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PRE-DANCE

Designed for our younger students with special princess, classical ballet and storybook themes such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and More. Classes come alive through music and dance, while the magic of children’s stories sparks their imagination. Your dancer transforms into the lead character of storybooks and classical ballets and acts out the tales through dance and song. Designed to promote Gross Motor Skills, French-terminology of Ballet, Colors and Counting, Creative Dance, Musicality and more.


Dance School & Classes - North Shore Chicago
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SCHEDULES AND EVENTS


The School is located at 2126 First Street, Highland Park, Illinois 60035. The Academic Year runs from the first Tuesday after Labor day through the last Sunday before the following year's Memorial Day. Ballet Makkai performes The Nutcracker early December each year. Spring performances take place on the Memorial Day weekend. Registration for classes may be made online, or by mail on forms provided by the School via mail and online. For more information please navigate through this website, or contact us by other means.



Classical Ballet School - North Shore Chicago
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OUR TEACHERS


Ballet Makkai received the Mayor's Award for the Arts for excellence in Dance Education. Our Award Winning Faculty bring out the best in each of our students. Their awards include: Ruth Page Award for Season of Outstanding Dancing, Youth America Grand Prix Chicago Regional Winner, Youth American Grand Prix New York Finalist and more.


 
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OUR STUDIOS

Our School encompasses four studios designed to accomodate specific needs for different ages and dance forms. We are also providing ample spaces for waiting, dressing, snacking between classes and for studying or doing homework should there be a gap between classes attended by our students. To see our spaces click on the link below..


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STUDIOS
BALLET

Classical Ballet classes offered from age 7 to adult follow the Vaganova-Tarasov method, as developed from Russian, French and Italian classical ballet and used in the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet Theaters. This method is scientifically based to develop healthy bodies and good muscle coordination. It has been approved by doctors and health specialists as a safe and developmentally sound system. For a well rounded program in classical ballet, the school also offers instruction of historic dance (gavotte, minuet, etc.) and character dance (European folk-dance modified for classical ballet). The class work culminates in on-stage performances.


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JAZZ, TAP, MODERN

Jazz and Tap classes cover that part of dance which is inseparable from a complete American dance education. We emphasize the teaching of jazz and tap based primarily on the free, unrestricted interpretation of the music, using the techniques of modern dance, ballet, and floor exercise, and develop them during the classes into original combinations which will constitute the core on the on-stage jazz and tap performances. Modern Dance - Student Choreography classes familiarize the students with modern dance, and the children choreograph new dances and present their best work during on-stage performances.


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