Teachers at the Old Town School

Nancy Teinowitz

Youth Ballet & Pre-Pointe, Youth Jazz, Musical Theatre Dance, and Jazz Styles

Nancy has taught and choreographed extensively throughout the Chicago area. A Chicago native, she studied dance with Gus Giordano, Orrin Kayan, Homer Bryant, and Joel Hall. Nancy received a Master of Arts degree in Theatre from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from Columbia College. She was the director of the Dance Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an adjunct faculty member of the Theatre Department at Loyola University of Chicago where she directed and choreographed several musicals.

Nancy has worked as a dance director on several national television commercials including spots for Boost Mobile and Rentway. Her corporate credits include traveling to the Riviera Maya in Mexico to oversee an industrial she choreographed for Wells Fargo Mortgage Brokers. She has staged numerous musicals for Drury Lane Oakbrook, and received four Jeff nominations for her work there. She has also choreographed for the Cleveland Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Light Opera Works, the Augusta Opera, and the Theatre Department of Northwestern University.

As the Associate Artistic Director of the Joel Hall Dance Center, she co-founded JHD 1511, a pre-professional teen company in the fall of 2001. Over the five years of her direction 1511 became known for its exciting and diverse repertory and remarkable pool of outstanding young dancers. Her students have gone on to professional careers in such shows as “The Lion King,” Cirque de Soleil’s “Love,” and the movie “Hairspray.”

Nancy has found a new home at the Old Town School where she began teaching in June of 2008. Her passion for sharing her love of dance with children has inspired a loyal following of young students in pre-ballet, ballet and jazz dance classes. Nancy’s ability to connect with young people and create a comfortable safe environment motivates them to want to learn and excel. She is a part of the Old Town School of Folk Music Artist in Residence Program for the Chicago Public Schools. Nancy was honored to have been chosen to represent the Old Town School of Folk Music as a teaching artist in Ahmedabad, India where she was an Artist in Residence for two weeks in January 2011 at the Riverside School and the Darpana Academy.

Started at the Old Town School in June of 2008


Group Classes for the session beginning 06/24/2019

Ballet 1 with Nancy Teinowitz

for kids with birthdays between: 06/24/2011 and 06/24/2014
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)

06/24/2019 – 08/12/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance 3 with Nancy Teinowitz

for kids with birthdays between: 12/24/2004 and 06/24/2009
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.

$216 ($206 members)

06/24/2019 – 08/12/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 4:50 PM – 6:10 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ballet 3 with Nancy Teinowitz

for kids with birthdays between: 12/24/2005 and 06/24/2011
Ballet 3 is an intermediate class for children who have been studying ballet for at least two years. Curriculum will develop your child’s expertise in classical ballet. Barre work will begin to develop strength and technique, while across the floor combinations will focus on building a movement vocabulary. Students will increase their knowledge of terminology and develop a sense of rhythm and musicality. More attention will be paid to proper execution of movement.

$184 ($174 members)

06/24/2019 – 08/12/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Musical Theater Dance: Int/Adv with Nancy Teinowitz

$156 ($146 members)

06/24/2019 – 08/12/2019 (8 meetings)

Mondays · 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance 2 with Nancy Teinowitz

for kids with birthdays between: 06/27/2007 and 06/27/2011
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.

$161 ($152 members)

06/27/2019 – 08/15/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance 1 with Nancy Teinowitz

for kids with birthdays between: 06/27/2009 and 06/27/2013

$161 ($152 members)

06/27/2019 – 08/15/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 4:50 PM – 5:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ballet Technique: Level 3 & 4 with Nancy Teinowitz

for kids with birthdays between: 06/27/2005 and 06/27/2011
Ballet Technique: Level 3 & 4 is an intermediate class for children who have been studying ballet for at least two years. Curriculum will develop your child’s expertise in classical ballet. Barre work will begin to develop strength and technique, while across the floor combinations will focus on building a movement vocabulary. Students will increase their knowledge of terminology and develop a sense of rhythm and musicality. More attention will be paid to proper execution of movement. This class will focus on technique and as such will not prepare a dance for recital.

$175 ($166 members)

06/27/2019 – 08/15/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 5:55 PM – 7:05 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Class is full — Call 773.728.6000 for waiting list info

Pre-Pointe with Nancy Teinowitz

for kids with birthdays between: 06/27/2004 and 06/27/2009
Pre-pointe is designed as a class to introduce students to more rigorous ballet study in preparation for advancement to pointe work. Students will continue with ballet exercises in demi-pointe designed to strengthen calf muscles, ankles, and arches of the feet. Exercises in this class will begin at the barre for safety and stability and graduate to the centre for more practice of their balance and increase in strength.

$91 ($87 members)

06/27/2019 – 08/15/2019 (7 meetings)

Thursdays · 7:10 PM – 7:40 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance Styles - Prince! with Nancy Teinowitz

This new class features a new style each 4 weeks!

$57 ($53 members)

06/27/2019 – 07/18/2019 (3 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance Styles - Prince! with Nancy Teinowitz

This new class features a new style each 4 weeks!

$76 ($71 members)

06/28/2019 – 07/19/2019 (4 meetings)

Fridays · 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ballet 4 with Nancy Teinowitz

for kids with birthdays between: 12/28/2004 and 06/28/2009
Ballet IV is an advanced class for children who have been studying ballet for at least three years. Curriculum will develop your child’s expertise in classical ballet. Barre work will build strength and technique, while complex across the floor combinations will improve execution of turning and jumping. More demanding choreography will help the students achieve the ability to express themselves through movement. More attention will be paid to fluidity of movement, alignment, and balance.

$216 ($206 members)

06/28/2019 – 08/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 4:15 PM – 5:35 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance 4 with Nancy Teinowitz

for kids with birthdays between: 12/28/2004 and 06/28/2009
A quintessential American dance form, Jazz combines many styles and techniques from vernacular and ethnic dance. Jazz IV is designed for the serious student who has studied Jazz Dance for at least three years. Increasingly difficult steps, turns, and jumps are taught at a rapid pace. Dancers are expected to learn quickly and practice the demanding choreography outside of class. Choreography is complex and demanding, training students to incorporate style, technique, and stage presence into their dancing. There are many performance opportunities.

$216 ($206 members)

06/28/2019 – 08/16/2019 (8 meetings)

Fridays · 5:40 PM – 7:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ballet 2 with Nancy Teinowitz

for kids with birthdays between: 06/29/2009 and 06/29/2013

$184 ($174 members)

06/29/2019 – 08/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ballet 3 with Nancy Teinowitz

for kids with birthdays between: 12/29/2005 and 06/29/2011
Ballet 3 is an intermediate class for children who have been studying ballet for at least two years. Curriculum will develop your child’s expertise in classical ballet. Barre work will begin to develop strength and technique, while across the floor combinations will focus on building a movement vocabulary. Students will increase their knowledge of terminology and develop a sense of rhythm and musicality. More attention will be paid to proper execution of movement.

$184 ($174 members)

06/29/2019 – 08/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Ballet 3 - 4 with Nancy Teinowitz

for kids with birthdays between: 06/29/2005 and 06/29/2009
Ballet 3 - 4 is an intermediate class for children who have been studying ballet for at least two years. Curriculum will develop your child’s expertise in classical ballet. Barre work will begin to develop strength and technique, while across the floor combinations will focus on building a movement vocabulary. Students will increase their knowledge of terminology and develop a sense of rhythm and musicality. More attention will be paid to proper execution of movement.

$200 ($190 members)

06/29/2019 – 08/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 12:05 PM – 1:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance 2 with Nancy Teinowitz

for kids with birthdays between: 06/29/2007 and 06/29/2011
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.

$184 ($174 members)

06/29/2019 – 08/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance 3 with Nancy Teinowitz

for kids with birthdays between: 12/29/2004 and 06/29/2009

$216 ($206 members)

06/29/2019 – 08/17/2019 (8 meetings)

Saturdays · 2:30 PM – 3:50 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance Styles with Nancy Teinowitz

$76 ($71 members)

07/25/2019 – 08/15/2019 (4 meetings)

Thursdays · 8:00 PM – 9:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave

Jazz Dance Styles with Nancy Teinowitz

This new class will explore a new jazz dance style each 4 weeks ranging from Old School Broadway, to iconic Fosse, to the contemporary slick style seen in the current blockbuster hit “Hamilton”, and everything in between! This high energy class encompasses a lot of style, pizzazz and getting down! Starting with stretching and strengthening exercises, each session involves a series of isolations, across the floor movements, and a fun, high-paced dance routine!

$76 ($71 members)

07/26/2019 – 08/16/2019 (4 meetings)

Fridays · 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM · 4545 N Lincoln Ave