News & Updates

Fall Sign Ups!
On Saturday, June 14 Sign-ups open at 8AM for 2Tu through Kinder and 9AM for all other classes.

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Summer Sign Ups!

Open at 10Am on Saturday, May 3rd!

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Compitition & Performance


Congratulations to Competition!  Such an amazing year!  We end the Competition season with High Golds, Elites, Diamond awards and top ten placements!

Thank you to all of the dancers from all of us teachers!

Performance Team

You can come cheer on the Performance Teams on Saturday, May 17th at the Taste of Glen Ellyn!  They will do their routines on the stage promptly at 12noon!

Perfomance Team has been meeting for the past several weeks with Miss Jen!  They have been working really hard on their Pom routines for the Taste and the Recital!  Due to space conflicts they have actually been practicing at the Glen Ellyn Park District’s Spring Ave!  I would like to thank the Park District for being accommodating and helping us out.


Sunshine Dance Project Studio is located in quaint downtown Glen Ellyn.  Sheri Dahl is owner and operator of the studio where people ages 2- through highschool can choose to learn dance of several styles.  The dance floor is a 760 square foot space with a waiting room in the front for parents.

Benefits and Features of Sunshine Studio:

  • A beautiful oak dance floor with an O’Mara foam block base underneath the dance floor for safety and support of knees and other joints.
  • A pleasant carpeted waiting area with plenty of seating and books for little siblings who are waiting patiently!:)
  • Parent window between the waiting area and dance studio for parents/guardian to view class,.. and a special little kid window too!
  • Floor beam and mats – working on balance, light tumbling, flexibility and focus
  • Glass mirrors with poplar stretch barres.
  • Tons of fun props to enhance every dancers learning experience and intrigue.
  • A changing room for older dancers who may come right from school.


Contact Us

460 N Main St. Suite 101
Glen Ellyn, IL. 60137

(630) 790-1880 | Email

Please note we are around the corner on Crescent between M & Em’s and Vitorio’s.

It is often times easier for me to receive email questions versus phone as dance doesn’t have schedules consistent with normal business hours and when at the studio, we are normally in the midst of teaching.

Stay in-touch:

Our Instructors

Miss Sheri’s goal for all dance students is that with the instructor’s help and parents’ support they become confident, strong individuals who understand that hard work and fun can go together and be so rewarding. Our instructors all share Miss Sheri’s values and vision for our students. We can’t wait for you to meet them all.


Miss Sheri has taught dance in and around Glen Ellyn for the past 10 years to people of all ages. She has extensive dance training from teachers with all kinds of different approaches.

Miss Sheri is a native to Glen Ellyn and a former Glen Crest Spartanette and Glenbard South Raiderette receiving 2nd in State in 1998.

Attending Millikin University and Indiana University, Miss Sheri has gotten to dance with performers from CATS, Stomp, IU’s African American Dance Company, and so many others including one of Britney Spears choreographers. During the summers, she took part in dance intensives with Hubbard Street and River North Dance Company and was part of IU’s Swing Dance Club.


Jared is a graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, graduating with a BFA in Music Theatre. Jared has performed in numerous plays, musicals and dance performances in this area and beyond. He performed in the national tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot and in Music Man at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.  He has just finished performing in Hello Dolly at Drury Lane and is on to starring in other upcoming shows soon!

At SDPS, Jared is teaching several weekly classes at SDPS this year as well as working with the SDPS Competition Team.  He occassionally leads the very fun, Glow In The Dark Zumba as well as Musical Theatre workshops coordinating with the shows he is in so young people can learn some of the actual steps!


Katie is a recent graduate from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Theatre and Concentration in Dance. Katie comes to SDPS with a lot of dance instruction experience. She has taught both Winter and Summer dance camps at Elmhurst Park District while on break from school as well as private lessons to high level dancers. Katie also worked as the Backstage Coordinator for Elmhurst’s Spring Recital.

At SDPS Katie will be teaching weekly day time classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Katie will also be helping get our Competition routines polished!


Alanna is a 2013 graduate of Northern Illinois University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an Emphasis in Dance. She was the president of Northern Dance Theatre and producer for Art for Life. During her time at NIU, she performed in several dance shows and has also performed in The Nutcracker Suite at the Paramount Theatre. She has also gotten scholarships and Work Study opportunities with Visceral Dance Center in Chicago.

Alanna will be teaching Saturday classes and weekly evening classes at SDPS this Fall.  She will also be choreographing and teaching for the Competition Team.


Summer 2014


There are many fun summer options for all ages.  Classes are done in short camps so that you can find something that fits into your summer schedules.

Click here to sign up for Summer Camps of all kinds!


Levels & Mins/Max:

From Beginner, to Intermediate to Advanced there is a great difference in what is expected of the dancer.  A challenge is a good thing but throwing a person into something they are simply not ready for can break their confidence.  Sunshine Dance Project follows the idea that it is good for people to interact with others older and younger.  Our goal is to keep the classes at a max of 12 students and we don’t run a class with less than 4 students.

Class Attire:

Please make sure that your dancer feels ready for class to start by making sure they have what they need to dance in.  Dancers are required to wear the correct attire.  Jeans, baggy clothing, and dangly jewelry are not allowed in dance class.  Dancers learn better and faster when they can see what they are doing and even more when they are in the right attire they feel like a real dancer!  If dancers come in with dangly jewelry they will be asked to remove it and place it in their dance bag.

Class Schedule:

View our current schedule here

Upcoming Events:

Taste of Glen Ellyn Performance at Stage:

Saturday, May 17th at 12noonThere will be 4 performances.  Our 2 Pom Performance Routines and 2 of our Comp Trios.


Spring Recital:

Saturday, June 7th, 2014


Competitions Auditions:

Monday & Tuesday, June 9th& 10th


Fall Sign-ups:

Saturday, June 14th



More information just for our competition team coming soon.

Important Info

Links for parents of enrolled dancers.

Our Safety Policy

Important List of Calendar Dates

Class Attire Details

Code of Conduct

Refunds / Change Process Charge

Parties & Events

Let’s celebrate!

Sunshine Dance Project offers a very unique Birthday set-up. With 3 different packages and flexible themes and styles you and the Birthday kid can customize the most memorable dance Birthday party.

From there, you can decide how much help you want from us past the party.  Sunshine Dance Project can do the dance/game portion only or we can add decorations and even food and goody bags!!!

Here’s how it works:

1). Pick out Party Package – please read carefully!

2). Pick out Theme – * are most popular themes

3). Add time if needed/wanted

Scheduling of a Birthday Party must be made at least 3 weeks prior to the event date and party host must sign a Guideline Acceptance.

Please make sure whether done by email, phone or in person that you receive a confirmation that the party is scheduled for the correct day and time.

Down payment for holding a day/time is $50 for ALL PARTIES and is only refundable if Sunshine Dance Studio has to cancel.

Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to ask. There is a lot that can be done and we want to know how to make your day special.


• * Fairy/Princess/Ballerina
• * Tinkerbell
• Snow White
• Wizard of Oz
• Alice in Wonderland
• Sock Hop
• * Hip Hop
• * Pink-a-licous style,  or Gold, Silver, Purple
• Circus – Animal Bday


1hr 30min – $170

Includes 55min of dance party instruction and games and 30 minutes for cake and presents. Lots of fun props are used in each party and the Birthday girl OR boy gets a small present from Miss Sheri as well. 18kids max.


1hr 30min – $210

All the aspects of the Simply Fun Package with all the decor included, set up and appropriate to the style of party. Well worth the price in time and beauty! 18kids max


1hr 45min – $330

We get the decor ready, we put on the best Birthday Party ever and we provide the cake, juice, plates, spoons ,… and party favor bags!! We even add on 15min just because!  Goody bags have about $7 worth of favors in them each.  If you want to do a more custom goody bag with more then we can discuss what the extra cost would be.   18kids max


NO REASON PARTIES – 1hr 30min – $170

Great for days off of school or if parents need to go Christmas shopping. All the parents pitch in and the cost can be cheaper than a babysitter and probably better exercise!

This is not the same as a Birthday Party and it is not the same as CLASS TIME! Think of it more as a really long Free Dance! Light games and class time props are available.

Participants will dance and enjoy a dance related coloring break with juice.

Obviously it can not be completely impromptu.  Please call/email at least a week beforehand to see if time is available.

16 kids max.


• 15MIN – $15
• 30MIN – $30

2014 Spring Recital Info!

Recital Info:

Date: Saturday, June 7th

Location:  Glenbard South

 1st show – 1:30pm

 2nd show – 4:00pm

Below is all the important info you will need for the Rehearsal and Recital days!  Please read all carefully!




Rehearsal Info:

The Rehearsal is in the same venue as the Recital, (Glenbard South’s Large Theatre). The Rehearsal will be held on Tuesday, June 3rd.  Your dancer only needs to be there during their rehearsal time slot.  Please plan on being 5minutes early to your time slot.



Dancers need to be in full costume at the Rehearsal. It gives them a chance to really prepare for the real thing and it gives you some time for up close pictures!



Please be aware that we are trying to get through MANY classes’ practice times and no class is more important to us than the other.  Our intention is not to make you feel like we are rushing your child off stage but it is imperative that we keep moving.  We will give every class a short time for a group shot on the stage but we may also be getting the next class up on stage at that time as well.

2014 Rehearsal Schedule







Below is a draft of the Recital  schedule!

Please read it, print it out, put it in your calendar,.. whatever you have to do! :)



1) MAKE SURE! that you are looking at the correct class for your dancer.  There are several classes that are doing duplicate routines!


2)  Please look to make sure that your dancer’s name appears in the right class and is spelled correctly.  If not, I would appreciate an email soon so that it can be changed for the program!





Video Orders


We are having Classic Media Productions tape both recitals again this year!   We are taking orders for the DVD’s now and up until June 2nd!  If you would like to order a copy of the DVD we have a link to pay set up in the Recital section of the website!
The cost for a DVD is $29 and each DVD will have BOTH shows on it.






Recital Donation


As you may know, it takes a lot to put on a show like this!  Between employee’s time, facility rentals and printing programs it is a costly endeavor.
We are one of very few studios that do not charge for tickets to the Recitals.  Our hope is to always remain that way. Please consider making a small donation so that we can continue to do that.  Donations can be made in increments of $5. We will also have a donation box in the lobby on the day of the show!  We thank you in advance! We know many have donated to shows in the past and we so greatly appreciate this!






Other Recital Info


Details on How to Get To Glenbard South 

GBS is located on the Northwest corner of Park Blvd and Butterfield Rd with entries on both streets.  You can turn in on either street to access the Auditorium.  The Auditorium is located on the north side of the building.


Details on How to get to the Large Auditorium

The Large Auditorium is very easy to find.    You will see a long set of stairs leading up to the building on the north side.  If you head up the stairs you will see SDP signs directing you exactly where to go.


Wheelchair Accessibility

There is a door on the lower West side of the building that opens directly into the Auditorium audience area.  This door will be open on Recital day.  This is the best entrance for wheelchairs and anyone who is having a hard time with stairs.


Dropping Off Dancers for Recital

On the day of the Recital, once you enter the Auditorium, you must drop off your dancer backstage.  There will be signs taped to the backstage floor with your dancers class, song, and a picture of their costume.  They are to sit down next to that sign with their class.  At no time should parents be hanging out backstage.  This creates confusion for people helping out backstage as well as other parents on what they should be doing.    It is for everyone’s safety that dancers know who is in charge backstage.


Dancers with Multiple Costumes

We have a separate room for dancers who need to change from one costume to another.  When you arrive on Recital day, please take them to this room to drop off their second costume.   They will then go sit with their first class backstage.  We will have signs for where this room is located.

Please help your child find this room on Rehearsal day.  We also suggest that mom or a female guardian is prepared to meet your child as they head from the stage to the changing room so to ensure they don’t get lost!


Photography and videotaping

We do allow you to take pictures and videotape at both the Rehearsal and Rectial.  However, you may not put your camera in the aisles or stationed in the front of the theatre.  Your cameras must be with you in your seat.


Curtain Call

All dancers will go back to sitting with their class backstage after they have performed.  At Curtain Call we will bring all classes onto the stage and they will take one last bow.  They will then sit on stage and we will dismiss them by class.  Please be prepared to meet your children at the front of the stage.  This is a hectic day and there will be many people going every which way!