The Academy of Dance Arts-Illinois Dance Academy
Home to: "The Academy Dance Alliance" Competitive Dance Co. and "Illinois Ballet Theatre Youth Co."
The Academy is an educational training school for all our students who wish to learn and experience the joy of dance, and all that it gives to the development of the human body. Academy students reap the rewards of training their mind, body, and spirit, coordinating together in the magnificent language of dance. At the Academy, students are privileged to learn and train under world renowned faculty and guest artists who instruct, mentor, choreograph, and create for Academy students in the art of classical and contemporary dance.
Registration is Now in Progress for the Fall 2014/15 school year. Click here for more details.
Academy Facelift - new Parking Lot, Picnic Area, and Landscaping. Click here for more details.
Competitions and Awards:
2014 Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) Outstanding School Award
The Academy has classes for everyone and is leading the way in excellence in the Dance Arts for the Downers Grove, Naperville, and Western Suburban areas of Illinois.
The Academy is proud of our professional Ballet Program which again was awarded "Most Outstanding School" by the prestigious Youth America Grand Prix in 2013. Our ballet studio trains our dancers properly through a strict pedagogical system which combines the best aspects of the Vaganova, Royal Academy of Dance, and Balanchine technique to produce well-rounded and accomplished ballet dancers. The Academy Ballet Program is headed by Master Instructors Sherry Moray and Irina Starovoitova. Development of performance skills continues for our ballet students dancing with The Illinois Ballet Theatre Youth Co. and competing at the Youth America Grand Prix regionally and Internationally.
The Academy also features an excellent National Award Winning Contemporary Jazz Program directed by master instructor - Mr. Ricky Ruiz. Mr. Ruiz's choreography has been awarded countless accolades and "Most Outstanding" choreography awards for his work both with the "Academy Dance Alliance" -- the Academy's Performing and Competing Teams -- as well as for professional Contemporary Dance Companies.
The Academy's "Young Children's Program" (ages 2 1/2 - 6 years) is an outstanding program directed by experienced adult professionals and geared to give our little ones the right start on a pathway to excellence in dance.
If something more upbeat is your style, the Academy also focuses on exciting Hip-Hop, Jazz, Modern, and Tap classes for all ages. Let our expert dance instructors teach you or your child the moves, skills, and technique you desire in an enjoyable atmosphere.
Additional feature classes at the Academy are Stretch and Strengthening, Adult Classes (Ballet and Tap), Teen classes (Ballet and Jazz), Private Lessons, and dance classes geared for students seeking additional training for their Jr. High or High School Poms and Orchesis Dance Teams.
Come dance and experience our 6 state-of-the-art studios and facility. Our spacious studios (over 15,000 square feet of space) are also available for rent on an hourly basis and are located less than 20 miles from downtown Chicago in the Downers Grove area. Click here for facility information and photos.
Our Illinois Dance Academy is easily accessed from I-355 and Butterfield Road to Findley Ave.; I-88 and Highland Ave to Findley Ave.; Roosevelt Road to Findley Ave.; or Ogden to Findley Ave, (map) and serves the following communities for excellence in Dance: Naperville, Downers Grove, Lisle, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Westmont, Lemont, Lombard, Oak Brook, Woodridge, Darien, Villa Park, Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Addison, Western Springs, Bloomingdale, and for those interested in excellence in superior dance training throughout the Chicagoland area.