From the time kids can walk, they can take classes at GymQuest. With a wide array of gymnastics, tumbling, and cheer classes for kids all the way up to age 17, there are lessons to meet just about every student's skill set. Boys and girls just starting out in gymnastics can take beginner-level sessions that teach the basics and work their way up to Olympic apparatuses and advanced moves. Students can also work their way up to competing with the gym's AAU and USA Gymnastics teams.
Meanwhile, at DanceQuest, children learn beginning dance moves in a supportive environment, or progress to intermediate and advanced levels with more challenging classes. Students can pick from ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and tap. Additionally, the DanceQuest Performing Company culls students from DanceQuest classes with skills and good attendance to join the group in recitals.
An elegant and friendly studio in Chicagoland offering dance and fitness learning and experience from all cultures around the world...Ballroom, Latin, Bollywood, Hip-Hop, Zumba, Hoop-Dance & Fitness, Bollywood Workout, Yoga, etc. For all ages. For all occasions...Competitions, Weddings, Social Gatherings, Birthdays, etc.
Since Barbara McNulty founded her school in 1971, it has expanded to 18 state-spanning locations where beginning and advanced students learn the ins and outs of Irish dancing. McNulty herself is certified to teach Irish step solo, figure, and ceili dancing, and instructors lead a host of solo and team lessons to accommodate different ages or experience levels.
Mary Mayer's career in Irish dancing started when she took her first lessons in Ireland while staying with her grandmother in the early '70s. She loved it so much that when she returned to Chicago, she—as well as her brother John—began taking lessons at a local Irish-dance school, where they danced with such people as Lord of the Dance creator Michael Flatley. Both Mary and John eventually starting placing at regional and national championships.
In 1980, they founded the Mayer School of Irish Dancing. It began in a basement with only five students—two of who were their younger brother and sister, Paul and Julie Mayer. These two followed in their older siblings' footsteps by placing in championships and even landing roles in Road to Perdition. Paul trained actress Jennifer Jason Leigh and danced with her in the film. Julie also trained many actors and performed alongside Paul Newman and Daniel Craig.
Though John has since retired, Mary continues to teach classes six days a week in Villa Park and Galena. Paul and Julie man two of the school's additional locations, which now span four states. Their students have placed in regional and national championships. Some have even traveled to Ireland to put their skills on display at the All-Ireland Championship and see if any snakes have found their way back yet.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Dance One Fitness gets bodies in shape with high-energy, women-only Zumba dance classes held in a fun, results-oriented atmosphere. Zumba dusts the dance floor with hypnotic Latin rhythms that sculpt muscles, pump heartbeats, and burn calories. Classes at Dance One Fitness blend the rapturous rhythms of salsa, merengue, samba, flamenco, and more to trim figures in a supportive environment. The music and steps evolve on a regular basis so booties don’t get bored after consecutive classes. Students of all fitness levels can take part in Zumba classes, dancing as hard as they want to exorcise a desired amount of sweaty demons while burning as many as 1,000 calories in a single session.