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Élan Dance Company Auditions to be Held May 23

Just as young children can discover the joy of dance at their first Park District ballet class, so, also, can growing dancers pursue their dreams by joining the Park District's pre-professional performing ensemble, Élan Dance Company.

Students between the ages of 9 and 21 interested in joining Élan Dance Company for the 2017-2018 season are invited to audition for placement in one of three groups within the Company on Tuesday, May 23.

Auditions will take placein Room 123 at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, located at 305 W. Jackson Ave. Specific times for each age group are as follows:

·         Junior Company (ages 9-12)                        5:00-6:00 p.m.

·         Apprentice Company (ages 12-15)                6:15-7:15 p.m.

·         Senior Company (ages 14-21)                      7:30-8:30 p.m.  

Audition packets with detailed instructions and information about the Company may be picked up at an information open house anytime between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10 at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center. Packets also will be available online at may be requested from Artistic Director Kristy Meza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Élan Dance Company presented their 2017 Showcase at Pfeiffer Hall on May 6, which included solos by three graduating seniors and a stunning program of original choreography performed by the dancers with skill, confidence and artistic expression.

Next on the calendar for Élan Dance Company is a performance at the Kathryn Bender Showcase at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 at Naperville North High School. Tickets may be purchased through Naperville School District 203 at  Élan Dance Company finishes the 2017 regular season by performing at the annual Naperville Park District Dance Academy Recital on Sunday, May 21 at Naperville North High School at 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Summer performances include preshows at the Millennium Carillon Summer Recital Series on Tuesday, July 18 and Tuesday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. and a performance at a Chicago Bandits game on Sunday, July 22. 



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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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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