The Park District’s dance program philosophy is to provide skill-building techniques through the various dance forms offered and provide equal attention to learning these dance skills in a fun and creative atmosphere for all participants involved.
We offer a variety of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, and Hip Hop classes for dancers 2½ years to Adults. We hope our program will bring self confidence and poise that will be carried throughout all aspects of the life of the dancer.
Dance News & Events
Halloween Parties: Monday, October 24 – Saturday, October 29
*There will be no classes after 2pm on Monday, October 31st. These classes will be made up on Monday, November 21st at your normal class time and location
A costume party will be held during the week of Halloween for all preschool and youth dance classes. Children are encouraged to wear a costume to class as long as they are still able to move safely in it.
We kindly ask that if you choose to bring a treat to distribute that you bring enough treats for every child in the class. Please DO NOT bring treats with nuts. We encourage you to bring healthy snacks/treats. Teachers will hand out treats to each student as well. Please bring a bag to collect the treats.
Dance Observation Week: Tuesday, December 13th – Monday, December 19th
During this week, parents are able to observe their child’s dance class during the final 10-15 minutes in the dance studio. The next observation week is scheduled for the week of Dress Rehearsals in mid-May 2017. (*If your class has a scheduled make-up class, your observation week may be changed. Please talk to your instructor about any changes.)
New this year!
In previous fall sessions, we have closed dance registration and re-opened registration mid-October for a mini Jump-In session. This allowed dancers to enroll for the second half of the session and still receive priority registration for the winter/spring recital session. This year, there will NOT be a Jump-In session. However, we are keeping registration open through October 7 for dancers to enroll at a pro-rated cost. Registration for the fall session will close October 8. If you want to receive priority registration for winter/spring session, you must be enrolled in the Fall dance session by October 7.
Student in the Spotlight
The Arlington Heights Dance Instructors nominate one student per session for Student in the Spotlight recognition. Nominations are based on dedication, hard work, and positivity. Once all nominations are in we choose one student at random to be honored with the title Student in the Spotlight. A photo and biography of that student will be displayed in the bulletin boards at all three dance studio locations as well as on the AHPD dance webpage. Those students who were nominated but not chosen will also receive recognition, their names will be listed alongside the Student in the Spotlight in all three bulletin boards.
2016 Winter/Spring Student in the Spotlight: Susannah Evett
2016 Winter/Spring Teacher Nominations: View here
VIBE Dance Company
The VIBE Dance Company at the Arlington Heights Park District for the well-rounded and dedicated dancer (ages 8+). There are three levels of company all under one name.
The goal of the program is to offer a competitive based company that places importance on encouraging each other, perfecting techniques, increasing performance ability, advancing skill levels and sharing the love of dance. There is a specific emphasis on lyrical, jazz & ballet dance.
Auditions are held every year in early June. The VIBE Dance Company is a year-long commitment running June – May.
Information on the 2017-2018 VIBE auditions will be available in Spring 2017.