Dance & Movement Classes

Dance, celebrate, strengthen, and move! Classes for teens and adults.

The Old Town School's international dance program is one of the largest and most diverse in Chicago. You'll find something for every musical or cultural interest and ability level - from Jazz Dance to Brazilian Capoeira. Learn to love Irish Step, isolate and shimmy in Middle Eastern Belly Dance, or celebrate in Chicago House - learn much more than just steps in one of the many classes offered.

Dance and movement classes are also a great way to get movement, rhythm, and body awareness into your life - all bodies are welcome!

Afro-Brazilian Samba

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Friday with Dill Costa

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Afro-Contemporary Dance

WorkshopOpen to All

Saturday with Vershawn Sanders-Ward

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Afro-Cuban Dance

Open to All

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $174 ($164 members)

Afro-Cuban Dance: Rumba

Open to AllNew!

Thursday with Edson Cabrera

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 6 weeks  ·  $130 ($120 members)

Afro-Haitian Dance

Open to AllNew!

Thursday with Daniel Desir

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $174 ($164 members)

Baila Bomba, Toca Plena with Las BomPleneras

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Ballet

Beginner

Monday with Sandra Adrian

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Ballet: Continuing

Intermediate

Monday with Sandra Adrian

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Increase your flexibility and strength while refining your ballet technique!

Ballet Light and Easy

Beginner

Saturday with Barbara Silverman

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Gentle ballet for Saturday mornings

Ballroom for Barrooms

Beginner

Monday with Louie Stallone

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Learn partner dance basics to use in any situation, with all kinds of popular music.

Baroque Dance: Minuet with Sarah Edgar

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Bollywood, Bhangra & More!

Beginner

Monday or Saturday with Alka Nayyar or Anjali Julka

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Traditional and modern Indian dance in one energetic class!

BollyX - The Bollywood Workout with Shamila Khetarpal

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($19 members)

Brazilian Dance 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Trish Carolan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Learn to move your hips, feet and body to samba and more!

Brazilian Dance 2

Intermediate

Saturday with Dill Costa

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Learn to move your hips, feet and body to samba and more

Brazilian Dance 3

Intermediate

Wednesday with Dill Costa

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Learn to move your hips, feet, and body to samba and more!

Brazilian Dance 4
Baile Brasileño 4

Advanced

Monday with Dill Costa

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Breakdancing

Beginner

Tuesday with Christopher Courtney

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Challenge yourself and free your inner b-boy or b-girl.

Capoeira

Open to All

Saturday with Marisa Cordeiro

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Combine elements of martial arts, dance, and music in one challenging and social class.

Chicago House Dance

Open to All

Monday with Boogie McClarin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $148 ($138 members)

Clogging

Open to All

Tuesday with Barbara Silverman

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $170 ($160 members)

Learn to dance to old-time music without a partner or a square! Clogging is a great active, easy percussive style to use anytime, and this class is great fun.

Contemporary Dance

Intermediate

Sunday with Jeannine Potter

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Flamenco Dance 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Maya Tatiana

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Learn the rhythms, footwork, hand gestures and duende of Flamenco.

Flamenco Dance 2

Intermediate

Wednesday with Maya Tatiana

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $148 ($138 members)

Passionate and challenging dance from Spain.

Flamenco Dance 3

Advanced

Wednesday with Maya Tatiana

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Passionate and challenging dance from Spain.

Go-Go

Beginner

Thursday with Tina Stasny

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Routines and moves to psychedelic music - come one come all for a weekly blast!

Hip-Hop & Urban Social Dance

Beginner

Monday with Boogie McClarin

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Hip-Hop Dance

Beginner

Tuesday or Sunday with Christopher Courtney

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Indian Bollywood, Classical, Bhangra and more!

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Alka Nayyar

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Intro to Irish Step (soft shoe)

WorkshopOpen to All

Sunday with Nora Kerr

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($19 members)

Irish Step Dance: Beginner

Beginner

Thursday with Nora Kerr

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Irish Step Dance: Beginner Repertoire

Beginner

Wednesday with Nora Kerr or Cheryl Ziemba

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Irish Step Dance: Intermediate

Intermediate

Wednesday with Nora Kerr or Cheryl Ziemba

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Irish Step Dance: Advanced

Advanced

Thursday with Nora Kerr or Cheryl Ziemba

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Jazz Dance Styles

Open to All

Monday or Friday with Nancy Teinowitz

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $76 ($71 members)

This new class features a new style each 4 weeks!

Latin Dance 1

Beginner

Wednesday or Thursday with Saladeen Alamin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $148 ($138 members)

Let's Mambo with a master!

Latin Dance 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Saladeen Alamin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $148 ($138 members)

Let's Mambo with a master! More focus on turns and partnering

Middle Eastern Belly Dance 1

Open to All

Tuesday with Erika Ochoa

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Middle Eastern Belly Dance 2

Intermediate

Tuesday with Erika Ochoa

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Modern Dance 1

Beginner

Sunday with Jeannine Potter

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Learn the basics of Modern dance with combinations, improvisation and contemporary music.

Musical Theater Dance: Int/Adv

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Coordinator Monica Thomas with your contact information.

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Qi Gong

Beginner

Wednesday with Al Ehrich

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Clear your mind, and change tense practice into flowing play.

Swing Dance 1

Beginner

Monday with Louie Stallone

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Turns, tucks and turns, closed position, cuddles, swing outs -learn more as you swing the night away!

Swing Dance 2

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Coordinator Monica Thomas with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($154 members)

Adult Tap 1

Beginner

Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin or Lyn Cole

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $148 ($138 members)

Rhythm Tap from scratch! Bring your tap shoes and a smile.

Adult Tap 2

Intermediate

Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin or Lyn Cole

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $148 ($138 members)

Refine your moves in this continuing class.

Adult Tap 3

Intermediate

Tuesday or Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $148 ($138 members)

Challenge your feet and mind with combinations and performance

Tap Jam

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Lyn Cole

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $5 ($5 members)

Tap: Slow & Steady

Beginner

Saturday or Sunday with Reggio McLaughlin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $148 ($138 members)

Rhythm tap from scratch! Bring your tap shoes and a smile.

West African Dance 1

Beginner

Tuesday or Sunday with Idy Ciss

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Dances from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, and more. Live drumming, too!

West African Dance 2

Intermediate

Sunday with Idy Ciss

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Dances from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and more. Live drumming, too!

West African Dance 3

Advanced

Tuesday with Idy Ciss

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $176 ($166 members)

Dances from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and more. Live drumming, too!

Gentle Yoga and Meditation

Open to All

Thursday with Allison Svoboda

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

Join us for a midday session. All bodies welcome.

Yoga: Morning

Open to All

Monday with Andrea Bunch

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

All bodies are welcome to stretch, strengthen, and breathe.

Yoga: Sunday Afternoon

Open to All

Sunday with Andrea Bunch

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($146 members)

All bodies are welcome to stretch, strengthen, and breathe.

Zumba

Open to All

Tuesday with Laura Riebock

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

More than exercise, Zumba is a weekly party - you're invited!

Cajun and Zydeco Dance

WorkshopOpen to All

Saturday with Louie Stallone

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

From the steamy Cajun swamp to the dance floor, this partner workshop will allow you to dance to some of the best bands around!

Dance Basics for Couples

WorkshopOpen to All

Saturday with Louie Stallone

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $45 ($43 members)

A great date or first “step” for couples who'd like to feel comfortable and have fun on the dance floor!

Swing Dance: Brush-Up Workshop

WorkshopIntermediate

Saturday with Louie Stallone

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Polish your swing dance moves in this two-hour workshop!

Dance/Movement with Ayako Kato: Reading the Air

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Part of our Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration Month for May, dancer choreographer and improviser Ayako Kato brings us this insightful movement workshop.