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We are Chicago’s premier dance school that starts training at age 18 months and continues through pre-professional across every genre: ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, modern, lyrical, acro and tap. For our more serious dancers, we also offer a variety of supporting technique classes as well. In order to provide this well-rounded dance education, we have created curriculum goals and paths at every stage across every genre and offer expert instructors in each genre to inspire and train our dancers. At AAD everyone can dance! All dancers at all levels are welcome here. Whether in it for fun, fitness, friendship or following their dreams, our dancers are supported by the most loving, creative, talented instructors in the business. For beginners through pre-professional, our mission is to make disciplined dance instruction FUN through love, community and creativity. Learn more about our values.

We are so thrilled to have just celebrated our 13-year anniversary. Some of our dancers have been dancing together that long – and we know they will be friends for life! We are All About Dance: a community of teachers, parents and dancers supporting the passion for dance. And we are living proof that serious dedication, hard work and commitment can be FUN!

Our Story

AAD co-owners Shannon Westveer & Jessica Goldman have been creating an incredible dance movement since 2006. Both are passionate advocates for making dance the most positive experience possible. They strive to hire phenomenal teachers who excel in each genre, & who will be positive, wonderful role models. They believe deeply in creating a community among teachers, parents and dancers. They want to give each and every student – no matter their aspiration – an opportunity to develop exceptional techniques and have lots of fun doing it.

Meet Jessica!

What two words describe Jessica Goldman? POSITIVE ENERGY! Jessica jokes that she started her dance career in the womb. She fell in love with music and movement before she could talk. And she was fortunate enough to have parents support her passion, even when they had to make sacrifices to do so. Jessica was inspired by her first instructor, Miss Kellie, who trained her students to develop exceptional technique, but did it with love. This supportive, non-competitive method of instruction inspired Jessica to share her passion with the world in this same loving way. Jessica believes a complete dance education means being a well-rounded dancer. Thus she offers every genre of dance – and requires her pre-professional track dancers to become proficient in every single one. She is the utmost professional and has the highest expectations for her dancers. Her positivity is contagious…her dancers are excited to see her every day and want to follow her lead, as a dancer and as a person. Her magnetic energy attracts the best teachers and has created an amazing community of parents and children working together through dance, love and hard work!

“Have Fun, Be Young, Dance Forever!”

– Jessica Goldman

Meet Shannon!

What two words describe Shannon Westveer? CONTAGIOUS GENEROSITY. Shannon sees dance as a way to bring communities together and make the world a better place. She wants to teach her dancers that being an exceptional dancer means being beautiful from the inside out. And that being supportive, gracious and giving are just as important as pointing toes, landing perfect pirouettes and nailing choreography. Shannon grew up moving around a lot living mostly in small towns. Her local dance studio was her home away from home and where she found community. She started dancing at age two, when her ballet teacher made an exception for her and admitted her to the class. She has an extensive dance background that includes ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop training. She participated in numerous pageants and competitions, earning the title Miss Troy and going onto Michigan’s Miss Teen USA pageant. In college she danced for Northern Arizona University’s Synergy Dance program. Ultimately, Shannon realized her real passion was to light the spark for dance among the world’s youngest aspiring dancers – kids. At a prestigious studio in California, Shannon began to create her instruction curriculum and method for the little ones – focusing on musicality, coordination, listening/mimicking and other very early technical skills. Her technique has proven to lay a solid foundation upon which hundreds of students have gone on to develop into beautiful dancers and beautiful people. Shannon aspires to bring the benefits of dance to those who may otherwise not be exposed. Her work began with the Boys Girls Club of Hollywood and most recently has taken her to Haiti.

“Teach Children The Love Of Dance & Movement While They Are Young & They Will Carry It With Them Always.”

– Shannon Westveer

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Our Philisophy

Our Vision

To be an endless source of positive energy that inspires dancers to achieve technical excellence in dance and their full potential in life.

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Giving Back

AAD is committed to giving back to the community through dance.
Haiti — Learn more about our Haiti Dance Camp
Financial Aid Programs — Information about financial aid packages for students.
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