Dance Classes

Ages 2-14 years

Here at the Channahon Park District, we have designed a variety of programs where your child will learn to play and interact with other children their own age.  Parents will also have a chance to meet others parents.

Dance offerings include:

  • Recreation Dance Classes
  • 1 Day Dance Clinics
  • Dance Camps
  • Synergy Dance, Pom & Cheer Competition Team
  • Private & Team Lessons

Recreation Dance Classes

Class Attire: Students are encouraged to wear traditional dance or yoga attire-leotards, tights, leggings, stretch pants, and tops. Boys should wear comfortable clothing. Proper footwear is required and can be purchased at local retail stores. Ballet technique shoes are worn in all ballet classes. Tap shoes are needed for tap classes. Please no jeans in classes. Children must be prepared to attend class without the aid of a parent except for Lovely Leos, which is a parent/child participation class.

 

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Lovely Leos Parent/Tot Class
Ages 2-3 years with adult
This is an introductory class for your child and you to learn basic ballet using creative music and movement with the help of different props. Balance, coordination, and flexibility will be developed. Music changes every session. The Winter Dance Showcase is Saturday, December 19. Parent actively participates with their child. Non registered siblings/children are not able to attend. Child will keep costume after recital. Instructed by Karen Cooper.

 

Fairytale Ballet
Ages 3-4 years (be prepared to stay alone without parent assistance)
Music and dance props will encourage a “prince” or “princess” to use their imagination as they learn basic ballet steps with the magic of fairy tales. Girls should wear a leotard, tights, and pink ballet shoes. Skirts or tutus also may be worn. Boys should wear a t-shirt, shorts, and black ballet shoes. Child should be prepared to participate without the assistance of a parent. The session focuses on learning dance techniques, routines and group work to develop a teamwork atmosphere. The Winter Dance Showcase will be either Friday, December 18 or Saturday, December 19. Instructed by Karen Cooper.

 

Pre Ballet & Tumbling
Ages 3-5 years
Basic skills will be taught in this class designed for the beginner. Correct terminology and positions will be used. Flexibility and coordination are only two of the benefits from participating in this ballet & tumbling class. Leotard, tights, leather or canvas ballet shoes are required. Friday, December 18 or Saturday, December 19 is our Winter Showcase. Child will keep costume after recital. Instructed by Karen Cooper.

 

Ballet & Tumbling
Ages 4-8 years
Beauty, grace, poise flexibility, balance, and coordination are characteristics of ballet & tumbling. We will put it all together in this well-rounded and developmentally appropriate class for the beginner ballerina. Girls wear a leotard and ballet shoes. Boys wear a tee shirt, shorts, and black ballet shoes. The session focuses on learning dance techniques, routines and group work to develop a teamwork atmosphere. The Winter Showcase is Friday, December 18 or Saturday, December 19. Child will keep costume after recital. Instructed by Karen Cooper.

 

Ballet & Tumbling Step 2
Ages 6-12 years
This session focuses on continuation of learning dance techniques, routines and group work to develop during Ballet & Tumbling again in a teamwork atmosphere. Winter Dance Showcase will be Friday, December 19 or Saturday, December 19. Child will keep costume after recital. Instructed by Karen Cooper.

 

Pee Wee Pom & Cheer
Ages 4-8 years
Your child’s not sure whether pom or cheer is the choice. This is a great beginner class that we will start with the basics. Your child will learn motions, technique, jumps, beginning tumbling, dance routines and sidelines. This class is great for enhancing memorization skills, coordination, and team interaction. Our Winter Showcase is Friday, December 18 or Saturday, December 19. Child will keep costume after recital. Instructed by Karen Cooper.

 

Junior Tap & Ballet
Ages 4-8 years
Students will enhance the basic elements of tap and ballet learned in Beginner Tap & Ballet. Flaps, shuffles, and basic ballet techniques are set to creative and fun combinations. The session focuses on learning dance techniques, routines and group work to develop a teamwork atmosphere. Our Winter Showcase is Friday, December 18 or Saturday, December 19. Child will keep costume after recital. Instructed by Karen Cooper.

 

Beginner Tap & Ballet
Ages 4-8 years
Students will be taught the basic elements of tap and ballet. Flaps, shuffles, and basic ballet techniques are set to creative and fun combinations. The session focuses on learning dance techniques, routines and group work to develop a teamwork atmosphere. Must wear ballet and tap shoes to participate in this class. Our Winter Showcase is Friday, December 18 or Saturday, December 19. Child will keep costume after recital. Instructed by Karen Cooper.

 

Hip Hop & More
Ages 6-10 years
Beginner and advanced students will have fun learning and creating new dances in this innovative class, which emphasizes flexibility and balance using current music. Basic dance techniques of ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop will be taught. The session focuses on learning dance techniques, routines and group work to develop a teamwork atmosphere. Our Winter Showcase is Friday, December 18 or Saturday, December 19. Child will keep costume after recital. Instructed by Karen Cooper.

1-Day Dance Clinics

All clinics held at the Kathy Green Multi-Purpose Center Gym
Must Pre register, No Drop-Ins Accepted

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Rolls & Handstands
Ages 4-8 years
Are you new to tumbling? This is a great clinic to help introduce you to the basics of rolls and handstands. We will provide stations and instructions on the variations of rolls including forward rolls, backward rolls, and straddle rolls. Handstands are the foundation of a majority of tumbling skills. This is a necessary skill to learn and we will provide a variety of opportunities to practice handstands.

 

Cartwheels & Kickovers
Ages 4-12 years
Do you want to add a little more difficulty to your tumbling and showcase your ability to perform skills with straight legs? Cartwheels and kickovers are a great way to do that. Both of these skills require you to have straight arms and legs. We will provide a variety of stations that will help hone your form to perform these skills.

 

Handsprings
Ages 9-16 years
Are you looking to achieve some advanced tumbling skills? This clinic is for you! It is necessary to be able to hold yourself up in a bridge and a handstand to have success in learning how to do front and back handsprings. If you have the ability to perform walkovers and limbers, that will help you to achieve handsprings with better success. Drills and stations will be provided to work on strength, shape, and execution of front and back handsprings. Variations such as step-outs and flysprings may be introduced based on the skill level of those signed up.

 

Leaps & Turns
Ages 6-10 years
This clinic is for the dancer wanting to focus on proper technique of his/her leaps and turns! We will practice using visual focal points. A variety of jumps will be introduced. There will be drills to help focus on the details of form of each skill. Strength and flexibility will be introduced. You will be leaping to success.

 

Advanced Leaps & Turns
Ages 10-16 years
Are you looking to improve your dance skills to help take your dancing to the next level? This clinic is for you! This clinic is designed for those who can already execute a full turn, pirouette, and leap. We will focus on proper technique and using your eyes to spot. A variety of jumps will be introduced. There will be drills to help focus on the details and form of each skill. Strength and flexibility will be included. You will be taking your dancing to new heights with this clinic.

Dance Camps!

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JoJo Dance Party Dance Camp
Ages 5-10 years
Children are invited to our JoJo Dance Party Camp. Grab your bows and get ready to party! If you’re a #nofilter and a #BestiesNotBullies kind of kid, this is the camp for you. Learn new and fun choreography to your favorite JoJo songs each day along with a craft. This camp is sure to fill up quick, so register early!

 

Synergy Mini Cheer, Dance, & Pom Winter Camp
Ages 4-10 years
Camp is for those interested in beginning cheer, dance, and pom. Each day we will spend time on skills and techniques in each area including chants, motions, jumps, jazz, hip hop, and poms. Please wear comfortable clothes and gym shoes daily. We will swim daily in the indoor pool at the Inwood Recreation Center. Lunch and snack needed daily. Instructed by Karen Cooper.

 

Princess Power Dance Camp
Ages 4-10 years
Embrace the power of your inner princess and join us this winter holiday camp! Dancers ages 4-10 will sail with Moana, see the impossible become possible with Mary Poppins, find their inner beauty with Belle, and create a winter wonderland with Elsa. Join us for a journey of dancing, arts & crafts, and endless amounts of fun! Each day dancers will celebrate with a different princess and learn tap, jazz, and ballet dances. This popular camp fills fast, sign up today!

“Synergy” Dance, Pom & Cheer Competition Team:

What is Synergy?

Synergy Competitive Dance, Pom and Cheer competes in the Illinois Park District Drill Conference Team Division. This is a great opportunity for your child to become a part of a team that will build his/her self-esteem and encourage him/her to be confident and outgoing. This is an 8-month commitment.

The Competitive Team provides members with a unique opportunity to study, explore, and perform dance, pom, and cheer at a higher level of expectation. This gives the more disciplined performer a way to study at studio-quality level of instruction.

Synergy Team 2020-21 season runs from October 2020 through May 2021. Members are required to be enrolled for the entire season. Payments are made in 2 installments September & December. Synergy Park District Team competes from January to April in the Illinois Park District Drill Conference.

Competition Teams participate in all recitals and are required to purchase the $30 recital costume at time of registration for each $150 payment fee. Payment including costume is $180 in September and December.

Synergy Competition Dance, Pom, and Cheer Team Information

Try-Out Information

Register for tryouts in your choice genre group. There will be a $5.00 nonrefundable tryout fee. Performers may be moved up or down based on age averages and skill of the performer (i.e. if your performer is 9 years old, tryout with the juniors, but if selected, may perform with the minis). Tryouts will be held at the Joliet Park District Kathy Green Multi-Purpose Center Gym. Participants will be broken up into age levels upon arrival. Tryouts will consist evaluating the following Motions, Dance, Tumbling, and Jumps. The instructors will determine, based on skills, which age level (Mini, Junior, Senior) the child will perform at and which style they will perform. Child may perform in more than one category; if they are interested. If your child refuses to try-out, competition may not be suited for that child. There are no makeups for tryouts. You will be contacted via email within 1 week about individual results. Child may perform in more than one category. For more information contact Karen at 815-741-7275, ext 129.

Dance/Pom/Cheer Competition Try-Outs
Ages 4-14 years
Location: Joliet Park District

Date Day Time Division
Sept 24 TH 5-5:45 PM Dance
Sept 24 TH 6-6:45 PM Pom
Sept 24 TH 7-7:45 PM Cheer

For more information, contact Karen Cooper at 815-741-7275 x129.

Synergy Competitive Dance, Pom, and Cheer Team Information

Dance, Pom and Cheer Teams will practice at the Joliet Park District Kathy Green Multi-Purpose Center on Thursday Nights. All competitions are on Saturdays or Sundays. A schedule for all classes will be handed out at the first class. Competition schedules will be handed out as soon as dates and times are confirmed.

Costs includes…
• 28 weeks of classes: October 2020-May 2021
• Competition Costume or Cheer Uniform
• Competition entry fees

Purchase of a team warm-up, leotard, and shoes are required by participant. Returning team members: if you qualify for the team, you may use your warm up jacket from previous year. Keep in mind, no one is guaranteed a spot on the Synergy Dance, Pom, & Cheer team even if the individual competed the previous year.

Synergy Competitive Scheduled Practice Times 2020-2021
Division Day Date Time Age Location
Dance TH October-May 5:30-6:15 PM 4-8 years  JPDMPC
Dance TH October-May 6:30-7:30 PM 8-14 years  JPDMPC
Pom TH October-May 4:30-5:15 PM 4-14 years  JPDMPC
Cheer TH October-May 7:15-8 PM 4-14 years JPDMPC

 

Private & Team Lessons

Dance, Cheer, Pom, Tumbling & Technical Focus

Are you looking for a class to help you reach the next level? Want to improve on your flexibility and learn new tricks? This program will help you focus on your technique on all the skills you perform, as well as increasing your body flexibility. You will also have the opportunity to learn new skills that can be unique and creative. Practice and improve skills needed to make a school cheer or pom team. Call 815-741-7275 ext. 173 email sunshine and rainbows.lc@gmail.com to schedule a private or group lesson. Please be sure to include child’s name, age, skills needing work along with any other members if doing a group lesson. Sign up for three one-hour sessions at one time for a discounted rate! All fees are listed per child. Individual and group lessons are limited based on experienced staff availability and facility space, and are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Individual/Group Fee/ResDisc # of Lessons Location
Individual $30/$25 1 Joliet Park District
Individual $80/$65 3 Joliet Park District
Group (per person) $23/$18 1 Joliet Park District
Group (per person) $60/$48 3 Joliet Park District
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