2023 Summer Dance Festival

The Summer Dance Festival is an annual performance put on by the studio that showcases the work of our students and teachers. Pieces include ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, Latin ballroom and more!

This year’s Summer Dance Festival will be June 24 and 25 at Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. There are three performances: 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets for the Summer Dance Festival are $15 in advance or $20 the weekend of the performance (if available). Click here to purchase tickets.

Please note that there is no assigned seating — seating is general admission. Masks are suggested but not required.

Prior to the Festival, some classes will be closed to students who are not performing. These classes are noted in MindBody as “closed class.” They are also noted on the class schedule page.

2022 GDS Online Dessert Auction

Back by popular demand — our GDS Online Dessert Auction! Bid on wonderful desserts homemade by our GDS students, teachers and friends.

The money we raise will help us continue our mission of being a welcoming community of dance. In particular, it will help us get through the holiday season when attendance tends to be down, and when we are closed two weeks at Christmas and New Year. Glenwood Dance Studio is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.

Bidding will start at 8:00 a.m. CST on Tuesday, November 1, and will end at 8:30 p.m. CST on Sunday, November 6. We will have items available for local pickup or delivery, as well as items that can be mailed — perfect for our out-of-town friends and family! We will be emailing and posting the auction link when we have our final list of desserts.

Interested in donating a dessert? Please email us at info@glenwooddancestudio.com — the more desserts, the sweeter our fundraiser will be!

2022 Summer Dance Festival

The Summer Dance Festival is an annual performance put on by the studio that showcases the work of our students and teachers.

This year’s Summer Dance Festival will be July 23 and 24 at Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway. Tickets for the Summer Dance Festival are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the performance (if available). Tickets can be purchased at this link:


You can also purchase tickets in person at the studio with cash, check, or credit card.

Please note that there are no paper tickets — there will be a list at the door of everyone who has a pre-paid ticket. There is also no assigned seating — seating is general admission. All audience members are required to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination.

Prior to the Festival, some classes will be closed to students who are not performing. These classes are noted in MindBody as “closed class.” They are also noted on the class schedule page.

GDS Fall Dance Festival 2021

The video below of our 2021 Fall Dance Festival was filmed at our November 13 and 14 performances at Edge Theater in Chicago. Thank you so much to all of our dancers, teachers and supporters. And special thanks to Michael Nguyen who created this lovely video!

Click here to view a pdf version of the program. The show order is also listed below. If you would like to make a donation to support the work of Glenwood Dance Studio you can do so with PayPal or Zell to info@glenwooddancetsudio.com or with Venmo at @Erin-DeWitt-GDS or on your computer by clicking here. Glenwood Dance Studio is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.

GDS 2021 Fall Dance Festival Show Order


“The Vines Will Grow”
Beginning Contemporary Class
Choreography by Kim Baker

“Ode to Chopin”
Lisa Frye, Student Solo
Choreography by Natalie Elizabeth


“Waltz Two Three”
Intermediate Ballet Class
Choreography by Brennen Renteria

Intermediate Contemporary Jazz Class
Choreography by Josh Fletcher

Tap Basics Class
Choreography by Judy Burke


“La Mort du Cygne”
Natalie Elizabeth, Guest Artist
Choreography by Natalie Elizabeth

In memoriam Brenna Pierson-Tucker, 1983–2020
Choreography by Ginger Jensen


“It’s a Maskerade!”
Ballet Performance Workshop
Choreography by Brennen Renteria

Michael Nguyen, Student Solo
Choreography by Michael Nguyen


“Lilac Fairy Variation” from The Sleeping Beauty
Rebecca Schiller, Student Solo
Adapted from choreography by Marius Petipa

“Seize the Day”
Musical Theatre Performance Workshop
Choreography by Ali Keirn

“Lentement, Doucement”
Robin Pokorski, Student Solo
Choreography by Natalie Elizabeth

Ballet Basics Class
Choreography by Adina Stuhlman


“Land of Lola”
Musical Theatre Class
Choreography by Brennen Renteria

“Drum of Bangladesh”
Mohammed “Shaan” Islam, Student Solo

“RITMO of the Night”
Latin Ballroom Performance Workshop
Choreography by Katie DeSalvo

“I Feel Good”
Intermediate Tap Class
Choreography by Ella Baseman


“Model Moment”
Fosse Jazz Performance Workshop
Choreography by Brennen Renteria

“Bring It to the Floor”
Intermediate Modern Class
Choreography by Kim Baker

“Under Paris Skies”
Beginning Tap Class

Choreography by Judy Burke

“Stories I Tell Myself”
K. Gloria Mwez, Guest Artist
Choreography by K. Gloria Mwez

Sassy Heels Class
Choreography by Josh Fletcher

“If You Want Me”
Katie DESALVO and Eugene KUZMIN, Guest Artists


“Good Old Days”
Contemporary Performance Workshop
Choreography by Amy Williams

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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: