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The Glendale Heights Dance program prepares young dancers to practice this art in a healthy and supportive environment which remains affordable to residents and community members. High quality instructors teach specialty classes to prepare students to express themselves creatively through an array of dance styles.

The Glendale Heights Dance program provides studio quality instruction and recitals without the costs of a private studio.  Each instructor is committed to making sure each student grows and develops in a positive, fun and creative environment.
Courtney has been studying the art of dance for over fifteen years. Her specialties include lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap, poms, hip hop, ballet and Broadway. She has been a member of the Marquis Dance performance and competition teams, the Action Dance Crew Competition team, The Wheaton Starz Dance Troupe and The RG Academy Competition Team. She was the recipient of a full scholarship at Chicago Dance Connection in 2011. Her teaching career began over five years ago teaching at Lights, Camera, Dancin' in Roselle, Front Street Dance Center in Wheaton, and the Warrenville Park District.

Jocey teaches our youngest dancers.  She has danced with the Villa Park Village Recreation Department and has danced for an event company.  She also teaches gymnastics and cheered with the Glendale Heights Spartans.  This is Jocey's third year teaching dance with program.

Edward teaches a variety of styles including hip hop, jazz, musical theatre, and poms/cheer.  He has worked in the PATH After School program has experience leading both choreographed performances as well as cheer.

Regular Class Levels
Mini (Tapping and Tutus:  Ages 4 to 5, potty-trained and independent
Beginner 1:  Ages 6 to 10, up to two (2) years prior experience
Beginner 2:  Ages 11+, up to two (2) years prior experience
Intermediate 1:  ages 6 to 10, with 2-4 years experience
Intermediate 2:  ages 6 to 10, with 2-4 years experience
Adult:  Ages 16+

We accept late registration with instructor permission, but we do not prorate fees. There are no refunds for missed classes.

Upcoming Classes

Little Princess Dance Academy (Ages 4-6)
Join us for an exciting month of dance and story time!  Each week dancers will learn a storybook-themed dance using props and fun songs from their favorite books and movies! We will create our own props!

Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00 pm, July 11 – August 1
Instructor:  Miss Jocey

Dance Performance Camp (Ages 7-13)
Learn audition skills, how to learn choreography faster, themed costuming, make-up and hair for the stage. Each day will focus on a different style, and at the end of camp, dancers will put on a small performance for friends and family at the Sports Hub

Small performance in Studio 1 on last day of class from 7:00-7:30 pm.

Thursdays, 5:00-7:30 pm, July 6- July 27
$75/$85     116083.01
Instructor: Miss Courtney

Adult Barre Fitness  (AGES 14+)
Set to energetic music, each meeting focuses on an upper body workout and a high-intensity thigh, seat and core exercises at the barre.  Practice a releasing stretch after we work a muscle group, which results in stronger and more elongated muscles while gaining flexibility.  Leave each class feeling revitalized, motivated, and inspired.

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, July 6 – July 27
$40/$45     116014.01
Instructor: Courtney

Youth Latin Dance  (AGES 5-10)
Learn Latin dance styles from around the world. The instructor will teach at a pace appropriate for young dancers at a beginner or intermediate level.
Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm   6/14 - 7/5
$35/$40     116032.01
Instructor: Mr. Edward

Students in this upbeat class learn different jumps, turns, and movements that are often used in professional productions. Students wear leotard, tights, fitted shorts, beige or black jazz shoes.

Students learn how to make music with their feet while learning about rhythm and musicality. Students wear leotard, tights, fitted shorts, beige or black tap shoes.
Lyrical is a style of dance that draws from the techniques taught in ballet and jazz while conveying a story through movement. Students wear leotard, tights, fitted shorts, beige or black jazz shoes.
Students will discover the classical techniques of ballet, including terminology and positions.   This style is the foundation of all dance! Students wear Leotard, tights, ballet skirt (optional), pink ballet shoes.
Musical Theatre
What can be more fun that combining dance with singing and acting?  Students will learn to take on the characters from major hit Broadway shows! Bring your singing voice!  Students wear leotard, tights, fitted shorts, beige or black jazz shoes.

Hip Hop
Students will practice isolations, tricks, and the amazing dance moves seen in the latest music videos and concerts.  Students wear t-shirt, shorts or yoga/dance pants (no jeans!), and clean street shoes.

Participants will sharpen poms and cheer routines with a cheer leading coach who is familiar with what is expected in competitions. 

Glendale Heights Dance Competition Team
If you are ready to take your dancing to the next step, it's time to compete!  Study under experienced instructors who know what it takes to make it in competitive dance.  The team requires two weekly classes, one of which must be ballet, additional rehearsals, two dances at two competitions, costumes and spirit wear. 
Participants will be enrolled in ballet class as part of competition team at no additional cost; however, all team members are required to enroll in one specialty class throughout the year (hip hop, jazz, tap, or lyrical).  To perform in ballet dance in the recital, participants must pay the costume fee.  All participants will be assessed and placed in the appropriate level by the dance instructors.
Dancer's level is assessed by instructor; dancers are assigned to a level.
Fee includes:
-Two dances at least two competitions
-Costumes, shoes, and tights for competition dances
-Spirit wear
-Studio Competition Practice
-Competition Team Course (ballet, acro, flexibility, etc.)
Fall Information will be released later this summer.

Adult Courses (High School or older)
Adult Competitive/Private Dance
Miss the thrill of performing on stage and competing or want to try something totally new?  Learn to dance and show off! A great alternative to personal training or those working toward an event like a wedding, sweet sixteen or anniversary party! Costume fee and competition date to be determined by instructor.
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