Dance Programs

Prospect Heights Park District offers many types of dance classes for your enjoyment & fun! Your young ones will learn creative movement, basic motor and coordination skills, classroom cooperation, awesome dance steps to rhythm and beats and the chance to make new friends in class as well! You’ll find dance classes for everyone from Ballet to Hip Hop to Jazz & Tumbling! To view our current offerings, visit our Stay and Play Online Registration System & browse our Dance Programs…


Class Descriptions

Ballet & Tap – This class offers a chance for young dancers to be introduced to creative movement and new friendships! Here we will learn room directions, basic motor and coordination skills, and classroom cooperation. Ballet & Tap shoes required.

Contemporary – Contemporary combines elements of jazz, lyrical, modern, and ballet in an expressive style of dance that explores the versatility of movement through exercises and improvisation. Required attire: leotard or tank top with dance shorts or leggings and bare feet. May use ballet or jazz shoes.

Dance Combo – During this class dancers will learn hip hop and jazz moves while incorporating samba, salsa & cha cha moves. Shoes requires Jazz.

Dance Team Prep – This class offers performers the opportunity to experience and prepare for a dance team. We will be focusing on group coordination and personal spirit by learning fun routines incorporating poms, hip hop and jazz, as well as working on dance technique including jumps, turns, and leaps. Also within the class, dancers will learn essential work ethics including dedication, determination, and team work. This class will be a great experience for dancers looking to audition for school or community teams or for performers hoping to strengthen their talent and ability. Clean Gym Shoes or Jazz shoes required.

Hip Hop – This class will expand on the fundamentals of Hip Hop and introduce more advanced dance steps and movements. Clean Gym Shoes or Jazz shoes required.

Hip Hop Jazz – During the jazz part of class we will be working on improving the exciting and impressive tricks and technique that not only follow into other dance classes but can also wow your friends and family.  In jazz we will also be focusing on smooth and continuous movement.  While during the hip hop section of class we will grounding our movements and getting into the urban groove by learning awesome choreography including a lot of cool moves that you may have seen in your favorite music videos. Clean Gym Shoes or Jazz shoes required.

Itty Bitty Ballet – An introduction to dance for our very youngest dancers.   This class is structured to stimulate coordination skills, listening skills, balance, music interpretation, creative movement and motor development.   This is an excellent introduction to the world of dance. When the dancers are ready, parents will leave the classroom wait in the hall or guardian participation is required. Ballet shoes required.

Jazz – Come learn the rhythms, stylized movements, and choreography for this exciting form of dance set to upbeat music. Jazz shoes required.

KinderDance – This class combines Ballet, Tap and Jazz.  Basic listening skills and following directions are emphasized while learning the basic fundamentals of dance. Ballet, tap & jazz shoes required. (may use ballet shoe in place of jazz shoe)

Lyrical – Lyrical dance is a beautiful style of dance which blends the stylings of ballet, jazz and modern.  Warm-ups and barre work are designed to develop a dancer’s classical technique, while still maintaining a jazz and/or modern style.  Music selected usually has strong meaning and the choreography is designed to tell a story or express the feeling/mood of the music. Bare feet or Paws required.

Preschool Poms – Dancers will learn beginning pom fundamentals and a basic routine. This class is great for promoting coordination and self-esteem. Gym or jazz shoes required.

Poms Class – Hip hop and dance movement with poms. Clean Gym Shoes or Jazz shoes required.

Princess Ballet – Calling all Little Princess…. Join us for this fun introduction to Ballet where we will learn basic ballet steps. Put on your finest princess wear or your favorite Tutu and join us for a trip to fantasyland! Ballet shoes required.