The Dance Academy

Meet our Teachers

Phone: 847-888-5200 x4548


Degrees and Certifications:

Margaret Palmer

Phone: 847-888-5200 x8420


Degrees and Certifications:

Kelli Myre Bahwell

In the Dance Academy....


    Dancers will work in a positive environment that challenges them to reach their full potential as performing artists. Students will learn to articulate and communicate ideas through movement. The dance academy provides professional faculty and opportunities to work with renowned performing artists, choreographers, and organizations. Through community outreach and mentorship programs, students enjoy the opportunity to experience first hand the joys of fulfilling the human spirit through dance. 


    Our Philosophy: 

    The dance department is committed to providing a challenging and inspirational environment for ambitious dance students. We strive to encourage students to express themselves artistically through movement, as well as assisting students to refine techniques that will enable them to pursue dance professionally or as a college major if they choose. 

    Our Goals:

    • To utilize dance terminology
    • To develop an appreciation of the role of dance in past and present civilization
    • To explore occupations in dance
    • To achieve a high level of performance through self –expression
    • To create works and present them to the community
    • To help students become well- rounded in all dance techniques
    • To develop an understanding of the human anatomy

    Our Instructional Objectives:

    • To gain knowledge of kinesiology, anatomy, dance history, choreography, and dance terminology
    • To develop choreographic techniques to create productions
    • To study various forms of dance including ballet, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, and pointe.
    • To grow into well-rounded artists who are aware of their place in history and are able not only to dance but also to think and write about dance as an art form, its importance in education, and its vital role in cultural development.