Chicagoans may be able to find ballet classes in their own backyards through the Chicago Park District. The park system has offered classes for dancers at many skill levels, including an introductory ballet class geared just for younger children as well as classes for mothers and their children. Classes are offered in a number of parks, including Fuller Park, Indian Boundary Park, and River Park. A combination tap and ballet class has also been offered through the Chicago Park District. Registration information for classes on the schedule this spring are available via the park district’s website.
10 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
If your child wishes to continue with ballet classes, then give a look at Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet. Located in the city’s Loop, the organization offers four different types of ballet for youths, as well as tap, jazz and other types of dance classes. It’s never too early to think about summer camp, either, and the organization offers camps for children as young as three years old. Trainee and pre-professional programs are also available for students who wish to continue with ballet. For additional details on the organization, check out the website of Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet.
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago IL 60625
Think of Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood, and you likely think of performances by musicians from around the world. While the organization does offer a wide variety of musical performances, it also offers ballet classes for children and adults. A list of classes for children is available on Old Town School’s website and includes an introduction to ballet, where students learn the basics, as well as more advanced classes for children up to 14 years of age. Beginner and intermediate ballet classes are also available for adults, with a full list of options online.
1016 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610
With classes that include ballet for beginners and advanced and Civic Ballet Repertory, students of all abilities can find a class at their skill level through The Ruth Page Center for The Arts. Located in Chicago’s near north side, the center has ballet classes for adults, too, including a ballet basics course and advanced ballet. Other dance classes offered at the center include jazz, Latin dance and acrobatics. Students also perform in programs throughout the year, and a calendar of upcoming events is available online.
4054 Fox Valley Center Drive
Aurora, IL 60504
You don’t have to be in Chicago to take part in a dance class or two. With Steps Dance Center in the suburb of Aurora, students can enroll in basic ballet, as well as more advanced classes. Pre-pointe, pointe and event adult ballet classes are also available. The organization’s Repertory Ballet Company provides performance opportunities for its participants, too. There’s more to Steps than ballet, as the organization also offers classes in dance styles that include jazz, modern and tap.