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NSSOD offers a quality dance education that is geared toward the positive enhancement and growth of your child, not just as a dancer, but as an individual as well. In addition to proper technique, our students learn respect for themselves and others, responsibility, caring, honesty and a genuine love for the arts. We believe the confidence and discipline learned by studying dance produce students who are well-rounded individuals, able to face life’s challenges and opportunities.

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    ABOUT INSPIRED DANCE COMPANY

    The INSPIRED Dance Company was formed as a way for dancers to entertain and enhance the lives of those in our community through the art of dance, while teaching young dancers the importance of hard work. Dance Company gives dancers the opportunity to perform at numerous venues outside of their regular classes.

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  • School of Dance

    The North Suburban School of Dance prides itself on having a diverse group of professionally trained performing arts instructors. Many of our teachers are currently performing throughout the Chicagoland area in numerous professional companies and freelancing opportunities. Additionally, they all have a strong background in dance performance and instruction, enabling them to teach proper technique to our students.

    • Shannon Color Headshot SHANNON MUNDORF - NSSOD PERFORMING ARTS DIRECTOR

      Shannon is the Performing Arts Director of the North Suburban School of Dance as well as the INSPIRED Dance Company Director. She grew up dancing in the western suburbs of Chicago at Dance Motions, Inc. under the direction of Kristin Hild and teachers such as Eddy Ocampo, Sinead Gildea, and Kathleen McCann. She attended Illinois State University with a major in Dance Performance and a minor in Business Administration. While at ISU, Shannon was a performing company member of the Illinois State Dance Theatre and was featured in numerous guest artist works including Melinda Jean Myers of the Trisha Brown Company, Julie Tice of the Paul Taylor Company, and Joanna Rosenthal of Same Planet Different World. She has worked with Dance Theatre of Tennessee, Elements Contemporary Ballet Company, and, most recently, River North Dance Chicago. 

    • Joni Goldstein headshot JONI GOLDSTEIN - NSSOD PERFORMING ARTS DIRECTOR EMERITUS

      Joni is the Performing Arts Director Emeritus for the North Suburban School of Dance. She studied ballet with Bently Stone and Walter Camryn and at the Ruth Page Dance Center, jazz with Gus Girodano, and tap with Tommy Sutton. She has danced professionally since the age of eight. Joni has a BA from the University of Illinois with an emphasis in dance. She is a 25+ year member of the National Association of Dance Masters. Joni has choreographed and taught master classes for the GBN Orchesis program, and choreographed for several organizations on the North Shore. In 2009, Joni was chosen as the spotlight teacher for a national dance magazine. She has been teaching at the NSYMCA since 1975.

    • HEATHER HEATHER BAYLEY

      Heather began her dance training in Long Island, New York at the age of 7.  She continued her training at the Gould Academy of Dance Arts and the Faubourg School of Ballet upon moving to Illinois at the age of 10. Heather graduated in 2010 from Western Michigan University with a BFA in Dance. While at Western, she had the opportunity of performing, as a soloist, in Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies, an original work by Ron De Jesus and Temporal Trance, choreographed by Frank Chaves. She spent two years with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company where she had the privilege of dancing works by Donald McKayle, Dianne McIntyre, Ronald K. Brown, Talley Beatty, Kevin Ward, Debbie Blunden-Diggs, William B. McClellan Jr. and Robert Priore. This year, Heather joined Six Flags Entertainment as a dancer in Fright Fest. She recently performed in Thodos: New Dances! She has trained with various companies in the Chicago area including River North Dance Chicago, Inaside, and Danceworks Chicago.  Her teaching credits include classes all over the Chicagoland area, as well as Ohio and Michigan.

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      CAROLINE WCAROLINE WALSH-KUHL

      Since graduating with honors from I.S.U., Caroline has been having a lot of fun teaching, choreographing, and performing. Some experiences include: Zebra Crossing Theater Company, Temporary Theater Company, Pheasant Run Dinner Theater, The Funny Firm, Light Opera Works, Zephyr Dance, Ameba Dance, Motivity Dance, Chi-Town Jazz Dance scholarship program, several Las Vegas shows, and a tour of Japan. A long-time teacher in the north shore, Caroline keeps busy taking tap and jazz with Julie Cartier, along with chasing after her 8-year-old daughter.

    • Stephanie Anderson STEPHANIE ANDERSON

      Stephanie is from New York, where she earned her BA in Dance from the State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition to her dance training, she is also a fully certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. In New York, she was an apprentice with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company and performed with Iacono Dance Company and Circadian Rhythm. Since moving to Chicago, Stephanie has worked with Innervation Dance Cooperative, Corpo Dance Company, and Esoteric Dance Project. She teaches tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and Pilates at several studios in the Chicagoland area.

    • John Cartwright JOHN CARTWRIGHT

      John is originally from Madisonville, KY, and began his training in Evansville, IN, at the Children’s Center for Dance Education. He continued his studies with the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, Nashville Ballet, Ballet Austin, National Taiwan University of the Arts, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. John graduated from Butler University in 2008 with a degree in Dance and Arts Administration. He has had the privilege to work with choreographers such as Ann Reinking, Val Caniprioli, Ron de Jesus, Steven Mills, Amy Seiwert, KT Nelson, Autumn Eckman, Kristina Isabelle, and Lucas Crandall. John has performed as a guest artist with Chicagoland companies such as Cerqua Rivera Dance Theater, Chicago Repertory Ballet, NoMi LaMad Dance Inc., Momenta Dance Company, and the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble. John has also performed and choreographed for the Louisville Ballet, Louisville’s Moving Collective, and Thodos Dance Chicago. John is the co-artistic director of Thodos Dance Chicago’s Youth Ensemble, in addition to teaching and choreographing for the North Suburban School of Dance in Northbrook, IL.

    • Jaclyn LeFarbe JACLYN LeFARBE

      Jaclyn, from Dripping Springs, TX, began her training at Fusion Dance Company in ballet, jazz, modern, and tap at the age of 10. There she completed and passed commended on Cecchetti Ballet Exam grades 1 through 7. She continued her education at the University of Arizona on a dance scholarship where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.F.A. in Dance. There she performed works choreographed by George Balanchine, James Clouser, Susan Quinn, Michael Williams, and Sam Watson. Upon graduating in 2010, Jaclyn moved to Chicago where she was offered a position in the Lou Conte Scholarship program. She has attended summer programs at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and The Cecchetti Council of America. Jaclyn has had the wonderful experience of performing Shout!, My One and Only, Now and Forever, and Mary Poppins at the Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire, Little Theatre on the Square Christmas Show at the Little Theatre on the Square, and A Chorus Line, Grease, Music Man, 42nd Street, and Cats at the Paramount Theatre, and Timon of Athens at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Jaclyn feels honored to share her love of dance with her students in the areas of tap, jazz, ballet, modern and musical theatre. She is also a certified yoga and yoga sculpt teacher.

    • Leslie Brockley LESLIE BROCKLEY

      Leslie is a proud alumna of North Suburban School of Dance. She also graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University where she received a BA Degree in Psychology, but seemed to spend way more time in the dance studios and on stage, ultimately earning a minor in Theater Dance. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education and teaches freshmen at Collins Academy in Chicago. Leslie hopes to instill a love of the theater arts to her high schoolers through after school programming as the Student Activities Coordinator at Collins. However, her favorite part of the week is sharing her love of dance with her young ballet and tap students and choreographing for the NSSOD Dance Company.

    • CHRISTINE W CHRISTINE WELLNER

      Christine grew up dancing, starting at age 5, right here at the NSYMCA! She continued her training in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign while earning a Bachelor of Arts in English. She performed in, and choreographed, numerous musical theater productions such as West Side Story, Hair, A Chorus Line, Guys and Dolls, and Grease. Christine lives in Arlington Heights with her husband Matt and their two children, and loves moving creatively with the newest generation of dancers.

    • Rachael Pike RACHEL PIKE

      Rachel is from the Chicagoland area and began her training at the North Shore School of Dance in Highland Park, Illinois. She spent her early summers training at Interlochen Arts Camp, on scholarship at the Orlando Ballet School, under the direction of Peter Stark and Fernando Bujones, and at the Washington School of Ballet in Washington, DC. Rachel graduated with a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University where she performed soloist roles with the Butler Ballet. Rachel has also choreographed works for the Butler Ballet’s touring troupe in Moscow and St. Petersburg, where she was selected as a finalist choreographer in the St. Petersburg Conservatory State Competition. Upon graduation, Rachel studied on scholarship at the Lou Conte Dance Studio, and at the Batsheva Dance Company’s GaGa Workshop in Tel Aviv in the summer of 2012 under the direction of Ohad Naharin. Her choreographic works as an independent artist were finalist selections for DanceWorks Chicago’s Dance Chance Redux at Northeastern Illinois University in both 2012 and 2013. Rachel is currently dancing with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre and is enjoying teaching ballet in Chicago and the suburbs.

    • Reggio McLaughlin REGINALD MCLAUGHLIN - AKA Reggio

      Reginald, better known as Reggio, "the hoofer," has traveled all around the world, contributing to the preservation of authentic and traditional tap dance. As a dancer starting in the subways of Chicago, he brought smiles to the faces of many commuters and developed his unique and extraordinary style of footloose and fancy free hoofing. Now he is a Chicago tap icon.

    • JANICE JANICE BLUM

      Janice has had the pleasure of teaching ballet all over the North Shore for 28 years. She has been teaching adult ballet for 16 years She is currently at the North Suburban YMCA teaching Adult Ballet. "Teaching is my passion and I passionately believe that everyone can and should dance!"

    • Hillary Aarons HILLARY AARONS

      Hillary is a recent graduate from Northwestern University with a degree in Dance and Creative Writing and a concentration in Choreography for Music Theatre. She has guest performed with the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project and her choreography for "On the Front" was featured in their 2015 show, GETTING DOWN, GOING FORWARD. She recently assistant choreographed two productions for Northwestern University Operas: RUDDIGORE and SONGS AND SWEET AIRS. She is a Teaching Artist for Striding Lion Performance Group through which she has taught residencies in schools throughout Chicagoland.

    • Daniel Williams DANIEL WILLIAMS

      Daniel is the Founder of MAD FOR NO REASON and co founder of PURUS MOTUS. With his incredibly unique style of "do it yourself" teaching, he has empowered students in a multitude of studios for over seven years now. Dancing for more than ten years on stage in competition or in a cypher with maadrhythms crooks crew, Chicago tribe, and electric funkateers, to name a few, Daniel has introduced, to Chicago, his own crew premiering at WORLD OF DANCE. Mastering the art of dissecting songs by first listening thoroughly and putting it into motion effortlessly has become his teaching mantra for kids, teens, and adults. Daniel believes if you teach a kid how to dance, they'll look like you; teach a kid how to hear music, they'll look like themselves. Both of his successful events, AUX CORD CALL OUTS, are on their third rendition where all dancers compete with their own music choice in a melee of different dances.

    • Felicity hs082strWeb FELICITY NICHOLSON

      Felicity began her training at the Fort Wayne Ballet in Indiana, and went on to receive a BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University. During her training, she had the opportunity to perform works by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Gerald Arpino, Paul Taylor, and David Ingram. After graduation, she came to Chicago where she studied on scholarship at Visceral Dance Chicago and at the Lou Conte Dance Center. She has since been a freelance dancer in the city, doing performances like Thodos Dance Chicago’s New Dances and Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s The Nutcracker.

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      BALLET RHYTHMS

      3-YEAR-OLDS

    • Pink plain leotard
    • Pink tights
    • Pink ballet shoes
    • BALLET BEATS, PRESCHOOL TAP, BALLET AND TAP BEATS

      4-YEAR-OLDS

    • Red or burgandy plain leotard
    • Pink tights
    • Pink ballet shoes for ballet
    • Black tap shoes for tap
    • BALLET RHYTHMS

      3-YEAR-OLDS

    • Pink plain leotard
    • Pink tights
    • Pink ballet shoes
    • BALLET BEATS, PRESCHOOL TAP, BALLET AND TAP BEATS

      4-YEAR-OLDS

    • Red or burgandy plain leotard
    • Pink tights
    • Pink ballet shoes for ballet
    • Black tap shoes for tap
    • BALLET DESIGNS, PRESCHOOL TAP, AND 1, 2, DANCE ALL 3

      5-YEAR-OLDS

    • Navy blue plain leotard
    • Pink tights
    • Pink ballet shoes for ballet
    • Black tap shoes for tap
    • Black jazz shoes for 1,2,3
    • Tutus or skirts are not allowed in any class. Hair must be pulled back away from the face in a ponytail or a braid. Jewelry is limited to small post earrings. No chains, watches or necklaces are to be worn during class.
    • BALLET

    • Plain black leotard
    • Pink tights
    • Pink ballet shoes
    • Hair must be pulled back away from the face in a bun.
    • No tutus or skirts are allowed in any class. Warm-ups may be worn during the colder months but must be removed before leaving the barre.
    • JAZZ, POMS, MUSICAL THEATRE, TAP

    • Form-fitting dance clothing must be worn.
    • Black leotard
    • Tan tights
    • Black jazz shoes
    • Students may wear leggings, jazz pants, or dance shorts.
    • NO JEANS or JEGGINGS are permitted.
    • Hair must be secured back from the face in a ponytail, braid, or bun.
    • MODERN, CONTEMPORARY, CHOREOGRAPHY/IMPROVISATION

    • Form-fitting dance clothing must be worn
    • Black leotard
    • Tan tights
    • Access to bare feet or foot undies
    • Students may wear leggings, jazz pants, or dance shorts.
    • NO JEANS or JEGGINGS are permitted.
    • Hair should be secured away from the face.
    • HIP HOP

    • Comfortable dance clothing
    • No jeans or jeggings are permitted
    • Hair should be secured away from the face.
    • Sneakers, converse, or hip hop should be worn in class.
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    PRESCHOOL DANCE CLASSES

    Dance and creative movement increases independence, promotes physical fitness, aids in creating a positive self-image, improves balance and coordination and encourages participation and group interaction. We offer several dance classes for preschoolers, from beginner ballerina to tap.

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    Ballet Rhythms

    3yrs old by September

    Preschoolers work on large motor skills, simple ballet steps, creative movement and limited tumbling. Fun stretches, creative games and a variety of props are used to enhance learning.

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    Ballet Beats

    4yrs old by September

    Students improve large motors skills, while learning basic ballet positions and begin work on simple ballet movements. The continued use of fun stretches, creative games, and a variety of props enhance learning.

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    Ballet Designs

    5yrs old by September

    Kindergarten students work on basic ballet skills and movements. More complex concepts in dance are introduced along with more challenging tumbling. Hard work is still rewarded with fun dance games and the use of props.

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    Ballet and Tap Beats

    4-5yrs old by September

    In this combination class, students work on basic ballet and tap steps. This class will teach the large motor skills, basic ballet positions and steps along with beginning tap technique. A great introduction to both disciplines.

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    Pre-Tap

    4-5yrs old by September

    This introductory tap class focuses on developing the motor skills needed for tap technique. Focus on rhythm plays a key role for students. This is a great class for those anxious to make noise with their feet!

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    1, 2 Dance All 3

    5yrs old by September

    This Kindergarten class encompasses Ballet, Tap and Jazz and is a great introduction to all three styles of dance through the use of movement games and techniques. Students focus on more complex ballet movements, basic jazz and basic tap rhythms.

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    YOUTH DANCE CLASSES

    NSSOD focuses on teaching the art of dance to youths in a safe, encouraging, and caring enviornment. Emphasis in youth classes focuses on proper technique and alignment in all styles, as well as fostering a love of dance.

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    Ballet

    Ballet is the foundation of all dance forms. Emphasis is on placement, balance, control, discipline and clean lines. It is STRONGLY recommended when studying all other dance forms. Strength and flexibility will also be highlighted through the use of good technique. Ballet positions, barre work, center combinations and large movements are part of the ballet syllabus. Each level is studied for at least one year, with some levels requiring 2 or more years.

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    Ballet: Pointe

    Dancing en pointe requires considerable strength and skill and is a central part of a professional dancer’s training. Students must be at least 12 years old and have had several years of ballet training in order to develop the strength and support their bodies need en pointe. In order to be considered for pointe work, students must be enrolled in at least 2 ballet classes per week and have approval from the instructor.

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    Jazz

    Jazz is a technique based in ballet using contemporary and jazz music as expressions of energy and soul. Flexiblity, clean lines, placement, turns and leaps will be emphasized. Ballet classes are strongly recommended when studying jazz dance.

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    Tap

    Tap promotes coordination and an acute sense of rhythmic patterns. Warm-ups, combinations and short routines are a part of the tap curriculm. Tap encourages the retention of movement patterns and aids in the development of kinetic memory.

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    Modern

    Modern dance is a technique with concentrated warm ups focusing on correct placement and balance, as well as flexibility and strength. Modern uses turned in and parallel positions to emphasize movements. Ballet is strongly recommended when studying modern.

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    Contemporary

    Contemporary dance is an expressive form that incorporates jazz, ballet and modern dance techniques. This relatively new style has become very popular within the U.S. and Western Europe. In addition to its basis in jazz, ballet and modern, many choreographers use various aspects of dance to create movement.

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    Hip Hop

    Hip Hop is a fun, high-energy dance form using popular music. Come dance to music from your favorite artists and learn awesome dance steps.

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    Poms

    This energetic class is perfect for students who want to have fun or may be interested in joining a poms team. High energy dance-based routines that focus on percision, flexibility, jumps and turns are taught.

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    Musical Theatre

    By placement only

    Musical theatre is a style of performance that encompasses dance and acting. Students will dance and act to songs from a variety of classic and modern Broadway musicals.

  • Adult Dancers in our Dance Recital

    ADULT DANCE CLASSES

    Studies show that dancing can help you stay healthy, flexible, and aid in the reduction of stress. Our adult classes are designed for the novice to the experienced. We offer ballet, tap and belly dancing for adults.

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    Adult Ballet

    Designed for adults with some previous ballet training. Barre combinations as well as center combinations, focusing on stability and balance, are the foundations of this class. Studying ballet can improve posture and overall sense of well-being.

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    Adult Tap

    This class focuses on coordination, balance and basic tap rhythms. Basic warm-ups, rhythmic patterns and across-the-floor combinations are used to enhance musicality and promote a sense of body awareness.

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    Adult Private Lessons

    Learn a style of dance at your own pace in a oneon-one setting. Perfectly tailored to your needs, private lessons offer a great way for a beginner or an experienced dancer to get personalized feedback and advancement. They are also great for people in the process of rehabilitation, as dance can help with posture, core strength, and lengthening of the spine. Please contact Shannon Mundorf in the Performing Arts Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to set up a time that works for you!

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    PIANO LESSONS

    5 years - Adult

    Piano lessons help students to develop logic, memory, coordination, and an ear for music. In addition, students learn about musical reasoning and explore musical literature. Our one-onone lessons begin with the Suzuki method, which develops muscle memory and proper hand placement, and then move into the traditional method which teaches from a book and uses notes. A piano or electric keyboard is encouraged for the student to practice at home.