Below are responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about our studio
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 cultivated into versatile dancers prepared for the demands of the dance world. The school is geared to students ages 3 to adult who progress through technique levels in a logical and organized fashion within our Pre-Academy, Academy & Pre-Professional Divisions (Pre-Professional I & Pre-Professional II). In order to create a diverse dancer malleable for any professional opportunity, our ballet program (technique, variations, pointe, and character) is supplemented with stretch & strength, contemporary and hip hop classes.
IDC training is ideal for students who want to become professional dancers, attend higher education in dance or teach dance. It is also great for students who simply wish to obtain a strong, versatile dance background rooted in proper technique.
Regardless of which track a student is on, it is our goal to create a place where students can excel and flourish in their love of dance.
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 is most appropriate for the student. A trial class is a regular scheduled class a prospective student would take to determine the appropriate level. Both an evaluation and trial class are based on technique and placement, movement quality, and how well they pick up on movement.
Are we allowed a trial before we register?
Yes. New students are offered a trial week of unlimited classes at their level at no cost prior to registering.
Is there a dress code?
Yes. Proper attire allows the instructor to see and correct a dancer’s body. All students must follow the class attire guidelines for their level. CLICK HERE for a list of level-specific attire.
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, students will be placed into age appropriate class level. Upon entering our Academy Division or higher, students advance by completing the level program and/or by teacher recommendation.
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-related costs including, but not limited to, fees paid to the sponsoring organization, private training sessions (required to compete), travel, accommodations, costumes, etc.
What styles of dance are offered at IDC?
We offer classes in ballet including technique, pre-pointe, pointe, variations, repertoire, and character as well as contemporary, hip hop, and stretch and strength. The Pre-Academy Division classes (ages 3 - 5) are Pre-Ballet & Tap.
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.
Are payment plans available?
Yes, IDC offers both semester and monthly payment options. Please see the IDC desk for complete terms & conditions.
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, and are subject to faculty and studio availability. Private lessons can be scheduled through the IDC desk.
How does the registration process work for new students?
Academy and Pre-Professional I & II Division students are required to sign up for the entire dance year. 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 registration form or stop by the studio during the hours listed on the Contact tab to sign up.
Is there an attendance policy?
Please contact IDC at 847-438-4500 or send an email to dance@ildanceconservatory if you will be absent 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.
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, inclement weather, etc., a makeup date will be offered at the end of that dance season.
Where are you located?
We are located 1251 N. Old Rand Rd., Wauconda, IL 60084. The studio is one-block East of Route 12 (Rand Rd.). The closest intersection to our location is Bonner Rd. and Main. St. (N. Old Rand Rd.).
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 in their store in downtown Barrington) or Discount Dance Supply at http://www.discountdance.com.