dance recital


The Lisle Park District Dance Program is designed to improve grace and flexibility while exposing participants to the beauty and benefits of dance. Dancing is a life skill that also teaches children good posture, grace, rhythm, and coordination.

The Dance program is a cumulative program that runs Fall through Spring. Dancers will learn techniques and skills throughout the year, and during the second session (Winter-Spring), each class will learn a dance that will be performed in the Spring Recital. A dancer will stay with the same class for both sessions (Fall & Winter-Spring) unless the teacher approves a switch. Dancers who were registered in our Fall session will get priority registration for the Winter-Spring session. If there is space, new students can be added to session 2.

Location: 1825 Short Street, Lisle (Community Park Fitness Building - Dance Studio)
Walk in the main door and walk around the desk area on the right. The Dance Studio is the first door on your left in the hallway. The Dance Studio is for the instructors and dancers only, parents will need to wait in the lobby or hallway area as long as they can abide by the face covering policy and maintain social distancing.

Attire: We recommend comfortable clothing or dance wear. Ballet and tap classes will need ballet and tap shoes. Jazz classes will need jazz or ballet shoes. Lyrical and modern dance classes will need ballet shoes. Please bring a water bottle and bag for your belongings.

Costumes: All participants must attend a costume fitting. Costumes for the spring recital will be $60 per costume. Students must have a costume to participate in the recital. If you withdraw from a class for any reason after the costumes are ordered, you will still receive a costume. Costume pictures will be posted on the studio bulletin board for you to view.

Face Coverings: Face coverings are optional within Lisle Park District facilities. We ask that you please be courteous and respectful of everyone’s individual comfort levels, including those who prefer to wear a mask. We continue to urge you to stay home if you’re feeling ill. Our face covering policy is subject to change as the state and CDC issue additional guidance. The safety of our patrons and staff is important to us. Therefore, the Lisle Park District follows all state and local guidelines under the Restore Illinois Plan.

Dance Classes: Below is a list of our dance classes, along with a brief description and age requirement.

Register Online for Dance Classes

Ages 3-6

Pre Ballet & Tap

Dancers will learn the beginner steps of ballet and the rhythmic skills of elementary tap. Basic terminology is taught for both types of dance. This class consists of 30-minutes of ballet and 15-minutes of tap.

Ages 4-5

Pre Jazz

This class is a basic introduction to jazz, ballet, and tap and includes technique, choreography, and of course freestyle improvisation! We will have a blast dancing to age appropriate music and moves.

Ages 4-6

Pre Jazz & Ballet

This class will focus on the fundamental foot work and techniques of jazz and ballet.

Ages 6-9

Beginner Jazz & Hip-Hop

This class is a basic introduction to hip-hop and jazz funk style dance and will include hip-hop technique, choreography, and of course freestyle improvisation! We will have a blast dancing to age appropriate music and moves.

Ages 7-11

Modern Ballet & Lyrical

This class will focus on barre work and ballet technique. Dancers will build a technical dance foundation and will have an introduction into lyrical dance style.

Ages 6-12

Beginner Pom & Dance Team Prep

This team will dance in a pom and dance squad technique. Perfect for your dancer who just wants to have fun and be part of a team. Skills to be taught include, jumps, turns, pom motions, and sideline combinations. If dancers plan on being on a Jr. High or High School team this is a great place to start.

Ages 12-18

Intermediate / Advanced Jazz & Hip-Hop

Explore more hip-hop and jazz funk style in this dance class. The class will include hip-hop technique, choreography, and of course freestyle improvisation!

Ages 12-18


Lyrical dance is the art of communicating the story of a song through movement. This type of storytelling can be literal or abstract, so the dancers are stretched to utilize their technical skills in conjunction with presentation and performance. Lyrical often employs down-tempo or slower music where the dancer uses controlled and sustained movement styles.

Ages 18 & Up

Adult Tap

This tap class focuses on the fundamental foot work and techniques of tap dancing and rhythm.

Meet Our Dance Instructors

Catherine Murray
Jazz, Hip-Hop, Solo/Duet, Pom & Dance Team, and Lyrical Dance Instructor

Catherine has been dancing for 13 years and even took classes at the Park District when she was younger. She danced competitively with Lisle Senior High for 4 years and was lucky enough to attend state and national championships. Her favorite styles of dance are Hip-Hop and Lyrical, but she never met a style she didn't like.

Ballet & Tap Dance Instructor

Sofiya is a student at Benet Academy and is currently on the JV cheer team and a member of the Orchesis Dance Company where she performs in various styles of dance. Sofiya has been a member with AKA Dance Company for 7 years and has been able to combine her love of dance with her passion for being around children by teaching dance to kids ages 3-12. Sofiya continues to take technique classes to strengthen her own dance skills.

For More Information

Wendy Nadeau

Cultural Arts, Rental & Office Manager