Dance

Music and freedom of expression through dance can create a solid foundation in many other facets of life.  Dance helps build stamina, flexibility, strength, balance, and coordination.  Dancers develop good posture, build confidence and self-esteem as they express themselves through creative movement.

The Vernon Hills Park District offers a variety of dance classes for students ages two through adult.  Through an exceptional and progressive dance curriculum, dancers explore various forms of dance while fostering proper technique and skills.  Once a student has mastered a beginning course, he or she can move up to intermediate or advanced classes.

Our school year dance program begins in late August/early September and culminates with our annual spring dance recital in early May.  Our non-recital dance classes allow children to dabble in a variety of dance classes without the long-term commitment.  Non-recital dance classes culminate with a parent observation day at the final class.

Our team of professional dance instructors maintain a supportive, nurturing environment for our dancers.  Classes are held at the Sullivan Community Center – 635 N. Aspen Drive.  For more information regarding dance, please contact Sarah Chapleau, Dance Coordinator, at sarahch@vhparkdistrict.org.

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Fall 2020 Dance Classes

Early Childhood Dance (Non-Recital Classes)

Creative Movement (Non-Recital)

Children are introduced to basic dance and creative movement through imaginative games, songs, music, and rhythmical patterns.  Coordination, motor skills, flexibility and confidence are developed at this stage of dancing.  A parent or caregiver actively participates alongside the child.

Age 2 years
Female Attire Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes and hair tightly secured.
Male Attire Fitted white t-shirt, black stretch pants and black ballet shoes.
Parent/Caregiver Attire Comfortable clothing and clean-soled dance or gym shoes.

Pre-Ballet (Non-Recital Winter Session)

Children are introduced to basic ballet movements while giving them a passion for dancing.  Coordination, rhythm, and flexibility are developed at this stage of dancing.

Age 3-6 years
Female Attire Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes and hair tightly secured.
Male Attire Fitted white t-shirt, black stretch pants and black ballet shoes.

Early Childhood Dance (Recital Classes)

Running from late August/early September through May, children learn dance fundamentals while working on rhythm, coordination, balance, and self-confidence.  Basic dance terminology is incorporated into class instruction.  The session concludes with our annual dance recital in early May.  Note: The cost of recital costumes and tickets are non-refundable and are not included in the class fee. These items will need to be purchased for the recital.  Dress rehearsal is mandatory in order to participate in the dance recital.  The recital is optional. Your child can register for the class even if he or she decides not to participate in the recital.

Ballet/Tap 1 Combination – Recital

Children are introduced to basic ballet and tap movements while giving them a passion for dancing.  Coordination, rhythm, and flexibility are developed at this stage of dancing.

Age 3.0-4.11 years
Female Attire Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes and hair tightly secured.
Male Attire Fitted white t-shirt, black stretch pants, black ballet shoes and black tap shoes.

Youth Dance (Non-Recital Classes)

Designed specifically for youth 5-18 years old, these non-recital programs are perfect for developing dance technique and skills without a long-term commitment.  Children learn dance fundamentals while working on rhythm, coordination, balance, and self-confidence.  Basic dance terminology is incorporated into class instruction.  The session concludes with a special parent observation class.

Poms (Non-Recital Winter Session)

Precision and strength are emphasized in this spirited, high energy class Students learn the fundamentals and intermediate skills of Poms, including kick sequences, while working on arm strength and group coordination.

Age 7.0-12.11 years
Female/Male Attire Black jazz pants, form fitting shirt, and black jazz shoes.

 

Jazz (Non-Recital Winter Session)

Learn the basics of the fast-paced style of jazz in this class, including fancy footwork, big jumps and turns. Students will learn to express their own unique style through this versatile style of dance.

Age 7.0-12.11 years
Female/Male Attire  Jazz pants, form fitting shirt, black jazz shoes.

Youth Dance (Recital Classes)

Designed specifically for youth 5-18 years old, these recital programs are perfect for developing dance technique and skills.  Running from late August/early September through May, children learn dance fundamentals while working on rhythm, coordination, balance, and self-confidence.  Basic dance terminology is incorporated into class instruction.  The session concludes with our annual dance recital in early May.  Note: The cost of recital costumes and tickets are non-refundable and are not included in the class fee. These items will need to be purchased for the recital.  Dress rehearsal is mandatory in order to participate in the dance recital.  The recital is optional. Your child can register for the class even if he or she decides not to participate in the recital.

Ballet/Tap 2 Combination (Recital)

Children are introduced to basic ballet and tap movements while giving them a passion for dancing.  Dancers learn ballet positions, combinations, and progressions.  Tapping becomes more precise as dancers explore quicker combinations.

Age 5.0-6.11 years
Female Attire Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes and hair tightly secured.
Male Attire Fitted white t-shirt, black stretch pants, black ballet shoes and black tap shoes.

 

Ballet (Recital)

Ballet technique is emphasized with repetition of exercises at the ballet barre, center work, and across the floor progressions.  Correct posture, strength, flexibility, grace and rhythm are emphasized.  The technique and level of difficulty will increase with each level of ballet.

Age 7.0-12.11 years
Level 1 Introductory class-no experience necessary.
Level 2 For dancers who have completed one to two sessions Ballet Level 1.
Female Attire Black leotard, pink tights, pink split sole ballet shoes and hair tightly secured.
Male Attire Fitted white t-shirt, black stretch pants and black split sole ballet shoes.

Tap (Recital)

Tap dance involves manipulating your feet to create sounds and rhythms.  Tap technique is emphasized.  As the level of the dancer advances, combinations and speed of movement increase.

Age 7.0-15.11 years
Level 1 Introductory class-no experience necessary.
Level 2 For dancers who have completed one or two sessions Tap Level 1.
Female Attire Black leotard, black tap shorts or capris, black tap shoes, hair tightly secured.
Male Attire Fitted white t-shirt, black stretch pants and black tap shoes.

Hip Hop (Recital)

Coordination, quick thinking, and rhythm are developed during this high energy class.  Students learn the fundamentals and intermediate skills of Hip Hop including basic choreography and break dance movements.  Dancers also have the freedom to develop their own styles through freestyle movement.

Age 7.0-12.11 years
Level 1 Introductory class-no experience necessary.
Level 2 For dancers who have completed one or two sessions Hip Hop Level 1.
Female/Male Attire Comfortable clothes and hip hop sneakers.

Lyrical (Recital)

Lyrical dancing tells a story through movement, feelings and emotions. Combining modern, jazz, and ballet dance, lyrical is characterized by fluidity and grace.  Dancers develop stage presence and expression.

Age 10.0-18.11 years
Level 1 For dancers who have completed one or two sessions of a recital dance class.
Level 2 For dancers who have completed one or two sessions of Lyrical Level 1 and have been invited by instructor to advance to Lyrical Level 2.
Female Attire Black leotard, black tights or jazz pants, nude lyrical shoes, hair tightly secured.
Male Attire Fitted white t-shirt, black stretch pants and black lyrical shoes.

Adult Dance – Coming Soon!

Beginner and Intermediate Ballroom Dance is offered at Lakeview Fitness.

Special Recital Dance Payment Policy

Special Dance Payment Policy
Participants enrolling for the full year of dance (September – May) have the following payment options:

  1. Pay in full.
  2. Pay in thirds: 1/3 at registration, 1/3 on October 15, 1/3 on December 15. Auto-debit from a credit/debit card is required for this option.