NIU Community Dance School offers classes

Pre-ballet students from the NIU Community Dance School.
Pre-ballet students from the NIU Community Dance School.

The Community Dance School at NIU has begun its spring 12-week session and will continue registration through Sunday, Feb. 5.

Classes meet weekly through April with a recital Saturday, April 28.

The school is sponsored by the the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education and is directed by faculty member Diane Rimmer.

Classes begin at age 4 and continue through teen and adult.

Classes offered include creative movement, preballet, ballet, pointe, tap, Irish step dancing, hip hop, Latin, swing and ballroom. Students are taught by faculty and instructors who hold degrees in dance education, have danced professionally or are currently dance performance majors at NIU.

No previous experience is necessary to take any of the classes.

“People are welcome to come and try any of the classes to find which type of class they like best. The mission of the Community Dance School is provide students with the opportunity to have quality instruction at a low cost,” Rimmer said.

“The recital gives them some performance experience without high fees or time committment a studio would have.”

Most classes are an hour, but some of the classes for the younger children are 30 to 45 minutes in length. The session is $95 for the 12 classes, which averages about $8 per class. The recital is free.

For more information, contact Rimmer at drimmer@niu.edu or (815) 756-4092 or Outreach Services at (815) 753-0277.

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