Chit Chat: Care to dance?
Lifelong dancer to open new dance studio in Mill Creek subdivision
A new dance studio will open in the Mill Creek subdivision near Geneva next month.
Mill Creek resident Brittnie Quinn is relocating her dance studio, Dance Dynamics, from Aurora to Mill Creek. She opened Dance Dynamics in 2008.
A grand opening for Dance Dynamics, 39W250 Herrington Blvd., is set for 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 8, and classes will start Monday, June 9. More information is available by visiting www.dancedynamicsil.com.
Kane County Chronicle reporter Eric Schelkopf had the chance to talk to Quinn about the new dance studio.
Eric Schelkopf: Tell me about the new studio.
Brittnie Quinn: It’s a new 3,400-square-foot building, right in the middle of the business center. It has two big dance rooms, a lobby space, an eating area, homework area and a dressing room area. The lobby has a viewing area to see the kids dancing. It’s a much larger space than what I have right now. It’s a big upgrade.
Schelkopf: How long have you been dancing?
Quinn: I grew up dancing. My mother owned Palmers School of Dance & Gymnastics in Bloomingdale. From 1980 until 2000, she owned it, and then my uncle bought it in 2000 and still currently owns it.
That’s where I grew up dancing and competing. And then when I was 14, I was accepted into the Chicago Academy for the Arts preparatory high school.
I’ve been dancing for my entire life, since I could walk.
Schelkopf: What kind of satisfaction do you get from dancing?
Quinn: It was the best feeling in the world that I was on stage performing, performing for an audience and hearing people applaud.
As I got older, I wanted to teach. I loved what my mom did. My sister was a teacher; my grandmother was a teacher; and my grandfather was a teacher.
I loved what they all did and really, really had a passion for it. So, I started assisting and teaching when I was about 15, and then I started actually teaching when I was about 18.
I love taking children who have no experience and making them fantastic dancers. That’s what I love to do and what I do best. Kids come through with absolutely no experience and within a year, they’re very, very good technical dancers.
I’m a very technique-based studio. I teach the correct techniques.
Schelkopf: What are you looking for them to do after they go through your studio?
Quinn: Some kids come to me because they just want to make the dance team at their high school. And that’s something I can always deliver on.
Some kids come to me because they really want to pursue a career in dance. I have a program that fits for everybody.
My mother, Denise Quinn, is starting to run a program at my studio called Dynamic Dancers and it’s for special needs children. So, it’s for children with special needs who still want to dance.
She’s been running a special needs program with the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association for about 15 years. That’s her specialty. That’s what she does.
We also have teen classes for kids who are 13 to 18 years old who don’t have a lot of experience, and we have adult fitness classes. And we have all boys hip hop classes as well.
I like to say that we have something for everybody at the studio.
Schelkopf: Is that what separates you from other dance studios?
Quinn: Absolutely. We have a great variety, and we offer very good technique. You’re always going to get superior technique with us. You’re going to get what you pay for.
And I offer smaller classes. I don’t like to have 30 kids in a classroom. I like to max them out at 15 to 20 kids, so every kid is getting personal attention. That’s very important to me. You learn what each kid needs.
Schelkopf: Do you have any long-term goals?
Quinn: I would love – in the next five to 10 years – to open a second facility.
I also would love to run my own competition someday. There are so many different competitions out there, and I would like to run one that is very technique based.
And I would just hope to run my studio until I’m too old to walk. I hope to do this forever and ever.