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Forward Momentum Chicago inspires possibilities through dance education programs that strengthen schools and communities with limited arts access. Programs are designed to not only increase dance skills and awareness, but to foster creativity, critical thinking, and social-emotional learning. From classroom residencies to formal studio training, Forward Momentum Chicago offers a variety of dance experiences for all ages and ability levels. dance is much more than dance, our programs develop character, confidence, and leadership skills.
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Thanks to 900 North Michigan,
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Illuminate 900 Holiday Tree Lighting
After a 3-year hiatus, Illuminate 900 returned for a festive celebration at the 900 North Michigan Shops. A group of students from After School Matters joined other performances to kick-off the Holidays with a 50ft tall tree holding center court surrounded by seasonal delights, like sugar-cookie decorating, elves, Santa and more. The performance was a triumph and the tree lighting, a beautiful way to launch the holiday season.
What Participants Say
“Thanks to this internship, I've done many fun and thoughtful assignments that have helped with some major decisions about my life and my future. I will forever be thankful for this opportunity, and can't wait to thank this program when I win my first Emmy. Thank you so much Forward Momentum and Ms. Bradlee for a wonderful summer."
"Clearly one of the best dance programs in the city. The children learn so much and are able to participate at great events throughout the city with a spirit of excellence. The staff is hard working and believes in the children. If your children love to dance, this is where they should be."
"As a former student, Forward Momentum Chicago helped me increase my teamwork and leadership skills, and it also tremendously improved my work ethic. It gave me a healthy environment where I could express myself, and work with others, and I will always appreciate it. "
"These last two summers with Forward Momentum have been truly amazing. The staff are always friendly and professional. The ASM teens are helpful and pleasant. My daughter has developed so much in all the dance styles they've taught."
"My daughter was nervous, so was I, but the talented instructors the camp provided really blew my mind. My daughter is ready for the fall session. I'm picky and very selective, but I would recommend this camp as much as I can."