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The Diane Courtright Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship awarded to one SDDA dancer whom the faculty & staff nominates. Diane Courtright was a dear friend and Stage Door’s studio manager for 15 years. The recipient is someone who we believe carries the same qualities that Diane did: honesty, compassion, loyalty, integrity, and a deep love of life and dance. This dancer receives their tuition free of charge for a year. This scholarship was made possible by the heartfelt wishes of Diane’s husband, Ken, and through the generosity of those who have donated to this scholarship fund in honor and remembrance of Diane.
We are proud to announce that we will be awarding the Diane Courtright Memorial Scholarship recipient next week during our in studio recital! Join us on our Instagram Live Story on Tuesday, August 4th at 6:15PM to find out who will be our next recipient for the 2020-2021 dance season. Dancers and parents who are at the studio during this time will be able to meet outside to be a part of the announcement. We are so proud of each of our previous recipients, and we cannot wait to share who will be our 2020-2021 Diane Courtright Memorial Scholarship Recipient! #stagedoorstrong ✨ ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
Dear Dance Families,
We are happy to announce our plans for our 29th Season of Dance
We are working hard on our new fall schedule. There will be some changes made in order to maintain a safe atmosphere for our dancers. Once our schedule is finalized it will be posted on our website and online registration will open! Classes will begin September 8th.
Your safety is our number one priority. We will continue to follow the IDPH and CDC guidelines to ensure a safe environment for our dancers and families.
We thank you for your continued support, patience, and love during this unprecedented time. Without you we wouldn’t be here and we are forever grateful for your trust in our studio, our dance family. 🤍 #stagedoorstrong ... See MoreSee Less
4 days ago
We can’t begin to express how AMAZING it feels to be back in the studio! The love, passion, and hard work being shared reminds us all over again how special dance is. When we chose our theme for this season, “find your fire”, we had no idea what was in store. Although this season has brought many challenges, our fires have been reignited brighter than ever. We won’t let this challenging time define us. We will define it. Here’s a sneak peak at our level IV dancers sharing their fires, their hearts, and their love back on the dance floor. Back where we all belong🧡 #stagedoorstrong #season28 #findyourfire ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
Hello Dance Families,
As a studio that strives to put our dancers’ health and safety first, we are enforcing a new policy starting immediately. We will be asking that all dancers wear masks during class. We understand that this will be challenging and uncomfortable for some, and we will work with each student on the safest way to take “mask breaks.”
We are being updated on a daily basis by our health officials, and we are trying our best to adhere to the ever-changing guidelines. Everyone wearing a mask is going to help us keep our doors open and provide a loving and safe environment for your children to dance.
Together, we will get through this...#stagedoorstrong ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
Congratulations to Ms. Kate and her family who welcomed their baby girl into the world last week! We are head over heels in love with this beautiful girl already!
Antonella Lucille Aiello
6/30/20 at 2:34am
8 lbs 1oz
Ms. Kate and Antonella are doing great, and we couldn’t be happier for their entire family!💖#season28 #findyourfire @ Stage Door Dance Academy ... See MoreSee Less
4 weeks ago
1 month ago
So many of you shared your costumes with us and we LOVE seeing them! If you haven’t already, send us a picture of you in your costumes so we can continue to share and get excited for what’s to come! 😍❤️ #season28 #findyourfire @ Stage Door Dance Academy ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
That’s right! We are eager to announce the reopening of our studio and to finish our 28th season of dance strong! Be sure to check your email for all of the information, including safety guidelines, our adjusted class schedule, and a Commitment to Return form due July 3rd! Be sure to keep an eye on our social media for some exciting shares leading up to our reopening.... costume photos, a parade recap, and more! We can’t wait to be back together soon! 🤍 #season28 #findyourfire @ Stage Door Dance Academy ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
1 month ago
Tomorrow is our studio drive by parade, and if you couldn’t tell, we are SO excited to see you all! Decorate your car, beep your horn, and get ready to sing “Reach for the Stars” with us from 12-3 PM in our studio parking lot! We love and miss all of you so much, and we can’t wait to see you there! #season28 #findyourfire ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Last week our faculty surprised all of our graduating seniors with a social distancing celebration! Seniors, we wish we could have finished this year with you the way you all deserved, but we know the memories we have created together over the years will last a lifetime! To say we are proud would be an understatement. We can’t wait to watch as you continue to “reach for the stars”💛 WE LOVE YOU!!!! #season28 #findyourfire #classof2020 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago
Our final Senior is Alexis Aurelio
“I first began my dancing career by taking lessons at the local recreational center when I was 5 years old. It wasn't until the age of 6 when my mom enrolled me to Stage Door Dance Academy. Since then, my whole life has changed thanks to this wonderful studio. Stage Door has been my second home and a place for me to freely express myself. I have met the most amazing people from teachers, faculty, to fellow dancers who have become some of my closest friends to this day. I am very grateful to have been a part of Performance Company during 2014 and 2016, the same years we competed at DMI Nationals. Going to the studio 6-7 days a week with a schedule full of classes and practices were worth the 2:00 minutes of joy performing on stage. I will most definitely miss the adrenaline coming on and off the stage at each competition. I will never forget the best memories I have made during my time with Company.
I would like to give a huge thank you to all my teachers who have taught and pushed me to be the best dancer I can be. To Debbie Scarpetti, Kate Aiello, Jean Marquez, Kim Kramer, Janis Jaksa, Chrissy Rubino, and Abbey Barclay - thank you for the best combos, performances, and life long lessons I will forever cherish! A big thank you as well to Connie Boylan and Tiana Gordan for always giving me a warm welcome each time I walked into the studio. Thanks to my training at Stage Door, I was blessed to have made Sandburg's varsity dance team as an incoming freshman and remained on varsity for the rest of my high school career. Although the varsity dance team took most of my time, I made sure to continue my classes at Stage Door.
Words cannot express how grateful and thankful I am to my loving, supporting family. To my mom who signed me up and watched me during my first two classes on a Friday night. To my dad who always drove me everyday to practices and classes. To my sister who always lost her voice from cheering me on every performance and recital. I can't thank you all enough for being on this journey with me. Thank you for being my #1 fans. I love you!
To the younger dancers at SDDA - whether you are a twinkling star, mini, junior, teen, or even in high school, never take anything for granted! Always cherish the time you have at home with your family, at school, and most especially at dance. Never stop yourself from chasing your dreams and doing what you love the most. Time really does fly by...always take time to pause and be grateful for what you have. Continue to push yourself out of your comfort zone and never settle!
For this upcoming fall semester, I plan on attending Saint Xavier University with a major in nursing. I will miss my time at the studio and always remember the family and home I have there. It is truly hard to say goodbye. Thank you for all the love and memories. I will miss you!” ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Our next Senior is Olivia Crane!
“I started dancing when I was three years old, and I started dancing at Stage Door when I was nine. Some of my favorite memories of dance have always been performing. The first time I went to the Rialto theatre I was amazed. Stage Door has given me wonderful opportunities through the assistants and demonstrators program. I am so lucky to work with such amazing dancers! I will miss seeing all of the smiling faces from my Twinkling Stars as they got ready for class or going on stage. I would like to thank all of the staff at Stage Door, they work so hard to make everyone look good on stage! I would especially like to thank Mrs. Sue for being one of my first teaching mentors, as well as my family for supporting my journey to find my passion for teaching. The best advice I can give to anyone is to trust your gut! In the fall I plan on attending Illinois State University to study Elementary Education with a focus in Special Education.” @ Stage Door Dance Academy ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Our next Senior is Taylor Juchcinski!
“My first ever dance class was at Stage Door when I was only 5, which was Ms. Sue’s tap class. From that moment on I fell in love with the feeling that dancing gives me. I’d say one of my most memorable moments at Stage Door was competing the production number “Gamers”. At the end of that dance, we were giving every last bit of ourselves. There was such a thrill that we all felt and the audience was just feeding off of that energy. Stage Door has impacted my life in a number of ways, but one thing that I will always carry with me is the admiration I have for each and every one of the wonderful teachers I’ve had at Stage Door. Their willingness to help me and push me further than the limits I set for myself, and how they made hard work and determination my only option, but still fun and worth it every step of the way. What I will miss most about Stage Door are the strong, family like bonds that I’ve not only built with my ladies but also the staff. I could’ve had the worst day, but the minute I set foot in the studio my mood was lifted. Just a greeting from Ms. Connie or whoever was at the desk that day was all I needed to put a smile on my face. This journey would not have been possible without my family that has supported me every step of the way, and also all the teachers who have pushed me and have helped me grow into the dancer/person that I am today. To the younger dancers following in my footsteps, just enjoy every minute of your dancing and love what you do. Always keep that passion that you have for dance, it’s something very special. To further my education after graduating, I plan to attend Moraine Valley, majoring in Nursing. Thank you so much Stage Door for some of the happiest memories and best years of my life. The love shared at the studio is something I will always hold with me. Can’t wait to visit as much as humanly possible!”
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2 months ago
Our next Senior is Jessica Krummick!
“Hi everyone! My name is Jessica Krummick and I have been dancing at Stage Door since I was only 2 years old! I think my most memorable moment at Stage Door had to be when I was in fourth grade when we went to Nationals and performed “Gamers” on the big stage. For some reason, I can still remember that day like it was yesterday. I had never felt so excited in my life than in that moment.
I think Stage Door has impacted my life greatly. I have met some of my best friends here and I could not be more thankful for each and every single one of them. Stage Door has also taught me that dancing can be so liberating if you allow yourself to be present in the room and feel the music. Dancing is so much more enjoyable when you can feel your heartbeat matching the beats in the music! There are many things I will miss about being at Stage Door, but if I had to choose one, I would have to say seeing some of my best friends everyday. It seems as though if I ever had a bad day, when I stepped into the studio it was like everything going on outside did not matter. The constant “Hey Jess! How are you?” was my favorite thing everyday about coming into the studio because whoever was working at the desk that day always seemed to care about everything going on in my life, and it made me always feel welcomed.
I want to thank my family for supporting me through the very long days at dance, when I know they had other things going on, but they sat outside in the lobby watching me try to figure out my right from my left in class. Also for having to listen to me complaining how my back hurt every night and going to get me a heating pad and some ibuprofen! I want to thank the teachers for believing in me. I started dancing at two, but I took two years off and when I came back last year, the teachers were willing to work with me to try and get myself back up to where I left off. I know this was a different situation for most of them, but I think they did a great job adjusting when I did not know what a step was or how to do a jump! I would also like to thank my friends, both in and out of the studio. The girls inside the studio were my constant supporters and the people who would push me when I really did not think I could do something. My friends outside of the studio dealt with my constant, “I can’t today, I have dance”. I do not know how many times I had to say that, but if I had a dollar for every time, I think I could pay my tuition at Stage Door! And lastly, I want to thank all the parents out there from the studio. Believe me, sometimes I know it is tough to have to spend hours and hours in a hot studio in the middle of the summer, but just know that your kids are having the times of their lives and making memories that they will hold onto for the rest of their lives. Some advice I would give to my younger girls is to dance like no one is watching. I know that is a very cliché thing to say, but I think it is one of the most important lessons. Do not go to dance to impress other people, go to dance to impress yourself. I learned that lesson in my time off. Dance becomes so much more rewarding when you do not have to be told that you are doing something good, but you can tell yourself that you are doing something good. I cannot believe this is my final goodbye. My whole life I have spent inside Stage Door, and to think I will not be there six days out of the week boggles my mind. But do not fret, I will for sure be back 🙂!
Also, next year, I will be attending University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to study Actuarial Sciences!” ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Our next Senior is Abby Phillips!
“Around 16 years ago, when I was two years old, my mom put me in my first dance class at Stage Door Dance Academy in hopes to improve my shy demeanor. Little did she know that dance would become such a prominent part of my childhood. Being a part of Performance Company since the age of nine has given me numerous memories that I will remember forever. It’s difficult to pick just one favorite memory, because every moment is so special, but giving our final bows after production on recital day is something I have always loved and look forward to. Stage Door has impacted my life in ways I did not know were possible. Not only have I received impeccable dance training, I have also been given important life lessons that I will always carry with me. These life lessons have shaped me into the young woman I am today and for that I am beyond grateful. It’s so odd to think that I won’t be spending all my time at the studio in a few months, but I know I will always have so many memories to look back upon. I will dearly miss all my amazing teachers and friends at Stage Door that have become family. Believe it or not, I will also really miss the long Saturday rehearsals. I think I can speak for everyone when I say we all secretly love them. I would like to thank all of my teachers I have had at Stage Door, Ms Debbie, Ms Sue, Ms Kate, Ms Jean, Ms Chrissy, Ms Kim, Ms Abbey, and many more from throughout the years, for providing their students with a safe and welcoming environment to grow, learn, and find their passion. I would also like to thank all my beautiful friends and teammates for being the best sisters I could ever ask for. You all inspire me each and every day to be a better dancer, but more importantly a better person. Finally, I would like to thank my family for always supporting me and allowing me to do what I love every day, especially my parents for driving me back and forth from the studio countless times, my siblings for sitting through every recital, and my lovely aunt, Ms Jean, for always believing in me. I am beyond lucky to have had you double as my dance teacher and aunt. I am planning on attending Western Michigan University in the fall and majoring in Healthcare Services and Sciences with a focus in physical therapy. I am also hoping to continue dancing in any way I can in the future. To all the dancers at Stage Door, please never forget how blessed you are to be a part of something so special. Thank your parents and teachers everyday and never take any day for granted, you never know what tomorrow may bring.” ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Our next Senior is Natalie Chibe!
“I have been dancing at Stagedoor since I was 3 years old and began performance company when I was 9 years old. Growing up at Stage Door, I have created so many memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I have met some of the best friends that I can confidently say will be my lifelong friends. I will never forget the crazy competition weekends or long days of rehearsals that I got to spend with some of my favorite people. I am so thankful for everyone who has been a part of this journey for the past 15 years of my life. I want to thank all of the teachers who have taught me so much more than just to dance, but everything else in between as well. A special thank you to my parents and family who have supported me for all of these years and allowed me to make such special memories at Stage Door. The studio has given me my best friends, the best memories, and the most laughs and I am going to miss being there every day. If I could give the younger dancers advice (and I know everyone says this, but it is true) it is to not take anything for granted. Me and my other senior friends have unfortunately learned this the hard way with this year’s circumstances, but it has made me realize how good we had It and how much I will miss it. Next year I will be attending Indiana University and plan to major in nursing. I am so excited for the future but will miss the studio so much. No amount of thank yous will suffice.” @ Stage Door Dance Academy ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
This week we’ll be honoring our graduating seniors with a “Senior Spotlight” on our social media! We’re so proud of our seniors & we couldn’t love them more!
First up, we have Ava Barclay.
“I started dancing at Stage Door at the age of 3. I loved it so much that I stayed with it until my senior year of high school. There have been many special memories I have made throughout my time spent at Stage Door. I have formed life long friendships and found a second place to call home. However, my favorite memory would have to be dancing Hometown Glory at nationals last year. It was a moment that I will cherish forever and a feeling that was truly indescribable. This studio has been the most important part of my journey not only as a dancer but in becoming a better person. I met my best friends through dance and have formed relationships with my teachers I could’ve only dreamed of. Stage Door has the warm family feel the minute you walk through the door and I am forever grateful to have been apart of this wonderful place. I am going to miss spending every day with my teammates as well as competing on stage. Those are moments I think everyone takes for granted. I want to thank all the beautiful teachers at Stage Door for always showing me constant love and support and believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Secondly, I want to thank my teammates for being the best group of individuals imaginable. I do not think my experience would have been nearly as entertaining and special without all of you. Lastly, I want to thank my family for allowing me this opportunity and being nothing but supportive through all the years. For the younger dancers at Stage Door, the best piece of advice I could give you is to take it all in. Time at the studio goes by faster than you could ever imagine. Be appreciative of all the amazing opportunities Stage Door and your parents provide for you! I am heartbroken to be leaving but I am off to Western Michigan University where I will be majoring in Speech Pathology. I will be visiting every chance I can to watch you all kill it on stage! Thank you all again for the experience of a lifetime.” @ Stage Door Dance Academy ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago