YOUTH DANCE

----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 Lindsey Pollina, Dance Supervisor at 815.459.0680 x1210 or lpollina@crystallakeparks.org.


Class Attire

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


Current Classes

PARENT HANDBOOK

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


Molly Horton, 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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Holly Rose Moss, Assistant Dance Director

Miss Holly has been teaching at CLPD since 2012 and has danced/performed for the past 22 years. Holly studied dance and theater at Columbia College Chicago, McHenry County College and Harper College. Her favorite performance experiences have included performing a self choreographed piece at Mayne Stage in Chicago, choreographing for "The Tempest" at Oakton Community College, mentoring and performing with ArtReach Educational Theatre and dancing in a hip hop routine in "Freespace" at the Elgin Art Showcase. Holly graduated from Northeastern Illinois University in 2017, with her degree in English Education. She loves to share her passion for writing, dancing, and all things creative. You will find her taking ZUMBA and dance classes whenever her schedule allows. "Teaching dance has been my dream since childhood, and I'm so thankful to my students who have allowed me to live it!"




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Cathy Campbell, Instructor

Cathy began dancing at the age of five. She has since studied dance at the Conservatory of Fine Arts in Chicago and continues to take classes of different dance styles with various instructors. Cathy also attends national conventions to keep up with new ideas in curriculum and teaching. She has enjoyed dancing and choreographing for area community theaters and professional companies. Cathy has been with the Crystal Lake Park District for over 40 years and is thrilled to continue sharing her passion for dance with the Crystal Lake community.




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Raegan Milan, 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.




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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.




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Barbara Finn, Instructor

Barbara's passion for dance began at age four when her mother enrolled her in Hawaiian Hula Dance along with a ballet class. Through the years she learned other forms of dance including tap, acrobatics, jazz, adagio and pointe.

Beginning in 1996 she expanded her repertoire and entered the world of ballroom dancing with her husband, Jim. She also began competing in DanceSport competitions throughout the United States. Barbara and Jim achieved United States Amateur Elite Champion status in American Smooth and finalists in the Championship International Standard. For two consecutive years, Barbara held the United States Pro-Am Championship titles in American Smooth, International Latin, and International Standard.

Since retiring from competition on 2005, it has been Barbara's pleasure to teach ballroom dancing to hundreds of adults in both group and private lessons at various dance studios and park districts. Through teaching others to move to music, she hopes to bring joy, confidence, and good health to dancers of all ages.




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Anastasia Johnson, 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.




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Jenny Camp, Instructor

Jenny Camp, stage name Galiah Lavan, is a long-time teacher/performer of multi-cultural dance. She has experience in Egyptian and Tribal Fusion Bellydance, along with Bollywood, Bhangra, and Polynesian dance studies.

She was introduced to Raks Sharqi, or "Oriental Dance," in January of 2005. Begun as a fitness exercise, the dance became a hobby, then a passion. Jenny experienced her first competition in 2008, and she received her first certification in Egyptian Dance from Egyptian Master Faten Salama in 2010.

Throughout the years, Jenny has danced as a soloist, as a troupe member, and with her students, at shows and benefits throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. Jenny continues to increase her knowledge and skills with regular training and with attendance at topic-focused workshops. She shares her love of the dance with students throughout McHenry County.




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Frank and Jackie Penze, Ballroom Instructors

Frank and Jackie Penze have been teaching ballroom dancing for over 20 years. They have taught at various dance studios, park districts, private parties and functions in and around the McHenry County area. The couple also founded the McHenry County and surrounding area chapter of USA Dance: the Greater Fox Valley Chapter. Not only were Frank and Jackie founders of the Chapter, but they still actively serve on its board. Frank and Jackie love to share the joy of ballroom dance with their community, just as they continue to share it with each other.


ADULT DANCE

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!

Dance styles offered include: Teen/Adult Tap, Teen/Adult Ballet, Bellydancing/Eastern World Dance, Ballroom & Social Dance, Country Line Dance.

Each season, we offer adults the opportunity to practice their dance skills at special events such as Adult Saturday Night Dance and Country Line Dance Parties

Current Classes

Current Dance Special events


PRIVATE DANCE LESSONS

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

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

For additional information about Private Dance Lessons, contact Lindsey Pollina at lpollina@crystallakeparks.org.

Private Dance Lessons (individual & small group)

Private Ballroom Lessons
$108 per each 1.5 hour class, 2 classes required
classes taught by Jackie and Frank Penze

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