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North Shore Ballroom Dance Society - Glencoe logo
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North Shore Ballroom Dance Society - Glencoe

Gross Point, Illinois

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North Shore Ballroom Dance Society - Glencoe logo
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North Shore Ballroom Dance Society - Glencoe

Gross Point, Illinois

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Reviews (89)

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R
24 November 2019

Anna was an amazing instructor and a joy to work with as we prepared for the first dance at our wedding. She really took the time to understand what we wanted and provided helpful guidance each week to get us there. I am so glad we decided to choreograph our first dance as a surprise for our guests, and can't imagine doing it with anyone but Anna! More...

J
24 October 2019

Alexsandar is a powerful, knowledgeable professional. I would recommend him to any one who really wanted to experience Ballroom dance...

K
21 October 2019

My son and I took dance lessons from Olga in preparation for our Mother/Son dance at his wedding. She was the best dance teacher! She took two inexperienced dancers and help us create the perfect dance for the evening. We are so grateful to Olga and the Glencoe Ballroom. More...

A
21 October 2019

My husband and I just got married and we were taking lessons with Anna for a year and a half to prepare for our wedding dance so we weren't just swaying back and forth for our first dance. About the last month to two months of our lessons we focused on our first dance. She asked us how comfortable we were...and how unique/fun we wanted to go with our dance and we allowed her full reign to make it a very fun dance. We had a blast! We received so many compliments on our first dance...while we realized when we made mistakes, the audience couldnt, and i definitely credit that to Anna helping us be as comfortable as we could with our dancing abilities. We had fun with it, and let go. It was an amazing first dance, and we greatly enjoyed our experience with Anna. More...

D
14 October 2019

Ever since my son and daughter-in-law to be announced their engagement it’s been my dream to do a special, fun and memorable mother/son dance. His work schedule made it very difficult to get together for any lessons. When he got a different job with better hours I thought “here’s my chance”!! We came to Anna with zero experience and very little time. I gave her the songs we wanted to use and she choreographed a fantastic routine. She was so patient with us, and made us believe in ourselves. I can honestly say this was one of the best experiences of my life. Now my son and I, and the surprised wedding guests, have something unforgettable. Thank you, Anna, so much!! More...

R
7 October 2019

Anna is amazing!!! My dad and I had the absolute best experience with our dance lessons for my wedding that my fiancé and I went for our lessons. It greatly prepared us for the big day and has since helped us at weddings we have been to since! We are so grateful for her patience and humor through the entire process. More...

L
14 September 2019

I was absolutely terrified by even the thought of having a first dance at our wedding with 100+ people watching. My fiance and I met with Anna to explain our fears, utter lack of dancing skills, and ask her to keep us from embarrassing ourselves. Anna was super amazing and made us feel very comfortable right away. She had also listened to our first dance song before that first meeting and chose the type of dance (rumba). We ended up having 10 lessons total, with the first ~5 spent learning basic steps and the next ~5 putting everything together into a choreographed dance. Our first dance turned out SO MUCH better than we ever could have imagined! Even my mom was shocked! In short, you can't go wrong by choosing Anna! She's so good at teaching, and kept each class feeling fun. More...

N
14 September 2019

Anna helped my husband and I choreograph our first dance for our wedding. She was patient, helpful and most of all eased our anxieties and made it fun! We had a vision and she helped us fulfill it in our own way making it “us.” I would highly recommend Anna to any couple looking to choreograph a dance or even just to learn how to dance. We learned many valuable steps and tips that we will forever remember! Thank you, Anna + Lake Shore Dance Academy!” More...

A
7 September 2019

My husband and I had our wedding danced choreographed by Anna. She is a great instructor that made the process easy and fun. I had a little dance background while my husband did not. Our first dance was a mix of two different dance styles. Anna blended the two different dance styles so well! Her teaching process made sure we learned the steps before the dance itself. I thought it was helpful that she tailored our dance to my wedding gown. I informed her of the style and showed her a picture from the beginning. I did not feel much of a difference in my gown than during our lessons. Our guests loved our first dance and were surprised at the merengue at the end. Thank you for the wonderful memories Anna! We are looking forward to future lessons for date nights. More...

A
27 August 2019

Anna Strojek is amazing!!! I know nothing about ballroom dance at all, so I took a private class with her. She is very professional and has a lot of techniques, very patient and make me feel very comfortable to dance. I had learn a lot form her Salsa, Rumba, Hustle, East coast swing, Cha Cha, and Waltz. The way she explains and show me, make me get it easily and I really enjoy dancing. Thank you Anna. More...

E
29 July 2019

My 12 year son and I have been taking private dance lessons with Aleksander for almost 5 months and are so thrilled with the experience. We are preparing for a very special event and wanted to surprise our guests with a personal and memorable dance from the two of us. Aleksander is patient, talented and professional! He was willing to take our music which ranges from modern rap to classic rock and choreograph traditional dance steps for us to learn. I highly recommend this school for anyone new to dance or who dance competitively! They are conveniently located in Glencoe, accessible to anyone in the North Shore or beyond. Have fun! More...

Y
16 July 2019

I started taking private dance lessons with Olga a year and a half ago. I am surprised that I have kept dancing this whole time, instead of giving up like I usually did in the past. I credit this to Olga’s excellent dance instruction. I’ve learnt a lot great techniques from her, which has strengthened my interest in dancing. I enjoy her lessons in many reasons. First of all, she is a professional international dancer. She has been dancing for more than 25 years and she competed in Black Pool six times and she was invited to the U.S. as a professional dancer as well. Secondly, I love her elegant dancing style. Practicing techniques can be very boring, but I really enjoy it with Olga. She is always patient with me and she has brought out the best in me. She has helped me develop invaluable habits that have enriched my life. Olga is a very sweet and patient instructor who is willing to schedule our lessons around my crazy busy schedule. Taking lessons with her is a good break from my stressful life as a grad student. At the same time, I have improved my dance skills a lot, and I love the dancer I am now becoming. Thanks to Olga. I now dance with my heart the same way she teaches her students to dance with her heart. More...

S
9 July 2019

Thank you for teaching me to do ballroom dancing and making it such a fun learning experience for me to remember. Anna is a very good dancing instructor and is very kind when learning for the first time.

Y
9 July 2019

I have been taking private lessons with Olga for a while, and I am so grateful to have her as my first dance teacher. Olga is absolutely professional about dancing, and you can never go wrong with her. She’s super patient, easy going, and her class is always full of fun with great learning experiences. Olga taught me more than I expected. It really opened my eyes to how many things I can learn from dancing beside the steps. I like her positive attitude and enjoy all the laughs we made during class. If you like dancing or want to add some joy to your life, try taking lessons with Olga. : D More...

C
30 June 2019

We had such fun learning to dance with Anna! We went to brush up for our son’s Wedding. My husband was a bit skeptical but Anna put him at ease right away and he truly enjoyed it. I thought he might only go for the introductory lesson but we signed up for more, practiced at home and had a blast. Anna puts you at ease and makes you feel like you can do anything. She’s has a sweet sense of humor. We will definitely return when we decide it’s time to brush up some more. More...

M
30 June 2019

My husband and I started taking lessons here as an alternative to the usual "Dinner and a Movie" date night. We are hooked! Our lessons with Viktoriya are challenging, yet fun. What an amazing teacher she is! Neither my husband nor I had any experience, but, after a couple of months with Viktoriya's teaching, we are able to hold our own on the dance floor! Even if we are stressed when we arrive, it only takes a couple of minutes before we are smiling and enjoying ourselves. We have taken some of the group classes too, and they are wonderful. Ballroom Fitness will have you gasping for air by the end of it! We highly recommend the North Shore Dance Society. More...

J
30 June 2019

Olga is a fantastic dance teacher, and one of the best people I have ever been blessed to be around. She has great energy, and I have enjoyed private lessons with her, and especially her group "ballroom body" classes, which are a very unique and creative invention of hers. They are very fun!! I think for many people, there is a great need to learn how to move and use the body in different ways that go beyond just learning dance steps, in order to make dancing graceful and fluid. Her ballroom body classes really help improve overall movement and body intelligence, which enhances all dances, and movement in daily life. I give her 6 stars out of 5! : )) More...

H
21 May 2019

Loved working with Anna! She helped my dad and I creat a very fun and beautiful father daughter dance for my wedding. We had a blast learning the moves and showing it off to our guests. I’m going to start taking my husband to some of her classes! More...

B
14 May 2019

My fiancé and I didn’t plan on doing a choreographed dance, but after meeting Anna at a bridal expo and taking a class with her, we are so excited that we decided to. She is such a good teacher and very patient with us. She was a blast to learn with. We can’t wait to show our friends and family our beautiful dance! More...

L
4 April 2019

My fiance and I were looking for a dance intructor to coordinate a routine for our 1st dance. We found Anna and she is the best! She works from the heart. Such an inspirational instructor. She makes you feel welcomed and at ease. She takes time to go through different options for your routine. She is very flexible with scheduling too. We really enjoyed it and highly recommend her. More...

C
4 March 2019

Anna is a wonderful instructor who is truly vested in her students progress and development. She has a great demeanor and is incredibly patient with her students. Anna is flexible with her schedule and is technically sound. I would recommend her services to anyone seeking to improve their dancing ability. She is fun and energetic as well... a big plus! More...

J
6 February 2019

Great people who are neighbors of The Art Center Highland Park.

C
4 February 2019

My husband and I were invited to my nephew's wedding and my husband decided to find a dance instructor. We went to several dance studios and interviewed instructors and selected Anna. We are so pleased we chose Anna! Anna's expertise, patience and teaching style was very helpful for us, my husband and I now have another activity we enjoy together. If you are looking for a fun, effective dance instructor with the heart of a teacher, give Anna a call and start the thrill of ballroom dancing! More...

M
4 January 2019

Anna Strojek and the lake Shore dance academy provide excellent instruction in ballroom and social dancing. Her patients and exuberant personality puts her students at ease and allows for a fun and productive learning environment. I am currently learning the Waltz, foxtrot, rumba, salsa, east coast swing and the hustle. More dances are available for learning, including wedding dances for the bride and groom, father daughter and mother son. If you are looking to learn a new dance or brush up on one you haven't done in awhile, try the lake Shore dance academy, you won't be disappointed! More...

T
4 January 2019

Empowering lives through DanceI’ve thought about that line at the top of Anna’s page many times as she has enthusiastically corrected my attempts at dancing. It has been a life long desire for me to learn to dance, and I think I can say with some confidence that I have achieved toddler status. That is not to mock what Anna has accomplished, because thanks to her excellent teaching, I have accomplished a couple of things in addition to the basics. I had the joy of a choreographed dance with my daughter at her wedding, and I was able to go onto the dance floor after the ceremony and have a great time. In addition to that Anna challenged me to learn a choreographed dance routine that she created for a regional showcase. I had the privilege of dancing with her in front of a crowd, as did several other of my fellow students, and it was very challenging and rewarding.Anna seems tirelessly creative, and impossibly patient. I wanted to say thank you this holiday season for the way she has changed my life with dance, and came up with a simple acrostic that speaks to some of the tools she’s taught me on this journey. Determination: when those feet just will not go where they’re supposed to, relax and try again Attitude: stay positive, have fun Natural: Everyone learns at their own pace, be yourself Confidence: Believe you can do this and hold that damn frame! Excellence: Always seek your very best, wherever it is that day More...

M
4 December 2018

Anna is a great teacher and I found myself constantly smiling during our lessons. She is very knowledgeable, patient, and her enthusiasm for ballroom dance is contagious!

R
16 November 2018

Very inviting environment with highly trained professionals.

A
4 November 2018

Over the past three months, I have had the pleasure of taking group classes and private lessons with Peter Minkov and Aleksandar Bonev, professional ballroom teachers and competitive dancers. I prefer to refer to Peter and Aleksandar as teachers instead of instructors because they offer more than instruction. They teach me technique in addition to the steps and help me grow as a dancer. They also challenge my skills and help me push myself to get better at the art of dance.Working with Peter and Aleks, it is difficult to remain an occasional social dancer. Their knowledge, dedication and love for dance are contagious. They make me want to experience ballroom dances at a more sofisticated and satisfying levels. They make me want to dance and experience the power and pleasure of music, expression and movement. If there is a dancer somewhere inside you, North Shore Ballroom Dance Society will help you discover and develop that dancer. You will feel energized, happy and revived. I certainly have had all of these experiences. Thank you Peter and Aleks! More...

V
4 November 2018

Come here, if you want to learn from the best in the field and make new friends as well. Comfortable atmosphere for both beginners and advanced dancers – learn at your own pace. There is free parking. Talented instructors with many international awards and real passion for dance will get you far. The instructors will take you from your low and make you a more confident person which reflects directly on your social and personal life. I started two months ago as a beginner that couldn't dance at all. Now I'm already a different person - more confident, more open minded, more flexible, my entire posture changed, and of course I can dance a few different style Latin dances.The dancing skills and attitude build your character in the everyday life. You will be the star at any social dance club. You can even start competing in a few months, if you are more dedicated. If you are an advanced dancer you can polish your skills and get competition-ready with instructors who are very ambitious and detail oriented. More...

H
4 October 2018

Anna is a highly qualified and emotionally intelligent teacher proficient in all dance forms. Always focused and observant, she notices problems quickly to correct you in a way that's just right. She is well on her way to turning our first dance from what I considered “mission impossible” into a beautiful and cherished memory. Looking back to where we started, my fiancé and I have really come a long way during just two months’ time - she must have magic. Needless to say, learning to dance from her is fun and fruitful, but what I enjoyed most as an amateur is observing how she teaches, communicates, and operates her business in a skillful and balanced way with very clear vision. Best wishes to her big studio dream and no doubt she is already a success in her industry. More...

K
4 September 2018

Best dance instructions !!! Group Classes, Private Lessons & Dance Parties !

D
4 September 2018

My fiancée and I loved Anna as our dance teacher. We would definitely recommend her to anyone who is trying to learn how to ballroom dance for fun or for their wedding. We took a class on ballroom dancing five years ago when we were freshman in college. We had not taken a dance lesson since then so we pretty much forgot everything. Anna was extremely patient with us and broke down the dance steps so it was easy for us to learn. She took our first dance song which was Still Fallin’ by Hunter Hayes and turned it into a beautiful first dance for us. She made our first dance dreams come true! We took many dance lessons and plan to continue after our wedding. When you take dance lessons you may attend the complimentary dance parties they have once a month which are super fun. Awesome studio, dance lessons, and teacher. Definitely recommend!! More...

L
4 September 2018

Anna is such a wonderful dance instructor, very patient, with a great, bubbly sense of humor and personality, and confidently convinces anyone/everyone THEY CAN DANCE. She’s always very encouraging and supportive and NEVER gets upset with you for making mistakes. She just says, “ok, let’s try it again about 55 more times (with a wink and a giggle”). We’re confident our “Anna” choreographed first dance will be amazing in October. If you want to learn to dance, she’s the instructor you’re looking for…hands down! Doesn’t matter if your single or married, anyone can learn with Anna. We’ve already signed up for a second round of lessons. More...

G
4 September 2018

Anna has a great personality. Very patient and very thorough. She won't give up on you until you get it and yet she'll give you the time and space to correct your own mistakes.

N
4 September 2018

Anna is an absolute professional when it comes to her teaching style. Never dancing in my life, she made me feel comfortable practicing for my wedding day. She knows how to challenge without it being overwhelming. The analogies she uses to teach are easy to comprehend and remember, which makes dancing easier to grasp. My fiance & I have been having an amazing time with Anna and we are looking forward to surprising everyone at our wedding with her help. Thanks again Anna for making it fun for us and teaching us a skill we'll carry on forever! More...

Z
4 September 2018

My fiancé and I decided that we wanted to learn how to dance for our wedding, so we weren’t just doing the basic swaying to our first dance. We found Anna, and within weeks we were feeling more confident in ourselves! We don’t have time to practice much, but we seemed to improve quite a bit without it…imagine how well we would do with practice! We think Anna is a great instructor, and she does fabulously with both the female and male parts of all the dance styles. She is also very personable. She jokes with us, and chats…finds out what we are doing with our lives outside of our sessions. Now that we are past the introductory classes, we are starting to get into more aspects of dance and we can focus on the styles we love, which are the Rumba, Waltz, Fox Trot, and Swing. I am sure once we finish our lessons, we will be incredibly confident in our dancing abilities. It has helped us learn more about one another and it’s a very enjoyable activity that we both love for different reasons. Its fun, relaxing, and a great way to stay active. Cost wise, she also seems to be very comparable to other instructors in the area. Definitely give her a shot if you are wanting to learn how to dance! More...

A
11 August 2018

First and foremost! Aleksander is a wonderful and talented dancer. He is amazing at teaching the unteachable. He is patient and always has the greatest ideas for a elegantly and beautifully choreographed wedding dance. He made my husband and I learn to dance so beautifully together for our wedding dance that both of our familes were highly impressed! He made our dance lessons so much fun and memorable. We will definitely go back to have some more lessons very soon! More...

M
11 August 2018

I have been taking lessons here with Alekesandar Bonev. Aleks is a brilliant teacher. He is serious about dance and is very knowledgeable, warm and friendly, and funny. It has been a great experience!

A
11 August 2018

A very professional and creative team of instructors who are also outstanding dancers. We are fortunate to have Aleksander, Peter and Victoria in Glencoe.

S
11 August 2018

Immediately upon introduction, it was evident to me that Aleks loves teaching dance and is committed to providing the highest quality experience to his students. More than any other instructor I’ve worked with, Aleks generously invests his time in getting to know his students, understand their unique goals, and make them feel appreciated and supported on their individual dance journeys. He is highly intuitive, and possesses a unique, almost magical ability to explain complex concepts with simplicity and tailor his teaching style to reach every student. His attention to detail is unsurpassed as is his capacity to inspire others to become the best dancers they can be - not to settle for where they're at, but to set attainable goals, and to enjoy the process of achieving them. I'd recommend Aleks as an instructor to anyone - it's the best investment you'll ever make in yourself. He is one of the most dedicated, passionate, and knowledgeable dancers that I have had the pleasure of working with since I discovered the world of ballroom dancing. As my dance journey continues, I’m blessed and thankful to have Aleks leading me on each step of the adventure ahead. More...

M
11 August 2018

Lessons are fun yet challenging. My husband has no prior dance experience, but I am a former dancer - both of us are having fun, learning so much and getting better every lesson! Aleks is an excellent teacher and I would highly recommend North Shore Ballroom to anyone. More...

M
11 August 2018

I always had a dream of becoming a ballroom dancer and with every lesson my instructor helps me get that much closer. I’m learning new techniques which challenges my body and mind. I think every one should dance and there’s nobody better in the business than North Shore Dance they are dedicated to the art of dance and their passion is simply contagious! Their honest and to the point instruction can’t be compared..... Best Decision I Ever made!!! More...

K
4 August 2018

Anna is an amazing instructor! We went in with zero knowledge on ballroom dancing and with only 6 lessons Anna taught us so much and choreographed an amazing first dance for our wedding! She is patient and so much fun! We love her! More...

M
4 July 2018

Had dance lessons with Ania for the first dance at my wedding. My wife and I absolutely loved her and the custom routine she put together, as well as how much fun she made the entire process. Fantastic!

S
4 July 2018

She is a wonderful dance teacher! Plus, very honest lady! I remember the first time I show her the wedding dance video that I view on the YouTube! She told me the dance looks so beautiful but it's not easy! Dancers in the video are professional dancers! I did not believe her at the first time, when we started to learn! I have to say my teacher is right! It's was not a easy dance! So just follow her guideline! We enjoy the dancing lessons with Anna!!! Love you teacher!!! I will always support you! More...

A
4 June 2018

Aleksandar Bonev, simply stated, carries a deep, lifelong passion for dance. Starting as a child in his native Bulgaria, Aleks developed a curiosity and appreciation of the artistry and cultural legacy of ballroom dance. His experience includes over 22 years of ballroom training under some of the industry’s top teachers and eight years instructing others (he also trained in Russia and the UK). As a fully certified instructor and choreographer, he’s dedicated not only to providing a professional, world-class experience, but also to making dance fun and exciting. Adaptable and flexible, Aleks appreciates individuality and shows deep consideration for needs and progress.Students at his North Shore Dance Society (locations in Kenilworth and Wilmette, IL) enjoy an immersive experience in the physical, mental and social benefits of dance – they get fit, relieve stress and learn how to become true stars of dance. More...

J
4 June 2018

Aleks is precise, patient and fun to work with, wonderful teacher! Studio space is great and the parking is easy.

S
4 June 2018

I always had a dream of becoming a ballroom dancer and with every lesson my instructor helps me get that much closer. I’m learning new techniques which challenges my body and mind. I think every one should dance and there’s nobody better in the business than North Shore Dance they are dedicated to the art of dance and their passion is simply contagious! Their honest and to the point instruction can’t be compared..... Best Decision I Ever made!!! More...

D
4 June 2018

I have been taking lessons at North Shore Dance Society with Alexs for about a year now. When I started I had a fairly specific goal, to learn the Argentinian Tango. While I continue to learn and evolve my tango I am also enjoying learning other dance styles and rekindling my love of dance along the way. Alexs is an excellent teacher. He is very knowledgeable and knows all the technical aspects of several styles and types of dance. He is patient and thorough, not only teaching the basic steps but also taking the time to help develop technique and style. I have always enjoyed dance, taking ballet for several years when I was younger, and Alexs has been key to me finding that passion for dance again. I highly recommend Alexs and North Shore Dance Society! More...

K
4 June 2018

Absolutely fantastic place!!! Life-changing and very inspiring! Great instructors makes the learning process so much fun! Strongly recommend everyone interested in learning from the best !

M
4 June 2018

Lessons are fun yet challenging. My husband has no prior dance experience but I am a former dancer - both of us are having fun, learning so much and getting better every lesson! Aleks is an excellent teacher and I would highly recommend North Shore Dance Society lessons to anyone! More...

F
4 June 2018

Aleks was our wedding dance trainer, he is very intelligent person, we gave him our traditional music in different language and he arrange our dance based on our song. He is very professional and more important he is a trustable person and has great personality to work with. My fiance and I so happy to work with him. I do recommend him to anyone especially our friends. More...

A
4 June 2018

Aleks is an excellent instructor. He is not only Hard working, knowledgeable, positive, but also with very strong experience of how to teach. He has corrected my mistakes that have been confused me for years. I wish that I could learn from him longer... More...

E
4 June 2018

미국에 온자 얼마 안된 나로써 이곳 댄스스포츠에 대한 정보가 전혀 없었기 때문에 나한테 알맞는 선생님을 찾기는 쉽지 않았다 나는 한 웹 사이트를 통해서 알렉스를 알게 되었는데 첫 시험 수업부터 그는 나에게 춤 실력이나 교습 방법에 있어서 깊은 신뢰감을 주었다 그는 춤을 잘 추고 잘 가르필 뿐만 이니라 그 날 배운것중 반드시 알아야 할 사항에 대해서는 문자를 통해 꼭 상기 시켜준다 그리고 언제 어느때나 질문도 할 수 있게 해주니 일주일에 한 타임 하고 있지만 그 이상의 효과를 준다 그래서 그런지 이 춤의 베이직을 이해하는게 가장 어렵다고 생각했었는데 요즘 나는 스스로 베이직의 향상이 많이 되고 있다는 것을 느끼고 있다알렉스는 나한테만 맞는 사람이 아니라 모든 사람들에게 맞춤 교육을 할 수 있는 능력자이다 그 이유는 그 자신이 춤에 대한 열정이 크기 때문에 자신의 직업을 즐기기 때문이라고 생각한다

M
4 June 2018

I love to dance but never had any formal dance instruction. I was recovering from a back injury and thought dancing would be a good way to gain strength. I didn't know where to start so I looked on line for an instructor and found Aleks and took a chance. It was one of the best decisions I ever made! Aleks has a unique way of putting me at ease when feeling unsure of my dancing abilities. He is kind and patient and at the same time really challenges me to focus and improve my skills beyond what I ever imagined possible. Aleks is a serious dance professional, yet he maintains a relaxed and calm demeanor as well as a very funny sense of humor that makes it fun. He really gets to know his students as individuals and helps them to achieve their unique individual goals. He is truly an amazing teacher (and dancer) and I would highly recommend him. More...

M
4 June 2018

I am a new dancer with 0 experience. I had recently been through some traumatic events in my life and so I decided to do something for myself and take up dancing. Anna has been so great, not only are the lessons incredible, but they are one of the few things that have helped me push through. I highly recommend anyone who is wanting to learn how to dance, trying to become better at dancing or just wanting to have fun, to try this place out. More...

A
4 June 2018

Anna helps break down steps for beginners like myself. This assisted in me building my confidence as a dancer and made me want to learn more and more! Anna's adorable sense of humor makes you feel relaxed in her hands too. More...

E
4 June 2018

My fiancee and I are having a great time learning to dance for our wedding. The coaches are always positive and helpful, and we always leave with a smile and a lot of new dance moves.

S
4 June 2018

Absolutely LOVE working with Ania! She is a fantastic instructor, very passionate about teaching. I'm the kind of person who needs footwork broken down in a very detailed manner, and Ania always does a great job explaining everything. Under her guidance, I had some huge breakthroughs in my technique with various styles of Latin, I always leave feeling so much more confident in my dancing! Definitely an instructor I will be coming back to. More...

O
4 June 2018

I’ve been dancing with Anna since i started more than 3 years ago. She’s a perfectionist. All the details from the routine down to the costume should be perfect. Feels like it’s just yesterday when we won at the 2015 WSDC. That was one of the best days of my life. It was really a pleasure having her as my dance partner. She’s a great teacher...And a good friend as well. More...

J
4 June 2018

I highly recommend Anna at Lake Shore Dance Academy. Anna is a great teacher. She's incredibly patient and kind, and has a real knack for getting through to her students, successfully teaching even those of us with two left feet. I had no idea I could ever learn -- or even enjoy -- dancing. I have such a good time at my lessons and it's been great to be able to enjoy dancing at weddings and special events. Do it! More...

S
4 June 2018

Where can I begin. Ana is such an amazing teacher. She is so funny and she has taught me a lot. If you are looking for a fun amazing and talented teacher than dance with Ana.

T
4 June 2018

Anna is THE BEST!!!! I knew I wanted to learn a few social dancing basics, but wasn't sure what type of lesson I wanted. Anna was incredibly responsive to my inquiry, patient with my lack of knowledge and so very helpful in finding a great fit for me. In fact, my initial intention was to take a few group classes like I had several years ago, but I've been enjoying it so much that I just signed up for several private lessons to learn a few 'more advanced moves.' She is such a good teacher (even I can learn from her!), always smiling and positive and never makes me feel silly for making the same flippin' mistake 12 times in a row. She's also in high demand but consistently works with my crazy schedule to find a good time to meet. If you're even remotely looking into taking a lesson or 2 and want to learn more, you owe it to yourself to reach out to Anna. You'll be so happy you did! More...

K
4 June 2018

Anna is the best!! She’s an experienced dancer but she understands what’s like to be a beginner and makes me feel comfortable. Her teaching is very precise and I never get confused. And more than anything, her dancing is beautiful and she’s my number one role model!! More...

E
4 June 2018

I recently restarted ballroom classes after a several year hiatus. I was excited yet very nervous about restarting lessons. I lost, in my opinion, so much of my movement ability from the years without dancing and a recent Achilles tendon issue. Anna was able to get me moving...and not be as frustrated with my perfectionist self as I have been known to be. I have a goal of performing a dance later this year, and, in just a few lessons, that goal is becoming more of a reality... I highly recommend lessons with Anna...even if you are filled with self criticality...try... step outside your boundries...you'll learn more about your self, how you can push through the limits you may or may not have realized you have, and learn the grace, poise, and elegance that all of us can use as we go through this journey of life! More...

E
4 June 2018

When it comes to teaching dance and technique, Anna is a savvy teacher and wonderful role model. She knows how to make each student shine based on his/her own personality and strengths. Anna watched me dance and quickly came up with an organized "game plan" for emphasizing my personal style and improving my weaknesses. Most important of all, she is truly kind, patient and understanding, and she makes a dance lesson fun as she helps me transform my dancing. More...

M
4 June 2018

The Lake Shore Dance Academy offers outstanding, friendly ballroom dance instruction for beginners through advanced dancers of all age levels. Pro Anna Strojek is a charming and experienced instructor who can customize an ideal, efficient lesson plan to meet your every need. I have been so pleased with my own progress with Anna's guidance. I highly recommend the Lake Shore Dance Academy! More...

P
4 June 2018

My Dance Experience with Anna has been exceptional . She is a talented , patient and a caring Instructor . She takes great pride in teaching , always offering encouragement . I highly reccomend her .

J
4 June 2018

I came across Lake Shore Dance Academy and Anna after looking for a gift for my fiance, as well as a spot for us to learn some moves for our first dance at our wedding. It was clear that Anna was such a professional that it was an easy choice to have her as an instructor. It's clear from the start that she has an incredible amount of knowledge of dancing - but more importantly - she is an excellent TEACHER! She made both of us feel comfortable at the first lesson and is very energetic & passionate about the lesson no matter the time. She adapts to how you learn and will find the right way to to explain things so that they 'click' for you. Overall, Anna is a great dancer, teacher, and so fun to work with. More...

J
4 June 2018

Anna is a fantastic dance teacher! So nice & personable. She’s very effective at teaching new steps/dances and challenging us while making it fun!

P
4 June 2018

AMAZING!! Start dancing now!! I never danced before in my life and I walked in not knowing anything. Just within a couple lesson I have gained so much confidence and learned so much that I absolutely love to dance. Anna is such a great teacher and instructor, full of energy and excitement that makes you want to keep learning and while having fun at the same time. I am looking forward to many more lessons. More...

P
4 June 2018

Anna is a talented, effective and lovely dance instructor, with a cheerful and engaging personality. It has been my pleasure to learn dancing from her over only a few weeks. I signed up to learn one routine dance for my Birthday, but it was such a great experience, that I will continue. I highly recommend Anna. More...

J
4 June 2018

Anna is a great dance teacher, coach and mentor. She was my first dance teacher and I have had the privilege of learning from her and dancing with her for years. She has transformed my dancing! Anna listens to understand your dancing goals, accurately evaluates your skill level, and guides you to exceeding even your own expectations. Also, she makes the experience fun as well as fulfilling! Anna has great insight and brings her special magic that helps any dancer of any age become more confident and accomplished. I highly recommend her! More...

A
4 June 2018

Anna is an amazing teacher. She challenges and pushes you to do better all while having fun at the same time. Her enthusiasm for dancing is contagious and inspiring. What seems like an impossible dance move becomes fluid and almost second nature with her instruction. I'm always looking forward to our next class together. I highly recommend her. More...

E
4 June 2018

As an introvert type person that never tried dancing before, Anna was able to work with me and was able to make me a decent dancer. She teach me salsa, waltz, rumba and a little bit of tango. She is the most friendly dancer that I have ever met. More...

H
4 June 2018

My fiance and I are currently taking lessons for our first dance. We are having a blast with Anna! We are beginners, and she is a great teacher. She is choreographing a rumba for us, and she has also taught us other dances like the salsa, foxtrot, and waltz. More...

K
4 June 2018

Anna is the best! My boyfriend and I really love taking lessons with her. An excellent teacher, she is great at putting nervous new dancers at ease and breaking down new steps into easy components. She makes lessons really enjoyable; always energetic and cheerful. It's always a pleasure to learn from someone like Anna who is not only very good at what she does, but clearly really enjoys it. More...

S
4 June 2018

Anna is a awesome instructor she is very profesional...enjoyed every minute..highly recomended...

A
4 June 2017

It is difficult to discuss Aleks in less than superlative terms as a professional dancer and teacher. He epitomizes elegance, energy and grace . Beyond that, he is an excellent example of the American dream . His talent was identified and nurtured from an early age in his native Bulgaria. Rising progressively through dance challenges, he expanded his horizons to include international dance experiences. Five years ago, he came to the U. S. with the belief that hard work and dedication could lead to success. He pursues potential opportunities with commitment and integrity. He is well rounded and has a mature, common sense approach to addressing issues. His breath of interests and genuine caring helps him readily connect to others . He is respectful of the life experiences and talents of everyone he meets.His love of dance is infectious. He is passionate about his art and his guidance of each of us, his students, in our personal dance journey. He is insightful in assessing each individual student’s personal goals and gently guides each of us to achieve our dreams and personal best. He tailors his teaching as he develops well-constructed short and longer terms goals. He encourages us to achieve more than we thought we ever could. I heartily recommend him as a “dance mentor” for students of all ages and levels of dance experience.A mature woman , I am ageless when dancing with Aleks. He helps me celebrate life through the joy that dance provides. He is never demanding but convincingly provides direction and guidance through incremental steps to make me a more skilled dancer. I am pleased that he came into my life. I treasure his teaching and his friendship immensely.- Anna Marie Buchmann More...

C
4 June 2017

If you are looking for a ballroom dance instructor who can really improve your dancing skills, look no further. Alex has the knowledge and dedication to turn anyone into a gracious and elegant ballroom dancer. He pays attention to detail and teaches his students both technique and performance. The routines he creates are always attractive, intriguing and filled with his passion for dance. His background as a dancer, instructor and competitor both in Europe and the US makes him a very versatile and interesting person to work with. Alex has a specific training approach to each individual student. He takes the best of his students' abilities to make everyone look great on stage. He always strives for the best. If you want to learn more, he will teach you more, he will push your limits so you can do better and better with every practice. My experience dancing and interacting with Alex has been great. I appreciate his trust in my abilities to become a ballroom dancer. He is the person who will never let you down and will never make you feel uncomfortable with your dancing. If you feel discouraged, he will lift your spirits, guide you through the hurdles and make you do better. I highly recommend Alex as a dance instructor. More...

C
4 June 2017

I contacted North Shore Ballroom because I was looking for a place to begin taking lessons. I had taken ballroom classes many years ago and wanted to pick it up again. Alexsander is a fantastic teacher! He is incredibly knowledgeable and experienced, and he immediately set me at ease. I had forgotten how much fun partnered dancing was until going to North Shore. I am extremely excited to continue lessons and cannot wait to see where this takes me. More...

L
4 June 2017

Whether you want to have fun (and look fabulous!) dancing at your wedding, you want to dance the tango, or you just want a new and creative way to get some exercise, you'll love dancing with Aleks Bonev. He's an incredible instructor for people of any age, any gender, and with any level of experience. There aren't enough superlatives to describe what it's like to be a student of the North Shore Dance Society. There is something quite special about the personalized experience Aleks provides. I highly recommend NSDS! More...

T
4 June 2017

Aleks is such a joy to work with! My fiancé and I are working with Aleks for our first wedding dance. We aren't using a traditional song but Aleks is a genius and has planned beautiful choreography. He's observant and knows when to challenge you, making him a wonderful instructor. More...

L
4 June 2017

What a find! We contacted Aleksandar to help us with our wedding dance. My fiancé and I have varying skill levels and Aleksandar was able to choreograph and teach us a dance to make us shine on our big day. He is such a delight to work with that my fiancé has expressed interest in continuing dance instruction after our wedding. His talent, energy and excitement is contagious. More...

K
4 June 2017

Aleks is a fantastic teacher and very fun to work with. He came up with a great dance for our wedding and it was the highlight of our wedding prep to get to see him and prepare our dance. It was a well thought out dance and perfect for our skill level. He worked with us to figure out a dance that was exactly what we wanted. Very good teacher, patient, fun, reasonable price, accommodating. Clearly passionate about dancing and his business and it shows. I would highly recommend him for wedding dance prep or for dance lessons in general. More...

B
4 June 2017

Aleks is extremely passionate about the art of dance and it's very apparent that he loves to share his joy and knowledge with anyone who wants to learn. Wether you want to learn to be the hit of a nightclub, or you want to take it to a competition level, he will cater to what your needs and desires are, and he is capable of teaching all styles and levels. He makes you feel very comfortable no matter what level you're at and that was extremely important for me when searching for an instructor/coach. I feel a spark has been ignited within, I haven't had this much fun in years and I look forward to every class!!! More...

J
4 June 2017

Aleksandar Bonev is absolutely wonderful. I hired Aleksandar so that my partner and I would be more comfortable dancing with one another at my daughter's wedding. Let me tell you, my partner was not looking forward to this at all, but he indulged me because he didn't want to have to deal with me being in a "not so good" mood for the next three months. Let me state unequivocally that neither my boyfriend or I are dancers, but after our first dance lesson, I tried to look at Jon(partners name) to make sure he was okay if I booked Aleksandar again but before I could see,Jon asked Aleks, "What time next week?" I was shocked and thrilled! He was in! Literally a week earlier I had to drag Jon to Fred Astair dance studio and though the teacher was very nice, Jon wasn't comfortable in a dance studio with others who had been dancing for years surrounding us. I knew after 5 minutes, I wasn't getting Jon back into a studio. Aleksandar will come to your home and he charges less than either Fred Astair or Arthur Murray studios which pressure you to buy packages-kind of like a time-share push. Aleksandar's approach worked so much better for myself and Job. Aleks is kind, patient, funny, warm, incredibly encouraging and totally fun. The 45 minute lesson flies by! Trust me, I needed someone with all those qualities if I was going to be able to convince my partner to do this with me. I can wholeheartedly reccomend Aleksandar to any one who wants to learn to: become more comfortable dancing with your partner, to become better dancer than you are today or if you already know how to dance and want to continue to progress. Aleks is an amazing dancer but what makes him really terrific and special is that he's an even better teacher. There are plenty of wonderful dancers out in the world but if a person can't teach -it doesn't matter how could of a dancer he or she is-it's of no benefit for those who want to learn to dance. Aleks' teaching abilities are easy to follow. He is able to break dances down step by step so anyone can learn and follow. Sometimes, I think my pug may get up and do a little rumba as he too is always watching our lessonsAfter your first lesson with Aleks, your confidence will begin to grow and you will know that with a little time and practice-even the most reluctant dancer will feel there is hope that they too can dance! If I could give Aleksandar 10 gold stars I would but since 5 is the most that I can give on this site!Hire Aleksandar-I can promise you-it will be one of the best decisions you will make. Don't wait for your son and daughter to get married-do it for something fun to do with your spouse-partner or whomever! Also, it's great exercise as well as it makes you think while you are moving which is the best thing you can do for your brain-to keep it young! I'm so happy, I found Aleks because of him-I'm going to have so much fun dancing at my daughter's wedding! More...

A
4 June 2017

Aleks is an extremely talented instructor. He is very easy to work with and makes you feel instantly as ease with whatever your level of experience may be. We are working with him for our first dance as a married couple and it has been an absolute pleasure. We would highly recommend to anyone :) More...

M
4 June 2016

Alex is great to work with. His dedication to us was noticeable from our first session. His passion is dance and helping others succeed at it as well. One of the best I have encountered . More...

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