Dance Program Information

Academy of Preforming Arts, offers classes in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop and specialty classes such as musical theater. We also offer classical ballet training through our own School of Ballet, leveled Ballet Program (LBP). 

We strive to provide the best environment for students to develop a love of dance, and accomplish his or her individual goals. Our professional staff offers classes that are educational; teaching the proper terminology and technique, while being motivating and fun. 

The Academy of Performing Arts Lake Zurich offers students an exceptional and progressive dance curriculum. We have class offerings appropriate for student’s two-and-half years old through elementary school, high school and beyond. 

We motivate dancers regardless of experience level: from recreational dancers to more serious students and even pre-professional young dancers. 

Dance Recital 2017

Picture Day
Saturday April 29th See your recital packet for your class picture time and location

Dress Rehearsal
Friday May 5th 4:15 & 5:30pm. See your recital packet for your class rehearsal time and location

Saturday May 6th 9:00, 11:00, See your recital packet for your class performance time and location

Recital Packet (includes order forms)
Recital Order Forms

Order Tickets Online as of 4/15/17 @ 9:00 am

kaleidoscope 2017

Dance Program Resources 2016-17

  • Classes begin September 6th.  We offer classes from age 18 months  to adult.
  • Click for a complete 2016-17 schedule.
  • Click to register for dance classes. 
  • Click for parent information packet

Location of Classes 

Buffalo Creek Dance Studio, 
675 Old Mill Grove Rd. 
Lake Zurich, IL 60047 

Age Requirements 

Students must be the required age by September 1, 2016 and completely toilet trained. Advanced level classes level III and above, as well as the School of Ballet are instructor permission only. 

Class Attire 

Dance attire can be purchased through The Academy of Performing Arts Lake Zurich. Click here for class attire requirements and ordering information.


Contact Mollee Johnson at 847-438-5146 ext 4. Or email her at
Lake Zurich APA

APA School of Ballet

The School of Ballet Lake Zurich offers a progressing level ballet track for the more serious dancer. Students will be trained in the Royal Academy and Cecchetti methods. Evaluations will be conducted to ensure proper level placement and movement. Invitations will be distributed at the end of the spring session. Due to the ongoing nature of the ballet program entrance is only permitted in the Fall session.  

Invitation or audition only. If you are interested in enrolling your child in the LBP program please contact Mollee Johnson 857-438-5146 x 4 to set up an evaluation time. LBP students will have the opportunity to audition for a winter ballet performance.

Parent Packet

The parent packet/manual was created to give you a better understanding of the goals of the program and how you can best support your participant.  Please view it online or download the complete parent packet here.