Upon moving to Chicago in 1942, Sybil not only taught college classes, but also started children’s classes at the Winnetka Community House on the North Shore. By 1951 the Sybil Shearer School of Dance totaled some 3,000 students, with branches in Evanston, Wilmette, Glencoe, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Northbrook, Glenview, Prairie View, and Milwaukee. On Saturday mornings Sybil taught a master lesson for instructors at Winnetka and then visited schools during the week.
Some of the original students from her School of Dance stayed with her, and Sybil began choreographing for groups with these older dancers. In 1956 they performed two ambitious dances: Mysterium Tremendum, and Snow Melts on the Heart.