Old Town School will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

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 global 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 Coordinator, Monica Thomas at 773-751-3350.

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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Mini Dancers: ages 3 & 4

BeginnerNew!

Monday with TBA

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

Pre-Ballet

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Lyn Cole, Monica Thomas, Allison Grabarczyk or Kathleen Myers

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

An introduction to ballet dance for the young dancer.

Ballet 2 - 3

Intermediate

Saturday with Monica Thomas

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

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

Ballet 3

Advanced

Monday or Saturday with Nancy Teinowitz

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

Continue exploring rhythm and movement while learning more advanced technique!

Ballet 3 - 4

Intermediate

Saturday with Nancy Teinowitz

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

Explore sophisticated rhythm and movement while focusing on technique!

Ballet 4

Advanced

Friday with Nancy Teinowitz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($206 members)

Explore sophisticated rhythm and movement while learning advanced technique!

Pre-Pointe

Advanced

Thursday with Nancy Teinowitz

30 minutes  ·  Once a week for 24 weeks  ·  $312 ($296 members)

Ballet Technique: Level 3

Intermediate

The next session of Kids Dance begins the week of April 29. Registration opens on Monday, March 18. Come dance with us!

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

Ballet Technique: Level 3 & 4

Intermediate

Thursday with Nancy Teinowitz

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

Explore sophisticated rhythm and movement while focusing on technique!

Contemporary Dance 1

Beginner

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Dance & Movement Coordinator Monica Thomas with your contact information.

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

Contemporary Dance 2

Intermediate

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Dance & Movement Coordinator Monica Thomas with your contact information.

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: ages 5 to 7

Beginner

Monday or Wednesday with Lyn Cole or TBA

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

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

Youth Street Dance/Hip-Hop: 7 to 12

BeginnerNew!

Wednesday with TBA

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

Youth Breakdancing 101: 7 and up

BeginnerNew!

Wednesday with TBA

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

Jazz Dance 1

Beginner

Thursday with Nancy Teinowitz

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

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

Jazz Dance 2

Intermediate

Thursday or Saturday with Nancy Teinowitz

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

Develop more advanced jazz techniques and combinations in this high-energy class!

Jazz Dance 3

Advanced

Monday or Saturday with Nancy Teinowitz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($206 members)

Develop sophisticated jazz techniques and perform choreography in this high-energy class!

Jazz Dance 4

Advanced

Friday with Nancy Teinowitz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $216 ($206 members)

Develop sophisticated jazz techniques and perform choreography in this fast-paced and advanced class!

Kangaroos

Beginner

Sunday with Kathleen Myers

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

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

Pre-Tap

Beginner

Saturday with Lyn Cole

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

Explore basic tap movements and rhythms!

Kids Tap 1: 4 to 5 years

Beginner

Saturday with Lyn Cole

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

Explore tap movements, steps, and rhythms!

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!

Ballet 1

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday with Nancy Teinowitz, Monica Thomas, Allison Grabarczyk or Nichola Goss

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

Explore fundamentals with barre work and center exercises!

Kids Tap 2: 6 to 8 years

Beginner

Saturday with Lyn Cole

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

Explore more advanced tap movements, steps, and rhythms!

Tap & Ballet: 5 to 7 years

BeginnerNew!

Sunday with Kathleen Myers

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

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

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!

Move & Groove

Beginner

Sunday with Allison Grabarczyk

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!

Youth Hip-Hop Dance

Beginner

Monday with Lyn Cole

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

Explore the terminology and origins of hip-hop while learning all the moves!

Teen Street Dance/Hip-Hop

Open to AllNew!

Wednesday with TBA

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

Kids Tap 3: 7 to 10 years

Beginner

Saturday or Sunday with Lyn Cole or Kathleen Myers

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

Explore sophisticated tap movements, steps, routines, and rhythms!

Ballet 2

Intermediate

Saturday or Sunday with Nancy Teinowitz or Allison Grabarczyk

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

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

Kids Tap 4: 8 to 12 years

Advanced

Saturday with Lyn Cole

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

Explore more sophisticated tap movements, steps, routines, and rhythms!

West African Dance - Youth

Beginner

Thursday with Idy Ciss

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $132 ($122 members)

Youth Dance Master Class with Hamilton Dancer Michael George

IntermediateNew!

Tuesday with Staff

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Youth Hip-Hop Dance workshop with Monternez Rezell

Open to AllNew!

Saturday with Staff

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $15 ($13 members)

Youth Jazz Dance 1: ages 7 and up

BeginnerNew!

Monday with TBA

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

Dance Camp 6-13 years

Beginner

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday with Staff

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