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
Dancer Shoe Swap & Sale
Starting June 26th you can drop-off gently used dance shoes at the CRC registration counter to be part of the Dance Shoe Swap & Sale. Shoes should be placed into a Ziploc bag with your name, phone number and email written on the bag. The price you want for the shoes should be firmly attached to the shoes. You may donate shoes as well.
The Dance Shoe Swap & Sale will be held on Thursday, August 30th from 6:30-8pm at CRC. You will be notified after the sale if your item(s) sold or not.
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 2017-2018
- Class Registration - The Fall dance session runs through spring 2018. 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 the first class.
- Dancewear Requirements - NEW requirements for the 2018-2019 Dance Season. Please read below form carefully.
- 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 29, 2018 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.
Little Stars Dance Recital Packet
- Inspire Dance Recitals - Dancers enrolled in beginning through advanced levels may perform in the annual dance recitals on May 12, 2018 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.
Inspire Dance Recital Packet
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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!
Victoria began dancing 16 years ago at Dorothy’s Dancing Unlimited, studying ballet and tap. As the years went on, she realized how much she loved performing and wanted to compete in dance. Victoria continued her training at Golden’s School of Dance, studying ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, and hip hop. Victoria competed with Golden’s Work of Art Dance Company for several years, achieving national and regional awards.
During high school, Victoria performed with the Giordano Dance Company, as well as, danced and choreographed at Barrington High School. She was a member of the Poms and Orchesis teams. Additionally, Victoria studied with the Inspire Dance Studio, winning numerous awards with the Expression competition troupe through high school and college.
Victoria is a graduate of The Second City Improv program, has appeared in a commercial and short films. As a musical theatre actress, she has appeared in dozens of plays. Some of Victoria’s favorite roles were: Mrs. Corry in Mary Poppins, Cinderella in Cinderella's Glass Slipper, Ann Reilly in 42nd Street and Mrs. Darling in Peter Pan.
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.
Mika began dancing when she was 2 years old at Gould Academy of Dance Arts. Here she quickly discovered her love for dance and studied ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hiphop for 12 years.
Mika later trained at Integrity School of Dance in Elgin and joined Integrity’s Dance Company during her last two years of high school. She had the pleasure of dancing under the direction of Kelly Hill and Hanna Bricston. During her two years of company Mika also had the opportunity to dance competitively and go to conventions.
As Mika entered high school she joined Larkin’s Visual Performing Arts Academy where she danced under the direction of Kelly Hill and Margaret Palmer for 4 years.
During that time she had the opportunity to learn from choreographers including Miguel Perez, Aaron Rogers, Hanna Bricston, and Jeremy Plummer. She also had the chance to choreograph dances not only with her class but on her own for various academy performances.
Throughout high school Mika assisted teachers with beginner level classes at Integrity School of Dance. During her senior year of high school she taught dance classes at the Cambridge Lakes Community Center. She taught beginner level ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap. Mika enjoys working with young children and sharing her love for dance!
Gina began studying dance at the age of 4 and has been trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and lyrical dance. She has studied at Faubourg School of Ballet, Dorothy’s Dancing Unlimited and summer programs with Ballet Chicago.
She has performed in many ballets which include “The Nutcracker” with Schaumburg Dance Ensemble for 4 years, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Snow White”.
In high school she was on the Orchesis Dance Team and Varsity Pom Pon Squad all four years. She won many 1st place awards while at Dance Camp for Poms. Also while in high school she performed dance roles in many community theatre musicals with H.O.T.T. Productions.
She has 6 years of dance teaching experience and loves teaching children the joy of dance.
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.