Dance is an art form that takes time and dedication to develop. The School of DanceWest Ballet offers professional instruction, high standards, and a program that allows students to gradually progress according to the level of their individual skills and technique. It is important that each student develops pride, discipline and self-confidence while having fun and facing challenges. We recognize that students are impressionable, therefore, we strive to make each class positive and constructive.
Our goal is for each child to improve in coordination and movement while learning how to listen and participate in class. We want them to have fun while gaining confidence in themselves and their abilities. Once the students reach a certain level of maturity and knowledge, they graduate to the next level and can eventually move into the Professional Programme. The students can then begin intensive study to train like a professional dancer. They will have the opportunity to become a DanceWest Ballet Company member, study with professional dancers, and learn to truly enjoy and respect the art of dance.
Children’s Programme Class Descriptions
Ballet I Beginning
Children’s Programme Class Schedule
Professional Programme Class Descriptions
Ballet I Continuing
Ballet II Beginning/Continuing
Beginning Pointe, Pointe I, I-II, II, III
Variations I, II
Character I, II, III
Modern/Contemporary I/II, II/IV, IV
Professional Programme Class Schedule
Founders and Directors
Founder of DanceWest Ballet Company
Ricardo Moyano, originally from Argentina, has studied dance with Carol Walker, Richard Arve, Marjorie Mussman, Larry Long, and Lou Conte. He began his professional career with Richard Arve Modern Company and later danced principal and soloist roles at Chicago Ballet, San Diego Ballet, Dayton Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. Most recently, Ricardo performed with Hubbard Street Dance Company where Lynn Taylor Corbit set “GO SAID MAX” on him. He also performed as a principal dancer in John Butler’s “Carmina Burana” during his three years with San Diego Ballet. Critic reviews read, “Ricardo Moyano is a powerful dancer with a compelling presence.”
Ricardo is also renowned for his choreography. He set ten works for the San Diego Dance Ensemble while serving as their director. He choreographed and performed his critcally acclaimed “Getting Out” throughout the U.S. and Europe. Ricardo was awarded the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Grant for choreography and created five original works for Chicago dance companies. He was invited by Stuart Sebastian, director of Dayton Ballet, to create one of his most stunning works, “L’Arc De Triomphe.” Ricardo has taught ballet and jazz for numerous dance companies. From 1986 to 1988, he taught master classes in Muster, Bonn, and Ahem, West Germany, performing with Tanztheater Werkstatt. His teaching experience includes Ruth Page Foundation, Lou Conte Dance Studio, Gus Giordano Dance Center, and numerous studios throughout the U.S. Ricardo is resident choreographer and co-director of DanceWest Ballet and the School of DanceWest Ballet.
Kristen Jones Hughes
Kristen is a DanceWest Ballet alumni who attended The Chicago Academy For The Arts High School as a dance major. She performed in pieces choreographed by Randy Duncan, Eduardo Vilaro and Anna Paskevska. Kristen went on to train with The Martha Graham School in New York City, where the training emphasis was Modern dance with instructor Pearl Lang. She was cast in numerous performing opportunities with the studio. Kristen continued her Modern, Ballet and Jazz training with Columbia College of Chicago.
Kristen has had many years of teaching Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Contemporary/Modern to all ages of dancers. She enjoys watching her students grow in their dance technique and takes pride in their accomplishments. Kristen also enjoys choreographing, has an extensive background of award winning pieces, and continues to perform in the Chicagoland area. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and Zumba Instructor.
Andrea Bergeman Rak In her career as a professional ballet dancer, Andrea Bergeman Rak danced for Ballet Memphis, Peoria Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theatre, Tulsa Ballet, and English National Ballet. Principal roles she has danced professionally include the title role in Firebird; Snow Queen, Sugar Plum and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker; Don Quixote pas de deux; Emilia in Jose Limon’s Moore’s Pavane; and principal roles in Loyce Houlton’s Carmina Burana. Andrea has also performed works by noted choreographers including George Balanchine, Dwight Rhoden, Lila York, Frederick Ashton, and Trey McIntyre. With English National Ballet, Andrea performed in Derek Deane’s Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall.Andrea has taught at the Ballet Memphis School, Indianapolis School of Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theatre School, Seiskaya Ballet Academy on Long Island, the School of Classical Ballet and Dance in Des Moines, IA, and Los Gatos Ballet in California. Andrea is also a comprehensively certified pilates instructor, a certified yoga instructor at the 200 hour level, and has worked as a master instructor for Peak Pilates.
Leanne LeCleir was born in Newcastle, Australia and began her dance training at her mother’s studio at the age of 3. Leanne trained in RAD and achieved ARAD status. Leanne left home at the age of 16 to study dance full time at Sydney City Ballet School, training with many wonderful teachers, John Bryne, Tanya Pearson and also Prue Bowen. While at the school, Leanne performed with the company dancing in Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker.
At the age of 18 Leanne pursued a professional career dancing with Dance Encore Productions touring Korea, Japan and Tasmania, dancing in Cabaret style shows. In 1992, Leanne moved to the United States, performed in Las Vegas at the Dunes Casino and in Branson, Missouri at the Five Star Theatre with Emmy award choreographer Michael Darrin.
In 1994, Leanne started her 18 year career of owning her own dance schools in the US and Australia. While back at home in Australia, Leanne attained an Australian Dance Institute (ADI) teaching certification, training students for their ballet examinations.
Leanne has taught with the Milwaukee Ballet School and is currently undertaking her Royal Academy of Dance Teacher Certification.
Leanne loves to work with children of all ages, and finds it rewarding to be a part of their successful journey into the world of dance.
DanceWest Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker each Christmas season at Pfeiffer Hall on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. The production features guest artists who have danced with companies including American Ballet Theatre and Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. All students, ages three through adult, are invited to audition for the annual performances. Nutcracker Audition Times 2019
The annual school performance is intended to be viewed as a presentation of the culmination of the year’s learning and progress. The concert is held at the end of June and features all students. The experience, from costumes to dress rehearsals, allows the students to learn about the excitement and responsiblity of performance.
DWB Company and Performance Group
DanceWest Ballet performs pieces from its repertoire in a variety of venues. Stuents age 10 or older who are interested in performance opportunities are encouraged to audition for DanceWest Ballet and/or DanceWest Performance Group. Auditions are held in September for the upcoming year. Dancers arriving after the September audition date may audition by appointment.
The School of DanceWest ballet takes pride in the positive learning environment with professional standards. Thank you for helping maintain high standards by adhering to the following policies:
- Ballet students: Hair worn in a bun with a bun cover. Skirts may be worn only on parent observation days.
- Jazz/Ballet students: Approved warm-ups only.
- All students using the changing room are responsible for keeping the area clean. Please do not leave food or beverages in the changing room overnight.
- No brassieres showing
- No fake hair pieces
- No jewelry
- Girls: Leotard of any style or color, pink ballet slippers and pink tights
- Boys: Dark loose-fitting pants and light-colored shirt, black ballet slippers
- Black tap shoes
- Dance bag
For your convenience, girls’ apparel packages that contain all the items needed for class are available at the front desk.
- Ballet- Female: Black leotards, pink tights, pink shoes, hair in a bun, no jewelry, no skirts, approved warm-ups only
- Ballet- Male: White T-shirt, black tights, dance belt, black ballet shoes
- Jazz: a solid colored leotard, stirrup/footless tights, jazz shoes
- Hip Hop: clothes allowing a full range of movement, jazz/hip hop shoes
- Tap: clothes allowing a full range of movement (no jeans), Oxford style tap shoes (no split-sole)
Early Enrollment Discount
Deduct $10 per class if paid in full by early enrollment deadline.
Professional Programme Multiple Class Rates
We offer special rates for multiple class enrollment. Please call or email the school for more information.