Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | April 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth Photography, News

Chicago Dance Supply offers photography services for dancers including headshots, portraits and events. Call the shop today at 773-728-5344 or call Leni directly at 773-216-2067 to book your session or event. Free first-time consults.

Joel Hall Dancers and Center recital photos by Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

Joel Hall Dancers and Center recital photos by Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

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Brenna Glaeser | April 22nd, 2016 | Posted in News

Happy National Dance Week!

National Dance Week 2016 is from April 22- May 1. National Dance Week is put on every year by the National Dance Week Foundation. See their website for more information about their mission and work for the dance community. Celebrate National Dance Week by seeing a dance performance, taking a new class, or by just dancing!

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Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | April 18th, 2016 | Posted in Argentine Tango, News

Ana Miguel and Oscar Casas at Chicago Mini Tango Festival, Rosemont Hilton, O'Hare. Photo: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

Ana Miguel and Oscar Casas at Chicago Mini Tango Festival, Rosemont Hilton, O’Hare. Photo: Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth

Chicago Dance Supply enjoyed a grand weekend at the Rosemont Hilton O’Hare, shopping, socializing and dancing with tangueros from all over the US and beyond during the Chicago Mini Tango Festival. Visiting Argentine tango instructors delighted us with classes and performances all weekend (watch the Saturday performances below). Thank you to all especially Ray Barbosa, Grace Evitt and the entire CMFT hospitality team for your efforts and dedication in creating another memorable tango event in Chicago.

Missed us at the fest? Shop for men’s and women’s tango shoes at our shop in Andersonville. Open daily. 5301 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640. Call for your tango shoe fitting appointment 773-728-5344.

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Brenna Glaeser | April 18th, 2016 | Posted in News

Our most recent group pointe shoe fitting was with students from the Iona Calhoun Ballet School. Below are photos of their group fitting taken by Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth of Chicago Dance Photography.

Call 773-728-5344 to schedule your fitting today!

Chicago Dance Supply offers individual and group pointe shoe fittings by appointment. Please allow 30 to 60 minutes per individual appointment. Make sure to bring your old pointe shoes, your toe pads and accessories, and wear a pair of convertible tights to your appointment.

$25 fitting fee per person.  Fee is applied toward your pointe shoe purchase.

Iona Calhoun Group Pointe Fitting

A dancer’s first pair of pointe shoes is sure to bring her joy!

Iona Calhoun dancer tries out her first pointe shoes

Iona Calhoun dancer trying on pointe shoes

CDS Crew Member Chloe shows a student how to strengthen her feet with a Theraband

CDS Crew Member Chloe shows a student how to strengthen her feet with a Theraband

Mercy from Iona Calhoun School of Ballet on pointe

Mercy from Iona Calhoun School of Ballet on pointe

Brenna Glaeser | April 13th, 2016 | Posted in News


In honor of Chicago Dance Month and Chicago Dance Supply’s 13th Anniversary, we’ll be celebrating the diversity of dance with 13 Days of Dance! Starting April 13th, each day we will feature a specific style of dance.  For each in store purchase  of $50 or more at Chicago Dance Supply in that day’s featured dance style you’ll receive an additional 13 stamps on your Frequent Buyer Card . Remember, a full stamp card (10 stamps) is valid for $10 off your next purchase! This free gift is available to all members of Chicago Dance Supply’s Frequent Buyer Club. Not a member of the Frequent Buyer Club? Sign up for free on your next trip to CDS to get your free stamps during 13 Days of Dance! Check out our Facebook page for daily highlights, photos, and products! Happy dancing, Chicago!

13 Days of Dance 2016

April 13th: Ballroom

April 14th: Tap

April 15th: Flamenco

April 16th: Tango

April 17th: Praise/Liturgical

April 18th: Burlesque

April 19th: Salsa

April 20th: Hip Hop

April 21st: Swing

April 22nd: Stepping

April 23rd: Ballet

April 24th: Contemporary

April 25th: Jazz

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Brenna Glaeser | April 11th, 2016 | Posted in Argentine Tango, News


Bandolera Tango Shoes at CDS

Chicago Mini Tango Festival 2016 is almost here! This year’s CMTF will be held from April 14-17th 2016. The festival features four days of milongas and classes at the Rosemont Hilton. Online registration for workshops and milongas is available here. For a full list of events at this year’s Chicago Mini Tango Festival click here. If you love Argentine tango this is the event for you! Don’t miss this opportunity to dance, meet new people, and celebrate spring.

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Brenna Glaeser | April 4th, 2016 | Posted in News

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Visceral Dance Chicago is a contemporary dance company dedicated to bold and progressive movement, committed to a diverse repertoire. Their upcoming performance, SPRINGTHREE, will be held at the Harris Theater on Saturday, April 9th, at 7:30 pm. The show will feature works by Margureite Donlon, Fernando Melo, and Nick Pupillo. SPRINGTHREE also features live music from the Chicago Philharmonic and Peter Ferry. The show will include the world premieres of Vital by Nick Pupillo and New Work by Margureite Donlon. Get your tickets here today. Don’t miss out on this one night only performance by a great local dance company!

For more information click here.

Visceral Dance Chicago’s SPRINGTHREE at the Harris Theater from Visceral Dance Chicago on Vimeo.

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Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth | April 1st, 2016 | Posted in Argentine Tango, Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth Photography, News

Rod Relucio and Jenny Teters of 312 Movement, Chicago

Rod Relucio and Jenny Teters of 312 Movement, Chicago.  Photo Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth


Rod and Jenny of 312 Movement dropped in for an afternoon photo shoot. Check out more Rod and Jenny on Facebook. Find out where to tango dance in Chicago on tangomango.org

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Tango Shoes at Chicago Dance Supply

Photography by Leni

Brenna Glaeser | March 31st, 2016 | Posted in News

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Audience Architects is starting off Chicago Dance Month in style with the Chicago Dance Month Kick Off Party! The party starts tomorrow, Friday April 1st, at noon! The event will be held at Walgreen’s on State St. (151 N. State St. Chicago, IL 60601) from 12-5 pm. Enjoy giveaways, a fun “Gotta Dance” makeover package, food and drink tastings, and special performances from Culture Shock Chicago, Tapman Productions, and Natya Dance Theatre!

The event is free and open to the public!

For more information about Chicago Dance Month and a full list of events and performances click here.

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Brenna Glaeser | March 29th, 2016 | Posted in Community, How To

When it comes to picking out a new pair of salsa or ballroom shoes, there are so many factors to consider that the process can seem overwhelming! Never fear, the sales associates at Chicago Dance Supply are here to help you find the perfect dance shoe for your particular style and needs.

One of the most common questions we are asked is which heel height is best for beginning dancers. There are a few different ways to answer this question. First, we recommend beginning dancers start with a lower and sturdier heel than we recommend for a more experienced dancer. However, if you wear heels often and are comfortable dancing or walking in a higher heel, you can start with a 2.5″ or 3″ heel. The most important factor is comfort and stability in the shoe. You want to be able to focus on dancing without having to worry about your shoes!

The ballroom and salsa shoes we carry at CDS come in a variety of heel heights and widths. Below is an overview of the different heel heights we carry.

Low Heels:

Our lowest heel option is the Cuban heel. This 1.5″ square heel is very stable and ideal for beginning dancers, dancers with physical limitations, and dancers who are uncomfortable with high heels.

Very Fine Cuban heel

Very Fine Cuban 1670C, 1.5″ heel, $89

We also carry Mary Jane style ballroom dance shoes with heels around 1.5″ that are slightly more narrow than the Cuban heel, but still a great option for beginners and those uncertain about the prospect of dancing in a high heeled shoe.

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Werner Kern Daniela, 1.5″ heel, $169

We also have some more traditional flare and wider flare heels that are under or around 2″ that are great options for beginners more comfortable with a small heel or those working their way up to the standard 2.5″ heel height.


Werner Kern Greta, 2″ heel, $163

Mid-range heels:

The standard heel height for salsa and ballroom shoes is 2.5″. We carry a wide selection of flare and slim heeled shoes in this height. These are most popular among younger beginners or dancers already comfortable in heels. These are the most popular shoes at Chicago Dance Supply.


International Demani, 2.5″ heel, $159

High heels:

Some dancers, particularly professionals and advanced dancers, prefer an even higher heel. We carry salsa and ballroom shoes with heel heights up to 4″ in store, but can special order shoes with even higher heels upon request. These shoes are best for the experienced dancer or someone who wears or dances in heels regularly.

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Burju Vaneno, 4″ stiletto heel, $135

Stop into Chicago Dance Supply today to try on our salsa and ballroom dance shoes. We have the largest selection in the Chicagoland area and helpful sales associates ready to help you find the perfect shoe for you!

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