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St. Charles Park District: Young dancers move to the beat in park district classes and camp

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 12:13 p.m. CDT

Tutus and tap shoes are the order of the day during the popular Spring Break Dance Camp and diverse instructional dance classes offered by the St. Charles Park District. Whether it’s through the pounding rhythm of hip hop or the choreographed synchronization of a pom squad, dancers as young as 18 months to 13 years of age can let their feet move to whatever beat gets their creative juices flowing.

Moms can accompany their tiny dancers to classes designed specifically for little ones. Tip Toes and Me and Tiny Tappers and Me get the creative juices flowing while exploring sound, rhythm and movement. Parent helpers assist participants from 1-and-a-half to 3 years of age as they learn basic dance movements and incorporate props into their routines.

“These classes are a fun way to let little ones develop their coordination and sense of timing,” said Rosie Fasching, recreation supervisor for the park district.

Moms can also help their budding ballerinas get their start at Tutus, Twirls and Tea or Pre-Ballet.” Creative imagery helps inspire young minds while instruction in basic ballet positions and steps helps form coordination, musicality and rhythm.

For the developing dancer who isn’t ready to commit to tap or ballet, the Creative Dance class for children ages 2 ½ to 4 years of age lets children explore the general principles of creative expression through body movement.

“Creative dance is a perfect way for young children to learn to express their emotions and interpret their imagination through body movements,” said Fasching.

Slightly older dancers can find equal opportunities for expression and creativity in the Combat Stage and Imaginastics dance classes. Designed for children ages 5 to 11, Combat Stage explores the techniques and principles dancers use to tell a story. Think “Peter Pan” or “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Children ages 3 to 13 can satisfy their imaginary wanderlust in Imaginastics, a class that combines gymnastics, tumbling and modern dance to create stage pictures that explore places as exotic as the jungles of South Africa or as majestic as Paris’s Eiffel Tower.

And for the dedicated dancer who just wants to do it all over spring break, this season’s dance camp takes place from March 27 to 31 from 9 a.m. to noon. From musical theater to jazz, hip hop to ballet, dance camp attendees can rock out to their favorite styles and learn new genres. Make new friends while making dance-themed crafts and playing dancing games.

For more information about the roster of instructional dance classes and Spring Break Dance Camp, contact Rosie Fasching at 630-513-4334.

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