Welcome to the Elmhurst Park District Dance Program! Dance enriches participants' lives in so many ways; it can instill confidence, improve flexibility and balance, develop rhythm, create a sense of freedom to express one's self, provide an outlet for socialization, enhance memorization skills and so much more. The Elmhurst Park District is proud to offer wonderful opportunities for self-expression through dance.

The Elmhurst Park District hosts a variety of dance classes for children ages 18 months to adult, from tap to hip hop to ballet – and more.  Classes are held at the Wagner Community Center, 615 N. West Avenue.

Early Childhood Dance Programs

Designed specifically for ages 18 months-6 years, these non-recital programs are a great introduction into the wonderful world of dance. Several classes are offered and each class is designed to teach students the fundamentals of dance such as rhythm, coordination, flexibility, balance and self-confidence. Dancers will learn basic dance terminology as well as simple combinations to familiar songs. With the exception of “Me & My Shadow," parents will be asked to wait in the lounge while classes take place. Each session will conclude with a class observation day.

Youth Performance Dance Programs

Our Youth Performance Dance classes run from September through May, with options for ages 4-18. The Youth Performance program is designed for the dancer who would like training in both technique and performance, showcasing their achievements at our annual dance recital in May. Dancers have the opportunity to build on rhythm, flexibility and coordination skills, as well as explore dance technique among like-minded peers.

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 Belly Dance, Tap, and Jazz.

Elmhurst Park District Impact Dance Company

The Elmhurst Park District Impact Dance Company offers the serious, talented and dedicated student the opportunity to further their training with performance. Designed for the dancer who has a desire to grow and perform, the Company is a fun, educational and creative experience with the focus not on learning a dance, but learning how to dance. Our choreographers will challenge company members, as we are most interested in the growth and development of each student. We understand that every dancer has different strengths and weaknesses, and we try to showcase everyone in our choreography.

For additional information, please contact Susan Smentek, Program Manager at (630) 993-8670.

For additional information including Recital & Dance Attire information please see the Dance Program Information page.

Program News

Impact Dance Company Dominates Sweetheart Invitational

Congratulations to the Elmhurst Park District Impact Dance Company on winning first place in all four of their divisions at the IPDGC Sweetheart Invitational in Joliet on Sunday, February 22.  The four teams are Senior Jazz, Junior Jazz, Senior Hip Hop and Junior Hip Hop.  In addition to their first place trophies, Impact Senior Jazz won the Grand Champion Award, Senior Hip Hop won the Audience Appeal Award, and both senior companies shared the Most Versatile Award.  Pictured are the members of the Grand Champion Senior Jazz Company:  Anna Drewno, Haley Fisher, Emma Garv

New Music & Movement Course for Tots

Zumbini Instructor Beverly Schuller

Zumbini is headed to the Park District!  The early childhood music and movement course for infants to age 3 (with parent)  will be available this spring, and instructor Beverly Schuller guarantees a positive, energetic first musical experience.  "We use a lot of contemporary music with world beats," she says.  "From Latin music to polka, we get everybody moving and feeling great."