A Look

Our goal is to provide the highest quality dance education by sustaining a nurturing and positive atmosphere wherein young students may grow and learn.

Stage Door Dance Academy, opened its doors in 1992 in Palos Park, Illinois.  The entrance was in the back of the building emulating a theater’s “stage door” and that’s how we took the name “Stage Door Dance Academy.”  In 2005, we relocated to our present location in Oak Forest. We look forward to celebrating our 32nd season of dance with you!


Some Kind words from our friends and family.



“In short, Stage Door has changed my life. From the moment I started taking class at age 3, I was instantly welcomed into the Stage Door family. Over my 15 years at Stage Door, I received a top notch dance education from some of the most qualified teachers in the business that prepared me for college dance and beyond. But looking back, I received so much more. At Stage Door, hard work, determination and above all kindness and compassion for others will always be more important than how high you can kick or how many awards you win. I am not only a better dancer, but most certainly a better person for having walked through the doors of Stage Door Dance Academy.”

Jim & Lisa


“One of the best decisions as parents we have made was enrolling our girls at Stage Door! Not only have they become beautiful dancers but amazing well-rounded young women who have learned invaluable life lessons and found a second home and extended family.  Debbie, Kate and the rest of the faculty are incredible teachers and wonderful mentors! They care about each dancer as if they are their own and create a loving supportive environment for the dancers to flourish.  Bravo Stage Door, you have set the “dance bar” high!”



“I am a fellow teacher from Windsor, Ontario, Canada that has had the privilege to meet Miss Kate and some of her wonderful teachers and students over the past few years. It is so rewarding to make new friends in the dance community not only among teachers but our students have become friends from across the miles as well. We always look forward to attending competitions and seeing how beautifully our dancers perform, but more impressively how much they respect each other and cheer each other on.”

Welcome to SDDA.