Dance Academy

Welcome to the Glen Ellyn Park District Dance Academy! Our Dance Academy classes and professional, experienced instructors inspire creativity and self-expression while teaching core dance concepts and giving students a strong foundation in quality dance technique and vocabulary. Dance enriches participants’ lives in so many ways and the Glen Ellyn Park District is proud to offer wonderful opportunities for self-expression through dance.

The Glen Ellyn Park District hosts a variety of dance classes for children as young as 18 months to adults, from parent/tot to ballet to jazz – and more. Classes are held at the Spring Avenue Recreation Center (185 Spring Avenue, Glen Ellyn).

Early Childhood & Youth Dance Programs

Designed specifically for youth ages 18 months and up, our instructional and recital classes are a great introduction into the world of dance. Several classes are offered each session and each class is designed to teach students the fundamentals of dance such as rhythm, coordination, flexibility, and balance. Dancers will also learn basic dance terminology. With your child’s best interest in mind, we ask that parents and friends (with the exception of Parent/Tot classes) do not remain in the room during class time. This policy is for safety as well as learning experiences. Programs offered include:

  • Parent/Tot Dance
  • Tiny Tot Dance
  • Creative Movement
  • Tap
  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Hip Hop
  • Modern

Adult Dance Programs

Adult classes are a great form of exercise, providing participants an opportunity to relieve stress while having fun and learning a new activity or perfecting their dance form. Throughout the year, various adult dance classes are offered such as Ballroom and Swing. View our Playbook for more information.

Program Name/LinkAgesDayDateTime
West Coast Swing18+WJan. 5-Feb. 97-8pm
West Coast Swing18+WFeb. 16-Mar. 237-8pm
Swing Dance18+ThJan. 6-Feb. 106:30-7:30pm
Swing Dance18+ThFeb. 17-Mar. 246:30-7:30pm
Ballroom Dance18+ThJan. 6-Feb. 107:30-8:30pm
Ballroom Dance18+ThFeb. 17-Mar. 247:30-8:30pm
Adult Tap18+MJan. 10-Feb. 78-9pm
Adult Tap18+MFeb. 14-Mar. 148-9pm

Private Tap Lessons

Go beyond the average tap class and get private, individualized instruction from professional tap dancer and instructor James Demeny.

First timers can start off on the right foot learning basic techniques. Those already familiar with tap can learn anything from improvisation and jazz to musical theatre, or explore historical choreography and the choreography process.

Lessons take place at Spring Avenue Recreation Center. Email to book your private lesson. R/NR Fee: $60/$90 per 1-hour lesson