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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!

Afternoon Ballet

Open to All

Wednesday with Nichola Goss

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $138 ($118 members)

Adult Jazz Dance

Open to All

Wednesday with Aaron Umsted

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $138 ($118 members)

Adult Tap 1 & 2: Advanced Beginners

BeginnerNew!

Tuesday or Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $154 ($134 members)

Afro-Brazilian Samba

WorkshopIntermediate

Thursday with Dill Costa

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

Ballet for Every Body

Beginner

Monday or Wednesday with Sandra Adrian or Nichola Goss

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $138 ($118 members)

For everybody and every body, this class is a perfect way to introduce yourself or come back to ballet.

Ballet: Continuing

Intermediate

Monday with Sandra Adrian

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($144 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  ·  $170 ($150 members)

Gentle ballet for Saturday mornings

Ballroom for Barrooms

Beginner

Monday with Louie Stallone

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($134 members)

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

Baroque Dance: Beginning with Sarah Edgar

WorkshopOpen to All

Sunday with Staff

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Baroque Dance: Intermediate

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Bollywood, Bhangra & More!

Beginner

Monday or Saturday with Alka Nayyar or Anjali Julka

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $138 ($118 members)

Traditional and modern Indian dance in one energetic class!

Brazilian Dance 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Trish Carolan

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $170 ($150 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  ·  $170 ($150 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  ·  $170 ($150 members)

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

Brazilian Dance 4

Advanced

Monday with Dill Costa

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $170 ($150 members)

Brazilian Dance 5

Advanced

Monday with Dill Costa

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $170 ($150 members)

Breakdancing

Beginner

Tuesday with Christopher Courtney

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $138 ($118 members)

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

Capoeira

Open to All

Wednesday with Marisa Cordeiro

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $170 ($150 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  ·  $154 ($134 members)

Clogging

Open to All

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

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $170 ($150 members)

Contemporary Dance

Open to All

Saturday with Julianne Rice

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($134 members)

Egyptian Belly Dance

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Erika Ochoa

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

Dance to live drumming! Join Erika Ochoa, the Old Town School's Middle Eastern Bellydance instructor for this very popular dance from Egypt.

Flamenco Dance 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Maya Tatiana

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $138 ($118 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  ·  $154 ($134 members)

Passionate and challenging dance from Spain.

Flamenco Dance 3

Advanced

Wednesday with Maya Tatiana

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($144 members)

Passionate and challenging dance from Spain.

Go-Go

Beginner

Thursday with Tina Stasny

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $170 ($150 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  ·  $164 ($144 members)

Hip-Hop Dance

Beginner

Tuesday or Sunday with Christopher Courtney

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $138 ($118 members)

Introduction to Flamenco Dance: Step-by-step

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Maya Tatiana

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

Irish Step Dance: Beginning

Beginner

Thursday with Maggie Radelet

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $138 ($118 members)

Irish Step Dance: Advanced Beginner

Beginner

Wednesday with Cheryl Ziemba

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $138 ($118 members)

Irish Step Dance: Intermediate

Intermediate

Wednesday with Cheryl Ziemba

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($144 members)

Irish Step Dance: Advanced

Advanced

Thursday with Maggie Radelet

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($144 members)

Latin Dance 1

Beginner

Wednesday or Thursday with Saladeen Alamin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $154 ($134 members)

Let's Mambo with a master!

Latin Dance 2

Intermediate

Wednesday or Thursday with Saladeen Alamin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $154 ($134 members)

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

Country Dancing!

WorkshopOpen to All

Saturday with Louie Stallone

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

Country line dancing - the perfect way to get a move on this January for singles or couples. So get your boots a scootin' to the Old town School of Folk Music for a fun workout on the dance floor!

Middle Eastern Belly Dance 1

Open to All

Tuesday with Erika Ochoa

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $138 ($118 members)

Middle Eastern Belly Dance 2

Intermediate

Tuesday with Erika Ochoa

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $190 ($170 members)

Modern Dance: Beginning

Beginner

Thursday with Christine Betsill

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($144 members)

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

Modern Dance: Intermediate and Advanced

Intermediate

Thursday with Christine Betsill

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($144 members)

This continuing Modern class is challenging, rigorous, exploratory, and fun

Musical Theater Jazz Dance

Intermediate

Thursday with Allison Grabarczyk

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $138 ($118 members)

Learn basic jazz steps and bring characther to your favorite show tunes!

Qi Gong

Beginner

Wednesday with Al Ehrich

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $170 ($150 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  ·  $170 ($150 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  ·  $170 ($150 members)

Adult Tap 1: True Beginner

Beginner

Thursday or Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin or Allison Grabarczyk

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $154 ($134 members)

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

Adult Tap 2

Intermediate

Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $154 ($134 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  ·  $154 ($134 members)

Challenge your feet and mind with combinations and performance

Adult Tap 4

Advanced

Tuesday or Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $154 ($134 members)

West African Dance 1

Beginner

Tuesday or Sunday with Idy Ciss

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $180 ($160 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  ·  $180 ($160 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  ·  $180 ($160 members)

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

Yoga

Open to AllNew!

Monday, Thursday or Sunday with Allison Svoboda, Andrea Bunch or Lucy Coloccia

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($144 members)

Zumba

Open to All

Wednesday with Laura Riebock

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $138 ($118 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!