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Dance/Drama

Dancing has no age limitation.  Dance enhances balance and coordination, provides a creative escape, can be performed solo or in a group and can even improve your memory! So whether you’re 1 or 101, step right up and dance!

Do you have a future actor or actress in your house?  If so, the Peoria Park District offers great educational drama programs throughout the year.  The Peoria Park District also partners with community theater groups.

Dance – Adult


Our adult dance programs are a great way to meet new people, get your aerobic exercise and have fun at the same time!  No matter what your taste, we have an adult dance program to suit your fancy.  Ballroom, swing, line, belly, salsa or tap…choose what’s right for you.

Our dance programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.


Dance – Youth


If you have kids, you may be looking for a great way to channel their seemingly boundless energy…Dance is a great way to get your kids (even the littlest ones!) involved and active.  Dancing is a highly physical activity, and kids who take dance lessons regularly should expect to see a significant improvement in their overall physical health.

The Peoria Park District offers a progressive program of dance instruction, starting with children as young as two years old. We also offer a full regimen of adult classes, too!

And no matter your age or budget, our sessions are flexible and affordable.

Check out our full class list here and sign up today.

Our dance programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.


Park District’s Theater Education for Children


In collaboration with Peoria area schools, the Park District operates Theatre Education for Children (TEC) which is a 10 week program offered twice during the school year.  The Fall semester focuses on creative dramatic and acting skills while the Winter/Spring semester focuses on play production.  A short play is presented at the school in April each year.

Our drama programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.


PPD Partner: Community Children’s Theater


Peoria’s Community Children’s Theater was established to introduce children in our community to the exciting world of theatre. CCT works to educate and enrich the lives of these young people, and in the process, bring fine entertainment to our community.


PPD Partner: Peoria Players Theatre


​Peoria Players Theatre produces quality theatrical entertainment, provides a creative outlet for local talent and creates hands-on learning experiences for onstage and backstage volunteers.