Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance (RMSD)  is a nationally renowned performing arts school featured on WGN and ABC.  We are  home  to the award-winning McDance Company and  provide recreational and professional dance training to children beginning at 20 months through adult.  The Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance was established in  2003.   We strive  to create a learning environment that provides both recreational and professional training.  Our goal is to train our dancers in a structured and fun atmosphere.  Dancers that study under RMSD are provided with the background they will need to succeed in the performing arts. RMSD students gain the confidence needed to succeed in dance, musical theater, poms, cheerleading and other stage productions.

We welcome you to become a part of our dance family, RMSD, a place that we are proud to call home!

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RMSD Dress Attire Policy *NEW*

Dancers spend hours looking at themselves in the mirror; critiquing, correcting and adjusting.  When a dancer attends class and feels confident with their appearance, their self-esteem rises, their dance technique improves and the reflection…


Our dancers come from the surrounding communities ranging from Rockford to Barrington due to wide range of styles and techniques provided by our instructors.  We provide a wide range of dance styles including:


RMSD continues to provide dancers with performance opportunities.  Some of these opportunities include:  the Moscow Ballet “The Great Russian Nutcracker”, Walt Disney World, Chicago Thanksgiving Day Parade, Chicago St. Patricks Day Parade, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line,  Ireland and Germany.


RMSD is recognized as a leading dance school in the Midwest and has the honor to be named  “Best Feature Performers”-Branson, MO,  “Best Performing Arts School”-Village of Hoffman Estates, “Best Irish Organization”-Chicago St. Patricks Day Parade and “Showstopper”-Village of Algonquin to name a few.  If you don’t believe us, see some of our testimonials…

“The Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance is more than just a dance studio, it’s a safe haven and second home to many dancers. It’s a place where girls are able to come together and dance because they LOVE to.”

Sheila Walsh

“The teachers at RMSD strive to create a positive, disciplined, fun classroom in which students receive excellent training and mentorship from passionate and educated dance instructors. My daughter’s confidence has increased dramatically over the 7 years she has attended RMSD. Give it a try, you won’t regret it.”

Jackie Farr

“RMSD instructors know how to relate to dancers ranging from 2 year olds to seniors in high school while making classes such a fun and safe environment. At this studio I made friends that will last a lifetime and I owe so much to this studio for molding me into the woman I am today on the dance floor and in the real world.”

Katina Tole

“RMSD is a dance school like no other!! We have been dancing with Rebecca for three years now!! She is very talented and her true passion to share her craft with others is truly evident!! She has high expectations for her dancers and dance teachers at her studio.”

Suzanne Evenson

“My favorite part of the studio is the performance troupe – it’s a cooperative performance troupe focused on excellence individually and as a group, as opposed to girls competing against each other.  So happy I found RMSD!”

Jennifer Hill

“It is evident that students of RMSD are passionately taught technique…not “just the routine”. They are poised and happy to be part of their group. The recitals include a variety of styles, interesting and varied choreography, great musical choices…..and they run efficiently and smoothly with undeniable comradeship!”

Lynn Splinter