Show your HSDA pride!

Auto window stickers are on the bulletin board at the studio.

Not to worry about peeling them off again: They are vinyl, not paper, and easy to remove.

Home Schooled?
The Hirschl School is an official vendor (in-school & online) for Sky Mountain, Excel, I-Lead and Valiant!

The Hirschl School Mission Statement

(It's what we stand by and live by at HSDA)

The REMIND app:
Effective 2-way communication is the currency of the 21st century. Get on the studio "Remind" app. On your phone, call “81010” and enter the studio code “@balletwmrh”
QUESTIONS?
If anyone has any questions about anything concerning re-opening, scheduling, or ANYTHING else concerning the HSDA, contact Mr. Hirschl directly.
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DO NOT contact the staff, as that's the way you'll get inaccurate information. The teachers have been hired to do a professional job of teaching, not to provide you with logistics.
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Use the HSDA "Remind" app, or e-mail:  info@hirschlballet.com

Reasons to choose the Hirschl School of Dance Arts: What makes us UNIQUE.

When we reopen, the HSDA has dance floor space for rent for lessons, meetings and a wide variety of dance and non-dance oriented uses. Contact Mr. Hirschl for details.

Samples of Photography from The Mind of Mr. H.

Moms and Dads: Definitely worth a read if you care about your children and their future.

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To ALL EDUCATORS that teach online, whatever the subject- Definitely worth a read.

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Nutcracker 2020:
There have been changes to our presentation.
Details and updates will be on this page soon.
Our aplologies- and please be patient!
ONLINE and VIRTUAL
If you are doing ANY kind of interaction online, in business or as an educator, please give this a read.

    There's nothing "virtual" about online classes at the Hirschl School: They are very “real”. Students are watched individually & are corrected; they can ask questions & get answers. There is real-time interaction. It’s just like being at the studio, albeit online; I’m in my office at home, and students are safe at their home. Virtual implies something more like what my daughter does when she puts on her Oculus VR headset: “not real”. For that, there are plenty of YouTube “follow-the-leader” clips to entertain you.
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    "Virtual" - It’s a word that has maneuvered its way into many of our daily conversations in the digital age. In the workplace, we often talk about having virtual meetings or virtual events. In online education, we talk about virtual classes, virtual schools, virtual conferences, etc.
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    When we use the word "virtual", we tend to mean online. We use it to define an interaction that does not take place in an in-person physical environment. Understood this way, "virtual" seems an appropriate distinction from in-person events, engagements, and interactions.
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    Yet there is another meaning to the word. One that is best understood when we consider that the antonym to virtual is "actual". Without necessarily meaning to (though, perhaps, some do mean it), when we say something is virtual, we are also saying that it is essentially not actual. That it isn’t real.
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    As an online educator, I often deal with the unfortunate perception that comes with calling online interactions virtual. Online interactions can be perceived as lesser versions of in-person interactions or poor substitutes for "real" engagement. When online interactions are called "virtual", they enter our mental framework as not actual.
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    This unintentional connotation can make the job of developing and delivering meaningful online experiences even more difficult. By conceptualizing online products or events as not-actual, online teachers face the uphill battle of having to convince their own students (and parents) that the result will be meaningful and worthy of the effort. The language we use plays a large role in this process!
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    To all of you involved in teaching online, I’d like to ask you to join me with a change in our language. Let’s frame online interactions differently. Let’s start thinking about all interactions as actual and real. Let’s stop calling them virtual just because participants are not all in the same physical room. It’s not virtual. It's online. It’s not converting in-person content, it's developing online experience. It’s not wishing we could do this in person, it’s delighting in the potential to reach people through the internet. By reframing the language we use, we can help to reshape the preconceived notion that online interactions are not actual.
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    Some things ARE virtual. I’m not suggesting that we can’t use the word at all. Instead, the word should reflect the objects that are really virtual. But our classes are real, the learning and training we provide are actual, and the interactions we have online are real. It’s time to distinguish online from virtual and stop calling every online interaction "virtual".

In-Person Private Lessons at Hirschl Ballet. The health and welfare of our students take precedence, as they have since 1972. Common-sense runs a close 2nd. When taking private lessons, they will be safer in our studio than in a department store, mall, supermarket or restaurant. For info and reservations, contact me. Here is a video about it:

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There will be no classes Monday, January 18th.