OUR LOCATION

2460 W. Main Street, Unit 111

St. Charles, Illinois 60175
Phone: 630-443-2181
Email:  info@dreamsdance.com
FRONT DESK HOURS

Mondays: 4:00 - 8:30pm

Tuesdays: 9:00am - 1:00pm and 4:00-8:30pm

Wednesdays: 9:00am - 1:00pm and 4:00-8:30pm

Thursdays: 4:00 - 8:30pm

Fridays: 2:00 - 4:00pm

Saturdays: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Sunday: CLOSED

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Student Assistants & Student Ambassadors

DDA Leadership Academy

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more...you are a leader."

 

We strongly believe in providing our students with opportunities to gain leadership skills, and especially encourage our young girls who may have entrepreneurial dreams! The skills and lessons they will gain from these roles are qualities they will carry with them throughout their lives. That is why we offer our students the following opportunities. It is the DDA way. Read on to learn more.

Student Assistants and Assistant Teachers

Student Assistants assist the instructor with classes and receive hands on teacher training. This is a great opportunity to learn how teachers plan before class, run class, and all the in’s and out’s of teaching and working at a studio! We may also ask for Assistants for special events and birthday parties. Once you are 16 years old and have completed at least one full year of assisting, you are eligible to become an Assistant Teacher and will have opportunities to sub classes and do more on your own – if we feel you are ready.

In some cases, we may graduate you to this program at 15 years old.

Click HERE for Student Assistant overview and application.

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors assist around the studio and at events by: being greeters during the first week of classes, activity assistants at festival booths, behind the scenes during recital time, assist with giving back and volunteer initiatives at the studio...and any other odds and ends that come up throughout the year. Do you dream of owning a studio one day or love being a leader? Then this is a program for you!

Click HERE for Student Ambassador overview and application

Get to know our

Student Assistants and Assistant Teachers

Meet Lilly:

"I am 13 years old and I am 8th grader at St. Peter's School.  I have been dancing for about 12 years but have been with DDA for 3 years.   I have been in the Leadership Program for 2 years."

I am the the oldest of seven children who all go to DDA.  I have lived in six different states following my dad's job.  My dad is in the military so dancing is one of the only constants in my life - I LOVE dancing!  I also love kids and deeply enjoy sharing my passion for dance with them."

Why I love dancing:

"I love to dance because it's a way to vent and be yourself without saying a word.  In dance you can express anything and everything.  It's the one thing I can always count on. It's the world's universal language."

My Favorite Give Back:

"My favorite Give Back is "Traveling Tutus" because I love to share what I love with other people."

Lilly K.

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Meet Larkin:

"I am 12 years old and have been dancing for as long as I can remember.  I have been at DDA for about 7 years and have loved every second of it!  This is my 3rd year in the Leadership Program." 

"I love coming to DDA to dance my heart out and make lifelong friendships!  I also love to give back to my community and donate whenever I can."

Why I Love Dancing:

"I love to dance because I can be myself and express all of my emotions.  I love knowing that I can come to dance and be surrounded by an amazing environment and my best friends.  Dancing makes me the happiest version of myself!"

My Favorite Give Back:

"My favorite Give Back is definitely "Lazarus House" because getting to help and see the smiles on everyone's faces makes me so happy.  My heart is always so full after donating and volunteering for them!"

Larkin C.

Meet Hannah:

"I am 13 years old and have been dancing at DDA for 8 years.  I have been in the Leadership Program for 3 years."

"I go to Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove.  I love to dance and can't wait to be a Student Assistant.   My favorite style of dance is Contemporary & Hip Hop."

Why I Love Dancing:

"I love to dance because it brings me joy. When I am sad and afraid I can just let my emotions out on the dance floor."

My Favorite Give Back:

"My favorite give back is the "Gift of Carl". I love this give back because it is a very small organization and I would love to help them grow so I can make Carl's wish come true.  Carl's wish - to give people the joy in the things he did as a kid."

Hanna W.

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Meet Charlotte:

"I am 12 years old and in 7th grade at Geneva Middle School South.  I have been dancing since I was 3 y.o. but have been with DDA for 4 years.  I have also been competing since I was 7 years old. I have been in the Leadership Program for 2 years."

Why I Love Dancing:

"I can always express whatever feelings I have or emotions that have been inside of me.  I also get to see my best friends everyday! 

We always build each other up when we are sad.  My favorite type of dance is Jazz, because you can never have too much SASS!"

My Favorite Give Back:

"My favorite give back that we did was "Anderson Animal Shelter".  I loved that because all animals need a home and to be loved."

Charlotte N.

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Meet Avery:

"I am 12 years old and I am a 7th grader at Geneva Middle School North.  I have been dancing at DDA for 4 years and I have been in the Leadership Program for 3 years."

"I am very passionate about dance, but I am also VERY passionate about helping our earth.  My favorite style of dance is Musical Theater by far.  I love acting as well so that is why I love Musical Theater the most."

Why I Love Dancing:

"I love dancing because it is not about being the best, it is about freeing your emotions and having fun.  To me dance relieves stress."

My Favorite Give Back:

"My favorite Give Back is "Lazarus House" because I have connections with it, and I love the staff and the people there."

Avery C.

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Meet Audrey:

"I am 11 years old and I am in 7th grade at Kaneland Harter Middle School.  I have been dancing for 8 years and have been competing since I was 7 years old.  I've been dancing at DDA for 3 years and I have been in the Leadership Program for 2 years."

Why I Love Dancing:

"I love dancing because I can express whatever I'm feeling (sassy, sad, happy), whatever the emotion is, I can always express it when I'm dancing.  Dancing gives me a chance to let go of anything."

My Favorite Give Back:

"Lazarus House" -  I love the feeling after helping those families! I always feel so happy and joyful after I've known what I've done for them!"

Audrey Z.

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Meet Erin:
"I am 13 years old and in the seventh grade. I have been dancing at dreams for about 5 years. This will be my 2 year being an assistant. My favorite styles in dance are Musical Theater, Jazz, and Hip Hop."

 

Why I Love to Dance:

"I love to dance because I can let out all of my emotions when I feel sad or stressed out about something."

 

My Favorite Give Back:

"My favorite give back is "Alex’s Lemonade Stand" because we give back to kids that are fighting childhood cancer."

Erin M.

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Meet Ava:

"I am 14 years old and I am an 8th grader at Thompson Middle School. This is my second year assisting, and my 11th year dancing! I have trained in jazz, tap, musical theater, lyrical, contemporary, modern, ballet, pointe, and hip hop. Being an assistant is such a fulfilling experience that provides a behind the scenes point of view, and I love it! My favorite thing about being a student assistant is getting to be around kids, and helping out the staff. I look forward to another year at DDA!"

Why I Love Dancing:

"I love dancing because it makes all of my worries leave my head and makes me very happy and content."
 

My Favorite Give Back:

"My favorite give back is "Anderson Animal Shelter" because, I love helping animals!"

Ava S.

Meet Madison:

"I am 12 years old and I am in 6th grade.  This will be my 8th year dancing and have been dancing with DDA for 4 years.  I have been in the Leadership Program for 3 years."

"I have two younger twin brothers (Michael & David).  I love teaching little kids!!"

Why I Love Dancing:

"I love dancing because it lets me express my emotions.  And I know that when I come to dance I can forget about everything that happened and Just Dance!!"

My Favorite Give Back:

"Lazarus House" because it gives to people IN our Community that need help the most."

Madison M.

Meet Emma: 

"I am 12 years old and in 7th grade, at Thompson Middle School.  I have been dancing for 3 years and this is my first year in the Leadership Academy."

 

Why I Love Dancing:

"I love dancing because I can express my feelings and my body just moves with the music.  Whenever people turn on music I will start dancing and having a good time moving to the music."

 

My Favorite Give Back:

"My favorite give back is when we work with "Lazarus House".  I love seeing other people have things that they need to help them survive."

Emma L.

Get to know our

Student Ambassadors

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Meet Rachael:

"I am 12 years old and I attend Geneva Middle School South. I have been in the Leadership Program for 2 years (including this year) and I have been dancing for 7 years at Dreams. I have been dancing for 10 years total!"

"I am an older middle child of four, my younger siblings Leah (10), Sam (8), and my older brother Noah (14). My second favorite thing too do (other than dance) is spend time with my family. They make me laugh and support me through everything I do at dance and school!"
 

Why I Love Dancing:
"I love to dance because it allows me to express my feeling and emotions through my every step!"
 

My Favorite Give Back:
"My favorite giveback is “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” because we get to help find a cure for childhood cancer and a lot of the time, we are allowed to help out at the studio with selling lemonade."

Rachael W.

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Meet Ella:

"I am 12 years old and I am in 7th grade at Wredling Middle School.  I have been dancing at DDA for 4 years and have been in the Leadership Program for 1 year."

"I love to dance - it is my "special thing" about me.  I have been dancing for about 10 years now and I don't plan on stopping."

Why I love dancing:

"I love to dance because it is a way to express my emotions, and it makes me so happy to be on the stage or just in the studio.  I also love it because I have made so many friends through the years and I have so much fun while dancing." 

My favorite "Give Back":

"My favorite Give Back is "Shriners Children's Hospital" because it is very close to me and my family and it is a great non-profit organization."

Ella V.

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Meet Natalie:

"I am 13 years old and I am in eight grade at Kaneland Harter Middle School."

 

"Although this may be my first year in the leadership program, I have been dancing since I was 2. This year will be my fourth year on the DDA competition team."

Why I Love Dancing:

"I love dancing because my team has become my second family. When we step onto the dance floor, nothing can stop us if we stick together. I also love dancing because I can express myself in ways I can't put into words"

My Favorite Give Back:

"My favorite give back is Alex's Lemonade Stand because we can help children who are battling cancer."

Natalie L.

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Meet Sophia:

"I am 11 years old and in 6th grade and I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I have been dancing at DDA for 4 years and this is my 3rd year in the Leadership Program.

 

I have 3 brothers and 1 sister and I love them. I also have 2 dogs and 1 cat. My favorite kind of dance is contemporary. This is my 3rd year dancing the Fox Valley Nutcracker. It's a lot of hard work and I'm excited to be a Snowflake and a Lead Mouse."

Why I Love Dancing:

"I love to dance because dancing is a huge part of my life. I love to express myself through movement. I like to dance, it is EVERYTHING!"

My Favorite Give Back:

"Alex's Lemonade Stand!"

Sophia B.

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Meet Emma:

"I’m 11 years old, and I’m a sixth grader at Geneva Middle School North. I’ve been dancing since I was three and competitively since I was 7; this is my third year with DDA. I am so excited for my second year in the Leadership Program, and I can’t wait to see all the great things that this season has in store."

Why I Love Dancing:

"I love dancing because it allows me to express myself in many different ways. Even if I’m a roller coaster of emotions, there is a style of dance for every emotion. I also get to see my best friends everyday."

My Favorite Give Back:

"My favorite giveback of all time has got to be "Alex’s Lemonade Stand" because every kid wants to have fun, and with this giveback they can do something to help the community, learn about a serious problem and how what they are doing helps, and have fun while doing it."

Emma H.

Meet Mackenzie:

"I am 11 years old and have been dancing at DDA for 6 years.  This is my first year in the Leadership Program.  I have been dancing since I was 5 years old and I have loved it from the start!  I love the giving back idea because it warms my heart when someone who doesn't have the opportunities I have get treated like they should.  I Love DDA!"

Why I Love Dancing:

"I love dancing because each type of dance has a different emotion. Being happy is most important, so on days when I'm not feeling the greatest, dance really helps. Jazz/Musical Theater helps bring out the joy and Contemporary/Lyrical helps get the sadness out!"

My Favorite Give Back:

"My favorite Give Back is "Becca's LEGacy" because every kid like Becca has a chance to be like any any other kid."

Mackenzie S.

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Meet Claudia:

"I am 13 years old and have been with DDA for 4 years; this is my first year as an Ambassador." 

"I am in 8th grade at Kaneland Harter Middle School and I started dancing at 8 years old and have danced on and off for the past 4 years.  I am in performance troupe.  This is my second year being on the team."

Why I Love Dancing:

"I love to dance because I can express myself and be dramatic like in jazz or more emotional like in lyrical."

My Favorite Give Back:

"My favorite Give Back has to be "Alex's Lemonade Stand" because it helps kids in need and helps a cause."

Claudia W.