YAY! New & Better Year – New & Better Website!
We have made some improvements to the website so we all can stay more informed in the new year. Please use this website for the most current info regarding recitals, sign up dates, etc. We will still be doing newsletters but hope the site can server as a better quick reference point going forward.
Spring Session – Back to Dance!
The Spring Session begins on Monday, January 27th!
Spring Recital Date
The Spring Recital is set for Saturday, June 7th, 2014 at Glenbard South High School.
As we know more, we will put it up on this page!
Dancer Of The Month!
The Dancer of the Month for December/January is Jenna Magas. To read some of the reasons why we chose her as well as some fun answers you can click on the link below!
Dancer of the Month!
Competition is well underway learning and perfecting their routines. They will be competing in several Competitions this Spring.
We are doing two different teams this year.
2nd and 3rd grade Team & 4th grade-6th grade Team
Anyone taking a weekly dance class for this entire year is eligible to do Performance Team. If enrolled for the Spring and previously enrolled for the Fall, you will receive a Performance Team email by January 10th. If you do not receive this email, please contact me so that I can get the info to you.
Benefits and Features of Sunshine Studio:
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.
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 is currently very busy during weekdays dancing with Visceral Dance Center in Chicago.
Alanna will be teaching Saturday classes at SDPS this Fall. She will also be choreographing and teaching for the Competition Team.
At SDPS, dance styles are usually grouped together so that students get a bit broader perspective. They are able to try different styles of dance even though they may be signed up for one class. Many young people do not understand that you may do a pirouette in more than just Ballet or that a pas de bouree can be done many different ways depending on the style of dance you are learning.
Our goal is to keep the max for all classes at 12 students. Many times it is not just to get around to helping everyone in class but it is safer and easier for the students to see the teacher at the front of the room.
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. Students do not need to be with all people their own age to get a lot out of their learning experience. Sunshine Dance Project follows the idea that it is good for people to interact with others older and younger.
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.
Spring Observation Week:
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Saturday, June 7th, 2014
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More information just for our competition team coming soon.
Links for parents of enrolled dancers.
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
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.
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
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
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
Pardon our dust: We are working to expand this section to have all the basic information you might need about our teams. Please stay tuned for this to be updated shortly. Thanks for your patience.
Important Information content.
Information about team try-outs coming soon.