Classical education.  Nurturing guidance.  Inspiring excellence.

Hinsdale Dance Academy provides five divisions of dance training to meet the needs of all dancers:


We offer classes in Classical Ballet, Variations, Pas de Deux, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Progressing Ballet Technique©, Mommy and Me, Boy's and Men's-only classes, Cheer/Dance Team Technique, and Adult Ballet.


Hinsdale Dance Academy also offers classes in Spanish and Mandarin through the Hinsdale Language Academy.



Young Children's Program

The Hinsdale Dance Academy is now an official Angelina BallerinaTM Dance Academy! Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy classes are taught through a nationwide network of top quality dance studios.  Your child will receive a quality dance education in a caring and fun environment, all based on the beloved Angelina Ballerina character. The Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy curriculum is designed by internationally renowned master teachers and child development experts. Your child will be inspired to pursue their dreams of dance, just like Angelina Ballerina! (Ages 3-4)


Following two years with Angelina Ballerina, students move into Pre-Ballet.  The Pre-Ballet curriculum was designed by leading HDA faculty members to continue inspiring our youngest dancers.  Students begin using the barre for the beginning of the class and preparations for the transition in to the youth training program begin.  Students will spend two years in the level preparing for the next step in their training in a challenging and fun environment.  (Ages 5-6)


HDA also offers a tap and jazz combo class for our young children’s program.  This class introduces children to the basic steps of tap dancing and jazz.  This class promotes musicality, coordination, and rhythm, as well as sequencing, patterning, and spatial relationships.  (Ages 3-6)


Mommy and Me is an interactive class where children and parents can discover the joy of movement.  We believe a child’s (and parent’s) first experience with dance should make a positive and lasting impression. Children have fun in a safe, creative, and nurturing environment.  (Ages 0-2)


Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy


Tap/Jazz Combination Class

Mommy and Me



















Youth Training Program

Pre-Professional Training Program

The faculty is led by artistic director Jennifer Grapes, and includes Foye DuBose, Nicole Miller, Jacqueline Moscicke, and Patrick Willison.  All faculty members are former full-time professional ballet dancers who hail from elite companies such as Alabama Ballet, Albany Berkshire Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Montgomery Ballet, Nashville Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet to name a few.  Former HDA dancers who have completed the HDA pre-professional training program have gone on to study dance at Butler University, University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City.  HDA dancers have also received professional contracts with the Albany Berkshire Ballet, Kentucky Ballet Theatre, and Minnesota Ballet.  Students have also received scholarships to summer intensives with the American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Austin, Boston Ballet, Jose Manuel Carreno, Milwaukee Ballet, and Montgomery Ballet to name a few.


Levels 4, 5, and Pre-Professional (Ages 14-19)

Ballet, Pointe, Variations, Pas de Deux, Jazz/Contemporary, Modern, Character, Progressing Ballet Technique©

The Youth Training Program (Levels 1-3) introduces dancers to the structure of a ballet class, beginning with Level I.  Level I is the transition from our young children’s program into an actual ballet and jazz/contemporary class which includes barre/warm-up and center.  Level II introduces dancers to body positions and directions, vocabulary, musicality, and ballet combinations.  Dancers will begin to see how their ballet terminology carries over into their jazz and contemporary studies.  Level III is designed to prepare dancers for the advanced pre-professional training program by continuing to build strength, vocabulary, musicality, and passion.


Levels 1-3 (Ages 7-13)

Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Jazz/Contemporary, Tap, Stretch/Pilates

Training for professional/collegiate careers in ballet/modern

Teen Program

This program is designed for teens who have little to no dance experience, but want to explore the joys of dance amongst others their age.  This program also caters to those teens who want to learn the necessary skills to join cheerleading or dance teams during their high school careers.


Ballet, Jazz/Contemporary, Hip Hop, Cheer/Dance Team technique, Dance for Athletes, Men's-only classes

Adult Program

The HDA adult program is designed for adults who have little to no dance experience, but wish to enjoy the benefits of dance training.  Dance training promotes strength, flexibility, memory skills, physical fitness, and body awareness.  You’re never too old to bring out your inner ballerina!  Classes are limited to adults only.


Beginner and Intermediate Ballet





 Educate.  Nurture.  Inspire.

Hinsdale Dance Academy

645 Blackhawk Drive, Westmont IL 60559




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