|Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD) is gearing up for spring with a “Wild Creature Double Feature,” two one-act story ballets featuring 50 to 75 HPSD students ages seven to 18. Performances are March 12 and 13 at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts on the University of Chicago campus, 915 E. 60th Street, Chicago.
Staged by HPSD Founding Artistic Director August Tye, ballet mistress and choreographer at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and her artistic team, the two ballets include Carnival of the Animals, accompanied by Camille Saint-Saëns’ work of the same name, and Wild Things, with music by Bartok and Smetana.
“One of the hallmarks of Hyde Park School of Dance is choreography created for and by its students and expertly staged for a wide variety of audiences,” Tye explained. “Performances allow students to build confidence and stage presence, work as part of a disciplined dance corps, learn the challenges choreographers face and understand the basic elements of producing a show.” Integral to the production process are HPSD’s volunteers, who design and construct scenery and costumes, sell tickets and ensure the production’s success.
Hyde Park School of Dance
Founded in 1993 as The Hyde Park School of Ballet, Hyde Park School of Dance provides opportunities for students of all ages and abilities to study, perform and create classical and contemporary dance at the highest levels of discipline and artistry. Through high quality training and performance, HPSD’s goal is to cultivate a love of dance and strength of body, mind and character that will benefit students throughout their lives. Led by Founding Artistic Director August Tye, the faculty is committed to helping children experience the empowering rewards of self-discipline, hard work and collaboration in a supportive and nurturing environment that values healthy bodies.
“Wild Creature Double Feature” takes place Saturday, March 12 at 1 and 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m. at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th Street in Chicago. Tickets, which go on sale Tuesday, February 2, are $20 general admission for adults; $10 for seniors, children ages five to 18 and students with ID; and free for children younger than five. Tickets and information are available at 773-493-8498 or hydeparkdance.org
Photos by August Tye.