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!

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!

Class Breaks

  • Thanksgiving break: November 20-November 26, classes will resume on November 27
  • Winter break: December 23-January 6, classes will resume on January 6
  • Spring Break: March 26-March 31, classes will resume on April 2


Dance Recital

Recital dance classes run September-May. Dancers will perform in the annual Holiday Dance Showcase on Friday, December 15 & the spring Dance Recital on Saturday, May 5.

Registration will be accepted until December 1, 2017. 

Dance in the Recital

NEW! Forte Dance Company

The new and improved performance and ‭competition company is for dancers who enjoy Ballet, Jazz, or Hip Hop. We are now offering 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. For more information please call: (630) 784 6105 or email:

‭Jazz Company                                                                  Ballet Company
‭Ages 10+ yrs                                                                          ‭Ages 10+ yrs
‭W • 7:15-8:45pm • Sep 13-May 23                                    ‭W • 6:15-7:45pm • Sep 13-May 23
‭Full: $375R / $395NR                                                         ‭Full: $375R / $395NR
‭Monthly: Approx $42R / $44NR                                      ‭Monthly: Approx $42R / $44NR

Hip Hop Company                                                  ‭       Ballet & Jazz Companies
‭Ages 8+ yrs                                                                            ‭Ages 10+ yrs
‭M • 7:00-8:15pm • Sep 11-May 21                                     ‭W • 6:15-8:45pm • Sep 13-May 23
‭Full: $315R / $335NR                                                          ‭Full: $550R / $570NR
‭Monthly: Approx $35R / $38NR                                       ‭Monthly: Approx $62R / $64NR

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.

Try Dance

Nutcracker Dance Party

Winter Break Camp

Looking for a fun activity for your little dancer during the winter break? Send them in for a few mornings of fun, and get some post holiday returns done! Each day send them in for holiday themed dancing, crafts, and games.

  • Ages: 3-6 yrs
  • December 27-29
  • Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday from 9:30am-11:30am


Adult Dance

Line Dancing

Learn to line dance to fun upbeat music! You won’t need a partner but feel free to bring some friends, get great exercise, and have a lot of fun. Dances are easy to learn through patterns and repeated steps.

  • October 25-December 6
  • Tuesdays 8:00-9:00 PM

Instructor: Estelle Peabody


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.

  • October 25-December 6
  • Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 PM

Instructor: Mariano Carreno


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.

  • October 25-December 6
  • Wednesdays 7:00-8:00 PM

Instructor: Diane Smith


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.

  • October 25-December 6
  • Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 PM

Instructor: Diane Smith

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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.


September 11-December 14

Mondays & Thursdays  – 3:30-6:00 PM

Session (13 Weeks) – Code 12134 $42 R / $62 NR
One Visit $5 R / $7 NR
Five Visits $20 R / $30 NR



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