1. Why dance at Illinois Dance Conservatory?
Illinois Dance Conservatory (IDC) strives to bring a professional track school to the Northwest Chicago Suburbs where students are prepared and cultivated for the demands of the dance world where becoming a versatile dancer is so vital. With a diverse set of skills IDC believes all students benefit from artistry, creativity, discipline, confidence, poise, and fundamental life skills that dance provides. The school is geared to students between the ages of 3 and adult who progress through technique levels in a logical and organized fashion within our Pre-Academy, Academy & Pre-Professional Divisions. The curriculum is founded on the basis of all forms of classical ballet including Vaganova, RAD, Cecchetti, and Bournonville, because at the heart of every dancer is a concrete foundation of ballet. In order to create a diverse dancer malleable for any company our ballet program is supplemented with a contemporary and specialty program including: jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. It is with this base we wish to create a place where students can excel and flourish to pursue careers as professional dancers, attend higher education in dance, or become future audience members and patrons of dance.
2. Is there a dress code?
Yes, all students must follow the class attire guidelines. Proper attire allows the instructor to see and correct a dancer’s body. CLICK HERE for a list of proper attire.
3. How is placement determined?
CURRENT STUDENTS - Class placement is determined by the instructor and director only. Students must master the skills of their level before advancing. It is typical for intermediate and advanced students to spend multiple years at the same level.
NEW STUDENTS: Class placement is determined by either an evaluation or trial class. An evaluation is a modified private class to see which level a student should register for. A trial class is a regular scheduled class they would take to see which level they should register for. Both an evaluation and trial class are based on technique and placement, movement quality, and how well they pick up on movement..
4. What are the age requirements to dance at Illinois Dance Conservatory?
All students must be 3 years old and fully potty trained before registering for classes. In our Pre-Academy Division, student will be placed into age appropriate class level. Upon entering our Academy Division or higher, students advance by completing level program and by teacher recommendation.
5. Are there competition opportunities?
IDC participates in Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP). We have also competed in Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC), The American Dance Competition (ADC), and World Ballet Competition (Worlds). Participation in the IDC Competitive Program is at the sole discretion of Alyce Keaggy Brinkmann. Annual tuition does not cover competition expenses and each student will be responsible for any competition fees, private training sessions, travel, accommodations, costumes and any other expenses that may arrise as a result of competition participation.
6. What styles of dance are offered at the studio?
We offer classes in ballet, variations, pointe, contemporary, hip hop, acro/jumps leaps turns and stretch and strength.
7. What if my child misses class? Can he/she make it up?
Students are encouraged to make-up classes they miss due to injury, illness, inclement weather, etc. Make-ups must be completed within the current dance session at the student’s level or lower. Make-ups must be scheduled through the IDC office. Students must check in at the IDC desk prior to their make-up class. Not all classes are available for make-ups. No refund or credit is given for missed classes, regardless of the reason. Please keep in mind, observation of an enrolled class is considered class participation.
8. Are payment plans available?
Yes, IDC offers both semester and monthly payment options. If your credit card is declined due to insufficient funds, your account will be charged $25, the same as the returned check fee. Please see office for complete terms & conditions.
9. Are private lessons available? If so, how can I request them?
Private lessons are offered to IDC students only at the discretion of the School Directors and are dependent upon regular attendance. Contact the IDC desk to schedule lessons. Also, please note lessons are only scheduled if studio and faculty space permits.
10. How does the registration process work for new students?
All Academy and Pre-Professional Division students are required to sign up for the entire dance year. Our Pre Academy Division students may either sign up for the entire year or in 8-week sessions. Please note IDC accepts year-round enrollment. Tuition will be pro-rated to the month of commencement. Please CLICK HERE to download a fillable registration form or stop by the studio to sing up.
11. Where are you located?
We are located 1251 N. Old Rand Rd., Wauconda, IL 60084. Just one-block East of Route 12 (Rand Rd.). The closest intersection to our location is Bonner Rd. and Main. St. (N. Old Rand Rd.).
12. What is your refund policy?
All tuition is non-refundable after the first day of class. In the case of a serious illness or injury, student account credit will only be considered with a doctor verified certification letter. Requests for credit must be made in writing within 30 days of injury or illness and be accompanied by the doctor’s certification letter. Credits do not expire, are non-transferrable and can only be used toward future registration with IDC.
If it becomes necessary for a student to withdraw early from the program, IDC requires a 30-day written notice be mailed or dropped off at the office. A cancellation fee, equal to one-month tuition will be charged for all contract cancellations. This fee will be charged automatically on the next scheduled payment date. All remaining contract payments will be discontinued.
Credits will not be given for any missed/absent classes. Students who wish, can make up any missed classes in their same level or below at any time during the current season. If IDC must cancel a class due to an unforeseen teacher absence, a makeup date will be provided at the end of the dance season. Please see our complete studio policy online.
13. Is there an attendance policy?
Please contact IDC at 847.438.4500 when you will be missing or arriving late to a class. Students who arrive more than 15 minutes late will not be allowed to participate due to risk of injury.
14. Where can I purchase dance wear and shoes?
IDC carries a small quantity of dance shoes, leotards, and tights. If you need something we do not have please visit Allegro Dance Boutique at http://www.allegrodanceboutique.com or Discount Dance Supply at http://www.discountdance.com/index.php.