A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR

I am so excited for this opportunity to be the Artistic Director of Envision Dance Company. I have been teaching dance and working with young aspiring dancers for 25 years now and know I am fortunate to get to do what I love as my “job”, I can’t imagine my life without teaching dance.

I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach and choreograph all over the country and work with some amazing faculty and students whom I have learned so much, both about dance and about life. Through these experiences, I have witnessed many styles of teaching and have gained so much knowledge and have learned to adapt my own teaching styles based on the age, level, and learning styles of each child. I have worked with very young beginner dancers, to some of the most beautiful advanced dancers I have known and all ages and levels in between.

The one commonality I see from every dancer I have worked with is they all want to feel good about themselves, and I strive to make this happen in all of my classes and rehearsals. I believe in discipline and structure within the classroom, but also know how important it is for dancers, especially children, to feel validated and a sense of pride when they leave the classroom. It is important to me, that dancers know what they have to work on to reach the next level of their training through constructive feedback, but also know they are making progress and provide them positive feedback.

- Ms. Melissa

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FAQ

WHEN ARE AUDITIONS FOR YOUR COMPANY?

We will not have an open audition for Envision Dance Company, but rather we will hold free, private auditions for interested dancers throughout June and July. To schedule your private audition, contact Melissa at mpeterson@envisiondance.com

WHAT ARE YOUR FEES AT ENVISION DANCE COMPANY?

We offer a variety of fees for drop in classes, monthly classes and company classes. Please refer to our fee schedule for specifics on drop in rates and monthly class rates. Company tuition includes required technique classes, optional technique classes and rehearsals, please attend our informational meeting on June 15 th or contact us for more information on company rates.

ARE YOU A COMPANY OR A STUDIO?

We are primarily a competitive dance company for dancers ages 5-18, however, we will make technique classes available to the public. We will offer several performance opportunities to our company members at competitions and conventions as well as community events in the Chicagoland area and suburbs throughout the year. We will conclude our season with a showcase for family and friends and to honor graduating seniors heading off to their next adventure.

WHAT ARE SUMMER REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR COMPANY MEMBERS?

We ask that all company members participate in summer classes at Envision Dance Company that will be held after July 4th (each level will have a varying number of required classes, please inquire for more information). We also encourage company members to take advantage of any/all of the wonderful intensives and classes offered throughout the Chicagoland area to keep your technique strong over the summer months.

WILL YOU ATTEND A NATIONALS COMPETITION?

We will not have a mandatory Nationals, however we do offer an optional Nationals each year. Please contact the studio for details.

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