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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.


These classes are a progressive program of dance instruction. A dance revue will be held each April with costumes for any/all students in the youth dance program. (Students in dance lessons do not have to participate in the dance revue.

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR THESE PROGRAMS.

 

Broadway, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop Classes

Broadway Bitsies – Dance and Tumbling for Tots: Ages 2-3

Dance and tumbling class for our youngest Broadway stars!  Class covers basic tap, ballet, jazz and tumbling pre-skills to get students ready for formal dance and tumbling classes. Students will hop, jump, sway, sing and tumble with fun music and motions specific to the age and attention span of the young child! Students need dance wear: socks (not tights), ballet shoes and tap shoes.

Broadway Bound I: Ages 3-5  

Tap, ballet and jazz will be taught in this combination class learning basic steps to fun music. .

Musical Theatre Dance: Age 7-13

Students will progress forward with their dance techniques while further exploring various dance styles used in Broadway shows!

Tap Dance: Age 5-13

Tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap will be covered in this class with an emphasis on developing proper tap technique and clear tap sounds.

Jazz Dance: Age 5-13

This class will focus on learning proper dance technique such as isolation’s of the body, improving performance quality, and developing complex rhythms and patterns.

Street Jazz-Hip Hop: Ages 9-15

This exciting new dance style can be seen on popular video productions. Used as a great body strengthening technique, dancers will learn the fundamentals of hip-hop. This course emphasizes movement, isolation’s, stretching, strengthening, and rhythms.Dancers participate in warm-ups and learn fun routines.

 

Ballet Classes

Introduction to Ballet: Ages 3-5

Learn the fundamentals of dance such as rhythm, coordination and creative movement while you prepare for barre work.

Classical Ballet I: Ages 6-15

This introduction class begins with the fundamentals of dance such as rhythm, coordination, and creative movement. Dancers learn basic ballet terms, positions and barre work as well as simple combinations.

Classical Ballet II: Ages 6-15

Barre and centre floor work will be emphasized.  PREREQUISITE: CLASSICAL BALLET I OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR.

Classical Ballet III: Ages 10-15

Barre and centre floor work for advanced students. PREREQUISITE: CLASSICAL BALLET II OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR.

 

Acrobatic and Tumbling Classes

Acrobatic & Tumbling – Beginner I: Ages 3-5; Ages 6-9

Stretches and tumbling exercises for the beginner, including cartwheels, front and back rolls, headstands, etc. Children must remain seated at the mat during individual instruction time. Dress code: leotard, ballet or gym shoes. Long hair must be pulled back in bun or pony tail. Short hair should be out of face with a head band. This is a 30 minute class.

Acrobatic & Tumbling – Beginner II: Ages 3-9

Continuation of the skills learned, this class will focus on back bends, front and back limbers, round offs, etc. Dress code: girls-leotard, boys-tee shirt and shorts; everyone should wear ballet or gymnastic shoes. Long hair must be pulled back in bun or pony tail. Short hair should be out of face with a head band.

Acrobatic & Tumbling – Intermediate/Advanced Ages 6-16

For those who have some basics and are ready for back bends, front and back limbers, round offs, etc. Dress code: girls-leotard, Boys-tee shirt and shorts; everyone should wear ballet or gymnastic shoes. Long hair must be pulled back in bun or pony tail. Short hair should be out of face with a head band.   PREREQUISITE: BEGINNER I.

 

Cheer and Dance Teams

Explosion Teams: Ages 5-13

Coach: Rachel Hayes

Sparkler and Dynamite Teams are designed for beginner cheerleaders who wish to learn and perfect their skills in tumbling, stunting, cheers and pom-style dance. Students will have the opportunity to perform in the community. Please wear tennis shoes, shorts and a t-shirt. Long hair must be in a ponytail.

Dance Team: Ages 8-13

Coach: Rachel Hayes

Explosion Dance Team is designed for dancers who wish to learn and perfect their skills in competitive group dance. Students will have the opportunity to perform in the community and compete (when available).