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Kids Dance Classes in Chicago

Posted by Brittany White on Apr 9, 2015 2:53:00 PM

The City of Chicago is one of the most visited cities in America due to its beautiful skyline view, rich history of art and culture, delicious and unique foods, and great travel sites! All around Chicago you can find many family friendly activities to do for the kids!  It is rated as one of the greatest cities in America, one reason being because of the great appreciation for arts, dance and music. Chicago has an amazingly fun and diverse community and is a great place for kids to express their artistic talents. Some events coming up in Chicago are the Kids and Kites Festival, CircEsteem Family Circus show, Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, and Fancy Nancy the Musical just to name a few. There are also many things to do and new places to eat at the Navy Pier! 
With the spring and summer seasons rapidly approaching, it can be overwhelming deciding what to occupy your kids with when they're done with school. Well, we've got an answer for you! The Chicago kids dance school, Dance to EvOLvE, is calling all local children to take dance classes and develop their creative expression through dance while also having fun! We offer various styles of kids dance and children's dance classes throughout the year and offer recitals and summer camps! Unlike traditional dance studios, we are a mobile studio specializing in dance lessons for kids all over Chicago. Here are just a few of our exciting locations for you to check out!
1. Edgewater, IL (Chi-Town Shakti)

The children's dance classes offered in Edgewater, Chicago, are in a new location in Chi-Town Shakti! We offer Toddler Ballet & Tumble classes (3-4 years old), and Kids Ballet & Jazz Combo classes (4.5 to 6 years old) on Thursdays. These classes allow young dancers to be challenged while expressing themselves through movement. Sign your kids up today for a no obligation trial class, our annual recital, and/or summer camps!

2. Lakeview, IL (Yoga Boutique)

Our next spotlight is also a new location! We offer various kids dance classes at the Yoga Boutique in Lakeview! On Wednesdays and Fridays, we have Toddler Tap and Ballet combo classes (2-3 years old), Preschooler Tap and Ballet combo classes (3-4 years old) , and Kids Tap & Ballet Combo classes (4.5 - 6 years old)! The goal of these classes is to create a fun environment for dancers while emphasizing ballet terminology and technique. Just to keep our young dancers on their toes (pun intended J ) we also switch it up once a month with a jazz dance day! In lieu of the tap portion of the kids combo class, we instruct the children on jazz movement, music and technique. Our location in Lakeview is open for registration for classes and our annual recital! Be sure to check our website for more information!

3. North Center, IL (Sweet Pea’s Studio)

Located at Sweat Pea's Studio in North Center, we offer Ballet and Tumble Combo classes for kids on Mondays for  ages 2 to 4 years old! This is an energetic, expressive and fun class where children are introduced to different dance styles like tap, ballet, tumbling, and dance games! Register today and learn how you and your child can participate in the annual Dance to EvOLvE Recital!


Dance to EvOLvE is a unique mobile dance company and our mission is to evolve our students through dance while creating heart-warming smiles! Our friendly teachers also have a passion for teaching, for dance, and for kids! We want kids to have fun and learn through dance. We also offer entertainment for kid’s birthday parties and afterschool programs like daycares for preschoolers! Visit our website and check out our multiple, convenient Chicago kids dance class locations for further information on summer camps and recitals!

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Finding The Best Children's Ballet Classes In Chicago

Posted by Laura Spicuzza on Apr 18, 2013 1:54:00 PM

MTM2NjQ0ODQyMjA0NzAyMzA1.pngI've never been to a studio that told me ballet wasn't important.  Quite the opposite,

 actually.  When I was a young girl growing up, I wanted to be a "jazz" dancer - with the sparkly costume and fingers spread out wide.  What I learned was, to be a great jazz dancer (and any other type of dancer for that matter), you have to have ballet.  It is true in every aspect of dance.  If you carry the understanding, form, and vocabulary of ballet all of dance becomes easier.  There's no better time to start ballet than when you're a young child.  That is why I'm going to help you understand how to find the best children's ballet classes in Chicago.

If your dancer is under 6 years of age, it's structurally impossible for their bodies to fully handle some of the techniques of classical ballet.  That is why most studios offer  pre-ballet or tiny tots classes for children.  Many studios are different, but now-a-days, you can get your dancer in a pre-ballet class as early as 2 years old.  When you're looking for children's ballet classes in Chicago, it's important to look for certain qualities within the program.  Between teaching your child the vocabulary of ballet, learning dance class etiquette, and introducing ballet to a young dancer in a way that makes them love the practice for life...finding these key elements will make your dancer into a beautiful/ handsome ballerina.

describe the imageThe Vocabulary of Ballet:  I often have dancers join me in class after their parents have told me that the dancer has taken ballet for the last year, only to find out that they know none of the vocabulary that corrolates with ballet.  While a tiny tots ballet class should be fun, it should also be instilling the practice of ballet into the young dancer.  Make sure when you're looking for children's ballet classes in Chicago, to ask the studio if you can observe a class prior to signing your dancer up.  If they are having a good time but still learning, that's a great start.

Dance Class Etiquette:  The next thing I look for is how a class is conducted in terms of dance class etiquette.  Are they listening to directions?  Are they being cautious of one another and not constantly bumping in to each other?  Are they kind to their peers and respectful to their teachers?  When you're observing the class, make sure to look for these things in the classroom.  While some chaos can be fun (who doesn't enjoy a round or two of Freeze Dance), the overall class needs to feel structured and be a safe environment for all those in it.

Tkids activitieshe last thing to look for is tiny dancers leaving the room with a smile on their face.  There is plenty of time in life to take things seriously, but sometimes it's just nice to be happy and have a smile on your face.  In children's ballet classes in Chicago, ballerinas should be learning but they shouldn't feel drained or stressed.  Ballet is supposed to be fun and enjoyable!

So there you have it.  The key components to finding the perfect children's ballet classes in Chicago.  In every aspect of dance, ballet plays a part.  Whether it's learning to have grace in tap dancing, perfect technique in jazz, or simply finding the strength that it takes to be a prima ballerina...ballet is essential.  For young kids, the practice of ballet can be used in their every day life so make sure you find the best class for your kiddo. 

The truth is, "dance is the song of the body" start making the music.

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