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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 Kim Davis.

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 (24 found)

Ballet 1: ages 12 & up

Beginner

We would LOVE to bring this class back to our regular schedule! If you have a dancer who is ready to begin their ballet education in an inclusive and positive environment, please reach out to Allison Grabarczyk at allison.grabarczyk@oldtownschool.org. We are also offering private lessons in most genres for all ages!

minutes  ·  Once a week for weeks

Dance Mini-Camp Ages 6-8

Open to All

Monday through Friday with Staff

300 minutes  ·  Daily for 1 week  ·  $425 ($405 members)

Ages 6-14 years old

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Dance Mini-Camp Ages 9 & Up

Open to AllNew!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday with Staff

300 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Ballet Levels 3 and 4

Intermediate

We would LOVE to bring this class back to our regular schedule! If you have a dancer who is ready to continue their ballet education beyond our current offerings please reach out to Allison Grabarczyk at allison.grabarczyk@oldtownschool.org. We are also offering private lessons in most genres for all ages!

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Pre-Ballet

Beginner

Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday with Nichola Goss or Julianne Rice

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Ballet 1: ages 5 & 6

Beginner

Saturday or Sunday with Nichola Goss or Julianne Rice

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

No experience necessary!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Ballet 1: ages 7-9

Beginner

Sunday with Nichola Goss

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

Beginner Friendly!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Ballet 1: 12 & up

Beginner

We would LOVE to bring this class back to our regular schedule! If you have a dancer who is ready to continue their jazz education beyond our level 1 offerings please reach out to Allison Grabarczyk at allison.grabarczyk@oldtownschool.org. We are also offering private lessons in most genres for all ages!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Ballet 2 ages 7 & Up

Intermediate

Sunday with Nichola Goss

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

Continue to refine your dancer's technique and skill beyond the basics

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Ballet 2: ages 9-12

Intermediate

We would LOVE to bring this class back to our regular schedule! If you have a dancer who is ready to continue their ballet education beyond our level 1 offerings please reach out to Allison Grabarczyk at allison.grabarczyk@oldtownschool.org. We are also offering private lessons in most genres for all ages!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Creative Movers - Dance Camp for Our Littlest Dancers

Open to AllNew!

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday with Julianne Rice

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Jazz Dance 1: ages 6 & up

Beginner

Monday with Julianne Rice

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

Come learn this uniquely American dance style with us!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Jazz Dance 1: ages 10 and up

Beginner

Saturday with Julianne Rice

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

Beginner friendly!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Jazz Dance 2

Intermediate

We would LOVE to bring this class back to our regular schedule! If you have a dancer who is ready to continue their jazz education beyond our level 1 offerings please reach out to Allison Grabarczyk at allison.grabarczyk@oldtownschool.org. We are also offering private lessons in most genres for all ages!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Jazz Dance 3

Advanced

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again or for private lessons, please email Allison Grabarczyk with your contact information.

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Kangaroos: Family Dance

Open to All

Monday or Wednesday with Allison Grabarczyk

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Mini Dancers: ages 3 & 4

Beginner

Monday or Wednesday with Maria Blanco or Julianne Rice

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

Join us for a creative movement class that is so much more!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Hip-Hop 1: ages 5 & 6

Beginner

Monday or Wednesday with Maria Blanco

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

Jump start your dancer's love of dance with us!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

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

Open to All

Monday or Wednesday with Maria Blanco

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

Beginner friendly!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Youth Modern Dance

Beginner

We would LOVE to add this class back to our normal schedule! If you have a dancer who is interested in expanded or beginning their dance education with us in this genre please reach out to Allison Grabarczyk at allison.grabarczyk@oldtownschool.org with your contact information.

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Youth Contemporary Dance

Beginner

We would LOVE to bring this class back to our regular schedule! If you have a dancer who is ready to continue their education in this genre with us please reach out to Allison Grabarczyk at allison.grabarczyk@oldtownschool.org with your contact information.

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

West African Dance - Family

Open to All

Sunday with Idy Ciss

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

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

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Tap 1: ages 5-8

Beginner

Wednesday with ETHAN KIRSCHBAUM

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

No Experience Necessary!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Tap 1: ages 8 & up

Beginner

We would LOVE to bring this class back to our regular schedule! If you have a dancer who is ready to begin their tap education please reach out to Allison Grabarczyk at allison.grabarczyk@oldtownschool.org. We are also offering private lessons in most genres for all ages!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks