News & Updates

Sunshine’s Photo Gallery

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Dancer of the Summer!

Jessica Cvengros – click on the link below to read more about her!
http://www.sunshine-dance.com/dancer-of-the-month/
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Compitition & Performance

Competition

Congrats to the new 2014-2015 Competition Team!  The Competition Team has already been working very hard at Sunshine’s Intensives and camps.  Many have also participated in great programs at other dance companies, including Visceral Dance and Joffrey Ballet Chicago.

 

To view a recap of the fantastic 2013/2014 Competition year, click here!

 

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 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.

Email:
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 over 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 many well known 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.

 

 

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Jared

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!

Stephanie

Stephanie 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!

Stephanie will be teaching Pre-ballet/Fairytale Dance, 2Tu Dance, Kindergarten Ballet/Tap, Pre-Ballet Tap and Hip Hop/Funk  I/II and she couldn’t be more thrilled!

Alanna

 

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.

Classes

 

 

Class Schedule:

http://www.sunshine-dance.com/2014-fall-schedule/

 

Levels & Mins/Max:

From Beginner, to Intermediate to Advanced there is a great difference in what is expected of the dancer.  We offer many classes for different ages as well as the opportunity to participate in Performance Team and audition for Competition Team.  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 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:


Fall Start Date:

Monday September 8th

 

Winter Recital Date:
Saturday, December 13th

 

Important Info

 

Our Safety Policy

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

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.

 

Themes

birthday

Fairy/Princess/Ballerina

Tinkerbell

Snow White

The Little Mermaid

Cinderella

Frozen

Tangled

Pink-a-licous style

Hip Hop/Glow In The Dark

 

Packages


SIMPLY FUN PACKAGE

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 kid gets a small present from Miss Sheri as well. 18kids max.

 

WITH A LITTLE GLITZ PACKAGE
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

 

ALL THE STOPS PACKAGE
1hr 30min – $315

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 $8 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

 

Competition

This section contains and overview of information for those curious about competition.

Please view our competition recap from the last 2014 season.

What to know:

Frequently asked questions and requirements.