Chicago Annual Showcase

Little Stars.  Big Smiles.  Forever Fun Memories!

Our non-intimidating and age-appropriate environment allows dancers to fully experience the performing arts while developing important life skills.


Watch Our Showcase Highlights Now!

See our dancers shine on stage and get a taste of what it’s like to be a part of Dance To EvOLvE’s amazing performing arts community.
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The Benefits of Performance

  • Our non-intimidating and age-appropriate environment allows dancers to fully experience the performing arts while developing important life skills.
  • Showcase is a fun experience that creates lifetime memories for every dancer and their family.
  • The showcase allows dancers to fully experience performing art and the unique feeling of being on stage.
  • Preparing for showcase is a way for kids to work on memorization skills, rhythm, technique, teamwork, and much more…and they LOVE having something to be proud of.
  • It gives kids the opportunity to perform in front of an audience in Chicago that will boost self-confidence in everything they do and develop important life skills.
  • Family and friends in Chicago get to see and celebrate what their dancers have learned in dance class.

The Benefits of Dance To EvOLvE’s Annual Showcase

  • Different participation fee options that include a performance outfit your dancer gets to keep and wear again and again!
  • A one stop shop for families! Stage time practice is scheduled directly before the actual show, to ensure convenience for our dancing families.
  • Volunteer opportunities in exchange for benefits such as free tickets and t-shirts (opens mid-March).
  • Showcase preparation starts in spring as to not distract from non-showcase dancers and regular weekly lessons.
  • We hold 2-3 mini-shows (approximately 1 hour each) compared to one very long show.
  • Age appropriate movement and costumes.
  • Dance To EvOLvE believes in providing students with a non-intimidating environment for a memorable experience (no hot or scary lights and no distracting effects).

More Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see our blog on the importance of a dress code.   We offer a flexible dress code with no specific required colors or styles. For safety and distraction reasons, dancers are not allowed to wear jewelry in class.

YOU & me Movement and Music Class

There is no dress code or required specific dance shoes.  Leotards, tights, tutus, and ballet shoes always add to the fun, and sweatpants, t-shirts and tennis shoes are great. No sandals, flip flops, boots or crocs for safety.

All Combo Classes with Tap, Ballet, and Jazz

Attire: Our dress code is simply “dance attire” and is designed to be fun, safe and appropriate for the learning environment. There is not a specific style or color required. Long hair needs to be pulled back. We ask that tiny tots’ dance clothes are only worn for dance class so that the young dancer understands that they are coming to dance class and not an unstructured play time.

* Leotards, tights, leggings, and tutus all add to the fun.

* Clean solid-colored sweatpants or jazz pants and a fitted t-shirt are great.

Shoes: Ballet and tap shoes are needed for all tap & ballet combo classes. Any shoe color is allowed during class but if you would like to plan ahead to the annual spring showcase, black tap shoes are requested for all dancers and pink ballet shoes for female identifying costumes.

Check out our dance wear and shoe options here:

Please see our blog on how to pick out dance shoes and the type of shoes to avoid.

All Hip Hop Classes

Attire: Sweats, leggings, and t-shirts are great…wear clothes that you can easily move in and are appropriate when dancing and doing floor work. (Shorts and skirts can be a challenge.)  Long hair should be pulled back in a ponytail.

Shoes: Sneakers that tie or won’t come off feet. Barefoot, clogs, crocs, sandals, flip flops or socks just won’t work.

Check out our suggested attire and shoe options on our Nimbly shop here! You will also find affordable dance attire and shoes online at Discount Dance Supply and Amazon, as well as in stores such as Target, and sometimes Walmart, but they tend to be hit or miss. Local dance stores are also an option but the prices will be higher. 

Registration is taken online through our online Parent Portal. You can also, Click here to view our full class schedule. 

  • Click the black register button next to the class you want to register for and you will be taken to our Parent Portal.
    • If you don’t already have an account, you will need to create an account for both you and your dancer. 
  • Once you are on the registration page, be sure to click on the >>Insert appropriate location name<< e.g. San Diego , Cleveland or Chicago Tab.
  • Select the class(es) you want to register for and click submit.
  • After clicking submit, click on the blue link in. the red box “Click here to set up auto-pay” to complete your registration. 

Please note: Upon registration all families are enrolled in auto-renewal* for their classuntil you notify the office otherwise via email by the 25th of the month. (Cancellations cannot go through the teacher.)

If class is canceled, you will be notified via email and text. If school is canceled within the district of your dance class location due to weather, dance class will also be canceled. No refunds will be issued for any canceled classes, but make-up classes will be offered.

We understand that being late can be stressful. Therefore, please have your dancer prepared with shoes on outside of the room and then send them into the class to join the fun. We ask that adults to not enter the room (unless it is the 2-year old class). If no dancers are present for class, the teacher will wait 10 minutes before they leave the class site. There are no refunds or credits for tardiness.

The class you are interested in is currently full and you  were added to the waitlist. No worries, as soon as a spot becomes available, you will be notified via email (with a text reminder) with next steps that will need to be completed within 24 hours to secure your place in the class. If you no longer wish to be in the class, please let the office know.

We have other similar classes at other near-by locations as well. We would love to get your dancer in class soon! Click here to view our full class schedule.

Ages 14 months – 2

This is an adult/child interactive dance class and an adult must be in class with each dancer. Dress code and dance shoes are not required for this class.

Age 2

Adults participate as needed and therefore stay in the room. They need your love and encouragement throughout dance class. Some dancers will need more attention than others, depending on their age and development and that’s okay!  To have a successful class we ask that only one adult is in the room with the dancer.

Ages 3 & Up

These are our big kid dance classes so families watch from a distance outside of the room or are welcome to drop them off. 

SAFETY FIRST…please be sure to sign-in your child if you are dropping them off during class; sign-in on the clipboard with the phone number where you can be reached during the next hour in case of an emergency. This needs to be done every week for any dancer who does not have an adult within viewing distance.  This will give our teachers quick access to an accurate telephone number to contact you if needed.

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  2. Add [email protected] to your email address book for monthly newsletters and important class updates.
  3. Check the announcement board at class and listen to your teacher’s announcements.
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  5. Reach out to us via email, phone or text, whatever works best for you!