Dance

Dance lessons are a great way to increase your child's flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina. The repetitive movements involved in dance can improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, increase balance and coordination and improve overall cardiovascular health, plus it's pretty useful in channeling their seemingly boundless energy. REGISTER TODAY!

The YMCA offers a wide variety of dance classes for ages 18 months through 18 years for Yorkville, Somonauk, Plano, Sandwich and the surrounding areas. We have ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical ballroom dance lessons available. Dance develops a person physically, artistically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Our qualified and professional instructors are here to offer your children the best dance classes possible.

Call our Front Desk for more information at 630-552-4100 x235.

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  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Lyrical
  • Tap
  • Hip Hop

La Premiere Dance Company

 


AGES 3-5 YEARS OLD

TINY TOES
Ages 2-3  | For our tiniest dancers! Dancers will explore the wonders of dance through songs, games, and props in a relaxed setting while teaching them the basics of dance and participate in a group class that will let them explore all that dance has to offer! Ballet attire with hair pulled back.

TEMPO TOES
Ages 4-5 | This class begins with a Circle Warm-up that may include sing-a-long songs or rhymes to keep the young dancers engaged. Students will work on strong arms, stretching their toes, balancing, twirling, and jumping. Ballet shoes required. Ballet attire with hair pulled back in a bun if possible.

Register for class here.


AGES 5-7 YEARS OLD

INTRO TO DANCE
Ages 5-7 | New to dance? This class will demonstrate the basics of different styles of dance. Ballet, jazz, tap, and more will be taught in a creative atmosphere. Ballet or jazz shoes and attire required. Hair pulled back and in a bun if possible.

BEGINNER BALLET/JAZZ
Ages 5-7 | A chance for your child to explore the basics and foundations of beginning ballet and jazz. Instruction focuses on flexibility, coordination, conditioning, techniques, and the fundamentals of ballet, jazz, and overall fun! Ballet or jazz shoes and attire required. Hair pulled back and in a bun if possible.

BEGINNER BALLET/TAP
Ages 5-7 | Students are introduced to the basic ballet steps and proper techniques. This class will help students understand rhythm and timing needed in all dance. Basic steps will be taught. Ballet AND Tap shoes required. Ballet or jazz attire required. Hair pulled back and in a bun if possible.

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AGES 7+ YEARS OLD

BALLET I
Ages 8+ | Students are introduced to basic ballet technique, including turn-out posture while building confidence and learning elementary performing skills. Ballet shoes and attire required. Hair pulled back and in a bun if possible.

JAZZ I
Ages 8+ | This class will include strength, flexibility, and conditioning technique and progressions including turns, kicks, and leaps. Dancers will learn choreography to popular and age-appropriate music of today along with vintage styles of jazz from the last decades. Ballet or jazz attire and shoes required. Hair pulled back in a bun if possible.

TAP I
Ages 8+ | Students will work on increasing the speed of steps and combining steps together while trying to make correct sounds. Tap shoes required. Ballet or jazz required. Hair pulled back and in a bun if possible.  

HIP HOP I
Ages 8+ | Hip Hop classes combine street dance with funk and jazz, similar to what you would see in televised dance performances or music videos. Students learn isolations and dynamics to execute pop-and-lock and funk movements. Jazz shoes or clean gym shoes required. Hair pulled back.

LYRICAL I
Ages 8+ | Lyrical dance is a style that combines ballet and jazz dancing techniques and it is performed with music with lyrics that inspire strong emotions. Jazz or ballet shoes and attire. Hair pulled back in a bun if possible.

STRETCH AND TECHNIQUE
Ages 8+ | We will stretch and condition all of our muscles with yoga, pilates, and other exercises to work on our flexibility and control. This class will also focus on improving jumps, turns, and overall technique.

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Christine Milakis, the new Arts and Humanities Director

A Whole New OUTLook

Christine grew up dancing from ages 4-17 and has been a dance instructor for over 13 years. Her philosophy is to provide a fun, safe and encouraging environment for children interested in dance, music, and theater. "A few of my long-term goals are to grow the art and humanities program in addition to making the arts more accessible to all children," said Christine.

Christine has been focusing her efforts on La Premiere’s Dance Company’s auditions coming up on Oct. 21st. La Premiere’s revamped program is perfect for dancers who are new to the dance world or who have only 1-2 years of experience. “We recognize that kids have school work and need family time, those things come first,” said Christine. “This program is structured in a way that makes it possible for kids to do both and still compete at a higher level.”

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WHAT’S NEW

• Updated class names and descriptions

• Additional classes for younger dancers

• Dance classes for students at Early Learning Academy - West Branch in Sandwich

• Plans to add a theatre program including workshops and improv classes

• And a WHOLE NEW LOOK –– stay tuned for the unveiling!


View fall dance classes here. 

La Premiere Dance Company is a competitive, performance dance company for Y members ages 5-18. As a part of our dance company, your children will not only grow into talented dancers but also learn life lessons along the way. La Premiere competes locally and nationally.

La Premiere is a great starter program for dancers with 1-2 years of experience. This program is structured to accommodate dancers who want to experience competition without the feeling of being overscheduled and overwhelmed. We provide a fun and affordable dance company so all children have an opportunity to dance. As part of our dance company, your children will grow into talented dancers and learn valuable lifelong lessons.

The dance season is year-round, with auditions occurring in the summer. Children should have at least one year of dance experience prior to auditioning. If you have any questions about La Premiere Dance Company, please contact Performing Arts Director, Christine Milakis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..