Fellows who are selected will each receive a stipend of $500 to contribute to their travel and housing costs.

Dancers registered for our EXPLORE or CREATE programs will automatically be considered for the Fellows Program.


Hubbard Street offers housing for students, just a short walk from the studios. Suites are air-conditioned, apartment-style housing with a 24-hour security guard. Each suite contains a common living space, kitchen, and shared bathroom. Apartments come with basic dorm-style furnishings. Kitchens are equipped with refrigerators, stove-top oven, and sink. Included in the cost of housing is wireless internet, utilities, and free laundry facilities. 

Registration for housing will become available at the time of program registration. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

No. Dancers are responsible for their own transportation from the airport to the dorms and will not be greeted by HSDC staff at the airports. 

Resident Assistants will be available to supervise dancers attending our TEEN CREATE and TEEN REPERTOIRE Intensive once they arrive at the dorms on the official check-in day.

Check-in and check-out vary for each program. The exact times of check-in and check-out will be emailed to dancers after registration.

Yes. Dancers may request roommates at the time of registration. Hubbard Street will try their best to accommodate room requests, but they are not guaranteed. Both dancers must request each other as roommates in order for a request to be accepted.

Exclusive to our TEEN CREATE and TEEN REPERTOIRE Intensive, a 5 or 10 weekly meal plan is offered at a separate cost. Meal plans are not provided as part of our CREATE or EXPLORE Summer Intensives. 

Dancers may opt to prepare meals in their suites, or there are a number of restaurants and supermarkets in the immediate vicinity of the dorms and studios.

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