Our main purpose is to teach dance to young people between the ages of 3 and 18. Our goal is to create a fun, enjoyable, non-competitive, and nurturing environment for our dancers. DanceStation dancers are known for their excellence in technique and performance skills. At DanceStation, long lasting friendships are created, and we take great pride in our close-knit ‘dance family.’
DanceStation is a Cecchetti school (member: Cecchetti Council of America). The Cecchetti method is a series of graded classes designed to train the young dancer for professional work. Though not all students are presented for Cecchetti Exams, the curriculum approved by the CCA is a general guide for all ballet classes. Jazz and Tap classes are included in the regular program of classes until the Intermediate level, at which time students may elect to take separate tap, jazz, modern and broadway classes.
Elizabeth Conway is the director and owner of DanceStation and State Street Dance Company. She holds her BFA in Dance Performance from Webster University, is a Diploma fellow through the Cecchetti Council of America (one of only 6 people in the state of Illinois), and also serves as the dance minor director at McKendree University and the director of McKendree Dance Ensemble. She teaches all levels of Ballet, Pointe, Cecchetti, Jazz, Broadway, and Pre/K.
modern, hip-hop, jazz, preschool
Ben received his BFA in Modern Dance from University of Illinois and his MFA in Modern Dance from University of Utah with a certification in Screen Dance (dance for camera). From 2005-14 he served as technical director, aerial rigger, and featured performer with Robert Wood Dance New York.
preschool, ballet, tap, jazz, Cecchetti
tap, all levels
Professional teachers that follow a curriculum. We have had a great experience at the DanceStation.
Dancestation’s exceptional pre-professional training prepared me for success in studying dance at the university level and performing professionally beyond. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Lisbeth Brown’s remarkable guidance and instruction from age 5-18. Because of her, I passed the Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Professional Diploma at only 18 years of age, making me the first in the U.S. to do so in five years and the youngest in ten.
We have really enjoyed our experience at DanceStation over the last 11 years. Our oldest daughter has danced under Elizabeth at DanceStation since she was 3, and we have witnessed her love for dance grow. Their focus on technique has resulted in the creation of beautiful dancers in all genres of dance, especially ballet.
My son & daughter have been thriving in classes at DanceStation for nearly 10 years.
Owner/director, Elizabeth Conway, has established her studio with professional instruction, an emphasis on proper ballet technique, a commitment to excellence and a familial, non-competitive atmosphere.