What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Expression teaches technique in a fun and enjoyable way. All ages and levels are welcome, and will immediately be part of the family. Styles: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, creative movement, dancing with disabilities, mommy and me, and musical theater.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
First-time students will learn to appreciate and dance, and will quickly learn technique and expression. All students are encouraged to express their creativity and individuality.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
Studio owner Amber Alonzo dreamed of opening a dance studio her entire life. In 2009, her dream came to fruition. Amber strives to create a safe, fun and educational environment for all dancers.
What do you love most about your job?
All of the teachers at Expression bring a love for dance and teaching. Expression teachers are inspired every day by their students, and are constantly growing as dancers for and because of their students.
If not for the 30 miles that separate them, Broadway in Naperville would feel right at home on Chicago's theater row. Yet somehow that separation of city and suburb allows their art to flourish and their imaginations to run unburdened by Windy City hubris. For founder and artistic director Andrea Wukitsch, Broadway in Naperville is about theater at its purest—an almost magical tool that fuels the human spirit through storytelling—and less about guys on wires pretending they're spiders.
As a professional theater company, Broadway in Naperville ensures that every staging is stunning with inventive works drawn from across the globe. As a dramatic and technical arts conservatory, Broadway in Naperville transforms budding actors, dancers, and singers into spotlight-ready pros while instilling them with the skill-set to navigate the Great White Way.
The closet connoisseurs at Perfection Closets help keep bedrooms, garages, home offices, and pantries well-ordered via an array of organizational materials and accessories. A free in-home consultation provides clients with a 3-D rendering of proposed closet designs and an estimate that includes the potential costs of design, materials, fabrication, delivery, and installation. Clients can store garments on shelving units 14 inches deep in a 6-foot-wide reach-in closet ($500) or hang their collection of Scooby-Doo costumes in a standard 6'x7' walk-in closet with 11.75-inch-deep hanging units and 14-inch deep shelves ($1,200). Feel free to stop by Perfection Closets' Niles showroom and peruse the vast display of organizational choices and materials, including eco-friendly melamine in a variety of colors to complement rooms and pledge allegiance to your favorite Power Ranger.
After 6 years of award winning instruction in dance and the performing arts, VPA has launched its brand new Adult Program. This exciting new program offers an array of dance and fitness classes suitable for all levels, from the beginner to the seasoned veteran.
Putting together 200 burlesque shows in four years takes heartfelt dedication and an inordinate supply of pasties. For Vaudezilla founders Red Hot Annie and Dick Dijon, it was a dream come true. Their saucy theatrics have entertained audiences all over Chicago with monthly shows such as "Lincoln Fair" and the long-running, critically acclaimed burlesque parody of The Big Lebowski, which received four-star acclaim in Chicago Stage Review. The crew at Vaudezilla has also worked to innovate the art form, assembling live-band burlesque shows and story-based burlesque theater at Stage 773. In 2011, Vaudezilla opened its Belmont Avenue studio, where professional and amateur performers rehearse for shows, take belly-dance and Zumba classes, and learn the art of burlesque, which was perfected decades ago by 20th-century sex symbol Burl Ives.
The Chicago Actors Studio encourages imagination and emotional exploration as it educates aspiring thespians in the dramatic arts. With affiliates in New York and Los Angeles, the studio welcomes students of all ages and experience to hone their skills through practiced scene study and individual monologues. The 10-week Acting as a Craft class showers a broad curriculum of skills upon actors-in-training, teaching them the nuances of acting onstage, on camera, or on top of a speeding train. Classes cover cold readings, as well as the initial steps toward becoming a master manipulator of voice and movement. Students ready to share their skills can benefit from expert wisdom in the Audition Power class, where instructors teach the tiny tricks necessary to quickly build relationships with scene partners, handle callbacks, and dress appropriately for the role.