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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.

Click on a class below for more information.

Class Location:

FDS – Betty Merkle Ford Dance Studio at Franciscan Rec Complex
NCA – Noble Center, Auditorium
NCC – Noble Center, Classroom

Adult Ballet: Ages 15+

Barre and centre floor work will be emphasized. Dress code: leotard and tights or dance pants plus ballet shoes. Class location: FDS

Swing Dancing: Ages 16+

Get an introduction to 6-count swing, including basics, proper frame concepts and turns.  You will enjoy dancing to the great big band sounds.  The mix of rhythm and sound from today’s hot new bands will make your feet want to move.  Must have partner. Fee listed is per couple. Class location: NCA

Middle Eastern Belly Dance: Ages 16+

Women of all ages and sizes can enjoy the benefits of this low impact dance. Continue to build on the Foundation Moves and explore choreography. Benefits -increases your sense of space and gracefulness. Class location: FDS.  *No class 11/24. PREREQUISITE: Instructor’s consent.

Middle Eastern Belly Dance Intermediate II: Ages 16+

For students who have taken Intermediate I and are ready for more advanced work. *No Class on 7/4. Class location: FDS

Middle Eastern Belly Dance Advanced: Ages 16+

For advanced students who have taken the Intermediate II class. *No Class on 7/4. Class location: FDS

Ballroom: Ages 16+

Learn the basic steps in waltz, fox trot, swing and cha cha. Dress code: No flip-flops and no tennis shoes. Must wear dance practice attire: slacks, casual dress, leather sole shoes. Must have partner; fee listed is per couple. Class location: NCA

Salsa: Ages 16+

Brush up on your club dancing and move to the beat of a fusion of traditional African and Cuban and other Latin-American rhythms. You will learn dance moves  influenced by many Cuban dances  such as Mambo, Cha Cha, Guaracha, Changuí, Palo Monte, Rumba, Abakuá, Comparsa, Mozambique and integrated swing dances. Singles welcome. Class location: NCC

Wedding Dance: 16+

Get ready for that big event by learning the basics of ballroom, Latin, swing and contemporary. Learn how to lead, follow, dip, etc. It’s perfect for anyone going to a wedding. Bring your song on tape or CD. Must have partner; fee listed is per couple.Class location: NCA

Tap Dance: Ages 16+

Come tap dance with us! Class location: NCA

Line Dancing: Ages 50+ but open to 18+

Learn basic line dance steps using swing, cha-cha and waltz music for great fun and exercise. No partner needed. All classes taught by Jerrie Roe at First Baptist Church.


You must register for these classes in advance.

Beginner Line Dance

Learn basic line dance steps using swing, cha-cha and waltz music for great fun and exercise. No partner needed. Outstanding fun!

Intermediate Line Dance

Step up the challenge and the fun with intermediate line dance with Jerrie Roe! All classes take place at First Baptist Church.



  • Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Broadway Bound:
    Girls: Leotard, tights, ballet and tap shoes
    Boys: T-shirt, black tights, shorts or jazz pants, ballet and tap shoes
  • Acrobatics & Tumbling:
    Leotard, unitard, or sweat pants and gym shoes