Spring into Dance with Dancenter North

Dancenter North is a paid advertising partner with Little Lake County

Having danced ballet and jazz throughout my childhood, dance has always been and always will be a huge part of my life. I will always be grateful to my parents for starting me in ballet classes at age three, and helping me develop this passion for many years to follow.  Now is the perfect time to Spring into dance with Dancenter North with a Spring Break mini-camp, or register for one of the many summer offerings.

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At Dancenter North in downtown Libertyville, you can give your child an opportunity to release some energy, make new friends, and learn amazing skills while choosing from a variety of dance styles. A range of classes are offered here–your child can pick his or her favorite. Ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, Broadway, hip-hop, break dance, and tap are all options. And if you would like a chance for your child to sample a few different styles, a Spring Break Mini-Camp or a Summer Camp can be the perfect way to do just that.

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Spring Programming

Spring Break Mini-Camps are a great way to let your children have fun with dance. The “Dress Up and Dance” camp is geared towards children ages three to five, and combines creative dance, imaginative play, games and a daily craft. The themes vary each day, and include “Superheroes” (Monday, March 27), “Royal Academy” (Tuesday, March 28) and “Wild Kingdom” (Wednesday, March 29). All three days run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; sign up for your favorite theme or choose all three to receive a discounted price.

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The “Dancing through the Decades” camp is also being offered over Spring Break for children ages six to ten, and includes creative dance, decade-themed music, games and a daily mini-performance for friends and family. The theme for Monday, March 27 is “Totally Righteous 80’s,” (I challenge you to try not to dance along!); Tuesday, March 28 is “Gettin’ Jiggy with the 90’s;” and Wednesday, March 29 is “Awesome Sauce! – Pop 2K.”  These fun theme camps run from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., and participants can choose to register for individual camp days or register for all three days in advance to obtain a discount.

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Another exciting way to gauge your child’s interest in dance is to bring them to the Dancenter North Spring Showcase, “Earth Song,” at Libertyville High School on Sunday, March 19. At 3:00 p.m., come watch this variety show featuring all of the studio’s companies, including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, professional track dancers, and the DCN Singers. This is a high-energy show that is sure to entertain the whole family.

The Annual Dancenter North Dance Jam will be held on Sunday, May 7. The “Pizza Partito” show will run at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (the matinee is perfect for younger dance aficionados) and Dancenter North will be collaborating with Pizzeria DeVille for this event.

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Summer Dance Camps

To avoid hearing the dreaded “I’m bored” that starts ringing through the house about week two of summer, sign your child up for one of the many summer dance camp options that Dancenter North is offering. This summer, the theme is Passport to Dance and includes many forms of “Global Rhythm” dances for campers entering first through fifth grade. These camps run Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pack your bags and “jetset” with your friends while exploring cultural dances from around the world. A variety of dances will be learned while mixed with games, projects and other outdoor activities in Libertyville’s beautiful downtown parks. Each weekly session ends with a performance for family and friends, and there are six uniquely-themed sessions to choose from. Find the week that features a dance style your child has always been interested or one that is part of his or her heritage, and sign them up.

Session 1: June 12 – June 16: India “Bollywood”
Session 2: June 19 – June 23: Hawaii “Hula”
Session 3: June 26 – June 30: New York City “Breakdance”
Summer Break July 1 – July 9
Session 4: July 10 – July 14: Spain “Flamenco”
Session 5: July 17 – July 21: Ireland “Irish Stepdance”
Session 6: July 24 – July 28: Africa “Afro Fusion”

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The following camps are also available for boys and girls:

Preschool Summer Programs
Storybook Ballet is offered to boys and girls ages three and four. Children will dress up in their favorite costumes while dancing and learning about their favorite fairy tale character.  The three-year-old class lasts 45 minutes and is $85.00 for a six-week session. The four-year-old class lasts 60 minutes and costs $95.00.
Trio of Dance is for five- and six-year-olds, and allows children to explore ballet, tap, creative dance and singing. This 90-minute class costs $120.00
Dance for Older Students
Basic Ballet Workshop is designed for second and third graders with appropriate ballet level experience. The class meets on Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The cost is $180.00 for six weeks or $100.00 for three weeks.
Intermediate Ballet & Beyond Summer Intensive
Classes in ballet and jazz technique, pointe prep, character, hip-hop, modern, Broadway dance, and ballet and jazz repertoire.  Dancers participate in Summer Show of Shows.  The cost is $1,100 for six weeks and $600 for three weeks. Please note that in order to be eligible for the show, dancers must participate in all six weeks.
Advanced & Intermediate Ballet Summer Intensive
Intensives include technique, pointe, variations, character, partnering, pirouettes, petite and grand allegro, and ballet repertoire. Dancers participate in Summer Show of Shows. The cost is $1,400 for six weeks and $800 for three weeks. Please note that in order to be eligible for the show, dancers must participate in all six weeks.
Advanced & Intermediate Jazz Intensive
Jass intensive includes technique, modern, leaps and turns, conditioning and repertoire. Dancers who participate in all six weeks of class will perform in the Summer Show of Shows. The cost is $1,400 for six weeks and $800 for three weeks.
There is also combined pricing for Ballet & Jazz Summer Intensives: $2,500 for six weeks and $1,400 for three weeks. Please see the Dancenter North website for additional information on classes and the dance center. Please note that the Summer Show of Shows is on Saturday, July 29th. Please and check the website periodically for updated information.
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As my favorite dancing Giraffe, Gerald, said, “We all can dance, when we find the music that we love.” Let your child explore amongst the many options with Dancenter North this spring and summer to find the dance style and music that will get their feet tapping and hips swinging and ignite a love for this fun and beautiful activity.

540 N. Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville | (847) 367-7970

Disclosure: Dancenter North is a paid advertising partner with Little Lake County.


About Shelby Younge 18 Articles
Shelby has lived in counties across the U.S. from New York to California. She has worked in catering, public relations, and as a sales executive for a marketing and travel company before giving up her mundane life of exotic food, party planning and international binge travel for the glamour of poopy diapers and being known by name at Costco. She calls Lakewood home with her three sons and a daughter ranging in age from nine to one, and is married to her college sweetheart. Shelby enjoys cooking, exercising, coaching, church-going, wining and dining with friends and spying on her kids under the guise of “volunteering” at school. You can find Shelby dancing through the aisles of the dollar store, sporting heels and nursing her baby in the Ergo, while looking for inspiration for the next family theme day. Or, she might be chauffeuring her kiddos to one of their 1,204 activities while belting out Kids Bop (but using the original lyrics) in her gluten-free cracker-filled family truckster.

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