Hubbard Street 2, founded by Julie Nakagawa and Lou Conte in 1997 and now led by Terence Marling, prepares dancers ages 18 to 25 for careers in contemporary dance, and identifies next-generation choreographers. While members, talented young artists receive professional experience in a dynamic environment that fosters artistic growth while allowing them to hone multiple techniques. To date, 12 members of HS2 have advanced to Hubbard Street’s main company, with numerous others joining top dance companies worldwide.
HS2’s dancers reach thousands annually with diverse programming that provides valuable exposure to dance for students in schools, plus site-specific work in museums and cultural institutions, and evening-length repertoire performances. HS2 is honored to have performed at many prestigious venues including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Joyce SoHo and North Carolina School of the Arts, and overseas in Germany, Luxembourg, South Africa and Switzerland.
As part of its mission to identify and nurture young choreographers, HS2 initiated a National Choreographic Competition in 1999. Each year, the competition provides residencies offering choreographers opportunities to create original work and conduct master classes for the community. The competition has gained an esteemed reputation, international recognition and produced more than 30 works, by notable choreographers including Robert Battle, Aszure Barton, Camille Brown, Norbert De La Cruz III, Gregory Dolbashian, Jonathan Fredrickson, Alex Ketley, Gabrielle Lamb, Edwaard Liang, Terence Marling, Andrea Miller, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, Samar Haddad King, Dominic Walsh and Edgar Zendejas.
HS2 is an integral component of Hubbard Street’s Youth, Education and Community Programs, which bring students into the world of dance by actively engaging them in perception, research, reflection and discussion, assisting them in strengthening basic proficiencies to develop analytical and abstract thinking, interpretation and problem-solving skills.