The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by legendary toe tapper Fred Astaire himself, shepherd students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or mambo.
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 & 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 everyday by their students, and are constantly growing as dancers for and because of their students.
“We believe that every child is a champion.” This mission statement informs the approach that Elite Kids takes with the participants of its programs. Youngsters may learn self-reliance in gymnastics lessons, which take place on an in-ground tumble-track trampoline, on an array of beams and bars, or in the air above an in-ground foam pit. They also develop discipline in dance class; teachers incorporate colorful costumes and props to engage students. Elite Kids’ charges can even learn how to express themselves through athletic theatrical performances or simply improve their 2 a.m. Friday-night karaoke warblings during musical theatre classes.
Dance the day or night away at Dance Motions in Bartlett.
Even the clumsiest of dancers will learn how to glide gracefully at Dance Motions.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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.