Dance

Dance Recital Classes 

Dance Recital classes run September-May and include performances in the annual holiday showcase, and spring dance recital. Registration will be accepted for dance recital classes until December 1. Participants that register after November 11 will not begin classes until January. All classes are held at Simkus Recreation Center.

Forte Dance Company 

Check out our new and improved dance company for Ballet, Jazz, and Hip Hop dancers! Missed auditions? Call (630) 784-6105 about openings available in the company!

AUDITIONS: September 5 for Hip Hop, Jazz and Ballet

Seasonal Dance Classes 

Instructional dance classes are offered on a seasonal basis for children of all ages. Participants do not perform in our annual spring Dance Recital. Parent observation will be held during the last class of the session. All classes are held at Simkus Recreation Center.

Adult Dance

Dancing is for all ages! Bring a friend, spouse, partner, or join on your own for one of our adult dance classes! We offer Salsa, Swing, Ballroom, and Line Dancing!

Baton Twirling 

The Simkus Recreation Center gym is available for drop-in twirling. An adult over the age of 18 must be present during practice and a park district waiver must  be signed. See below for more information!

 

Forte Dance Company

The performance and ‭competition company is year round program for dancers who enjoy Ballet, Jazz, or Hip Hop. We  offer three ‭different companies. Dancers learn a variety of choreography with a focus on performance ability. ‭Dancers perform at local community events, the ‭winter Holiday Dance Showcase, and spring Dance Recital. In ‭addition, all companies come together for a group ‭dance to be performed at the Dance Recital. At the ‭end of the season all companies participate in a ‭recreational competition.

NEXT AUDITIONS WILL BE IN MAY OF 2019

 

Rehearsal Times:

  • Hip Hop Company: Mondays 7:00-8:15 PM
  • Ballet Company: Wednesdays 6:15-7:45 PM
  • Jazz Company: Wednesdays 7:15-8:45 PM
  • Junior Jazz Company: Thursdays 4:45-6:00 PM

Single Company Fees: 

  • Hip Hop Company $35R / $$37NR
  • Ballet Company $40R / $42NR
  • Jazz Company $40R / $42NR
  • Junior Jazz Company $35R / $37NR

Combo Fees: 

  • Ballet & Jazz Companies Monthly Fee: $60R / $62NR
  • Hip Hop & Jazz Companies Monthly Fee: $65R / $67NR
  •  Ballet  & Hip Hop Companies Monthly Fee: $65R / $67NR
  •  Junior Jazz & Hip Hop Companies Monthly Fee: $60R / $62NR

 

 

Dance Recital

Recital dance classes run September-May. Dancers will perform in the annual Holiday Dance Showcase on Friday, December 14 & the spring Dance Recital on Saturday, May 4.

In the meantime, sample a recital class this summer!

Sample a recital class before the fall season to see what fits best for you! There is no performance at the end of the summer.

Recital Classes Include: 

  • Mini Hip Hop 1 & 2
  • Tiny Toes 1 & 2
  • Kinderdance
  • Ballet Technique
  • Ballet Pre-Pointe/Pointe
  • Hip Hop 1 & 2
  • Ballet 1 & 2
  • Jazz 1 & 2
  • Musical Theatre 1 & 2

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Seasonal Classes

The Park District offers seasonal classes, including tap, ballet, hip hop, poms dance team, and Irish dance. These classes do not perform in the annual spring dance performance.

Classes Offered: 

  • Mommy and Me Dance
  • Little Ballerinas
  • Dance Combination
  • Young Ballerinas
  • Dance Jumble
  • Poms
  • Hip Hop Dance
  • Irish Dance

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Winter Break Camps

 

Information Coming Soon!

Adult Dance

 

Classes held at Simkus Recreation Center: 

Salsa 

Need to add some spice to your step? Feel the heat, feel the beat, feel your body wake up with Latin Salsa Dancing. Lessons are suited for dancers of all abilities.

  • Mondays 8:00-9:00 PM

Instructor: Mariano Carreno

Ballroom

Master the basics of the waltz, foxtrot, and swing. Get ready to hit the dance floor with confidence after this energy-packed class. Basic lead and follow techniques are covered; no need to memorize choreography. Singles and couples are both welcome.

  • Wednesdays 7:00-8:00 PM

Instructor: Diane Smith

Swing

Learn how to dance the swing, also known as the Jitterbug and East Coast Swing, with ease and confidence. Basic lead and follow techniques are covered in addition to many popular patterns. Singles and couples are both welcome.

  • Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 PM

Instructor: Diane Smith

Classes held at Wheaton Park District; 1777 S Blanchard St, Wheaton, IL 60189: 

Country Couples

Whether you dance with the same person all the time or ‘dance around’ a good dance starts witha competent leader. We demonstrate moves, then each part is explained and practiced. Let Dance With Janet take the mystery out of couples dancing. Partners are encouraged, single dancers are matched up as well as possible.

  • Thursdays 7:30-8:45 PM

Not Your Mother’s Line Dancing 

Love to dance, but don’t have a partner? Learn to line dance to country, pop, rock, oldies, and current hits, using a pattern of steps that repeat through a song.

  • Mondays 5:30-6:45 PM

Classes held at the Winfield Park District; 0N020 County Farm Rd, Winfield, IL 60190:

Dance Barre

This newly formatted class is inspired by ballet and incorpates elements of Pilates, isometric toning exercise and dance into a workout guaranteed to sculpt and slim your body. Improve your posture, develop longer, leaner muscle groups, and increase flexibility by combining the graceful training of dance barre work with energizing low impact exercise. No dance experience required!

  • Thursdays 11:30 AM-12:15 PM

 

 

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Baton

Open Baton Twirling

Simkus gym is available for drop-in twirling. An adult over the age of 18 must be present during practice and a park district waiver must be signed. Save money and sign up for the entire session! Participants must sign in at the front desk upon arrival. Location: Simkus Recreation Center.

SUMMER SESSION

Tuesdays June 5-August 7

6:45-8:45 PM

Session (10 Weeks) – Code 14704 $33 R / $50 NR
One Visit $5 R / $7 NR
Five Visits $20 R / $30 NR

 

 

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