In addition to delivering a unique experience rooted in our core values, Margo Ruark, the owner of ¡Baila Conmigo! / Dance With Me!, belongs to the Dance Studio Owners Association Inner Circle. This is an educational mentorship program of over 350 studios worldwide, and this studio is one of three studios in the greater Chicago metropolitan area (out of 400+ studios areawide) that is part of this exclusive program. Each month we participate
in coaching calls, Pro Classes, business mentorship with the industry's leading experts, one on one planning sessions and more! Margo has her finger on the pulse of what is going on in the dance industry at all times and gains a wide-range of knowledge in best practices from around the globe. This means your dancers are getting the best dance education and team coaching experience there is!
Yes! New students are welcome to try out any of our classes! Please click here for more information about a trial class.
Enrollment is open throughout the entire season, as long as there is space in class!
Group make-up classes are offered generously if classes are missed due to illness or weather cancellations and if notice has been given to the office for school, religious, or family events. Make-up classes will be limited to three per session. No refunds will be given for missed classes. Private students can make up a missed class in a group class.
The registration fee covers administrative expenses for having each student participate at the studio. Examples of these fees include, but are not limited to: setting up each student in the system, account monitoring, music cutting fee, music licensing, SPOT-TV access, and scheduling. The registration fee is paid by all students once per year and is nonrefundable.
Unfortunately you can't sew your child's costume to avoid the costume fee. First, we do not have the pattern for our costumes. Dance costumes are very intricate and are all hand sewn to order by the manufacturers. Second, in order to ensure that all of the costumes are done on time and look the same, we use the same company to make all of them. Third, costumes must be ordered up to six months in advance of performance to allow for production and in some cases, international delivery. We send in our costume order in December for our May recital. Finally, if a child does not have the correct costume for any dance class, they will not be able to participate in the class's recital piece.
Yes, our studios are equipped with floor to ceiling mirrors, sprung floating floors, and excellent surround speaker systems making them the ideal place to hold a private event like a birthday party, a rehearsal for theatre or a dance performance. Our facilities have been completely updated and remodeled in 2023. You can read more about facility rental here and also check with the front desk for availability and total pricing.
We do not allow parents to sit inside the studio classroom to watch their child's dance class. We have found that there is better rapport between the teachers and students if the parents are not in the classroom. Parents can wait in our lobby and watch a live stream of the class through our closed circuit television system, SPOT-TV. Parents can also subscribe to our live stream app to watch the class from their mobile device in the car!