Class Descriptions


Ballet dance classes at North Shore School of Dance are based on traditional techniques of Cecchetti, Vaganova, Royal Academy, French, and more. This eclectic blend of techniques creates a unique style to our training, thus ensuring a well rounded ballet dancer. Every level from Fancy Feet through Sr. 8 follows our school syllabus, and uses French terminology. As students advance, they are encouraged to attend multiple levels of ballet technique classes per week to enhance and secure their training. Throughout our dancers training, NSSD offers ballet students the opportunity of learning variations from classical ballets, and at the highest level, partnering.
Our multiple adult level ballet classes offers similar training to our students at an appropriate level for adult dancers. Training levels are offered from ballet through advanced, with multiple classes per week encouraged and recommended.


Pointe classes are for the serious dancer who has been training in ballet a minimum of 2 classes per week for 2 consecutive years beyond the age of eight. Dancers need to be both physically and technically ready. Each student is evaluated individually to either begin in Pre-Pointe or Pointe Prep.1.


Modern is also known as Contemporary Dance. At NSSD these classes are based on the teaching methods of the instructor. Some teach traditional techniques of Graham, Horton, Cunningham, Limon, and more. Other instructors teach the more contemporary style, like the “Release” technique. Either way, Modern is a fundamental form of training that allows more freedom than ballet. It trains the body in a strict manner, and benefits the well rounded dancer. Modern dancers are encouraged to take ballet.


Jazz has changed over the years and has come to incorporate other forms of dance. Ballet and modern were the foundation of jazz, and was influenced by African dance, and now has taken on movement trends from hip-hop. Jazz is known for its diversity of styles.


Jazz dancers are encouraged to take ballet and modern techniques.


Our tap classes are based on two major styles of tap: rhythm tap and Broadway tap. Both styles are considered to be a form of music, as the sound of a tap shoe beats out various percussive rhythms similar to that of a drum. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance and traditional show girl, shim sham, and lead dancing steps, whereas, rhythm tap focuses more on musicality and explores outside of the traditional tap elements. Tap dancing at NSSD begins in kindergarten, and as the student progresses, more complicated rhythms, styles and patterns are covered. An extensive tap syllabus is followed in all of our tap classes.


Lyrical is a combination of Ballet, Jazz & Contemporary. It is guided and inspired by the lyrics of the music. It's a great way to practice and incorporate expression and emotion with the technique of the Jazz and Ballet styles. Because lyrical dancing focuses on the expression of strong emotion, the style concentrates more on individual approach and expressiveness than the precision of the dancer's movements.

Hip Hop

Hip-hop is an extremely diverse current dance form. Although there is no codified technique to hip-hop, dancers must develop a broad ability in musicality and movement dynamics. Hip-hop dancers are strongly encouraged to take modern dance as it teaches the dancer how to use the body for the quick level changes that happen in hip-hop.

Boys Dance

At North Shore School of Dance, we offer Boys Dance Classes in all genres of dance. Our all Boy Hip Hop class is a favorite amongst our younger students. Many of our boys have grown up with a sister at NSSD, and have always been interested in being a part of the North Shore Dance family. Several boys do community or school theatre, and have found dancing improves their self-esteem, confidence and movement ability for the stage. Our male dancers have gone on to be part of our Nutcracker, North Shore Repertory Dance Ensemble, and have continued their studies in college. Currently, we have male alumni at the Julliard, The University of Arizona-Tucson, and the University of Illinois-Champaign Urbana.


Ballet & Modern

At North Shore School of Dance we offer daytime Adult Classes in Ballet and Modern. These classes are designed for college age students through adults. Classes are offered at a Beginning level-Advanced level. Each student will have the opportunity continue to grow within the technique, but continue to move at a safe and appropriate pace. Many of our adult dancers either have children at the studio, been former dancers themselves, or simply avid lovers of dance. Adult students are encouraged to register in multiple classes and styles per week in order to maintain their strength and technique. Similar to our student division classes, the adult schedule runs on a full school year syllabus with additional classes held in the summer months.
Adult dancers who are unavailable during daytime hours are encouraged to enroll in evening Student Division classes. Placement recommendations for both daytime and evening classes is suggested.

North Shore School of Dance

505 Laurel Ave. Highland Park, IL 60035, United States

(847) 432-2060