Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s artistic director, Glenn Edgerton and Kathryn Humphreys, the company’s director of Youth, Education, and Community Programs, have announced HS First Steps, a new program that offers full scholarships to Hubbard Street’s Youth Dance Program to incoming first graders at Chicago Public Schools.

HS First Steps provides weekly ballet class to selected students, with opportunity for further study upon successful completion of program. Hubbard Street created the First Steps program to make the company, school and art of dance accessible to students and families throughout Chicago. This program works to provide need-based scholarships for young students with talent and drive. Scholarships focus on students from ages 6 to 8— a pivotal stage in which to begin dance training.

“We are excited to add the HS First Steps scholarships to our roster of education and community programs, including school residencies, free performance tickets, and tuition assistance programs. Hubbard Street is committed to making quality dance education accessible to all students who wish to study, regardless of income, and this program formalizes our commitment to the community” says Kathryn Humphreys, Director of Youth, Education, and Community Programs.

Auditions for HS First Steps will be held from 1–3 p.m. on August 26, 2017 at the Hubbard Street Dance Center located at 1147 West Jackson Blvd in Chicago’s West Loop. The audition will consist of a 30-minute class taught by a Youth Dance Program faculty member. Parents are invited to attend an “Introduction to Hubbard Street’s Youth Program” information session during their child’s class time. In order to be considered for HS First Steps, students must be eligible for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program and attend a Chicago Public School. Pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available online at

Hubbard Street has also announced its Movement As Partnership (MAP) schools for the 2017-2018school year. Partner schools include Mario Saucedo Scholastic Academy, Sidney Sawyer Elementary School, The Nettlehorst School, Harold Washington Elementary School, and Nathan S. Davis School. Now in its tenth year, MAP is Hubbard Street’s signature education initiative. This expansive partnership program works with teachers and students in grades 3-5 and offers a 14-week residency supported by field trips to performances with the company and intensive professional development for teachers and administrators to bring dance into the classroom.

​Hubbard Street’s educational programs utilize the choreographic process to empower students as learners across disciplines and skills, from strengthening basic proficiencies to deepening abstract thinking. Highly trained professional teaching artists partner with schools and educators to plan and teach integrated, meaningful and challenging curriculum. Hubbard Street works with diverse communities throughout the Chicagoland area and across the nation, with the core of our work contained in the Chicago Public Schools.

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Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Announces HS First Steps to Usher Incoming CPS First-Graders into the World of Dance

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago youth education training (photo courtesy of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago).