Give your little one a great start in the wonderful world of dance through our fun, yet high-caliber, dance program. Classes take place in the Fitness and Recreation Center Dance Studio, where you can view your children from the lobby through our special one-way mirror (we’re sorry, no parents allowed in the dance studio during class).

Level Information:

In order to help parents better understand which classes would be best for their child, the Barrington Park District has included different levels for each class. Below is a basic description of the four different levels of dance offered.

Pre Classes: Very basic introduction to dance. Ages: 2 – 4 years. No previous dance experience required.

Level I Classes: An introduction to a given style or styles of dance technique, class etiquette, and basic choreography. Approximate ages: 4 – 7 years. No previous dance experience required.

Level II Classes: An intermediate approach to a given style or styles of dance technique, class etiquette, and choreography with a slightly faster-pace teaching style to give the students the ability to grow as a dancer with technique, flexibility, strength, and style. Dancers are encouraged to retain and perform skills and routines and will be encouraged to begin expressing themselves through performance. Approximate ages: 7 – 10 years. No previous dance experience required but recommended.

Level III Classes: An intermediate- advanced teaching approach of a given style or styles of dance technique, class etiquette, and choreography. Students will be held more accountable to retain and perform skills and routines and will be encouraged to express themselves individually through performance. Approximate ages: 8 – 15 years or instructor approval. Previous dance experience preferred.

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Advanced Ballet (Fall)

For Ages: 7 - 14 years

Students will concentrate on graceful movements, expression and musical understanding. They will build strength, coordination and technique while being introduced to advanced steps and combinations. Previous ballet experience required.

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Ballet - I/II (Fall)

For Ages: 4 - 8 years

I: The goal of Ballet Level I is to impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. II: Focus on ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality.

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Ballet/Tap Combo (Fall)

For Ages: 4 - 6 Years

This is a primary course that introduces ballet technique and class etiquette including ballet positions, as well as basic ballet vocabulary, across the floor exercises, simple steps, correct posture & ballet choreography.

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Hip Hop +Plus (Fall)

For Ages: 5 - 7 years

An introduction for students focusing on developing a foundation of basic Hip Hop movements, across the floor exercises and choreography. This class also incorporates beginner techniques which focuses on learning fundamental jazz and hip hop steps and basic vocabulary.

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Jazz/Tap Combo (Fall)

For Ages: 7 - 10 Years

Learn the basics of musical theatre. Jazz and Tap to your favorite show tunes. Play a character while you learn to move. Great introduction for students who want to be on stage and a huge leap forward for the experienced dancer.

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Modern/Contemporary (Fall)

For Ages: 7 - 14 years

Modern dance appeals to the creative, artistic soul in everyone because of its expressiveness and freedom of individuality. This class teaches important dance skills including fundamental principles of contraction/release, spiral and shift of weight.

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Tiny Ballerina (Fall)

For Ages: 3 - 4 Years

Introduction to ballet with beginning development of ballet concepts including turn out, coordination, spatial awareness and a specific focus on class etiquette. Students will begin positions of the feet, and introductory movement vocabulary.

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