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About Us

In 1974, an artistic void was filled when the professionally trained Russian Ballet Instructor, Ms. Susan Stantefort, founded Susan’s School of Dance in South Holland, Illinois.  After 13 successful years of operating the dance studio, which still bears her name; Ms. Susan, relocated to Southern California and entrusted her former student, demonstrator, and instructor, Mrs. Denny Gurley to guide the school into the next generation with thirty-three years of vast experience in design and dance.


Mrs. Gurley has had the opportunity to instruct and mentor over five thousand dancers.  After expanding her operation to Orland Hills, Mrs. Gurley helped successfully guide and transition the Orland Hills studio, Southwest Synergy Dance, to Dr. Danz.  Since 2006, Dr. Danz, Mrs. Connie O’Reel and the faculty of Southwest Synergy Dance have worked tirelessly to instruct and mentor a new generation of dancers.  Using her dance expertise as a tool, she strives to build the character and self-esteem of her students; mentoring the whole child as well as the dancer.


With desire, discipline and dedication, Mrs. O’Reel is raising the standard for generations to come.  From June 2015 to May 2018, she owned Dance FX in Rockton, IL, making the studio operate as another sister school, (Susan’s School of Dance in Munster, IN being a part of this too).  All of these studios appreciate the opportunity to share their combined expertise, goals, and excellence in dance instruction to children of all ages.

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