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 1 – This beginning level class is designed to develop awareness of alignment and basic ballet vocabulary and technique. Class will include basic barre exercises, as well as center work. Your child will have a fun time learning the secrets behind becoming a great ballerina. Tights & leotard with ballet shoes. 

Ballet 2 – Come enjoy the excitement and beauty of classical ballet! This class will focus on ballet terminology and technique through the execution of barre work, center, and across the floor exercises. Your child will have a clear understanding of body alignment, movement quality, carriage of upper body, and flexibility. Tights & leotard with ballet shoes. 

Ballet 3 – These are intermediate classes. Prior ballet experience is required. We will focus on classical ballet technique.  Barre work, center and across the floor exercises are designed to better your technique, as well as performance quality and confidence. With quality and knowledgeable teaching, and an encouraging environment, these classes will be a perfect fit for those who aspire to improve their dancing! Tights & leotard with ballet shoes. 

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.

Company Classes – Dancers learn a variety of choreography & terminology with a focus on performance ability. This class is perfect for dancers who enjoy Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical & Contemporary dance. Required attire: Jazz shoes & Ballet shoes.

Curtain’s Up! – This class is perfect for your young aspiring actors to learn how to put on a show. Have fun playing games that teach you how to act, react, and be heard in the back row! We will perform several skits during our dance recital.

Dance Lunch Bunch – Hey parents: Does your dancer attend afternoon Preschool? Morning Preschool? Dancers will enjoy lunch together before heading to their next class.  Dance, lunch then preschool (afternoon preschoolers) & Lunch, Dance for morning preschoolers.  Must be registered for a dance class to take advantage of this program.

Drill Team Prep – Interested in trying out for a competitive dance team but have reservations about your skill level? Drill team prep class can help you build confidence through practice of flexibility, core building, skill training, and personality enhancement. If you are looking to grow as a dancer, improve technique, or just want to engage in extra practice through a variety of dance and skill level, Drill team prep is the place for you! Main focuses: skills, discipline, placement, timing, attention to detail, facials, personality expression, teamwork, leadership skills (peer teaching), leaps, turns, high kicks, lexibility, across the floors, quick combos & uniformity.

Hip Hop – High energy, contemporary routines using current moves and today’s hottest music. Dancers will be introduced to hip hop technique and movement. Jazz shoes required.

Itty Bitty Ballet/Princess Ballet – 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.

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

Jazz Funk – Unleash creativity in our modern/contemporary dance class! Students will learn how to let loose and perform with emotion. We will explore many different styles and moods. Students will learn how to tell a story through dancing.

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.

Musical Theatre – Dance, sing and act! Learn stage presence and performance by learning songs and dance routines set to numbers from popular musical theatre productions.

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.

Tap I – Learn the basics of tap dance, steps, exercises, musicality, and rhythm.

Tap II – Continuing tap dance with more complex rhythms, steps, and more.

Tap III – Advanced tap dance, complete with improvisation, intricate combinations and exercises, and much more.

Adult Tap Dance – Exercise your mind and body with open level tap dance. Learn the basics and much more!

CLICK HERE for the Spring 2022 Dance Classes!

CLICK HERE for the Spring Preschool 2022 Dance Classes! 

NEW!! Create Your Own Class

Busy with other activities or looking for a class that just fits YOU? Pick a day & time and pick your genre and let’s make it happen! This newly created class can be a solo, duet, trio or more. Grab your friends and let’s DANCE! Please call Marci Glinski at 847-666-4875 for more details.