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

Jazz Dance 3 with Aaron Umsted

for kids with birthdays between: 09/05/2004 and 09/05/2009
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.

$322 ($303 members)

09/05/2019 – 12/19/2019 (14 meetings)

Thursdays · 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM · 4544 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


Group Classes for the session beginning 10/28/2019

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 eight weeks learning a Broadway style number which will be performed at the end of the session.

$116 ($96 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Tap 1 with Aaron Umsted

Tap 1 is a student’s introduction to tap dance basics. Learn basic steps and rhythm making to music. Students will use shuffles, stomps, slides, turns, and time-steps to create dynamic, show-stopping routines. A great first step into this classic rhythmic style.

$130 ($110 members)

10/31/2019 – 12/19/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:45 PM – 8:55 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Adult Jazz Dance with Aaron Umsted

Join us for a fun-filled jazz dance class. For beginners and experienced dancers alike, you’ll work up a sweat and get your groove on while practicing your jazz dance basics.

$115 ($95 members)

11/01/2019 – 12/20/2019 (7 meetings)

Fridays · 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Tap 1B: ages 7 to 12 with Aaron Umsted

for kids with birthdays between: 12/02/2006 and 11/02/2012
Your dancer’s first tap class, Tap 1B: 7 to 12 years will introduce dancers to this classic American dance form. Beginner tappers will work on basic tap steps, rhythm, musicality, and coordination while building combinations towards more complicated steps.

$184 ($154 members)

11/02/2019 – 12/21/2019 (8 meetings)

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


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/06/2020

Adult Jazz Dance with Aaron Umsted

$132 ($112 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

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

for kids with birthdays between: 02/08/2007 and 01/08/2013

$184 ($154 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Priority registration for students currently enrolled in any class begins 11/11/19 9am (New students: 11/11/19)

Jazz Dance 2 with Aaron Umsted

for kids with birthdays between: 01/08/2008 and 01/08/2012

$368 ($348 members)

01/08/2020 – 04/22/2020 (16 meetings)

Wednesdays · 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Priority registration for students currently enrolled in any class begins 11/11/19 9am (New students: 11/11/19)

Musical Theater Dance with Aaron Umsted

$132 ($112 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave

Adult Tap 1: True Beginner with Aaron Umsted

$148 ($128 members)

01/08/2020 – 02/26/2020 (8 meetings)

Wednesdays · 7:30 PM – 8:40 PM · 4544 N Lincoln Ave