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

2023 Winter/Spring Dance Lessons

Registration for our winter/spring recital opens on November 30th! Classes start in January and run through May. There are no classes the week of March 26th through April 1st.

At the end of the winter/spring recital session we will have a recital. All classes include a non-refundable costume fee. Dancers will be measured at the first class of the session.

Remember: If a program is full, please join the waitlist. It may be possible for HEParks to form a new section.
PLEASE register early, try not to wait until the last day. Classes require a minimum number of participants to run, so register early to ensure your class doesn’t get canceled. If we don’t have enough participants a few days before the start date, we may cancel. Can’t find the class you’re looking for or having trouble registering? Contact us at 847-885-7500.

All winter/spring recital classes are listed below.

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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 45 minutes dance lesson taught by one of our dance teachers followed by an additional 45 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 productions, such as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid. I graduated from Elmhurst University with a degree in business administration and a minor in dance. I started teaching at the Hoffman Estates Park District in the fall of 2016. In August of 2020 I took over as the Dance Coordinator at the park district. I currently live in Carol Stream, IL with my husband, August and our two year old daughter. Can’t wait to continue 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 since I was 3 and this will be my third year teaching dance through the park district. I have always had a passion for dance, and it is a great privilege to get to share that with my students. I absolutely love the time I have spent working in this park district. Before I started teaching here I volunteered in the dance program for about 6 years, and I have also been working at an after school daycare run through the park district for 5 years now. Currently I am studying double majoring in mathematics and education at Elmhurst University. Even with a busy schedule, dance and education have always stayed my priority. Because I started my dance journey at the park district, I have always felt at home in this welcoming environment, and I hope to provide that sense of comfort to your dancers as well. I can’t wait for this exciting upcoming year!

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

Stars Dance Company

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Stars Dance Company dancers!

Company 1 Dancers:

Katie, Jayla, Daniela, Kiera, Sophia S, & Kennedy

Company 2 Dancers:

Kylie B, Cora, Miranda, Nicole, Ava, Sahasra, & Hailey

Company 3 Dancers:

Victoria, Cailin, Kylie H, Tori, Jasmine, Lily, & Jillian

Company 4 Dancers:

Andrea, Sophia B, Briana, Ashley, & Emma

Stars Dance Company Handbook