I started working at a brand-new studio in Evanston called Foster Dance Studios, founded by Ronn Stewart and Sarah Goldstone. I'm doing a work-study program, working the front desk/cleaning in exchange for classes. I feel really lucky to have this opportunity, and it's really fun to be at the forefront of this studio's opening. By spreading the word to other dance friends, and making the connection between AthletiCo and Foster Studios (I put flyers for the other organization at each location, respectively), I feel like I'm really a part of something important exciting.
The studio has classes in ballet, creative dance, modern, jazz, lyrical, hiphop, MoPed technique (about which I've written here), and Gyrotonics, for young beginners through professionals. It's a treat to be able to take whatever classes I want, experiencing amazing teachers and making new connections. The teachers are former Giordano, Hubbard Street, or Joffrey dancers, or are currently dancing with other contemporary companies, and they teach at the highest level of professionalism.
I even discovered I actually enjoy mopping marley (one of my cleaning tasks). If I can hook up my music to the speakers and rock out while making the floors sparkling clean....it's a pretty good deal (Please tell me that using the handle of a swiffer as a microphone is not solely an embarrassing confession of mine, but of dance-studio employees everywhere...?).
So if you're in the Chicago area....come one, come all, come dance!