Welcome to the Downers Grove School of Dance! The program is designed to meet the needs of the beginner and seasoned dancer from preschoolers to adults.
Classes are held in dedicated dance rooms in the Lincoln Center and include ballet, tap, line dancing, jazz, hip hop and Irish dancing.
Our dance year encompasses four sessions: one for fall, winter, spring and summer. The objective of the fall, winter and spring sessions is to prepare the students for a spring recital by focusing on both technique and combinations. Our very young dancers follow shorter session schedules.
Participants must be the age listed in the program details within one week of the first day of the class. For questions regarding placement, please contact Akeila LeClaire, Cultural Arts Specialist at 630.963.1300.
CLASS ATTIRE is ballet, jazz, hip hop or tap shoes depending on which class you are registered. Leotard and tights and/or bike shorts and T-shirt are recommended.
Ms. Amethyst Cooper
Amethyst is a sought-after dancer, teacher and choreographer. She started dancing over 20 years ago studying Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop and Pointe. She also teaches at Dance Dimensions of Bolingbrook and started her own company, A True Gem Dance Co., in January 2011. She has taught at the Des Plaines School of Dance, the Joel Hall Dance Center, Le Ballet Petit, Walter Payton High School, The Cook County Juvenile Detention Center and numerous Chicagoland Schools and workshops. Amethyst has danced with The Joel Hall Dancers, GI Alliance Dance Co., Ballet Entre Nous, School Street Movement and God's Lively Stones. She has appeared in numerous commercial and film productions including the Bozo Show, Hoodlums, Soul Survivors, and Quebec with John C. Reilly. Amethyst gives thanks to her family, friends and to the many teachers and people who have supported her over the years.
Ms. Michelle Dawson with Dance Kids USA
Michelle started dance at age 3 in the areas of classical ballet and tumbling. Shortly after she began jazz, tap, and gymnastics, and she studied pointe for 7 years. Michelle danced and competed with a local company for 6 years. She was captain for both her high school and college cheerleading squad. Michelle won Junior Miss Young of the Year scholarships for talent, physical fitness, and scholastic ability. She studied dance and mathematics at the College of DuPage and Roosevelt University. Currently Michelle is continuing her education in dance and physical fitness, attending classes, workshops, and conventions. In 2002, she became a certified Pilates instructor. In 2008, she became a licensed Zumba Instructor, and later a licensed Zumba Gold and Zumba Kids instructor. Since 1989, Michelle has taught with many different studios, park districts, organizations, private schools, and child care centers. In 1995, she formed Dance Kids USA, a mobile dance school giving dance, gymnastics, movement, and cheerleading instruction at various locations. Michelle has a demonstrated love for teaching and is dedicated to the enrichment of each child.
Barbara McNulty with McNulty Irish Dancers
Barbara McNulty T.C.R.G. teaches Irish Dance and founded the McNulty School of Irish Dance in 1971 in Naperville, Illinois. Barbara is recognized by An Coimisiun (the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin Ireland) and the North American and Mid-American Irish Dance Teachers Associations. She is fully certified to teach Irish Step Solo, Figure, and Ceili dancing. Because of these accreditations, our students are eligible to compete in sanctioned Irish Dance competitions throughout the world.
Having trouble finding a class time to fit your schedule? Private dance lessons are available for you or your child. These lessons are a great way to improve your skills with one on one attention instruction. Various days and times are available. If you have any questions, or would like to arrange lessons, please contact 630.963.1300.