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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 our customer service team via phone, email, or live chat.

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 Erika Ochoa at erika.ochoa@oldtownschool.org. We are also offering private lessons in most genres for all ages!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

West African, A Family Dance Adventure

Open to AllNew!

Saturday with Idy Ciss or Joshua Guy

minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Pom Pom Dance: Ages 5 & 6

BeginnerNew!

Monday with Nicole Soriano

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

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 Erika Ochoa at erika.ochoa@oldtownschool.org. We are also offering private lessons in most genres for all ages!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

Jazz Dance 1: Ages 4 & 5

Beginner

Monday with Nicole Soriano

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Develop jazz techniques while learning a jazz dance vocabulary in this high-energy class!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Pre-Ballet

Beginner

Monday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Julianne Rice

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Ballet 1: ages 5 & 6

Beginner

Thursday, Saturday or Sunday with Julianne Rice

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

No experience necessary!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Ballet 1: ages 7 & 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 with us, please reach out to Erika Ochoa at erika.ochoa@oldtownschool.org.

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

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 Erika Ochoa at erika.ochoa@oldtownschool.org. We are also offering private lessons in most genres for all ages!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

Ballet 2: ages 7 & Up

Intermediate

Saturday or Sunday with Julianne Rice

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 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 Erika Ochoa at erika.ochoa@oldtownschool.org. We are also offering private lessons in most genres for all ages!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

Youth Tap 2

Beginner

Wednesday with Ethan Kirschbaum

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Explore more advanced tap movements, steps, and rhythms!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Jazz Dance 1: ages 6 & up

Beginner

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

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

Jazz Dance 1: ages 10 and up

Beginner

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

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

Mini Dancers: ages 18 Months to 4 Year

Open to AllNew!

Monday with Julianne Rice

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Mini Dancers: ages 3 & 4

Beginner

Monday with Julianne Rice

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 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

Wednesday with Marchello Lee

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 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

Wednesday with Marchello Lee

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Beginner friendly!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

West African Dance - Family

Open to All

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Tap 1

Beginner

Wednesday with Ethan Kirschbaum

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 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 Erika Ochoa at erika.ochoa@oldtownschool.org. We are also offering private lessons in most genres for all ages!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 16 weeks

Teen Ballet

Open to All

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Youth Breakdancing

Beginner

Tuesday or Saturday with Dylan Wray

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Youth Latin Dance (Ages 10 & up)

Open to All

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

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks