Studio North Academy of the Performing Arts, LLC, 414 Linden Ave., Wilmette
Founded in 2011, Studio North Academy of the Performing Arts, LLC is a full-service performing arts training center, specializing in dance and music. The four dance companies within the studio perform for local community groups and participate in many service projects throughout the year, in addition to performing in festivals and competitions. The combined dance and music studio offers a unique community-building arts experience in a warm and welcoming environment.
Preschool Classes: Baby Ballet, Story Ballet, Preschool Ballet and Tap, Kindergarten Ballet, Tap and Jazz
Recreational Classes: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Musical Theatre
Academy Classes (for more serious students): Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Contemporary
Teen Program: Lyrical, Jazz, Ballet, Modern
Adult Classes: WERQ Dance Fitness, Ballet, Cardio Tap
Music Program: Private Piano, Voice and Guitar Lessons
Audition preparation and coaching are also available.
* This 4th & Linden location features new, sprung floors for safe dancing, secure buzzer entry, designated homework room for studying, as well as a large music studio for piano, voice and guitar lessons, in-studio salon events, and recitals. The comfortable lobby has viewing windows and free wi-fi. The basement party room and rehearsal space are an added bonus.
**SNAP Nutcracker Performances: Saturday, 12/8 @ 5 pm and Sunday, 12/9 @ 3 pm
The 90 minute performance location is Regina Dominican High School, 701 Locust Road, Wilmette. Tickets are $15, and are available for purchase @ SNAP, or at the performance.
Start your holiday season with a performance of this joyous ballet. Find out what awaits Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they duel the Mouse King and embark on a journey with the Sugar Plum Fairy, through the Land of Sweets. The dancers at SNAP will leave you with cheerful memories that will last a lifetime.
This is SNAP’s seventh year presenting ‘The Nutcracker’ to the Wilmette and surrounding communities. Pamela Sue Fox, owner and director of SNAP, couldn’t be more thrilled for this year’s shows. “This year, we have double cast the roles, as we had many dancers appropriate for each role. Each performance will be different and exciting. This year’s Sugarplum is performed by Kara Philoon of Wilmette, a SNAP and New Trier senior, who will be dancing in college, so we are very proud and excited for her to have this opportunity!”
Samantha Kirr of Wilmette, age 11, is dancing the role of Clara for the first time this year, in Saturday’s 5 pm performance. Kirr stated that rehearsals have been going really well. “I really enjoy the collaboration — everyday you have a stronger bond with the people you are working with…”, and the dancers will continue to work until opening night. Kirr has been dreaming about being Clara since she was 5 years old. “I am very excited and kind of nervous for the performances as well, but it will be so much fun!” Samantha is sharing the role with Annaliese Iskowich of Wilmette, who performs on Sunday, December 8.
Tickets for both performances can be purchased via SNAP or at the performance, and general admission is $15. SNAP is located at 414 Linden Ave in Wilmette and their business contact is 847-251-7627.
R & B Dance Center, 807 Ridge Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091
The R & B Dance Center mission is to create not only outstanding dancers, but outstanding young women and men. R & B Dance Center instructors create a space where dancers feel welcome and are able to feel challenged to achieve their goals in a safe, friendly, and encouraging atmosphere.
R & B Dance Center strives to bring the passion and joy for dance to its students in a unique, family-oriented atmosphere. Its highly qualified professional dance instructors, most of whom perform with Chicago area dance companies, work with students of all ages and abilities to develop each student’s individual talents. To showcase the dancers’ accomplishments, they are invited to perform in the annual show, which is a professionally produced musical production.
Featuring two large, recently renovated, studio spaces, R & B Dance Center offers dance classes at a variety of levels, and individual (private) instruction for ages 3 – adult in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, modern, musical theatre, acro/tumbling and creative movement. In addition, R & B Dance Center has three competitive dance companies for ages 7-18, who also perform for a variety of community events. In order to find the right placement for your dancer, you are always welcome to try a class free of charge.
‘Skate with Santa’ at Centennial Ice Rinks
2300 Old Glenview Road, Wilmette
Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1:00-2:45 pm
Activities include candy cane giveaways, snowman building, relay races and shoot the puck contest. Admission for students is $8*, adults are $9*, and Age 5 and under is $4.
*with canned food or non-perishable donations for New Trier Township Food Pantry, student and adult admission is $5.
Holiday Ice Skating Exhibition at Centennial Ice Rinks
2300 Old Glenview Road, Wilmette
Sunday, Dec. 9 from 3-6 pm
Fabulous showcase of Wilmette Park District’s Skating Program/Centennial Ice Rink skaters’ talents, giving them an opportunity to perform for an audience. Last year 70 skaters were part of this special event. Get a glimpse of the up-and-coming stars. Free!