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Mother/Daughter Bellydance Workshop – Hip Circle Studio – April 9

Open to daughters 4 and up, this workshop focuses on gaining comfort in your body and boosting self-esteem through dance. Bellydance started, historically, as a dance done by women, for women and is a wonderful art form to share with our daughters.

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Dance With Me, Toddler!™ – Hip Circle Studio – Starts April 19

This is a great way to start creating an active lifestyle for your family, and is fun to boot! Your toddler will have the freedom to follow the ebb and flow of their interest, while you get to learn to move your body. 

Looking to get your workout in? This class will do it so come dressed comfortably and be prepared to sweat! We’ll be barefoot for the class, so feel free to bring grippy socks (for you or your toddler) if that’s more comfortable for you.

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – Evanston Dance Ensemble – December 8-11


Evanston Dance Ensemble presents
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Josephine Louis Theater, 20 Arts Circle Drive

When the Evanston Dance Ensemble (EDE) first premiered its original story ballet adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s classic novel, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in 2005, EDE founder and artistic director Béa Rashid referred to the show as “our alternative to The Nutcracker.” Much like that famous ballet, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has become EDE’s signature holiday performance, drawing audiences from throughout the Chicagoland area. With dancing snowflakes, leaping fauns, waltzing flowers, and animals prancing out a holiday polka, the production is a holiday feast for the whole family.

Thursday December 8 at 7:00PM
Friday December 9 at 7:00PM
Saturday December 10 at 1:00 and 4:00PM
Sunday December 11 at 1:00 and 4:00PM

$24 Adults
$16 Children, Students & Seniors
$15 for Thursday, December 8 (All Seats)

Purchase Tickets Here

Dance With Me, Toddler!™ – Single-session – December 11 – Register Now


Click here for more information and to register

On Site: Putting Dance on Map – Sunday, Oct. 6

Eight dance companies have announced plans to honor the city’s anniversary with a “moveable feast” of dance on two afternoons this fall. On Site: Putting Dance on the Map, which is being curated by the Evanston Dance Ensemble (EDE), features professional groups of dancers performing free public dance events in locations all over downtown Evanston on two Sundays this fall – October 6 and November 3.

Each program features five of the companies performing an original dance piece created for a specific location in Evanston, and each performance site will be within walking distance of each other. Dance companies include Elements Contemporary Ballet, enidsmith dance, Cartier Collective, Be the Groove, The Leopold Group, Striding Lion Performance Group and Lake Dance. For more information visit the Evanston Dance Ensemble.

When: Sunday, Oct. 6 & Nov. 3 – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Various locations around Raymond Park, Chicago Avenue and Lake Street

Playful Parenting: Fall 4-Part Workshop – Music Institute of Chicago

Playful Parenting: Fall 4-Part Workshop Institute for Therapy through the Arts
Thursdays from 6-7:30 pm
1702 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL

ART ~ Color Outside the Lines
September 26

Parents will engage in artmaking with their children. Informed by the stages of creative development, families will practice specific visual art processes to use with their child(ren). Families will be given the opportunity to explore various materials such as watercolor paint, pastels, markers, found objects (think paper towel tubes, yarn and buttons) as well as child friendly, mess free clay. They will be provided with support and structure through this exploration and will learn various strategies for how and when to
get non-verbal.”

MUSIC ~ Put it in a Song
October 3
Learn about the various stages of musical development and how children experience music at different ages. Find out why children learn and remember songs so easily and discover ways songs can make your life much easier! Then, families get ready to move to the music as they experience ways to stimulate the whole brain through multiple senses.
*Note: The first half hour of this workshop will be for parents only, and free childcare will be provided. Families will come together to make music for the last hour.

DANCE ~ Dance, Move, Grow
October 10
In this interactive session, parents will learn how dance and movement enhances child development and enriches family life. Parents and children will participate in movement based activities and games to highlight the importance of non-verbal communication while creatively connecting to the body, mind and spirit.

DRAMA ~ Save the Drama for Your Mama (’cause she likes it too!)
October 17
“I can’t follow these stories my child comes up with. I’m a practical person. I’m not an actor.” Any of this sound familiar? Whether you feel comfortable or awkward about joining in play with your child, this workshop will provide a framework for greater understanding what is happening when your child enters into play. Learn techniques for establishing a playspace, negotiating how much – or how little – structure is needed based on the needs of your child, providing parental guidance by following rather than leading, and managing transitions.

Mudlark Theatre Auditions and Classes


Marklark Theater audition dates for the Fall/Winter season will be held on the evenings listed below. Auditions are held at Mudlark Theater headquarters (1417 Hinman Ave.)

  • Monday, September 9th: 5:00-6:30pm
  • Tuesday, September 10th: 5:00-6:30pm
  • Thursday, September 12th: 5:00-6:30pm

Callbacks will be held on Saturday, September 14th.
Click here to find out more about the audition process!

Six Week Intensive Classes

Theater Movement and Dance
Dates: Sept. 24-Oct. 31st (6 weeks total)
Time: 4:30-6:30pm
Cost: $120
Days/Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Location: Mudlark HQ (1417 Hinman)
Instructor: Amanda Marcheschi
3rd-5th grade: 4:30-5:30
6th-8th grade: 5:45-6:45
Materials: Closed toed shoes required. Jazz/ballet or hip hop shoes preferred (no closed toes required)

In this exciting new intensive, participants will explore several styles of dance used in theater including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, and Contemporary Dance. In a creative and supportive environment, participants will build endurance, improve stage presence, and increase flexibility and strength. The intensive is divided into two classes for students in grades 3rd-5th and 6th-8th. No dance training required, just a positive attitude and a willingness to learn! Click here to register!

Acting for the Camera
Dates: Sept. 24-Oct. 31st (6 weeks total)
Ages: 9-13
Days/Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays (4:30-6:30pm)
Cost: $140
Location: Mudlark HQ (1417 Hinman)
Instructor: Jessica Alldredge

In this intensive, you and your fellow filmmakers imagine, plan, and shoot original short films. Each filmmaker will have roles both on and off camera, learning about film acting and film production. The intensive concludes with a star-studded premier, where family and friends can marvel at your amateur masterpieces. Click here to register!

Everybody Move Registration

Everybody Move, Inc. is beginning its 17th yr. serving Evanston families. Go to www.everybodymoveinc.com to sign up for fall classes. Come Sing, Dance and Play!!

Dance Center Evanston Registration Begins Soon

Gotta dance? See the 2013-2014 Dance Center Evanston class schedule:


Registration for returning students will open on Saturday, August 3 at 9am, and for new students on Monday, August 12 at 9am.

Questions? Call 847-328-6683.

Fortnightly Dance Class Registration

The North End Mothers’ Club once again brings to you Fortnightly Dance Classes for incoming 6th and 7th graders. There are changes to this years registration process, the NEMC has moved to a lottery format for the 2013 season. To register and learn more about the program please visit their Web site at http://www.northendmothersclub.org/fortnightly/. All registration materials and information are only available online.

If you have any questions about the program please email: nemclub.il@gmail.com.


Hip Hop Dance Class – Registration Begins

Blaze the Floor Dance’s Competitive Performance Class is formatted to introduce children (ages 6 to 11) to the art of dance performance. Students are introduced to a new style of dance every session and are then given an opportunity to showcase what they have learned at a local event or regional competition. Dance styles include genres from around the world including Latin, Hip Hop, Brazilian Samba and much more.

Session 1: HIP HOP

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 pm
6 weeks
Music Institute of Chicago
2008 Dempster Street, Evanston

For more info, go to: http://blazethefloordance.org/PerformanceKids.html

Carnaval Celebration – February 16

In honor of Carnaval this year the Evanston Escola de Samba is having a big celebration and you’re all invited! We have a lot in store for this event, in addition to some great music and dancing, of course. There will be crafts, face painting, dance and drumming lessons and more!

When: February 16th, 2013 from 10am to 12pm
Activities start at 10 AM
Concert Starts at 11 AM
Where: Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston (1490 Chicago Avenue).
How Much:
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and a $30 maximum per family. $5 With a Student ID. Tickets available at the door or online here

Ridgeville Park District Winter Classes

Ridgevile has classes for children, teens and adults this winter, starting January 14th, including:

Winter Classes start January 14th!
  • Iyengar Yoga
  • Gentle Yoga for Seniors
  • Adult Core Stretch N’ Strength
  • Feldenkrais
  • Adult Writing Circle
  • She Moves
  • Adult Tap
  • Fitness Coaching
  • Creative Movement Teens w/ Special Needs
  • Fairly Ballet
  • Intro to Ballet
  • Ballet I
  • Art Smarts
  • Kids can Tap!
  • Live Dace
  • Movin’ Moms and Dancing Tots

Sign up today