The Elite STARS will be hosting tryouts for our dance teams on Friday, December 19 @ 7pm at Gymkhana and again on Saturday, December 20 @ noon at Gymkhana.  
Athletes interested in participating on the 2015 Elite STARS Dance Team will need to attend the tryouts to determine placement for teams.   

The STARS will be hosting 2, if not 3 competitive teams this upcoming season.1= Elite team (5-8 dancers)
1 or 2 competitive teams (will be determined by the number of dancers trying out)  


The ELITE team will practice on a separate day from the other teams--  
ELITE team dancers are allowed to compete for multiple teams; therefore, an elite team dancer can be on 2 teams & compete for 2 teams.
(Please understand this will be a bigger financial and time commitment as well if you were to do this)
   

Dancers should be dressed in all black (top & bottoms) with dance shoes for tryouts.  If you are new to our dance program and do not have shoes at this time that is fine; however, you will be required to purchase them once you make a team.  Dancers should have their hair pulled tightly off their faces as well. Arrive 15 minutes early so we can begin the tryout on time.  

Our schedule is as follows: 
There is a competition commitment form that must be completed and turned in the day of the tryout.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD COMPETITION COMMITMENT FORM.

(If you are considering the ELITE team you must be available for 90% of the competitions so that we meet the small group number requirements)  

March 27-29            Applause Dance Competition

April 10-12               Rainbow Dance Competition

May 8-9                    Conant/Elk Grove HS Shows

May 15-17                Starpower Dance Competition

May 22-24                Showstoppers Dance Competition (Aurora, IL) Paramount Arts Center

June 20-July 31       Rainbow Dance Nationals-Wisconsin Dells

July 8-12                  STARS All Sport Camp (Streamwood, IL)


Please feel free to contact us if you need additional information.
The NEW Winter 2015 Schedule & Registration is now available for download.

Click HERE to download the 2015 Winter Schedule.

Click HERE to download the 2015 Winter Registration Form.

Also Dance Team Athletes, you must complete the
2015 Dance Competition Commitment Form.
Click HERE to download the 2015 Dance Competition Commitment Form.

Always keep an eye on this website for updates, changes and important announcements.
Competition dates for all programs often change - so check our calendar often.

Registrations and fees MUST be in by
Jan. 1, 2015 in order to participate the first week of programs.
Please remember, checks should be made payable to:
PATTY HERMANN FBO STARS ATHLETICS

Make it a great day!
Patty
Let's welcome in 2015 with Fun, Food and Dancing with the STARS Family.
You won't want to miss this incredible party!


You will soon be receiving, in the mail your invitation
to this spectacular event.

Saturday, January 3, 2015
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Belvedere Banquets
1170 West Devon Ave. • Elk Grove Village, Illinois
847-534-0600


Athletes and Coaches are Complimentary, If R.S.V.P. is in by December 20th.
Guests $27.00 per person
Dress Attire - No Jeans

6:00 p.m. Cash Bar
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Dancing

R.S.V.P. with payment must be returned by December 20th.
Please remember that Athletes and Coaches R.S.V.P. is required.


Always keep an eye on this website for all of the latest news, events and announcements.

Make it a great day!
Once again this year, thanks to all of the amazing reviews we received,
we have won the 2014 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonProfits.org

Please feel free to write your own review or tell your story about your experience with STARS.

This award will give us exposure on the GreatNonProfits.org 2014 Top-Rated Page,
The Huffington Post, TakePart and Parade Magazine.

We're proud to tell the whole world about STARS!
In order to increase our documentation on volunteers and for the safety of all; we are requiring,
EVERYONE involved in STARS to complete a couple forms.
There is a form from Special Olympics and one form from STARS.
These must be completed by all volunteers in order for them to make contact with any of our athletes
during our training times.

Special Olympics Adult Class A Volunteer Form
(required for those 18 and older)
CLICK HERE

Special Olympics Minor Class A Volunteers Form
(required for those under 18)
CLICK HERE

Elite Stars Volunteer Form
(required for everyone)
CLICK HERE

Return these completed forms to Patty ASAP
Thank you in advance for complying with this request.

Make it a great day!
Representing Elite STARS on Team Illinois, Karlee and Sabrina competed in the
2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey from June 14th through June 21st.
During that week Karlee and Sabrina reached incredible achievements earning them medals and new friendships with athletes from all over the USA.

We are proud to say....

Sabrina brought home,
Gold in Vault, Gold in Uneven Bars, Gold in Balance Beam, Silver in Floor Routine, Gold in All Around

Karlee brought home,
Silver in Vault, Silver in Uneven Bars, Bronze in Balance Beam, Silver in Floor Routine, Fourth in All Around

WAY TO GO GIRLS!!

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games was the largest national games undertaking ever in the United States.
Nearly 3,500 athletes competed in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports.
The athletes were supported by 1,000 coaches, 10,000 volunteers and over 70,000 spectators.
Congratulations to our Gymnastics Team for an amazing showing
at the 2014 USA Gymnastics Championships in Marietta, Georgia on May 3 and 4, 2014.

We are very proud of their accomplishments.
Amazing!

Click here to see a Video of highlights from their trip.
Nice job STARS!
Check out the interview with our very own Patty Hermann, CEO and Founder of Elite Special Athletes Association;
Team Illinois Gymnasts, Karlee Darow and Sabrina Walega; Gymnastics Coach, Ally Sprengel; and
Deb Walega, Mother of Sabrina.

Click HERE to View
Check out the article about Elite STARS written by Patty and published in
Family Time Magazine • Special Needs Guide 2014
pages 16-17

— Click HERE to see the magazine —
or
— Click HERE to download the magazine —
Congratulations to the Elite STARS Gymnastics Team for an amazing showing
at the 2013 USA Gymnastics Championships in Marietta Georgia on May 4 and 5, 2013.

We can proudly say that we came home with
11 National Champions and 17 National Titles!
WOW!!


Click HERE to see a Gallery of highlights from their trip.
Great job athletes! Incredible!!
In recognition for Pat's outstanding volunteer efforts in our community, HandsOn Suburban Chicago has appointed a Selection Committee which has selected Pat as a recipient of a 2013 Lead with Experience Award.

Every year HandsOn Suburban Chicago identifies volunteers who deserve special recognition for the
positive impact they have made on the lives of others.
The Lead with Experience Impact Award, sponsored by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), recognizes a volunteer age 55 and better who consistently uses his/her experience and leadership skills to inspire and mobilize others to make a difference.

Way to go Pat!
We are very proud of you and are grateful for your awesome leadership!

Important
for Special Olympics Gymnsatics
NEW Artistic Gymnastics Compulsory Routines and Music 2012-2019


Our coaching staff has been trained for these new routines.
Our athletes and parents may want to view the videos and read through the new rules to become familiar with the changes that will take affect immediately.

Below is the video link for the new routines.
The music downloads are also available at the bottom of videos at this link.
Also available on this site is a PDF of the new rules for Artistic Gymnastics.

Click Here for VIDEOS
SPECIAL OLYMPICS: Artistic Gymnastics Compulsory Routines & Music 2012-2019

Click here to download NEW Special Olympics Artistic Gymnastics RULES
Our staff prepared an unbelievable camp filled with intense workouts, crazy activities, and plenty of sweat.
We provided an exceptional coaching staff, filled with certified professionals in all of our sports: gymnastics, cheerleading, skating, and dance as well as fitness specialists.
This year's camp offered a fitness and sport specific track to improve core strength, fitness, tumbling and stunting.
All athletes were given an opportunity to improve themselves over the course of the week, while having a great time achieving new highs. They were all able to maximize potential and develop skills appropriate for all aspects of life. We worked on social development, goal setting, confidence, body awareness, fitness, nutrition, decision making and individual skill development. Each athlete was offered the chance to step outside of the normal scope of training and experience an extensive ELITE training program.
The 'NEW ELITE STARS Strength & Power Team" will be the first
Special Needs "strong man" team in the country.

Click here to see our Athletic Performance Trainer, Jason Domnanovich's Profile.
Click here to see the Training Facility's Website.
Click here for directions to our Training Facility.
Click here to see our Training Calendar.

e-Mail us about this NEW Program at strength@elitestars.org.

We are very excited to be able to offer this awesome program to Special Needs Athletes.
Won't you join us?

We'll take you as far as you want to go!
On Saturday, April 21, 2012, the Elite STARS Dance Team comprised of special needs dancers took the stage for their first competition of the season at Northside Preparatory High School in Chicago.  Receiving 1 of the 3 "Spirit Awards" from the judges, the team soared.  The team received the "High Score" in their division, "Judges Top 5 Award" and an amazing standing ovation from a packed venue.  Following the awards ceremony the STARS were approached by the girls from "Dance Moms" Abby Lee Dance Studio to take pictures.  "Dance Moms" is a reality show on Life Time TV. The show was being filmed during the competition and will be utilizing various clips from the days' performances.  The Abby Lee Dancers Tweeted about their meet and greet with the STARS and drew thousands of followers for our program.  Congratulations to all the STARS dancers and their coaches on a great showing or their first major competition.