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Des Plaines School of Dance to offer free dance classes

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  • New and returning dancers to the Des Plaines School of dance can sample jazz, modern, hip-hop and ballet classes at the Saturday, Sept. 10, open house.

      New and returning dancers to the Des Plaines School of dance can sample jazz, modern, hip-hop and ballet classes at the Saturday, Sept. 10, open house.
    Courtesy of Lisa Haring

 
Submitted by Des Plaines Park District

The Des Plaines School of Dance will host an Open House and day of free dance classes from 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker St.

Classes will be divided into four sessions by age: dancers ages 3-5 will be taught from 11-11:45 a.m.; ages 6-8 from noon-1 p.m.; ages 9-12 from 1:15-2:15 p.m.; dancers ages 12-17 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.; and adults from 3:45-4:45 p.m. Each class will include instruction in ballet, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. New and returning dancers to the School of Dance are invited to meet the instructors and sample a variety of dance genre in a relaxed atmosphere. Parents are encouraged to stay and observe the class and meet the instructors after each session.

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Classes are taught by members of the School of Dance staff, an experience ensemble of working, professional dancers and choreographers, who perform locally and abroad.

The Des Plaines School of Dance offers a well-rounded program with over 50 classes in ballet technique, pre-pointe, pointe, modern, jazz, Broadway jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and tap, as well as parent/child classes, specialty classes, and classes just for boys. Students are divided by age and ability and classes are taught in modern studios with specially equipped, injury resistant floors, full length mirrors, secure barres and state of the art sound systems. The School has three unique programs: a Tots in Motion program with classes designed for preschool age children; the Performance program, a nine-month training course that culminates in a recital; and an A la Carte Program that allows teens and adults to cherry pick classes that fit their schedule.

Registration is in progress for fall dance classes. For information about the School of Dance classes, call the dance hotline at (847) 391-6924, or visit DPParks.org.

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