Kids Dance & Movement Classes

Kids love to dance! We just add some structure.

The Old Town School's dance teachers help children of all ages experience the joy of dance and movement. In our dance classes, students will learn to use their own bodies to explore space, rhythm, music, and mood through dynamic activities, steps, and routines.

Creativity & Technique classes explore movement and build on skills necessary for continued study in dance. The Artistry & Performance track provides continued study in various dance forms while preparing students for annual performances. Creative Movement classes leave plenty of time for games and improvisation, while more structured classes like Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop give students a foundation in technique, discipline, and performance. Classes in ethnic styles introduce children to unique dance forms from all over the world.

Both boys and girls will make new friends and have lots of fun in our encouraging and creative dance classes. Come out and dance with us!

If you'd like some guidance with regards to which class or level to enroll your child in, please contact our Dance & Movement Manager, Kim Davis at 773-751-3329.

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Class attendance requirements

Ballet

Ballet at the Old Town School is an introduction to the classical and modern dance styles for boys and girls. With ballet positions, terminology, basic steps, barre work, and floorwork, this class furthers your child's understanding of dance fundamentals, expression through movement, and graceful poise.

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Jazz & Hip-Hop

In our fast-paced Jazz dance classes, we'll incorporate swing, African, hip-hop, salsa, and even a touch of ballet. Each week brings new moves and a new combination with its own unique approach. Our Hip-Hop classes will get your child up and moving and having fun! These classes will introduce dancers to the basic footwork, rhythms, musicality, and history of Hip-hop in a casual, friendly environment.

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Tap

This lively class introduces children to one of Chicago's most energetic dance traditions. Your child will shuffle, hop, and step-ball-change to many different musical styles and discover all the joys of tapping!

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Creative Movement

Learn fundamental dance steps and terminology, and use movement games and activities to learn combinations and encourage creativity. As your child progresses through the program, more challenging steps and combinations are introduced along with some dance history.

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Pre-Ballet

Beginner

Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Nancy Teinowitz, Allison Grabarczyk or Shawn Lent

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

An introduction to positions, steps, and floorwork through games and movement!

Ballet 1

Beginner

Saturday or Sunday with Allison Grabarczyk or Shawn Lent

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

Explore fundamentals with barre work and center exercises!

Ballet 2

Intermediate

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

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

Ballet 3

Advanced

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $368 ($348 members)

Ballet 3 - 4

Intermediate

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $400 ($380 members)

Ballet 4

Advanced

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $432 ($412 members)

Pre-Pointe

Advanced

30 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $208 ($196 members)

Ballet Technique: Level 3

Intermediate

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $368 ($348 members)

Ballet Technique: Level 3 & 4

Intermediate

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

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $400 ($380 members)

Contemporary Dance 1

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

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

Contemporary Dance 2

Intermediate

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Pre-Hip-Hop Dance

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of April 30th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, March 19th and for new students on Monday, March 26th. Come dance with us!

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $312 ($292 members)

Mini Hip-Hop Dance

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

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

Hip-Hop Dance

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

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

Jazz Dance 1

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($176 members)

Jazz Dance 2

Intermediate

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $368 ($348 members)

Jazz Dance 3

Advanced

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $432 ($412 members)

Jazz Dance 4

Advanced

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $432 ($412 members)

Pre-Tap

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of April 30th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, March 19th and for new students on Monday, March 26th. Come dance with us!

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $312 ($292 members)

Tap 1

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

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

Tap 2

Intermediate

Saturday with Lyn Cole

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

Explore more advanced tap movements, steps, and rhythms!

Tap 3

Advanced

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

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

Tap & Ballet: 3 - 4½ years

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of April 30th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, March 19th and for new students on Monday, March 26th. Come dance with us!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $368 ($348 members)

Tap & Ballet: 4½ - 5 years

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of April 30th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, March 19th and for new students on Monday, March 26th. Come dance with us!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $368 ($348 members)

Tap for Boys 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Reggio McLaughlin

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

Boys make music with their feet in this high-energy tap class!

Tap for Boys 2

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of April 30th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, March 19th and for new students on Monday, March 26th. Come dance with us!

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $312 ($292 members)

Kangaroos

Beginner

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

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

Move & Groove

Beginner

Sunday with Allison Grabarczyk

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

Explore rhythm, space, and movement through improvisational games and dance routines! This is a great class for active boys and girls!

Ballet 1 & 2

BeginnerNew!

Saturday with Shawn Lent

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

Tap 4

Advanced

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

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Dance Camp 6-13 years

Beginner

360 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $500 ($500 members)

West African Dance - Family

Open to All

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of April 30th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, March 19th and for new students on Monday, March 26th. Come dance with us!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $368 ($348 members)