The Northbrook School of Dance offers a curriculum-based approach to dance education. With our caring, professional dance instructors, students experience an exciting program, full of dancing, performing and most importantly, the ability to learn and progress.
Our mission is to encourage students of all ages and levels and to introduce them to the wonderful world of dance while gaining the benefit of self-confidence, poise and physical well-being. Our teachers are dedicated to providing quality instruction through positive reinforcement and are actively involved in the students’ physical and mental development.
Northbrook School of Dance offers recreational dance opportunities for two year olds through adults. Classes welcome all dance abilities and provide a solid foundation in dance education. Northbrook School of Dance features two dance studios with sprung wood floors, mirrors and ballet barres. The program is divided into three sections: the Young Dancer Program (preschool and kindergarten), the Youth/Teen Dance Program (age 6 and older), and the Adult Dance Program, featuring technique and social dance classes.
Dance Class Descriptions
Register online or call the Performing Arts Office at 847·291·2367 for more information.
Young Dance Programs
Our Young Dance program is designed for beginners and returning students.
Give children an introduction to the world of dance through Broadway show tunes. Young dancers will learn the basics of jazz, modern, contemporary dance and ballet, accompanied by songs from musical productions.
This class prepares very young dancers for our Pre-Ballet and Kinder-Ballet programs. Children are introduced to a low-key, lightly structured class, learning basic introductory ballet and tap steps and movement. This class culminates with an Itty-Bitty April Dance Recital in the Leisure Center’s Little Theatre.
This class will introduce children to basic ballet and tap exercises at the ballet barre. Ballet and tap steps will include more upper body arm and hand movements and an increased vocabulary of dance terminology.
This fun, high-energy class will get everyone moving to today's kid-friendly hits. Children will learn to combine hip hop and freestyle moves to create their own style.
Preschool Creative Movement and Dance
Students learn about coordination and rhythm while they explore free and creative body expression with their active imaginations. Preschool Creative Movement and Dance classes end their year with an Observation Day in place of a recital.
This new dance class is structured for the developmental needs of 2-year-olds.While learning fun creative movement, children will be introduced to socialization skills of sharing, taking turns and basic dance line and circle formations. Tutu 2s classes end their year with an Observation Day in place of a recital.
Youth/Teen Dance Program
Our Youth/Teen Dance program is for students who are new to dance or have some dance training and wish to continue with a more in-depth study of the art.
Students extend their pursuit of dance beyond the fun of ballet basics into a more applied-technique stage of development. Class structure and self-discipline are emphasized with students following proper ballet etiquette. Students are introduced to the barre, learn a variety of ballet movements, and learn to memorize ballet combinations with correct musical timing.
Students build on their prior ballet experience and continue to develop as confident and capable dancers. Combinations at the barre become more complex and complete with an emphasis on head and arm positions as well as the turn-out of the legs. Center work is introduced with students demonstrating an understanding of proper ballet technique and poise, as well as the self-control necessary to progress through an extended ballet sequence. This level encourages cooperation with partners, musicality and the creative artistic expression of dance. Prerequisite: One year of Ballet I or equivalent
Jazz is a more funky form of dance, using the body in different ways and not as restrictive as ballet. Lyrical jazz has smooth movement qualities that accompany popular music. Dancers wear Jazz shoes instead of ballet slippers.
Combination and Special Dance Classes
Combo: Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop
This beginning class provides a great introduction to ballet, tap and hip hop. Children learn the basic steps and what makes each type of dance special.
Get your groove on with popular dances from the music channels. This entertaining and energetic class keeps students up to speed on the latest moves. The movements are modest and age-appropriate, and lyrics are not offensive. Prior dance training is helpful but not required.
Private Dance Classes – Youth and Adult
Serious dance students can sign up for one-on-one weekly lessons with an instructor in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hop Hop or Musical Theatre. Lessons are one-half hour on Fridays or on an alternate day, based on instructor and room availability. Private instruction also can benefit anyone preparing for an audition. Register through the Performing Arts Office to arrange a time slot with our instructors.
See the following dress codes listed by class. Jeans are not acceptable for any dance class.
- Broadway Boogie: comfortable clothing that allows for free movement and jazz shoes
- Itty-Bitty Pre-Dance and Kinder-Ballet/Tap: pink ballet and black tap shoes, leotard and tights
- Preschool Creative Movement & Dance and Tutu 2s: pink ballet shoes and comfortable clothing that allows for free movement or leotard and tights (optional)
- Pop Hoppers: comfortable clothing that allows for free movement and jazz shoes
- Ballet: pink ballet shoes, black leotard and pink tights, ballet skirts optional, hair secured off the face and neck, with longer hair in a bun
- Lyrical Jazz: lyrical shoes, leotard and tights
- Combo I (Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop): pink ballet and black tap shoes. Gym shoes can be worn for Hip Hop or black hip hop shoes or jazz sneakers (optional), leotard and tights
- Hip Hop: loose clothing and black hip hop shoes or jazz sneakers
- Boys: black shoes (ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop), white T-shirt and black pants