Engage Dance Academy is a triple track studio offering 3 different programs of dance to choose from.
- Dance Theatre – pre-professional dance company
- Competition Crew – competition team
- Open Division – 18 months – Adult
The Engage Dance Theatre is a pre-professional training program for the more serious dancer ages 6-20 years old. This program consists of a curriculum based syllabus built to challenge the dancers in a graduated program building both proper dance technique and a full understanding of how to use the body in executing in multiple dance genres. Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Body Conditioning, Progressing Ballet Technique and for the older dancers Pointe work, Variations and Pas de Deux classes with gentlemen from the Milwaukee Ballet Company twice a month, are all studied throughout the year. During our summer intensive, we increase each level’s training to include one or more of the following classes: Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance History, and several workshops with professional dance artists from around the world, delving deeper in the many other dance styles, including Modern and Hip Hop.
Engage Dance Comp Crew program is an opportunity for dancers ages 5-14 to join our award winning competition teams. We also offer our Senior team for dancers in high school who are part of our Engage Dance Theatre. Each team works together with professional caliber choreographers to develop and compete dances in a wide variety of genres including ballet, hip hop, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, tap and lyrical styles. Comp Crews compete at 2 competitions and 2 competition/conventions each year in the Chicagoland area.
Some of the goals for this program include developing a strong sense of unity, camaraderie, and competitive spirit as a team, while providing technical development and mentorship on a individual level helping each team member grow to become the best dancer/competitor he or she can be.
By joining Comp Crew, each student is committing to a year round program starting in our summer intensive in June and culminating at our all studio recital. Auditions for Comp Crew take place in the late spring each year. The summer schedule includes choreography, technique, leaps & turns, and rotational classes featuring jazz, ballet and hip hop. In the fall, dancers continue their training with their team specific choreography class and additional technique classes. Each team will compete a minimum of two dances at each competition during the season. Dancers can choose to perform in additional specialty pieces based on their interests and abilities. All members can compete in a duo/trio or a solo performance.
(18 months – Adult)
Open Division is the third track in our programming at Engage Dance Academy. This program is filled with classes for students ranging in age from 18 months – Adult with multiple time slots to help fit everyone busy schedules.
This program is for the beginner, intermediate or advanced dancer that is not looking for a multiple class per week commitment, but for the once or twice a week (or really as many as you would like) class participation.
All dancers from our tiniest ballerina to our adults are invited to perform in our annual Progressions recital, held in June. Progressions highlights the progress our dancers have made throughout the year, and our families look forward to seeing an amazing show!
Ask about private lessons for your specific needs and goals!