Dance Season: September 14, 2020 – May 8, 2021

Under the direction of Megan Dickerson and Alexis Riley, the Park District’s dance program instructs students in the disciplines of ballet, jazz hop, tap, and lyrical. For placement, call 619-8042 or 619-8044. All classes are held at the PARC, 2020 N. Oakland. Asterisk (*) indicates teacher placement required.

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Introduction to Dance Class Descriptions

Tiny Dancer (ages 2 – 3) A thirty-minute class designed to teach basic dance concepts through rhythm of music, the imagination of the child, and the motor skills of ballet.
TuTu Toddler (ages 3 – 4) A thirty-minute class designed to teach basic dance concepts through rhythm of music, the imagination of the child, and the motor skills of ballet.
Hip Hop Tot (ages 4 – 5) A thirty-minute class which develops fundamental skills of dance through creative play and the use of music, drama and ballet steps.
Step Into Dance (ages 5 – 6) A 45 minute class presenting a more formal introduction to ballet and tap dance styles. Dancers will perform a tap and ballet recital dance.

Dance Styles (ages 6 & up)

Ballet classes provide classical training with concentration on technique, coordination of the arms and legs, and combinations across the floor.
Pointe is for our most advanced Ballet Dancer and works on refinement of technique and artistic expression on Pointe. Pointe Dancers must be enrolled in two Ballet classes or one Ballet and one Lyrical class.
Tap classes utilize the teachings of Al Gilbert and focus on the rhythmic musical theatre tradition of tap dance.
Jazz Hop is a high-energy dance class set to popular music that incorporates dance steps from Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
Lyrical Dance (10 – Adult) fuses ballet, jazz, and modern dance styles. Class focuses on conveying musicality and emotion through movement and learned choreography.
Contemporary (14+) combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet, in an attempt to explore the natural energy and emotions of their bodies. Students will learn to use their bodies in a variety of ways, and they focus on breathing, posture, and emotional state to establish a mind-body connection.
Hip Hop (7 – 18) encompasses street dance styles primarily performed to hip hop music. Classes include a wide range of styles including breaking, locking and popping.
Adult Classes(18+) are designed to be fun, educational and a great work out! We offer Adult Tap which includes a variety of skill levels and utilizes the teaching of Al Gilbert while focusing on the rhythmic musical theatre tradition of tap dance. Adult Hip Hop is a fun, energetic class performing street dance styles primarily performed to hip hop music or that have evolved as part of hip hop culture. Adult Ballet focuses on barre technique and across the floor exercises.
Company Class is for the more advanced, dedicated dancer/performer. Classes include ballet and pointe. Must audition for enrollment.

Combo Classes

Ballet/Tap Combo (6-8) and Ballet /Tap Combo (8-10) offers your dancer the opportunity to learn both ballet and tap dance styles, that are age and skill appropriate, in one class period. In ballet, your dancer will learn classical training with concentration on technique, coordination of the arms and legs, and combinations across the floor. In tap, we utilize the teachings of Al Gilbert and focus on the rhythmic musical theatre tradition of tap dance.
Hip Hop/Tap (10 – 12) offers the middle school dancer the opportunity to learn both hip hop and tap dance styles in one class period. Tap will utilize the teachings of Al Gilbert and focus on the rhythmic musical theatre tradition of tap dance. Hip Hop will encompass street dance styles performed to hip hop music and/or music which has evolved as part of hip hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles including breaking, locking, and popping.
Teen Tap/Jazz (13 – 18) offers teens the opportunity to learn both tap and jazz styles in one class period.  Tap classes utilize the teachings of Al Gilbert and focus on the rhythmic musical theatre tradition of tap dance. Jazz is a high-energy dance class set to popular music that incorporates dance steps from Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Dance Levels

Introduction to Dance (Ages 2.5 – 6)
A 30-minute class for ages 2.5 – 5 that introduces the fundamental skills of dance through creative play and the use of music, drama, and dance steps. Step Into Dance is for ages 5 – 6 and covers one hour of ballet and tap skills.
Level I (Ages 6 – 9)
A 45-minute class that introduces the basics of ballet, jazz hop, and tap.
Level II (Ages 8 – 11)
Classes designed to continue developing the skills of ballet, jazz hop, and tap.
Level III (Ages 10 – 13)
These classes continue the development of dance disciplines. Recommended that students complete Level II class or have prior knowledge of the dance discipline. Students in Tap III must have the ability to perform time-steps and maxifords.
Level IV (Ages 12 – 18)
One-hour dance class designed for students with previous training. Placement required.
Level V (Ages 14+)
Classes for most advanced students. Placement is required.
Adult Ages (14 – Adult)
The Adult Tap Class develops a variety of skill levels and utilizes the teaching of Al Gilbert while focusing on the rhythmic musical theatre tradition of tap dance. The Hip Hop Class encompasses street dance styles performed to hip hop music or those that have evolved as part of hip hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles including breaking, locking, and popping.

 


Registration & Fees

Register at the ARC (2020 North Oakland Avenue) or call 217-619-8044

For information on dance class fees, visit the Fees & Payment Plan page.

 


Dance Classes Syllabi, Curriculum & Terminology Forms
Level I – Ballet, Jazz, Tap
Level II – Ballet, Jazz, Tap
Level III Ballet, Jazz, Tap
Level IV – Ballet, Jazz, Tap
Level V – Ballet, Jazz, Tap
Tap Curriculum
Dance Terminology