Chicago's premier
dance company


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and summer classes

Extensions Dance Center offers classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary,  hip hop, tap and more for dancers of all ages, including boys and girls as young as 3 years old.

The artists


Extensions Dance Companies include Seniors, Juniors, Extensions Too! and Petites



Lizzie MacKenzie, artistic director

Originally from Ontario, Canada, Lizzie MacKenzie is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and is the founder and director of Extensions Dance Company and Extensions Dance Center in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to teaching at Extensions, she is on faculty at the Hubbard Street Dance Center and the Chicago Public School for the Arts. Her professional career included 6 years with the River North Dance Company, where she enjoyed touring and sharing the works of many great choreographers with audiences around the world. Prior to River North, Lizzie performed with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago for 5 years.

Lizzie has worked with some of the biggest names in contemporary dance including Mia Michaels, Liz Imperio, Randy Duncan, Ron De Jesus, Davis Robertson, Tony Powell, Frank Chaves, Lauri Stallings, Kevin Iega Jeff, Harrison Mceldowny, Sidra Bell and Robert Battle ...


Classes taught by some of the
finest instructors in the area

The 2016 faculty has professional experience in numerous professional dance companies,
including River North, Giordano, Joffrey, Hubbard Street and others. 



About Extensions Dance Company

The Mission of Extensions Dance Company is to provide a loving and encouraging environment, where young dancers can train fearlessly, discover their potential and through their art, give back to the community.

Our Vision is to be a nationally renowned, pre-professional dance company, where elite dancers are trained, mentored and artists emerge, ready to achieve their dreams and inspire those around them.

Extensions Dance Company achieves its hopes and dreams by living its core values every day.


To the community, through involvement and outreach

To bringing out the best in each other

To the art form and the integrity of the work


To be our best, through the fearless exploration of dance

Holistic Growth

As a dancer, an artist, an individual and a community activist


To new ways of thinking and all types of people


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Here's what some of our parents, teachers and students have to say about Extensions: 

My daughter loves going to Extensions, and as a parent when you want the best for your daughter, you seek out the best teachers. The studio is beautiful and everyone there is extremely nice and welcoming. Lizzie MacKenzie is one of THE top choreographers in the Midwest and is an excellent teacher.
— Andrew K., Oak Forest, Ill.
Extensions is a studio of artistry, technique, and exploration for all age groups. Lizzie’s extensive background in the dance field and personalized training for all of her students make Extensions an amazing family to be a part of. The staff is top notch and the students go far.
— Jeff W., Chicago
Why do families travel from across the Chicagoland area several days a week for dance classes? Just step into Extensions Dance studio and learn why! It’s highly dedicated and professional dance instruction and quality of care of the individual and the group is evident from the classroom to the stage. Students learn from professional dancers who teach excellent foundational dance movement and current, relevant choreography. This company has changed my child from a dancer to an artist!
— Sue V., Lake Forest
This studio is fantastic! High level instruction that challenges a dancer at any level to become the best they can be. It teaches dancers about artistry and what it means to be an artist. Besides superior instruction - every staff member has been very pleasant and helpful. The warm and friendly environment nurtures healthy growth from its students. We commute from the suburbs and it is so worth it!
— Karen J., Lake Zurich

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