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By Gina Kraman

Dressed as a swan, Kelly Stokes gives her young audience members a brief history of ballet, demonstrates basic dance steps, and invites them to flock together to perform a segment from “The Ugly Duckling.”   Afterwards, she shows them a two-minute video of professional dancers performing the same segment.   The reaction?   

By Denise Freese

Dance competitions are a terrific experience for students of ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, and modern dance, providing larger venues and cheering crowds, and bringing together groups of talented dancers who have worked very hard to perfect their routines.  Having a forum to showcase their talents in a fun, encouraging environment offers many benefits to the young competitors.  They learn how to handle pressure, show good sportsmanship, encourage others to perform their best, and work together to achieve a goal.

By Denise Freese

The Advanced Ballet students at Pure Vibe Dance in Westmont, IL have the distinguished honor of being taught by one of the best in the ballet world.   Marcella Ducsay, a former Prima Ballerina, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the studio.  

Planit Life is your one-stop shopping and entertainment destination showcasing the best restaurants, events, activities and deals in the suburbs. Searching for something to do this week? Check out Planit Life’s Event Directory, and interactive community arts and entertainment calendar, for all the concerts, lectures, festivals, workshops, story times and presentations across the ‘burbs.

By Visal Kheam - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

The two most notable wine regions in California still are Sonoma and Napa.  However, the Paso Robles American Viticultural Appellation (AVA) quickly is gaining popularity and accolades in the new millennium - winning the Wine Enthusiast Wine Region of the Year in 2013.  This AVA was established in 1983 and expanded in 1999 and then again in 2009.  It is located along the famed California Highway 101 and is halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.  The AVA lies on the inland side of the Santa Lucia coastal mountains in San Luis Obispo County.  Paso Robles is home to more than 200 wineries and 32,000 vineyard acres.  Like all AVAs, there are many distinct microclimates and diverse soil compositions that offer thriving conditions for man

By Yvonne Benson - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

It’s easy to think about new beginnings during the first days of spring. This season transforms the frost of winter into dew and new life emerges like ritual each year. Eggs, symbolic of that transformation, are a spring staple in kitchens and restaurants alike.

By Hannah Peterson - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Pizza Pleasures

By Denise Freese

The benefits of dance are tremendous, at both recreational and competitive levels.  According to www.dance-teachers.org, dancing provides good exercise, which can lead to stress reduction, stronger bones and muscles, improved balance and stamina, and even weight loss.  Dancers gain confidence by achieving new skills, and are rewarded with a creative outlet; all you need is the desire to have a good time.

By Sherri Dauskurdas - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Ten romantic dining destinations

By Alixe Lischett - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Cabernet and Company with Alixe Lischett

By Elizabeth Harmon - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

When it comes to out-of-town guests, options abound

By Sherri Dauskurdas - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Host a wedding that is distinctively yours, at Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort

By Yvonne Benson - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Couples choose creative alternatives to traditional tiers

By Stephanie Kohl - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Ceremony locations as unique as the bride groom

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