YOUTH DANCE

The 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 and Spoerl Park Building and include ballet, tap, line dancing, jazz, hip hop and more!

We have two dance sessions each year. The objective of the fall and winter/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 Emma Koenig, Dance Supervisor at 815.459.0680 x1228 or ekoenig@crystallakeparks.org.

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Class Attire

Ballet Leotards, Tights, Pink Ballet Shoes
Tap Leotards, Tights, Black Tap Shoes
Jazz Leggings or Yoga Pants, Fitted Top, Tan Jazz Shoes
Poms/Hip Hop Leggings or Yoga Pants, Fitted Top, Gym Shoes
Boys Fitted Shirt, Shorts/Sweatpants, Black Shoes as listed in the styles above
All Other Classes Instructor will explain what clothing is acceptable on the first day of class. Please wear form fitting, moveable clothing for the first class along with any dance shoes you have.


Current Classes


Location Notes

Our main 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. We also host dance programs at our secondary dance studio at Spoerl Park, 7610 Pingree Rd, Crystal Lake.


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Meet our Dance Team



Molly Alfonso, Dance Director

Miss Molly loves all things dance and music! Her love of dance began when she performed in her first dance recital as a bunny at the age of 3. Since then Miss Molly has danced and performed her days away, being trained in ballet, tap, jazz and musical theater. Miss Molly graduated from Elmhurst College in 2012 where she minored in dance performance and education. Molly has been directing the dance and musical theater program at local studio, before returning to the Crystal Lake Park District as our Dance Director. After teaching for 7 years, Miss Molly truly believes that every student deserves a chance to feel like a star in the classroom or stage and teaches in a way that encourages a love of dance and theater as well as performing. We love to hear Miss Molly singing her way through her classes and keeping our students on their toes (literally their tippy toes!)

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Autumn Chase, Dance Instructor

Miss Autumn started dance at the young age of 3, right here with the Park District! She danced at Pro Dance Elite where she competed with many different teams from many different countries. Autumn was a member of the Sparklers dance team and Raiders cheer. Now a senior in high school, Autumn has performed the past 3 years on her high school dance team as well as coached her Middle School dance team. She has trained in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Lyrical but the styles that have her heart are Pom and Hip Hop. Miss Autumn aspires to share her love of dance with younger dancers by giving kids an amazing experience here and inspire dancers to feel the power of where dance can take you.






Anastasia Johnson, Dance Instructor

Anastasia started dancing at the age of two with the Judith Svalander School of Ballet and has trained in all styles of dance. She competed with an international elite dance team against different dance groups around the world. Anastasia has also performed in full length ballets including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, and Swan Lake. A few of her favorite roles include the Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Emerald Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Princess in Swan Lake. Anastasia was also a part of the Huntley High School Dance Team during her first two years in high school.

Anastasia was able to work with and learn from well-known artists and dance groups including Nick Demoura, Jabbawockeez, Super Cr3w, King Guttah, Wade Robson and many others. She has been teaching dance for six years, with almost one year being at the Crystal Lake Park District. She hopes to inspire and share her appreciation for dance and prepare students for a long and successful journey in dance.



Raegan Milan, Dance Instructor

Miss Raegan has been dancing since she was 3 years old and began teaching in 1998. She attended Lincoln College in Southern Illinois on a dance scholarship where she studied dance, math, and secondary education. She also choreographed numerous pieces for the school's dance company. Raegan has been well-trained in ballet, lyrical, modern, pointe and, her favorites, tap and jazz. She still continues her training today. Raegan has choreographed for many local musicals and continues to teach and work at various studios within the community. In April 2021, Raegan received the Volunteer of Excellence Award through the Girl Scouts. This award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the national program portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council's mission delivery to girl and adult members.



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.





PRIVATE DANCE LESSONS

To schedule Private Dance Lessons, please print and email the Private Lesson Request form to ekoenig@crystallakeparks.org or complete the online form below.

Number of lessons will be determined by the instructor and participant. Group lessons are also available.

Private Dance Lessons (individual & small group)

Individual Dance Lessons
$40 per each 30 minute lesson
$80 per each 60 minute lesson
Group Dance Lessons (2-4 people)
$25 per person 30 minute lesson
$50 per person 60 minute lesson