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 global 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 Coordinator, Monica Thomas at 773-751-3350.

Class dress requirements

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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Kangaroos: Family Dance

Beginner

Sunday with Kathleen Myers

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

Wiggle, jump, roll, and play with your child as we explore movement together!

West African Dance - Family

Open to All

Sunday with Idy Ciss

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

Join us for this exciting family class and learn basic rhythms and moves from West Africa!

Mini Dancers: ages 3 & 4

BeginnerNew!

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with TBA, Allison Grabarczyk, Kathleen Myers or India Smith

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

Ballet 1A: ages 5 & 6

BeginnerNew!

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday with TBA or Allison Grabarczyk

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $313 ($293 members)

Creative Movers: ages 5 & 6

Open to AllNew!

Sunday with Allison Grabarczyk

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

Hip-Hop 1A: ages 5 & 6

BeginnerNew!

Monday with India Smith

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $313 ($293 members)

Jazz Dance 1A: 5 & 6 years

BeginnerNew!

Wednesday with TBA

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $313 ($293 members)

Tap & Ballet 1A: ages 5 to 6

BeginnerNew!

Sunday with Kathleen Myers

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

Tap 1A: ages 5 & 6

BeginnerNew!

Thursday with Allison Grabarczyk

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $313 ($293 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!

Ballet 1B: ages 7 to 9

BeginnerNew!

Wednesday, Friday or Saturday with TBA or Nichola Goss

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

Tap & Ballet 1B: ages 7 to 9

BeginnerNew!

Sunday with Kathleen Myers

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

An introduction to both tap & ballet technique for young dancers.

Ballet 2

Intermediate

Monday, Wednesday or Sunday with TBA or Allison Grabarczyk

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $368 ($348 members)

Continue exploring ballet fundamentals including terminology, basic steps, barre work, and floor routines!

Ballet 3

Intermediate

Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday with TBA or Allison Grabarczyk

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

Continue exploring rhythm and movement while learning more advanced technique!

Ballet Technique: Level 3 & 4

Intermediate

Tuesday with TBA

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

Explore sophisticated rhythm and movement while focusing on technique!

Ballet 4

Advanced

Monday or Wednesday with Nichola Goss

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $400 ($328 members)

Explore sophisticated rhythm and movement while learning advanced technique!

Ballet Technique: 4 & 5

AdvancedNew!

Friday with Nichola Goss

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $400 ($360 members)

Ballet 5

AdvancedNew!

Monday or Wednesday with Nichola Goss

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

Pointe & Pointe Prep

Advanced

Wednesday with Nichola Goss

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

Pointe

AdvancedNew!

Monday with Nichola Goss

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

Youth Irish Step Dance

Open to AllNew!

Saturday with Katie Fitzpatrick

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $368 ($293 members)

Youth West African Dance

Beginner

Thursday with Idy Ciss

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

Youth Street Dance/Hip-Hop: 7 to 12

BeginnerNew!

Thursday with Monternez Rezell

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Teen Street Dance/Hip-Hop

Open to AllNew!

Thursday with Monternez Rezell

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $184 ($174 members)

Tap 1B: 7 to 9 years

BeginnerNew!

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

Youth Tap 2

Beginner

Thursday with Allison Grabarczyk

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

Explore more advanced tap movements, steps, and rhythms!

Youth Tap 3

Beginner

Wednesday with Aaron Umsted

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

Explore sophisticated tap movements, steps, routines, and rhythms!

Tap for Boys 2

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!

Youth Modern Dance: 7 to 12 years

Beginner

Thursday with Christine Betsill

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $368 ($293 members)

Explore musicality, body awareness, and more while focusing on dance as dynamic artistry!

Youth Music Theater Dance

Open to AllNew!

Tuesday or Saturday with Aaron Umsted

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

Jazz Dance 1B: ages 7 to 12

BeginnerNew!

Monday or Saturday with Aaron Umsted or India Smith

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

Jazz Dance 2

Intermediate

Wednesday or Saturday with TBA or Aaron Umsted

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

Develop more advanced jazz techniques and combinations in this high-energy class!

Jazz Dance 3

Advanced

Thursday or Saturday with TBA or Aaron Umsted

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

Develop sophisticated jazz techniques and perform choreography in this high-energy class!

Jazz Dance 4

Advanced

Monday or Thursday with TBA or Allison Grabarczyk

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

Develop sophisticated jazz techniques and perform choreography in this fast-paced and advanced class!

Jazz Dance 5

AdvancedNew!

Monday or Thursday with TBA or Allison Grabarczyk

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

Teen Jazz Dance

Open to AllNew!

Tuesday or Wednesday with Aaron Umsted

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

Youth Dance Ensemble: Level 1 & 2

BeginnerNew!

Tuesday with Monica Thomas

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $480 ($460 members)

Youth Dance Ensemble: Level 3 - 5

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Monica Thomas

minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $480 ($460 members)

Youth Ballet Master Class

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Staff

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $10 ($10 members)

Dance Camp 6-13 years

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday with Staff

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