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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!

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. 

Thank you to all who came out to the Homewood Holiday Lights Festival. This popular tradition featured ADC Homewood dancers bringing our festive holiday windows to life. We were so excited to be invited back and loved spreading the joy of dance and the Holidays with all of you!

The ADC Homewood was one of the highlights of the evening! We loved the Living Ballerina Dolls in the holiday windows! So beautiful!
- Susan L.
The windows at ADC were AWESOME! Thanks for taking 
the time to put on such a beautiful and impressive display! It was really a great way to show off what a great place we have here in Homewood for the fine art of dance. Thank you." - Kari H.
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!
Thank you for sharing the love and true team spirit with our VIBRANCE dancers who represented the ADC and the State of Illinois at the Dance Excellence International Dance Festival in LA!

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!

   RADIANCE Junior Performance Team returned to entertain the crowds with a special Halloween themed show and added to all of the fun at Orland Square Mall for their annual Boo Bash! Thank you to all who came out and celebrated your Fall festivities with us!

For the 6th year in a row, dancers from our Performance Teams were invited guests at the IHSA Dance Invitational and presented their own exhibition performance! Congratulations to all of the ADC dancers who competed with their high school dance teams!
Great job to all! GO ADC! 
We are so excited to be back entertaining in person again! Members of our Performance teams were guest performers at the Market at the Park in Orland Park and enjoyed the perfect summer day with fans, friends and family! 

And... we were thrilled to be back on the theater stage as we spotlighted our High School Junior and Senior dancers for our popular 'Solo Works' showcase! 

Dancers from our Homewood studios were special guests at the 20th Annual Fall Fest in Downtown Homewood! 
We presented revised versions of some of the numbers from our 50th Anniversary Showcase this past June and Ms. Maria got the whole street dancing in an audience participation section where she taught the hustle and a dance party emerged to 'You Should Be Dancin'! 
What a fun way to kick off our Fall season...Thank you to the Village of Homewood for having us!

Radiance dancers were special guest performers again this year for the annual Boo Bash at Orland Square Mall! It was a spooktacular time for all! 
Thank you to so many families and friends who came out for the Fall fun!
ADC Radiance dancers performed for the Italian American Women's Organization Fashion Show and opened the show with a 'Kids in America' dance number for the 'Red, White & Blue Christmas' at Drury Lane Oakbrook. 
This annual charity event brings in professional models and entertainment to benefit Children's Oncology
... a great cause and a lot of fun for all! Services... a great cause and a lot of fun for all!
ADC Radiance dancers escorted Santa to his set at Orland Square Mall and treated him and all of the guests to a special Holiday performance! Thank you to all who came to share in the fun!

2022-23 VIBRANCE Sr. Performance Team 
  2022-23 RADIANCE Jr. Performance Team 
RADIANCE and VIBRANCE dancers performed at the Grand Music Hall at Six Flags Great America and enjoyed a fun day at the park with family and friends! 
                                                 CONGRATULATIONS to all of our Performance Team dancers! 

ADC had an exciting weekend at the Artists Simply Human Dance Convention, where dancers, teachers, parents and a 
world-renowned faculty from around the globe all came together to celebrate our love of dance! 
We are so proud of our dancers for challenging themselves and working hard in every single class and for representing the ADC with such a passion, with all new production numbers, in the Performance Showcase! 
Thank you to our staff and choreographers, Rachel Borg, Lauren Janney, Danielle Latorre, Kyra Laster and Tracey Villari, for all of their work and preparation. Thank you to our ADC parents and families for your support and for sharing the weekend with us! 

A huge congratulations to the dancers in our Vibrance Contemporary piece, “Break Free”, choreographed by Lauren Janney, 
for receiving the Stand Out Award, the Studio Selection Award, and to Scholarship winners, Maya H., Sophia P. and Keeley M.! 

                                                                                    ADC is the Place to Be!

ADC Homewood dancers performed at the 2023 Dance Fest at Six Flags Great America on the 
Grand Music Hall stage! 
We spotlighted new pieces in Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop choreographed by Katie Colletti, Maria Villari and Kathleen Villari. Thank you to the many ADC families and friends that came out and supported us! 
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!

    Thank you to all of the dancers             who came to audition for                  our Performance Teams! 

    Results have been emailed!

      We can't wait to get started 
with an exciting year for all of you!