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Élan Dance Company to Present Showcase at Pfeiffer Hall on April 20

The Naperville Park District’s Élan Dance Company will present its 2018 Showcase at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20 at Pfeiffer Hall, located at 310 E. Benton Ave. on the campus of North Central College.

Performances will feature original choreography in a variety of genres, including ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap and lyrical. Some of the musical selections are: “It’s a Hard-Knocked Life” from the musical, Annie, “River Deep, Mountain High” by Celine Dion, and “That’s Amore.”  Performers include ensembles from each of the three companies within Élan, which are the Senior, Apprentice and Junior Companies.

Elan Dance Company provides advanced students with opportunities to learn the art of choreography. The 2018 Showcase will include two student pieces. Alyssa Wolff choreographed a piece which will be performed by Senior Company entitled, “Move Your Body.” Sarah Fournier and Izzy LaFlamme choreographed a piece entitled, “Symphony” which will be performed by Apprentice Company.

Now in its 22nd season, 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 and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for the Showcase may be purchased through the Naperville Park District at, by phone at 630-848-5000, or in person at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center at 305 W. Jackson Avenue, Fort Hill Activity Center at 20 Fort Hill Drive or at the 95th Street Center at 2244 W. 95th Street. Tickets are $8 in advance (through April 19 at 3:00 p.m.) or $10 at the door.


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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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