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Programs for All Ages and Abilities

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Congratulations to our Competition Dance II team for receiving a superior placement and placing 2nd in their division at the Cathy Roe Ultimate Dance Competition on March 4, 2018!
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Seasonal Dance

Instructional dance classes are offered on a seasonal basis. These classes do not perform at the annual spring dance recital. Parent Observation will be held during the last class of the session.

Recital Dance

Our recital dance season begins in September and recital classes will be listed in our Autumn Program Guide. Parent observation day will be held during the last class of the session. Please register at least one week prior to the class start date.

Meet our Dance Instructors

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Spring 2019 Dance Academy Recital Date Information

Rehearsal & Pictures: Saturday, June 1, 2019
Recitals: Sunday, June 2, 2019
Location: Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College
You will receive more information in class the week of April 2019.


Our recital dance season runs from September thru May and classes perform in our annual Spring Recital in June. We also have new recital classes added in January that will perform in our Spring Recital.  Please register at least one week prior to the class start day.

Fall 2018 Dance Academy Classes & Important Information

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2018-2019 Dance Academy Parent Handbook

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Dance Academy 2018-2019 Observation Weeks

Parents are welcome to attend the last 20 minutes of their dancer's class the following weeks.

Mon. October 22-Sat. October 27
Mon. December 10-Sat. December 15
Mon. March 18-Saturday, March 23
Sat. May 18-Fri. May 24.

Dance Academy Dress Code

Dance Shoe and Tight Recommendations

A Parents Guide to Dance

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This pre-professional, regional company provides an entry point into the world of dance performance, helping its members gain comprehensive knowledge of what it means to be part of a dance company. Participating in the Élan Dance Company can serve as a foundation to apply for dance scholarships to assist with attending college or create opportunities to continue into a professional dance career. The Company performs various genres of dance across the community and beyond. The Élan Dance Company has performed at Ribfest, Chicago's Millennium Park and other venues. The Élan Dance Company consists of three levels: Junior Company (ages 9-12), Senior Company (ages 12-18) and the Apprentice Company.

If you are interested in auditioning or would like more information, please contact Kristy Meza, Élan Artistic Director, at 630-848-3618 or via email at kmeza@napervilleparks.org.

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Auditions

Auditions are for the 2018-2019 season that will begin in September 2017. We offer a summer session for Company members that is optional, but strongly encouraged. Dancers age nine and up may attend auditions; dancers must be nine years old by September 1, 2018. All students auditioning should dress for a dance class (please wear jazz or ballet shoes). Candidates will receive details of class and rehearsal requirements at the audition. Notifications with results of the audition will be by e-mail.

Interested in learning more about the Company? Please drop-in during our optional Élan Dance Company open house information meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 9 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center, 305 West Jackson Avenue. Audition packets will be available for pick-up.
Auditions will be held Tuesday, May 22 at the Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center – Room 123 at the following times:

• Junior (Ages 9-12), 5:00-6:00 p.m.
• Apprentice (Ages 12-15), 6:15-7:15 p.m.
• Senior (Ages 14-21), 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Please call 630-848-3618 with questions.

First-Time Registrant Information

Individuals wanting to register online for Naperville Park District programs must first establish an account with us. In order to be eligible for the resident fee, proof of residency within the Naperville Park District is required by submitting one of the following documents: driver's license, preprinted personal check or City of Naperville utility bill.

To register, please go here. You also can submit your proof of residency by emailing it to info@napervilleparks.org, by fax at 630-848-5001.

Or you can visit on of our facilities:

Fort Hill Activity Center
20 Fort Hill Drive
Naperville, IL 60540. 
Office hours are Monday-Friday, 5:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, 7:00-6:00 p.m.

Alfred Rubin Riverwalk Community Center
305 W. Jackson Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
95th Street Center
2244 West 95th St., Ste. 200
Naperville, IL 60564. 
Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Knoch Knolls Nature Center
320 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, IL 60565
Registration hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. only.

Connect your business’s brand with a well-known and respected one like the Naperville Park District’s and reach a large, active and diverse audience.

To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities contact
Stacey Fontechia Sales and Sponsorship Manager at 630-848-3575 or at sfontechia@napervilleparks.org.

Looking for an opportunity to have a positive impact on people’s lives while building a fun and dynamic career? Consider the Naperville Park District! It takes all kinds of skills, knowledge and talent to serve the recreation needs of the Naperville community. If you’re passionate about the outdoors, staying active, having fun and encouraging others to do the same, then check out our part-time and full-time career opportunities.

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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
 
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
 
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment
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