“I send my daughter to BDA because I believe it’s the best classical ballet training in our area.  The staff is warm and inviting, my daughter loves her teachers and peers. BDA produces full theater productions which means BDA not only offers dance instruction but my daughter gets a well rounded dance and theater education which is something I really appreciate.”  – Stacey, parent of a BDA dancer

“We just love the studio.  Our daughter loves all her teachers and friends that she made over the years. And  having the experience of classical ballet training  so close to home without going  to the city, this is why we chose BDA for our daughter.” – Grace, parent of a BDA dancer

“Long-standing high artistic standards and excellent community service mark this ballet school as a jewel of Barrington, IL.” -Dan Duell, Ballet Chicago

“Our girls have grown accustomed to the lovely and kind teachers and community at the academy, and enjoy the very hands on dance classes. It’s also enjoyable to see how all the dancers thrive with confidence and passion under the mini performances at the end of each term. As parents, it’s also wonderful to see everything the kids have learned in a few months. Thank you all at BDA!” – Reena, parent of two BDA dancers

“I love the magical creative movement classes that you have for young dancers. Ms. Chelsea and Ms. Elizabeth are amazing! I would have never thought that a zoom dance class for young children could work, but both teachers make the class come alive through the screen.” – Michelle, parent of a BDA dancer

“We chose BDA for our daughter because as a former dancer myself it was important to me that she get started in real ballet training.  I was not interested in sparkly costumed toddler recitals, but the experience to learn the art of performing and someday auditioning and being cast after having a hard work ethic.  There are many forms of dance that she may decide to pursue as she gets older, however, all of them require ballet basics.  And BDA gives the proper tools for these kids.”  -Aristene, parent of a BDA dancer

“I loved getting the opportunity to dance the productions throughout the years (Nutcracker, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, etc.), they were a blast. The thing that has stuck with me the most is how grateful I am for the amazing, talented, invested faculty at the studio. I know absolutely that I would not be the dancer I am today without Roberta and Karen and Mary and everyone that nurtured me while I was there. All I can say is thank you.” – Alumni Stephanie Cihlar (currently dancing professionally in the Chicago area)

“Barrington Dance Academy is the perfect place to begin your dancer’s training.  The basic classical technique your dancer will learn from the beginning will allow him or her to perform any style of dance and foster a lifelong love of the art of dance.  The attention to training is very evident as your child progresses in his or her dance journey and experiences pre-professional performance opportunities through the studio or advanced training in the youth company (Barrington Dance Ensemble). We as a community are so lucky to have such a professional studio for our young dancers to thrive!” –A BDA parent

“Participating in BDE’s Nutcracker for Ellie has been nothing short of magical and extraordinary. She comes home with so many stories and giggles about the older dancers and the professionals. She is in complete awe of them! She is so fortunate to have this experience and we just want to pass along our immense gratitude. I know that the effort is tremendous but BDE is literally giving our dancers memories for a lifetime. We will never forget these years. Thank you!” -Chris, A parent of a BDA student Nutcracker participant