Classes at NIDC are divided by age, type of dance, and level of experience. Northern Illinois Dance Center has an open enrollment policy and welcomes new students throughout the year as space allows.

Registration is still open. Spaces are limited! Do not wait!

Please feel free to email us with any questions. General Information nidancecenter@gmail.com

Studio Director – raelyn@nidancecenter.com,
Assistant Director – atlee@nidancecenter.com

Classes Offered

*All ages based on their age as of September 1st of that school year (just like in school)

Movin’ w/ my Mini


Ages 18 months – 3 years old
This introductory to dance class offers our youngest students with a chance to learn creative movement. This class is for both child and their parent/caregiver. Parents will help lead their child through their movements and activities. We will also work on musicality, coordination, listening skills, and proper teacher-student class etiquette. This class is a great opportunity for your child to be in a structured environment while still being allowed to be creative and have fun!
Dress code – clothes they can easily move in, preferred: leotard, tights, skirt (optional), hair pulled off face
Shoes – Pink leather or canvas full sole Ballet Shoes *preferably ones without ties

Creative Movement

Ages 2-3 years old
This introductory to dance class offers our younger students with a chance to learn creative movement and the beginning of dance education. We will also work on musicality, coordination, listening skills, and proper teacher-student class etiquette. This class is a great opportunity for your child to be in a structured environment while still being allowed to be creative and have fun!
Dress code – clothes they can easily move in, preferred: leotard, tights, skirt (optional), hair pulled off face
Shoes – Pink leather or canvas full sole Ballet Shoes *preferably ones without ties

Dance Basics


Ages 3-4 years old (Must be Potty Trained)

This beginner dance class offers our young students with a chance to learn different styles of dance and creative movement. They will learn correct terminology and placement of different dance steps tailored to their beginner learning level. They will also work on musicality, coordination, listening skills, and proper teacher-student class etiquette. This class is a great opportunity for your child to be in a structured environment while still being allowed to be creative and have fun!
Dress code – leotard, tights, skirt (optional), hair pulled off face
Shoes – *Pink leather or canvas full sole Ballet Shoes and Black Tap Shoes *preferably ballet shoes without ties

*Ms. Mindy, Ms. Raelyn & Ms. Mattie’s Dance Basics classes use both ballet and tap all year. Ms. Shelly does not introduce tap shoes until January.

Intro Classes

(ex: ballet/tap, jazz/hip hop, ballet/jazz, jazz/lyrical or hip hop/tap)

Ages 5-6 years old
Intro classes are for dancers trying new or different dance styles. They learn the fundamentals of their class’ specified styles with a focus on overall coordination, motor skills, and learning proper dance class etiquette. Class also incorporates time for creativity, musicality and of course, fun.
|Dress code- leotard, tights, skirt (optional), hair secured and pulled back,
Shoes: Tap = black tap shoes, Ballet = pink leather or canvas full sole ballet shoes *preferably ones without ties, Jazz or Hip Hop = tan jazz shoes.

Ballet

Ages 7+
This classical dance form provides the technical foundation and grace for all other types of dance. Classes consist of exercises performed at the ballet barre, combinations done in the center of the dance floor, and progressions traveling across the floor. Ballet students develop strength and flexibility along with musicality and having fun.

Ballet 1 & 2 meet one day a week. Ballet 1 is 60 minutes in length. Ballet 2 is 75 minutes in length.

Ballet 3 & 4 meet two days a week. Dancer must be enrolled in both days. One 2 hour class and One 1 hour class.

All the gentleman dancers should wear a form fitting tank top and short with black ballet shoes.

Dress code- black leotard, pink tights, ballet skirt or fitted black shorts (optional), hair in bun

Shoes – pink leather or canvas ballet shoes.

Hip Hop
Ages 7+

Hip hop incorporates popular dance moves and styles from a variety of eras. This fast-paced class incorporates popping, locking, breaking, tutting, and a variety of new styles that become popular during the semester. Hip Hop focuses on the finer nuances of body isolation and musicality. Class consists of a warm-up, combinations in the center, and time to work on student’s own creativity in developing short combinations.

Dress code- comfortable clothing, hair pulled back, clean black converse type of sneaker.

Jazz
Ages 7+

Jazz is a fast-paced, energetic dance style that builds on ballet technique while incorporating what is popular in dance styles today. Class typically consists of a warm-up, progressions done across the floor, technique training, and a combination done in the center. It is a fun class that will build in difficulty throughout the semester.
Dress code- leotard/tank/cami, fitted shorts/pants/leggings, hair pulled back, tan jazz shoe.

Lyrical
Ages 7+
Modern/lyrical class introduces fundamental modern concepts while building on skills and body alignment learned in ballet. The class focuses on creativity, the position of the spine, body awareness and body placement. Students learn how to incorporate emotion into their dancing both in class and on stage. Class consists of exercises done in the center, exercises on the floor, combinations across the floor, and combinations in the center. Strong ballet technique is recommended.
Dress code- leotard/tank/cami, fitted shorts/pants/leggings, hair pulled back, tan jazz shoe.

Musical Theater
Ages 7+

Musical Theater classes focus on combining the styling of a jazz class with the characteristics and personality used on Broadway. Acting and musicality are taught in this class, along with proper jazz technique and progressions. A variety of musicals are reviewed in these classes, so the dancers are exposed to old, new, and upcoming musical theater styles. Classes consist of a warm-up, progressions across the floor, acting/musicality training, and combinations in the center.
Dress code- leotard/tank/cami, fitted shorts/pants/leggings, hair pulled back, tan jazz shoes.

Praise Dance
Ages 7+

Praise Dance is a Christian based dance class. Dancers will dance to contemporary Christian music. Classes consist of a Christian Devotion, prayer, warm-up, progressions across the floor, and combinations in the center.
Dress code- leotard/tank/cami, fitted shorts/pants/leggings, hair pulled back, tan jazz shoes.

Pointe / Demi Pointe
Age: strictly on teacher placement / evaluation

Pointe class is offered to advanced ballet students. Students work on developing ballet technique related to wearing pointe and demi pointe shoes. Teacher permission is required for both demi pointe and progressing to pointe.
Dress code- pink leotard, pink tights, ballet skirt or black fitted shorts (optional), hair in bun, pink pointe shoes.

Tap
Ages 7+

Tap dance focuses on rhythm and musicality while also being very fast-paced. A variety of tap dance styles are focused on throughout the levels, which are highlighted through different music genres and technique styles from various dance eras. Classes consist of a warm-up and progressions done in the center and across the floor. Students will learn traditional tap skills and build on this foundation with their own improvisation and creativity.
Dress code- leotard/tank/cami, fitted shorts/pants/leggings, hair pulled back, black tap shoes.

Technique Classes
(Turns & Leaps, Flex Fix)

Ages 8+
We are proud to offer classes that focus solely on dancer’s technique. These classes help to really push our dancers to the next level.
Dress code- leotard/tank/cami, fitted shorts/pants/leggings, hair pulled back, jazz shoes or bare feet for flex fix.

Elevation Dance Company @ NIDC

Our dance company is by audition only. The company routines meet for technique classes and choreography rehearsal. Students have the opportunity to perform at community events and be showcased in our Spring Recital. They also have the opportunity to be asked to be in solos, duets, trios and small groups in ballet, tap, and hip hop along with jazz and lyrical. They compete in approximately 4 regional competitions each year. They also compete at a Nationals competition every other summer.

NIDC Performance Group

Our performance group is by audition only. The group meets for technique classes and choreography rehearsal. Students have the opportunity to perform at community events and be showcased in our Spring Recital.

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