Archive for Dance

Dance Forward 2017 – Foster Dance Studios – May 12-13th

Dance Forward 2017

Dance Forward 2017 is Foster Dance Company’s Sixth Annual Spring Concert. It features performances by Foster Dance Company, Classical Ballet Company and Foster Dance Crew.


May 127:30pm
May 132pm/7:30pm
$20 – Adult/$15 – Student
Where: Regina Dominican High School (701 Locust, Wilmette, IL 60091)
Artistic Directors: 
Foster Dance Company – Ronn Stewart and Sarah Goldstone
Classical Ballet Company – Graca Sales
Foster Dance Crew – Marchello “Chello” Lee, Christopher “Espuppy” Escoffery and Jana Schneider

Mother/Daughter Bellydance Workshop – Hip Circle Studio – April 9

Open to daughters 4 and up, this workshop focuses on gaining comfort in your body and boosting self-esteem through dance. Bellydance started, historically, as a dance done by women, for women and is a wonderful art form to share with our daughters.

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Dance With Me, Toddler!™ – Hip Circle Studio – Starts April 19

This is a great way to start creating an active lifestyle for your family, and is fun to boot! Your toddler will have the freedom to follow the ebb and flow of their interest, while you get to learn to move your body. 

Looking to get your workout in? This class will do it so come dressed comfortably and be prepared to sweat! We’ll be barefoot for the class, so feel free to bring grippy socks (for you or your toddler) if that’s more comfortable for you.

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Fleetwood-Jourdain Center – Valentine’s Day Party for Middle School – February 24

DJ Skate Night at Robert Crown Center – January 13


Enjoy a night of skating and music at the Robert Crown Center’s special DJ night skating session on Friday, January 13, from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. 

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Gather – Holiday Events

Gather for the Holidays


Gingerbread House Decorating
Monday, December 12th, 5:30-6:30pm

Don’t miss this holiday favorite with your little one! Come create a sweet centerpiece for your home. Cost $35 for one adult & one child. We only have 3 spots left. Please register by calling 847-859-2312 to save your space today.

gather_stompHootenanny with Cassie of Stomp and Shout
Thursday, December 15th, 10:30-11:15am

Come create some music and fun while you explore using your big, beautiful imagination. It is going to be a hoot!



Annual Holiday Party
Saturday, December 17th, 9:30am-noon

Join us for a musical petting zoo and concert by students and faculty of etc. Music School. Enjoy festive holiday snacks, creative play, create a special art project to gift to a loved one and take home a gift bag for your little one. $25 event ticket includes admission for three individuals (children or adults). $10 for each additional family member (siblings under 9 months are free). Space is limited so please call 847-859-2312 or follow the link to register.

Register here

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Evanston Dance Ensemble – December 8-11


Evanston Dance Ensemble presents
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive

When the Evanston Dance Ensemble (EDE) first premiered its original story ballet adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s classic novel, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005, EDE founder and artistic director Béa Rashid referred to the show as “our alternative to The Nutcracker.” Much like that famous ballet, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has become EDE’s signature holiday performance, drawing audiences from throughout the Chicagoland area. With dancing snowflakes, leaping fauns, waltzing flowers, and animals prancing out a holiday polka, the production is a holiday feast for the whole family.

Thursday December 8 at 7:00PM
Friday December 9 at 7:00PM
Saturday December 10 at 1:00 and 4:00PM
Sunday December 11 at 1:00 and 4:00PM

$24 Adults
$16 Children, Students & Seniors
$15 for Thursday, December 8 (All Seats)

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Dance With Me, Toddler!™ – Single-session – December 11 – Register Now


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Mother/Daughter Bellydance Workshop – December 4 – Register Now


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Dance With Me, Toddler!™ – November 9 – December 14


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Mother / Daughter Bellydance Workshop – November 6


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Peanut Flag Football & More at Ridgeville Park District

2nd and 3rd graders love our Flag Football program as a way to learn more about the sport this Fall! Come enjoy the Football season spirit with your child in a fun, safe environment. Saturdays 9-10:30am. Free clinic on Sept. 10!

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Youth Classes Available

  • Ballet I, Wed. 5:15-6pm (~7-10 year old)
  • Ballet/Tap Combo, Wed. 6-7pm (~7-9 year old)
  • Boys Bop, Mon. 10-10:30am
  • Fairy Ballet, Mon. 9:30-10am (~2-3 year old)
  • Fairy Ballet, Wed. 4-4:30pm (~4 year old)
  • Intro to Ballet, Wed. 4:30-5:15pm (~5-6 year old)

Sign up here for youth classes

Auditions for Fall Youth Circus – Aug. 27 & 31

Fall Youth Circus

We are pleased to announce auditions for the Fall Youth Circus are August 27, 12:00-6:00 pm and August 31, 5:00-7:30 pm.

The Actors Gymnasium Youth Circus is a performance-based training program taking place in fall and spring that culminates in a fully-produced, original show. This intensive experience pairs professional artists and youth performers to collaboratively create an original new show and includes high-quality training in drama, dance, aerial and circus arts. The Youth Circus is one of our most popular ticketed events each year. Rehearsals Begin September 7, 2016

Students in 5th grade or higher are eligible to audition.

Creative Team

Written and Directed by Abby Pajakowski and a Special Guest
Circus Choreography by Sylvia Hernandez-DiStasi


August 27, 12:00-6:00 pm and August 31, 5:00-7:30 pm. No need to prepare material ahead of time. Please wear clothes that are comfortable to move in.

Click here to fill out an audition form!
Responses due by August 22

Rehearsal Days/Times*

  • Every Wednesday, 5:15-7:45 pm
  • Every Saturday, 3:00-7:00 pm
  • Every Sunday, 2:00-5:00 pm

*Necessary changes may be made to the schedule as required. All participants may not be required for every rehearsal.

Tech Week Rehearsals^

  • Friday, October 14: 6:00-10:00pm
  • Saturday, October 15: 3:00-7:00pm
  • Sunday, October  16: 2:00-6:00pm
  • Wednesday, October  19: 7:30-9:30pm
  • Thursday, October  20: 6:00-10:00pm
  • Friday, October  21: 6:00-10:00pm

^All call members must attend all tech rehearsals. No conflicts are permitted.


October 22 at 4:30 & 7:30 pm (call at 3:00 pm), October 23 at 3:00 pm (call at 1:30 pm), October 29 at 4:30 & 7:30 pm (call at 3:00 pm), and October 30 at 3:00 pm (call at 1:30 pm).


$360 for 9 weeks/72 approximate instructional hours

Financial aid is available for this program.

The Arts Circle @ Northwestern – Sat. June 4

The Arts Circle is your destination for the arts at Northwestern.

Join us on June 4th for a daylong series of exhibitions and performances featuring: Trisha Brown Dance Company performing Roof Piece on top of the buildings around the arts lawn, the inflation of Otto Piene’s sculpture Grand Rapids Carousel, a Cello Happening with more than 150 cellists, Tea Project by Aaron Hughes and Amber Ginsburg, an audio storytelling showcase with professional Foley artists, the Art Theory and Practice MFA Thesis Exhibit: Lake Cream, the Block Museum’s exhibition A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s, and special appearances by The Actors Gymnasium.

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Fortnightly Dance Class Registration Begins May 9

The North End Mothers’ Club once again brings to you Fortnightly Dance Classes for incoming 6th and 7th graders.
To register and learn more about the program please visit the Web site at
All registration materials and information are only available online.
If you have any questions about the program please email Nicole Jacob Marks at
Please see the Fortnightly Flyer for more details on the Fortnightly dance classes and on how to register!

Ballet Arts Camp Ages 5-10 – July 2016

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A half-day arts program for children ages 5-10

*All participants must be 5 years of age as of January 1, 2016

Each day will be full of fun and creative activities with a focus on the arts. Our program is created to expose children to imaginative and enjoyable performing arts experiences.  Students receive ballet training and explore other forms of dance such as jazz, modern, and musical theater.  Arts and crafts, singing, yoga/stretch and drama will round out their performing arts experience.
Classes are taught by skilled instructors who are highly experienced at teaching young children.

Performing Arts

Ballet, modern, musical theater, yoga/stretch and jazz focus on developing a young dancer’s strength, flexibility, and musicality, while instilling a love and appreciation of dance. Drama, singing, and arts and crafts provide fun opportunities to develop each child’s creative skills.

Additional Information:

Children are grouped by ages 5-7 and 8-10

Lunch and Snacks:

Children should bring a water bottle, lunch and a snack from home.


  • Ballet
  • Modern
  • Jazz
  • Choreography
  • Yoga/Stretch
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Singing
  • Musical Theater
  • Drama


MondayThursday 9:30-12:30
Week1:  July 11-14
Week 2:  July 18-21


$140 for 1 week
$270 for 2 weeks

Children may register for week 1, week 2, or the entire 2 weeks session
register online at

Location and Contact Information
Address: 7416 N. Ridge Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60645
Telephone: 773-381-0000



Chicago Ballet Arts Co-Directors: Patti Eylar & Leslie Saunders

Camp Directors/Teachers: Melanie Cortier & Micki Selander

Foster Dance Studio Performance – Sat. Jan. 9

WHAT: Foster Dance Studios, the North Shore’s premier dance education facility, will host “You’ve Been Tagged”! a special performance by the Foster Dance Company on Saturday, January 9th. The community is invited to enjoy this winter concert that explores social media through dance, including a premiere performance by Foster Dance’s Classical Ballet Company. Tickets are $20 for general admission or $10 with student ID. Community members of all ages are encouraged to attend.

WHY: Join Foster Dance Company in celebrating the holiday season with this spectacular new show featuring choreography by Ronn Stewart, Sarah Goldstone and Graca Sales.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This event is open to the community and is suitable for all ages.

WHEN: “You’ve Been Tagged”! will be held on Saturday, January 9th at 2PM and 7:30PM.

WHERE: Music Institute Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave. – Evanston, 60201

CONTACT: For information and questions please contact Foster Dance Studios at (847) 864-1877.

Foster Dance Studios – Sat. Oct. 24

WHAT: Foster Dance Studios, the North Shore’s premier dance education facility, will host Foster Dance Open Doors Celebration on Saturday, October 24th at the newly renovated dance studio in downtown Evanston. The community is invited to put on their dancing shoes (or socks!) for a rip-roaring evening of pizza, music and LOTS of dancing! The dance party will feature great music, open studio dancing as well as fun demonstrations of Foster Dance Studios’ MoPeD® or “More People Dancing” technique. MoPeD® is a fun, aerobic and improvisational style of dance developed and created by Foster Dance Studios’ Artistic Director, Ronn Stewart. The event is FREE to the public and community members of all ages are encouraged to attend.

WHY: Join Foster Dance Studios’ teachers and staff in kicking off the fall season and celebrating the opening of the new Studio C space.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This event is open to the community and is suitable for all ages. Foster Dance Studios’ staff and teachers will be in attendance to welcome guests and answer questions.  This is a free event and no RSVP is required.

WHEN: Foster Dance Open Doors Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 24th from 6PM – 8PM.

WHERE: Foster Dance Studios, 915 Foster Street – Evanston, 60201

CONTACT: For information and questions please contact Foster Dance Studios at (847) 864-1877.

Foster Dance Studios Summer Schedule

At Foster Dance Studios, their goal is to offer an exceptional dance education, to respect the whole individual, and to inspire all students to find the dancer within. The studio provides flexible, open schedules and a personalized curriculum, all within a welcoming atmosphere. Just steps from the Foster El stop in Evanston, their 3,000 sq. ft. studios are easily accessible to the North Shore and Chicago.  Convenient street and lot parking are available.

Check out Foster Dance Studios’ updated summer schedule with new classes and exciting additions to faculty! 

Company Auditions:
Saturday, Aug 1
1:30 – 3:00 (ages 8 – 12)
3:00 – 4:30 (ages 13 – 18)

Open Studios Evanston – Sat. June 6

On Saturday, June 6, from noon to 5 p.m., community members are invited to attend Open Studios Evanston, a free event that opens studio and gallery doors throughout Evanston to the general public to view artwork and participate in free events. Attendees will get to view works of art from more than 100 Evanston artists, listen to live music, watch dance performances, and join in creating a community quilt.

Attendees will get to view art in various categories, including painting and photography; dance, music and musical theater; jewelry; print making; and much more. Additionally, attendees will get to explore these works of art in several galleries and art organization spaces, including Alley Gallery, Art Encounter, As You Like It Salon, Block Museum, etc. Music School, Evanston Art Center, Hip Circle Studio, Noyes Cultural Arts Center and Space 900.

To view the event map, click here. For more information about the Open Studio Evanston event and “Made in Evanston” exhibit, please visit


Comix Revolution Evanston at 606 Davis Street is hosting comix artist Betty Heredia for a comix drawing demo on June 6, 1-4 p.m. Come and make a mini comic. Heredia will bring templates, some tools, glue sticks, paper, pencils to encourage people to make zines and comics, to express themselves in what is essentially a democratic art practice.