----dancedlogo.pngThe Crystal Lake Dance Academy strives to promote self-confidence, team work, elegance and fun in each class. Instructors are committed to helping students excel both in the classroom and on the stage. Classes are held in the Grand Oaks Recreation Center Dance Room or the West Beach Program Room and include ballet, tap, line dancing, jazz and hip hop.

We have three dance sessions each year. The objective of the fall, winter and spring sessions is to prepare the students for a spring recital by focusing on both technique and combinations.

For any dance class questions, please contact Jennifer Peterson, Recreation Supervisor at (815) 459-0680 x 1219 or

Class Attire

Ballet Leotards, Tights, Leather Ballet Shoes
Tap Leotards, Tights, Tap Shoes
Jazz Jazz/Yoga Pants, Fitted Top, Leather Jazz Shoes
Boys Fitted Shirt, Shorts/Sweatpants

Current Classes


Location Notes

Our dance studio is located at 1401 W Route 176, Crystal Lake (approximately 1/2 mile west of Route 14 on Route 176. When using a GPS, enter 'Briarwood and Route 176 or use the map in the back of the brochure.

Meet our Dance Team


Holly Rose Moss, Director

Miss Holly began performing in elementary school and continued throughout college and beyond. She attended Columbia College Chicago on a theater scholarship from 2006-2007 as a Musical Theater Major and continued studying dance and theater at McHenry County College and Harper College. Holly has choreographed for Oakton Community College's production of The Tempest, showcased lyrical/jazz choreography in New Moves 2015, and danced in a hip hop routine for Free Space 2016. She enjoys passing on her love and passion for dance, furthering arts education, and seeing how arts can change lives.


Cathy Campbell, Instructor

Cathy has taught dance for over 40 years. Cathy is always full of joy and excitement in each of her classes. She loves teaching all ages from 2 year-olds all the way to senior citizens. In addition to teaching, Cathy has performed and choreographed for community theaters, regional, and professional companies. She has attended national dance conventions and workshops to further and improve her work in the dance education field. "I teach dance because I can pass on my love of dance to others and the wonderful world of creative movement."-Miss Cathy


Chelsey Kaiser, Instructor

Chelsey has dance experience in hip hop, poms, jazz, tap, lyrical, and clogging dance styles. She was captain of her cheerleading squad in high school and became involved with teaching and coaching dance, tumbling, and youth cheerleading. Her coaching continued while earning an associate's degree. After receiving her associate's degree, Chelsey studied at Illinois State University and graduated with degrees in Therapeutic Recreation and Recreation Management.

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Raegan Milan, Instructor

Raegan has been dancing for the past 29 years while teaching for 16+ of those years. She attended Lincoln College in Southern Illinois on a dance scholarship where she studied dance, math, and secondary education. She choreographed numerous pieces for the school's dance company. Raegan is well-trained in ballet, lyrical, modern, pointe and her favorites, tap and jazz and still continues her training today.


Jana Sinn, Baton Instructor

Jana has marched in hundreds of parades including the Indy 500 Parade in Indianapolis (7 times), the Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C., and several Chicago parades throughout the years. She has performed for three living U.S. presidents. She was an advanced NBTA competition solo twirler, and Twirling Captain for the Marlyn's Majors Baton and Drum Corps. She enjoys spinning two and three batons and fire baton. She was feature twirler for H.D. Jacobs High School and Purdue University. Jana is Director of the Sparklers Twirl Team and also loves teaching with the Crystal Lake Park District. New students are always welcome.


Barbara Finn, Instructor

Barbara's journey to becoming a fitness instructor unknowingly began at four years of age taking dance lessons in Hawaiian Hula, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Adagio, Point, Acrobatics, and Ballroom and Latin dance styles. Over the years she has garnered the USA Pro-Am Championships in International Standard and Latin and American Smooth with her professional partner and also Elite Dancesport Champions in American Smooth with her husband. After retiring from Dancesport competition, Barbara shared her love of dance by teaching ballroom and Latin dancing, organizing the Chicago DanceSport Challenge a National Qualifying Event for the USA Dance Championships, and began teaching, Cardio Ballroom, a fitness program she created for the Dundee Township Park District.

In 2013, Barbara became certified as a Primary Group Fitness Instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. Currently she teaches fitness to seniors, adults, and children in several different types of cardio, strength, and weight lifting programs at three different park districts and dance studios in the area.

Courtney Kramer, Instructor

Courtney is a Criminal Law and Justice student at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Courtney has been dancing since she was 2 and continues to take dance classes in Chicago. Her favorite styles of dance are ballet and contemporary. Courtney has been in several performances of the Nutcracker, with her favorite roles being Snow and Angelica. She has been teaching since February of 2016 and loves to help her students learn and grow as both people and dancers.

Spring Recital


Saturday, May 12


Crystal Lake South High School Auditorium


PICTURE DAY: Wednesday, May 9 - Evening @ Grand Oaks Dance Room

REHEARSAL: Friday, May 11 - 5 -8 pm


* Costume is included in the cost of the program fee

* All children will be fitted the first day of class

* If you are unable to attend, Pleas contact Jennifer Peterson at 815-459-0680 X 1219 to set up a private fitting

* All costume orders will be placed following the 2nd week of classes


It's never too late to take up dance as a new hobby or re-experience a passion you had in your youth. Our established instructors can lead you to wherever you wish to pick up where you left off or start anew!

Ballroom dancing has exploded with the popular "Dancing with the Stars" television show. Our award-winning talented duo, Frank and Jackie Penze will have you floating across the dance floor in no time!

Current Classes

Private DANCE Lessons

Plan ahead for a memorable event. You can be the hit of the party with a unique memorable dance to your favorite song. Classes are taught by Jackie and Frank Penze, professionals who have 20+ years of experience choreographing dances. A minimum of 2 classes is required. Choreography and private lesson included in the fee. Lessons are available year round, between the hours of 6:30-10 pm. Program fee: $108 per 1.5 hour class. Number of classes needed will be determined by the instructor and the participant. Group sessions available.

To schedule Private Dance Lessons, please print and email the Private Lesson Request form or complete the online form below. For additional information about Private Dance Lessons, contact Jennifer Peterson at