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Quick Facts about Dancewerks
Established 1984
Artistic Director Ellen J. Werksman
Location 117 E. Northwest Hwy.                                             Barrington, IL 60010
Phone (847) 382-8032
Website www.dancewerks.com
E-mail ellenwerksman@ameritech.net
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Ages Taught Ages 7- professional
Classes offered
Ballet Pointe
Modern Jazz
Lyrical Musical Theater
Piano Acting (Song & Dance)
Improvisation Audition Prep
Private Lessons

Dancewerks Philosophy

Real Dance Taught By Real Dancers

All Dancewerks classes are designed with a focus on the arts to better prepare students for real-world performance endeavors. Class curriculum prepares students for local dance participation such as Orchesis, poms and musicals, as well as college preparation and readiness in dance and musical theatre.  The program features collaborative projects and partnerships along with Master Class Series and Werkshops.

Key Characteristics

  • Goal oriented classes are designed to challenge the student to discover their full potential
  • Limited class size
  • Acceptance into the program is by evaluation
  • Midwest Dance Collective is a semi-professional dance company in residence at the Barrington Artz Center and part of the Dancewerks experience

Fun Facts

  • Ellen Werksman was voted into the “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers” 4 years consecutively, and has been featured in Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher Now for her innovative choreography and creative teaching formats.
  • Midwest Dance Collective has been compared to River North Dance Ensemble, was honored as part of the “Chicago Dance Legacy Project” as a recipient of the esteemed Ruth Page Award and performs both regionally and nationally.
  • Dancewerks produces Werkshops regionally and nationally.