photos: Carol Kyros Walker
Schedule of Classes, 2015-2016 Season
The Evanston School of Ballet Foundation
In dance, the body is the instrument. Since every human body is different, we believe it to be of the utmost importance that every student learn through understanding rather than solely by imitation. To this end, we strive to help each student become aware of his or her strengths and weaknesses in order to achieve the greatest potential and do so without injury. Classes, therefore, are carefully graded.
We also believe in the power of music to motivate and inspire the human spirit; therefore, we provide live accompaniment for all the classes.
photo: Carol Kyros Walker
Meghann Mueller received both a BFA in Dance and a BA in History from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. She began her early dance training at the Evanston School of Ballet under Kerry Hubata and Laura Wade. During summers, Meghann studied at the Joffrey Ballet and on scholarship at the Milwaukee Ballet. While at TCU, she had the opportunity to perform works by TCU faculty members, as well as several guest artists including Elizabeth Johnson, Dana Nicolay, and TCU Choreographer in Residence Fernando Bujones. In the spring of 2006, Meghann's work, Narrow Anguish, was performed at the American College Dance Festival in the adjudicated concert. In 2007, Meghann formed Project606 Dance with former classmate Maureen Caspers. The company has performed throughout Chicago including at the revered Hamlin Park Fieldhouse and at the Atheneum Theater as a part of Dance Chicago.
Elizabeth Turek began her ballet studies at the Evanston School of Ballet. She graduated from the National Ballet School of Canada in Toronto. During summers, she trained at The New York City Ballet School and the Joffrey Ballet School.
Her favorite roles have been Clara in “The Nutcracker,” and roles in “Giselle” and “Episodes” by Balanchine. She studied both dance and French literature at the university level. She is a certified teacher in both French and dance. Her first teaching experience was as a demonstrator for pre-ballet classes at the Evanston School of Ballet. In addition to teaching ballet, she teaches high school French.
About the School
The school is directed by Kerry Hubata and was founded in 1968 by Kerry Hubata and Phyllis Wills. It is dedicated entirely to education in classical ballet and includes work from pre-ballet through professional levels.
Students may expect to be offered a sound technical preparation for professional work. At the same time, the school offers classes designed to meet the interest of students who wish to study ballet for personal enrichment and fitness.
Richard Phillips, in the Chicago Tribune of March 23, 1984, reported that "from conversations with nearly two dozen dancers and dance professionals," Evanston School of Ballet was one of three ballet schools to "emerge with near-unanimous praise."
The highly qualified regular staff is augmented by distinguished guest teachers, who have included, alphabetically: Gwynne Ashton, Marijan Bayer, Nanci Crowley, Ann Hutchinson Guest, Penny Jay, Joan Kunsch, Enrique Martinez, Kay Mazzo, Kenneth Melville, Brunhilda Ruiz, Jurgen Schneider, Dame Kirsten Simone, Paul Sutherland, George Verdak, Maia Wilkins, Anne Woolliams and George Zoritch.
The Evanston School of Ballet is pleased to offer lecture demonstrations for schools and other groups.
Schedule of Classes, 2015-2016 Season
Fall Term: September 14 through December 12; no classes November 22 through November 39 (Thanksgiving vacation)
Adults and Teens
Tuition Per Term: Each term includes twelve weeks of classes, exclusive of vacation days.
Summer Schedule 2016 - June 27 through July 28
Fee for an individual class is $20
Promptness. Promptness is requisite at all levels; tardy students are not admitted to class.
No gum or jewelry allowed in class.
Girl's uniform. Black leotard, pink footed tights, pink shoes, hair neatly and securely arranged off neck. Advanced students may wear any solid color leotard with pink footed tights, pink shoes. Sweat pants or leg warmers are not to be worn in class.
Boy's Uniform. T-Shirt, black or gray tights, dance belt, white or black shoes. Sweat pants or leg warmers may not be worn.
When dance attire is worn to and from the school, outer clothing must also be worn.
Classes that are missed may be made up within the term.
*Any student not in compliance with these regulations may be excluded from class.
Evanston bus #201 to Prairie Avenue, walk 1/2 block east.