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  • 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.)

    DRESS CODE:
    • Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Broadway Bound–
    Girls: Leotard, tights, ballet and tap shoes
    Boys: T-shirt, black tights, shorts or jazz pants, ballet and tap shoes

    • Acrobatics & Tumbling–
    Leotard, unitard, or sweat pants and gym shoes

    • Locations:
    FDS = Betty Merkle Ford Dance Studio at Franciscan Rec Complex
    NCA = Noble Center Auditorium
    NCC = Noble Center Classroom

    REGISTRATION FOR WINTER/SPRING 2017 CLASSES BEGINS JANUARY 4.

    YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR THESE PROGRAMS. CLICK ON A CLASS NAME BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION. 

    Broadway, Tap, 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 dancewear: socks (not tights), ballet shoes and tap shoes. Fee-R/NR: $73/$85.50

    Register here

    Broadway Bound I: Ages 3-5  

    Tap, ballet and jazz will be taught in this combination class learning basic steps to fun music. Fee-R/NR: $73/$85.50 *No classes held 10/28 or 11/25.

    Register here.

    Broadway Bound II: Ages 3-5

    Register here.

    Broadway Bound I & II: Ages 6-9

    Register here.

     

    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, isolations, stretching, strengthening, and rhythms.Dancers participate in warm-ups and learn fun routines. Fee-R/NR: $73/$85.50

    Register here.

    Parent/Child Dance Aerobics: Child age 5-10

    Work out and learn great new dance moves designed for parents and children to learn together. Fee-R/NR: $73/$85.50

    Register here.

    Ballet Classes

    Introduction to Ballet I: Ages 3-5

    Learn the fundamentals of dance such as rhythm, coordination and creative movement while you prepare for barre work. Fee-R/NR: $73/$85.50

     

    Register here.

    Introduction to Ballet II: Ages 3-5

    This is a continuation of the fundamentals of dance such as rhythm, coordination and creative movement, while you prepare for barre work. Fee-R/NR: $73/$85.50 PREREQUISITE: INTRODUCTION TO BALLET I.

    Register here.

    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. Fee-R/NR: $73/$85.50

    Register here.

     

    Classical Ballet II: Ages 6-15

    Barre and centre floor work will be emphasized. Fee-R/NR: $73/$85.50 PREREQUISITE: CLASSICAL BALLET I OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR.

    Register here.

     

    Classical Ballet III: Ages 10-15

    Barre and centre floor work for advanced students. Fee-R/NR: $73/$85.50 PREREQUISITE: CLASSICAL BALLET II OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR. *No Class 11/24

    Register here.

    Acrobatic and Tumbling Classes

    Acrobatic & Tumbling – Beginner I 

    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. Fee-R/NR:  $73/$85.50  *No class 11/26.

    Ages 3-5: Register here 

     

    Ages 6-9: Register here

    Acrobatic & Tumbling – Beginner II: Ages 3-5

    Continuation of the skills learned, this class will focus on backbends, 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. Fee-R/NR: $73/$85.50 PREREQUISITE: BEGINNER I. *No class 11/26.

    Register here.

     

    Acrobatic & Tumbling – Beginner II & III: Ages 6-9

    For those who have some basics and are ready for backbends, 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. Fee-R/NR: $73/$85.50  PREREQUISITE: BEGINNER I. *No class 11/26.

    Register here.

     

    Acrobatic & Tumbling – Intermediate and Advanced: Ages 6-16

    Participants must be able to do backbends and pull-ups, front limbers and pull-ups without assistance. They should be ready for front and back walkovers, hand springs and Arabian limbers. Long hair must be pulled back in bun or pony tail. Short hair should be out of face with a head band. Fee-R/NR: $73/$85.50 PREREQUISITE: BEGINNER II OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR. *No class 11/26.

    Register here.

     

     

    Cheer and Dance Teams

    Explosion Team (Non Competitive): Ages 4-12

    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 with the Explosion ALL STAR team. Please wear tennis shoes, shorts and a t-shirt. Long hair must be in a ponytail. Location: Noble Center.

    Register here.

     

    Explosion ALL STAR Teams (Competitive): Ages 4-12

    Coach: Rachel Hayes

    The ALL STAR team is a great team for hardworking cheerleaders. This team travels locally to competitions and participates in several exhibition performances. Parent meeting at the beginning of the first practice. Fees for competions and due dates will be discussed. Prerequisite-Sparkler/Dynamite Team or instructor consent. Please contact head coach for questions r-hayes@hotmail.com. Location: Noble Center. *No class 11/24.

    Register here.

     

    Dance Team (Competitive): Ages 8-13

    Coach: Sarah Rosencrans

    Have you ever wanted to be on a competitive dance team? Well, here is your chance! Come join the Peoria Park District this spring as we travel and compete in local competitions and exhibitions. Members are required to wear black slip-on jazz shoes and all black clothing to practice. Parent meeting on the first night of practice. Fees and dates for competitions will be discussed. PREREQUISITE: 1 year of dance experience or coach approval. Practices take place in the Fransiscan Rec Complex dance studio.

    Register here.