Gotta Dance! Program

September 9 - May 12

The Gotta Dance! Program runs for 9 consecutive months (Sep – May).  A spring dance recital will be held for one day in May.  More information on the dance recital will be available at a later date.



New students, age 3 ½ - 9 years, may only register for classes that are listed as beginning or beginning/continuing level classes.  If you are a new student interested in registering for a continuing class, you must have the instructor’s approval.  After the early registration deadline, we will cancel classes, combine classes, or add new students as enrollment dictates.  New students will only register in the Fall, there will be no additional registration in Winter/Spring. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Gotta Dance! Program will be holding placement auditions on Tuesday, August 18th, from 6 -8 pm at the Recreation Center.  If you wish to register in a class other than beginner/continued, you will need to audition and receive a placement card from one of the instructors.

Early Bird Registration

Students are encouraged to register by August 31.  Beginning September 1, fees will increase by $18.

Class Descriptions

Dancin’ Darlings’: this class is an introductory class and is a combination of tap, ballet and pre-jazz

Let’s Dance: includes tap, ballet, and jazz dance

Ballet/Tap – Focuses on the fundamentals of ballet and tap

Ballet/Jazz/Lyrical – Focuses on the fundamentals of ballet, jazz and lyrical and incorporates a fusion of ballet and jazz performed through fluid movements characterized by the expression of the dancer’s emotions

Adult Classes - Participants will be learning fundamentals of Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical and Ballet on a rotating schedule throughout the year


Girls should wear a leotard and tights.  Based on their dance class, participants should wear pink ballet slippers, black tap shoes or black jazz shoes.  Boys are expected to wear a t-shirt and pants/shorts.  It is recommended parents confirm the class is running before purchasing dance shoes.

Program Fees

The cost of the recital costume and accessories is $60 per child. Since costumes are made to order, costume fees will not be refunded after November 1.  The program will run from the week of September 9 to the middle of May for the recital, exact dates will be specified at a later date.  Monthly payment plans are available; please ask for information at registration.

Early Bird Registration by Aug 31: $315 R / $324 NR; $35 month R/ $36 month NR

Registration Starting Sept 1: $333 R / $342 NR; $37 month R/ $38 month NR

Starstruck Dance

Starstruck, the Wood Dale Park District dance program will participate in local competitions throughout the year (Sept – May).  This is for the serious dancer and will have a strong emphasis on enhancing technique, flexibility, performance and artistic expression.  Each group will also perform one dance at the spring recital.

Starstruck will run on Mondays and Thursdays (September 21 – May 12) 

Jazz and Poms Technique – Mondays @ 7:15 – 8:15pm

Jazz Choreography – Thursdays @ 5:00 – 6:00pm 

Poms Choreography – Thursdays @ 6:30 – 7:30pm – Will be collaborating with the Wood Dale Stars Pom Poms Team

Location: Recreation complex

Fee: $603 – Monthly payments of $67 are due the 15th of each month starting September 15th and ending May 15th.  (first payment due at time of registration)

Starstruck will participate in fundraisers to assist in competition payments.  For Starstruck participants, one dance at each competition is part of the class fees and fundraisers, any additional dances will require additional payment.