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Parent and Student Testimonials


Where do I begin? It doesn’t seem that long ago that I sat in the studio with Mrs. Vaughan and her notebook signing up for Pre-dance classes. I came to Vaughan hoping my daughter would make some friends and have a little fun. I never in a million years expected to gain such a large, loving family as well. It has been our pleasure to watch our “gangly little girl,” become a graceful, young lady. You have all been an integral part of that experience, and I thank you for the time, talent, and “pearls of wisdom,” you shared with her along the way. As the parent of a teenage girl, I was appreciative of the gentle nudges and life lessons that reminded the girls of the importance of maintaining their “good graces” at all times. Dancing has been a wonderful experience for Sydney, and she has loved every minute of it, but when she looks back- I think it will be “you”, the teachers that she remembers the most, and all the special times you had together. I feel blessed that you have chosen to maintain the integrity and values your mother set forth when she opened her doors so many years ago. You have all done an exceptional job keeping the “love of the art” foremost in mind while continuing to move the business forward. I wish you many years of success and thank you once again for letting us be a part of this special “dance family.”   Linda Crombie

My girls have been dancing for 10yrs., but just starting their second season with the Innovation Dance Company. The Innovation teachers, families and dancers have welcomed my family and made our transition to a new studio so easy that  it feels like we've been here for years.  Teachers are passionate about dance and have elevated my girls' technique and dance performances. My girls and I have forged life-long friendships with the Innovation family that I am so grateful for.  The culture of a dance company is reflective not just dancers' performances but how families and dancers "perform" off stage and treat each other. The culture of Inn ovation is centered around family, respect for all,  and dance excellence. Robin, Kurt, Kelly & Megan Kosiek (Innovation Teen Dance and Tap Troupes)

My two daughters think of Vaughan Dance Academy as their second family! We have been a part of VDA for over 5 years and my dancers are thriving.  Both girls have improved in technique, poise and confidence due to the encouraging instruction they have received at VDA.  The personal growth and sense of family at this studio will keep us coming back here for years to come.  I look forward to more years at VDA as I watch my daughters dance skills exceed my expectations.  The instructors take the time to really know my children....I am grateful to have found such a positive company to enroll my daughters in! - Joan Rux, mother of Allison (Innovation Petite Dance Troupe) and Audrey (Innovation Mini Dance Troupe)

"We are very happy with our decision to send our daughters to Vaughan Dance Academy.  We were looking for a dance school with a great reputation in both dance and the community in general.  We wanted a school that focused on bringing out individual talents of a child.  Many schools we researched were more focused on strictly winning competitions than teaching dance.  With Vaughan, not only did we get an award-winning dance school but a school that moves beyond "winning competitions" and works on teaching the children how to love and enjoy what they do.   It is truly a blessing to have your children around teachers who not only want to be there but love to dance and sharing their talents.   These instructors become mentors and positive role models for these girls and boys.  In the past seven years, we have watched our shy girls that liked to dance turn into strong girls that love to dance, are self-confident and have developed sincere friendships.   We see that confidence and strong work ethic in all aspects of their life - from school to dance to home.    Thank you, VDA and Innovation!"   - Jackson and Diane Brunsting, parents of Evelyn (2 years  VDA/6 years  Innovation) and Charlotte (1 year VDA/3 years Innovation)


"At Vaughan Dance Academy I discovered my passion for movement. While I believe my inclination to express myself through dancing was innate, I know that the encouragement of my teachers at Vaughan's helped shape the kind of artist I am today. At VDA I learned that, yes, dance requires much diligence and determination, not to mention sweat. And I learned I find relentless joy in such hard work. My teachers at Vaughan's always supported me in the roles of dancer, choreographer and teacher--support that has given me the confidence to pursue my bachelor's degree, and will eventually bolster my decision to achieve my master's degree, in dance. They taught me, by example, to never give up on what I love most and inspired me, too, to share my passion w  ith others." - Amy Jacobus - Innovation Dance Company Alumni


"My husband and I chose Vaughan Dance Academy for our daughters' dance education due to their great reputation.  We have been impressed with the knowledge, education, and experience the instructors possess.  The fundamentals and basics of dance are stressed along with instilling a love and joy of dance.  Both of our girls have benefited so much by dancing with Vaughan Dance Academy.  They have both progressed in their dance skills but have also gained more self-confidence, had the satisfaction of learning dance routines and then the enjoyment of performing at the annual recital."  -David and Jeanne Matula - parents of Sydnie (Petite Innovation Dance Troupe) and Allison (Junior Innovation Dance Troupe)


"We've been with Vaughan's for nine years and love them like family.  The instructors know how to bring the best out of the students with professional and caring instructions.   We especially like the fact that all the performances are always classy and tasteful.  We have three daughters that dance with Vaughan's with one in company and we wouldn't let our daughters dance any place else.  Thank you Vaughan's!"  - Nancy Mariotti - parent of Megan, Michelle (Senior Innovation Tap Troupe), Missy (Alumni) and Amanda (Alumni)


"I have been part of the Vaughan Dance Academy for more than 25 years – first as a dancer and now as a dance mom!  As a dancer, the studio was always fun and encouraging, making it a great place to learn and grow.  It made it an easy decision for me to register my own daughters at Vaughan’s when they wanted to dance!" - Karin Obman - Alumni and parent of Lexi (Innovation Petite Dance and Senior Tap Troupes) and Jenna (Innovation Junior Dance and Teen Tap Troupes)


"I have two daughters that have been dancing at Vaughan's for the past 17 and 12 years respectively.  I love how Mrs. Vaughan made them have fun and learn to LOVE dance.  Both of my daughters are pursuing dance degrees...and it CAN be done.  I feel like the Vaughan's are my family, and I don't know what I would do without them!  Amy is an honors dance major at U of Iowa, and Paige will be taking ballet in college when she graduates high school.  I couldn't be prouder or happier to be a part of Vaughan's.  ROCK ON DANCERS!" - Lisa Jacobus - mom of Amy and Paige


"It was wonderful to work with these students.  They were enthusiastic and professional in the best sense!  I’m really looking forward to seeing them perform it.”-  Emily Stein - Ballet Professor and Ballet Faculty Coordinator at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, pertaining to choreographing a ballet piece for Innovation Dance Company.


"I began my dance training at Vaughan Dance Academy at the age of four, then began dancing competitively with Innovation Dance Company at the age of seven. I competed with Innovation for eleven years absorbing versatility, practicing discipline, acquiring stage presence, building life-long friendships, but most of all, discovering my passion for dancing. Spending more hours at the studio than my actual home became habitual, and it was then that I knew I couldn't live without dance. I recently graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Dance Performance and I could not thank the faculty of VDA/IDC enough for introducing me to something I can now call not only my passion, but my career." - Paige Jacobus - Innovation Dance Company Alumni