aad news, events &
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All About Dance is Hiring Passionate Teachers that Love Kids! Contact our Studio Director, Raji Chadha at raji@allaboutdance.org to apply!

Fall 2017 Registration is going on now! The session runs Monday, September 11 - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Back to School, Back to Dance! We will be hosting free dance classes and a fun open house September 5th - 8th.



Do you have a group of kids that would all love to take a class together? Let us create a class for you!
Contact lisad@allaboutdance.org if you would like to customize a class.



important dates 2017


Studio Closed:
Saturday, September 2 - Monday, September 4, 2017 for Labor Day Weekend

Fall 2017 Registration begins Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fall 2017 Session starts Monday, September 11 and runs through Tuesday, December 19, 2017



registration info:


Registration typically begins one month prior to the start of the session.

There will be a $25 late fee for all registrations made after the first week of the session.



cancellation policy:


AAD has the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment (less than six kids.)

Refunds are available within the first two weeks of the session only! After the first two weeks no refund will be given.

Switching of classes is allowed only within the first two weeks of the session.



parking:


AAD offers free parking in the lot kitty corner from our building located behind Old Town Social.

Our AAD staff is group of professionally trained, well rounded dance performers and instructors. Each of us offer a unique style and personality to every classroom. We are a tight-knit group that all work together to create a fun and unique atmosphere for everyone that walks in our doors. While we have all danced professionally in our careers, our true passion lies in inspiring others to feel comfortable dancing in their own skin. You’ll be inspired by our movement and leave class feeling refreshed and ready for more.


jessica swiggum goldman
Jessica Swiggum Goldman is the founder and artistic director of all about dance®, a Chicago-based dance studio with 15 wonderful teachers and many wonderful students. Jessica grew up studying and competing nationally in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern and hip hop and continued her dance education at the University of Minnesota where she danced on the University of Minnesota's nationally ranked varsity dance team and competed nationally at the Universal Dance Association. She then went on to pursue a professional career as a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader and later as a Chicago Luvabull.

At all about dance®, Jessica teaches all forms of dance and directs the kids and adult company. She has choreographed and directed five dance recitals with more than 1,000 attendees at each recital. Furthermore, all about dance® provides in-school dance programs to 10 of Chicago’s private and public schools. In addition to her 12 years of dance teaching experience, Jessica has choreographed for professional dance teams, commercials, video games, and serves as a judge at prestigious national dance competitions. Most recently, her skill set has been requested to choreograph and lead flash mobs for various commercial entities.

Jessica's teaching style is energetic and infectious; she has the ability to inspire people through her innovative choreography and positive personality. Jessica’s motto is to have fun, be young, and dance forever.

shannon westveer
Professional title states Studio Guru Galore. This basically means she is the glue that holds this whole AAD dance mecca together and she can command a room of 3 yr olds better than Barney! When asked for a teacher bio she came back with a 36-point Power Point presentation highlighting her career. This is a condensed brief…

Shannon has an extensive dance background that includes ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop training. She began dancing at the remarkable young age of two, when her ballet teacher made an exception for her, admitting Shannon to class due to her unusual ability, we knew she was special. Given her love for performing on stages, Shannon participated in numerous dance competitions and pageants over the years. She has held several national and local titles including Miss Troy, Michigan, which qualified her for the Miss Teen Michigan USA Pageant. If you’re lucky you can find her sportin’ a crown in the teacher lounge. Shannon continued to dance in college. During her third year she joined the Synergy Dance Team at NAU. Before coming to All About Dance, she taught at a prestigious studio in Brentwood, CA, while also teaching as a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood. Shannon loves working with children and teens and is very dedicated to teaching others the love of dance. She believes in teaching children how to express their personalities creatively through dance.

jacqueline howard
Professional title states Socialite & Design Diva. She is the creative juice that helps amp AAD up. She attained her Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Illinois-Chicago and has changed careers as many times as she’s changed hair styles. Jaq left the advertising world two years ago to permanently join the AAD team. She began her dance training at the ripe old age of 3 because she was born pigeon-toed and needed to strengthen her feet. Go figure that she studied ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, modern, lyrical and hip-hop for 14 years and competed in their company on the national level. She was Captain of her State Champion high school dance squad and went on to dance for the nationally ranked University of Illinois-Chicago Dancing Flames. As her college career ended she went on to pursue a professional career with the Chicago Rush Adrenaline Rush Dancers as well as the Chicago Bulls Luvabulls. Jacqueline currently teaches for various studios in the Chicago land area as well as competition choreography for local high schools. She brought her dance career back to life when she found internationally renowned hip hop group Dance2XS, TheMisses, 312 and Redefinition. Dancing with these groups has given her the opportunity to work with choreographer/dancers Tabitha & Napoleon, The Jabbawockeez, Marty Kudelka, Laura Edwards and many more. She continues to study all forms of dance at studios Millennium, The Edge, Joel Hall and Lou Conte. She can get anyone up and dance because of her creative and energetic style and flair. Note: Please refrain from calling her Jackie... she may kick you if you do.

lisa d
Lisa D received her B.A. in Dance from Columbia College Chicago in 2001. After graduating, Lisa danced professionally for three years touring nationally and teaching with Zephyr Dance Ensemble of Chicago. She moved to Los Angeles in 2005 where she continued to train, perform, and teach with Kairos Dance Co. and the Hermosa School of Dance and Music. In May 2007, Lisa became an ACE certified personal trainer, and has experience in group fitness classes as well as one on one personal training sessions. She packs a punch not only with her toned biceps but her sparkling personality. Thankfully, Lisa returned to Chicago in 2008 to begin teaching with the All About Dance family and working as a teaching artist with Hubbard Street. She currently teaches our kids dance classes, cardio dance fitness classes, and tone and tighten. She loves being part of the All About Dance team and is dedicated to creating quality! Lisa is available for private lessons and arm wrestling competitions… by appointment only.

lisa jean
Lisa Scurlock is a Chicago native born in St. Charles, IL. She doesn’t like to brag but she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Michigan University, MI with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and a Communications Minor. While there she was selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. with Philadanco and had the privilege to perform works of many world-renowned choreographers, including Lou Conte, George Faison, Gus Giordano, Harrison McEldowney and Diane McIntyre. Other training in professional dance experiences includes the River North Chicago Dance Summer Intensive program and a contract with Royal Caribbean Productions. (She had a killer tan that year). Lisa has performed in Thodos New Dances 2008 and 2009. She is a company member with Inaside Chicago Dance for her second year. Lisa choreographed for an Inaside Chicago Dance performance in 2009. Lisa enjoys teaching in Chicago at All About Dance , long walks on the beach and frilly skirts. Most recently, Lisa was honored to be named an Ambassador for Lululemon Athletica and looks forward to seeing you at one of her community events!

dan gibson
A Georgia native, Dan has been dancing since he figured out how to make his own portable dance floor from scraps of cardboard. Forged on the mean streets of Athens, Ga. Dan's introduction to the art of Breakdancing came at the corner of 'his living room' and 'the hallway'... of his college apartment. His formal training came from Gotta Dance Atlanta and Dance 411 studios where he trained in hip-hop, jazz, modern, African, and breakdance. He began his professional career with a national tour with 13th Floor Performing Arts, where he was a featured performer and choreographer. He then moved to Chicago where he has been fortunate to perform for Culture Shock Chicago, Chicago Dance Crash, the Seldoms, 5 Star Boogie, Elephant Filmworks, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Johnny Dangerous, and Kid Sister ft. Kanye West. Currently, he is a performing company member with Chicago Dance Crash and a freelance choreographer around the Chicago-land area. Dan can usually be found at the amazingly wonderful All About Dance, or you can find him on a dance floor near you...showing you how it's really done!

nikki pietro
Nikki began her dance training at the age of three in Twinsburg, Ohio. For fifteen years, she studied ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, and modern. During her years at Sharron’s School of Dance, she competed nationally in jazz, tap, and modern. This is also where Nikki’s love of teaching little ones began. During the summers, Nikki also studied at the University of Akron Dance Institute. Nikki went on to college at Butler University. She majored in Elementary Education, while continuing to take dance classes through the Butler Dance Department and Jordan Academy of Dance. Nikki went on to pursue her professional career by joining the Indiana Pacemates Dance Team. Upon graduation, Nikki moved to Chicago where she now resides teaching Kindergarten. She has been dancing at all about dance® since its’ opening, and is part of AAD’s Adult Company. Teaching at all about dance® combines her two passions: children and DANCE!

carly whitehead
Carly began her dance training in Indiana at the age of three years old. Most of her early training came from Jordan Dance Academy at Butler University. She then went on to performing arts boarding high school ‘Interlochen Academy of the Arts’, where she graduated with a major in Dance. Carly received her BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase College, where she was able to simultaneously receive training from Alvin Ailey, The Martha Graham School of Dance, and Broadway Dance Center. After receiving her diploma, she danced professionally for two years in Indianapolis with Dance Kaleidoscope. This is Carly’s first year with All About Dance and she is excited to share her passion with such fun and motivated students and staff!

zachary heller
Zachary Heller started his training in ballet and jazz in Alexandria VA. During his early training he performed with the American Dance Company under the direction of Mark Marino. He accompanied ADC on several tours to Europe and Central America. While dancing with ADC he was recognized as the Grishko outstanding male dancer at the Prague International Dance Festival in 2003. His choreography of the musicals A Chorus Line and The Boyfriend received the Cappies Awards for outstanding musical theater choreography in 2003 and 2004. He attended the University of Arizona and in 2008 he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor of fine arts in dance, he also fulfilled all the requirements for Pre Med. At the U of A he performed works choreographed by Susan Quinn, Michael Williams, Sam Watson, Douglas Nielsen, Frank Chaves, James Clouser, and George Balanchine. This is currently his fourth season performing with Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago under the direction of Nan Giordano. With GJDC he has performed works by choreographers Ron De Jesus, Randy Duncan, Jon Lehrer, Gus Giordano, Nan Giordano, Davis Robertson, Mia Michaels and many more. He holds possitions as the Co-Director of the jazz division at Xtreme Dance Force in Naperville IL, and the resident choreographer for Midwest Dance Collective in Barrington IL. He also teaches and choreographs for studios and youth companies in the Chicago land area and around the U.S. Zachary would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support.

rachael berube
Rachael began her dance education at Karyn Kelly Dance Center in Buffalo, New York. She graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, concentrating in Jazz. Rachael is thrilled to have gained a wealth of experience while training and performing with a wide spectrum of the industry’s leading professionals including Kiesha Lalama, Garfield Lemonius, Jason McDole, Doug Varone, Daniel Charon, Douglas Bentz, Kristina Fluty and Anna Howard. In addition to performing, she exhibits a growing passion for the art of choreography. Rachael has been fortunate enough to have a variety of opportunities with both Point Park and studios all over the States, teaching as well as setting pieces for diverse projects. Rachael is currently a part of the Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago Company. She is delighted to be working with All About Dance and can’t wait for the upcoming season to begin!

alyssa owen
I started dancing at the age of two with a concentration in jazz and ballet. I continued to study studio dance but broadened my range of dance by studying jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap and modern for 14 more years.

When I started middle school I found another love, pom pons/dance team, and I was a part of my middle school and high school competitive poms squad for six years and a captain for three.

I graduated from Purdue University in 2003 with a double major in Psychology and Law and Society with a minor in Dance. There I was a member of the competitive Purdue Dance Team for three years where we competed in Daytona for the NDA Nationals competition. We competed in the finals competition two years in a row. It was exactly like “Bring it On” the movie but the dance version!

After graduating from Purdue University I became an NBA dancer for the Chicago Bulls as a Luvabull and danced with the team for three years. I was a captain and leader of the squad my last year in 2008. With the Luvabulls I have performed in many places throughout the US and danced internationally from Athens, Cypress, Holland, Japan, Istanbul and Greece for world basketball tournaments and international fairs.

I love dance and I continue to learn new styles and techniques to help me be a better instructor and performer. I teach hip-hop, poms, cheerleading, ballet, and am a licensed Zumba and Zumba gold instructor. I am always enthusiastic to share my love of dance with anyone, from tiny tots to bee-bopping seniors!

natalie cammarata
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Natalie grew up loving to perform. Natalie went to Ohio University where she earned a masters and bachelor degrees in journalism, as well as a specialization in dance. Before moving to Chicago, Natalie interned at Dance Alloy, a premiere contemporary dance company in Pittsburgh led by Greer Reed. After moving to the windy city in 2009, she became a member of AAD Adult Company. She is also an assistant teacher for children's ballet at All About Dance. When she's not dancing, working in the west loop, or out with friends, Natalie writes a dance blog for ChicagoNow's Everybody DanceNow.

whitney pickett
Whitney attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she competed on the nationally competitive Illini Dance Team. She is also an accomplished ballet, jazz and hip hop dancer! Post-college, Whitney was a choreographer for two years and became a member of the All About Dance Adult Company. She is so excited to start teaching at AAD and hopes to share her love of dance and performing with all of her students!

cheryl hanson
Cheryl began her dance training at the age of nine at The Center for Dance in Westmont, IL. For ten years, she studied ballet, lyrical, tap and jazz and competed regionally and nationally. After graduating the University of Iowa, Cheryl moved back to her home town of Chicago where she has been taking classes at All About Dance and Lou Conte Dance Studio any chance she gets. Cheryl has also been part of the AAD Adult Company for 2 years. Cheryl LOVES to dance and is excited to share her passion with everyone!

kelly usher
Kelly discovered dance at the age of two, shortly after figuring out “that whole walking thing”. She proceeded to walk around on the tips of her toes until her parents decided to enroll her in formal dance classes. Kelly studied dance at Cherie’s Dance Studio in her hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her extensive training includes tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, musical theater, and lyrical. Kelly was very involved in competitive dance within her studio and also in show choir and dance team. After graduating high school, Kelly moved on to study Dance at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. There she explored ballet and modern dance in depth as well as music theory, dance kinesiology, choreography, Brazilian carnival culture and dance, Afro-cuban dance and hip hop. After graduating, Kelly auditioned for the Chicago Luvabulls and has been dancing with them since 2012. Kelly is new to All About Dance and is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion with others.

katie duffy
Katie graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in dance and a minor in entertainment management. She studied dance at various studios throughout the Chicago land area since the age of 3. In 2009, Katie received a scholarship to the Gus Giordano Dance School where she continued her dance training for the summer. She has performed and taught dance internationally in Seoul, Korea, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, and Mexico. Katie has years of experience instructing both children and adults. Currently, she performs with BISI Chicago Dance Company and teaches dance at various studios throughout the Chicagoland area. Additionally, she is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor at the Chicago Athletic Clubs and Fitness Formula Clubs. Katie absolutely loves sharing her passion for dance with every student at AAD and looks forward to watching the growth of both the studio and dancers as a whole.

laurel bashore
In December 2012, Laurel graduated from Point Park University with a B.F.A. dual concentration in modern and jazz. While training at school, Laurel performed in many productions in both corps and leading roles, including one work which was performed at the Grand Prix 2010 NYC Nationals and placed in the top twelve. She has performed works by Martha Graham, Sidra Bell, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Garfield Lemonius, Kiesha Lalama, Doug Bentz, and Judith Leifer- Bentz. Laurel also studied outside of the university at various prestigious camps and programs including: Springboard Danse Montreal where she worked with Aszure Barton and Artists, as well as, Elisabeth Motley, River North Dance Chicago, Common Art Mutual Passion, Houston Met Dance, she studied Forsythe technique at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and attended The Movement Invention Project. In August 2013, she began her professional dance career on the main company at Giordano Dance Chicago. Within her first season with Giordano Dance Chicago, Laurel had the opportunity to perform in Angela Dice Nguyen’s piece for Dance Chance Redux, dance in Randy Duncan’s Dance for Life finale, and perform in Pursuit Production’s "Them", a premiere evening length show created by Ahmad Simmons.

Along with her training and performing, Laurel has had the fortunate opportunity to choreograph. For the past six years she has choreographed numerous solos and group pieces for competition on the regional and national level. Laurel also has had the opportunity to choreograph pieces for Point Park’s Student Choreography Project and for the student showcase concerts. Her piece "Song of Reverb" (2011) was asked to be performed at a 3 10 Moment benefit in Pittsburgh. Laurel’s choreography for Point Park’s Student Choreography Project, "Yours Truly, Technology" (2012) was selected to represent Point Park University at The American College Dance Festival in Michigan.

pamela marsh
Pam has nearly a decade of professional dance and cheer experience. After college, Pam joined her hometown NFL team as a St. Louis Rams Cheerleader where she was a proud member for 3 years until she relocated to Chicago. There, she joined the Chicago Bulls professional dance team, the Luvabulls. She has just completed her sixth season representing the Luvabulls and with experience in both NBA and NFL arenas, Pam has a diverse and energetic style!


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