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 ethnic 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 Manager, Kim Davis at 773-751-3329.

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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Pre-Ballet

Beginner

Monday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Lyn Cole, Nancy Teinowitz, Monica Thomas or Allison Grabarczyk

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

An introduction to positions, steps, and floorwork through games and movement!

Ballet 1

Beginner

Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday with Monica Thomas or Shawn Lent

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

Explore fundamentals with barre work and center exercises!

Ballet 2

Intermediate

Sunday with Monica Thomas

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

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

Ballet 3

Advanced

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 24 weeks  ·  $552 ($522 members)

Ballet 3 - 4

Intermediate

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 24 weeks  ·  $600 ($570 members)

Ballet 4

Advanced

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 24 weeks  ·  $648 ($618 members)

Pre-Pointe

AdvancedNew!

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 24 weeks  ·  $468 ($438 members)

Ballet Technique: Level 3

Intermediate

Thursday with Nancy Teinowitz

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

Explore sophisticated rhythm and movement while focusing on technique!

Ballet Technique: Level 3 & 4

Intermediate

Wednesday with Nancy Teinowitz

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Explore sophisticated rhythm and movement while focusing on technique!

Contemporary Dance 1

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

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

Contemporary Dance 2

Intermediate

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $200 ($190 members)

Pre-Hip-Hop Dance

Beginner

Wednesday with Lyn Cole

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

Explore rhythm, musicality, and basic footwork in this high-energy dance class!

Mini Hip-Hop Dance

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 24 weeks  ·  $552 ($522 members)

Hip-Hop Dance

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 24 weeks  ·  $552 ($522 members)

Irish Step: Beginner

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

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

Pre-Jazz

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of April 30th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, March 19th and for new students on Monday, March 26th. Come dance with us!

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

Jazz Dance 1

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $184 ($176 members)

Jazz Dance 2

Intermediate

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 24 weeks  ·  $552 ($522 members)

Jazz Dance 3

Advanced

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 24 weeks  ·  $648 ($618 members)

Jazz Dance 4

Advanced

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 24 weeks  ·  $648 ($618 members)

Mini Modern

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

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

Pre-Tap

Beginner

Saturday with Lyn Cole

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

Explore basic tap movements and rhythms!

Tap 1

Beginner

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

45 minutes  ·  Once a week for 24 weeks  ·  $468 ($438 members)

Tap 2

Intermediate

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 24 weeks  ·  $552 ($522 members)

Tap 3

Advanced

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of June 25th. Registration opens for current students on Monday, May 15th and for new students on Monday, May 21st. Come dance with us!

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 24 weeks  ·  $552 ($522 members)

Tap & Ballet: 3 - 4½ years

Beginner

Thursday with Lyn Cole

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

Tap, ballet, and a whole lot of fun!

Tap & Ballet: 4½ - 5 years

Beginner

Thursday with Lyn Cole

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

Tap, ballet, and a whole lot of fun!

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!

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!

Kangaroos

Beginner

Sunday with Allison Grabarczyk

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

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

Move & Groove

Beginner

Sunday with Monica Thomas

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

Explore rhythm, space, and movement through improvisational games and dance routines! This is a great class for active boys and girls!

Dance Camp 6-13 years

BeginnerNew!

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday with Staff

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

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!