New at Jo’s Footwork Studio and Upcoming Events


You are going to want to read all the way to the end on this one because there are great things happening at Jo’s Footwork Studio!

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Jo’s is launching a new Mini-Ensemble Company for ages 6 to 9:

Strengthen and encourage your young dancer to broaden their interest and performance. This company is not competitive, it’s enrichment and technique-based. The Mini-Ensemble Company will will give back talent to the community through performance. The members will grow in their performance skills, individual talent as dancers, and overall dance education. Anyone ages 6 – 9 who joins the studio by August 1 has an open invitation to be part of the Mini-Ensemble. The commitment is two classes: one class of their choice plus company class, plus rehearse twice per month on Sunday afternoons. Mini-Ensemble Rehearsal will officially begin Sunday, September 10. Company Fee for the year will be $340 for Sunday rehearsals, choreographers, and costumes. Please note that this fee is separate from class tuition.


Auditions for Tap Ensemble (Inaugural Season) are May 21, 2016:

The mission and purpose of the company is to give the members, as well as the community, the opportunity to experience new aspects of the art of Tap Dance.

Auditions will be held in Jo’s Footwork Studio I, located at 1500 Walker Street, 2nd floor, Western Springs, on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 3:00pm to 5:00pm. There is a $20, non-refundable fee, payable to Jo’s Footwork. Auditions will be open to any Tap dancer in Tap III or higher level. All who audition must have a minimum of three years dance experience. If selected, you will be required to be enrolled in Tap Technique Thursday 6:00 – 7:00 and enrolled in a Tap III or higher tap class. One must be willing to commit to rehearsals/company class every Saturday 11:00am – 1:00pm. A final schedule will determine the exceptions, i.e., holidays, etc. If accepted into the Company, will agree to attend summer dance class.

Click here to view and print the Tap Ensemble audition form.



Auditions for Performance Ensemble (Season 6) are May 22:

The mission and purpose of the company is to promote the art of dance. It will seek to advance the art form of dance by addressing the needs, concerns, and interests of the community and dance members. Through promoting the art form of dance throughout the community, the members will grow in their performance skills, individual talents as a dancer, and overall dance education.

Auditions will be held in Jo’s Footwork Studio I, located at 1500 Walker Street, 2nd floor on Sunday, May 22, 2016, 3:00pm to 5:00pm. There is a $20, non-refundable fee. It is anticipated there will be a JUNIOR COMPANY and a SENIOR COMPANY. Auditions will be open to the following for Junior Company: the minimum age is 10 to 12 years old by September 1, 2016; for Senior Company, one must be 13 years (by September 1, 2016) and older. All those who audition must have a minimum of three years dance experience; if selected, you will be required to attend a minimum of three classes a week at Jo’s Footwork Studio (one must be ballet, one of your choice, and company class (three classes); all must be willing to commit to two Saturdays a month, with a possible third if needed, to rehearse.

Click here to view and print the Performance Ensemble audition form.



Summer Camps start on June 27:

Monday June 27 thru Friday July 1
A fun filled week of hip hop action.  Students should wear a black leotard and black jazz or cargo pants, black jazz shoes or dance sneakers.

  • Hip Hop Camp (5 and 6 year olds) 9:30am-10:30am – $75
  • Hip Hop Camp (7 and 8 year olds) 10:30am-12:30pm – $145
  • Hip Hop Camp (9-11 year olds) 12:30pm-2:30pm – $145

Monday July 11 thru Friday July 15
Concentrated best of both – tap & jazz – fast and fun week!!  Dancers need tap and jazz shoes, black leotard, jazz pants or dance shorts (spandex type)

  • Jazz/Tap Camp (4 and 5 year olds) 9:30am-10:30am – $75
  • *Jazz/Tap Camp (6-8 year olds*) 10:30am-12:00pm – $110
  • *Jazz/Tap Camp (9-11 year olds*) 12:00pm-1:30pm – $110
  • *must have 1 year of jazz or tap

Monday July 18 thru Friday July 22
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet, stressing versatility and improvisation. Dancers need ballet shoes, leotard, tights

  • Creative Movement (4 and 5 year olds) 9:30am-10:30am – $75
  • *Contemporary Ballet (9-11 year olds*) 10:30am-12:30pm – $145
  • *Contemporary Ballet (6-8 year olds*) 12:30pm-2:30pm – $145
  • *must have at least one year of ballet

Tuesday August 2 thru Thursday August 4 (1:00pm – 3:00pm) – $170
An enchanting 3-day dance camp themed around your dancers favorite Princesses! There will be games, dancing, and stories about a different Princess each day! Plus arts, crafts, & snacks fit for a princess; and a special performance at the end. Students must wear leotards and tights, ballet slippers (Princess dress is okay, too!). Bring bag that includes hair ties & water bottle. Fee ($170) includes craft supplies, snacks, and a special t-shirt! (include t-shirt size with registration (sizes 6/8, 10/12, or 14/16)


An adaptive dance class is beginning on June 29, 2016 for children on the spectrum:

Join Jo’s Footwork to experience the joys of creative movement in an adapted setting. A licensed school-based occupational therapy practitioner with a strong dance background and Level I Autism Movement Therapy certification will provide an adapted, safe, developmentally based approach to explore dance and motor skills. The class is available to all needs and levels of mobility, using dance-focused visual supports to ensure communication with dancer and teacher.  Two classes available – ages 4 to 7; ages 8 to 10. Click here for more information and to register online.


Jo’s Footwork Studio is launching a new dance program for ages 2-5 years old called Twinkle Stars!

Twinkle Star Dance is an age specific 45 minute class containing ballet, tap and/or jazz/creative movement. The purpose of the class is to introduce young dancers to the three styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment. Dancers also learn basic steps and terminology in all three styles. For example, all dancers will learn what a “plie” is and how to demonstrate one. The use of fun, age appropriate music engages the young dancers’ minds and bodies. The use of props such as maracas for the “freeze dance” makes the end of class the most fun!


Click here to register online for all classes and camps


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