Try Ballet Move & Stretch Free This August 2, 2020

Our online Sunday Move & Stretch class is getting a new ballet focus — so we are doing the class for free this Sunday, August 2, 1:30-2:30 p.m., so people can try it out.

In this class teacher Natalie Moreira will guide you through a gentle warm-up to wake up the muscles and joints including some floor-barre type strengthening movements, and then will lead you through whole-body stretches (standing and on the floor) to improve flexibility and turnout. The class typically ends with a brief meditation that leaves you relaxed and ready for whatever is next!

Sign up with the MindBody app or at https://tinyurl.com/gdsclasses. When it is time for class go to our website for the Zoom meeting link.

Some Classes Back In the Studio

To prepare for Re-Opening Phase 4 we did a student survey about switching to in-studio classes and found that the majority of students still preferred online classes. Many were not yet comfortable with in-studio classes, others worried that limited class sizes would leave some students out, and some were worried about our teachers having to take public transportation to get to the studio. 

Because of this we will be keeping all of our online classes and adding the following in-studio classes (which had the most requests from the survey):

Saturdays
Beginning Tap (Level 2) with Judy Burke – 3:15-4:15 (starts July 11)
Tap Basics (Level 1) with Judy Burke – 4:30-5:30 (starts July 11)

Sundays
Ballet Basics (Level 1) with Adina Stuhlman – 10:30-11:45 (starts July 19)
Intermediate Ballet (Level 4) with Natalie Nespoli Moreira – Noon – 1:30 (starts July 19)
Intermediate Tap (Level 4) with Jeremy Burke – 1:45-2:45 (starts July 12)
Advanced Beginner Tap (Level 3) with Jeremy Burke – 3:00-4:00 (starts July 12)

In-Studio Class Policies

  • Maximum of 6 students per class. We strongly suggest signing up in advance to make sure you have a spot.
  • Students and teachers are required to wear masks.
  • Temperature checks will be done at the door with a contactless thermometer.
  • Students experiencing any Covid-type symptoms are not allowed to come to class.
  • There will be hand sanitizer at the door and we will ask everyone to use it on entering. 
  • 6-foot spacing will be marked on the floor for students to use as a guide.
  • Common touch points will be wiped down before and between classes.
  • The drinking fountain at the studio has been turned off; students must bring their own water.
  • Class fees will be the same as the online classes; online class passes will now be good for both online and in-studio classes..

Thank you for everyone who participated in the survey. We are excited to be able to offer this mix of classes for our students.

New Classes and Times Starting in June 2020

Tuesdays: Starting this Tuesday, June 2, Josh Fletcher will be teaching two Zoom classes every Tuesday:

  • 5:45-6:45 will be Intermediate Contemporary Jazz Technique. This class will focus on technique with a short combo at the end.
  • 7:00-8:00 is Sassy Heels. In this all-levels class the main part of class is spent learning a fun, sassy dance routine.

Thursdays: Beginning Ballet with Natalie Nespoli Moreira is moving to 5:30-6:45 p.m. The time change means we get an extra 15 minutes of ballet with Natalie!

New Ballet Basics Session Starts Saturday: A new session of Ballet Basics with Adina Stuhlman will be starting on Saturday, June 6. This class meets 10:00-11:15 on Zoom, and it is for adults who have never taken a ballet class before. It is a drop-in class so you only pay for the classes you take, but it does build session by session so you do want to try to attend all classes.

Saturday Beginning Social Dance: Learn a different social dance style every week with Katie DeSalvo in this super fun class for singles or couples or whoever you are quarentined with, Saturdays, 6-7 p.m CST. The schedule for June is:

  • June 6 – Beginning Cha Cha
  • June 13 – Beginning Salsa
  • June 20 – Beginning West Coast Swing
  • June 27 – no class

FREE Special Event: Contemporary Dance for Absolute Beginners, Sunday, June 21 3:00-4:00 p.m. If you have wanted to try Contemporary Dance but wasn’t sure what the class would be like — this is for you! Teacher Kim Baker will go over all the basics of what you can expect in a Contemporary Dance class and introduce you to some of the techniques and terminology of this expressive style of dance. Sign up with MindBody and the Zoom class link will be emailed to you.

New Online Class Fees Starting May 25

It seems that our online world is here to stay — for a while at least! People have been very generous with donations, but it is time for us to move back to class fees.  Starting Monday, May 25 fees for our online classes will be:

$15 Single Class Pass – Supporter
$10 Single Class Pass – Regular
$5 Single Class Pass – Limited Income

$65 Five Class Pass – Supporter
$40 Five Class Pass – Regular
$25 Five Class Pass – Limited Income

$150 Monthly Unlimited Pass – Supporter
$100 Monthly Unlimited Pass – Regular
$60 Monthly Unlimited Pass – Limited Income

You can sign up for classes and purchase class passes with the MindBody app or online at https://tinyurl.com/gdsclasses

If you prefer Venmo you can still do that to @Erin-DeWitt-GDS.

Before you take class:

1. Sign up for the classes you want to take. You can sign up with the MindBody app or at https://tinyurl.com/gdsclasses If you have not yet purchased a class pass it will ask you to do that. (Or Venmo us and we will add a pass to your account and then you can sign up for class.)

2. Go the the website for the Zoom link. You must be signed up on MindBody to be admitted to class. Zoom links are at: glenwooddancestudio.com/live-online-classes/

Cancellation Policy

If you sign up for a class and then can’t come you can cancel at any time and use that class pass for a future class. Or if you forget to cancel and we don’t see you in class we will cancel for you and you can still use that class pass.

FAQs About the New Class Fees

Can I purchase these new class passes now?

Yes! They are available for sale, and can be used to sign up for classes that happen May 25 and after.

Are there deals for new students?

Yes! New students can get their first class free! 

What if I have an old, un-used class card?

We can keep it on file to use when we have in-person classes again, or you can email us at info@glenwooddancestudio.com and we can put the value towards our new online class passes.

I’m technologically challenged! Help!

If you can’t figure out the new system just email us at info@glenwooddancestudio.com with what classes you want to come to and we will sign you up! We are also happy to do a phone call or video call to walk you through all the steps.

What if I don’t like doing online payments?

You can mail a check for the amount of your class card to Glenwood Dance Studio. 7017 N. Glenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626.

I already gave a donation to cover future classes.

No problem! Just email us at info@glenwooddancestudio.com and we will apply it towards a class pass.

Where do I get the MindBody App?

Go to https://mindbody.io/mindbody-app or search for MindBody in your app store and look for this logo:

Screenshots of the Mindbody App and Online Store

For a preview of what is to come check out these screenshots!

Signing up for classes with the MindBody App:

Signing Up for classes online at https://tinyurl.com/gdsclasses:

Purchasing your class pass:

Then go to our website at glenwooddancestudio.com/live-online-classes/ to get the Zoom link. You must be already signed up in MindBody to be admitted to class.

No Classes Starting Monday, March 16

Dear students and friends,

We have decided that we should temporarily close the studio to help promote social distancing starting Monday, March 16. As we understand it, this action is the best thing that individuals can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 cases to keep our hospitals from being overwhelmed in these next weeks and months.

This means there will be no classes starting Monday, March 16. Our date for re-opening is unknown at this time.

We will automatically extend all class cards that were nearing expiration. Also please know that our teachers will be paid during this time as if we were still having classes. 

It was a sad and difficult decision, especially since the studio is a rock for so many of us and dance is such a good way to work through our emotions.

We will keep you posted on any future developments.

Thanks,
Sandra Verthein, Erin DeWitt and Robin Pokorski
Glenwood Dance Studio Board of Directors

BYOB Halloween Sassy Heels Saturday Oct 26

Calling all ghouls and dancing fools! Learn a sassy Halloween Heels dance routine at this BYOB dance class and costume party Saturday, October 26 at Glenwood Dance Studio. The event includes a 90-minute heels class followed by a half hour (or longer?) dance party. Snack and soft drinks provided.

Not sure about dancing in heels? You can have just as much sassy fun without heels. This class is for all levels — everyone (age 21 and up) is welcome! Open level means there will be opportunities in the class to make things easier or harder depending on your skill level.

* 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. mix and mingle with Halloween snacks (BYOB)
* 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. heels class taught by Josh Fletcher
* 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. dance party

The class and party will cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door. GDS class cards and unlimited passes can not be used for this special event. Must be age 21 or older to participate. Purchase advance tix with the MindBody app or by clicking here.

Beginning Waltz starts Oct 25

Friday Social Dance Students
Students having fun at our Friday Social Dance classes.

Our 2019 Friday Social Dance classes continue with Beginning Waltz October 25 — November 22 on Fridays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

No partner is required for these fun, friendly 5-week sessions. Instructor Brennen Renteria will teach you all the basics plus a lot of fun moves you can show off on the dance floor.

Our Social Dance Classes build session by session, so students should plan to take all five classes. If you can’t make it for the first class you can start week two, but after that the session is closed to new students. Single classes are $15 ($10 student/pro) or buy a 5-class card for $65 ($50 student/pro). If you are new to Glenwood Dance Studio try our new student offer — 5 classes for $40!

All classes meet Fridays from either 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sign up one of three ways:

  1. Register at the studio when you come for class (please come 10 minutes early to do this)
  2. Sign up online by registering for the first class.
  3. Sign up on your phone with the Mindbody App.

For a example of what we will be learning in class check out this waltz video:

Pointe Class – New in 2019!

GDS Student Performing on Pointe
GDS student performing on pointe at 2019 Spring Dance Festival

This fall Joffrey Ballet dancer Aaron Renteria will be teaching our new Pointe class which will meet Saturdays from 2:00-3:00 pm.

  • The first four weeks of this class, September 7 – 28, will be a pre-pointe class that is open to all students and will focus on strengthening the muscles needed for point work.
  • The remainder of the class, October 5-December 14, will be done on pointe, and participation is by instructor permission only.

The pre-pointe class will give students a chance to prepare themselves for pointe work, but it will also give Aaron an opportunity to assess each student’s ability to go on pointe. If you are interested in taking the pointe classes you should attend the September pre-pointe classes so that Aaron can determine if you can join the pointe class.