Dance Programs

The Park District’s dance program philosophy is to provide skill-building techniques through various dance forms while providing equal attention to learning dance skills in a fun and creative atmosphere. We offer a variety of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Lyrical classes for dancers 2 years old to adults.

Mission Statement

The Wheaton Park District Dance program goals are to provide high-quality dance classes in a non-competitive environment. Participants are encouraged to become technically proficient and at the same time build self-esteem, cooperation, leadership skills and have fun! Through performance opportunities we want our students to learn the responsibility and commitment inherent to theatrical discipline.

Dance Attire

All dancers are required to wear the attire appropriate for their particular class. Hair must be secured up and away from the face. No jeans, oversized sweatshirts or t-shirts should be worn. There is no gum chewing allowed in any class. If you are unable to provide dance shoes, gym shoes are acceptable. No open toed shoes or slippers will be allowed. If your child comes with inappropriate shoes, they will not be permitted to participate in class for their safety.

Need dancewear and shoes?

Walmart or Target (non-skid socks)
Dance ‘n’ Tees
Play It Again Sports

2022 Spring Dance Recital – Tentative Dates

Dance Recital Rehearsal: Saturday May 7
Dance Recital: Saturday May 14
Picture Day: Week of May 9

Parent Observation Days

Parent observation days will be communicated to each individual class.

Dance Recital photo © Jo Cody

Photo © Jo Cody

Meet our Staff

Our dance department staff offers professional instruction in all styles of dance for all ages.

Sarah Frank

Has been a competitive dancer her whole life and for the past two years has been assisting the instructors at a private dance studio teach younger kids.

Sarah has been dancing competitively for her high school going on four years and this year became team captain (2021-2022).

She is currently taking advanced classes at a private studio and helps assist her instructors with teaching participants from 3-6 years in age. Currently she has been teaching dance classes for Wheaton Park District for over a year.

Elena Soultanska (Bali)

Elena has a degree in Art of Ballet from the National Music Academy of Bulgaria. She has been teaching youth and adult classes for over 20 years. Elena won a Gold Medal in Salsa and Social Dance from the Bulgarian Professional Dance Association in 2016 and is a current member of the World Dance Council. Elena attends a monthly training of teaching technics and class management via “Dancing with Class”. Elena is currently teaching dance class for the Wheaton Park District.

Mia Childers

Mia has been dancing for 13 years and currently a dancer at Deforest Dance Academy and is on their competitive troupe, known as Steppin’ Out. Mia knows dance jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, and ballet and is a current member of her high school’s dance team.