HOMEWOOD | The American Dance Center staff and student body in Orland Park and Homewood, are the only school selected to represent the state of Illinois and the USA this April at the 2013 Dance Excellence International Dance Festival in Los Angeles, according to a news release from the dance school.
This prestigious global event annually pays tribute to outstanding work in dance education and performance.
Jack and Kathleen Villari, directors of the two Dance Center locations, will be recognized for their dedication to dance at a gala awards banquet during the closing ceremonies of the weeklong event, March 31-April 6. Their distinguished record as performers, choreographers, producers, directors, authors and educators has helped to shape the development of dance in America, the release states.
Because of this honor, they will be bring a group of 15 dancers and parents selected from the school's popular EXCEL program to join other serious dancers from the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, England, Japan, Philippines, Scotland, and United Arab Emirates. It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform, exchange ideas, and share their love of dance on and off the stage with some of the finest young dancers from around the world. Dance Excellence also gathers the top professionals and master teachers from the entertainment industry and arts community to share their time and expertise in dance, voice, acting, auditioning, television, feature films, and production with the dancers.
The Villari family is well known for the development of quality dance education and productions, according to the release. With six studios and a staff of 20, it is one of the largest schools in the Midwest and has earned national and international recognition. Graduate students are performing and teaching professionally throughout the world. Most of the American Dance Center EXCEL dancers started classes at the studio between the ages of 3 and 7 and are anxiously looking forward to displaying their high quality technique and versatility in the 3,000-seat Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, Calif., for the Performance Board of festival adjudicators, which is by invitation only. They are also hard at work preparing several performance pieces for audiences at the Hollywood Stage in Disneyland.
The American Dance Center is celebrating its 43rd year in Chicago Southland and has received “Best Dance School” honors for the past 17 years. School business manager Brian Villari and dance directors Maria and Tracey Villari will also be traveling to California for the event.
The American Dance Center is currently involved in various fundraising efforts to cover transportation and preparation costs for this event. Area businesses, individual sponsors, and community organizations are encouraged to support this opportunity for the youth of the community. Tax deductible donations will be accepted in person at either studio location or by mail to the nonprofit (501 c3) American Dance Center Ballet Company office at: 1037 Wingate Road, Olympia Fields, Ill., 60461. Detailed information including photos, news, events, performances, faculty, online registrations and the many accomplishments of the ADC can be found at www.americandancecenter.net. or call (708) 747-0424.
The 2013 American Dance Center Illinois delegates represent 11 area communities.
Chicago - Maria Villari
Frankfort - Bailey Bartczak, Hannah Stovall
Homer Glen - Taylor Reid
Homewood - Maddi Stanford
Lemont - Aurora Slivinski
Manteno - Kelsey Reiter
Monee - Kristen Brady, Alexis Diaz-Albertini
Olympia Fields - Jack and Kathleen Villari (directors)
Orland Hills - Taylor Warfield
Orland Park - Shannon Mulcahy
Tinley Park - Kaylee McKenna, Brian and Tracey Villari