Dance classes offered for youth and adults that do not have prerequisites, are available for registration online or in-person at the Prisco or Eola Community Centers.

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: English | Spanish

A-Factor Dance Company

Members are selected through an audition process held in summer and taught proper technique, body placement and flexibility exercises. Participants must be at least 7 years old, had at least one-year experience in the last year in ballet and are currently registered in year-round ballet and jazz classes. Previous jazz and tap experience highly recommended. Dancers participate in Winter and Summer Showcases as well as numerous competitions and conventions. For more information, call 630-859-8606.

  • 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

    Summer Nights Dance Concert

    Friday, August 6: 7 p.m.
    Saturday, August 7: 2 p.m.

    $10 – Click to purchase tickets


    Auditions held at the Prisco Community Center unless otherwise noted.

    A-Factor Auditions

    Saturday, September 11
    Minis: 12:30 to 1 p.m.
    Company: 1 to 2 p.m.

    Nutcracker Auditions

    Saturday, September 18
    1 to 3 p.m.

    Class Schedule & Fees

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

    Year-round Class Fees:
    30-minute classes: $180(R)/$270(N)
    45-minute classes: $216(R)/$324(N)
    60-minute classes: $288(R)/$432(N)

    Class Descriptions

    Fairytale Ballet: Music, costumes, and dance props encourage 2-year-old princes and princesses to use their imaginations as they learn basic ballet steps through the magic of fairytales.

    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. Dancers must be potty trained.

    Budding Ballerinas: This class is designed for the 4-year-old who will learn ballet fundamentals which is similar to Tutu Toddlers.

    Tappin’ Tots: Toe, heel, step. Three-year-old dancers will learn their first tap steps in this class. This class will focus on coordination and rhythm.

    Tiny Tappers:  Four-year old children will improve their coordination and rhythms as they practice first tap steps. Classes include dance combinations designed especially for this level. No previous dance experience is necessary.

    Jazz N’ Juniors: Kick, turn, and develop coordination in this beginning level jazz dancing class.  Dancers may be three or four years old.

    Lil Jammers: This class teaches hip-hop basics with upbeat music.  Dancers may be three or four years old.

    Level I: 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.

    Levels II-V: Dancers must have completed the level prior to the satisfaction of the instructor and have permission to enroll.  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.

    Ballet: Light, graceful, fluid movements, and highly formalized set steps and gestures.

    Hip-Hop: A mixture of street moves and jazz.

    Jazz: A popularized dance form by the big bands of the swing era from a profusion of dance styles.

    Lyrical: A combination of ballet, jazz, acrobatics, and modern dance. Dancers must be enrolled in Ballet Level II or given permission to enroll.

    Modern: A broad genre of western dance which includes ballet, folk, ethnic, religious, and social dancing. Dancers must be enrolled in Ballet III or given permission to enroll.

    Pointe: Technique and strength are the focus of this class in order to support all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within pointe shoes. Dancers will not start out in pointe shoes. Dancers who are enrolled in Ballet Level III may register for Pointe I.

    Tap: The use of metal affixed to the heel and toe of shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion, coupled with characteristic and interpretative body movements.

    Meet Our Instructors

    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.

    Jamie 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.

    Josie Fox
    Dance Instructor

    Josie Fox started dancing at the age of four. She has been dancing with the Fox Valley Park District for twelve years. Josie has participated in The Nutcracker at Fox Valley Park District for eight years performing as the Sugar Plum Fairy in 2019 and Snow Queen in 2020. Josie hass been part of A-Factor Dance Company since 2015. She is very excited to join the team and work with the dancers!

    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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