When it comes to ballet studios, the Chicago area doesn’t lack for options, with classes available for dancers starting out all the way up to professionals. Classes are also available in studios and even at local park districts, so there’s likely a course for almost every budget. Through instruction at ballet studios, children and adults can learn new skills and perhaps perform on stage, too. Take a look at these ballet studios in the city and suburbs.
Chicago Park District
(312) 742-7529
www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

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.

Joffrey Academy Of Dance, Official School Of The Joffrey Ballet
10 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 739-0120
www.joffrey.org

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.

Old Town School Of Folk Music
4544 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago IL 60625
(773) 728-6000
www.oldtownschool.org

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.

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The Ruth Page Center For The Arts
1016 N. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 337-6543
www.ruthpage.org

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.

Steps Dance Center
4054 Fox Valley Center Drive
Aurora, IL 60504
(630) 499-5678
www.stepsdancecenteronline.com

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.

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