Fox Valley Park District

Dance

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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!

Steppin’ Out Dance Studio Class Attire Requirements
Steppin’ Out Dance Studio 2018-2019 Calendar

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

A-Factor Parent 2018-2019 Parent Handbook

Shows

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.

The Nutcracker
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

Auditions

The Nutcracker

  • 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.
Class Schedule & Fees

Class Schedules:
Eola Community Center
Prisco Community Center
Vaughan Athletic Center

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)

Class Descriptions

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.

Meet Our Instructors

Erin O’Brien
Dance Supervisor

Erin O’Brien grew up in Chicago, Illinois where she discovered her passion for dance. She followed her passion to Illinois State University, earning her Bachelor’s of Science in Theatre- Dance Performance. While attending a university, Erin had the opportunity to work with various choreographers and plan showcases for her student run organization. After graduation, Erin began dancing with a professional modern dance company and teaching dance to children. She loves having the opportunity to watch children grow through art and find their passion, as she did. Erin is honored to be a part of the team at Fox Valley Park District and looks forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead.

Samantha Gaul
A-Factor Artistic Director and Dance Instructor

Samantha Gaul began training and performing at the age of seven with the Beth Fowler School of Dance. She was a soloist for the Beth Fowler Dance Company for many years before continuing her studies at Northern Illinois University. She graduated from NIU with a Bachelors’ degree in Hospitality Administration and a minor in Dance Performance. Sam continues to teach and choreograph for local companies and organizations. She is excited to bring her love of dance to the Fox Valley Park District and is looking forward to educating and inspiring the dancers.

Miranda Colin
Dance Instructor

Miranda Colin began dancing at the age of three and was trained through FVPD’s Steppin’ Out Dance Studio. After twelve years of tap and jazz, she continued dancing with Waubonsie Valley High School’s show choirs, developed a love for hip-hop as she joined her university’s hip-hop dance team, and began to study other styles such as ballet, modern, and musical theater at Millikin University which she graduated from with a B.M. in Commercial Music. Now she works as a freelance choreographer and dancer and has been seen dancing for Walt Disney World through the Disney College Program in 2015 as well as for Six Flags Great America for their summer seasons. Her choreography has been displayed for the past seven years by schools and organizations throughout the Midwest Region for musicals and show choirs. Miranda is ecstatic to share her passion for dance and hopes to inspire the students to aim for and achieve their highest potential.

Stephanie Guerra
Dance Instructor

Stephanie, like many, was put into dance class by her mom when she was little and never stopped loving it! She has been dancing for going on 15 years at Steppin’ Out Dance Studio and other local dance studios. She has been a competitive dancer for five years where she has won multiple awards and scholarships in solos as well as group dances. Most notably she won Senior Ms Inferno runner up in 2018 and Senior Ms Dance Champs runner up in 2017. Stephanie is also apart of the Varsity Pantherettes Dance team at Oswego High School where she has choreographed multiple dances for varsity football game halftimes. She is also involved in her high school’s orchesis club where she has choreographed and performed in numerous numbers. Stephanie has a great passion for dance and teaching it to the future dancers of Steppin’ Out Dance Studio!

Kaitlyn Guth
Dance Instructor

Kaitlyn Guth started dancing at the age of two. She performed the Nutcracker and Cinderella with the prominently known studio, Von Heidecke’s Chicago Festival Ballet. She was an assistant teacher at the studio. She competed with her high school Aurora Central Catholic dance team, where she was on the varsity all four years. The dance team went down state every year where they won first, second or third place. She participated in competitions with Passion Dance Project. Kaitlyn graduated with a B.F.A. in dance at Northern Illinois. She is well diverse in all styles of dance such as ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop, and tap. She has choreographed for Northern Illinois, Naperville Central’s dance team, The Nutcracker, and Competitions. Kaitlyn wants to spread her passion and knowledge in dance with others.

Abbie Hubert
Dance Instructor

Dance has been a cherished part of Abbie’s entire life and she loves being able to share the joy of dance with others. Abbie danced with the civic company, Ballet Sioux for seven years, and performed in full length ballets such as Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Cinderella, and The Nutcracker. Abbie has also travelled to London to take master classes from members of The Royal Ballet, and studied dance at Morningside College and The University of Nebraska at Omaha. In 2017, Abbie received certification in the Progressing Ballet Techniques program in Washington DC. She currently directs the ballet program at Steps to Grace in Rockford where she has directed, choreographed, and costumed The Nutcracker Suite as well as selections from Coppelia, Don Quixote, and The Sleeping Beauty.

Vantenia Kelley
Dance Instructor

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.

Kimberly Manno
Dance Instructor

Originally from the Northwest suburbs, Kimberly grew up dancing. Starting off at the Morton Grove Park District and continuing her dancing career on a high school dance team. Kimberly graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University. Her teaching drive did not stop in a traditional classroom where she teaches first grade, this is Kimberly’s second year teaching for the Fox Valley Park District. Kimberly is excited to be able to the bring creativity and her love of teaching to the stage!

Savannah Martin
Dance Instructor

Savannah took her first dance class at the age of three. It was a ballet and tap class; instantly she was hooked and hasn’t stopped dancing since. She has taken various styles such as ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, African and others from different studios, private dance lessons, Christian Youth Theater Chicago and Lou Conte Dance Studio. Savannah’s favorite styles are tap, lyrical and jazz. She’s been teaching dance classes for over 6 years at various studios and choreographed multiple musicals. Savannah is passionate about teaching dance to build up her students confidence and to inspire them to use dance as an outlet for expressing their emotions and sharing their talents with the others.

Dawn Walts
Dance Instructor

Dawn Walts began her dance training in Southern California at the age of four. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip hop, and took exams for the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. While in high school, Dawn attended several summer intensives, including the Ballet Arts of Southern California, the Bournonville Ballet Workshop, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Dawn was awarded a dance scholarship at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA where she studied pedagogy, kinesiology, and choreography, in addition to dance technique and performance. Dawn has performed with the Oklahoma Festival Ballet and Dafmark Dance Theater. She hung up her dance shoes for a few years after starting a family, but her daughter’s love for dance and the amazing dance program offered by the Park District inspired her to return to the studio. This is Dawn’s second year teaching for the Fox Valley Park District.

Olivia Wiggins
Dance Instructor

Olivia Wiggins has been enjoying dancing for 16 years. She began dance at the St. Charles Dance Academy in 2002. At the Academy, she danced with their company team and competed in new numerous competitions. Olivia has been trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop and East Coast Swing. Olivia is thrilled to be teaching and sharing her love for dance!

Helen Zoerhof
Dance Instructor

When Helen first stood onstage at the tender age of 3, she loved it so much that she never wanted to leave (she had to be bodily removed by her mother).  She has been dancing ever since, and in 2012, she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Dance Performance/Choreography from Hope College in Holland, MI.  In 2013, she married her husband, Josh, and moved to Chicago to pursue a career as a professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher.  She has performed with Chicago Tap Theatre, Noumenon Dance Ensemble, and Wake-Up! Waltz, and is currently the senior full company member in J. Lindsay Brown Dance.  She has presented her own work at various festivals and dance concerts in Chicago, most recently at the Delve Showcase.  She looks forward to starting her fifth year teaching dance at the Fox Valley Park District.

Theater Performance Opportunities

Enjoy more dance opportunities with the performing arts drama classes! Some of the best dance numbers come from musicals and shows that are geared towards dancers. Dancers have a flair for the dramatic, and dance numbers are always an exciting, beloved part of any show. Click here to learn more about upcoming drama classes and auditions.

Private Lessons

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.

 

 

 

 

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