Dance

  • Youth Dance Classes

    We plan to hold dance classes starting september 2020. Stay tuned for more details.

    Broadway Stars

    This series of classes are designed three different age groups for both new and returning students. Dancers will benefit from progressing in the three levels of Broadway Stars, all taught by the same instructor, but new dancers are welcome.

    • Twinkle Stars (ages 3-4) Our youngest dancers will learn the basics of ballet, tap, jazz and dance acrobatics. Children will work on a choreographed dance routine while incorporating various techniques.
    • Silver Stars (ages 5-6) Our middle age group is designed for both new students and those who graduated from Twinkle Stars, formerly Broadway Babies. Children will be introduced to or progress further in ballet, tap, jazz, and dance acrobatics and prepare for the recital.
    • Gold Stars (ages 7-8) The oldest group of the Broadway Stars series welcomes newcomers and kids who have progressed through the program. Continued work on dance moves in ballet, tap and jazz as well as dance acrobatics is focused on to prepare for the recital.

    Pre Dance (ages 3-5) Children learn movement skills while working on their coordination to prepare them for dance classes. Slipper shoes required with leather bottom.

    Dance Appreciation (ages 5-7) Children learn the basic skills and movements to several dance mediums, including tap, ballet, and character.

    Dance Variations - Beginner (ages 7-9) and Advanced (ages 8-10)

    Children will study more advanced levels of tap, ballet, and character work while learning a variety of dances. Techniques of dance will be taught for a variety of areas such as toe, arm, hip and ankle turnout, as well as head placement. Dance Variations classes are for 8-10-year-old dancers as well as 7-year-olds who have been in two years of Dance Appreciation or with instructor approval. Dance Variations-Advanced is for students who have taken Dance Variations-Beginner or with instructor approval.

    Ballet/Jazz (ages 11-15)

    This class offers a serious and more involved study of ballet. This class will include bar work, center floor work, technique and more advanced ballet steps and dances. Jazz work will consist of warm up, floor and combinations. Character dances taught intermittently.

    Hip Hop I (ages 7-10) and Hip Hop II (ages 11-14)

    Come on and try this popular street dance that offers kids a non-intimidating approach to rhythm and choreography. Hip Hop classes are grouped based on age. Within each group, the instructor will work with each dancer to develop their skills to progress to the next level.

    Irish Dance - Beginner, Continuing and Heavy Shoe

    Introduce your child to the dances of Ireland such as the Traditional Irish Jig. Classes are progressive and will move into reels and team dances.

    • Irish Dance - Beginner (ages 4-13)
    • Irish Dance - Continuing (ages 5-17) - must have completed the Jig and Reel
    • Irish Dance - Heavy Shoe (ages 7-17) - must also be enrolled in Continuing

    Fall and Winter Sessions are offered. Please see details in the hard-copy program guide or on this site under the tab Programs, click Program Guide. The dance curriculum has been carefully planned to address all ages and levels of development. Students will benefit by taking both fall and winter sessions in preparation for the Spring Dance Recital. All students must be the required age by the first day of class. Some classes require prior training or instructor approval. For the fall session, most classes will have a parent demonstration on the last class of the fall session. Note: There is an additional fee for all costumes for the dance recital.


    Dance Attire: All black leotard with pink or white tights. Ballet shoes are required the first day of class. Hair must be pulled back away from the face and tied up off the neck. Certain classes may have specific dance attire requirements listed in the brochure description or detailed by the instructor.

  • Movement Therapy for Parkinson's and Neurological Disorders

    Current research shoes that dance is an effective form of exercise therapy especially for individuals with neurological disorders. This structured adult dance class, using chairs for seated work, a ballet bar for balance and across-the-floor work aims to improve balance, coordination and overall physical and mental health. This class uses dance as therapy for rehabilitation of movement disorders and enhancement of motor learning. NOTE: Instructor is certified with Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC, now the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab). All participants are encouraged to consult with their physician before beginning this or any exercise program. Wear comfortable clothing.

    Age: 14 & Up

    Site: Mayfair Recreation Center

    Please see a hard-copy of the program guide or on this website under the tab Programs, click Program Guide to check dates & times this program is offered.


    For more information on the Dance Program, contact Mayfair Center Manager Rory Joyce at (708)562-6410 Ext. 326 or rjoyce@wpdparks.org.