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the School of Performing Arts

SPA is a dance powerhouse. Let's get you plugged in.

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Children's Program Summer 2018

Ages 3 - 8

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Open Contemporary Summer 2018

Ages 9+

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Pre-Professional Dance Summer 2018

Ages 8+


The School of Performing Arts Dance Department is grounded in ballet with a curriculum that incorporates elements of Vaganova, Cecchetti and The Royal Dance Academy. Essential to the curriculum and student learning are other styles of dance that embrace a rich and eclectic dance history, including contemporary, jazz, tap and hip hop. Technical versatility and theatrical flair are hallmarks of Chicago dance and the dance instruction within the walls of SPA.

The Dance Department is under the Artistic Direction of Terrence Marling, former dancer, teacher and choreographer of Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and the Founding Director of Hubbard Street 2. Terry leads the eclectic SPA faculty and curriculum that is designed and developed to inspire SPA students to be multi-faceted dancers with strong technique and ample creativity. His faculty are led to encourage individuality and strong work ethic in order to facilitate the growth of each artist.


The Dance Department curriculum offers a variety of opportunities for the young beginner exploring movement and music, to the seasoned young dancer looking to make dance their career. Our all-inclusive approach offers a variance of levels and areas of study.

The Children’s Program offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop for ages 3-8.

The Open Contemporary Program offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop contemporary and additional supplemental classes for ages 9+.

The Pre-Professional Program is designed for the serious student interested in a more rigorous ballet/contemporary commitment. This program is open to all motivated dance students ages 8+.

Events, Performances & Auditions


Performing Ensembles

special packages


Children's Program: $18
Open/Contemporary Program: $25
Pre-Professional/Conservatory Program: $25


$720/quarter (per student/9 week session)

If your total dance tuition amount exceeds $720, you qualify for the unlimited class discount. This means your student will be able to take unlimited classes at no additional quarterly cost. This is a great option for our students that love to just dance, dance, dance!
*Please call the Business Office to receive the above two discounts



If you are 18 or older, you might be interested in purchasing a Class Card. This will allow you to take a class and keep up with your busy schedule. Just register for your class of choice, purchase ten classes at a discounted rate, and attend class with less stress!


Provide a letter or performance program confirming your participation in Orchesis or Poms and you will receive 10% discount on your quarterly dance tuition. This discount is not offered in conjunction with other discounted packages or performing ensembles. Ask the office for more details.

Private coaching


Working toward a big role and need to brush off those tap shoes? Need a little help with an already established combination? We can help get you ready to rock!

All Private Coaching is scheduled through Artist Empowered, our division for College & Career Coaching in the Arts.

To schedule a Student and/or Professional Coaching please contact our SPA Business Office by calling 630.717.6622 or emailing

Coaching is scheduled at the following rates as of June 1, 2018:

30 minutes: $50 – 75/session

60 minutes: $90 – 150/session