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Dance

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Dance Lessons – Adult and Teen LessonsSpring Recital InformationHoffman Stars Dance CompanyTry a Hoffman Stars Class

Dance Lessons

At the Hoffman Estates Park District, our goal with the dance program is to allow each student to experience all elements of dance: technique, creativity, confidence, coordination, grace, and rhythm. We strive to develop self-esteem and self-discipline in each of our students while motivating students to believe that with determination and hard work you can accomplish anything you set your heart on! View our dance class programs and information.

Dance Attire

All hair must be pulled back from the face.

Parent/Tot
comfortable clothes
no hard sole shoes
Ballet
pink leather ballet shoes
white or pink tights
leotard, skirt any color
Tap
black tap shoes
white or pink tights
leotard, skirt or black jazz pants
Jazz and/or Hip Hop
black jazz shoes
t-shirt with black jazz pants/shorts
leotard with black jazz pants/shorts
Parent/Tot
comfortable clothes
no hard sole shoes

* Dance Shoes can be purchased at Payless Shoe Source or Dance N Tees. Leotards are available at Walmart, Target and Dance N Tees.


Age Requirements

The student must be of age by the first week.

Spring Recital Information

Dress Rehearsal
All dress rehearsals will take place at the Hoffman Estates High School Auditorium.  Rehearsal begins at 4:00 pm for all Pre and Kinder classes.  All remaining classes should arrive by 5:00 pm. Rehearsal runs pretty fast so please arrive on time.  Full dress rehearsal means all costumes; shoes and accessories need to be brought with your dancer.  Once your dancer has rehearsed on stage, they are free to leave for the night.

Recital Costumes
All classes will be sent home with their costumes in time for the dress rehearsal.  Please do not wear your costume until pictures and dress rehearsal.  HEPD is not responsible for lost or damaged costumes. Specific class costume needs (makeup, hairstyles, shoes, tights, etc) will be passed out dancers by their teacher.

Photography
Dance pictures dates:
Triphahn Center will take place on Monday, May 13th.
Willow Recreation Center will take place on Monday, May 20th
Specific times for each class will be posted a week ahead of time.

Recital Dates
– All recitals will take place on Saturday, May 25th at the Hoffman Estates High School Auditorium.
– Please arrive ½ hour before show time to drop off your child in the cafeteria.  They should be completely dressed in costume, with hair and makeup done. Please enter the building through the Auditorium/Main entrance to the school.  You will be directed to the cafeteria from there.
– We ask that you please pick your child up after the recital is over and not during the recital.

Willow Recreation Center Classes Recital Information

10:00 am start

Willow Recital Information

Triphahn Center Classes Recital Information

1:00pm Performance    Monday – Pre Ballet/Tap – 1:25 – Ms. Shannan

                                          Thursday – Pre Ballet/Tap – 4:30 – Ms. Jessica

                                          Thursday – Kinder Ballet/Jazz – 6:00 – Ms. Jessica

                                          Saturday – Pre Ballet/Tap – 9:00 – Ms. Wendy

                                          Saturday – Kinder Ballet/Tap – 10:30 – Ms. Wendy

                                          Saturday – Hip Hop/Poms – 12:00 – Ms. Wendy

                                          Saturday – Just Tap – 12:45 – Ms. Wendy

(approximate running time of 1 – 1.5 hours)

4:00 Performance –   Monday – Pre Ballet/Tap – 4:35 – Ms. Shannan

                                          Monday – Kinder Ballet/Jazz – 5:25 – Ms. Shannan

                                          Monday – Elementary Ballet/Tap – 11:15 – Ms. Shannan

                                          Thursday – Kinder Ballet/Tap – 5:15 – Ms. Jessica

                                          Thursday – Elementary Ballet/Jazz – 6:45 – Ms. Jessica

                                          Saturday – Pre Ballet/Jazz – 9:45 – Ms. Wendy

                                          Saturday – Elementary Ballet/Tap – 11:15 – Ms. Wendy

6:30pm Performance – Hoffman Stars Dance Company

Triphahn Recital Information

Tickets
– For every recital class your child is registered for you will receive two complimentary dance recital tickets! 
– If you are attending the Triphahn Center (TC) show, please purchase tickets at the Triphahn Center front desk.   If you are attending the Willow show please purchase tickets at the Willow front desk.
– The cost of the tickets will be $5.00.
All tickets are non-refundable.

Backstage Parent Volunteers
As always, we will be recruiting parents to help out with backstage duties on the day of the recital.  Backstage parents duties include helping with costume changes and keeping children organized and entertained when they are not performing.  Parents are welcome to visit their child during intermission time.  Please look for the signup sheet outside the dance room starting in May.  If you are a backstage parent, you do not need to buy a ticket for the show

Recital T-shirts
The shirts, which are specific to your child’s recital, will be available for presale beginning in April.  Order sheets will be available soon.  Shirts will be $10.00 each. 

DVDs
Masterview Video Production will be on site videotaping our dance recital.  They will have a monitor set up in the hallway for your viewing pleasure.  DVDs will be available for purchase for $29.95; VHS are available by request only. Taping will last the full length of the dance recital program.  You are NOT obligated to purchase a video but the service is available if you should desire to do so.  Order forms will be available in April for presale and will be available at all the recitals in May. All DVDs will be mailed directly to you 4-6 weeks after the recital. 

Hoffman Stars Dance Company competes in competitions and performs at several shows throughout the year. Dancers age 5-18 audition to be accepted into this advanced dance group. 

Hoffman Stars Dance Company

2019/2020 Hoffman Stars Dance Company Try-outs
Sunday, June 2, 10:00a at Triphahn Center

Is your dancer ready for a challenge? The newly restructured Hoffman Stars Dance Company will hold tryouts for those interested in joining this advanced dance group.

Dancers of all ability levels are welcome to attend. Dancers must be 5 years old as of September 1, 2019 to be eligible. Dance company is a full year commitment beginning in June after auditions. All students are required to register for the Summer Dance Company Class on Mondays and sign up for a minimum of 3 classes in the fall and winter session (Ballet Technique, Jazz Technique, Choreography).

Company Teams:
Performance Team (ages 5-13) is new this year and is designed for dancers who want to tame more time to hone their skills before competing or for dancers who do not want to compete. They will perform at various venues throughout the fall and winter, including Winterfest and Spring Recital.

Competition Team (ages 5-13) will perform at various venues throughout the year as well as competing at 4 well-recognized dance competitions.

Senior Company (ages 14-19) is designed for High school dancers to work around their busy schedule and give them a chance to grow their skills and compete at a higher level.

Dance Company Tryout Information

Dance Company Audition Application

Contact Jody Dodson, Program Manager 847–285–5432, jdodson@heparks.org if interested in attending tryouts.

Teen & Adult Dance Lessons

Hoffman Estates Park District also offers classes for adults ages 13+. View adult dance class information.


Contact for the Dance & Arts: Jody Dodson, 847–285–5432, jdodson@heparks.org