Adriana Briscoe

The Mt. Prospect School of Classical Ballet has shaped me into the dancer I am today in so many ways. My ballet classes have helped me improve my technique, musicality, performance, and so much more. In addition to ballet, I have also studied jazz and contemporary classes with Studio Impulse, and I’m a member of Impulse Dance Ensemble. Outside of dance, I am the News Editor for the Prospect High School newspaper, The Prospector, and I’m a member of Service Club and Italian Honor Society. Next year, I plan to attend Harper College and work toward a degree in Communications and Media from DePaul University through Harper’s University Center. I’m so grateful to have worked with such amazing faculty and dancers over the years. I’d also like to thank my family for being there for me to drive me to classes, purchase new dance attire, watch my recitals, and push me to be the best I can be.

Dani Garcia

I began dancing with the Mt. Prospect School of Classical Ballet when I was in third grade.

Every year I eagerly look forward to the performance weekend in May, a showcase of all the students’ hard work. Ballet has helped make me the person I am today, and it’s most certainly one of the reasons why even as a young child I had such a fervent passion for dance. Not to mention, the flexibility is an added plus! Getting to express myself through what I consider to be one of the best artistic mediums onstage has been such a treat, and I hope to continue dancing when I go to college. I will be attending Harper College for my first two years as I am a part of the Harper Promise Scholarship Program, and afterwards I might consider transferring to a four year university. There are so many options to choose from that I still haven’t decided where I would possibly go. Recently I’ve thought about either studying Psychology or English since I am interested in being an author. In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about possibly starting a YouTube channel where I’ll be posting dance videos and other artistic activities.

Emily Mockenhaupt

Emily has danced with the Mt. Prospect School of Classical Ballet Since she was in fifth grade. She has absolutely loved her time dancing with MPSCB, but her favorite part of each year was definitely the recital season. Emily feels incredibly lucky to have met such wonderful friends and incredible teachers and mentors. She will never forget the close relationship she formed with her teachers and all of the lessons she learned. She has not only loved growing as a dancer, but growing other important skills such as discipline throughout her time. Emily is so grateful to have been fortunate enough to be part of this program and is sad to see it end. Emily will be attending Drake University in the Fall to study Secondary Special Education.

Lily Nicoll

Lily has danced with the Mt. Prospect School of Classical Ballet since she was three years old.  Throughout the years, she’s made many good friends and has especially loved recital time!  Lily’s favorite dance was “Step in Time” from the Mary Poppins ballet when she was in sixth grade. She mostly loved that dance because she got to do a heel click and a cartwheel.  Of course earning her pointe shoes was also a highlight.  Lily will miss all of the teachers and she is so sad that this senior year of dance has been effected but will keep her role of Flynn Rider locked in her imagination. Lily will follow in her father’s footsteps and head off to Kansas University in the Fall to study Business.  MPSCB has been a big part of her family’s life for the past 17 years and all of the Nicolls will dearly miss being at the Prairie Center in the Mays to come!

Anna Schulz

Ballet has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I have danced at the Mt. Prospect School of Classical Ballet for the past 13 years and been a member of Ballet Expressions for six years. Being a ballet dancer has helped me in many areas of my life, including being a member of the Prospect High School Color Guard. Thank you to my teachers for their dedication and hard work and to my fellow dancers for all the laughs and good times. I will miss you all. Thank you to my family for always supporting me through the years. I especially want to thank my grandma for sharing her love of ballet with me. I will always appreciate how much she has done to make my ballet experience so special. Next year I will attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to major in Actuarial Science.

Katie Sipko

I’ve been dancing since I was three and I couldn’t imagine my life without it. I have danced with Mt. Prospect School of Classical Ballet for five years and with Studio Impulse for fifteen years. I have loved being able to broaden my dancing by training in various styles from hard hitting jazz and hip hop routines to graceful contemporary pieces. Throughout my time at the studio, I was a member of Impulse Dance Ensemble for four years. IDE has given me countless opportunities and allowed me to express my passion for dance. Next year I plan to attend Bradley University and pursue a major in Nursing. I would like to thank my incredible teachers for always encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and for constantly supporting me. I’d also like to thank my friends that I’ve made for their endless support and helping me through all my injuries. Thank you for all memories and I will miss you all tons next year. Most importantly, I’d like to thank my parents for driving me to all my classes and constantly supporting me. Thank you for being my biggest fans and never missing a minute of my dance journey.