News & Updates

Fall 2017 Sign Ups are Now Open!

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Summer Sign Ups are Open!

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All kinds of workshops including:
Pom camp
Swan lake
Contemporary
Pop, Lock & Groove
Boys Dance
& More

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Compitition & Performance

 

Congratulations to our 2017-18 Comp Team!

Emerson Derma
Ava Falvey
Kate Boczkowski
Lucia Popp
Marin McCollam
Brooke Czerny
Lillian Knapp
Madeleine Steinhauser
Morgan Ruskusky
Eleanor Prester
Samatha Kroening
Lidia Limouris
Kate Harvey
Heidi Schoenherr
Jilly Kadlec
Mia Brogle
Regan Ward
Natalie Elvart
Julia Tracy
Madelyn Price
Olivia Nitti
Maggie Gross
Audrey Biancalana
Chloe Wanless
Breccan Scheck
Maddie Murin
Jordan Damato
Reese Galvanoni
Skylar Peterson
Anne Crum
Annsley Helenhouse
Jane Kadlec
Dani Purvis
Ellie Latta
Maddy Milianti
Anne Dillman
Mary Crum
Kara Kabat
Olivia Wallace
Brooke Roscich
Carly Roscich
Clancy Scheck
Claire Staruck
Sophia Pyka
Kay Kabat
Jess Cvengros

 

About

Sunshine Dance Project Studio is located in quaint downtown Glen Ellyn.  Sheri Staff Dahl is owner and operator of the studio where people ages 2- through highschool can choose to learn dance of several styles.

Benefits and Features of Sunshine Studio:
  • A raised dance floor with Marley overlay. This makes it much safer for the body’s bones and joints!
  • A pleasant waiting area with plenty of seating!
  • French doors to the dance rooms so that you can watch classes from the waiting area.
  • Glass mirrors that run the length of the studios.
  • Tons of fun props to enhance every dancers learning experience and intrigue.
  • A changing room for older dancers who may come right from school.
  • All new HVAC to keep the rooms adequately ventilated and at a pleasant temperature.

 

Contact Us

515 Crescent Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL. 60137

(630) 790-1880 | Email

Right next to 2Toots!

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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.

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Our Instructors

Sunshine’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!



Sheri

 

Miss Sheri has taught dance in and around Glen Ellyn for the past 14 years to people of all ages.    She has extensive dance training from teachers with all kinds of different approaches.  Miss Sheri loves the opportunity to bring creativity, humor and a sense of the world around us to each dance lesson she can! 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.
Miss Sheri’s goal for all dance students is that with her help and parents’ support they become confident, strong individuals who understand that hard work and fun can go together and be so rewarding.

 

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Jared

Jared has been with Sunshine for 5 years.  He is a graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, graduating with a BFA in Music Theatre. He began dancing at the age of 8 and studied under many prestigious companies including Ballet Austin, Tapestry Dance Company, and Interlochen School for the Arts. Jared has performed in numerous plays, musicals and dance performances in the Chicago area and beyond including the Broadway National Tour of Monty Python’s Spamalot, Music Man at the Paramount, and Hello Dolly at Drury Lane Oakbrook. Jared brings a vast array of skills and knowledge into the SDP studio from his many years in the performance industry.

In the Spring of 2014, Jared took on the role of the Competition Team Director here at Sunshine Dance Project. In addition to his Competition Team duties and Choreographing, Jared also teaches several weekly classes at the studio including Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Ballet.

Jared is beyond thrilled to be here at SDP sharing his knowledge and passion for dance with the next generation of young artists.

Stephanie

Stephanie has been with Sunshine for 4 years. She is a graduate from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a BFA in musical theatre performance and a minor in dance!  Stephanie has been dancing her entire life, starting with competition dance in her youth and then onto collegiate level classes later in life. For the last four summers, she has taught choreography to kids in Grand Lake, CO  in their Youth Theatre program. She has been a performer with Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre in Colorado, Theo Ubique Theatre in Chicago, and Drury Lane Theatre just outside of Chicago. She also loves writing songs, playing guitar, and running races for fun!

Alanna

 

This will be Alanna’s 5th year teaching at Sunshine! Alanna started dancing at the age of fifteen. She graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelors of fine arts with an emphasis in dance performance. At NIU she had extensive training under Autumn Eckman, Paula Frasz, and Judith Chitwood. She has currently continued her training by being on scholarship and work study at Visceral Dance Center under Nick Pupillo. Performances over the years include, Von Heidecke Dance Center’s Nutcracker, Dance Chicago 2013, DanceWorks “DanceBytes”, DanszLoop Chicago’s “Plays and Dances”, and will be performing with the Lyric Opera next spring. Alanna has received numerous awards and scholarships over the past year including, Northern Illinois University Dance Service Award, Inaside Chicago Dance Partial Scholarship, Rene LeBeau Scholarship, and the Music Boosters Fine Arts Scholarship. She is excited to continue her teaching career working with young children and watch them grow as dancers.

Brittany

This will be Brittany’s 3rd year at Sunshine! She is originally from San Jose, California where she trained with Teen Dance Company of the Bay Area.  She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara completing her B.F.A. in dance.  Upon graduation, she received the Tonia Shimin award for excellence and promise in the field of dance and an honorable mention for her choreography at UCSB.  Now residing in the wonderful city of Chicago, she has apprenticed with Chicago Repertory Ballet and most recently performed as a solo dancer in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Tannhauser.

Classes

 

 

 

Class Attire:

Please make sure that your dancer feels ready for class with the correct clothing and dance shoes.   Dancers are required to wear dance 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!  

 

Upcoming Events:


Recital Date:  Saturday, June 3rd

 

Rehearsal Dates:
Tuesday May 30th & Wednesday May 31st

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Info

 

Our Safety Policy

Code of Conduct

Refunds / Change Process Charge

Parties & Events

 

Sunshine Dance Project offers Birthday parties at the studio!  The Birthday parties are dance based but there are a number of different themes that can be lightly incorporated into the event.  Those themes are listed below!

 

 

Themes

birthday

Fairy/Princess/Ballerina

Tinkerbell

Snow White

The Little Mermaid

Cinderella

Frozen

Tangled

Pink-a-licous style

Hip Hop/Glow In The Dark

Dr.Seuss

 

 

Packages

 


PRINCESS & FAIRY PARTY

1hr 30min – $200 – suited best for those 2-6

We start the party off with a light princess theme of your choice and play fun games that go along with the princess theme.  As children are singing Happy Birthday and eating cake the dance room transforms into a Fairy land with oversized flowers and gnomes and animals! Lots of fun props are used in each party.  We will set up tables and chairs for food.  Birthday parent may arrive 20minutes early to do light decorating.  All food and drinks are provided by the Birthday parent as well. 22 kids max.
Need more time?  You can add 15 minutes onto your party time for $15.
 

HIP HOP/GLOW STICK PARTY
1hr 45min – $215 – suited best for those 6 & up

Start the party off putting on tattoos and adding some colorful hair extensions to your look.  Then you get to learn a fun hip hop routine with your friends.  After that we play some silly games and have cake.  End the party with glow sticks and free dance! We will set up tables and chairs for food.  Birthday parent may arrive 20minutes early to do light decorating.  All food and drinks are provided by the Birthday parent as well. 22 kids max.
Need more time?  You can add 15 minutes onto your party time for $15.
 

 

 

Competition

Competition Team Mission Statement

Dance is an art form. It is a way to express yourself, inspire emotion and change in others, and have fun! This artistry is combined with an intense technical training. The craze of dance competitions has made the art form of dance into a competitive sport and more focused on tricks and technique than artistry. We strive to combine these two elements together on our competition team at Sunshine Dance Project. We maintain a fun, joyous “Sunshine flair”, but we make our commitment to technique, strength, and training a priority in order to be competitive. Our mission statement/mantra is as follows:

 

“Combining artistry, passion, and joy with the commitment and focus of competitive sports.”

 

SUNSHINE DANCE INSTAGRAM PAGE

PHOTOS from the 2014 Competition Season

 


COMP ONLINE

What to know:

 

Auditions are in June each year, but we are always looking for new talent. If you have any questions regarding the team, please contact:
Jared Titus
Competition Team Director
jared.sunshinedanceproject@gmail.com