Welcome to the Pavilion Dance Centre

We feel the education that dancers receive from the art of dance is unmatched. The satisfaction we get from watching so many amazing kids grow up and learn to love and appreciate dance is immeasurable! We want to provide unique opportunities for our dancers, and help them to experience many disciplines of dance. We want our dancers to strive for and achieve high goals, while at the same time having fun! We want the experience dancers have here to be a lasting part of growing up... it is our hope that the lessons they learn, their love for dance and the friendships they make at the Pavilion Dance Centre will last a lifetime!

About the Recital Program

The Pavilion Dance Centre recital program begins in September and ends with recital performances in June at the Harper College Performing Arts Centre in Palatine. The tuition rate covers the entire recital season (September 2018-June 2019) and includes a $65 costume fee for preschool, level 1 and level 2 classes and a $75 costume fee for junior, teen and adult classes. Costume fees are non-refundable for any reason after November 1, 2018. Recital students are required to register only one time per year and begin classes in the fall. No new registrations for recital classes will be accepted after November 1, 2018. If registering after recital classes have begun, no pro-rates are given. Class placement is based on age, technical level and experience. Our instructors are highly trained professionals who work hard to ensure proper level placement of our students during the first month of classes in order to maximize the experience for each student. The PDC program is designed to develop well rounded dancers as we offer combination classes in addition to the option of taking as individual disciplines. Each style of dance is unique and offers advantages to a dancer's training. Core disciplines such as; ballet, modern/contemporary, jazz and tap are strongly recommended. Recital dances are taught after winter break, giving staff and students the first few months to introduce and practice new dance vocabulary and technique.

Recital Participation

NEW RECITAL DATES! Our 2019 annual recitals will be held Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 at the Harper College Performing Arts Center in Palatine. Classes will be broken into specific recital colors in a manner that seeks to best balance and present a variety of ages and dance styles. All students perform both days of recital weekend. Each recital will have a mandatory technical rehearsal in the theater prior to the show dates. For 2019, one all day technical rehearsal will be held June 7 at the Harper College Performing Arts Center in Palatine. Technical rehearsal is for the safety of all parties backstage and is mandatory. It gives students an opportunity to dance on the stage with lights and sound, practice safe entrances and exits during blackouts and rehearse proper spacing. More information on technical rehearsal and recital times will be given during the spring of 2019.


About the Non-Recital Program

The Pavilion Dance Centre's non-recital program is divided into 4 sessions throughout the year; fall session 1 and 2 (7 weeks each), winter session (10 weeks) and spring session (8 weeks). Registration is required at the start of each session. Our non-recital sessions are a shorter time commitment that does not include a recital performance or costume fee. Our non-recital sessions are a great way for a new or beginning level students to experience dance on a short term basis OR for our recital students to supplement their dance training! Parents are welcome to view their student's progress during our designated non-recital Parenting Viewing Weeks. Parent Viewing Week for non-recital classes occur during the last week of each session.


Registration

Resident registration begins Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. Non-Resident registration begins Monday, August 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. For your convenience, dance registration may be done online. All online and scheduled payments will be Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT). To opt-out of EFT payments, classes must be paid in full at the time of registration. As always, customer service staff at the Pavilion and Hattendorf Center are happy to assist you with any of your registration needs.

When registering, please ensure that all contact information (name, phone number, home address and email) are accurate. This will allow us to contact you in case of an emergency cancellation of class, as well as include you in our monthly e-newsletter communication for important program updates and reminders.

Designed with Families in Mind

We provide quality dance training in a positive, nurturing and enthusiastic environment. Our staff is committed to creating a positive experience for you and your dancer whether it is your first or tenth year dancing with us! You can expect that costumes, choreography and music choices will always be age appropriate. We pride ourselves in offering a family oriented, budget friendly and entertaining experience that your dancer will never forget!

Facilities

We are housed in the Jack A. Claes Pavilion, a facility of the Elk Grove Park District, conveniently located at the corner of Biesterfield and Wellington just off of I290. Classes are held in our four, professionally equipped dance studios complete with either marley or wood sprung floors. With multiple studios, you will never have to worry about finding numerous classes within one evening to accommodate all of the dancers in your family. Don't feel like leaving the Pavilion while your dancer is in class? Our comfortable and conveniently located seating areas will accommodate you and your family while you wait.

Viewing Weeks

There are three scheduled weeks during the year where parents may come in and watch classes. This is a great opportunity for parents to get better acquainted with the Pavilion Dance Centre staff and view first hand their child's progress throughout the year. Video recording and photography are welcome! Please reference the dance calendar for specific dates.

Teaching Assistants

If you are interested in gaining the experience of assisting with dance classes, apply to be a Teaching Assistant with the Pavilion Dance Centre! Eligible Teaching Assistants should be at least 10 years old and enrolled as a dancer at the Pavilion Dance Centre for the current year. Pick up an application at dance registration or call the Dance Centre office to have one e-mailed to you. Please submit all applications no later than August 31, 2018.

Picture Day/In-Class Dress Rehearsal

Students will have the opportunity to have professional class and individual photographs taken in each costume. For your convenience, most pictures and in-class dress rehearsals will be held during your child's regularly scheduled classes. Parents are encouraged to view in-class dress rehearsals.

Performance Companies

Ignite Company - The Pavilion Dance Centre's highest level performance company made up of distinguished dancers having outstanding technique, performance quality and style. Ignite will represent the Pavilion Dance Centre at 4 dance competitions, various conventions, and local dance performances. These dancers have a focus and desire to fully commit themselves to dance more than 3 times a week. We take great pride in this competition and performance based company and have high expectations of all members. Ignite dancers will experience unique performance, competition and training opportunities throughout the year. Only those that auditioned and were accepted into Ignite during the spring of 2018 may register for Ignite Company rehearsal for the 2018-19 dance year.

Mini Company - This super talented group of dancers, ages 6-8, will shine on stage with their never ending energy and continually inspire audiences with their contagious enthusiasm performing at community events, a local dance competition and year-end recitals. Mini Company dancers take a mandatory ballet class and attend a 60 minute weekly rehearsal. Only those that auditioned and were accepted into Mini Company during the spring of 2018 may register for Mini Company rehearsal for the 2018-19 dance year.

Junior & Teen Companies - For dancers ages 9+, this dedicated and passionate group will have an eagerness to learn and a desire to perform and grow as a dancer. They will have multiple performance opportunities throughout the year including community events, local dance competitions and will be featured as special performers in year-end recitals. Junior and Teen level Company students take a mandatory ballet class, one additional elective class and attend a weekly rehearsal. Junior Company 1 dancers have a 60 minute rehearsal. Junior Company 2 and Teen Company dancers have a 75 minute rehearsal. Only those that auditioned and were accepted into one of our Junior or Teen Companies during the spring of 2018 may register for a Company rehearsal for the 2018-19 dance year.

Policies

The Elk Grove Park District Code of Conduct

Members or any users shall abide by all rules and regulations and shall conduct themselves in a safe, considerate and reasonable manner so as not to cause disturbance or to damage equipment and property. Members or any users will display respect, consideration and courtesy to all members, users, staff and Pavilion property. The Park District reserves the right to discontinue an individual's use or membership because of disruptive or unsafe behavior within the building. The Park District reserves the right, at any time and from time to time to add, change, modify, suspend, interpret or cancel, in whole or in part this "Code of Conduct." Facility managers of the Park District, whenever reasonably possible, follow a progressive discipline procedure of:

  1. First warning
  2. Second warning
  3. Probation or suspension
  4. Termination of membership or use

Patrons may be subject to discipline, including termination of membership or removed from a program without prior notice or warning, even for a first offense, for failing to observe any of the "Code of Conduct" set forth in these guidelines. The Elk Grove Park District reserves the right to discipline members or users, including termination of the use of Facilities or programs, which is not described in these guidelines.

Attendance

Dance lessons are cumulative and attendance is an important part of the learning process. We encourage students to attend every class for maximum benefit; however, we understand that this is not always possible. The maximum absences allowed, from September through April without consequence will be 8. Absences above 8 without make-up classes will result in the inability to perform in the spring recital. No class, costume or recital refunds will be given.

Make-Up Weeks

In the rare event that an instructor has to cancel a class or weather conditions warrant cancellation, classes will be held during the same day and time during one of our scheduled make-up weeks. Please reference the dance calendar for exact dates. The PDC staff will do its absolute best to notify each participant by phone or e-mail as soon as a class has been canceled to avoid inconveniences. Please be sure your contact information is updated with Pavilion or Hattendorf Customer Service. If all classes run during a session, there will be no class during make-up week.

Dance Withdrawal Policy

A refund request form needs to be filled out in order to withdraw from a dance class. This form can be requested with our customer service counter at the Pavilion. There will be no penalties for changes made prior to September 1, 2018. Beginning September 1, 2018 notification to withdraw/transfer is subject to a withdrawal fee ($5 min/$25 max), per the Elk Grove Park District's withdrawal policy. Costume fees are not refundable for any reason after November 1, 2018.

Approaching an Instructor

Please be respectful of an instructor's responsibilities to the classes he/she is teaching. Any situations, questions or concerns may be addressed with PDC staff during office hours. If you would like to speak with one of our instructors directly, please leave a message at the Pavilion Dance Centre, (847) 228-3519 and the instructor will call you at his/her earliest convenience.

Belongings

Please keep track of your belongings. The Elk Grove Park District is not responsible for lost or stolen items. There are shelves available in each classroom for storage; however, space is limited, so please only bring necessary belongings.

Dancers Under 6 Years of Age

If your child of 6 years old or younger is taking class, please stay in the hallway during class time or have a responsible adult available in case of an emergency.

Disciplinary Actions

In the rare event that disciplinary action is necessary, the student will be asked to sit and observe class or be dismissed from the room. Parents will be notified by the instructor of all actions taken place.

Entering Late

In the event that you must enter a class after it has started, please stand at the door and wait for the instructor to allow entrance into the room. This will minimize distraction and show respect to fellow students and the Instructor. **If a student is more than 15 minutes late to class, they will be asked to sit and observe. A dancer's warm up is both mental and physical and a very important learning tool. Late-comers will NOT be marked absent and can still learn through observation and participate verbally in class. This is not a punishment; it is for the safety of the dancer and shows respect to the other students in class. This policy will be enforced by all instructors.

Food and Drink

No food or drink is allowed in the classroom besides water. This includes gum and candy.

Lost and Found

Lost and found items are placed in a bin in Studio 1. All items will be removed after the spring recital each year.

Unattended Children

Dancers must be accompanied by an adult until class begins and immediately following its conclusion. Pavilion Dance Centre Instructors will not be monitoring children in between or during classes. Please be sure your child has proper supervision outside of class time.

Using the Restroom

Dancers will be allowed to use the restroom during class, if necessary. Not all instructors have Teaching Assistants in class; therefore, your child may have to use the facilities alone. It is always best to use the restroom before class begins to avoid distraction and missing class. When possible, please plan accordingly.

Jessica Beirich Jessica Beirich

Dance Coordinator

Jessica began her formal dance training with the Fine Arts Department at Riverside-Brookfield High School under the direction of Melinda Haines. There, she was a featured performer in new works by Chicago based modern and jazz choreographers; Jeff Hancock, Aimee Page and Wilfredo Rivera. Jessica joined the Lady Rockstars dance team in 2005 and performed hip hop and pom-dance routines for the American Basketball Association's home games, including performances at the United Center and the Chicago Cultural Center. She continued her dance studies at Columbia College Chicago where she had the pleasure of performing historically significant re-constructed works by Twyla Tharp, Doris Humphrey and Shirley Mordine. There, she trained with nationally renowned dance faculty; Angie Hauser, Darrel Jones, Jan Erkert, Carrie Hanson, Margi Cole, Pam McNeil, Liz Burritt, Paige Cunningham, Jimmy Payne Jr., Jeff Hancock, Natalie Rast, Emily Stein, Kirby Reed and Peter Carpenter. She graduated with honors in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance. She was recently a founding member of MaryAnn McGovern and Dancers and has performed in numerous independent projects and dance showcases throughout Chicago. Jessica has always enjoyed sharing her knowledge and passion for dance with performing arts enthusiasts and has been teaching, choreographing and directing dance and fine arts programming in and around the Chicago land area for over nine years. She is looking forward to a fun and exciting year of dance with Pavilion Dance Centre faculty, students and families!

Shannon Brodie Shannon Brodie

Instructor

Shannon began her dance training at age four with Mim Eichmann at Midwest Ballet Academy in Downers Grove. Her passion for dance then took her to Northern Illinois University where she received her B.F.A. in dance performance. During her training at N.I.U. Shannon had the privilege of performing soloist roles in numerous ballets re-staged by Randall Newsom, including "Sleeping Beauty," "Paquita," and "Giselle." She has also performed as a guest artist with Midwest Ballet Academy, Rockford Dance Company, and State Street Dance Studio. In 2007 Shannon Joined NoMi Dance company, and as a founding member, she has continued to perform with the company for the last several years. In July of 2013 Shannon was mentioned in a Review of NoMi Dance Company by Tribune critic Sid Smith who wrote: "...a collaboratively fashioned solo for Brodie, bittersweet and smart... toe work and turns, in a backstage scenario boosted by Brodie's strength and carefully crafted nonchalance..." Shannon also performs with Winifred Haun and Dancers as a company member, and had the opportunity to perform in the Martha Graham inspired performance series "Vision Faith Desire". Shannon has had the honor of working with choreographers such as Joshua Blake Carter, Paul Christiano, Autumn Eckman, Lizzie MacKenzie, Nick Pupillo, Ahmad Simmons and Jessica Miller Tomlinson. She has continued to share her love of dance through teaching in the Chicagoland area at numerous studios for the last 9 years. Shannon is excited to continue to share her passion for dance with her students here at the PDC!

Tre Dumas Tre' Dumas

Instructor

Tre' received most of his early dance training and his first teaching experience at Tommy Sutton's Mayfair Academy of fine Arts on Chicago's south side. He's a graduate of Clark Atlanta University with a B.A. in Mass Media Arts with a concentration in Speech and Theatre Arts. He has taught and performed regularly at various festivals including the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the L.A. Tap Fest, the St. Louis Tap Festival, Maui Tap Experience, Detroit Tap Festival, Third Coast Rhythm Project, Calgary Tap Summit, Chicago Tap Summit (which he co-founded), North Carolina Rhythm Tap Festival, Vancouver International Tap Dance Festival and Columbus Taps, among others. Mr. Dumas was featured in the North American and European tours of Riverdance. He partnered with Bril Barrett to create M.A.D.D Rhythms, and the M.A.D.D. Rhythms Tap Academy. Mr. Dumas lived in Stuttgart, Germany, where he created an all ages/all levels tap program at the New York City Dance School, and performed at jazz and R&B clubs by night. He performed Duke Ellington's classic, "David Danced" (originally danced by Dr. Bunny Briggs) with Bill Russo, Orbert Davis and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, he portrayed a fiery tap dancing preacher in the vignette "Dance Like David" in director/choreographer Derick Grant's "Imagine Tap", and co-starred w/Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards in the critically acclaimed independent film "The Rise and Fall of Miss Thang". He was also seen on the only aired episode of Secret Talents of the Stars dancing with R&B songstress turned tap dancer, Mya. He was also became a member of Jason Samuels Smith's ACGI. Creator of Chicago's newest professional tap ensemble, Jus'LisTeN, he recently accepted a position as an associate director with the Chicago Human Rhythm Project. He's taught and performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Germany as well as other parts of Europe, and South America and proudly debuted his first full production featuring Jus'LisTeN entitled, "Tap Like Water" as part of the annual Dance Chicago performance series. Aside from his beautiful daughter, Lauren, his greatest joy lies in dancing and sharing his love and knowledge of his art form with others and receiving the same as well.

Mary Hinchley Mary Hinchley

Instructor

Mary has been teaching the sport of baton twirling for over 25 years. She is a certified teacher and judge with the National Baton Twirling Association. She began twirling at the age of 7 and won numerous state and national titles as an individual and as part of a group. Her love of twirling is why she continued teaching and developing her own groups. Her groups have won 8 National titles and over 20 State Titles. She has also taught many Miss Majorette of Illinois winners. She won the prestigious award of Corp director of the year in 2004 presented by the National Baton Twirling Association. She resides in Elmhurst with her husband Bill and her two daughters Stephanie and Samantha. Both girls have been active in competitive baton twirling.

Stephanie Hinchley Stephanie Hinchley

Instructor

Stephanie is a graduate of Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. She has been involved in twirling and dancing since the age of 4. She has been in competitive twirling since age 4 and has won numerous State and National titles in baton, pom and dance. She was captain of the National Champion Wood Dale Stars. She twirled for her high school and was also captain of her dance team. She continues to expand her abilities with additional classes in dance at Elmhurst College and Elk Grove.

Rachel Lore Rachel Lore

Instructor

Rachel began her dance training at the age of three at the Itasca Park District. She later began taking classes right here at the Pavilion Dance Centre and was part of the Moving Force Dance Company. She later trained under the direction of Lisa, Kimmy, and Lori Pendzimaz with Jagged Edge Dance Company. She was also part of Lake Park High School's Dance Ensemble and the 2014 state champion Varsity Lancettes Dance Team. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. In 2018, Rachel graduated with a B.S. in psychology from Loyola University Chicago, where she was part of Loyola's Dance Company. Over the years she has had the opportunity to choreograph a number of performance pieces as well. Rachel is currently a dancer with Outlet Dance Company. Rachel is excited to teach at the Pavilion Dance Centre because it was an integral part of her early training and is where she discovered her true passion for dance!

Jaclyn Schwartz Jaclyn Mendralla

Pavilion Dance Connection Company Director and Instructor

Jaclyn began dancing at the age of four and grew up training under the direction of Pavilion Dance Centre staff. She has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Pointe and Poms dance team. She is a graduate of DePaul University with a B.S. in Biology. She was a member of Elk Grove High School's Orchesis program and DePaul University's dance team. She has contributed choreography to local award winning performance companies and dance teams, including our Pavilion Dance Connection! She loves that she can continue to share her passion for dance with her students and families here at the PDC and is looking forward to continuing to direct and choreograph for our Ignite, Mini, Junior and Teen level performance companies!

Morgan PrinceMorgan Prince

Instructor

Morgan began her dance training at the age of four at Dance Motions Inc. in Bartlett, IL where she studied various styles of dance including ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, lyrical, pointe and modern. She was a company member of Motions Dance Co. for ten years where she had the opportunity to perform at Dance Chicago and work with choreographers such as Sinead Gildea, Katie McCann, Eddie Ocampo, Debra Nanni, Richard Smith, Jeff Hancock, Autumn Eckman, Brent Caburnay, Elijah Gibson, and Sarah Burney. Morgan was also a member of the Inaside Youth Training Program under the direction of choreographer Sarah Ford where she performed pieces at Inaside Chicago Dance Company Concert and Youth Summit for the Arts. Her passion for dance continued in high school where she was the captain of her dance team and choreographed state qualifying hip hop routines. Morgan attended the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign where she was a member of 3Spot Dance Troupe for four years and a member of the executive board her senior year. While dancing with 3Spot, Morgan choreographed many pieces including contemporary, hip hop, and large group jazz routines. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and currently practices as a Registered Nurse in Chicago. Morgan was also the Dance Camp Director for three years for the Pavilion Dance Centre and a summer instructor for a variety of technique classes. She has choreographed award winning competition pieces for both our Mini and Junior level Pavilion Dance Connection Companies and is excited to continue teaching as an instructor and choreographer here with PDC!

Rachel Rosenbaum Pavilion Dance Instructor Rachel Rosenbaum

Instructor and Dance Camp Director

Rachel began dancing at the age of three and started dancing competitively when she was ten. During her childhood and teenage years, she trained under Lisa, Kim, and Lori Pendzimaz, among others. For eight years, Rachel competed with Jagged Edge Dance Company, studying ballet, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, hip hop, and musical theatre/character dancing. With Jagged Edge, she won various regional and national titles, both as a group dancer and as a soloist. Rachel was nominated for Dance America's Dancer of the Year Award three times, placing in the top ten in 2013. At Conant High School, she performed with the Varsity Poms and Varsity Orchesis teams. Continuing her dance career at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rachel danced for the Illinettes dance team for four years, serving as captain her senior year. With the Illinettes, she had the opportunity to perform at all of her school's football and basketball games, parades, and other campus-wide events. During her four years with the Illinettes, she also participated in performances at Chicago Bears football games, basketball games at the United Center, a bowl game with her school's football team in Dallas, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland. This past May, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, along with minors in sociology and Spanish. Rachel has been lucky enough to teach and choreograph for her high school and college dance teams, as well as for many dancers in the Chicago suburbs, including a production piece for the Pavilion Dance Connection performance companies. She has been directing and teaching summer dance camps here at the PDC for three years. Rachel is looking forward to getting to know her new PDC students and their families this fall!

Ashley Valencia

Instructor

Ashley Valencia grew up dancing in Centennial, CO at Centerstage Starz Theatre and Dance Studio. After high school Ashley continued her dance education by receiving her BFA in Dance from Stephens College in Columbia, MO. While in college she studied ballet, modern, jazz, tap, flamenco, Russian character, West African and choreography. She studied under Jan Miller, Deborah Carr, Mary Rotella, Christopher Morgan, Nancy Lushington, Lars Rosager among many others. Post college Ashley moved back to Colorado for a year where she danced with Damsels while teaching at her childhood studio, Centerstage. Ashley then moved to Chicago and had the privilege to dance with Matter Dance Company, Chicago Verge Dance Theatre and study with Chicago Tap Theatre. While in Chicago, Ashley also coached and taught dance technique to award winning high school color guards and dance studios around Illinois. After five years in Chicago, Ashley moved to Connecticut and taught at Get Up 'N Dance in Bristol, CT for three years. She also danced with DanceWorks Boston, Fantango Dancers and Dimensional Dance. Ashley is excited to be back in Chicago to continue to teach and dance with our dancers at the PDC!

How do I register for classes?

Dance classes for the year register in August and run September - June. A complete listing of classes along with registration details can be found in the fall park district brochure and through online registration with an active Park District account. Due to the cumulative nature of our program and recital preparations, no new students may be added to recital classes after November 1st. We do offer some non-recital dance classes that are open for enrollment throughout the year; a listing of these classes is included in the seasonal park district brochure.

When and where is the dress rehearsal?

Dress rehearsal is the week prior to recital at the Harper College Performing Arts Center in Palatine. You will be given the exact day and time for your class's dress rehearsal when you receive your costume in May. Attending the dress rehearsal is mandatory. Students absent from the dress rehearsal will not perform in the recital. Late arrival to the rehearsal constitutes an absence; so please allow extra time to travel to Harper College. Classes will have an allotted amount of time to rehearse his/her dance on stage with the instructor and technical crew. During this time, technicians are queuing lights, instructors are staging the dance and all props and scenery are being set. All dances will run only once, due to the volume of participation in the program. Any repetition of a dance will be for technical reasons only.

How do I get recital tickets?

Recital tickets are available for purchase in early April. Each family (not each student) is guaranteed an initial quantity of tickets per color recital in which his/her class is performing. The initial quantity of tickets available to dance families will be determined in early spring. Tickets must be purchased in person from Pavilion Customer Service. Extra tickets (if available) go on sale a few weeks later.

How are recitals structured?

Classes are broken into specific recital colors in a manner that seeks to best balance and present a variety of ages and dance styles. All students perform both days of recital weekend. Each recital color will have a technical rehearsal in the theatre prior to show dates. Technical rehearsal is for the safety of all parties backstage and is mandatory. It gives students an opportunity to dance on the stage with lights and sound, practice safe entrances and exits during blackouts and rehearse proper spacing. More information will be available in the Spring prior to recital.

When and where is the recital?

The dance recital is held in June. The exact dates will be listed on the Pavilion Dance Centre calendar. The recital is held at the Harper College Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine. The Harper Performing Arts Center is a state of the art facility seating 450 people and is a resource that nurtures and educates community members about the arts. This unique building has an extensive fly system along with an orchestra pit, trap and stage extension. These characteristics enable the Harper Performing Arts Center to produce quality productions and allow the community an opportunity to experience exceptional artistic productions close to home!

Can I still dance and not participate in the recital?

Yes, but we ask that you inform both our Dance Coordinator and the Instructor of your intention not to participate in the recital by November 1st. This is so that a costume is not ordered and the instructor may choreograph the recital dance accordingly. You may continue to take classes and will be given the experience of learning the recital dance even though you will not be participating in the recital.

How do I participate in the recital?

The Pavilion Dance Centre recital program begins in September and ends with recital performances in June. The tuition rate covers the entire recital season (September through June) and includes a recital costume. No new registrations for recital classes will be accepted after November 1. In addition, costume fees are non-refundable for any reason after November 1. Dancers in multiple classes will likely perform in various recitals throughout the weekend. Dancers are required to perform on both days and attend their dress rehearsal day(s) the week prior to performances.

How can I become a teaching assistant?

Teaching Assistant applications are available at the Pavilion Customer Service counter during fall registration. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Pavilion Dance Centre office at (847) 228-3519.

Can I make up classes that I miss?

Yes, you may make up a missed class by taking any other class at the same or lower level. Ask your Instructor for information on which classes may be taken. If an Instructor needs to cancel a class for any reason, the class will be made up during a designated Pavilion Dance Centre Make-up Week. See the Pavilion Dance Centre Calendar for exact dates.

Is there financial assistance for students in the program?

Yes. The Elk Grove Parks Foundation is a 501c(3) charitable organization created to support parks and recreation activities within Elk Grove Village. Based on the availability of funds, the Foundation will attempt to provide financial assistance to those residents who meet the eligibility requirements. For more information or to begin the application process, please contact the Superintendent of Recreation at (847) 228-3487.

Why is there a dress code?

Dress codes are essential to the success of a dancer. At the Pavilion Dance Centre, we provide our staff with the tools necessary to be the most productive and successful in his/her class. The dress code allows for proper visibility, as dance instructors need to be able to see the students' bodies and very specific details in order to give constructive feedback. Dress codes are mandatory for participation in all Pavilion Dance Centre dance classes. Please refer to the Pavilion Dance Centre's Dance Handbook for a listing of your dancer's required dress code, specific to each class in which they are enrolled. 

How are dancers placed in levels?

Dancers are placed in the appropriate level through the expertise of our Dance Staff. New students will be placed in an age appropriate level and will be immediately assessed by the instructor and moved if necessary.

How old does my child have to be to dance?

The Pavilion Dance Centre offers a variety of dance classes for students ages 3 through adult.

When does registration for the dance year begin?

Registration for recital classes begin in August with classes running September through June. Registration for non-recital classes is available throughout the year. Refer to the seasonal Park District brochure for the most current class listings and registration dates.

Can I videotape the recital?

The Pavilion Dance Centre has an agreement with All Occassions Video and therefore photography and video taping is strictly prohibited. Photography and Videotaping may be done only at the Dress Rehearsal within the designated areas. Because classes are scheduled to run each dance once, please be ready to video and photograph during this one run. The professional DVD's may be ordered in the Spring or at the dress rehearsal and recitals. Parents may also video record recital dances during In-Class Dress Rehearsal at the beginning of June and in any of the scheduled parent viewing weeks.