News & Updates

Fall Sign Ups!

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

Click Here to sign-up

Dancer of the Summer!

Jessica Cvengros – click on the link below to read more about her!


Sunshine’s Photo Gallery

View the photos from start to present here!

Compitition & Performance


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.

You may have also gotten to see them at the Flash Mob on Main Street during the Sidewalk Sale.




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.

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

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!


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.


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 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 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.



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:

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