Naperville Park District Dance Academy Program Offerings: Something To Fit All Ages and Abilities
Dance is one of those activities that offers both exercise and recreation for your child. Unknown to some people, Naperville’s very own park district has their own dance program which is both fun and affordable.
The Naperville Park District Dance Academy offers a variety of styles of dance at three convenient locations throughout the Naperville area. The Dance Academy offers both recital track dance classes, as well as non-recital versions, with plenty of after school and weekend times available to accommodate your family’s busy schedule. For recital track students, there is an annual recital held in May which is professionally videotaped and available on DVD so that you can treasure those memories for years to come.
If your child is interested in taking ballet, jazz, dance and pom, hip hop, modern, creative movement, or tap classes, there is a class offering to suit every age group and skill level. There are also adult classes available for those who wish to take part in ballet or tap dance styles.
The NPD Dance Academy also offers unique opportunities for both the child and the parent to participate in dance classes together with their “Mommy and Me” Pre- Ballet and Pre-Tap classes. There is also a class offering of Parent/Child ballet for children ages 12 years old and up and their parent.
Information and schedules for all of the dance classes offered can be found in the Naperville Park District Program Guide, which is conveniently delivered to the doorsteps of Naperville households for each season of the year. You may also call the park district at (630) 848-5000 with any questions. If you have not received a seasonal program guide, you may pick up one at the Naperville Park District’s Administration Building, 320 W. Jackson Avenue, located near Centennial Beach. Programs guides are also available at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center (ARRCC), across the street from the administration building, at 305 W. Jackson Avenue.
Registration for any of the NPD Dance Academy programs may be done in any of three convenient ways. The paper registration form located near the back of the program guide may be mailed in or dropped off at the NPD Administration Building. The ARRCC and the 95th Street Center, located at 2244 W. 95th, will also accept dropped off registration forms, but not those that are mailed in. You may also register for classes in person at any of these three locations, or phone in your registration at (630) 848-5000. Perhaps the most convenient way to register is by using the RecEnroll online registration system. If you have not already done so, you will need to set up an account to enable you to use this system, which is a quick and painless process. If you have already set up an account to register for any other park district offerings in the past, you may use this same account to register for NPD Dance Academy classes.
Classes are currently offered at three locations, including the dance rooms at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, the multi-purpose room located at Naperville Central High School, and at the Naperville Park District’s 95th Street Center. Class times are offered during the weekdays after school, as well as on Saturdays at these various locations.
My daughter began taking ballet through the Naperville Park District dance program (at that time not yet called the Dance Academy) when she was just three years old. She and I started out with the “Mommy and Me” pre-ballet classes and had a wonderful experience together. She continues on with her dance classes, and we look forward to the big recital held at Naperville North High School’s Auditorium every May.
Unlike many dance studios, the cost of the recital track tuition includes the costumes and admission to the recitals is free, as well as the complementary keepsake programs provided. About the only other “extras” that crop up during the term is the optional purchase of the DVD of the performance or the professional portraits that are taken on recital day.
We have had a positive experience with the Naperville Park District Dance Academy and look forward to participating for years to come.