Several parents have reached out asking about their child taking dance classes in Peoria or the surrounding areas. Luckily for us, dance is thriving in Central Illinois. If you are not sure about what kind of dance or what studio to choose, I would be happy to talk with you.
This fall I worked at a charity event called Steps of Joy and had the privilege to work with lots of fantastic dance studios that share the values I have and Holy Family School too. In the months preparing for the show and the day of the big event, I was able to talk to the directors, teachers and students at Kim's Academy of dance (two studios Peoria and Washington), Miss Laura's School of Dance (Peoria Heights), Creations Dance ( East Peoria), Studio 38 (Washington), Center Stage Dance (Morton), and Peoria Ballet (Knoxville and Detweiler). I would highly recommend all of those studios. Many studios will offer a first class/ trial class for free, so definitely ask. I also worked with the Explosive Gems Majorette Group, Chinese Cultural Dancers of Peoria, Mexican Folkloric Dance of Peoria, and the PJ Dance Company which is an Indian dance group. I could give you the contacts for all of these groups and highly recommend them as well.
For boys: I know that Peoria Ballet offers free ballet classes for boys. Also Miss Laura's studio has a really fabulous boys hip hop class. PJ dance and the Mexican Folkloric group both include boys. Boy dancers are in high demand and I know they are wanted everywhere.
For little ones: Peoria Ballet offers four free creative movement lessons for children five and under. You can get more details by calling 309-690-7990. The purpose of these lessons is just to try it out and see if your child enjoys it and is ready for it.
Information has gone out about a dance shoe exchange to be held from 3:00-3:30 on January 15 at the school.
That is just one of many ways to recycle dance gear. Saving money, the environment, and making the dance program great are both important to me, so I thought I'd list some free ways that families can support the dance program.
If you've missed the shoe exchange, no problem. We have a closet that I'm trying to keep set up and organized. Check with me about used shoes before going out and buying new. Also, by the nature of the exchange, we always are a little short on the fourth-sixth grade jazz shoes. Please keep your home more tidy and donate any old shoes to the school. I'm sure there are outgrown shoes sitting in the closets of many of our 7th and 8th graders.
Dance leotards and tights in decent condition can also be donated.
If a sole starts to tear off, please just bring it to school for me. This is common in tap shoes, but I've found that shoe glue can work wonders and keep those soles a tappin'.
Ask around to crafters and sewers and volunteer to collect old fabrics and decorations. If there is decent yardage, we can use the fabric for costumes or props. I'm always looking for flowy, light fabrics to use as dancing scarves. If something is unusable for dance, I will always check with Audra if it can be used in art before discarding it. Anything with sequins or lace embellishments can be cut apart and repurposed.
Please let me know if you enjoy sewing and creating and/ or if you are willing to be a class costume parent. That time would, of course, count toward required volunteer hours. I definitely need help getting the entire school costumed by April 26.