Welcome To VH Dance Center
Professional Ballet Training Since 1991
Kenneth von Heidecke
Kenneth von Heidecke, founder and chief choreographer of Chicago Festival ballet and School, passed away suddenly on December 11, 2021. Born on December 30, 1952, Von Heidecke began his career as a dancer, working his way through the ranks of many prominent companies. Most significantly, he was hand-chosen by legendary Prima Ballerina Assoluta Maria Tallchief to appear in the 1975 world premiere of George Balanchine’s Orfeo ed Euridice, a ground-breaking moment in his career. Over the years, Tallchief continued to coach Von Heidecke in the Balanchine repertoire and referred to him as her protégé.
Mr. von Heidecke was a brilliant choreographer, and an inspiration to the dance community. He was a renowned choreographer for opera and ballet companies around the world, having choreographed over 60 operas and 80 ballets. His vision and legacy will live on in the many dancers he taught and inspired through the years, and in the many students who continue to study and be inspired at VH Dance Center, which he left to his long-time student and school's director, Rachel Quinn.
To support the education and development of future dancers, and continue his legacy, tax deductible contributions are appreciated, and may be made to the Kenneth von Heidecke Memorial Scholarship fund, through our non-profit 501(c)(3) organization V H Ballet.
NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS 2022!
Dancers & Gymnasts/Tumblers!
Selected dancers will be invited to participate in this professional production of the Chicago Festival Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. Auditions will be held on Sunday, August 7th & August 14th at VH Dance Center, 4222 Meridian Parkway, Suite 100, Aurora, IL 60504.
No experience necessary for those under 7 years old.
Auditions will take place according to the following schedule:
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: dancers ages 3-4
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: dancers ages 5-6
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: dancers ages 7-12
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: dancers ages 13 and up
Selected dancers ages 7-12 may be asked to stay for the next audition time, 2:30-4:00pm.
Dancers must arrive 15 minutes prior to their age group’s start time.
Von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet will present “The Nutcracker,” choreographed by Kenneth von Heidecke at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet on 11/27/22
We have also been invited to perform a few excerpts from Nutcracker with the Wu Zhi Lin Performing Arts Association on November 13th at the Schaumburg AI Larson Prairie Center.
Cast member participation fee (for those selected):
Cast as a Cherub: $40
Cast as Angel: $45
Cast as Mouse & Angel: $50
Cast as Mouse & Flower: $60
Cast in two roles: $70
Cast in three or more roles, or a main role: $80
SPECIAL OFFER: New or former students who audition and register for classes will have the annual registration fee waived (a $25 value!)
*Selected dancers are encouraged to enroll in classes appropriate for their level, to learn the technique required for the performances. Rehearsals are held on weekday evenings and Saturdays. Rehearsal tuition is charged at class rates for student dancers.
Schaumburg AI Larson Prairie Center:
Sunday, November 13th. Time TBA
Rialto Square Theater:
Sunday, November 27th at 2:00pm, at the Rialto Square Theater in Joliet, Illinois
If you are unable to attend the 8/7 or 8/14 auditions, please contact us and we can arrange another audition date.
Contact us with any questions. Hope to see you there!
VH Dance Center’s Pre-Professional program has three levels and is designed for intermediate to advanced students who wish to pursue careers in professional dance. The 2022 Summer term dates are June 6th to August 6th. Students attend 9-17.5 hours of instruction weekly, depending on the student's level. Besides studying Ballet technique, and Pre-pointe or Pointe, students also attend Summer Workshop rehearsals. Preprofessional students also attend our 6-week summer intensive. These classes include Classical Variations, Musical Theater, History of Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Partnering, and Choreography.
Auditions are free, but preregistration is required. Students may enroll in the program at any point during the term, and tuition will be prorated. However, for new students, audition is required. Please contact us to schedule your audition!
Available Audition times:
Ages 12 and up: Choose Monday or Wednesday, 4:30 - 6:30pm, Thursday or Friday 5:00-7:30pm or Saturday 11-1:30pm.
Ages 8 - 11: Choose Monday or Wednesdays 4:30 to 6:30pm or Saturday1-3pm
Auditions may be in-person or video
In-person auditions may be scheduled by phone or online:
To schedule online:
Choose 'Register Now' below
Log into your account or create an account
Choose Register for classes
Choose Pre Professional Audition.
Select Schedule trial, and choose your Audition date.
Upload recorded video auditions to YouTube or Vimeo, and include dancer's name and age in the title.
For YouTube, post as unlisted and email the link to email@example.com.
For Vimeo, email the log in and password to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Videos must be no more than 3 months old and must include the following:
All en pointe if applicable
Combinations to be included at barre:
Plie including grand plie and relevé balance
Rond de jambes
Combinations in the center:
Adagio, include développé, penché, promenade
Pirouettes, including en dehors and en dedans
Petite Allegro, including battu jumps
Optional: Variation of your choice
Embrace Your Love of Dance
Your quest for the perfect Ballet Academy can end right here. Our extensive list of classes includes many types of dance and a variety of skill levels, so rest assured there’s an option that’s perfect for you. We’re constantly updating our offerings, so check back often to make sure you don’t miss out on a new dance opportunity.
Led by a dedicated team of instructors, dancers ranging from age 2 through intermediate level begin with basic ballet steps and gradually transition to more advanced technique and prepointe in these classes. Classes encourage dancers to grow in skill and love of ballet, as they are gradually prepared for advanced level classes. Interested in learning more? Get in contact with a member of our team, we’re happy to answer any questions.
Advanced Ballet Classes
Advanced level students continue to study technique and pointe in the Balanchine style class. Performance opportunities with Von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet are offered as an additional opportunity for dancers. Our amazing instructors make sure students get individual attention. Want to find out more? Get in touch with us today.
Our Pre-Professional Program is designed for the intermediate through advanced level student interested in a professional career in dance. Besides intermediate through advanced level ballet, curriculum includes contemporary dance, and performance opportunities with a professional company. Classes in Character, Jazz, and Hip Hop are encouraged. Instructors with professional backgrounds, who give dancers meticulous attention, and methodical analysis of technique help students achieve their highest potential. Instructors are committed to giving each student attention while also moving the class forward. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about this program or any others - simply contact us or stop by.
Whether you’re looking to learn new dance moves, hone in on your existing talent, or work on getting in shape these classes are what you are looking for. Classes offered include Classical ballet for ages 3 to adult, Ballet for Figure Skaters, Adult/Teen Beginning Ballet, Preteen Beginning Ballet, , Contemporary, Jazz ,WERQ fitness and our Competition team. The instructors are committed to giving each student attention while also moving the class forward. Our dedicated instructors are ready to answer any questions about our classes - simply contact us or stop by.
Monday: 10:00 - 7:30pm
Tuesday: 10:00 - 8:00pm
Wednesday: 4:30 - 6:30pm
Saturday: 9:30 - 2:00pm
4222 Meridian Parkway, Suite 100, Aurora, IL
More About VH Dance Center
VH Dance Center is located in Aurora, Illinois where dancers begin instruction as young as 3 years of age. Our school specializes in professional ballet training in the Balanchine style, while also promoting positive body image and building self esteem. Classes offered include classical ballet as well as multiple other styles of dance to provide a well rounded dance education. Our program is ideal for dancers looking to pursue a professional career in ballet.