Alma Dance School

a Dance School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Alma Dance School is a professional ballet training facility for young talents interested in building a strong foundation in ballet and pursuing a career in dance. Alma Dance School is under the direction of two Cuban principal dancers and award-winning coaches Guillermo Leyva and Vilma Machin. Both are former professional dancers and experienced teachers who have coached many students for the Youth America Grand Prix Competition, where their students have won both in New York finals and Midwest regionals. Alma Dance School focuses on developing dancers under the very technical, elegant and powerful Cuban method of ballet which allows young students to increase their self-discipline, attention, strength, flexibility, and agility; not only in ballet but in other forms of dance, as well. We have four ballet divisions that offer classes, ranging from basic ballet technique for new dancers to pre-professional classes designed for students needing the tools and techniques to pursue a career in dance. The skills taught at Alma Dance School could easily lead to a career as a professional dancer or even acceptance into a variety of college programs. The Children’s Division is coordinated by age grouping. The Pre-Professional Division is divided into three levels according to technical ability. The Alternative Dance Division is divided into two levels according to the age and technical ability of each dancer. The Youth Company is by audition or invitation only!

Special Offers

First class is free! Contact us for a free trial class to get to know our school better.

Age Range

Ages 4 to Adults

Classes Offered

Classical Ballet, Pointe, Pas de Deux, Modern, Variation Class, Character Dance


Enrollment for classes at Alma Dance School is open year round. Call or email the school to schedule a placement class.

Performing Opportunities

Students at Alma Dance School have the opportunity to perform in Alma Dance Theater, NFP annual production of The Nutcracker as well as the Simply Classic Series production in June. Both shows feature principal professional dancers from Alma Dance Theater, NFP classical ballet company as well as Alma Dance School students.

Business Hours

Monday- 3:30pm-8:30pm Tuesday- 3:30-7:45pm Wednesday- 3:30-8:15pm Friday- 3:30-7:30pm Saturday- 8:45am-6:30pm Sunday- Closed


Vilma Machin - Co-Owner/ Co- Director Guillermo Leyva- Co-Owner/ Co- Director Michel Ridriguez Olivia Barker Katrina Green

Summer Program

Join us for our 2019 Ballet Summer Program July 1st- August 10th. Teachers include Alma Dance School faculty and renowned guest teachers from around the world. Visit for the summer intensive audition date.