Menagerie Dance

Welcome to Menagerie Dance Program!

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.

2019/2020 Recital Dance Classes (30 week session)

Session Dates:  September 16-May 16
(No classes Oct 28-Nov 1, Nov 25-30, Dec 7, Dec 23-Jan 4, Mar 23-28)

Location:  Community Center, Volo Sportsplex 
Min/Max:  4/12
Register by:  Registration is ongoing through November 4th, based on class availability.

Code Day Time Age Class R/NR Fee
3400

3401

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3403

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3405

3406

3407

3408

3409

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10:15-11:00am

11:45am-12:30pm

12:30-1:15pm

1:15-2:15pm

3:30-4:15pm

4:15-5:15pm

5:15-6:15pm

3:45-4:30pm

4:30-5:15pm

5:15-6:15pm

3:30-4:30pm

4:30-5:30pm

5:30-6:30pm

6:30-7:30pm

7:30-8:30pm

4:00-4:45pm

4:45-5:45pm

5:45-6:45pm

6:45-7:45pm

7:45-8:45pm

4:15-5:15pm**

5:15-6:15pm**

6:15-7:30pm**

7:30-8:30pm**

10:15-11:15am

11:15am-12:00pm

12:30-1:30pm

1:30-2:30pm

3:00-3:45pm

3:45-4:30pm

4:30-6:00pm

6:00-7:00pm

7:00-8:00pm

8:00-9:00pm

3:30-4:15pm

4:15-5:15pm

5:15-6:15pm

4:00-5:00pm

5:00-6:00pm

4:00-5:00pm

5:00-6:00pm

5:30-6:30pm

6:30-7:30pm

7:30-8:30pm

10:30-11:30am

11:30am-12:30pm

1:00-2:00pm

2:00-3:00pm

3:00-4:00pm

9:30-10:45am**

10:45am-12:15pm**

12:15-1:15pm**

1:30-2:30pm**

2:30-3:30pm**

3:30-4:30pm**

3-4 years

4-6 years

5-6 years

5-6 years

3-4 years

6-8 years

7-9 years

4-6 years

5-6 years

12+ years

4-6 years

7-9 years

8-10 years

By Approval

12+ years

5-6 years

6-8 years

8-10 years

10-12 years

By Approval

10-12 years

9-11 years

11-13 years

11-13 years

5-6 years

3-4 years

4-5 years

5-6 years

3-4 years

5-6 years

By Approval

9-11 years

By Approval

By Approval

5-6 years

6-8 years

8-10 years

6-8 years

4-6 years

By Approval

9-11 years

7-9 years

By Approval

12-14 years

4-5 years

5-6 years

8-10 years

11-13 years

10-12 years

12+ years

By Approval

By Approval

By Approval

By Approval

By Approval

Creative Dance

Pre-Ballet

Pre-Jazz

Pre-Ballet and Tap II

Creative Dance

Ballet I

Ballet IB

Pre-Ballet

Pre-Modern

Musical Theatre III

Pre-Ballet and Tap

Tap I

Jazz II

Advanced Lyrical

Teen Tap

Pre-Hip Hop

Hip Hop I

Hip Hop II

Hip Hop III

Hip Hop IV

Jazz IIB/III

Ballet II

Ballet III

Modern III

Pre-Ballet and Tap II

Creative Dance

Pre-Ballet and Tap I

Pre-Ballet and Tap II

Creative Dance

Pre-Ballet

Ballet IV/INT

Tap II

Int/Adv Tap

Int/Adv Jazz

Pre-Jazz

Modern I

Modern IB/II

Jazz I

Pre-Ballet and Tap

Musical Theatre IV

Musical Theatre II

Musical Theatre I

Modern IV

Jazz III/IV

Pre-Ballet & Tap I

Pre-Ballet & Tap II

Lyrical I

Lyrical III

Lyrical II

Teen Ballet

Advanced Ballet

Pointe

Lyrical IV

Int/Adv Modern

Choreography

$310/$330

$310/$330

$310/$330

$325/$345

$310/$330

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$325/$345

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$345/$365

$360/$380

$325/$345

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$325/$345

$325/$345

Fall Dance Classes (Non-Recital)

Session Dates:  September 16-October 26
Session Dates:  November 4-December 21
(No classes Nov 25-30)

Location:  Community Center
Min/Max:  4/12
Register by:  One week prior to start date

Code Day Time Age Class R/NR Fee
3455

3456

3457

3458

3459

3460

Tue

Fri

Fri

Fri

Fri

Fri

3:00-3:30pm

10:00-10:45am

10:45-11:30am

11:30am-12:15pm

1:00-2:00pm

4:30-5:30pm

2.5-3 years

5-6 years

4-6 years

3-4 years

4-6 years

10+ years

Intro to Creative Dance

Pre-Ballet

Pre-Jazz

Creative Dance

Pre-Ballet and Tap

Inversion Training Jr.

$42/$53

$49/$61

$46/$57

$46/$57

$46/$57

$49/$61

Sugar Plum Tea Party (4-8 years)

The Sugar Plum Fairy is coming all the way from the Land of the Sweets to help host this magical party!  Guests will enjoy a reading of The Nutcracker, a craft and will learn a dance from the Sugar Plum Fairy!  To sweeten things up just a little more, we will also enjoy a delectable dessert (cupcakes…mmmm!)

Location:  Community Center
R/NR Fee:  $30/$38
Limit:  5/20
Register by:  One week prior to class
Code:  3461
Day:  Sat
Date:  12/14
Time:  5:00-6:30pm

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.