Welcome to Menagerie Dance Program!

Summer Dance VIRTUAL Classes
Session Dates: June 8-August 8 (no classes June 29-July 4)
Location: Community Center
Min/Max: 4/8 (Maximum of 6 where indicated)
Register by: One week prior to class

The Wauconda Park District is committed to providing high-quality dance classes to enhance the overall development of the child. We provide a safe and child-centered environment to encourage our students to explore dance with qualified, nurturing teachers.

We believe that dance training encourages young people to develop a positive self-image as they increase awareness of their physical being. Along with improving coordination skills and developing muscular awareness, dance classes give children the freedom to express themselves through movement.

  • Eligibility

    Students must be the proper age by October 1st and must be toilet trained.

  • Calendar

    A detailed calendar for the year will be emailed to the address on your child’s account the first week of classes.

  • Tuition and Payments

    Tuition includes class instruction, studio t-shirt (if registered by deadline), informal winter performance, recital costume, recital DVD and TWO TICKETS to the recital on May 16, 2020.  Tuition may be paid in full or in installments of 4 or 8 payments.  Installment plans must be enrolled in the automatic payment program.  Tuition must be paid in full by April 15th.

  • Dress Code Requirements

    The Menagerie Dance Program maintains a dress code to encourage concentration and a sense of inclusiveness.  Proper attire is required for all Recital Dance Classes.

    • Watches, jewelry, and safety pins should not be worn to class.
    • Dance shoes should never be worn outside
    • Hair must be worn secured back and off the face and neck.
      • Ballet students (Ballet I and above) should wear their hair in a bun.  Short hair should be secured off the face.
    • No jeans in any dance class.

Summer Dance VIRTUAL Classes

Session Dates: June 8-August 8 (no classes June 29-July 4)
Location: Community Center
Min/Max: 4/8 (Maximum of 6 where indicated)
Register by: One week prior to class

Code: Day: Time: Age: Class: R/NR Fee:
2400

2401

2402

2403

2404

2405

2406

2407

2408

2409

2410

2411

2412

2413

2414

2415

2416

2417

2418

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Mon

Wed

Wed

Wed

Wed

Wed

Wed

Thu

Thu

Thu

Thu

Thu

Sat

Sat

Sat

3:30-4:15 pm

4:00-5:00 pm

4:15-5:15 pm

5:30-6:15 pm

5:15-6:15pm

4:00-5:00 pm

5:00-6:00 pm

3:30-4:00 pm

4:00-5:00 pm

5:00-6:00 pm

6:00-7:00 pm

4:00-5:00 pm

5:00-6:00 pm

3:15-4:00 pm

4:00-5:00 pm

5:00-6:00 pm

10:30-11:30 pm

11:30 am-12:30 pm

12:30-1:30 pm

3-4 years. (max. 6 per class)

By approval

6-8 years

By approval

6-8 years

9-12 years

7-11 years

2.5-3 years

7-9 years

9-11 years

12+ years

12+ years

13+ years

4-6 years (max. 6 per class)

9-11 years

9-11 years

4-5 years (max. 6 per class)

5-6 years (max. 6 per class)

8-10 years

Creative Dance

Adv. Ballet

Ballet

Pointe

Jazz

Jr. Inversion

Musical Theatre I/II

Intro to Creative Dance

Tap I

Tap II

Teen Tap

Musical Theatre III/IV

Inversion

Pre-Ballet

Ballet

Jazz

Pre-Ballet and Tap

Pre-Ballet and Tap

Lyrical

$60/$72

$80/$100

$64/$80

$60/$72

$64/$80

$64/$80

$64/$80

$56/$70

$64/$80

$64/$80

$64/$80

$64/$80

$64/$80

$60/$72

$64/$80

$64/$80

$64/$80

$64/$80

$64/$80

Introduction to Creative Dance (2.5-3 yrs) CANCELLED

This introductory class is for our youngest dancers. Our newest students will learn the basics of balance and movement through imaginative games, songs, music and rhythmic patterns while developing a brief understanding of dance and how dance classes are held. We hold our two-year olds to a very specific routine and schedule to prepare them to move into our 3-year-old creative dance class.  No class 6/29.

Code: Day: Date(s): Time:
2407  CANCELLED Mon 6/8-8/3 3:30-4:15 pm

Inversion Training for Dancers (9-12 yrs and 13+ yrs)

This is a class for dancers/athletes to deconstruct traditional dance vocabulary and challenge notions of what the body is capable of performing. Join us each week as we work on core strength, balance, upper and lower body strength, and alignment. We will train how to be upside down in a variety of inversions and balance there without fear using the body’s natural structure as well as props such as stability balls, elastic bands, mats, and the wall, for a fun and challenging work out!
See schedule for days and times!

Book and Boogie! (3-6 yrs)

Join us as we pair picture books with dance and movement activities for a fantastically fun preschool story time!! Each week will feature a new story, movement, music and art project. Children should be potty trained. This is a drop-off class.

Location: Community Center
R/NR Fee: $12/$15 (single class)
$45/$56 (4 weeks)
Min/Max: 4/12

Session 1:

Code: Day: Date(s): Time:
2419  CANCELLED

2420

2421

2422

Wed

Wed

Wed

Wed

6/3

6/10

6/17

6/24

10:15-11:15 am

10:15-11:15 am

10:15-11:15 am

10:15-11:15 am

Session 2:

Code: Day: Date(s): Time:
2423

2424

2425

2426

Wed

Wed

Wed

Wed

7/8

7/15

7/22

7/29

10:15-11:15 am

10:15-11:15 am

10:15-11:15 am

10:15-11:15 am

Summer Workshop Series

Come join us for our summer workshop series! Attending summer sessions often gives students a boost in their training, body flexibility and strength, so they feel more confident and accomplish more in their training during the year! Pick one or come to them all! We can’t wait to see you there!

Location: Community Center
R/NR Fee: $25/$32
Min/Max: 5/12
Register by: One week prior to class

Code: Workshop: Day: Date(s): Time:
2432

2433

2434

2435

2436

2437

2438

2439

2440

2441

2442

2443

Jazz (10-12 yrs)

Jazz (13 yrs and up)

Modern (10-12 yrs)

Modern (13 yrs and up)

Tap (10-12 yrs)

Tap (13 yrs and up)

Hip Hop (10-12 yrs)

Hip Hop (13 yrs and up)

Lyrical (10-12 yrs)

Lyrical (13 yrs and up)

Musical Theatre (10-12 yrs)

Musical Theatre (13 yrs and up)

Tue

Tue

Tue

Tue

Tue

Tue

Tue

Tue

Tue

Tue

Tue

Tue

June 9

June 9

June 16

June 16

June 23

June 23

July 7

July 7

July 14

July 14

July 21

July 21

4:00-6:00 pm

6:00-8:00 pm

4:00-6:00 pm

6:00-8:00 pm

4:00-6:00 pm

6:00-8:00 pm

4:00-6:00 pm

6:00-8:00 pm

4:00-6:00 pm

6:00-8:00 pm

4:00-6:00 pm

6:00-8:00 pm

Class Descriptions

Creative Dance blends movement, music, improvisation, and basic dance steps while providing an excellent introduction for the future study of all dance techniques.  Students learn dance fundamentals while improving motor skills, self-expression,  confidence,  imagination and social development.  Dancer must be fully potty trained, no pull-ups.  This is a drop-off class.

This program takes the basics of ballet technique combined with props and imagination and gives the children a fun and educational class.  Large motor skills are highlighted as well as stimulating the brain’s coordination.  Pre-Ballet and Tap classes also explore rhythms and smaller motor skill.  This is a drop off class.

Jazz is a funkier form of dance.  This is an introductory class with jazz basics to fun and kid-friendly music.  Dancers will learn the beginning steps of jazz and work on picking up choreography sequences that fuse style and technique.  This is a drop-off class.

Modern Dance explores movement, space, rhythm and the dancer’s own creativity with emphasis on momentum, shapes and patterns.  It is inspired by nature, music, art and emotions.  This class will contain a basic technique study and improvisation.  This is a drop-off class.

As students grow; they naturally begin to dance as a form of expression and imagination. We capture this enthusiasm and incorporate it into our ballet program – emphasizing proper ballet technique with a focus on developing strength, alignment, musicality, and the grace that is inherent in the form. As students mature and their bodies develop strength, we transition to a more serious study of ballet technique that will prepare them to be both confident and technically proficient artists.

Hip-Hop evolved out of street and break dancing and is characterized by its athletic and bouncy style. Hip-Hop is set to a strong, contemporary beat, builds stamina, and emphasizes body isolations, attitude, coordination, freestyle movement, and rhythm. This form of dance is seen in music videos.

This introductory class is for our youngest dancers.  Our newest students will learn the basics of balance and movement through imaginative games, songs, music and rhythmical patterns while developing a basic understanding of dance and how dance classes are held.  We hold our two-year-olds to a very specific routine and schedule to prepare them to move into our 3-year-old Creative Dance class.  This is a drop-off class.

This is a class for dancers/athletes to deconstruct traditional dance vocabulary and challenge notions of what the body is capable of performing.  Join us each week as we work on core strength, balance, upper and lower body strength, and alignment.  We will train how to be upside down in a variety of inversions and balance there without fear using the body’s natural structure as well as props such as stability balls, elastic bands, mats, and the wall, for a fun and challenging work out!

Jazz dance is an upbeat and performative style that is often seen in Broadway productions. While exploring many different stylistic preferences, students focus on principles such as syncopated rhythms, body isolations, precise technical skills, and choreography. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer.

Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques. Lyrical dance challenges dancers to use motion to interpret music and express emotion. Lyrical jazz is a very passionate and emotional dance style. It portrays certain emotions and tells a story through every movement made.

Modern Dance develops strong creative dancers through the study of technique and improvisation with a focus on musicality, dynamics, floor-work and artistic expression. The class will provide students with the opportunity to create their own explorative movement within a structured class. Classes with composition focus on problem-solving skills and the tools needed to create unique dances for a group or individual.

Our Musical Theatre classes will focus on the execution of dance as a method of storytelling. In musical theatre, characters sing when emotion becomes too strong to speak and they dance when they are even further transported. This class will focus on Broadway style jazz.  Students will enjoy music, singing and choreography inspired by various musical productions and will be encouraged to sing along!!

Tap Dance focuses on developing coordination, precision, rhythmic skills, and musicality within both the Broadway and contemporary Rhythm-Tap styles. As students’ progress they further develop skills, focusing on clarity of sounds and increasing speed as well as dynamics and musicality.