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Dance Programs

Norridge Park District's dance program begins in September and typically runs through May. Dance students can sign up for classes offered at various times and days of the week. Dance classes take place over two sessions (Fall & Winter/Spring). Participants are required to sign up for both the fall and the winter/spring sessions consecutively. Fall session classes generally begin in September, Winter/Spring in January. All program payments must be completed prior to the first day of classes in fall and Winter/Spring. Check out the brochure for most up to date dance class fees.  



Ballet: The basic ballet positions and techniques will be taught as students learn to appreciate the grace and beauty of the dance.

Ballet Technique: This class will help dancers perfect their ballet positions and techniques with the goal of enhancing overall dance skill level and ability. (This class is a required class for Movers and Shakers Competition groups but available to other students that may be interested. Inquire with the Park District regarding age and skill level requirements if interested in signing up for this class and are not a participant of the Movers and Shakers performing groups.)

Choreography: In order to participate in Choreography class, students must be enrolled in at least one other dance class with Norridge Park District. Teachers will guide students in creating a dance piece for the recital using improvisational, structured and teamwork exercises.

Contemporary Dance: This class takes elements from many dance forms and combines them to create an expressive form of dance unique to our time. Ballet, jazz and modern dance technique are learned in combination with fun choreography to popular music.

Dance Club: In order to participate in Dance Club, students must be enrolled in at least one other dance class with Norridge Park District. Dance Club is for dancers who want more performance experience and does not require an audition. Dance Club is a fun way for dancers to gain valuable performance experience and build confidence in order to take their dancing to the next level.

Dance Strength & Conditioning:  This fun and structured class combines yoga, core work and barre’ to stretch, strengthen and refine your body. It can be taken in conjunction with other dance classes to round out an athletic dancer’s education or it may be taken as a stand-alone class as part of a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Fairytale Ballet: This imaginative pre-ballet class combines ballet fundamentals and creative movement with fairytale stories.

Hip Hop Babies: This class will introduce young students’ to the basic vocabulary and style of hip hop movement. Hip Hop is about personal style and expression. This high energy class can be taught to anyone with a passion to move, so no dance experience is required.

Hip hop: A fun, energetic style of dance in which students will learn a variety of freestyle dancing and the latest dance moves.

Jazz: This class will focus on learning, applying and perfecting dance technique and increased flexibility through the use of floor, barre, and center exercises. Students will learn routines for which they will apply and practice the fundamentals and more advanced movements as skills are perfected.

Movers and Shakers: Students must audition for Mini, Jr. and Sr. level Movers and Shakers performing groups. The Movers and Shakers typically participate in one competition per month during the months of January – May. Competitions typically take place in various locations around the Chicagoland area. All Movers and Shakers are required to participate in a Ballet Technique class as well.

Parent / Tot Dance Class: This class is specifically designed for the young child that loves to move and dance with music. Emphasis is placed on motor skill development, coordination and balance in a safe, nurturing environment that encourages parent involvement.

Tap: A fun and exhilarating class that will focus on coordination and learning a variety of rhythms and tempos which will build every week. 

Ballet Technique, Tricks and Turns – NEW: For the serious dancer that would like to improve on technique and take their dancing to the next level. There will be a series of tricks, turns and jumps introduced weekly to build on current skills. Dancers will also learn how implement these into dance routines.

Creative Movement: This class is a joyful way for children to explore movement through music, develop physical skills, channel energy, stimulate imagination and promote creativity all while beginning to learn the basics of technical dance.

Combo Class – NEW: In this high energy class students will learn the basic fundamentals of a variety of dance styles including tap, jazz, ballet and hip hop. This is a great way for the young dancer to explore different styles of dance and decide which one they would like to pursue.

Ballerina Babes – NEW: Children will learn the basics of ballet through creative movement and fun, imaginative exercises. With the use of props and interactive music, children will be encouraged to contribute their own style and personality to the class.

Future Ballerinas Camp: This exclusively ballet camp emphasizes traditional ballet technique including correct body placement, proper use of turn out and use of arms. A great way to jump start your study of ballet.

Dance Pioneers Camp: Classes will be a combination of ballet, jazz, hip hop dance history and current dance culture. Young dancers will explore each genre of dance and begin to understand its place in our culture.

Summer Blast: This fun, summer adventure is intended for teens and tweens who are newcomers to dance and will be a mix of hip hop, jazz, and ballet.

Dance Explorers Camp: Classes will be a combination of ballet, jazz, hip hop dance history and current dance culture. Young dancers will explore each genre of dance and begin to understand its place in our culture.


Dance Shoe Requirements:

Each dance class requires a specific type and color of shoe. Please see the key below to determine the appropriate style and color of shoe that you will need for participation in your dance class:

Class Type Shoe Style and Color Needed
Creative Movement Black Tap & Pink Ballet
Hip Hop Black Jazz or Black Hip Hop
Jazz & Ballet Black Jazz & Pink Ballet
Jr. Movers and Shakers Please ask the instructor
Sr. Movers and Shakers Please ask the instructor
Tap & Jazz Black Tap & Black Jazz


Dance Recital:

The Norridge Park District Dance Recitals will take place in May, there are two separate shows. There will be an afternoon 12:30 show and evening 3:30 show on Saturday, May 16th. (Remove the Friday evening and Saturday Matinee). The Dance Recital will take place at Dominican University’s Performing Arts Center. Participants will be notified when recital tickets go on sale. An allotted number of tickets will be on sale solely to dance participants for a period of time at which point the remainder will then be sold to the general public on a first come first serve basis. A dress rehearsal will take place at Dominican University’s Performing Arts Center prior to the dance recital.

2020 Dance Recital Information Coming Soon!

Recital Show Assignments

Dance Pictures:

Professional dance pictures are taken of individuals and classes participating in the dance program.  The professional photos are taken by AJ Photography.

Picture day will take place in April prior to the dance recital. Participants must wear their full dance costume for pictures. Participants will be notified once pictures will be available for pickup at the Norridge Park District's NRC East location.

2020 Picture Day Schedule Coming soon!


Dance Costumes:

Dance costumes are ordered in fall after measurements are taken of each individual in the dance program. Measurements will be taken by the child's teacher and will take place during a specified dance class. A parent or guardian will need to be present during this dance class to agree to the correct dance costume size to be ordered.

Dance costumes are NOT RETURNABLE OR EXCHANGABLE.  Parents or guardians are solely responsible for any alterations needed.   It is suggested that if the size to be ordered is questionable as in the child's measurements fall between sizes or fall at the high end of a specific size, that parents agree to order the size up to allow for potential growth before the recital or alterations if needed.

The price for dance costumes is included in the fall session payment for dance. The Winter/Spring session does not include a dance costume fee. The dance costumes will be passed out to participants during classes.  If a participant is absent from class the week that costumes are passed out, they may pick up the costume as early as the following day at the Norridge Park District's NRC East location.  Please note, dance costumes will only be given to participants that have paid for both the Fall and the Winter/Spring session and do not have any additional balances owed on their Park District account.  Participants may pick up the costume from the NRC East once the balance is paid.


Dance DVD's:

The Norridge Park District will hire a professional videographer to videotape both Saturday and Sunday matinée performances of the Dance Recital. The videographer company is KTR Media. The recital DVD has been included into the winter/spring session fee payment.

Participants interested in purchasing a recital DVD are able to do so at one of the Norridge Park District's registration counters or online through the Norridge Park District's registration portal located on the Norridge Park District's website. Participants will be notified when Dance DVD's are available for pickup from the Norridge Park District's NRC East location.  Dance DVD's will only be on sale at the Norridge Park District up to two weeks following the recital. After this time, participants must contact Masterview directly to arrange to purchase the Dance Recital DVD.


Bathroom Usage During Class:

Students should try and use the bathroom prior to coming to dance class.  Students are allowed to use the bathroom during class, but please be aware that they will be going to the bathroom without their dance instructor's assistance.

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