In-Person Classes Start June 1st, 2021; Some Online Classes Continue; Updated Class Fees

Starting Tuesday, June 1, most of our classes will be returning to the studio, but we will also continue to have a few online classes. Below is the schedule for June. In July, we plan to add in-person Social Dance classes and a Sunday Performance Workshop. Masks will be required for in-person classes. We also encourage students to be fully vaccinated before they return to the studio.

Monday
6:15-7:15 p.m. Beginning Contemporary with Kim Baker
7:30-9:00 p.m. Intermediate Modern with Kim Baker

Tuesday
6:15-7:15 p.m. Online Open Level Ballet Barre with Natalie Nespoli Moreira
6:15-7:45 p.m. Intermediate Contemporary Jazz Technique with Josh Fletcher
8:00-9:00 p.m. Sassy Heels with Josh Fletcher

Wednesday
6:15-7:45 p.m. Intermediate Ballet with Brennen Renteria
8:00-9:00 p.m. Musical Theater with Brennen Renteria

Thursday
6:15-7:45 p.m. Advanced Beginner Ballet with Natalie Nespoli Moreira
7:00-8:00 Online Open Level Jazz with Josh Fletcher (June 10, July 8 and August 12 only)
8:00-9:00 p.m. Intermediate Tap with Jeremy Burke

Saturday
9:30-10:45 p.m. Ballet Basics with Adina Stuhlman (starts June 12)
11:00-12:00 p.m. BeMoved with Brenda Fournier (starts June 12)
Time TBD OnlineBallet Stretch & Strengthen with Natalie Nespoli Moreira
12:15-1:30 p.m. Beginning Ballet with Natalie Nespoli Moreira
3:15-4:15 p.m. Beginning Tap with Judy Burke
4:30-5:30 p.m. Tap Basics with Judy Burke
6:00-7:00 p.m. OnlineBeginning Social Dance with Katie DeSalvo

Sunday
Noon-1:30 p.m. Intermediate Contemporary with Brennen Renteria
1:45-3:15 p.m. Intermediate Ballet with Aaron Renteria
3:30-4:30 p.m. Beginning Pointe with Aaron Renteria

In-studio classes will be limited to 10 students per class, so make sure to sign up in advance with the MindBody app or at https://tinyurl.com/gdsclasses

Class Fees Starting June 1

When the pandemic started and we switched to online classes, we did not feel we could charge as much for classes that were often shorter than their in-studio counterparts. We also wanted to be inclusive of people who might be struggling financially due to job losses or other financial impacts from the pandemic. Thank you to everyone for your support over this year, and especially to those of you who paid the supporter rate!

Starting on June 1, with our return to primarily in-person classes, we will be returning to our previous class fees, with two changes:

  • Our Student/Pro rate will now be Student/Pro/Limited Income. We know that people have different abilities to afford classes, so if you need this lower rate please use it. 
  • We will continue to offer the lower rate for our Monthly Unlimited passes. For some of us, the studio is a “home away from home” and we want that to continue to be affordable.

These new fees will go into effect for all class passes purchased June 1 and after. Any existing class passes, or passes that you buy between now and June 1, can be still be used after June 1.

  • Single Class – Regular Rate $15
  • Single Class – Student/Pro/Limited Income $10
  • 5-Class Card – Regular Rate $65
  • 5-Class Card – Student/Pro/Limited Income $50
  • 10-Class Card – Regular Rate $125
  • 10-Class Card – Student/Pro/Limited Income $100
  • 1 Month Unlimited – Regular $150
  • 1 Month Unlimited – Student/Pro/Limited Income $100
  • New Students Only: First Class Free with Online Sign-Up
  • New Students Only: 5-Class Card $40
  • New Students Only: 1 Month Unlimited $80

BYOB Holiday Heels December 12

Join us for a live online “BYOB” Holiday Sassy Heels special event Saturday, December 12, 7:30 -9:00 p.m. on Zoom.  In this class you will learn a fun, sassy dance — heels optional — with a holiday theme. Santa hats, reindeer antlers, and holiday sweaters encouraged! Teacher Josh Fletcher will be providing a recipe for a holiday-themed cocktail that you can make at home to drink during the class if you wish.

Tickets are $15. Class passes and unlimited passes can’t be used for this special event. Click here to sign up. or sign up with the MindBody app:

When it is time for class go to the Live Online Class page for the Zoom link. The Zoom meeting will start 10 minutes before class for pre-class socializing.

Don’t miss this fun event sure to put some sassy cheer into your holiday!

December Social Dance Classes

Our online social dance classes are getting elegant for December! We will be doing four different styles that will bring some class to your Saturday night:

  • December 5 – Waltz
  • December 12 – Bolero
  • December 19 – Argentine Tango
  • December 26 – Fox Trot

So instead of “Netflix and chill” why not make your Saturday nights special with our online social dance classes? The classes can be done with or without a partner. We do a different style each week and they are a lot of fun!

Classes meet Saturdays 6:00-7:00 p.m. CST on Zoom. No previous experience necessary!  Sign up with the MindBody app or click here. New students get their first class free! And if you ever have problems signing up for any class, just email us at info@glenwooddancestudio.com and we will sign you up.

2020 Fall Fundraiser Update

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who participated in our 2020 fundraiser! We had 20 people donate 32 desserts that were bid on by 51 different individuals. We had 56 students and teachers perform, representing 17 different classes. We had 73 people make donations (including the dessert auction) and raised a grand total of $3,977! This is as much as we would typically make at our in-person fundraiser, which is amazing!

It is very moving to be part of such an amazing community of dancers, students and supporters. Thank you to everyone for making this online event such a success!

We have created a playlist on YouTube of the individual performance videos (except for Intermediate Contemporary due to copyright issues). You can view them here:

You can view the Intermediate Contemporary piece on Vimeo here:

Remembering Brenna

Please add your thoughts and memories of Brenna in the comment section below.

On Thursday, November 5, 2020, beloved Glenwood Dance Studio teacher Brenna Pierson-Tucker passed away. She died peacefully at home with her dog Sophie at her side. She is survived by her husband, Chris Tucker, who is also a dancer and co-founder with Brenna of Esoteric Dance Company, her parents and siblings. We are all saddened by this loss.

Brenna devoted her life to the art of dance and shared her love of dance with all her students, the dance community, and anybody lucky enough to watch her perform. She brought laughter and her joyful energy to our studio and made us all feel like dancers and artists.

She first became part of our GDS family when she rented rehearsal space from us shortly after our founding in 2013, and she started teaching with us in January 2014. During her nearly seven years as a GDS teacher, she taught modern dance, all levels of ballet, as well as classical and modern partnering. She also choreographed several performance workshops for us that were presented at our annual Spring Dance Festival. During the pandemic, she started attending classes, becoming a regular in Social Dance and Sassy Heels.

This short video includes clips of Brenna in her role as GDS teacher:

You can read more about Brenna and her artistic history in this interview from 2018. You can learn more about her company, Esoteric Dance Project, here. We have also created a playlist of some of Brenna’s classes as well as works that she choreographed during her time with us.

In February 2021 we premiered a dance that was created by four of our students and choreographer Ginger Jensen to remember and celebrate the life of GDS teacher Brenna Pierson-Tucker, The dance starts with the dancers arriving one by one, like they would arrive for class, then the music starts and the move as though wanting to connect, but then being pulled back. Throughout the dance the choreography incorporates movements that Brenna used in her classes, and as each dancer does her solo section the others watched the way we often watch each other in classes, and the way Brenna would watch us to give notes and corrections. The video ends with photos of Brenna. You can watch the piece here:

Please use the comments below to share your memories and thoughts about Brenna.

Fall Fundraiser 2020

Online Performance

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Fall Fundraiser Online Performance on Saturday, October 17. If you would still like to watch the show you can watch the video below at any time — no need to wait for the countdown clock! Also, the video mentions a dessert auction which is now closed. Thank you to everyone who bid on desserts!

Normally we would charge a ticket price for our fall fundraiser. We can’t do that this year, but we hope you will still consider making a donation to support our mission of creating a welcoming community of dance! Glenwood Dance Studio is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.

Ways to donate:

  1. Venmo to @Erin-DeWitt-GDS
  2. PayPal to info@glenwooddancestudio.com
  3. Zelle QuickPay to info@glenwooddancestudio.com.
  4. Credit card via MindBody at https://tinyurl.com/gds-donations
  5. MindBody app — go to “Favorites” and choose “View Pricing” — one of the options is “Donations”.
  6. Mail donations to Glenwood Dance Studio, 7017 N. Glenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626.

BYOB Halloween Sassy Heels 2020

Join us for an online “BYOB” Halloween Sassy Heels special event Saturday, October 31 at 7:30 -9:00 p.m. on Zoom. In this class you will learn a fun, sassy dance — heels optional — with a Halloween theme. We will all have time to show off our costumes, and Josh will be providing a recipe for a signature cocktail that you can make at home to drink during the class if you wish.

Sign up today with the MindBody app!

Outdoor Musical Theater Class September 13

While we still have some nice weather we will be offering a special one-time outdoor Musical Theater class on Sunday, September 13, 3:30-4:30 p.m. taught by Brennen Renteria.

The class will be in Loyola park — you will be given the exact meeting point after you register for the class. Masks will be required, and we will be dancing on the grass so wear appropriate footwear.

Advance sign-ups are required, and the fee will be $15. Class cards can’t be used for this special event. If the class gets rained out we will re-schedule for September 20th.

Class size will be limited so register today!