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Programs for All Ages and Abilities

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The mission of the Naperville Park District Dance Academy is to provide quality dance training to interested students of all ages – youth through adult. Students learn about dance and appreciation of the art in addition to steps and technique.

Beginning with our littlest dancers in mind and progressing to all levels of Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, Jazz, Tap and more, our programs are carefully constructed to provide effective learning environments that are fun and professional, technical and creative, and taught by qualified, experienced instructors.

Our dance programs fall into two categories: seasonal programs and recital track. Seasonal programs typically are held once a week for several weeks and participants do not perform in the annual spring dance recital. However, parents are able to observe their student’s progress at the last class of the session. Recital track programs begin in the fall and run for nine months. Participants enrolled in the recital track will perform in the annual spring recital. Specific dance attire is required in order to participate in the classes and students will receive a dance costume for the recital.

Programs Offered include:

  • Ballet: Basics, Ballet/Tap, Storybook Ballet, Adult Ballet, Pointe
  • Competition Dance
  • Creative Movement
  • Dance and Pom
  • Hip Hop/Jazz
  • Hippity Hoppers Junior
  • Jazz: youth and adult
  • Modern/Contemporary
  • Stretch and Strengthen
  • Tap

A Parents Guide to Dance

Dance Academy Dress Code

Dance Shoe and Tight Recommendations

Meet our Dance Instructors

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Élan Dance Company provides a foundation in dance performance and essential experience participating in a dance company. We offer a competition dance company and a performance-only company. Both companies will participate in several performances throughout the year.

Auditions for the 2021-2022 Season:
Auditions will be held on Monday, August 16th at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson Ave., in Community Hall. Registration is required to attend auditions. There is no cost to audition. Dancers will attend one audition regardless of the company/dance style they are auditioning for.

Date: Monday, August 16
Location: ARRCC, Community Hall

Ages 7-10* · 4:30-5:45pm
Ages 11-13 · 6:00-7:15pm
Ages 14-18 · 7:30-8:45pm
*Dancers must be 8 years old by January 1, 2022

Audition Registration Link
Audition Form
Please complete this audition form by Sunday, August 15th

Parent Informational Zoom Meeting: Join us Sunday, August 8 at noon for a brief Elan Parent Meeting to learn more about the Company. Please email Brittany Malatt at bmalatt@napervilleparks.org by Friday, August 6 at 4:00 pm to receive the Zoom link.

If you would like more information, please contact Raegan Milan, Dance Coordinator, at 630-848-3618 or via email at rmilan@napervilleparks.org.

Sponsors

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Bollywood Dance: Heritage, Activity, and Community (Courtesy of NCTV17)

First-Time Registrant Information

Individuals wanting to register online for Naperville Park District programs must first establish an account with us. In order to be eligible for the resident fee, proof of residency within the Naperville Park District is required by submitting one of the following documents: driver's license, preprinted personal check or City of Naperville utility bill.

To register, please go here. You also can submit your proof of residency by emailing it to info@napervilleparks.org, by fax at 630-848-5001.

Or visit Fort Hill Activity Center to register

Fort Hill Activity Center
20 Fort Hill Drive
Naperville, IL 60540. 
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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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