Dance Department


“The arts aren’t extracurricular; they’re extra essential,” Aubrey Lynch II.

HSA Dance offers pre-professional level dance classes for those serious about training as well as families seeking dance enrichment. HSA is proudly one of six official affiliate schools in the world offering the ABT_Certified_School_LogoAmerican Ballet Theatre (ABT) National Training Curriculum. The HSA Dance Enrichment Program allows students aged 2-17 to experience the transformative power of dance regardless of skill level or prior training. There is no minimum class or audition requirement for dance enrichment classes. However, students aged 8+ must be assessed for placement by an HSA Dance faculty member prior to enrollment into a ballet or modern class. All dance enrichment students are invited to perform in HSA’s annual end-of-year dance concert event. HSA Dance offers classes in classical ballet, modern, hip-hop, jazz, African and tap. Under the direction of Aubrey Lynch, Director of HSA Dance, the Harlem School of the Arts has become a dance education destination.

HSA Dance features two distinct programs to meet the needs of students whose skill levels and interest reach far beyond the extracurricular nature of our Dance Enrichment Program; the HSA Dance Pre-Professional Program (aged 8-17) and the HSA Dance College Preparatory Program (age 12-17). The primary goal of the aforementioned programs are to produce classically trained, versatile young dancers who are empowered to secure admission into elite dance programs on the middle school, high school and collegiate levels. Each program is designed to provide students with a rich knowledge of classical ballet technique and the ability to swiftly adapt to multiple styles.


The HSA Dance Pre-Professional Program (PRE-PRO) offers students aged 8-17 a rigorous, predetermined curriculum which requires a minimum number of weekly ballet classes based on a child’s attained age and skill level. The PRE-PRO curriculum is supported by supplemental classes in modern, jazz, African and hip-hop.   PRE-PRO students are also invited to participate in repertory rehearsals and performance opportunities. Select students will be invited to join the HSA Dance College Preparatory Program.

Photo by Christine Butler

Photo by Christine Butler

The HSA Dance College Preparatory Program (PREP) is a fully-funded scholarship program for students exhibiting exceptional skills and a palpable passion for dance. PREP is specifically designed for students, aged 12-17, who have expressed a compelling desire to pursue dance professionally. PREP students participate in a pre-determined curriculum (a minimum of 8 classes is required weekly) including invitation-only repertory workshops, performance opportunities, arts enrichment events, personal coaching and audition preparation for academic programs. Select PREP students will be invited to join the HSA Dance Ensemble.

View our 2017-18 Dance Classes!

NEW! View/download the 2017-18 Course Catalog

You must register in person for the 2017-18 classes. Please contact Natalia Peguero, Registration Manager via phone (212) 926.4100 x324 or email to schedule an appointment.

Please check here regularly for last minute updates and information about special events for you and your family!

Last Update July 9, 2017

ABT Exam results are in! Please see your teacher for your certificates.

Leyland Simmons will lead contemporary and repertory classes from July 11-August 10 on Tue, Wed and Thur for ages 8-11 and 12-adult. Exact times and dates are listed below.

Students may drop in and out, taking classes whenever they are available however we recommend taking all classes offered for participation in the studio performance presentation at the end of the intensive.

Some material developed in these classes will be featured in our debut Fall Blaze dance concert in November 2017.


Drop-in Price

  • $10 per class (cash preferred)
  • Drop in and out at your convenience
  • Keep in mind that material will be developed in each class and carried over from class to class so we recommend taking as many classes as possible
Full Experience Package
  • $120 for fifteen classes, (20% discount)
  • Cash only
  • Purchase all classes to participate in final performance presentation
  • Classes are not pro-rated. Purchase $10 per class or $120 for all. If you purchase all classes and miss a few, there are not makeup classes.
NOTE: Students age 7 who would like to participate must contact Aubrey Lynch to for a level assessment to make sure that they are ready for these rigorous classes. Students age 11 who would like to join the older classes must also contact Aubrey Lynch for a level assessment.

Tue 7/11
Contemporary (Ages 8-11)  1:30-2:30
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

Wed 7/12
Contemporary (Ages 8-11) 1:30-2:30
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

Thur 7/13
Contemporary (Ages 8-11)  1:30-2:30p
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

Tue 7/18
Contemporary (Ages 8-11) 1:30-2:30
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

Wed 7/19
Contemporary (Ages 8-11)  1:30-2:30p
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

Thur 7/20
Contemporary (Ages 8-11) 1:30-2:30
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

 *Make Note of earlier time for age 8-11

Tue 7/25
Contemporary (Ages 8-11)  1-2:30p
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

Wed 7/26
Contemporary (Ages 8-11)  1-2:30p
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

Thur 7/27
Contemporary (Ages 8-11)  1-2:30p
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

Tue 8/1
Contemporary (Ages 8-11)  1-2:30p
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

Wed 8/2
Contemporary (Ages 8-11)  1-2:30p
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

Thur 8/3
Contemporary (Ages 8-11)  1-2:30p
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

Tue 8/8
Contemporary (Ages 8-11)  1-2:30p
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

Wed 8/9
Contemporary (Ages 8-11)  1-2:30p
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

Thur 8/10
Contemporary (Ages 8-11)  1-2:30p
Contemporary (Ages 12 and above)  2:30-4p

Download the latest Dress Code Document. Click here: Dance dress code 2016-2017

Download the parent welcome letter. Click here: Welcome HSA Dance Families 2016-2017

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Learn more about our Open Class dance faculty below:

Leyland Simmons SmLeyland Simmons

HSA Dance Resident Choreographer, Leyland Simmons performed with the New York City Ballet, Complexions, Ailey II, Ballet X, Peridance Ensemble, Forces of Nature Dance Company, Nathan Trice’s/Rituals, and George Faison. Leyland has also performed at Jacob’s Pillow, the Cincinnati, Moscow and Miami International Ballet Festivals. Mr. Simmons is also a member of the School of American Ballet’s Alumni Advisory Committee on Diversity and a certified affiliate teacher in the American Ballet Theaters Pre-Primary to Level Three Curriculum.

Adults and Children Ages 12+

  • Ballet 5 -7 Intermediate/Advanced
  • Saturday
  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Kat WildishKat Wildish

Kat Wildish is a New York City master ballet and pointe technique teacher for students of all ages and levels. Currently, Kat teaches at Pace University, Peridance Capezio Center and Ballet Arts. Kat has performed with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Zurich Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and The Eglevsky Ballet (under the artistic direction of Edward Villella).

Adults and Children Ages 12+

  • Ballet 5 -7 Intermediate/Advanced
  • Friday
  • 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
  • Teen and Adult Ballet for Absolute Beginners
  • Friday
  • 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Daniel CatanachDaniel Catanach

Daniel Catanach served as the Artistic Director for Urban Ballet Theater and Santa Fe Dance Company.  He also served as the Rehearsal Director for the Kansas City Ballet and Ballet Master for Armitage Ballet. Daniel has been taught at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, STEPS on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. Nationally, he has been invited to create work and conduct master classes for Ballet Lubbock, Dallas Repertoire Ballet, Delaware Dance Company, New York Dance Alliance, Armitage Gone Dance, National Dance Institute, Kansas City Ballet and NORD/NOBA Center for Dance in New Orleans.

Adults and Children Ages 12+

  • Ballet 5 – 7 Intermediate/Advanced
  • Mondays, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Men’s Ballet
  • Wednesdays, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
  • Ballet 5 – 7 Intermediate/Advanced
  • Thursdays, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

General Dance Information

HSA Dance Ensemble

Celebrate Dance SmHSA Dance Ensemble provides opportunities for dancers to achieve their highest level of excellence through rigorous training, performance opportunities and community service. It is a group of our most talented students with ambitions to attend elite arts middle schools, high schools, universities and work professionally as performers. Ages 12-17, some of these talented dancers already attend Laguardia High School, Talent Unlimited and Professional performing Arts School. Click here to RSVP!

ABT Bridge Class

To broaden the efforts of the Project Plié initiative and to build stronger ties to ABT’s New York City community, the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School offers a special bridge class, held weekly on Monday nights during the 2015-2016 school year. Young dancers ages 8-11 have the opportunity to study with the ABT JKO School faculty while maintaining strong ties to the studios, schools and community programs in which they are currently enrolled. HSA, one of six official affiliate schools in the world, is honored to have five of its students be the first to experience the debut of ABT’s JKO Bridge Class.


Thank you!

“The arts aren’t extracurricular; they’re extra-essential.”

AUBREY LYNCH II Director of Dance
Mr. Lynch is a former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and an original cast member and Associate Producer of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Disney’s The Lion King. He has taught at many dance institutions including Steps on Broadway and The Ailey School. He has designed and lead workshops and programs for Theater Development Fund, mentored student contestants at the prestigious YoungArts Week, and coaches children for film, television, and Broadway. Mr. Lynch is the founder and Artistic Director of Mr. Aubrey’s Show Kids empowering youth through arts. He attended University of Michigan and has appeared on “The Cosby Show,” and videos for En Vouge and George Michael. He is also a professional visual artist, actor and musician.

Harlem School of the Arts is proud to include the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough 9 level program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT® National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.Pre-Primary through Level 3 will be taught by ABT® Certified Teachers who have successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.
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