• THE DOWNERS GROVE SCHOOL OF DANCE

    Our dance classes are centered around offering dances of all ages and abilities a chance to learn different styles of dance with an emphasis on safe and correct technique. We strive to create a safe and supportive environment that allows all participants an equal opportunity to grown and learn both artistically and physically, while having fun! Dance classes take place in dedicated dance rooms at the Lincoln Center. Studios feature dance floors, mirrors and ballet barres.

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    Class Progression

    Introductory or "pre-dance" classes focus on learning through movement, developing balance, coordination, and other fine- and gross-motor skills. Dancers are introduced to age-appropriate techniques and vocabulary.

    Classes then progress to more disciplined and advanced techniques while promoting positive attitudes, poise and self-confidence. We follow an adaptive curriculum - the techniques and lessons focused on in each level of classes are unique to the group of students in the class at that time.

    Dancers are continuously evaluated, and your child's instructor will provide you with recommendations on which classes to take from session to session; you should expect your dancer stay in the same level of class from Fall to Winter-Spring for 1 to 2 school years. Dance classes are divided into age categories, but dance instructors may recommend moving your dancer to a different level after the first few classes of a new session.

    Class Attire

    • Ballet: leotard & tights; leather or canvas ballet shoes
    • Tap: Comfortable, non-restrictive clothing (leotard & tights, t-shirt/tank top with leggings, shorts, etc.); black tap shoes
    • Jazz/Musical Theater/Contemporary: Comfortable, non-restrictive clothing (leotard & tights, t-shirt/tank top with leggings, shorts, etc.); leather or canvas jazz shoes
    • Hip Hop: Comfortable, non-restrictive clothing (leotard & tights, t-shirt/tank top with leggings, shorts, etc.); hip hop shoes or clean sneakers that are worn only for class
    Overall, dance attire should allow the student to move freely without need for readjustment, and allow the dance teacher to see and correct the dancer's form and lines. Midriffs must be covered. Skirts and tutus are optional. Hair should be pulled back so that it stays out of eyes & off the face. Bows or non-functional accessories should not be worn.
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  • Imagine Dance Team

    In accordance with the IDCEO and ISBE guidelines regarding youth and adult sports, Dance Team is not currently allowed to attend any competitions, and it is unclear when we will be allowed to return to competition. As an alternative to regularly scheduled practices, we are in the process of developing a series of skill-building and conditioning classes open for all past or prospective team members, ages 7+. It is our hope that competitions will resume in the spring of 2021; to that end, we tentatively plan to hold auditions in late fall. More information to come!

  • Private Lessons

    Private and semi-private lessons are 45 min in length. Pricing is as follows:

    • Private - $36/lesson
    • Semi-Private (2 students) - $22/lesson/student
    • Semi-Private (3 students) - $15/lesson/student

    Days, times and styles are subject to instructor availability. To schedule a private lesson, please email Anna Fontanetta at afontanetta@dgparks.org.

  • MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

    Aimee

    Dancing most of her life, Aimee is extremely passionate about sharing her love for the art of dance with others. She is a 2020 graduate of Millikin University where she studied music and dance. There she trained under esteemed artists Laura Chiaramonte, Angela Miller, and Sean Morrissey, led Millikin's premiere hip-hop dance crew, Physical Graffiti, and performed with the Alabama Ballet. She has also taken classes from world renowned dancer/choreographers Austin Lim, Mia Michaels, and Stephen "Twitch" Boss.

    While she has been trained in a variety of genres from ballet to musical theatre, her favorites include tap and hip hop. She has taught and choreographed for all ages with various theatre productions, dance concerts, camps and classes. Through teaching, she hopes to continuously share the love and joy that dance has brought her.

    Kaleigh

    Kaleigh has been dancing since the age of 5 and has not stopped since! She is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She has been a part of works created by choreographers like Endalyn Taylor, Linda Lehovac, Olga Zitluhina and Jennifer Monson. Her recent performance experience includes dancing in A Suite from Psalms, choreographed by Jose Limon (1967), reconstructed by Roxane D'Orleans Juste and idling gorge just just idling just, choreographed by Jennifer Monson. She has been teaching dance for the past 4 years at various studios in the Urbana, Illinois area and continues to create and perform as opportunity arises.

    Kathleen

    Kathleen is a Chicagoan that has been dancing since she was six years old. Trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Hip Hop, she received her BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago where she had the privilege of performing works by Emma Draves, Stephanie Martinez, and Darrell Grand Moultrie. She was also a part of Joel Hall Dance Company II and performed a piece by Duwane Pendarvis. Additionally, Ms. Alvarado has performed in dance festivals such as Going Dutch, where she performed "Out of Focus" by Sophia Perez, and in "Room" by Megan Amal at Mess Hall.

    As a teenager, Ms. Alvarado volunteered in the YMCA Youth Intervention program. She was given the opportunity to teach, and saw firsthand how her passion for dance can inspire others. Since then, she has taught throughout the Chicagoland area with Red Clay, Design Dance and Music House. Above all, Ms. Alvarado believes that dance has the ability to bring people together no matter where they are from; dance can strengthen bonds and build an inclusive and diverse community that learns how to communicate and work together.

    Emma

    Emma graduated from Northern Illinois University with a minor in ballet and a major in communications. She has danced in performances such as Paquita, Napoli, and various student choreographed pieces.

    Before college, she began dancing at the age of three! Emma has danced with the Chicago Festival Ballet and went on a regional tour with their Nutcracker production. She has taught dance for over 7 years, including teaching ballet, modern, musical theater, and jazz at the Dance Centre of Lombard. In addition to teaching, Emma has also been involved in many productions in which she has provided choreography or instruction.

    Michelle Dawson - Dance Kids USA

    Dance Kids USA, formed in 1995 by Michelle Dawson, is a mobile dance school offering pre-dance classes for your budding dancer as well as parent-tot classes. Michelle also teaches adult tap classes in cooperation with the Park Districts of Woodridge and Lisle. Michelle began dancing at the age of 3, and never stopped. In 1989, she began teaching at Park Districts, schools, studios and child care centers across the area. Michelle studied dance at the College of DuPage and Roosevelt University, and has continued her education by becoming a licensed Pilates and Zumba instructor, in addition to attending classes and workshops. Michelle has continuously demonstrated her love of dance and teaching by creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere in her classes; she is truly dedicated to the enrichment of each child.

    Shasta "Puanani" Hud - Hula Classes

    Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai'i, Shasta began to dance hula at the age of five, and continued dancing throughout her teen years with Auntie Lucy Lee, and later in her early twenties with Auntie Rose Joshua. It was in her early twenties that she was selected, among a group of Hawaii's most talented dancers, to represent Aloha Airlines and travel the world spreading the Aloha Spirit through Hula.

    Shasta went on to form her own troop, Hula 'O Puanani, and began teaching in 1994 to all ages: from keiki (students) as young as 5, to teenagers, young adults and gracious ladies (45+). Auntie Shasta continues to expand and share her knowledge of hula by attending workshops throughout the Midwest as well as back home in Hawai'i, and is part of the Hula Association of the Midwest. She is proud to teach what she has learned and share her "Aloha" and passion for hula with her Haumana (students). Through her and her Haumana, she continues to carry on the spirit and beautiful tradition of Hula!

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