The Dominican University Performing Arts Center's creative spirit swells in a season highlighted with multicultural music, dance, and drama. As a string quartet, Ethel's Juilliard-trained musicians pluck a viola, a cello, and a pair of violins to their own original compositions and those of contemporary composers. These skilled performers join with Grammy–winning Native American flutist Robert Mirabal for a cross-cultural mélange of melody-making inside the Lund Auditorium, whose acoustics are regularly tested by opera-singing mimes.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning’s numerous study centers design custom lesson programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.
Red Lobster, Wicker Park’s Mirai Sushi, and Lincoln Park punk bar Delilah’s are three seemingly disparate venues. However, they have something in common—all three have hired graduates of American Professional Bartending Schools of Illinois to mix their drinks and man their bars. The schools have been landing graduates at notable Chicago establishments for more than 60 years, but their connection with alums doesn’t end with their first gig. Graduates receive lifetime, personalized job-placement assistance and can call the school’s career hotline 24 hours a day to find out about job openings or trade meatloaf recipes.
The schools' focus on employment also shows in their bartending classes, which are modeled after on-the-job training and led by teachers with an average of more than 20 years of industry experience. Taught at bars complete with realistic faux liquor, the sessions cover topics from mixology to presentation and etiquette.
The Riverside Theater Guild's cast of performers aged 8 to adult playfully recreates the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale in its production of Princess and The Pea. Audience members of all ages will hum along with Princess Mabel of Mudville as she sings, dances, and develops an unnerving obsession with legumes en route to the Kingdom of Snob Hill, where her prince awaits. Along with sparking smiles throughout the community, the Guild aims to instill storytelling skills in youngsters by casting local stars-in-training and holding theater camps during the summer.
The only thing Elitte Bartending School takes more seriously than pouring beer and mixing drinks is having fun while doing it. The company offers a variety of classes to its current students at discounted rates, including sessions about mixing traditional and trendy cocktails, the basics of beer and wine, and the secret tips and tricks used for flair bartending. Classes at Elitte Bartending School are held in English and Spanish, and run through every aspect of running a bar, either in your home or professionally. The school is co-owned by a pair of state-licensed teachers and approved through the Illinois Board of Education. The teachers, all experienced barkeeps, can provide real-world insight into tending a bar and can help each student hone their resume and job-hunting techniques. The 40-hour program grants a career-boosting Basset certification that will show bar owners you're a pro. The class schedule includes a convenient assortment of morning, afternoon, and evening sessions.
In the high-tech classroom and professional-grade bartending training area, A List Startenders’ experienced cocktail slingers teach their students the fine art of drinksmanship and watering-hole etiquette. They pilot 40-hour Comprehensive Certification courses and shorter Essential Mixology tutorials, instilling pupils with the necessary knowledge and skills, such as quickly completing drink orders, bolstering cocktails with fresh fruit, and taking sage advice from the teleprompter beneath the bar, to operate in a bar environment. They often begin lessons in the well-equipped classroom—where an interactive Smart board aids in imparting trade lingo and drink recipes—before venturing to the full-bar training ground, replete with glassware, dozens of liquor bottles, and bar equipment, including soda guns, shakers, and garnishes. Upon completion of a course, certified students receive aggressive job-placement assistance to embark on their new career path.
Dennis PaSamba Dance Company's instructors believe that dance is a universal language, and that all bodies can become fluent in the art of storytelling with a little practice. They educate both first-time and practiced dancers, building on what students already know while emphasizing passion and perseverance in the toe-tapping arts. During group classes, students learn hip-shaking combinations and suave Latin dance styles such as salsa, cha-cha, and bachata. Men’s and women’s styling classes help students to master alluring arm, shoulder, and nostril movements. In addition to group instruction, the studio also offers private lessons to help dancers to vault the learning curve with one-on-one attention and special classes for engaged couples looking to make a lasting impression during their first twirl as husband and wife.