Schaumburg Dance

Little Stars and Inspire Dance Academies

Little Stars and Inspire Dance Academies have three dance studios at the Community Recreation Center (CRC) and one at the Meineke Recreation Center (MRC). All dance studios feature sprung wood floors, mirrors and ballet barres. There is a second floor student changing/study area at CRC.

Classes include ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, modern, lyrical and hip hop.

For more information, call 847/490-7015 or view the latest program guide.

Program Information

Little Stars and Inspire Dance Academies provide skill building techniques through various dance forms. Equal attention is given to provide a pleasant atmosphere essential to learning. Good poise and self-confidence is gained while experiencing the joy of movement which carries through to all parts of the dancer’s life. The goal is to provide every student with a solid dance foundation, while leaving room for individual creativity and fun!

Registration Information 2014-2015

  • Class Registration - The fall dance session runs through spring 2015. Classes may be paid in full in the fall or broken into two payments (charge card required). The first payment is due at the time of fall registration and the second payment will be deducted automatically from the credit card Jan. 1. Call registration at 847/490-7015 for payment details.
  • Class Level Placement - For placement questions, call the dance coordinator at 847/490-7015, ext. 2024.
  • Visiting Days - Parents/guests are invited to attend class on visiting days only.
  • Age Requirements - Dancers must meet the class age requirement by Sept. 1, 2014.

2014-2015 Dance Parent Handbook (PDF)
Fall 2013 Dance Schedule, Registration and Fees (PDF)
2014-2015 Dance Attire (PDF)

Dance Recitals 2015

  • Little Stars Dance Recitals - Tutu Toddlers, Budding Ballerinas, Jazz’n Juniors, Tiny Tappers and Hip Hop Tots may perform in a dance recital on Sunday, April 26, 2015 on the CRC stage. This is an optional activity. Dancers who wish to perform will have an additional costume fee. Audience tickets $5 to $6.
  • Inspire Dance Recitals - Dancers enrolled in beginning through advanced levels may perform in the annual dance recitals on May 9, 2015 at the Prairie Arts Centre. This is an optional activity. Dancers who wish to perform will have an additional costume fee. Audience tickets are $12.

Instructors

Ashley Molitor

Ashley brings more than 15 years of dance instruction experience to the program. She began her dancing career at the age of 4 at the Fox Valley Park District where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and modern under the direction of Beth Waller.

She competed regionally and nationally as a member of multiple dance teams including the award-winning Xtreme Dance Force under the direction of Sam Renzetti. Ashley has taught at the School of Dance West Ballet and Steppin' Out Dance Studio.

In addition to teaching and choreographing for the Schaumburg Park District, Ashley is also the director of the award winning Expressions Dance Company and Charmed Dance Company. Ashley has had the privilege of being trained by several extremely talented dancers such as Janice Barringer, Frank Hatchett, and Ricardo and Regina Moyano.

   
 

Keri Dahm

Keri began her dancing career at the age of 4 at the Hanover Park Park District where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop with Monica Noble-Lawson. She continued her education through dance conventions and competitions as she outgrew her Park District dance programs, where she has taken classes with top instructors and choreographers throughout the U.S. including Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh, Ted Jackson and Avnun Yakubov.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a minor in dance from Western Illinois University. Her extracurricular activities at WIU included the University Dance Theatre, a student based organization for three and a half years where she was able to choreograph, participate with many guest artists and put on performances after each semester.

While Keri was in UDT she held the position of clinic chair on the executive board and planned and organized a dance camp that involved the surrounding schoolf of Macomb for children in 1st through 12th grade. She has also choreographed for the winner of Miss Macomb 2010 and was a member of the Chicago Honey Bear Dancers.

Keri loves working with kids and seeing them have fun while learning.

   
     

Monica Kramer

Monica has been dancing since the age of 3. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz and pointe. Monica has been teaching dance at studios in the Chicagoland and Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Florida areas for almost 25 years.

Monica's students have ranged in age from 2 to 65 but her specialty is sharing her love of dance with the young Little Stars dancers. Monica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Loyola University Chicago.

 
     

Brandee McBride

Brandee took her first ballet class when she was 3 at the Schaumburg Park District. Because of her outstanding dance abilities Brandee was awarded a full scholarship to The Chicago Academy for the Arts High School. Upon graduation, Brandee continued her studies at Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Joseph Holmes Dance Theatre, Lou Conte Dance Studio and Joel Hall Dance Centre.

She has performed with some of Chicago's top dance companies and choreographers including Frank and Lisa Boehm, Kirby Reed, Joel Hall and Dwayne Pendarvis.

Brandee has over 10 years of experience instructing at park districts and private studios from Shererville, Indiana to Crystal Lake, Illinois. She has briefly taught ballet to gymnasts and choreographed floor routines but decided to return to the District dance studios in 2012.

She teaches all ages and techniques as well as assists Ashley and Keri with the Expressions and Charmed Dance Companies. She is also a licensed massage therapist.

 
     

Chrissy Mosley

Chrissy started dancing at 3. She studied various styles of dance as a teenager including ballet/pointe and character with Bolshoi master Madame Inesse Alexandrov. She gained interest in gymnastics and acrobatics and competed as a gymnast for a year. She was also heavily involved in community and school theatre and performed in many musicals.

Chrissy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University where she performed with the University Dance Theatre and studied dance under Heidi Clemmens, Candace Winters-March and Denise Brakefield.

She contined studying dance at a studio in Kalamazoo, Michigan where she also began teaching in 2008 and has been teaching various styles of dance ever since. Chrissy also enjoys sharing her love of dance with her three young daughters.

 
   

Ginnie Meyer

Ginnie has been teaching dance for over 40 years. She studied dance in Lawwerence, Indiana, Laurel, Mississippi, Ukiah, California, and Dover, Ohio. She owned and operated her own dance studio in the Dover-New Philadelphia area in Ohio for 23 years before joining her family in the Chicago area.

While in Ohio she appreared in many Little Theatre and Dover Summer Theatre productions including the co-starring role of Dainty June in LT's musical Gypsy.

As a member of Tuscarawas County Up With People she was a featured dancer for two years at the Ohio State Fair where she was chosen from a singing chorus of over 1,500 people.

As a member of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters Ginnie passed oral, written and demonstration exams in ballet, jazz and tap. Ginnie's students in Ohio and Illinois have won both local and national competitions.

 
     

Margaret Palmer

Margaret has been teaching in the Chicagoland area for 26 years. She has performed with Dancewerks, Second City Ballet, River North Dance Company, Kaye and Dow Productions and Cerqua/Rivera Art Experience.

Margaret appeared in the WTTW Challen 11 special Reality of a Dreamer, the first documentary about the River North Dance Company. She enjoyed an apprenticeship with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in the early 90s.

Recently, she was able to perform with Mature Dancer's Project under the direction of Sherry Zunker at the Harris Theatre in Chicago. Margaret has been co-directing Larkin High School's Visual and Performing Arts Academy for dance for the past 11 years

She enjoys teaching and choreographing at many local private dance studios. She loves to share her passion for dance with her students and family.

 

   

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