Dance Program Information

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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. 

2023 Dance Grid - Fall

Dance Program Resources 2023-24

  • Classes begin September 5, 2023, and end May 2, 2024. We offer classes from age 18 months to adult.
  • Click for a complete 2023 schedule.
  • Click to register for dance classes. 
  • Click for parent information 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.

Location of Classes 

Buffalo Creek Dance Studios A & B** 
675 Old Mill Grove Rd. 
Lake Zurich, IL 60047 

** Studio B is located in the building west of Studio A

Chalet inside Paulus Park (near the water tower)
160 S. Rand Road
Lake Zurich, IL 60047

Age Requirements 

Students must be the required age by September 1, 2023, 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 from our attire supplier, Discount Dance. Your child can be sized at our studio by one of our instructors you can order direct at, click on teachers, then find your teacher's name, key our teacher code: 10691


Contact Mollee Johnson by email
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APA Leveled Ballet Program

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 to set up an evaluation time. LBP students will have the opportunity to audition for a winter ballet performance.