Educate.  Nurture.  Inspire.

Classical education.  Nurturing guidance.  Inspiring excellence.

Hinsdale Dance Academy is the western suburbs' premier academy for classical dance education.  We provide our students with the highest caliber of dance training in a nurturing and loving environment.  The classical ballet curriculum includes classes in pointe, variations, and pas de deux.  Although classical ballet is the primary focus of HDA, we believe that dance artists benefit from a curriculum which includes a variety of dance styles.  To that end, Hinsdale Dance Academy provides classes in contemporary, modern, lyrical, and jazz.  Hinsdale Dance Academy offers classes to meet the needs of students ages two to ninety-two.  We invite you to join us and discover the Dance in you.

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Classical education.  Nurturing guidance.

Our Mission

In recognition of the Hinsdale community's rich tradition of arts innovation and virtuosity, the Hinsdale Dance Academy seeks to inspire and cultivate excellence in classical and contemporary dance:


Through distinctive collaborations with area arts organizations, performers, and musicians to explore the fusion of movement with other forms of artistic expression;


By affording everyone, children and adults alike, access to the highest quality dance training;


By providing a platform for young talented dancers to develop into Dance Artists who can flourish in a stimulating and nurturing environment whilst preparing for a professional dance career;


By espousing artistic enrichment through professional dance concert performances, educational outreach, youth participation, and charitable partnerships.

Inspiring excellence.

Our Story

The Hinsdale Dance Academy was founded on October 22, 2012 by Ms. Jennifer Grapes.  In its inaugural year, Hinsdale Dance Academy welcomed over 80 students, comprised of 60 families.  The Academy’s first annual recital, The Little Mermaid, was an enormous success.  The Hinsdale Ballet Theatre, the pre-professional youth company of Hinsdale Dance Academy, beautifully staged two exquisite productions:  Giselle in April 2013 and Swan Lake, Act II in July, 2013.  Ms. Grapes’ original work, The Nuts Allergy, qualified at the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix to go to the New York City Finals.


The 2013-2014 was also an incredible year for Hinsdale Dance Academy.  The Academy welcomed many new families and faculty members, as well as a plethora of master classes that included teachers from the Australian Ballet, Ballet Austin, Joffrey Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet.  HBT produced its inaugural holiday classic, The Nutcracker, to a sell-out crowd.  HDA’s Junior Company competed locally, taking top honors in all of their divisions.  HDA’s second annual recital , Dreams Can Come True, was also received by a sold out crowd, thus making the entire performance season sold out.  In this second year, five of Ms. Grapes’ students from the Hinsdale Ballet Theatre qualified to go to the YAGP finals in New York City.  Three students placed among the Top 12 in Chicago.


Currently in its third school year, the Hinsdale Dance Academy presented two full-length ballets, The Nutcracker and Cinderella, both productions included professional dancers from around the world.  Having outgrown their home at 414 Chestnut Street in two short years, the Hinsdale Dance Academy will be moving into their permanent home at 645 Blackhawk Drive.  The new dance facility boasts over 7,000 square feet of dance space, including 3 studios, a large dressing room and lounge, and a 59x65 feet state of the art rehearsal space.  Three students placed in the Top 12 at Chicago semi-finals for YAGP, and one student placed third in the classical division earning her solo place at the YAGP New York City Finals and the eye of YAGP Director, Larissa Saviliev.


As the Academy continues to grow and develop, it holds steadfast to its foundational promise:

The Hinsdale Dance Academy is dedicated to providing an elite dance education by exposing the western suburbs and its surrounding communities to the highest quality training and performances.  In accordance with Ms. Grapes' philosophy of raising successful dancers and young adults, HDA believes that its students benefit from not just high quality classes, but, a plethora of performance and experience opportunities.  Class is the canvas of a painter for a dancer, and the performance is the paint in which a dancer uses to shade, color, and create their art.  One cannot exist without the other.  Class and performance work hand in hand to create well-rounded dancers and young adults.  It teaches commitment, dedication, and that hard work always pays off.


Hinsdale Dance Academy is located at 645 Blackhawk Drive, Westmont, IL.


This new facility features over 7,000 square feet of dance space, 3 studios, a large dressing room and lounge, and ample parking space.  One studio features 65 x 59 feet of studio space with 30 feet ceilings.  All studios are equipped with state of the art sprung floor systems, marley, and sound systems including JBL speakers.


An elite facility for a premier program.


For rental prices please call 630 484 3241 or email director@hinsdaledanceacademy.com.


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