Dance 2021

Find a variety of dance classes for all ages. Learn new dance skills, refine current ones. Enjoy great music and move to creative choreography by our experienced dance instructors. Classes are at Simkus Recreation Center unless otherwise noted.

West Coast Swing Dance

Aug 18 - Sep 22
Sep 29 - Nov 3
Nov 10 - Dec 15

Ages 18+

The appeal of West Coast Swing is that it is an adaptable dance, it can be danced to a variety of musical styles and genres!

Ballroom Dance for Adults

Aug 19 - Sep 23
Sep 30 - Nov 4
Nov 11 - Dec 16

Ages 18+

Master the basics of the Waltz and Foxtrot. Get ready to hit the dance floor with confidence after this energy-packed class. 

Swing Dance for Adults

Aug 19 - Sep 23
Sep 30 - Nov 4
Nov 11 - Dec 16

Ages 18+

Learn how to dance Swing with ease and confidence. Basic lead and follow techniques are covered in addition to many popular patterns.

Forte Dance Company - AUDITIONS

Aug 30
Hip Hop - ages 8-18

Sep 1
Ballet - ages 10-17
Jazz - ages 7-17

Join us for our free audition to be apart of the Forte Dance Company! Spots available for Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet/Lyrical, and Junior Jazz Companies.

Learn with Me!

Sep 7 - Dec 14
Sep 9 - Dec 16

Ages 1-2

Ease the transition into preschool with the comfort of a parent/caregiver guiding the way. Activities include music and movement, songs, crafts, stories and individualized play. Child must be able to walk. One adult per child. No class 11/22-11/26.

Dance with Me (with parent)

Sep 7 - Dec 7
Sep 11 - Dec 11

Ages 1-3

Dance class designed for boys and girls new to dance, along with a parent or caregiver. Focus on dance movement, hand-eye coordination and basic dance techniques that are great for early childhood development. Fee is per child. Maximum two children per adult.

Young Ballerinas

Sep 7 - Dec 7
Sep 9 - Dec 7

Ages 3-5

Little dancers are introduced to the structure of a ballet class, basic etiquette, terminology, fee and arm position as well as posture. These pre-ballet classes are less formal and incorporate props and dance games for young attention spans.

Forte Dance Company
2021-2022 Season

Sep 8 - May 11
Ballet Company - ages 10-17

Sep 8 - May 11

Petit Jazz Company - ages 8-14
Junior Jazz Company - ages 7-17
Jazz Company - ages 10-17

Sep 13 - May 9
Hip Hop Company - ages 8-17

Forte Dance Company free Auditions on
Aug 30 & Sep 1

Poms

Sep 7 - Dec 7
Ages 4-6

This class is a nice introduction to dance, cheers, and more! Participants learn basic poms routines and dance skills.

Little Dancers

Sep 9 - Oct 14
Sep 13 - Oct 18
Oct 21 - Dec 2
Oct 25 - Dec 6
Ages 2-3

Introduce your tot and preschooler to dancing through various classes that teach structure, basic etiquette, terminology, feet and arm position and posture.

Ballet Pre-Pointe/Pointe

Sep 9, 2021 - May 12, 2022
Ages 10-18

Dancers focus on exercises for foot strength and suppleness. Previous ballet experience and enrollment in Ballet Technique class or Forte Dance Company is required. Dancers are evaluated during the first class to determine skill level readiness.

Ballet Classes

Sep 9, 2021 - May 12, 2022
Ballet 1 - ages 6-8

Sep 7, 2021 - May 10, 2022
Ballet 2 - ages 8-18

Sep 7, 2021 - May 10, 2022
Ballet 3 - ages 10-18

Sep 9, 2021 - May 12, 2022
Ballet 4 - ages 10-18

Sep 9, 2021 - May 12, 2022
Ballet 5 - ages 12-18

Hip Hop Classes

Sep 9, 2021 - May 10, 2022
Mini Hip Hop 1
Ages 3-5

Sep 11, 2021 - May 15, 2022
Mini Hip Hop 2
Ages 4-8

Sep 13, 2021 - May 9, 2022
Hip Hop 1
Ages 6-8

Sep 13, 2021 - May 9, 2022
Hip Hop 2
Ages 4-8

Learn various hip hop dance moves with focus on offering a new set of combinations and routines in every class.

Twinkle Toes

Sep 11, 2021 - May 14, 2022
Ages 2-3

Toddlers are introduced to ballet, music, and moves to increase motor skills. Dancers perform in the holiday dance showcase at the end of the class.

Tiny Toes 1 & 2

Sep 11, 2021 - May 14, 2022
Ages 3-5

Preschoolers are introduced to the core fundamentals of ballet and tap. Develop technique, terminology, feet position, alignment, rhythm and class etiquette.

Kinderdance

Sep 11, 2021 - May 14, 2022
Ages 5-6

Kindergarteners learn the dance disciplines of ballet and jazz or tap in a fun, active environment. Develop technique, strength, flexibility, coordination, rhythm and class etiquette.

Ballet & Tap

Sep 11, 2021 - May 14, 2022
Ages 6-8

This Tap and Ballet class is designed to develop rhythm, style and sound in tap, and teach basic ballet techniques and combinations.

Jazz 1 & 2

Sep 11, 2021 - May 14, 2022
Ages 6-11

This class incorporates basic dance techniques and rhythm. Jazz combinations and routines are taught weekly.

Irish Dance

Sep 11 - Dec 18
Ages 5-18

Discover the tradition and intricate choreography of Irish dance! Learn Step dancing and group dances. Beginner and intermediate dancers are welcome. No class on 10/9 or 11/27.

Poms Dance Team

Oct 4, 2021 - Mar 12, 2022
Ages 6-8

This is an introduction to dance, cheers, and more! Participants will learn basic poms routines to perform starting in January for the park district's youth basketball games on Saturdays.