Youth Dance Classes

The Old Town School's Youth Dance Program provides opportunities for dancers of all ages and experience levels. From beginner to advanced, from ballet to West African, from Mini Dancers to Teens: we’ve got a place for you to explore and be challenged. Because dance education is for everybody and every body!

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 (773-751-3350).

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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List of All Youth Dance Classes (25 found)

Kangaroos: Family Dance

Beginner

Saturday or Sunday with Kathleen Myers or Keeley Morris

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $156 ($136 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 ($164 members)

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

Mini Dancers: ages 3 & 4

Beginner

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Allison Grabarczyk, Maria Blanco, Kathleen Myers, Nichola Goss, India Smith, Julianne Rice or Keeley Morris

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $156 ($136 members)

Ballet 1A: ages 5 & 6

BeginnerNew!

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday with Allison Grabarczyk, Maria Blanco, Ariel Dorsey, Julianne Rice or Keeley Morris

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $312 ($292 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 or Wednesday with Maria Blanco or India Smith

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $156 ($136 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 & 2

Beginner

Tuesday with Reggio McLaughlin

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

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

Tap & Ballet 1: ages 5 to 8

Beginner

Sunday with Kathleen Myers

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

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

Ballet 1B: ages 7 to 12

BeginnerNew!

Monday with Nichola Goss

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

Ballet 2

Intermediate

Saturday or Sunday with Allison Grabarczyk or Maria Blanco

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

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

Ballet 2 & 3

Intermediate

Wednesday with Nichola Goss

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

Explore sophisticated rhythm and movement while focusing on technique and musicality!

Ballet 4 & 5

AdvancedNew!

Wednesday with Nichola Goss

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

Youth West African Dance

Beginner

Thursday with Idy Ciss

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($112 members)

Tap for Boys 3

Beginner

Tuesday with Reggio McLaughlin

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

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

Youth Street Dance/Hip-Hop: ages 7 to 12

Open to All

Wednesday or Thursday with Monternez Rezell or Maria Blanco

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Tap 1B: ages 7 to 12

BeginnerNew!

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

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

Youth Modern Dance: 7 to 12 years

Beginner

Tuesday with Ariel Dorsey

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

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

Youth Music Theater Dance

Open to AllNew!

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

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

Youth Contemporary Dance: ages 7 to 12

Beginner

Monday with India Smith

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

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

Jazz Dance 1B: ages 7 to 12

Beginner

Wednesday with Aaron Umsted

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

Jazz Dance 1 & 2

BeginnerNew!

Saturday with Julianne Rice

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

Jazz Dance 2

Intermediate

Wednesday with 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 with Allison Grabarczyk

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 & 5

AdvancedNew!

Monday with Allison Grabarczyk

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