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

Wednesday, Friday or Sunday with Kathleen Myers or Molly Myers

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

BeginnerNew!

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Allison Grabarczyk, Maria Blanco, Kathleen Myers, India Smith, Molly Myers or Julianne Rice

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

Ballet 1A: ages 5 & 6

BeginnerNew!

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Allison Grabarczyk, Maria Blanco, Nichola Goss, Ariel Dorsey or Julianne Rice

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

If youare interested in registering your dancer for this class please email Program Manager Monica Thomas with your contact information.

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

Ballet 1B: ages 7 to 12

BeginnerNew!

Friday or Sunday with Monica Thomas or Nichola Goss

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Tap & Ballet 1: ages 5 to 8

BeginnerNew!

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 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 Molly Myers

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 Irish Step 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 West African Dance

Beginner

Thursday with Idy Ciss

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

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

Open to AllNew!

Wednesday or Thursday with Monternez Rezell or Maria Blanco

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Tap 1B: ages 7 to 12

BeginnerNew!

Saturday with Aaron Umsted

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 members)

Youth Contemporary Dance: ages 7 to 12

Beginner

Monday with India Smith

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($154 members)

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

Tap for Boys 3

Beginner

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

Youth Modern Dance: 7 to 12 years

Beginner

Thursday with Christine Betsill

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($164 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)

Jazz Dance 1B: ages 7 to 12

BeginnerNew!

Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday with Monica Thomas, Aaron Umsted or Molly Myers

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($154 members)

Jazz Dance 2

Intermediate

Saturday 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 Molly Myers

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)