This Holiday Season Give the Gift of Dance: Dance Gallery Winter Session Begins January 6

With the gift-giving season just around the corner, Dance Gallery Chicago has the perfect gift for the dancer in the family. Dance Gallery will commence its Children, Teen and Adult 13-Week Winter Session classes on January 6 and registration is happening now!

The Winter Session will include a Creative Movement class, Pre-Ballet and Tiny Tap class for children as well as Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical and Toning & Weights for all ages. New for this session is the addition of Senior Beginning and Advanced Tap for Adults.

Dance Gallery believes that dance offers students a way to creatively express themselves. New for the 2013 Winter Session, Dance Gallery will offer a Lyrical Class for free if a student is taking 5 or more classes during the Winter Session. Lyrical Class teaches students how to tell a story through physical dance movements. The class combines various dance styles, such as ballet, jazz and modern dance.

Current and new students can begin registering now by calling the Dance Gallery Studio at 773-445-8910.


Dance Gallery Students to Appear in Joffrey Ballet's 2013 Production of "The Nutcracker"

Dance Gallery is proud to announce that three students have been selected to dance in Joffrey Ballet’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker.”

Grace Boyd, 11, and Isabella Boyd, 10 attend Sutherland Grammar School; and Anna Allen, 12, is a student at St. Christina School. Anna and Isabella will be playing the roles of snow tree angels while Grace will be playing party scene girl.

“We’re so proud to have these three girls represent Dance Gallery in ‘The Nutcracker’ this year,” said Marylee Sinopoli. “It is exciting to see the girls participate again in this traditional classic production. We work hard to help the girls develop solid dance training at an early age, which helps them with their auditions and provides skills to continue nourishing their love of dance.”

Throughout the years, Dance Gallery has had over 75 students selected to dance in the Joffrey Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

“The Nutcracker” is performed December 6 through December 28, 2013 at the Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University. Matinee and evening performances are scheduled. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.


Shakespeare in the Park is Coming to Ridge Park - Join Us

Chicago Shakespeare in the Park is coming to our neighborhood! A free professional production of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” will be performed in Ridge Park on Wednesday, August 21 and Thursday, August 22 at 6:30 p.m.

On play day, a specially equipped truck will roll into Ridge Park, a stage will unfold, and a company of professional actors will share the delight of Shakespeare with families and neighbors.

“A Comedy of Errors” is a wildly entertaining tale of a man and his servant landing in a foreign land. Searching for their long-lost twin brothers. Everywhere they go, strangers insist that they’re old friends. Mistaken identities abound, but in the end, chaos gives way to clarity in this comedy filled with mayhem and madness.

This popular Shakespeare comedy is adapted and staged by veteran Chicago Shakespeare director David H. Bell. Touring to neighborhoods across Chicago, including Ridge Park in Beverly, the free Shakespeare performances activate neighborhood parks, attracting families, breaking down barriers to arts participation and encouraging young family members to participate in Chicago’s Summer of Learning program.

Check out the Chicago Shakespeare Theater website for more info.

Dance Gallery is proud to help spread awareness about the Chicago Shakespeare in the Park program and encourages everyone to come out and enjoy a summer night of entertainment.


Up Next: Fall 2013 Classes

Summer is finally here! And while that means lots of fun in the sun, don’t forget to mark your calendars for fall class registration!

The 14-Week Fall 2013 Session for children, teens and adults will begin on September 9.

Class registration will be available online as well as in-studio on Monday, August 26, Tuesday, August 27 and Wednesday, September 4 from 6-8 p.m.

The Fall 2013 Class Schedule will be available soon – so stay tuned!

For more information, please contact Dance Gallery at 773-445-8910 or online.


Dance Gallery Introduces Musical Theatre Classes for Summer 2013 Session

Dance Gallery will offer musical theatre classes for dancers ages 10 – 16 as part of the 2013 six-week summer teen and adult session.

The new musical theatre classes will be held on Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. Dancers do not need to have prior dance or theatre experience. Kelly (Rowe) Schweitzer, who has been an instructor at Dance Gallery for over six years and has extensive dance training in tap, jazz, ballet hip hop and musical theatre, will teach the class.

“This is the first time we have offered a class focusing on musical theatre and I think it adds a new dimension of dance that complements our core dance areas of study,” said Marylee Sinopoli, owner of Dance Gallery.

Students will learn elements of musical theatre style training – singing, dancing and acting. Each class will work on dance, musical theater style choreography and vocal training, as well as acting skills including improvisation games and exercises. There will be a final workshop culmination performance for friends and family at the end of the summer session.

“Many of our students are involved in local or school musical theatre productions, so our musical theatre class is a place where students can cultivate their skills and develop a deeper interest in musical theatre productions,” added Sinopoli.

Other summer offerings will include hip-hop, modern, ballet, tap, jazz, ballroom and toning/weights for teens and adults. The 6-week summer session will begin June 24. To register for musical theater or other summer classes, please contact the studio at 773-445-8910. Online registration is also available at www.dancegallerychicago.com.


Dance Gallery Student Crowned at Illinois Dream Girls USA Pageant

Dance Gallery is proud to congratulate Lauren Green on her recent crowning at the Illinois Dream Girls USA State Pageant in Springfield!

Lauren, who was named “Junior Miss Chicago” this past October, competed in several competitions at the state pageant held March 22-March 24, including: Spokesmodel, Formalwear, High Fashion Runway Model, Casual Wear Runway Model, and Talent Entertainer. Lauren was crowned with the competitions highest honor in her age group, Illinois HI-Point Champion. Additionally, she was awarded 1st runner-up to the Queen, State Talent Winner, State Overall Best Essay (Community Service Award), and Dream Team Award.?

In July, Lauren will head to the Nationals competition in St. Louis, Missouri to compete against girls in 49 other states.

Lauren, 8, has been a student of Marylee Sinopoli at Dance Gallery since she was 3-years-old and has been in the pageant circuit since 2011. She credits much of her success to Marylee, who has not only acted as a valuable role model to Lauren, but also choreographed a number for her talent optional for the state pageant.

She is an honor roll third-grader at St. John fisher School and resides with her family in Chicago’s Ashburn neighborhood.

Good luck at Nationals, Lauren! Dance Gallery is very proud of you!


Dance Gallery Students to Perform in "Alice in Wonderland"

Nine Dance Gallery students will participate in an upcoming Jeannie McQueenie Production of “Alice in Wonderland.” This fantastical update on the Lewis Carroll classic is an interactive musical puppet show with an original score. Dancers will appear on stage with life-sized puppets as they perform classic scenes such as “The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party,” where the audience is invited to partake in a conga line, and a scene where the White Rabbit teaches the audiences special gestures to help him find his way to the Tea Party.

Dance Gallery’s Alli Dumas, Isabella Boyd, Grace Boyd, Katie Metzler, Elizabeth Metzler, Maddie Bouck, Faye Bouck, Siuana Repress and Reese Lociezke will perform as Talking Flowers.

Full cast includes: Summar Jonas, Dan Riley, Nikki Greenlee, David Yontz, Jean Vanier and Alan Gresik, swing Shift Director of the Green Mill on keyboard. Original choreography by Marylee Sinopoli, owner and artistic director of Dance Gallery.

The performance will be held at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 11th Street, on Sunday, April 28, 2013 at 1:30 PM. Tickets are $9 for all BAC members, $11 for non-members and tickets can be purchased here.

Photo: Back Row (left to right): Maddie Bouck, Siuana, Katie Metzler, Grace Boyd. Middle Row (left to right): Elizabeth Metzler, Jean Vanier, Faye Bouck. Front Row (left to right): Reese Lociezke, Alli Dumas, Isabella Boyd.


Winter 2013 Schedule and Registration

Dance Gallery Chicago announces its new Winter 2013 schedule for teens and adults. The 14-week Winter Session will begin on January 7th and conclude on April 20th.

Easter vacation will take place on April 1-6 — there will be no classes on these dates.

Due to the Spring 2013 Dance Concert on June 7th and 8th, registration for children’s classes is closed. New children’s classes will be offered for the Fall Session of 2013.

For more information, please contact Dance Gallery at 773-445-8910 or visit 


3 Students to Perform in the "Nutcracker"

Dance Gallery is proud to announce that three students have been selected to dance in Joffery Ballet’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker.”

Grace Boyd, 10, attends Sutherland Grammar School; and Lily Ryan, 12, and Faith Carey, 12, are St. Barnabas students. All three girls will play the role of soldier in the performance.

“We’re so proud to have these three girls represent Dance Gallery in ‘The Nutcracker’ this year,” said Marylee Sinopoli. “It is exciting to see the girls be invited to participate again this year in this traditional classic production. The girls work hard to develop solid dance training at an early age, which helps them with their auditions and nourishes the love of dance that the girls share.”

Throughout the years, Dance Gallery has had over 75 students selected to dance in the Joffery Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.”

“The Nutcracker” is performed December 7 through December 27, 2012 at the Auditorium Theater at Roosevelt University. Matinee and evening performances are scheduled. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.


Dance Gallery Chicago Introduces New Yoga Classes

Dance Gallery Chicago is introducing children and adult yoga classes! An 8-week session for both children and adults begins on October 1st.

Mary Kay Borisy, who is a certified yoga instructor, will be leading both the yoga sessions.

Children’s yoga classes will be held on Mondays; adult yoga sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Come and experience the relaxation of yoga and register today!





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