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
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 2016-2017
- Class Registration - The fall dance session runs through spring 2017. 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, 2016.
Dance Parent Handbook (PDF)
Dance Schedule Registration and Fees (PDF)
Dance Attire (PDF)
Little Stars Calendar (PDF)
Inspire Calendar (PDF)
Philosophy and Guidelines (PDF)
- 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 30, 2017 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 12, 2017 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.
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.
Kari is from Schaumburg,IL and has been dancing since the age of 3. She is the former owner of Goldens School of Dance and director of Work of ART Dance Company named by Dance Teacher Magazine as one of the “50 Studios on the Move”.
Kari grew up studying with top instructors in the Chicagoland area in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap and Acrobatics. She furthered her education at Jacksonville University in Florida, receiving
her BFA in dance. There, she had an extensive program of ballet, modern, jazz, and tap technique, instruction, choreography and performance. Larsen was a member of the Dean’s list and awarded for excellence in Jazz Dance Technique.
Her professional career began as a member of the Chicago Honeybear Dancers. She traveled locally and nationally, performing for festivals, live industrial, and corporate events, modeling for promotional brochures and videos, and teaching master classes. Kari worked as Asst. Choreographer and Dancer in the Las Vegas Revue, “The Dream King” starring Trent Carlini, traveling throughout the US and Canada. For many years, she was lead choreographer and a dancer for Chicago White Sox special events.
Kari has been teaching dance to all ages for over 20 years. She has won choreography, entertainment, top teacher and top studio achievements. Kari has judged for Star Systems National Talent Competition.
She loves working with children of all ages and enjoys watching them express themselves through the art of dance!
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.
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.
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.