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About the school
The Hyde Park School of Ballet is a not-for-profit school committed to giving a professional level of training to students of all ages, whether they are interested in dance as a career or dance for exercise and recreation.
The school serves more than 150 students from Hyde Park-Kenwood and other Chicago South Side neighborhoods. The Hyde Park School of Ballet is dedicated to sharing dance with the community through public performances and through our scholarship program, which reaches out to children who might otherwise not have the opportunity to dance.
Rules and Regulations
Students are expected to be neatly dressed following the dress code of their particular class. Girls' hair must be worn in a bun, with bangs pulled off the face. Dress code includes pink ballet slippers and pink tights, except where stated.
- Pre-Ballet I: pink leotard (no tutus, please)
- Pre-Ballet II: white leotard (no tutus, please)
- Ballet I-IV: black leotard, designated belts
- Adult/Pointe: any solid leotard; warm-up clothes may be worn through plies only
- Hip Hop/Jazz: any leotard, slipper or jazz shoe
- Modern/Horton: any leotard or unitard, bare feet or cotton socks
- Tap: tap shoes, black leotard, pink tights
- Boys: white t-shirt, black tights, white or black shoes
All pointe students must take 3 technique classes per week in addition to pointe class.
New students will be evaluated during the first week to assure placement at the proper level. Changes are made only upon recommendation of the instructor.
You are welcome to visit the school to observe a class, or to take a trial class at any time.
All students wishing to apply for or to remain on scholarship for the Fall term must attend the scholarship auditions. Students under the age of 18 must bring a parent or guardian. Students should come prepared to dance.
Scholarships are based on financial need, the maturity and dedication of the student to dance and to the school, as well as talent.
The Hyde Park School of Ballet performs regularly in and around Hyde Park, and has performed at Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Av., in Carnival of the Animals, to music of Camille Saint-Saens, and at the Museum of Science and Industry, in Selections from The Nutcracker Suite, and annually at the 57th Street Children's Book Fair.
The School will perform Selections from the Nutcracker Suite on December 10, 2000, at The Museum of Science and Industry, and December 16 at 7 p.m. and 17th at 4 p.m. at Kenwood Academy. The Hyde Park School of Ballet will perform at the Annual Dance Chicago "Dance Slam" at the Athenaeum Theatre on November 14, 2000.
Choreography by August Tye
Ms. Tye's award-winning choreography has been performed widely. Her company, TyeGo Dance Project performs regularly in and around Chicago.
Contact the school
You can reach the Hyde Park School of Ballet at 773-493-84985650 S. Woodlawn Avenue
or by US mail at
Chicago, Illinois 60637
or by email at [email protected]
Print off a registration form.
T-shirts and tote bags featuring the school logo can be purchased for $15.00. Orders may be placed at registration, or by contacting an instructor.
The Hyde Park School of Ballet, and its faculty, have maintained an artistic affiliation with the Kalamazoo Ballet. August Tye is as resident choreographer for the Kalamazoo Ballet.
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August Tye and Aimee Tye
August Tye founded the Hyde Park School of Ballet in 1992 and has served as its artistic director and principal instructor since its inception. Tye has been awarded the coveted Monticello Award for choreography twice from the Regional Dance America, and has become a nationally known choreographer.. Tye has worked abroad as assistant choreographer to Broadway and film choreographer Patricia Birch. Tye is the resident choreographer for the Kalamazoo Ballet Company, which presented two of her works at the Regional Dance America National Festival in Houston in June of 1997. Recently, Ms. tye formed her own dance troupe called TyeGo Dance Project, Chicago, featuring her choreography.
Aimee Tye started dancing at the Bullard School of Ballet and The Kalamazoo Ballet Company. Aimee continued her training at The Royal Winnepeg Ballet Professional School. After earning her degree at Western Michigan University, she became a member of The Detroit Metropolitan Ballet Theatre. From Detroit, she moved to Chicago, where she is currently dancing with the Joel Hall Dancers. Aimee Tye is a member of the Joel Hall Dancers and is a principal dancer and Assistant Artistic Director of TyeGo Dance Project, Chicago.
Jacqueline M. Sanders
Jacqueline Sanders studied dance as a child with Therese Bullard at the KBC. Upon graduating she returned to her dance training at KBC, where she has been a soloist for four years. She received a summer scholarship with Joel Hall in 1994 and has studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Her choreography has been accepted and performed for the past four years at the mid-States Regional Ballet Festival on Emerging Choreographer's Night in Chicago, Fort Wayne, Kalamazoo and Wisconsin. Her choreography has also been performed at the International Ballet Festival, in June of 1997 in Houston.
The Hyde Park School of Ballet's graded curriculum is based on the Royal School of Ballet program, which incorporates both classical ballet technique and folk dancing. In addition to traditional ballet and pointe, classes are also offered in Hip Hop/Jazz, modern, Flamenco and tap dance.
All classes are taught by professional dancers who perform regularly with companies as diverse as the Joel Hall Dancers, Ballet Chicago, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.
The Summer 2001 term begins June 4, 2001. You may print off the Registration form found below, or receive one by calling the School at 773-493-8498.
The Hyde Park School of Ballet
5650 S. Woodlawn
Chicago, IL 60637
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