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 free trial class at their level 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, and modern.  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.

What is your payment policy?
The first monthly tuition payment and season registration fees ($20/dancer, max $50/family) are due with a completed membership enrollment contract form for each student at the time of registration. A payment contract will then be created and emailed to the member which must be signed and returned.


IDC accepts monthly payments by check, ZELLE or by credit card. Remaining payments are due on the 1st or 15th of the month, depending on the families’ preference; October through May. Default payment schedule is the 1st of the month. If paying by credit card, your payment will be processed automatically. All credit card payments will be charged a 4% surcharge per transaction. It is required that families keep a valid credit card on file with us until your monthly payment obligations are complete, regardless of your payment selection. If paying by check or ZELLE and your monthly payment is not received by the established due date, the credit card on file will be charged automatically and will include the 4% surcharge. If a check payment is returned for insufficient funds, member will be charged a $39 NSF fee plus all associated bank fees incurred. Declined credit card payments will be subject to late fees.

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.  If you are interested in taking private lessons, please call, email or leave us a message through the Contact page.

How does the registration process work for new students?
Students can enroll for an individual session or the full season. Session dates can be found on the Schedule page of the site.  


IDC accepts year-round enrollment.  Tuition will be pro-rated to the month of commencement.  Please contact us to discuss the appropriate level for your child and schedule a free assessment, if needed.  If you have confirmed the level with a member of the IDC staff and are ready to enroll, you can access the forms here. Please call, email or leave us a message through the Contact page if you have any questions. 


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/credit policy?
Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable to other sessions or students. Member account credit may be considered in the event of a doctor verified serious illness or injury. Requests for member account credit must be made in writing within 30 days of the injury or illness and be accompanied by a doctor’s certificate of inability to continue class for remainder of term. Credits will be 50% of the remaining prorated tuition amount from date of notification of withdraw, minus a $25 processing fee. Account credits will be valid for a period of not more than 1-year from date of issue.

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 and leotards. If you need something we do not have, we recommend you visit Allegro Dance Boutique at their store in downtown Barrington or at, or Discount Dance Supply at