Children's Dance

Creative Dance for ChildrenWelcome to Dance at Illinois' Children's Dance Program! 

Children's Dance has been a long-time treasured offering to our community by Dance at Illinois. Originally led by Kate Kuper, these Saturday classes are for children who are yearning to move with joy and dance their hearts out! Your children will dance in a safe and inspiring classroom environment led this year by the amazing Mauriah Kraker, a member of our graduate program and an experienced dance professional. Dance at Illinois dance majors will assist Ms. Kraker, bringing their passion and dance expertise to the classroom. 

Mauriah Kraker comes from a family of teachers. She grew up knowing the classroom as a place of joy and excitement, a laboratory for forging into the unknown, a space centered around building community. It is this she enacts in her own teaching. She has taught creative movement in the public schools in the Midwest, implemented creative movement curriculums in Taiwan and Thailand, and has taught in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Dance and Theatre program. She is currently at the University of Illinois pursuing her MFA in Choreography and Performance.

Julianna loves your classes and has learned so much. She dances ALL the time. Doesn't ever want to go to ballet and she wants your class every morning. THANK YOU!

—Andrea S., parent of a student in the 6-7s class

You really have built a great program and it really shows in your enthusiasm and the kids’ faces!!!! I LOVE IT!!!

—Grace R., parent of a student in the 4-5s class

Creative Dance for Children classes for spring semester will be offered by the Department of Dance beginning January 20 - March 10, 2018. This is an 8-week session, concluding on March 10th with an open house.

CLASSES: Children ages 4-5, 6-7, and 8-10

TIME: Saturday mornings at the Dance Studio Building (905 W. Nevada)


WHAT WE TEACH: The age 4-5 and 6-7 classes introduce and build upon concepts of dance and dance making taught through music, words, props, poems, and stories. The 8-10 classes place greater emphasis on modern dance technique as well as improvisation and dance making.

TEACHERS: Mauriah Kraker will teach classes along with Phoebe Ballard, Julianna Boylan, Lauren Mendelson and other and Dance at Illinois students.

DRESS: Appropriate dress is hair off the face, loose-fitting, comfortable clothes, and bare feet. There is a changing room.

The last day of the session (March 10) will be an informal showing for parents and families. All other sessions are closed to observation. During class time, parents may enjoy visiting Café Paradiso on the corner of Lincoln and Nevada or spending time in the family-friendly environment of Christopher Hall across the street from the studio, which opens at 9:00 a.m.

PROGRAM COST: 8 Weeks (January 20-March 10, 2018): $90


Ages 4-5 Section 1


Nevada A


Ages 4-5 Section 2


Nevada B


Ages 6-7


Nevada B


Ages 8-10


Nevada A



Register online for all classes. Online payments are by credit card or debit card only. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure your registration is received. Your registration will not be confirmed until we receive payment.

Creative Dance for Children

Cancellations with full refunds will be processed until one week before the first day of class. Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. During the semester we will contact you exclusively via email. For further information, please call us at 217/333-1010 or email