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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.
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.
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
The annual dance recital will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Wheaton Park District Community Center. Recitals provide an opportunity for our dancers to showcase what they have learned in class. Family and friends are encouraged to come and view the student’s progress over the past year.
All dancers will be measured on the first day of class for their costume. If they are unable to attend the first day of class, please be sure to get their measurements to the instructor by January 21, 2017. If measurements are not turned in by this deadline, a costume will not be ordered for your dancer.
Dress Rehearsal Day
Dress rehearsal will be on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Community Center.
Picture Nights will be held Tuesday, May 2 and Wednesday, May 3.
Meet our Staff
Our dance department staff offers professional instruction in all styles of dance for all ages.
Ms. Diane started taking dance lessons at the age of 5. She majored in dance at Butler University in Indianapolis where she performed with the Butler Ballet. She worked and performed with Ballet Montage, DuPage Ballet Co., and Hartford Ballet. Some of Diane’s students have gone on to have careers on cruise ships, with the Joffrey Ballet, and done performances with the Bolshol. Ms. Diane has also choreographed many musicals for local theatre groups and schools, including “Oklahoma”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Calamity Jane”, and “Annie”. In addition to dance, Ms. Diane is a certified Montessori Directress who’s taught for 15 years in Montessori schools. She believes that instilling a desire to learn will help the student become creatively artistic and highly disciplined.
Miss Katrina has been dancing and teaching for many years. She has trained at Faubourg School of Ballet, Lou Conte Dance Studio, Ballet Camp Illinois, and College of DuPage where she received her Associate in Arts Degree with High Honors. Miss Katrina has done several volunteer performances, as well as theatre performances. Stage experience includes: “A Celebration of Dance”, “The Nutcracker”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Art of Dance”, and College of DuPage Dance Showcases. Over the past 8 years of teaching ballet, pointe, stretch and strength, tap lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop, Katrina’s passion for dance has also continued to grow. She cares about each student’s individuality and unique talent. Beyond instilling proper technique and a love of dance, she is sure to teach them how fun dancing is! The balance of discipline and smiles is very important in her classes.
Parent Observation Days
Parents are not permitted to stay in the dance room during class. This is to help the dancers focus on the instructor and dance curriculum. There will be Parent Observation Days on the last day of each class.
Class Recommendations & Placements