Teachers at the Old Town School

Aaron Umsted

Kids Jazz, Kids Tap, Adult Jazz, Music Theater Jazz Dance

Aaron Umsted is a Chicago based teacher, actor, dancer, and director/choreographer whose work has taken him across the country and around the world. His Chicago area theatre credits include productions with the Paramount Theatre, Drury Lane Oakbrook, and Marriott Theatre where he was nominated for a Jeff Award for his role as Will Parker in Oklahoma. Other regional credits include: Arena Stage in Washington DC, North Shore Music Theatre, Music Theatre of Wichita, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Casa Mañana, Omaha Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Arvada Center for the Arts, and Stages St. Louis. He has also toured North America in the first national companies of A Chorus Line, Disney’s Mary Poppins, and the Tony Award winning revival of Anything Goes. Aaron has recently taught musical theatre classes at Roosevelt University, Chicago Academy for the Arts, and in India with Artists Striving to End Poverty. His directing/choreography credits include: Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Northwestern University, and Bravo Performing Arts in Oak Park. Aaron is an ten year member of Actor’s Equity Association and received a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Oklahoma.

Started at the Old Town School in June of 2019


Group Classes for the session beginning 09/02/2019

Youth Music Theater Dance with Aaron Umsted

for kids with birthdays between: 10/03/2006 and 09/03/2012
A young performer’s introduction to the story-telling styles of Broadway dance. With an emphasis on expression through movement, this class will cover an array of styles of dance, all serving the purpose of communicating a narrative through movement. Perfect for a dance student wanting to hone their performance skills!

$368 ($348 members)

09/03/2019 – 12/17/2019 (16 meetings)

Tuesdays · 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Teen Jazz Dance with Aaron Umsted

For beginning dancers or students coming back to dance, this is the perfect fun-filled class to hone your skills, have fun, and practice performance skills by learning choreographed dances.

$368 ($348 members)

09/03/2019 – 12/17/2019 (16 meetings)

Tuesdays · 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Youth Tap 3 with Aaron Umsted

for kids with birthdays between: 10/04/2006 and 09/04/2010

$368 ($348 members)

09/04/2019 – 12/18/2019 (16 meetings)

Wednesdays · 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Teen Jazz Dance with Aaron Umsted

For beginning dancers or students coming back to dance, this is the perfect, fun-filled class to hone the basics.

$368 ($348 members)

09/04/2019 – 12/18/2019 (16 meetings)

Wednesdays · 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Musical Theater Dance with Aaron Umsted

Endlessly entertaining, physically demanding, and fun! This class will immerse the student in theatrical choreography, focusing on technique, style, musicality, and stage presence. Students will spend seven weeks learning a Broadway style number which will be performed at the end of the session.

$156 ($146 members)

09/04/2019 – 10/23/2019 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance 1B: ages 7 to 12 with Aaron Umsted

for kids with birthdays between: 10/07/2006 and 09/07/2012
Youth Jazz 1B is a student’s introduction to jazz dance basics. Students will learn fundemanetal steps and technique, isolations, and floorwork while building their self-expression. Students will begin building these steps together with fun-filled jazz choreography combinations.

$368 ($348 members)

09/07/2019 – 12/21/2019 (16 meetings)

Saturdays · 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance 2 with Aaron Umsted

for kids with birthdays between: 09/07/2007 and 09/07/2011
A quintessential American dance form, jazz combines many styles and techniques from vernacular and ethnic dance. Designed for the continuing student, this class will further strengthen the student’s body while working to increase flexibility and coordination. Isolations of body parts will be incorporated into movements to develop style as combinations become more complex. Turns and jumps will be added to more challenging routines.

$368 ($348 members)

09/07/2019 – 12/21/2019 (16 meetings)

Saturdays · 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance 3 with Aaron Umsted

for kids with birthdays between: 09/07/2004 and 09/07/2009
A quintessential American dance form, jazz combines many styles and techniques from vernacular and ethnic dance. Jazz III is designed for the student who has studied Jazz Dance for at least two years. The more complex routines combine an increased variety of difficult steps. Students are expected to pick up movements quickly and execute them with style and pizzazz. Dancers build confidence as they become proficient at performing choreography.

$368 ($348 members)

09/07/2019 – 12/21/2019 (16 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Youth Music Theater Dance with Aaron Umsted

for kids with birthdays between: 10/07/2006 and 09/07/2012
A young performer’s introduction to the story-telling styles of Broadway dance. With an emphasis on expression through movement, this class will cover an array of styles of dance, all serving the purpose of communicating a narrative through movement. Perfect for a dance student wanting to hone their performance skills!

$368 ($348 members)

09/07/2019 – 12/21/2019 (16 meetings)

Saturdays · 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave