HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO

Chicago, IL   |  http://www.hubbardstreetdance.com

Mission

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's mission is to bring artists, art, and audiences together to enrich, engage, educate, and change lives through the experience of dance

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

David McDermott

Main address

1658 N. Milwaukee Ave #100-15838

Chicago, IL 60647 USA

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EIN

36-2950283

NTEE code info

Dance (A62)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hubbard Street is working diligently to increase the prominence of contemporary dance in Chicago’s cultural landscape. In order to bring Chicago’s dance scene to the forefront of the world’s cultural community and to give more individuals an opportunity to experience the benefits of dance, HSDC is consistently making strategic investments that allow for new programs for young dancers and public school children, partnerships with arts and neighborhood organizations, and collaborations with international artists and performance venues.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hubbard Street Main Company

Celebrating Season 43 in 2020–21, Hubbard Street continues to innovate, supporting ascendant creative talent while presenting repertory by internationally recognized living artists. HSDC tours domestically and internationally, but is also deeply connected to its hometown, Chicago, regularly partnering with fellow arts institutions, including the Auditorium Theatre, Harris Theater for Music and Dance, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. HSDC offers an integrated, flexible, and sequential portfolio of training and education programs that serve thousands of students and families each year, through its home studio, Lou Conte Dance Studio at Hubbard Street Dance Center, as well as in classrooms and community centers across the Chicago area.

Population(s) Served

One of Hubbard Street’s most significant achievements is our Education Programs, which have become a model for arts organization/school collaboration. These programs are comprised of several unique components that distinguish them from other dance education programs in Chicago, and in the country, including:

• Our curriculum is process-based, utilizing salient features of the art form as opposed to using only technique or performance based models.
• We give students the opportunity to choreograph and perform their own dances.
• We are one of the only arts organizations in the country to offer paid teaching artist training opportunities.
• Hubbard Street grows student artistry through integrated curriculum that is jointly created by classroom teachers, teaching artists and Hubbard Street education staff.
• All teachers working with Hubbard Street participate in professional development workshops.
• We incorporate school and community dialogue into our programs, through our faculty meetings, family workshops, and performances.
• We have created detailed assessment measures that gauge student learning in the art form, as well as in other curricular areas, allowing us to continually grow our external research agenda while maintaining student level data.
Hubbard Street’s Youth, Education and Community Programs offer in-school programming including our signature 10 – 12 week residencies (the Movement as Partnership program), a full-year program at Mitchell Elementary, and 6-week Spring Board Residencies. Hubbard Street also brings the creative-process based curriculum model from our in-school programs to the Hubbard Street Dance Center through Youth Dance Programs, offering classes to children from 18 months to 18 years old.

In addition to our in-school residencies, Hubbard Street offers a variety of community programs including: youth dance classes and camps at the Hubbard Street Dance Center with scholarships and financial aid available to students from our Chicago Public Schools (CPS) partner schools; and The Adaptive Dance Program which includes The Autism Project, a program for children on the autism spectrum. Further, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is proud to be the oldest Parkinson’s Dance Project program in the Midwest. The program uses contemporary dance techniques, improvisation and experiences with the choreographic process to work in slowing the progress of the disease, as well as providing a community of support for our students. Live accompaniment, dance, and a positive atmosphere help our participants improve mobility and overall well-being.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number includes both home performances at the Harris Theater in Chicago, as well as performances across the United States and internationally.

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

HSDC is home to the Lou Conte Dance Studio, which offers 80 classes each week for varying skill levels including ballet, jazz, modern, hip-hop, African, musical theater, yoga, Pilates, and more.

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Hubbard Street Main Company

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hubbard Street reaches an average of 100,000 patrons each year through performances, education and community programs, and training programs at the Hubbard Street Dance Center.

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Each of Hubbard Street's long-term institutional goals is tied to a need related to the field of contemporary dance:
• To contribute to the evolution of the art form
• To be a cultural ambassador for Illinois – sharing what we create at home, nationally and internationally
• To increase the accessibility of dance to underserved children and adults
• To promote appreciation of contemporary dance

The company has identified five leading priorities that it is currently pursuing to progress towards these goals.

• Developing a New Choreography Paradigm
The contemporary dance community has a great need for new work development models as dance companies throughout the country are going through a time of great transition. Many dance companies are now beginning to perform repertoires by diverse arrays of choreographers, which requires a deeper pool of choreographers with enough experience and training to set works on high-level professionals. Because Hubbard Street has, since its early days, been a repertory company, representing numerous choreographers and styles, we are uniquely positioned to be the thought leader as choreographic development perspectives throughout the country are transformed.

• Establishing Enhanced Models for Community Engagement
Hubbard Street's Youth, Education, and Community Programs seek to establish replicable models for partnership between arts companies and community organizations. Our research in schools has documented the success of in-depth partnerships between classroom teachers and dance teaching artists. We will continue to strengthen our relationships with schools while also using similar partnership models to find ways for dance to reach more people in unique and meaningful ways.

• Artist Training and Development
Hubbard Street believes that professional development opportunities for students and professionals alike are vital for the future of dance. Because contemporary dance incorporates a variety of styles, Hubbard Street is continually in need of dancers with a complex set of talents and a vast knowledge of dance forms. In order to address this need, Hubbard Street developed pre-professional training programs that teach a variety of dance disciplines as well as excerpts of Hubbard Street's repertoire.

• Arts Education, Advocacy, and Research
It is a priority of Hubbard Street to develop measurements and evidence showing the benefits of arts education for students as well as teachers. Hubbard Street will serves as a leader in Chicago's arts education community, doing vigorous research and convening organizations from throughout the city to advocate for the value of dance education in public schools.

• Collaborative Relationships
Hubbard Street deeply values collaboration with institutions and individuals as a means of generating new ideas that can advance the art of dance, and has initiated one-of-a-kind multi-disciplinary collaborations with some of Chicago's leading cultural organizations. Some of our most important artistic partners are the world's other leading dance companies and artists, with whom we come together to create an international dialogue and awareness about the types of dance being performed throughout the world. Hubbard Street has partnered with organizations such as The Second City, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, among many others.

Hubbard Street holds a unique place within the American dance field. As one of the nation's leading contemporary dance companies, Hubbard Street encompasses a vast array of techniques and forms, as well as an understanding of abstract artistry and the emotional nuances of movement. Since its founding in 1977, the company has grown to be recognized as a leader in the creation and development of new choreography, unique collaborations and innovative production concepts. Its importance is based on its role both as a repository of work from world renowned contemporary choreographers and as a commissioning agent of new works.

The Professional Dance Company
• Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is committed to supporting its artists, offering its dancers competitive salaries, industry leading 44 week contracts, and fully subsidized health care benefits.
• In 2019, the Professional Company will tour nationally and internationally, reaching up to 100,000 audience members in over 20 cities in Europe, Canada, and across the continental United States. Most notably, the company has been selected to perform as a part of the Benios de la Danse Awards this spring at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.
• The Chicago Spring Series on March 2 and 3, 2019 at the Auditorium Theatre will feature a collaboration between Hubbard Street and Malpaso Dance Company from Cuba, one of the most sought after dance companies in the world today. The two-night engagement features two world premieres: a piece for Hubbard Street choreographed by Malpaso Artistic Director, Osnel Delgado and a piece for Malpaso Dance company, commissioned by the Auditorium Theatre, by choreographer Robyn Mineko Williams, a former Hubbard Street dancer and three-time Princess Grace award winner.
• The Chicago Summer Series on June 6, 8, and 9, 2019 will feature Hubbard Street performing works by Crystal Pite, one of the foremost contemporary choreographers today, Resident Choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, and the return of Brian Brooks’ Terrain, called “a lush movement exchange” by See Chicago Dance, first premiered by Hubbard Street in 2016.
• The Chicago Fall Series in November 2019 will commence the 42nd Season and feature an innovative collaboration between Hubbard Street and a new contemporary artist.

Artist Training
• The Hubbard Street Dance Center is Chicago’s largest dance training facility, offering youth classes, adult and professional drop in classes, and pre-professional training programs.
• Hubbard Street’s Lou Conte Dance Studio will continue to be one of the dance community’s preeminent training facilities, serving nearly 5,000 students with 80 classes each week.
• Hubbard Street’s Youth Programs will continue to be a magnet for dance education, drawing nearly 5,000 committed students from diverse families throughout the Chicago area.
• Hubbard Street’s Professional training program, HSPro, continues to grow, placing graduates in professional companies across the country ranging from the Charlotte Ballet to BODYTRAFFIC.

Community Programs and Scholarships
• Hubbard Street will serve more than 8,000 students in 2019, primarily in low-income schools, with in-school residencies that focus on the creative process to empower students as learners across disciplines and skills.
• Hubbard Street will continue to host is popular student matinees at the Harris theater, serving 3,000 students per year.
• Hubbard Street will continue our Adaptive Dance Programs, including the Autism Project and the Parkinson’s Project, which use dance to focus on the strengths of people with disabilities.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steven Collens

Ross Bricker

Catherine Chavez

Steve Collens

Kristin Conley

Kelly Dolyniuk

Larry Gilbert

Marc Miller

Betsy Morgan

Sarah Nolan

Lauren Robishaw

Richard Rodes

Camille Rudge

Bija Bennett

Jasminka Milpak

James Schulte

Yasmine Winkler

Cynthia Van Osdol

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes