Crystal Lake Dance Initiative

Sadly our 2017 CLDI weekend intensive has come to an end, and what a weekend of dance it was! Thank you to all of our participants, you worked so hard and learned so much! And a special thank you to our amazing staff Sara, Thom and Marc for your expertise and wonderful classes that will inspire and motivate our dancers throughout their dance careers!

Please go to our website to learn more about our past workshops and for upcoming information about our 2018 CLDI intensive!

Our 2017 CLDI weekend intensive included:

taught by Sara Hoenes

This is a 3 hour master class taught by one of the World Famous Radio City Rockettes Dancers, Sara Hoenes, which includes a 2 hour class, a 30minute mock audition, just like they would hold in New York City and then a question and answer session with Sara to learn more about her experiences being a World Famous Radio City Rockettes Dancer!

taught by Sara Hoenes

Taught by Sara Hoenes, this class will teach CLDI dancers the styles and steps from some of Broadways most famous musicals and choreographers in a fun high energy environment.

taught by Thom Dancy

Taught by Thom Dancy, this class will explore Modern dance and the several different languages and techniques that apply to this dance style including improvisational exercises.

taught by our very own Marc Petrocci

Taught by our own Marc Petrocci, CLDI students will learn how it is essential for each dancer to be able to use their body to its fullest potential. In this class they will stretch, strengthen and go through several cross training exercises that will  show them how far they can push their bodies to build strength and achieve a greater sense of total body awareness!

 This intensive is not limited to Summers Academy of Dance
students, so please tell your friends as our intensions are to reach out and extend a hand to the community at large and get everyone enjoying DANCE together!

Our 2016 Intensive held on June 16 & 17 was wonderful!  So much individuality and creativity was brought to these classes. Thank you to our instructors and all who attended…we can’t wait until next year!

Annia HidalgoCUBAN: street dance and culture
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Instructor: Ania Hidalgo – Milwaukee Ballet (photo by Jenn Mazza)


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Instructor: Rachel Malehorn – Milwaukee Ballet (photo by Nathaniel Davauer)

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VITRUVIUS: full body strength and conditioning

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Instructor: Marc Petrocci – Milwaukee Ballet (photo by Jessica Kaminski courtesy of Milwaukee Ballet)

COMPOSITION: Finding your inner choreographer, learn how to put dance together (Sunday workshop only ages 11 and up)             Co-taught by Rachel and Marc


Summers Academy of Dance Studios
5186 Northwest Hwy (Rt. 14)
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Comfort Inn & Suites
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Intensive located walking distance from train and hotel.