From toddlers wiggling to the beat of the music to teens pirouetting on the stage, the St. Charles Park District has a dance program to accommodate all ages, interests and levels.
Registration is still open for the Dance Recital Program and Seasonal Dance classes.
The Dance Recital Program commits dancers to one class each week from September to May, a showcase in December and then culminating with a spring recital. The program consists of different levels based on age and skill, and a variety of genres including tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, modern and Irish step. Boys and girls as young as 2.5 years old can join the program. Classes run from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on age.
Even for children with a busy schedule, the Recital Program can fit right in. “Our program puts an emphasis on recreational dance,” said Rosie Fasching, Recreation Supervisor. “We understand that a lot of dancers participate in other activities, so we don’t have an extreme time commitment you may find in other studios.”
During the first half of the program, dancers focus on technique and learning the skills included in spring recital choreography. “Our dancers love being on stage. They enjoy growing relationships with their classmates and then being able to perform,” Fasching said.
Not only do dancers show skill progression over the course of the year, but they blossom socially as well. “Some will come in quiet and reserved but as the program continues they build friendships and become more confident, ” Fasching added.
Children ages 18 months to 5 years old who like to move and groove but don’t want to commit to the Dance Recital Program can try a 6-week Seasonal Dance class.
Creative Dance, Tiny Tappers, Hip Hop Tumble, Pre-Ballet and the parent-child Tip Toes and Me allow the tiniest of dancers to express themselves through their imagination, creative movement and props.
For many of these young dancers, it is the first time they are stepping into a classroom environment. “Our instructors work with these students to teach them how to stand in line, follow directions and about body awareness,” Fasching said.
The program has five instructors who are experienced dancers and/or hold theater or dance degrees.
All dance classes are held at Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Ave. in St. Charles. For fees and to register, visit www.stcparks.org or call Rosie Fasching at 630-513-4334.