ICL Academy: Dance is an innovative online private school (grades 6-12) that combines world-class academics, character, and leadership development with champion dancers, and instructors who serve as inspirational mentors to our student body. ICL is the only school that tailors academics to students’ passion for dance through our comprehensive Impact Learning Model.
Unlike any other school, our students get to directly interact with, learn from, and access relevant coursework that is connected to their passion. Our champions are involved with our school and regularly conduct live webinars and personalized mentorship opportunities.
Valentin Chmerkovskiy is a professional dancer, author and television personality. A 14-time US National Champion and two-time World Dance Champion, Val rose to stardom as a fan-favorite professional and eventual two-time winner of the hit series Dancing with the Stars. He has since appeared on numerous television shows, including Netflix’s Fuller House and Fox’s Flirty Dancing and So You Think You Can Dance, as well as served as a judge on the inaugural season of Dancing with the Stars: Juniors. Val, with his brother Maks, co-wrote and co-directed their very own 55-city North American tour “Our way” in 2016. In 2018 they once again hit the road with their follow-up tour “Confidential” which sold out theaters across the US culminating in a monumental sold out show at Radio City Music Hall.
Val is the co-founder and owner of Dance With Me studios, a leading nationwide network of dance studios with the mission of making dance accessible to all people regardless of skill level.
In 2018, Val released his first memoir titled “I’ll Never Change my Name,” which detailed his life, career and experience as an Eastern European immigrant. As a classically trained violinist, Val has performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
James Van Der Beek is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Dawson Leery in the WB series Dawson’s Creek and Johnny “Mox” Moxson in Varsity Blues (1999). He played a fictionalized version of himself on the cult ABC sitcom Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, starred in CSI: Cyber as FBI Special Agent Elijah Mundo, and as Matt Bromley on the FX drama Pose. He also competed as a celebrity on the 28th season of Dancing with the Stars. He was paired with professional dancer Emma Slater. Despite being a fan-favorite to win, Van Der Beek was eliminated in the semi-finals, finishing in 5th place.