FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 Children's, Youth, and 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, modern, hip hop, tap, and more.  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.  For a list of all our age requirements please
CLICK HERE.


5. Are there competition opportunities?
IDC participates in Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP), Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (VKIBC), The American Dance Competition (ADC), and World Ballet Competition (Worlds).  Participation in these is at the discretion of Alyce Keaggy Brinkmann. Annual tuition does not cover competition expenses and each student will be responsible for any competition fees, travel, accommodations, costumes and any other expenses.


6. What styles of dance are offered at the studio?

We offer classes in ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, tap, music theatre, break dance, acro/Jumps, leaps, and turns, 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.  A $30 service fee will be charged for payment plans requiring more than two payments or for insufficient funds. If your credit card is declined due to insufficient funds or an expired credit card, your account will be charged $25, the same as the returned check fee.


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 Youth and Pre-Professional Division students are required to sign up for the entire 34 week year and all Children's Division students may either sign up for the entire 34-week year or individual 17-week sessions.  Please note late enrollments are accepted, however if a student wishes to participate in the end of the year spring performance he/she must be enrolled by Saturday, February 6, to assure they will receive their costume in time for the performance.  Please
CLICK HERE to download a registration form or stop by the studio to sing up.


11. Where are you located?
We are located in the Deer Park Town Center (next to La Hacienda) at 21540 W. Field Parkway, Ste. 620 Deer Park, IL 60010.   
CLICK HERE for a map.


12. What is your refund policy?

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.  If a students needs to drop a class a school credit will be given.


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.


15. Can parents watch classes?
Parents are welcome to observe classes through the viewing windows during IDC’s scheduled viewing weeks only.  A list of specific dates can be found on IDC’s website.  Instructors may lower the blinds during viewing weeks if parents are a disruption to the class.  Blinds will be lowered during all non-viewing weeks to lesson distraction and aid in the attention and focus of the students.