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Training in the Academy

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The Academy provides a holistic Dance curriculum for students ages 3-18 while developing, training and challenging student’s physicality, creativity, and performance skills in and out of the studio to prepare them for the rigors of a professional Dance career. All dancers are required to study Ballet and techniques in African, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Theater, Tap, Capoeira, Liturgical Movement and Dance Composition. Classes are held after school and on weekends.

Throughout the year HDAT offers students opportunities to attend outside performances, conferences and festivals, travel and perform locally and nationally. HDAT focuses on dance teachings and studies steeped in a learning environment that supports the discipline of dance, and the development of the dance body while linking Black cultural traditions and history to excellence in preparation and performance.

Students are placed on the following tracks based on age, skill, commitment, and progression.

Creative Movement | 3 - 6 years of age

Ceative Movement
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The Creative Movement Academy is designed to inspire students between the ages of 3-6 to begin developmental foundational skills in dance through movement exploration. Students develop motor skills, rhythmic awareness, coordination, and discipline, through learning Rhythm Acting & Movement (RAM) in Pre-Ballet, African, Afro-Caribbean, Hip-Hop, Capoeira, Jazz, Liturgical, Tap and Theater. Black dance history, culture and traditions is laced throughout the genres of dance.


No previous dance experience is required. Creative Movement is broken into two 4-month sessions

3 and 4 year olds

Tuition Cost - $320.00 (Pay up front)

Schedule - Wednesdays 5:15 - 6:00

5 and 6 year olds

Tuition Cost - $480 (Pay up front)

Schedule - Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:15 - 6:00

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Pre-Academy Track

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The Pre-Academy is designed for students starting at age 7 who are committed to dance training.  Students’ dedication, and commitment to learning the artistry of dance through disciplined class attendance, engagement, study, practice, and performance is required. With an emphasis on classical Ballet training, students study Jazz, Modern, Capoeira, African and Tap. There is a continued development and focus on Black dance history, culture, and traditions. At this level, students begin to develop self-confidence and a personal commitment to dance.


No previous dance training is required; however, an audition is required for acceptance and level placement.

Level 1 Students

Tuition: $1,440 per year (broken into 8 monthly payments)


Schedule: Tuesday - Thursday, 6:00 - 8:00

Level 2 Students

Tuition: $1,680 per year (broken into 8 monthly payments)

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 6:00 - 8:30

Pre-Professional Track

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The Pre-Professional Academy is designed for students, who are serious, committed dancers, seeking to expand and improve dance techniques and vocabulary while aspiring to become professional artists. The curriculum supports growth and proficiency in all genres and techniques.  Students’ continued commitment to dance studies is evidenced in consistent class attendance, engagement, study, practice, and performance at their best, physically and mentally. With an expanded emphasis on classical Ballet training, students study Pointe, Jazz, Modern, African and Tap.


Students participate in master classes, workshops, and audition for performances.

Level 3 Students

Tuition: $2,000 per year (broken into 8 monthly payments)

Schedule: Tuesday - Thursday, 6:00 - 8:30

Level 4 Students

Tuition: $2,240 per year (broken into 8 monthly payments)

Schedule: Monday - Thursday, 6:00 - 8:30

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