Fortè Dance Company

Fortè Dance Company is a performance and competitive year-round dance program that focuses on Hip Hop, Jazz, and Ballet. In the company, dancers learn a variety of choreography with a focus on performance ability. Dancers perform at local community events seasonally, holiday showcases, and dance recitals. At the end of the season, all companies participate in a recreational competition. The Fortè Dance Company gives dancers the opportunity to work toward excellence and improve their dance technique while learning important teamwork skills and having fun. The Carol Stream Park District is dedicated to providing an excellent dance experience.


Company Auditions - Feb 8 & Feb 10

Free Auditions
Accepting new members, Forte Dance has a variety of styles to choose from. The tryout will be during class, participants learn a combination during class so staff can assess their skills. You will be notified if you qualify to join the team!
Audition Days:
Monday, Feb 8
Jr. Hip Hop & Hip Hop (Ages 8+)
Wednesday, Feb 10
Ballet (Ages 10+)
Petite Jazz (Ages 8+)
Jr. Jazz (Ages 8+)
Jazz (Ages 10+)

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Values of the Fortè Dance Company


We have high expectations from our company members, putting the company as a priority is very important to the success of the program. Frequent absences and tardiness is not tolerated. The Company is a team, and everyone needs to work together and have an equal level of commitment.


It is important that we communicate with our parents and participants about what is going on with the company. There is a newsletter sent out at the beginning of each month. It includes what the Fortè dancers are doing that month, important dates, member birthdays, and more.


While the Dance Company is held at a higher standard than the other dance programs, at the end of the day we are a recreation-based program and it is important that our members have fun. It is our intention that the members have fun and enjoy performances, and competition not to worry about placement and trophies.

Team Unity

The Fortè Dance Company is one company; all dancers work together and encourage each other throughout the year. In order to improve on team unity, we have group outings, and parties for the Fortè members together throughout the year.


Companies focus a lot on technique throughout the season. It is our goal to make sure our dancers have proper technique and are fully prepared for their competition and performances.


Rehearsal Times

Ballet and LyricalWednesday6:15-7:45 pm
JazzWednesday7:15-8:45 pm
Hip HopMonday7-8:15 pm
Ballet and JazzWednesday6:15-8:45 pm
Jazz Jr.Thursday4:45-6 pm
Jazz 3 and Fortè TechniqueTuesday8-9 pm

Performance & Practice

September 24Fortè Parent Committee Meeting
October 1Competition Fee Due
October 31No Class
November 19-22No Class
November 26Costume Fees Due
November 30Tree Lighting Performance
December 2Fortè Jazz Performance on Polar Express
December 14Holiday Dance Showcase
December 15Christkindlmarket Performance
December 24-January 3No Class
JanuaryMakeup and Hair Class
April 5Competition Rehearsal
April 12-14Competition
May 4Spring Dance Recital

Fortè Member of the Month

As a reward to members who are upholding the expectations and values of the team; instructors choose a member to receive the honor of being Fortè Member of the Month!


Rachel Arendt

Is the performing arts coordinator and has been a dance instructor for over 29 years and with the Carol Stream Park District for over 14 years.

Katie Garvey

Is our Jr. Jazz instructor and has danced with the Carol Stream Park District for over 20 years first as a student now as an instructor.

Linda Gawrych

Jazz and ballet instructor, she previously oversaw the Dance N’ Style performance troupe and has been with the Carol Stream Park District for almost 20 years.

Deanna Rafidia

Hip-hop instructor, she has been with the Carol Stream Park District for a few years now and has many years of experience in dance.

Brianna Sitkowski

Jazz technique instructor and works with jazz small groups. She has been at Carol Stream Park District for a few years and many years of experience as a competitive dancer.


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