Stars Dance Academy

Dance Lessons

Stars Dance Academy offers a variety of classes. Dancers have the opportunity to take Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Modern, Hip Hop and Pointe. We offer classes for ages 3 through adults.

Our goal is to allow each student to experience all elements of dance: technique, creativity, confidence, coordination, grace, and rhythm. We strive to develop self-esteem and self-discipline in each of our students while motivating students to believe that with determination and hard work you can accomplish anything you set your heart on!

For more information check out the Stars Dance Academy Handbook

Questions? Contact: Jessica Karbowski, (847) 781-3631 jkarbowski@heparks.org

2022 Winter/Spring Dance Lessons

Dancers enrolled in our winter/spring dance session will perform in our annual recital, usually at the end of May. Dance costumes are included in the cost of the class. All dancers will be measured for their costumes the first week of classes. Please register early as classes tend to fill up quickly.

*The Pre-Pointe 2, Leaps and Turns, Senior Tap, and Adult Combo are non performing classes.

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Dance Attire

ProgramShoesDancewearOptional DancewearHair
Ballet 1 & 2Pink ballet shoes
(canvas or leather)
Solid color leotard
Pink tights
Simple ballet skirtBun, braids, ponytail (pulled up out of face)
Ballet 3 & 4 / LyricalPink ballet shoes
(canvas or leather)
Black leotard
Pink tights
Simple ballet skirt
Lyrical sandals (for lyrical)
Bun, braids, ponytail (pulled up out of face)
Elite BalletPink canvas ballet shoesBlack leotard
Pink tights
Black simple ballet skirtBun
Pre-PointePink canvas ballet shoesBlack leotard
Pink convertible tights
Black simple ballet skirtBun, braids, ponytail (pulled up out of face)
Boys BalletBlack ballet shoes
(canvas or leather)
White fitted shirt
Black pants
Out of face
Jazz, Hip Hop,
Musical Theater
Black jazz shoesSolid color leotard
or fitted top
Bun, braids, ponytail (pulled up out of face)
Elite SpecialtyTan jazz shoes,
lyrical sandals,
foot undies **
Black leotard or fitted top
Black jazz pants
Bun, braids, ponytail (pulled up out of face)
Boys Jazz, Hip Hop,
Musical Theater
Black jazz shoesSolid color fitted shirt
Black pants
Out of face
ModernFoot undies or
lyrical sandals
Solid color leotard or fitted top
Black jazz pants *
Bun, braids, ponytail (pulled up out of face)
Tap 1 & 2Black tap shoesSolid color leotard or fitted shirt
Black jazz pants *
Bun, braids, ponytail (pulled up out of face)
Tap 3 & 4Black tap shoes
(not shiny)
Solid color leotard or fitted shirt
Black jazz pants *
Bun, braids, ponytail (pulled up out of face)
Boys TapBlack tap shoesSolid color fitted shirt
Black pants
Out of face

* Optional dancewear if enrolled in a combo class.

** Check with instructor before purchasing.

Dance attire can be purchased at DiscountDance.com, Dance N Tees, Target or Walmart. To view our direct Discount Dance link click here!

Dance Birthday Parties

The Stars Dance Academy is now offering dance birthday parties! We offer a 60 minutes dance lesson taught by one of our dance teachers followed by an additional 60 minutes to have food, cake, presents. For more information or to book a party contact Jessica Karbowski at jkarbowski@heparks.org

Dance Instructors

Jessica Karbowski- Hi, I’m Jessica Karbowski. I started dancing when I was 3 years old at The Hoffman Estates Park District. I continued to dance throughout high school and college. I was part of the Orchesis team at Schaumburg High School and I also participated in the Schaumburg Dance Ensemble’s The Nutcracker as well as some of their spring performances. I graduated from Elmhurst University with a degree in business administration and a minor in dance. I stated teaching at the Hoffman Estates Park District in the fall of 2016. I currently live in Carol Stream, IL with my husband, August. We recently welcomed our first daughter in April of 2020. Can’t wait to teach my love of dance to your children!

Stephanie Naumowicz- Hi, I’m Stephanie Naumowicz! I grew up in Hoffman Estates, IL, and have always had a passion for dance and fine arts! I graduated from Illinois State University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre, Dance Teacher Education. I am certified to teach Dance, English, and Health at the Secondary Education level. I was a company member of Illinois State’s Dance Theatre from 2016-2020 and had the pleasure of performing pieces set by nationally recognized faculty and guest artists. I have danced both competitively and in concert dance settings. I have performed at venues including television, sporting events, community events, Disneyland/Disney World, and the American College Dance Association (ACDA) Gala Concert. But I enjoy my time spent teaching in dance studios the most! I strive to inspire my student’s confidence while nurturing their talent!

Olivia Offord- Hi, I’m Olivia Offord! I have been dancing for 16 years, and this will be my second year teaching dance at Willow and have so enjoyed this teaching experience. I’ve been working in the Hoffman Park district working in the after school daycare program for 4 years now, and working in the dance program for about 6 years. I’m currently double majoring in mathematics and education at Harper College in plans to become a high school math teacher. I’m so exciting for the upcoming year with all the dancers!

Wendy Shure- Hi! I’m Wendy Shure and I love dance! I began dancing at age 2.5, danced in high school as a Company Member in the Eurythmics Dance Company, and was selected as the MVP of the LTHS Varsity Poms Squad. I am a double major graduate of Illinois State University. Go Redbirds! I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance, and a Bachelor of Science in Small Business Management Entrepreneurship. I was a Company Member of the Illinois State Dance Theatre (ISDT) where my choreography was adjudicated at the American College Dance Festival (ACDFA), and showcased in the ISDT faculty concert. I studied dance from nationally recognized faculty and was selected to perform pieces by professional guest artists. I also studied dance abroad in London England at the Royal Ballet. Upon graduation, I danced professionally on tour with Shelter Dance Repertory. I was previously Director of Dance at Victory Academy and took their competitive dance team to Nationals, and was Artistic Director of the Nutcracker. I enjoy teaching many years with the Hoffman Park District and continue to be excited to share my passion for dance with your child, the Hoffman Estates Community, and the Stars Dance Company!

Stars Dance Company

Congratulations to all our 2021-2022 Stars Dance Company Members!

Company 1:

Kylie B, Cora, Miranda, Sahasra, Hailey

Company 2:

Kylie H, Ashley, Emma, Lily, Jillian

Company 3:

Andrea, Sophia, Briana, Cailin, Eva, Jasmine

We are very excited to see you perform this year!

Stars Dance Company Handbook