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Dance & Movement Classes

Dance, celebrate, strengthen, and move! Classes for teens and adults.

The Old Town School's international dance program is one of the largest and most diverse in Chicago. You'll find something for every musical or cultural interest and ability level - from Jazz Dance to Brazilian Capoeira. Learn to love Irish Step, isolate and shimmy in Middle Eastern Belly Dance, or celebrate in Chicago House - learn much more than just steps in one of the many classes offered.

Dance and movement classes are also a great way to get movement, rhythm, and body awareness into your life - all bodies are welcome!

‘60s Style Go-Go

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Adult Beginning Ballet Workshop with Tuli Bera

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Adult Jazz Dance

Open to All

Monday with Julianne Rice

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $146 ($126 members)

All levels welcome!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Ballet for Every Body

Beginner

Monday with Sandra Adrian

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $69 ($59 members)

For everybody and every body, this class is a perfect way to introduce yourself or come back to ballet.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Ballet 2

Intermediate

We would LOVE to bring this class back to our schedule! If you have a dancer who is ready to move beyond our level 1 ballet classes and would like to take part in further training please reach out to Allison Grabarczyk at allison.grabarczyk@oldtownschool.org. We are also offering private lessons for students of all levels!

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Ballet: Continuing

Intermediate

Monday with Sandra Adrian

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $166 ($146 members)

Increase your flexibility and strength while refining your ballet technique!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Ballet Light and Easy

Beginner

Saturday with Barbara Silverman

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $170 ($150 members)

Gentle ballet for Saturday mornings

Location: Online

Adult Ballet

Open to All

Tuesday with Nichola Goss

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $146 ($126 members)

New time!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Ballroom for Barrooms

Beginner

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Allison Grabarczyk with your contact information.

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $172 ($152 members)

Bollywood, Bhangra & More!

Beginner

Monday with Alka Nayyar

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $146 ($126 members)

Traditional and modern Indian dance in one energetic class! No experience necessary!

Location: Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Brazilian Dance 1

Beginner

Saturday with Dill Costa

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $146 ($126 members)

Learn to move your hips, feet and body to samba and more! Beginner friendly!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Brazilian Dance 2

Intermediate

Saturday with Dill Costa

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $172 ($152 members)

Learn to move your hips, feet and body to samba and more

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Brazilian Dance 3

Intermediate

Wednesday with Dill Costa

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $172 ($152 members)

Learn to move your hips, feet, and body to samba and more!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Brazilian Dance 4 & 5

Advanced

Monday with Dill Costa

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $172 ($152 members)

Refine your skill in our most advanced level classes

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Breakdancing

Beginner

Tuesday or Sunday with Christopher Courtney

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $146 ($126 members)

Challenge yourself and free your inner b-boy or b-girl.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Burlesque Chair Dance

WorkshopOpen to All

Saturday or Sunday with Allison Grabarczyk

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

This body positive workshop is guaranteed to get your heart rate up and work muscles you didn't even know you had. Every body is welcome and encouraged to channel their inner cabaret queen!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Capoeira

Open to All

Thursday with Marisa Cordeiro

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $188 ($168 members)

Combine elements of martial arts, dance, and music in one challenging and social class.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Celebrate Isadora: Modern Dance Workshop with Jennifer Sprowl

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Experience the fluidity,strength and beauty of Duncan technique.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Clogging

Open to All

Tuesday with Barbara Silverman

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $170 ($150 members)

Learn to dance to old-time music without a partner or a square! Clogging is a great active, easy percussive style to use anytime, and this class is great fun.

Location: Online

Flamenco Dance 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Maya Tatiana

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $146 ($126 members)

Join us in person!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Flamenco Dance 2

Intermediate

Tuesday with Maya Tatiana

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $162 ($142 members)

Passionate and challenging dance from Spain.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Flamenco Dance 3

Advanced

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Allison Grabarczyk with your contact information.

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $188 ($168 members)

Hip-Hop Dance

Beginner

Tuesday or Sunday with Christopher Courtney

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $146 ($126 members)

Beginner friendly!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus or Lincoln Park - Armitage Ave

Irish Step Dance: Beginning

Beginner

Wednesday with Maggie Radelet

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $140 ($120 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Irish Step Dance: Intermediate

Intermediate

Wednesday with Maggie Radelet

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $172 ($152 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Irish Step Dance: Advanced

Advanced

Our Irish Step classes are on hiatus while we are sheltered in place. Until then, we'd love to welcome you into one of our other virtual dance offerings!

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $163 ($143 members)

Latin Dance 1

Beginner

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $163 ($143 members)

Latin Dance 2

Intermediate

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $163 ($143 members)

Middle Eastern Belly Dance 1

Open to All

Tuesday with Erika Ochoa

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $$146 ($$126 members)

Beginner friendly!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Middle Eastern Belly Dance 2

Intermediate

Tuesday with Erika Ochoa

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $198 ($178 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Modern Dance: Beginning

Beginner

Monday with ETHAN KIRSCHBAUM

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $178 ($158 members)

Learn the basics of Modern dance with combinations, improvisation and contemporary music. All experience levels welcome!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Modern Dance: Intermediate and Advanced

Intermediate

Monday with ETHAN KIRSCHBAUM

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $82 ($72 members)

This continuing Modern class is challenging, rigorous, exploratory, and fun

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Musical Theater Jazz Dance

Intermediate

Wednesday with ETHAN KIRSCHBAUM

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $146 ($126 members)

Learn basic jazz steps and bring characther to your favorite show tunes!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Retro Bollywood with Radia Ali

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Saturday with Staff

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Social Dance For Every Body: An Introduction to Gender Neutral Partnering

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Wednesday with Staff

85 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Swing Dance 1

Beginner

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Allison Grabarczyk with your contact information.

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $178 ($158 members)

Talk Back Session with Arthur Duncan

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($23 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Adult Tap 1

Beginner

Tuesday or Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $163 ($143 members)

Rhythm Tap from scratch! Bring your tap shoes and a smile.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Adult Tap 2

Intermediate

Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $163 ($143 members)

Refine your moves in this continuing class.

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Adult Tap 3

Intermediate

Tuesday with Reggio McLaughlin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $163 ($143 members)

Challenge your feet and mind with combinations and performance

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Adult Tap 4

Advanced

Tuesday or Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $163 ($143 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Adult Tap 1.5

Beginner

Saturday with Reggio McLaughlin

70 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $163 ($143 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

The Fundamentals of Argentine Tango with Eduardo Villalba

WorkshopOpen to AllNew!

Sunday with Staff

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $20 ($18 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

West African Dance 1

Beginner

Tuesday or Sunday with Idy Ciss

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $188 ($168 members)

Dances from Seneg.al, Ivory Coast, Mali, and more Live drumming, too! Beginner friendly!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

West African Dance 2

Intermediate

Sunday with Idy Ciss

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $180 ($160 members)

Dances from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and more. Live drumming, too!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

West African Dance 3

Advanced

Tuesday with Idy Ciss

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $180 ($160 members)

Dances from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali and more. Live drumming, too!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Adult Stretch & Strengthen

Open to All

Tuesday or Thursday with Nichola Goss

30 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $70 ($60 members)

Join us for this calming workout as we stretch the body and introduce exercises to strengthen your core.

Location: Online or Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Pilates

Open to All

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $146 ($126 members)

Power SambaFit

Open to All

Thursday with Dill Costa

50 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $69 ($59 members)

The Power SambaFit class creates a perfect combination of the fascinating rhythms of samba and fitness exercises that help your muscle structure and cardio-vascular condition!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Qi Gong

Beginner

This class is currently offered virtually only!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $170 ($150 members)

Torso Tuning

Open to All

Tuesday with Barbara Silverman

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $69 ($59 members)

Location: Online

Yoga

Open to All

We would LOVE to bring this class back to our regular schedule! If you are interested in when this class returns please reach out to Allison Grabarczyk at allison.grabarczyk@oldtownschool.org. We are also offering private lessons in most genres for all ages!

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $164 ($144 members)

Zumba

Open to All

Tuesday with Allison Grabarczyk

55 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $146 ($126 members)

More than exercise, Zumba is a weekly party - you're invited!

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus