Frequently Asked Questions
About Our School:
What is our Mission?
It is our belief that everyone should have the opportunity to dance and be recognized individually. At NSSD, we foster a passion for dance in a positive and nurturing environment. Here, students can feel safe to be themselves, allowing them to reach their fullest potential.
What ages do we teach?
2.5 through Adult
What hours are we open?
Fall through Spring our office is open:
Monday - Thursday: 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 2:30 pm
Summer our office is open:
Monday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm
We are always available by email.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We use School District 112 calendar for cancellations and breaks. Our office hours of operation reflect this calendar and will also be closed whenever School District 112 has cancellations and/or breaks.
Where can you park?
Our school has a parking lot in the front. To ensure you don't get towed, make sure to only park places with a sign that says "NSSD" or "Parking for Dancers Only". For additional parking directions, please contact us and view our Parent Information Page.
Do we host Birthday Parties?
Yes. However, due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we are suspending this offering. In non-COVID times, NSSD offers an incredible venue for a Birthday Dance Party with plenty of space for dance activities and room for birthday treats. Each Birthday Party is 90 minutes and includes rental with 45 minutes of dance-themed activities from one of our fabulous professional NSSD instructors.
Please stay tuned for future announcements regarding when NSSD will begin offering this service again. Thank you for your patience, understanding and help in keeping our community safe!
What makes us different from other studios?
We don't teach our students just a dance, we teach them HOW to dance. We are grateful to have skilled professional teachers and a detailed syllabus that caters to the physical, social, and cognitive growth of the individual and class. All of our classes incorporate age-appropriate dance techniques intertwined with creativity in a positive and nurturing atmosphere. We educate the dancer as a whole to be a well-balanced student and individual in all aspects of life. NSSD dancers develop a love and appreciation of dance as an art form along with life long skills like self-discipline, self-expression, motivation, respect, creativity, self-esteem, interaction with others, confidence, and teamwork.
Pre-Dance Division (2.5 - 6 years) have the opportunity to showcase all they've learned from their enthusiastic teachers in a professional theatre alongside our Ballet Theatre Performance Group to help tell a classic fairytale.
Student Division (1st Grade - High School) classes are graded to offer individualized attention to encourage each dancer to reach their fullest potential. Our instructors are dance professionals, highly qualified to teach relevant material, and expose our dancers to current concepts and repertoire.
NSSD's Adult Classes curriculum is well researched and developed in order to cater to all ages and abilities to build strength, balance, and coordination in a rewarding environment.
NSSD's Performance Companies are a unique opportunity to gain performance experience while giving back to the community and learning lifelong skills in organization, commitment, teamwork, adaptability, & synergy of a group atmosphere.
About Our Classes:
What dance styles do we provide?
Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Hip Hop and more.
For details, class descriptions, and to see what styles are provided for your dancer's age group, please visit our Classes Page.
Age groups are as follows:
Pre-Dance: Ages 2.5 - 6
Student Division: 1st Grade - High School
Adult Classes: College and Up
How do you know what level to sign up for?
We suggest all new students come visit the studio for a tour and talk to one of our directors. Pre-School / Kindergarten classes are determined by age at the start of classes. Elementary - High School students as well as Adult students are encouraged to call and schedule a trial class for proper placement.
What do you wear to class?
Our Dance Class Attire varies depending on ages and styles of dance.
Can you try a class?
Definitely! Call or email us today to schedule a trial. Advanced registration is required for all Drop-Ins. It is $25 to try a class, and payment will be applied to Tuition once the dancer enrolls.
How much are classes?
Visit our Pricing, Payment & Registration Page for more information. Additionally, Payment Plans are available in-office by contacting our manager, Barb Wowk
How long do the classes run?
The Pre-Dance Division (2.5 - 6 years) has 2 Sessions:
1. September - December
2. January - May
The Student Division (1st Grade - High School) classes run from the end of August - May.
View our 2020-2021 School Calendar Page for an overview of important dates & click below to view our day-by-day Online Calendar:
What are the class size limits?
Class sizes are currently limited in accordance with CDC Guidelines and NSSD's Safety Protocol.
In non-COVID times, our Pre-School classes are usually 7 - 10 dancers per teacher. In occasional circumstances, if a class exceeds ten, we offer a strict policy that the class is required an additional assistant in the class. However, the class will never exceed 14. If a class is full at registration you can register for the Waitlist and we will contact you in order of when you registered if we open up more spots.
In non-COVID times, our Student and Adult Division classes are usually 6 - 12 dancers per teacher. NSSD has 6 studios of varying sizes, which typically determines our class limit. If a class is full at registration you can register for the Waitlist and we will contact you in order of when you registered if we open up more spots.
Do the dancers perform?
Our classes have the opportunity to perform in a professional theater setting at the end of their session. Dancers interested in additional performance opportunities may audition for our Performing Companies, which perform around the community throughout the year. For Audition Details & Requirements to participate, please visit our Performance Companies Page, which gets updated throughout each performance season.
What to do if you're interested in participating in the Nutcracker?
NSSD's Annual Nutcracker Production is a favorite tradition for our dancers and the community! Ages 6 - Professional (Student Division) attend auditions in late August if they are interested in participating in the show.
Session 1 Classes will have the opportunity to participate in their own mini-Nutcracker at the end of Session 1 in December alongside sections from our Ballet Theatre Nutcracker Production.
Session 2 Classes with be participating in a Spring Ballet in May alongside our Ballet Theatre Dancers who will bring the main characters to life.
Do we participate in competitions?
Our Performing Companies are concert dance based groups, who perform at festivals, fundraisers, and out-reach venues to give back to their community. They do not compete, but rather share their passion with audiences all over the Greater Chicagoland area.
What are the Performance Companies?
Our Performance Groups are an incredible way for our dedicated dancers to learn more choreography, perform more, and build lifelong friendships in these nurturing and exciting group atmospheres. We offer 3 Programs within our Performance Division:
North Shore Dance Company (Ages 7 - 13)
North Shore Repertory Dance Ensemble (Ages 12 - 18)
North Shore Ballet Theatre (Ages 8 - 18)
Please visit our Performance Companies Page to learn more!
Do the dancers audition for the Performance Groups & when?
All Performing groups hold auditions at the beginning of June for the following Fall Season. Dancers interested in Ballet Theatre may also audition during the Nutcracker Audition in August. If a dancer misses the audition, please contact us to schedule an audition during Summer Camps/Intensives!