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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Dance: Advanced Ballet & Modern

For Ages: 11 - 15 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. Modern dance is a form of dance which encourages the freedom of expression, improvisation, innovation and creative exploration of movement. Students focus on movement from the inside out, encouraging use of breath, energy and connection.


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Dance: Ballet /Tap Combo

For Ages: 4 1/2 - 9 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. This class also includes an introduction to tap technique, vocabulary, & fun upbeat music to encourage dancers to open doors to all styles of dance! 


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Dance: Bitty Ballet

For Ages: 2-3 1/2 years

This is the perfect introduction class for your little one who loves to dance around the house. Parents are able to stay in the room and can interact with their little one. Bitty Ballet is the best way to introduce young children to dance and creative movement. We are dedicated to instilling a love of dance in toddlers and having fun at the same time. 


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Dance: Boys Hip Hop

For Ages: 5 - 8 Years

Boys only hip hop is a class designed to focus on isolations, stretching, rhythms and funky footwork. Hip hop is a great way to improve balance and coordination all while having fun!


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Dance: Jazz/Musical Theater

For Ages: 8 - 12 years

Get to know more about musical theater while learning the fundamentals of jazz technique in a fun new way alongside your favorite show tunes. Come dance and learn about improvisation and character development.


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Dance: Mini Poms

For Ages: 6 - 9 years

Poms is the combination of sharp, precise arm movements and technical skills such as turns, leaps, kicks and toe touches. This class offers training in poms technique and the elements of dance used in poms. Taking Poms/Dance classes is a great head start for those students looking to join XStatic Poms Squad.


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Dance: Tiny Ballerina

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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Dance: Twinkle Toes

For Ages: 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 years

If dancing is your child's favorite activity, then this is the class for them! Students will learn what their bodies can do, developing coordination and an understanding of rhythm through princess themed dance, stories and songs. 


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