About Us

Denise Sabala Dance Studios

(DSDS) has been in the Lake Zurich area for over 38 years. Previous locations include Mount Prospect, Arlington Heights, and Orland Park, Il. The studio offers a staff with highly qualified backgrounds and degrees in all styles of dance. DSDS is also home to the award winning dance team, Denise Sabala Dance Company (DSDC) which performs and participates annually in the McDonalds Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcasted on WGN/Channel 9. Denise Sabala Dance Company’s “Undone” (choreography by Rebecca McLindon) were awarded the title of National Champions at the 2016 LA Dance Magic Nationals competition in Los Angeles, California.

Our mission is to develop a well rounded dancer who is prepared in every aspect of dance and life. Students who have graduated from DSDS have gone on to have careers in dance, theater, movies, and television.

Our Founder/Executive Director

Denise Sabala Denise continues to teach all styles of dance including her passion of Jazz and Musical Theater. Musicals choreographed and directed include—Sound of Music, Once Upon a Mattress, Grease, School House Rock, The Wedding Singer, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wizard of Oz, Pinocchio, High School Musical, Urinetown The Musical, and The Drowsy Chaperone.

Our Staff

Meredith Bell, Lauren Blane, Jamie Farrell, Sandy Ferrigno, Brian Hare, Rebecca McLindon-Blanchard, Devon Perri, JC Renzetti, Shauna Shrewsbury, Sasha Vargas, Avnun Yakubov, Mark Yonally

Guest Artists & Choreographers: Stacy Bills, Christian Denise, Brandon DiCrisio, Sarah Ford, Monique Haley, Kevin Iega Jeff, Mollie Mock Kaufman, Jill Johnson, Liz Luse, Nikki Loud, Lizzie MacKenzie, Marc Macaranas, Melissa Peterson, Victor Ramirez, Michel Rodriguez, Ricky Ruiz, Jamie Salas, Laura Taylor, Tokyo, Ellen Werksman

Studio Managers ~ Karen Casey, Assistant ~ Nickie Silk & Kathie Winkelmann
DSDC Team Manager ~ Trisha Hutchins

Types of classes we offer:

  • One hour combination classes in Tap/Ballet/Tumbling (ages 3 & 4)
  • One hour combination classes in Tap/Ballet/Jazz (ages 5-8), & Hip Hop
  • Specialized classes in Ballet, Point, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, & Hip Hop (All Levels), Street Jazz
  • Musical Theater & Tumbling
  • Denise Sabala Dance Company ~ (DSDC) Competitive Dance Teams
  • Denise Sabala Dance Ensemble ~ (DSDE) Recreational Performance Group
  • Class for Special Needs Students

Private Lessons available by appointment / Birthday Parties Available ~ Contact Studio Office