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 Betty Allen, a dance teacher with over two decades of experience in a school setting as well as a lifelong advocate of dance and the arts in education. Dance at Illinois dance majors will assist Betty, bringing their passion and dance expertise to the classroom.

Betty Allen currently serves as a supervisor and mentor at the University of Illinois in the College of Education. She also co-teaches Artsful Teaching through Integration and Introduction to Contemporary Dance. In her role as the director of the Children's Dance Program for the Department of Dance, Betty strives to help children explore the world through creative movement and dance.

Creative Dance for Children classes for the fall semester will be offered by the Department of Dance beginning September 7, 2019. This is a 9-week session, concluding on November 2, 2019, with an open house.

CLASSES: Children ages 3, 4-5, 6-7, and 8-10

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


WHAT WE TEACH: The creative dance classes build upon concepts of dance and dance making taught through music, words, props, poems, stories, and improvisation.

TEACHERS: Betty Allen will teach classes along with Lindsey Jennings, Nina Crouchelli, and other 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 (November 2) 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: 9 Weeks (September 7-November 2, 2019): $99


Age 3


Nevada B

Ages 4-5


Nevada A

Ages 6-7


Nevada A

Ages 8-10


Nevada B


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