Teachers at the Old Town School

Allison Grabarczyk

Dance

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 06/24/2019

Pre-Ballet with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 07/25/2014 and 12/25/2015
Pre-Ballet introduces young dancers to ballet basics and creative movement fundamentals with a fun-filled variety of exercises and games. Join us for an upbeat kids dance class that lays a foundation for a lifetime of movement, coordination, and creativity!

$156 ($146 members)

06/25/2019 – 08/13/2019 (8 meetings)

Tuesdays · 4:30 PM – 5:15 PM · 909 W Armitage Ave

Ballet 1: ages 5 to 8 with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 06/25/2011 and 06/25/2014
Ballet 1 is a student’s introduction to ballet basics with a dual emphasis on continuing creative exploration through dance fundamentals. With ballet positions, terminology, basic steps, and work at the barre, this class will solidify your students’s understanding of dance fundamentals, expression through movement, and the strength and alignment necessary for continued dance development.

$184 ($174 members)

06/25/2019 – 08/13/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Move & Groove with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 06/30/2014 and 06/30/2016
Explore rhythm, space and dance fundamentals while moving to upbeat music through improvisational games. Learn basic dance steps, classroom games and combinations, but the emphasis is on encouraging students’ creative exploration!

$156 ($146 members)

06/30/2019 – 08/18/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Pre-Ballet with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 07/30/2014 and 12/30/2015
Pre-Ballet introduces young dancers to ballet basics and creative movement fundamentals with a fun-filled variety of exercises and games. Join us for an upbeat kids dance class that lays a foundation for a lifetime of movement, coordination, and creativity!

$156 ($146 members)

06/30/2019 – 08/18/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Ballet 2 with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 06/30/2009 and 06/30/2013
Ballet 2 will develop your student’s ballet skills past 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.

$184 ($174 members)

06/30/2019 – 08/18/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Ballet 1 with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 06/30/2011 and 06/30/2014

$184 ($174 members)

06/30/2019 – 08/18/2019 (8 meetings)

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

Pre-Ballet with Allison Grabarczyk

for kids with birthdays between: 06/30/2014 and 12/30/2015
Pre-Ballet introduces young dancers to ballet basics and creative movement fundamentals with a fun-filled variety of exercises and games. Join us for an upbeat kids dance class that lays a foundation for a lifetime of movement, coordination, and creativity!

$156 ($146 members)

06/30/2019 – 08/18/2019 (8 meetings)

Sundays · 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave