our approach

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At Underground Allegro we are dedicated to cultivating an environment where technique meets movement. Here, dancers will have the opportunity to train intensively as intuitive technicians--fusing precision with artistic expression.

We approach our technique through a modern lens, applying new kinesiological understandings of the body and the subtlety of the artistic language with classical technique. This brand of vigorous training extends far past the studio walls. Instilling values of hard work and discipline, we focus on creating both well-rounded dancers and well-rounded human beings. Lessons in the studio on self esteem, team work, and leadership allow our dancers to dream big and succeed in all aspects of life.

Scroll down to hear what people are saying about our program!


Here's what some of our parents, teachers, and students have to say about UADC...

UADC is the perfect combination of classical and mainstream training! Our program has fostered an atmosphere of teamwork, mentoring, initiative, and success for our students. Teachers are top-notch, and the classical training is unparalleled in Chicagoland. Attending UADC has allowed Olivia to blossom as a dancer and a person. She has experienced exponential growth in the last two years, and we look forward to a long association with Underground Allegro.
— Christine D.
Joining Underground Allegro was one of the best decisions I ever made for my dancing. The faculty is phenomenal! They are the most supportive and hard working teachers you will ever find. Every teacher works to ensure that you are becoming the best dancer you can be. The faculty has provided me with the tools I need for the future and continue to support me in every way possible while at college. Underground Allegro has and always will by my second home.
— Megan R.
The training my daughter has received at Underground Allegro is second to none. Callie Marik’s vision and focus on technique has not only vastly improved my daughter’s dance ability but has also helped her gain strength and confidence. The UADC faculty is invested in each child, ensuring they reach their maximum potential and are on the right path to pursue professional opportunities in the future. The best decision I could’ve made as a parent of a dancer was to bring my child to Underground Allegro.
— Elizabeth W.
I’m so glad I came to Underground Allegro last year. The technical training I’ve received has helped me grow exponentially as both a dancer and an artist. I love all of my teachers and appreciate the effort they put forth in correcting and encouraging me.
— Ella W.
For me, training at UADC means I am challenged every day, to the max. Whether it’s in ballet class with Ms Callie working on variations for YAGP or in contemporary with Ms Jessica working on movement quality, I know I will always have help striving to improve.
— Olivia D.