Teachers at the Old Town School

Allison Grabarczyk

Kids Jazz, Kids Ballet, Kids Tap

Allison is a Chicago transplant originally hailing from Toledo, Ohio where she began dancing at the age of three. She was a competitive dancer for 14 years and graduated with her B.S. in Dance Performance from Illinois State University in 2011. Allison has been teaching dance in the Midwest for over 12 years traveling around Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan sharing her love of dance and theatre with students of all ages. Currently Allison is on staff as an educator with ABC Dance Academy, Design Dance, Chicago Loves Dance, Windy City Performs, along with being part of the Old Town School staff. She is also the lead choreographer and rental manager for Top Note Performing Arts Academy located in Lincolnwood, Illinois. Allison is a certified Right At School and Virtus educator, and is currently in the process of getting her paraprofessional education license as well. Allison eventually wants to return to school as a student to get her Master’s in Dance Therapy. Prior to moving to the Chicago area, Allison had the privilege of working with choreographers such as Jon Lehrer, Kim Neal Nofsinger, and Sonya Tayeh as well as having the honor to work with some of the greats such as Al Gilbert and Frank Hatchett.  She is currently in her sixth season with Innervation Dance Cooperative and her third as a member of the artistic board. Other performance credits include: Body Movin Dance, IDC S.P.E.A.K.S., The Subconscious Development Motion Project, The Monocle Eclectic Dance Company, and several independent choreographers since moving to the Chicago area in 2011.  She has most recently performed original works at the Emergence Choreographer’s Showcase, RADFest, Kaleidoscope Choreographer’s Festival, and Dance Chicago in addition to her work with IDC. Allison is also a certified fitness instructor in various formats and has been teaching group fitness since 2013. When she is not teaching dance or rehearsing she can usually be found watching through Star Trek for the 100th time or maybe even sleeping from time to time.

Started at the Old Town School in August of 2016


Group Classes for the session beginning 01/06/2020

Ballet 1A: ages 5 & 6 with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 02/06/2013 and 01/06/2015

$312 ($292 members)

01/06/2020 – 04/20/2020 (16 meetings)

Mondays · 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance 4 & 5 with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 01/06/2002 and 01/06/2010
A continuing study of Jazz Dance for advanced students!

$368 ($348 members)

01/06/2020 – 04/20/2020 (16 meetings)

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

Mini Dancers: ages 3 & 4 with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 02/09/2015 and 01/09/2017
Welcome to your first drop-off dance class! In Mini Dancers students will learn developmentally appropriate movement skills that will prepare them for their continued dance education. Students will to coordinate their bodies with music by practicing basic dance steps, and locomotor and non-locomotor movements. Students will also play movement games that engage their active imaginations and active bodies, exploring how to express ideas through movement. And of course students of this age group will also working on basic classroom procedures and social/emotional skills such as personal space, taking turns, listening skills, and respectful behavoiur.

$312 ($292 members)

01/09/2020 – 04/23/2020 (16 meetings)

Thursdays · 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Tap 1A: ages 5 & 6 with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 02/09/2013 and 01/09/2015
Your dancer’s first tap class, Tap 1A: 5 & 6 will introduce dancers to this American classic dance form. Beginner tappers will work on basic tap steps, rhythm, musicality, and coordination.

$312 ($292 members)

01/09/2020 – 04/23/2020 (16 meetings)

Thursdays · 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance 3 with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 01/09/2005 and 01/09/2011
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)

01/09/2020 – 04/23/2020 (16 meetings)

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

Teen Jazz Dance with Allison Grabarczyk

$368 ($348 members)

01/09/2020 – 04/23/2020 (16 meetings)

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

Creative Movers: ages 5 & 6 with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 02/12/2013 and 01/12/2015
Explore rhythm, space and movement basics while moving to upbeat music though improvisational games. Learn fundamental dance steps, classroom games and combinations with an the emphasis is on encouraging students’ creative exploration!

$312 ($292 members)

01/12/2020 – 04/26/2020 (16 meetings)

Sundays · 9:30 AM – 10:15 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Mini Dancers: ages 3 & 4 with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 02/12/2015 and 01/12/2017
Welcome to your first drop-off dance class! In Mini Dancers students will learn developmentally appropriate movement skills that will prepare them for their continued dance education. Students will to coordinate their bodies with music by practicing basic dance steps, and locomotor and non-locomotor movements. Students will also play movement games that engage their active imaginations and active bodies, exploring how to express ideas through movement. And of course students of this age group will also working on basic classroom procedures and social/emotional skills such as personal space, taking turns, listening skills, and respectful behavoiur.

$312 ($292 members)

01/12/2020 – 04/26/2020 (16 meetings)

Sundays · 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ballet 1A: ages 5 & 6 with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 02/12/2013 and 01/12/2015
Ballet 1A: ages 5 & 6 introduces young dancers to basic ballet positions, steps and center work through a fun-filled variety of exercises and games. Join us for an upbeat beginner dance class that lays a foundation for a lifetime of movement, coordination, and creativity!

$312 ($292 members)

01/12/2020 – 04/26/2020 (16 meetings)

Sundays · 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ballet 2 with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 02/12/2009 and 01/12/2013
Ballet 2 will develop your student’s ballet skills beyond the basics. They will master their beginning ballet positions, and terminology, while starting more complex steps and barre work. With focus on alignment on technique, this class will also further your student’s understanding of expression through movement, setting them up for lifelong learning through dance.

$368 ($348 members)

01/12/2020 – 04/26/2020 (16 meetings)

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