HSA’s 60th Anniversary!

The HSA Dance Academy 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 Academy curriculum is supported by supplemental classes in modern, jazz, African and hip-hop. Academy 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.

Scholarships are available for students regardless of race, religion, nationality, ethnicity or sexual orientation. HSA provides financial aid through the generous donations of the Herb Alpert Foundation and other generous benefactors.




All academy students must be assessed. To audition or assessment for HSA Dance Academy including Prep, Pre-Prep and HSA Dance Academy, fill out the pre-registration form below. Existing students taking ABT Exams do not need to audition however, they must fill out the form below to be considered. Anyone who wants to be considered for Prep, Pre-Prep and HSA Dance Academy, please e-mail Leyland Simmons at lsimmons@hsanyc.org.


Accepted students will receive notification after an audition or assessment.

  • Track Recommendation

    With acceptance, families will receive a track assignment associated with a schedule and fee based on age and ability. Once accepted, download Class & Track Assignments for Academy Students and identify track recommendation.



    Please contact msimon@hsanyc.org in regards to track recommendations.


    Age 8–10 (3 classes)

    • 2 ballet classes
    • 1 elective

    Ages 9–11 (4–5 classes)

    • 3 ballet classes
    • 1-2 electives

    Ages 10–12 (5–6 classes)

    • 3 ballet classes
    • 2-3 electives

    Ages 12–14 (5–8 classes)

    • 5 ballet classes
    • 2-3 electives

    Ages 15–17 (6–8 classes)

    • 5 ballet classes
    • 2-3 electives