Interview with August Tye, Founder & Artistic Director of the Hyde Park School of Dance
August Tye has been dancing and creating dance since she was a little girl. For the past twenty years she has shared that love of dance with hundreds of other young children and their families. Founded in 1993 by August, the Hyde Park School of Dance (HPSD), formerly the Hyde Park School of Ballet, has been an integral part of the cultural fabric of Hyde Park and the larger Chicago dance community. I talked with her about her journey with dance and HPSD.
FOB: I read that you began your career as a dancer. Can you tell us more about the start of your dancing career?
AUGUST: I began creating dances when I was a little girl. By the time I was a teen, I was a teaching assistant. I studied and performed with the Kalamazoo Ballet where I remained for twelve (12) years. In 1992 I came to Chicago. I became the Ballet Mistress at Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2005. I manage the dancers during a production, taking them through their daily practice and assisting the choreographer. I learn his work in order to continue it once he leaves. My job is to maintain the integrity of his choreography throughout the production. I’m also starting to do choreography for the Lyric. I worked on Carmen and more recently the production of Elektra.