Dance classes offered for adults, as well as youth dance programs that do not have prerequisites, are available for registration in-person at Prisco, Eola or Vaughan Centers or online.
Steppin’ Out Dance Studio
The Fox Valley Park District’s Steppin’ Out Dance Studio provides skill-building techniques through a variety of dance forms. All classes are taught in a pleasant atmosphere that enhances the learning experience. The joy of movement is complemented by the development of poise and self-confidence, two important traits that extend to all parts of a dancer’s life. The goal is to provide every student with a solid dance foundation while leaving room for individual creativity and fun!
A-Factor Dance Company
Participants of the Steppin’ Out Dance Studio may audition to be a part of the A-Factor Dance Company. Dancers accepted into the A-Factor Dance Company are taught proper technique, body placement and flexibility exercises, and may be trained to compete in dance competitions or perform at events in the area. Additionally, dancers participate in two showcases biannually: Winter Showcase and Summer Showcase. Auditions for A-Factor are held once a year in May. For more information, call 630.859.8606
Performances are held at Prisco Community Center (150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora) unless otherwise noted. All tickets are available for purchase at Prisco Community Center, or online at www.foxvalleyparkdistrict.org/tickets.
Saturday, December 8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 9 at 2 p.m.
Tickets $8 in advance; $10 at the door
A-Factor’s Winter Dance Showcase
Saturday, January 19 at 7 p.m.
Tickets $8 in advance; $10 at the door
- Participants Age: 7Y-18Y
- Audition fee: free
- Auditions: Saturday, September 15 at 2 p.m.
- Location: Prisco Community Center
- Rehearsals are held at the Prisco Community Center on Fridays 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 2 to 5 p.m., starting Saturday, September 15.
NEW Year-round Class Fees:
30-minute classes: $152 (R)/$228 (N)
45-minute classes: $183(R)/$275(N)
60-minute classes: $234(R)/$351(N)
Tutu Toddlers: This class is designed for the 3-year-old who loves music and wants to dance. Participants will concentrate on creative movement using large- motor skills choreographed to all their favorite songs. No dancers in diapers.
Budding Ballerinas: Four- and five-year-olds will learn ballet fundamentals in this class, which is similar to Tutu Toddlers.
Tiny Tappers: Toe, heel, step. Four- and five-year-olds will learn their first tap steps in this class. Children will improve their coordination and rhythms as they learn first tap steps. Classes include dance combinations designed especially for this level. No previous dance experience is necessary. Dancers must be at least 5 years old.
Beginning Levels: The class structure includes isolation and flexibility warm-ups for Jazz, barre and centre work for Ballet and Tap. Students will build on the terminology and technique learned in the Basic Level. Dancers must have completed the Basic Level to the satisfaction of the instructor and have permission to enroll.
Levels I-VI: These levels build on skills learned in the previous level. Students will clarify technique to become stronger dancers. Each level will introduce more complicated technique and combination work. As students advance, a more disciplined atmosphere is enforced and highly technical steps will be performed. Dancers must have completed the previous level to the satisfaction of the instructor and have permission to enroll.
Pre- and Beginning Pointe: Dancers who are enrolled in Ballet Level II may register for Pre-Pointe. Dancers enrolled in Ballet III or higher may register for Beginning Pointe. Dancers will not start out in pointe shoes. Dancers will work on strengthening their bodies and correct technique.
Pointe I and Pointe II: Dancers who are enrolled in Ballet Levels IV-VI and have completed Beginning Pointe to the satisfaction of the instructor and supervisor may register for Pointe I. Dancers who have completed Pointe I to the satisfaction of the instructor may enroll in Pointe II. Pointe shoes are required for both classes.
Modern: In this class, combinations will be taught designed toward introducing expressive dance rhythm and a freer more natural form of dance. Dancers must be enrolled in Ballet III or higher.
Lyrical I-III: A combination of ballet and jazz will be taught in this class designed toward lyric expression. Choreography will develop expressive dance rhythm. Dancers must be enrolled in Ballet Level II or higher to attend. Permission must be given to enroll in Pre-Lyrical, Lyrical II or III.
Hip Hop Level I-II: Students will learn a mixture of street moves and jazz. Hip Hop Levels I to II dancers must complete each level to the satisfaction of the instructor and supervisor to advance. Permission must be given to enroll in Levels I to II.
A-Factor Dance Company: Members are selected through an audition process held each May. Participants must be at least 7 years old, had at least one year experience in the last year in ballet and registered year-round in ballet and jazz classes. Previous jazz and tap experience highly recommended. Members are taught proper technique, body placement and flexibility exercises. The Dance Company represents the Park District in the community shows and competitions.
Dance Coordinator and Lead Instructor, A-Factor Choreographer
Tanya Osika put on her first dance shoes at the age of three. From classical ballet to tap, Tanya’s insatiable desire to learn has led her to study almost all forms of dance, and has been a dance educator since her teen years. Tanya is also a national award winning performer and choreographer and truly adores teaching and inspiring others to pursue their dancing dreams. Recently, Tanya had the honor of studying jazz dance with Chicago jazz legend Nan Giordano and completed the Basic and Beginning Level Teacher Certification Programs. Tanya has choreographed and directed for the A-Factor Winter Showcase, A-Factor Summer Dance Concert, and the annual Nutcracker production. Tanya is thrilled to bring her years of teaching experience and creativity to the Steppin’ Out Dance Studio and A-Factor dance families.
A-Factor Artistic Director and Dance Instructor
A Chicago native, Ms. Scott began her pre-professional training at the Joseph Holmes School of Dance. She continued her studies at Ruth Page, the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center, Joel Hall and Ballet Chicago. Ms. Scott is an alumna of Barat College, where she graduated with honors in Dance and obtained her BFA in Ballet, Modern and Jazz. She now serves as a teaching artist and choreographer for the Fox Valley Park District’s Steppin’ Out Dance Studio and instructs students in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, pointe and strength/conditioning. Ms. Scott also works with the Dance Department’s Winter and Summer dance productions, as well as the A-Factor Dance Company and Competition team. In conjunction with working at the Fox Valley Park District, she also holds the Assistant Dance Team Coach position at Metea Valley High School. She enjoys sharing her passion for dance with students of all ages.
A-Factor Choreographer and Dance Instructor
Kori Cline fell in love with dance at a young age. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater and lyrical at Dance Motions, Inc. Kori received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Augustana College and has her M.Ed in Special Education/ESL Education from National-Louis University. She was an active member of the Augustana Dance Company serving as a choreographer and eventually president of the group. She taught for Expressions of the Quad Cities Dance Academy and choreographed dances for the Express Yourself Competition Team. Kori is beginning her sixth year as a dance instructor for Steppin’ Out Dance Studio and her fifth year as an instructor and choreographer for A-Factor Dance Company.
A-Factor Choreographer and Dance Instructor
Winston Griffin was born and raised in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He was introduced to dance at the age of 14 through show choir in high school and decided he wanted to continue on with dancing instead of music and singing. He now is finishing up his last year at Columbia College Chicago, where he is working towards his bachelor’s degree in dance. Winston has performed in shows such as Choreographic Project, The “I love the 90’s” Show, and traveling to Miami, Florida to dance in a fashion show. Winston has been instructing dance for five years and is excited to continue watching the students grow as dancers.
Jamie Alexander began her dance training at the age of three at Richard’s School of Dance and British Dance Academy. She is trained in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, poms, and musical theater, excelling in tap and jazz. Her teaching career started as an assistant to her teachers at San Diego Dance Center while in high school. From there, she went on to teach at Signature Dance Academy and coach freshmen and Junior Varsity cheer at Rancho Bernardo High School. Aside from teaching, she has performed and choreographed for various sports teams including the San Diego Riptide, San Diego Wildcats, San Diego Surf, and was a proud captain and member of the San Diego Enforcer Girls for three years. She was also a member of touring companies such as Fire and Ice USA and most recently the Chicago Honey Bear Dancers.
When four-year-old Helen Zoerhof stood onstage for the first time, she loved it so much that she had to be physically removed from the stage. Dancing up a storm ever since, Helen has gone on to study ballet, modern, tap, and jazz. In 2012, she graduated from Hope College with a BA in Dance Performance/Choreography, and moved to Chicago to pursue a professional career in dance performance and teaching. In Chicago, she has taught with the Spotlight Youth Theater, and just recently began teaching at the Di Bella Dance Center. This is her third year teaching at the Steppin’ Out Dance Studio with the Fox Valley Park District, where she has also had the delightful opportunity to help choreograph The Nutcracker. As a teacher, Helen believes in creating a safe, positive, and focused learning environment where all students can have fun experiencing the joy and creativity of dance.
Vantenia Kelley is a Chicago native, who received her B.F.A in dance from Northern Illinois University. She has worked with, trained, and taught various dance ministries, dance teams and studios throughout the Chicagoland area and abroad. She has trained in various styles of dance such as modern, jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and African. She is currently the lead dancer for Recording Christian Pop Artist Shuree Rivera. Vantenia is also a member of Dance Missions International, and has traveled to Uganda, Africa to teach and minister through dance. Vantenia is passionate about her love for dance and aims to inspire others to always follow their dreams.
Katie White began dancing at three years old. She attended Gold Star Academy of Dance, Moves School of Performing Arts and competed with Stephanie’s Academy of Dance. She is trained in the styles of ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern and hip hop. When not in the studio, you could find Katie taking dance classes at Columbia College Chicago in their High School Summer Institute. Katie graduated from Waubonsee Community College with her Associates in Arts degree in Mass Communication. Following graduation, she moved to California to work at Disneyland in the Disney College Program in 2015. During the school year, she attends Aurora University to earn a Bachelors Degree in Communication. Katie has been sharing her passion for dance with Steppin’ Out Dance Studio since 2012.
Lauren DeSmedt has been dancing since the age of two! In fifth grade she joined a dance company in addition to her technique classes and has been competing and performing ever since. Lauren was selected to participate in the Inside Chicago Dance Youth Training Program for each of the past three years. She began working as a dance teacher assistant over five years ago, and has been teaching her own classes for two years. Lauren’s passion is choreography and has gained recognition and multiple awards for her work. Lauren plans to pursue her BFA in Dance at Western Michigan University next fall.
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For students ages 7 to 18, private lessons are available in ballet, tap and jazz. Fee is $35 for each 45-minute class for four-week sessions. Days and times are subject to instructor availability. To schedule a private lesson, call Prisco Community Center at 630-859-8606.