Artistic Director of Dance
All Dance Force and production-related questions should be directed to Karly Strong-Walchli.
Questions regarding classes should be directed to Julie Nichols
Dance Department Staff
Lindsay Addy, Emily Alford, Cathy Jacobson, Kaitlin Flynn, Kirsten Markham, Maria Politis, Olivia Pugliese, Olivia Schmit, Margaret Sinn-Pong, and Christy Stallknecht.
Required Dance Attire
The attire indicated below are required so instructors may properly observe and teach muscular movement. For all classes, hair must be up and off the neck in a ponytail or bun. Unacceptable attire includes jeans, ripped clothing (including tights), sweatpants, crop or half tops showing the midriff, and jewelry.
Tiny Ballet, Princess Ballet, Pre Ballet and Ballet: Any color leotard, pink tights and pink leather ballet shoes. Optional skirts are welcome for Tiny, Princess and Pre Ballet students.
Tap: Any color leotard, pink or tan tights, black dance shorts and black tap shoes. Patent leather tap shoes are acceptable for all combo classes only. Oxford/Jazz tap shoes with hard steel toe and full sole (no split sole) are required for all single genre tap classes.
Female attire for all other classes: Any color leotard, pink or tan tights and black dance shorts. Jazz classes require black leather slip-on jazz shoes (no tie shoes). Hip hop classes require black dance sneakers. Contemporary classes require no shoes. Hip hop students may wear an optional loose fitting tee or tank.
Male attire for all classes: Plain color tee, sport shorts or pants, and black leather ballet shoes for ballet class; black Oxford tap shoes for tap class; black leather slip on jazz shoes for jazz class; and black dance sneakers for hip hop class.
We recommend Allegro Dance boutique in Evanston for all your dance attire needs.
A Message to Parents: Age, Attire and Attendance Requirements
The Dance Department strives to provide high quality training for dancers of all ages and experience levels. To maintain the integrity of the classes, we ask that parents do not request age overrides. All requirements, both attire, attendance and age, are set to benefit the children and make instruction more consistent for the program leaders. In some instances, the requirements have been set for the child's safety.