The Steps Dance Company is a competitive performance group comprised of students who are passionate about dance and want to take their talent to the next level. We believe that the Company experience instills values such as team work, responsibility, commitment, and discipline that our students can use outside of the classroom. Steps offers many companies based upon a dancer’s age, experience, and interest:
We are proud to offer programs for many levels of dancers. In our audition process we seek potential and commitment and look to foster growth in these dancers. We offer a training program for dancers ages 11-14 who are new to the competitive experience.
The Steps Dance Center Tap Company, led by Kelsey Lauren, offers dancers a chance to train intensively, perform, and compete in all styles of tap including Broadway and hoofing.
Hip Hop Company
The Steps Dance Center Hip Hop Company, led by Chris Zarate, Trae Turner, and Rebecca Rosenberg, offers dancers ages 6 – 18 the opportunity specialize in hip-hop technique and choreography.
The Steps Hip Hop Companies attend the Monsters of Hip Hop convention annually to train with the best in the industry along with attending and competing at all other conventions and competitions with the Steps Dance Company.
Our Steps Dance Center Elite Poms Company dancers the opportunity to experience a dance team and work on their technique prior to high school dance team auditions! This is a great program to explore if you are interested in trying out for a high school poms team.
Our Elite Poms Company attends two competitions (UDA, TDI) as well as a Nationals competition in Orlando, Florida!
Repertory Ballet Company
The Steps Dance Center Repertory Ballet Company is designed to offer the aspiring ballerina an intensive study in ballet. Repertory Ballet Company members study both classical and contemporary ballet, pointe, and variations.
Repertory Ballet Company members will perform in events throughout the year such as our annual holiday show and end of the year recital. Company members have the chance to travel downtown to take classes at the Joffrey Ballet, as well as see a professional company performance.
While we feel that competition inspires drive, teamwork, and good sportsmanship, we also highly value performance opportunities to give dancers a chance to reach out in their communities. Members of the Steps Dance Company have performed yearly in events such as:
|Kathryn Bender Memorial Showcase||Fox Valley Dance Showcase|
|Dance Chicago||Dance.Live at UIC|
|Naperville Labor Day Parade||Dupage Children’s Museum|
|McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade||Inaside Youth Summit for the Arts|
Conventions & Competitions
We attend competitions and conventions throughout the year in order to gain performance experience and receive feedback. Conventions consist of two days of workshop classes from master teachers around the country and competition on Friday and Saturday evenings. At competitions only, we will compete all of our routines solos-production. We do stay in the Chicagoland area for our regional competitions and conventions, and every other year travel to compete in a National competition.
Solos, Duos, Trios, and Small Groups
We believe that working with students in a close setting is very beneficial. Teachers may select students for solo, duo, trio, and small group opportunities. For duos & trios, the directors will group dancers based upon the individual dancers’ strengths and skills. These opportunities require time outside of regularly scheduled class rehearsals.
Guest Choreography/Master Classes
We encourage students to work with numerous teachers and choreographers to gain exposure to different styles and become diverse dancers. Our company members have been able to work with guest choreographers such as Gregg Russell, Lizzie Mackenzie, Nikky Paramo, and Cassie Dzienny.