Under Tier 3 Mitigations, dance classes will resume virtually.

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 2020-2021 Parent Handbook and Class Attire Requirements: English | Spanish

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 2020-2021 Parent Handbook: English | Spanish



  • Shows
  • Auditions
  • Class Schedule & Fees
  • Class Descriptions
  • Meet Our Instructors
  • Theater Performance Opportunities
  • Private Lessons
  • 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.

    Auditions

    There are no auditions at this time. 

    Class Schedule & Fees

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

    Year-round Class Fees:
    30-minute classes: $165(R)/$248(N)
    45-minute classes: $196(R)/$293(N)
    60-minute classes: $250(R)/$375(N)

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    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.

    Vantenia Kelley
    A-Factor Artistic Director and 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.

    Samantha Gaul
    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.

    Jaime Johnson
    Dance Instructor

    Jamie began her love of dance at age three. She trained with Marilyn Michael’s until she began at Salt Creek ballet at age ten. While dancing with Salt Creek she appeared as a doll and a mouse in several years production of the “The Nutcracker”. She earned a degree in Theatre from Columbia College Chicago in 2006. She has previously taught ballet, tap, lyrical and pointe classes at Peggy Rose Academy in Berwyn. Last summer Jamie performed as Sophie in the Fox Valley Park District Summer Stage Production of “ Annie “. Jamie is excited to be part of the Fox Valley Park District Dance Family.

    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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