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Compitition & Performance

Audition Info for the 2015/2016 Comp Team:
*All auditioning must attend both days of auditions!

Monday, June 8th

4:15-5:30pm – Petite Team Auditions
5:30-8pm Competition Team Auditions

Tuesday, June 9th
12:30-2pm – Petite Team Auditions
2:00-5:00pm – Competition Team Auditions




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.

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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!


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. 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 teaches several weekly classes at the studio including Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, and Ballet. He is a Certified Zumba Instructor and occasionally leads the very fun “Glow In the Dark Zumba” workshop.

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


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.


Fall 2015 Schedule


Summer Sign Ups are OPEN!




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:


Spring Recital Date:

Saturday, June 6th, 2015


Summer Camps and Workshops Start Date:

June 10th, 2015




Important Info


Our Safety Policy

Code of Conduct

Refunds / Change Process Charge

Parties & Events



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.






Snow White

The Little Mermaid




Pink-a-licous style

Hip Hop/Glow In The Dark




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.


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 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!!   Goody bags have about $7 worth of favors in them each.  If you want to do a more custom goody bag with more, we can discuss what the extra cost would be.   18kids max



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.”


 We have yearly auditions in June, but we are always open to accepting new talent. If you have any questions regarding the team, please contact Jared Titus the Competition Team Director at


Results from Energy National Dance Competition (April 10th, 11th, 12th, 2015) 

7th Overall in Junior Large Group Division – And Then There Was One
4th Overall in Teen Duet/Trio Division – Premonition
5th Overall in Petite Small Group Division – Up Means Down
2nd Overall in Petite Large Group Division – Teach Me How to Shimmy
3rd Overall in Junior Duet/Trio (Star) Division – Jet Set
3rd Overall in Junior Duet/Trio (Power) Division – Sister Act
9th Overall in Teen Small Group Division – Sweet Dreams
7th Overall in Teen Small Group Division – No Place Like Home
8th Overall in Junior Solo Division – Kara Kabat
3rd Overall in Junior Solo Division – Jane Kadlec

Special Judge’s Award:
“Girl Power” – We Run This
“Showbiz Showkids” – Teach Me How to Shimmy
“The Oscar Award” – Kay Kabat
“Musicality Award” – Ava Powell
$500 Scholarship for Sunshine Dance Project


Results from Starbound Competition (Feb. 14th – 15th, 2015)

- HIGH GOLD for every Solo, Trio, Small Group, and Large Group!
- 3rd Overall in the Junior Small Group/Large Group Division
- 1st in the Teen Jazz Category
- 7th and 8th Overall in the Junior Solo Division (Olivia Wallace and Kay Kabat)
- 5th, 8th, & 9th Overall in Teen Solo Div. (Ava Powell, Anne Bertane, and Jess Cvengros)
- Special Judge’s Award for Focus and Commitment (Jane Kadlec)
- Special Judges’s Award for Personality (Teach Me How to Shimmy)
- Studio Award for Integrity and Spirit


Upcoming Competitions:

Star Power National Talent (May 15 – 17th)
Dupree Convention/Competition (July 4th – 26th)


2015/2016 Competition Team Auditions:

- June 8th and 9th, 2015




PHOTOS from the 2014 Competition Season

What to know:

2015/16 Competition Team Auditions:

June 8th & 9th, 2015