Seasonal Classes

The Seasonal Classes are specifically designed for early-stage dancers looking for a beginner level class. This program invites participants to engage in condensed sessions as a way to experiment, explore or jump-start their involvement in the park dance program. All classes concluded with a Family Observation Day.

Discover Dance with Me 

Check back Fall 2020

Age

Walking - 3 yrs + Parent Participation

Description

Explore the joy of movement with your child and discover the many benefits of early childhood dance classes. We will dance, sing, and play in both one-on-one activities and group activities. Through circle activities, open exploration, and gross motor development exercises, children will blossom with class as they grow with their caregiver during this precious time together. 

Dress Code

Girls, boys and guardians: Comfortable clothing, ballet shoes or bare feet

Discover Dance Tots

Check back Fall 2020

Age

2 - 3 yrs

Description

Watch your child’s independence and confidence soar, as our dancers explore and discover the benefits of a more structured dance class. Following directions, waiting for our turn, and collectively problem-solving will encourage emotional and social development. Live singing, musical play, and sensory props will have these little ones moving and grooving with their friends and eager to return to class each week!

Dress Code

Girls: Leotard, footless tights, ballet shoes or bare feet

Boys: Comfortable, fitted clothing and bare feet

Discover Dance & Stories

Check back Fall 2020

Age

3 - 6yrs

Description

Discover the magic of imaginative play with live singing, structured explorations, books and skill development. Our Discover Dance classes offer an outlet for creative expression, physical growth, and social interaction. Children will explore the essence of movement that will lead to the discovery of multiple styles of dance. Each dance class we will read a story in class too.

Dress Code

Girls: Leotard, footless tights and bare feet

Boys: Comfortable, fitted clothing and bare feet

Ballet/Tap Combo

Check back Fall 2020

Level

A, I, II, & III

Description

Ballet/Tap Combo is the most popular combo for dancers. Classes include stretches, barre work, class etiquette, basic technique of each style, games and learning choreography in both ballet and tap. 

Dress Code

Girls: Leotard, tights, ballet & tap shoes

Boys: Comfortable, fitted clothing and ballet & tap shoes

Hip Hop/Jazz Combo

Check back Fall 2020

Level

A, I, II, & III

Description

Jazz music and dance evolved over the years into the popular style of Hip Hop! Dancers will learn basic jazz and hip hop technique along with popping, locking, and many other cool tricks and moves to energetic pop music. Please wear leotard, tights, (boys-comfortable clothing), jazz shoes.

Dress Code

Girls: Leotard, tights, and jazz shoes

Boys: Comfortable, fitted clothing and jazz shoes or dance sneakers

Hippity Hop

Check back Fall 2020

Age

3 - 6 yrs

Description

It’s time to groove! Hippity-Hop introduces the fundamentals of jazz and hip hop while exploring the concepts of dance.

Dress Code

Girls and boys: Comfortable, fitted clothing and jazz shoes or dance sneakers

Stretch & Strength

Check back Fall 2020

Age

7 - 15 years

Description

This class is designed for dancers interested strengthening their body and developing their flexibility to enhance their dance skills.  All dancers are welcome.  No experience needed.  Please wear clean gym shoes or jazz shoes, comfortable clothing and bring your own yoga mat.

Dress Code

Comfortable, fitted clothing and gym or jazz shoes; bring your own yoga mat

Park Studio Classes

The Park Studio program track is a studio program designed around the Park District community culture. This track is for dancers of all ages and experience levels who are looking for a full season commitment with a final recital. Within this program, participants can engage in core studio-level dance classes as well as hybrid, combination classes. All Park Studio classes will participate in the Spring Recital on 5/30/21 (MPD) and 6/6/2021 (PDLG). Costume Fees not included.  In the event of inclement weather or Covid-19 shut downs, classes will be held virtual on Zoom.

Classic Combo (ballet/tap)

Check back Fall 2020

Age

3 - 6 yrs, 6-9 yrs

Description

The Classic Combo is the most popular combo for brand new dancers: Ballet and Tap. Classes include stretches, barre work, class etiquette, basic technique of each style, games and learning choreography in both ballet and tap.

Dress Code

Girls: Leotard, tights, color matching ballet shoes, black tap shoes

Boys: Comfortable, fitted clothing; black ballet shoes, black tap shoes

Foundations Combo (ballet/jazz/tap)

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Age

7-10 yrs

Description

The Foundations Combo class incorporates technique from the 3 standard American dance styles (Ballet, Tap and Jazz) to prepare dancers with a strong dance foundation. Classes include stretches, barre work, class etiquette, basic technique of each style, games and learning choreography.

Dress Code

Girls: Leotard, tights, color matching ballet shoes, black jazz shoes, black tap shoes

Boys: Comfortable, fitted clothing; black ballet shoes, black jazz shoes, black tap shoes

Hip Hop 

Check back Fall 2020

Age

3-6 yrs, 6-9 yrs, 9-11 yrs, 11-15+ yrs

Description

Jazz music and dance evolved over the years into the popular style of Hip Hop! Dancers will learn basic hip hop technique along with popping, locking, and many other cool tricks and moves to energetic hip hop music.

Dress Code

Girls and boys: Comfortable, fitted clothing and black jazz shoes, gym shoes, or dance sneakers

Ballet/Jazz Combo

Check back Fall 2020

Levels

A & I

Description

Ballet/Jazz Combo class is ideal for dancers looking to learn the flow and grace of Ballet while also learning the countering face-paced movement of jazz. Classes include stretches, barre work, class etiquette, basic technique of each style, games and learning choreography. As the foundation of all dance, Ballet emphasizes precision, balance and strong technique. Jazz dance, a truly American style of movement, matches the upbeat and exciting rhythms of jazz, rock and now pop music.

Dress Code

Girls & Boys: Form fitted clothing and ballet & jazz shoes

Hip Hop/Jazz Combo

Check back Fall 2020

Levels

A & I

Description

Jazz music and dance evolved over the years into the popular style of Hip Hop! Dancers will learn basic jazz and hip hop technique along with popping, locking, and many other cool tricks and moves to energetic pop music.

Dress Code

Girls & Boys: Form fitted clothing and hiphop & jazz shoes.

Ballet

Check back Fall 2020

Level

A

Description

Learn the flow and grace of Ballet in a fun engaging class. Classes include stretches, barre work, class etiquette, basic technique ballet, games and learning choreography. As the foundation of all dance, Ballet emphasizes precision, balance and strong technique. Please wear form fitted clothing and ballet shoes.

Dress Code

Girls and boys: Form fitted clothing and ballet shoes

Ballet

Check back Fall 2020

Ages

9-15 yrs

Description

Ballet introduces dancers to the fundamentals of ballet technique while exploring the concepts of dance. Every class will include barre work and center work specifically designed to strength the dancer’s ankles, feet and legs as they prepare for pointe shoes. Please wear leotard, tights (boys-comfortable clothing) and ballet shoes.

Dress Code

Girls: Leotard, tights, and ballet shoes

Boyd: Comfortable clothing and ballet shoes

Lyrical

Check back Fall 2020

Ages

9-15 yrs

Description

Lyrical takes jazz and ballet technique to create beautiful, expressive movement that explores the story in music.  Please wear leotard, tights and tan jazz shoes.

Dress Code

Girls: Leotard, tights, and tan jazz shoes

Boys: Comfortable clothing and tan jazz shoes

Virtual Classes

Live Virtual Classes

The live virtual classes invite participants to engage with in person class from the comfort of their own homes.  All participants will receive a private Zoom invitation to their class and will participate in the comfort of their home at a specific time with their dance teacher and an in person class.  Dancers will be able to interact with other dancers and dance teachers live.  Virtual dancers can join any seasonal or park studio dance class virtually.  Virtual dancers will not participate in Spring Recital but will learn technique and choreography with Park Studio classes.  Virtual dancers can also request private virtual dance lessons with an IAC dance educator. If you are interested in joining a dance class virtually or starting a private virtual dance class please contact Lora@innovationartsconnection.com.

Pre-Recorded Virtual Seasonal Classes

The pre-recorded virtual seasonal classes invite participants to engage in a full session of dance from their homes and on their own schedule.  All participants will receive a weekly email with a link to a pre-recorded class video, obstacle course suggestions, and coloring sheet. Dancers can access all pre-recorded lessons in their home at any time until December 20, 2020.

Discover Dance Families

Check back Fall 2020

Age

Walking - 6 years + Parent Participation

Description

Explore the joy of movement with your child and discover the many benefits of early childhood dance classes. We will dance, sing, and play in both one-on-one activities and group activities. Through center activities, open exploration, and gross motor development exercises, children will blossom with class as they grow with their caregiver during this precious time together.

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