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Élan Dance Company to Perform at the Fox Valley Dance Showcase on Nov. 10-11 and at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair Nov. 18

The Naperville Park District’s Élan Dance Company will perform at two regional events this November. Élan’s Senior Company will perform at the annual Fox Valley Dance Showcase at Metea Valley High School on Saturday, Nov. 10 and Sunday, Nov. 11.  Élan’s Junior and Apprentice Companies will perform at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair at Navy Pier on Sunday, Nov. 18.

At the Fox Valley Dance Showcase, Élan’s Senior Company, ages 14-18, will present a jazz piece entitled “Body Rock,” choreographed by Stacey Fontechia, and a modern piece entitled “Lucid Dreams,” choreographed by Alex Webb.

“This is an event that the Senior Company dancers look forward to each year,” said Artistic Director Kristy Meza. The Showcase is in its 21st year and has featured over 35 dance companies collectively over the years. Élan’s performance times are Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 3:00 p.m.

Élan Dance Company has performed at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair each year since 2010. They will take the stage from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.  Junior Company, ages 9-12, will be performing a fun pop jazz piece entitled “Heads Will Roll” as well as a fluid lyrical jazz piece entitled “Rewrite the Stars.” Apprentice Company, ages 12-15, will be performing a technique-rich jazz piece entitled, “I Drove All Night” and a modern piece, “The Hill” that will challenge the dancers creatively.

“We appreciate the opportunity to perform at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair for a large audience and to be part of the beginning of the holiday season in Chicago,” said Kristy Meza.  Family and friends of the Élan performers may purchase tickets for the event online at for $14 for adults and $7 for children. Tickets also are available at the door for $15 for adults and $8 for children.

Élan Dance Company is a pre-professional dance company for students ages 9 and older, performing in Naperville and in the Chicago region. The Company makes high quality, creative dance experiences affordable and accessible both to audiences and to its members. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.


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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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