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                                    AMERICAN DANCE CENTER   
                    53 Years of Dance Education and Entertainment                                      A Tradition of Excellence... A Legacy of Dance

2021 - American Dance Center's 50 Year Anniversary

2019 Illinois Delegates - International Dance Excellence Festival, Anaheim, California

2017 Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida  - Dance the World Performers 

2016 Villari Family inducted into the Homewood Hall of Fame

2013 Harlem Globetrotters Half-Time Show

2012 Orange Bowl Half-Time Dancers  - Miami, Florida

Voted "Best Dance School in Chicago Southland", Southtown Star Newspaper 22 years straight 

The Villari’s chosen Outstanding Dance Educators of America, Dance Magazine.

Named one of “21 Leaders in the Arts for the 21st Century” The Star Newspapers.

11th Annual Holiday Fantasy dinner theater production selected “One of the top 10 shows in Chicago.” 

Featured performers at the 1996 Summer World Olympics, Atlanta, Georgia

Selected Illinois delegates - International Dance Festival, L.A. - 1995 -2019

Performances at Disneyland, Great America, Chicago’s Navy Pier, Donald E. Stevens Convention Center,            Drury Lane Theater, Chicago Apparel Center, Park West, Chicago Theater, Hemmen’s Theatre.  

Received Congressional Recognition Awards for the Performing Arts.

Artistic honors from the Illinois Arts Council and Office of the Governor of Illinois.

Olympia Fields Proclamation, celebrating American Dance Center Day, for Silver Anniversary Week.

Established Outreach Park District Dance classes for 15 area communities. 

Developed credited dance classes for Prairie State College, Governors State University and Chicago Conservatory College.     

Seven-time Best of Show winner, National Dance Olympus Competition and Teacher’s Choice Award.

Coordinated shows with Walt Disney, Warner Bros. and Hanna-Barbera Productions.

Trained regional and state winners for Miss America, Miss Teen and Miss Pre-Teen.

Choreographer and  production dancers for  Mrs. Illinois America Pageant , 2007-2014

Performed at International Association for World Peace, Mayor Daley special event.

Featured performers in the Dance Chicago-invitational series Athenaeum Theater, 10 years.  

Invitational-National Tap Dance Day, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Vittum Theater. 

Choreographed ADC dancers for Midwest Beauty Show, John Amico national hair and beauty conventions

Gala performances for Infant Welfare Society and Louis Vitton Chicago State Street.

Performed for the Meeting Professionals- International Award Show, Chicago’s Park West Theater

Danced in Chicago’s State Street Thanksgiving Day Parade 

Performed for Homewood New Year’s Eve celebration-4 yrs., Community Arts Festival, 2 yrs.

Choreographer for Chicago Sting-Honey Bees Cheerleaders, Milwaukee Bucks half time show, Harlem                Globetrotters Pre-game entertainment

Classical ballet soloist for Mayor Daley’s 2007 AIBA World Boxing Championship.

Exclusive dancers for “Weird Al” Yankovic Show, 2007.

Established one of the area’s largest scholarship programs for dance training.

ADC master classes with Joffrey Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Centre de Le Danse, Paris, France. 

Official school of the American Dance Center Ballet, area’s first professional level company.

Combined ballet with symphony for the first time in south suburbs ‘73.

Created Hansel and Gretel, Chicago’s longest-running original ballet, 23 years.

Choreographed Russian gold medalists and Bolshoi Ballet soloists in ADC ballet.

Commissioned soloists from American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, New York City and Zurich Ballet

Subsidized over 68,000 children for ADC school field trip programs. 

Featured on CBS-Channel 2-Morning News

Special Dance for Sports classes featured on NBC, Channel 5.

Performed for Serbian Radio’s Anniversary celebration, 3 years. 

American Dance Center documentary, Continental Cable.

"Making of a Holiday Tradition" documentary, Jones Cable

Dancers of Tomorrow, documentary, Multimedia, Time Warner and Jones Cable.



ADC Dancers were thrilled to be part of Chicago's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the 5th year in a row!
ADC Intermediate and Advanced tappers joined the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and continued to spread the joy that dance brings by tappin down State Street! The Parade was broadcast locally and nationally on WGN TV ! Thank you to all who joined us Thanksgiving morning for what has become a memorable ADC tradition! 
ADC Productions and Radiance Dancers traveled to Orlando, Florida to represent the ADC in 
'Dance the World' at Walt Disney World! The dancers presented their own show, with original choreography from 6 ADC instructors, at Epcot Center's World Showplace Theater, were featured performers in Disney's Main Street Parade and attended an exciting awards gala dinner and dance party, with a surprise visit from Mickey & his crew!
DANCIN AT DISNEY!
              




Dedicated American Dance Center dancers who are interested in making a greater commitment to their love of dance are selected through auditions and teacher recommendations.
Our Performing Arts team trains in all styles of dance, meet weekly to work on their technique, learn new choreography from ADC's professional choreographers and serve as positive role models to all of our students. 
These dancers have additional opportunities to perform throughout Chicagoland and convention/competition events, sharing the Joy of Dance. We aim to teach our dancers to respect themselves and others, to continue to strive for excellence and to serve as leaders 
both in and out of the studio. 
Dancers of RADIANCE and VIBRANCE were featured performers on the WGN Morning News Block Party Live broadcast in Homewood! We were honored to represent the Village of Homewood and will continue to share the Love of Dance with our community! 
Thank you to all who tuned in and came out to support us!


We kicked off the holidays with a fun-filled night of dance and celebrated with the City of Chicago!          
50 ADC dancers led the exciting dance production of close to 400 dancers from throughout Chicagoland in the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival! They joined an incredible procession including a grand tree lighting of one million lights, spectacular floats, helium-filled balloons, marching bands, top musical performers, appearances by Benny the Bull, Hubert the Lion and other well-known Chicago mascots and a grand finale fireworks show over the Chicago River!

The parade was broadcast on ABC 7 Chicago and was syndicated to the entire nation during the month of December!

... PAST     PERFORMANCES


  ADC RADIANCE dancers returned to Orland Square Mall  to escort Santa to his set and treated  him and all of the guests to a special Holiday performance! 

 This is one of our favorite holiday traditions ,  kicking off the holiday season with Santa lighting  the 30 ft. tree, a procession through the mall  including                                      carolers, cookies,  games and our dancers! 


Thank you to all who came out to support our 'Solo Works' Showcase, 'Time For Me to Fly', spotlighting our Advanced high school Junior and Senior dancers! With original solo choreography and production numbers by our Performance Teams, RADIANCE and VIBRANCE, it was quite a memorable night for all!

We wish our graduates the best of luck and send them off with a strong foundation 
in dance and life lessons that they will carry with them on their next journey! 
They will always be a part of our ADC family!

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VIBRANCE & RADIANCE DIRECTORS
Lauren Janney, Kyra Laster, Maria Villari, Katie Colletti
  2023-24 RADIANCE Jr. Performance Team 
2023-24 VIBRANCE Sr. Performance Team 
ADC's RADIANCE Junior Performance Team were featured performers at the Orland Square Mall for their annual Boo Bash!  
They have been a crowd favorite for many years and have already been invited back for next year's event!

Thank you to the wonderful audience that came out to join in the fun.... and even participated with us on the dance floor! 
Congratulations to all of the dancers and to Ms. Katie & Ms. Maria for creating such a fun show!


2023-2024 VIBRANCE SENIOR PERFORMANCE TEAM DANCERS
2023-24 RADIANCE JUNIOR PERFORMANCE TEAM DANCERS
ADC Directors Kathleen, Maria & Jack Villari and selected ADC dancers representing the State of Illinois!

ADC was selected outstanding dance school of Illinois by the International Dance Festival, Dance Excellence and the only school chosen to represent the state of Illinois at the International Dance Festival in Los Angeles 1995-2023.
                                                        Oh what fun! 
           ADC dancers were invited to join the Village of Orland Park Christmas Parade 
               and our Radiance Performance Team entertained the guests afterwards! 
RADIANCE dancers were invited to be the opening number for the Italian-American Women's Association Fashion Show Gala at the Carlisle Banquets in Lombard.
                                2 Sold Out performances! 
Dancers from our Performance Teams showcased some of our favorite pieces from the year, as well as some new works-in-progress pieces, in our In-Studio Winter Showcase.
 VIBRANCE Performance Team dancers were featured performers 
in the 'Joy to the World' tour featuring Grammy Nominated and Billboard #1 violinist, Jenny Oaks Baker at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts.

Our Performance Teams presented numerous new pieces at the Artists Simply Human Performance Showcase, which lasted 3 days, with close to 500 entries!

                                     Congratulations to our Junior Performance Team, RADIANCE, and Directors, Katie Colletti and Maria Villari, 
                                   for receiving the 'Standout Routine' and 'Studio Selection' awards for their group production number, 'We Are' 
                                                                            and to Elessa M. who received an ASH Apprentice Scholarship!

               Congratulations to our VIBRANCE Senior Performance Team dancers Eva G., who received the Entertainment Pick for her advanced tap solo
                                                                          and to Audrey L. who was selected as an ASH Company Dancer!

                                                                       Thank you to our VIBRANCE Directors Lauren Janney and Kyra Laster 
                                            for creating exciting new Contemporary and Jazz pieces and for sharing in this event with all of us.

Our dancers and directors also had Master Classes in all styles of dance, from some of the industry's top choreographers and teachers, with credits ranging                    from So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing With the Stars, BalletMet, and choreographers for Pink, JLo, Janet Jackson and Britney Spears.
 RADIANCE & VIBRANCE were performers at Six Flags Great America's Dance Fest!
 We spotlighted production pieces that will be performed at our Student Showcase, 
'New Beginnings' on June 8th, 2:00 & 6:00 and then enjoyed a beautiful day at the park!
Thank you for all that came to support us and join in the fun!
                                            
ADC SELECTED AS ILLINOIS DELEGATES AT THE INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL