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Élan Dance Company Information Night May 8 and Auditions on June 4

Élan Dance Company, the pre-professional performing dance company of the Naperville Park District’s Dance Academy, is holding auditions for the 2019-2020 season on Tuesday, June 4. Students between the ages of 9 and 18 interested in joining Élan are invited to audition for placement in one of three groups within the company.

An optional Élan Dance Company open house information night will be held on Wednesday, May 8 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, located at 305 W. Jackson Ave. Those interested in learning more about Élan Dance Company and the auditions may stop in at any time during the hour. Additionally, audition packets with detailed instructions and information about the company may be requested from Artistic Director Kristy Meza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or by calling 630-848-3618.

Auditions will take place in 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 14-18)                     7:30-8:30 p.m.  

In addition to its regular season that begins in September, Élan Dance Company will offer a summer class and will perform pre-shows at two of the Tuesday evening summer recitals at the Millennium Carillon: on July 6 and August 9. Both dance performances begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Carillon recital at 7:00 p.m.

Élan Dance Company is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


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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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