Summer Intensives

The Steps Dance Center Summer Intensive, now in its seventh year, offers dancers ages 6 & up a chance to study at an intense level with some of the top dance professionals from Chicago and beyond.

Classes offered in ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, hip-hop, improvisation, stretch & strength, and pilates.  This summer event is a must for students who are passionate about dance!

Two weeks of inspiration to choose from.  Take one or both!

Ages 6-8  10:00am-1:30pm

Ages 9 & Up 10:00am – 4:00pm

WEEK 1: July 17-20

Week 1 Faculty includes:

Kent Boyd (Entity Contemporary Dance Company, Hollywood Vibe Convention faculty, Teen Beach Movie, SYTYCD)

Karen Chuang (Entity Contemporary Dance Company, Hollywood Vibe Convention faculty, Lady Gaga superbowl performance, Grease: Live!)

Laura Wade (Visceral Dance Chicago rehearsal director), Ricky Ruiz (River North Dance Chicago)

Josh Assor (Broadway’s Newsies & Mary Poppins, Broadway Dance Center faculty)

WEEK 2: July 24-27

Week 2 Faculty includes:

Nikky Paramo (Britney Spears, Kanye West)

Zach Heller (Giordano Dance Chicago)

Michelle West (Aladdin on Broadway)

Aaron Gordon (Broadway’s Hamilton)

Tercell Waters (Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company NYC)


-Please wear proper attire for all classes.  Hair should be worn in a slicked back bun.

-Ballet: Black leotard, pink tights, canvas ballet shoes

-Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Musical Theatre: Tight-fitting clothing (shorts, leggings, tight tank or top).  No T-shirts or sweatpants

-Hip Hop: Comfortable clothing (sweatpants, T-shirt, leggings).  Clean sneakers or boots (not worn outside)

-Be sure to bring plenty of water and a light snack for in between classes.

-You are welcome to bring a Theraband to all stretch classes but is not required.

-Be sure to thank your teachers at the end of every class.

-If you’re taking a class that’s new or challenging, take a deep breath and give it 100%!  Intensives are a great way to experiment and make mistakes so that you can learn and grow!