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. These classes are for children ages 4-10 who are yearning to move with joy and dance their hearts out!

Our creative dance classes use Brain-Compatible Dance Education (BCDE) by Anne Green Gilbert as a foundation. "BCDE is a structured methodology for teaching dance using a 5-part lesson plan and strategies that create an environment in which the brain is ready, willing, and able to learn" (Anne Green Gilbert 2020).

Creative dance classes focus on exploring dance concepts, developing dance skills, and creating movement through improvisation and dance making activities.

Your children will dance in a safe and inspiring classroom environment led by Betty Allen, a dance teacher with over two decades of experience in a school setting as well as a lifelong advocate for dance and the arts in education. Dance at Illinois dance majors will assist Betty, bringing their passion and dance expertise to the creative dance classroom. Betty Allen is a lecturer for the Department of Dance and a supervisor/mentor for the Early Childhood Education Program in the College of Education at the University of Illinois. Betty strives to help children explore the world through creative movement and dance.

We are pleased to announce our Creative Dance for Children Online classes for fall 2020!

Your children will dance in a virtual classroom led by Betty Allen (Creative Dance for Children director) and Meagan Tipton (Urbana School District arts educator). All sessions will use Zoom. Dancers may need an adult to assist with technology. Dancers should dress in clothes that allow free and safe movement.

We are offering three different sections of Creative Dance for Children Online:


Ages 4-5


Ages 6-7


Ages 8-10




Our teachers include Betty Allen, Meagan Tipton, and Kristen Whalen (Dance at Illinois teaching assistant).

The classes will meet online using Zoom on September 12-October 31 (Saturdays).

For additional information please email Betty Allen, Creative Dance for Children director, at

Registration fee: $99.00.

Register online for all classes.