Looking for some Saturday morning fun for the whole family?! Join Creative Dance teacher and Family Dance Party expert Jen Cleary for an hour of dance-y fun.
What is a Family Dance Party?
Jen Cleary and Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble have partnered up to bring the joy of dancing to you and your family. Perfect for families with young children, this is an action-packed event where the whole family gets to have fun dancing together. Miss Jen takes the best-loved dance games & activities from her lesson plans and puts them together for a high-energy party that includes explorations of movement fundamentals, encourages creativity & expression, and gives everyone a chance to bust a move!
Is my child too young/old for the party?
The Family Dance Party is appropriate for kids 3 and under to do with assistance/being held by an adult and for kids 3-9 to do independently alongside their caregivers.
Dance activities are theme driven and based on creative exploration which makes them perfect for a group of mixed ages and skill levels. The key to having fun is bringing your creativity and imagination with you!
What should we wear?
Make sure to wear your dance party clothes. Feel free to wear something special - like a costume that matches our monthly theme - but keep in mind that everyone (yes, grownups too!) will be dancing so wear something you can move around in and remember you might work up a sweat! Also, attendees will be asked to keep their shoes on, so please make sure yours are safe for dancing!
What's with the themes?
Creative dancing is more fun when you have something to dance about! Each month we'll use the theme as a springboard to celebrate movement & learn about important dance concepts. Since movement is also a great tool for understanding and remembering information, you and your child won't just leave the party sweaty, smiling and with a few new moves to try at home - you'll also pick up some new knowledge and fun facts that are more likely to stick in your brain because of the muscle memories you've created. This season's lineup is packed with themes that make us move:
October 22: Spooky Spectacular
November 12: Galactic Grooves
December 3: Holiday Hootenanny
January 7: Winter Wonderland
February 4: Roaring Twenties
March 4: Dr. Seuss Birthday Party
April 1: Twister & Shout - A Weather Celebration
May 6: Ocean Adventure Beach Party
These sound great! Can I sign up for all of them?!?
Absolutely! Sounds like you need a Party Pass! From now until October 22, you can subscribe to the entire Family Dance Party season (8 Parties) for $35 per person. Each Party Pass comes with 2 guest passes, so you can invite friends & relatives to join you. (Party pass is valued at $50.)
*Party Pass subscriptions are non-refundable, non-exchangeable, and non-transferrable.
More, more! We loved the party!! Will this theme be repeated?
There are 3 ways you can guarantee that a party theme happens again:
- Book Miss Jen for your child's next birthday party
- Book Miss Jen for an event at your child's school.
- Book Miss Jen for a festival/fundraiser/some other really cool event
You can contact Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Otherwise - some themes may be repeated next season and some may change. There are SO MANY possibilities for Dance Party themes and each season only allows for a few of those ideas to come to life.
Where do I go?
The 2016-2017 Family Dance Party series is held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (1650 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL) in the Dining Room. If you are facing the church it's the building to the right (East) of the courtyard.
Non-permit street parking is available on the same block as the church.
When should I arrive?
Doors open 15 minutes before party time! We'll begin warm up activities at 10am. Warming up is a very important part of keeping your body safe and healthy while dancing so please make sure to arrive with enough time to settle in and be ready to start movin' & groovin' at 10am.
*Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Cash or credit card are accepted on the day of, unless the party is sold out!*
**REFUND POLICY: There are no exchanges or refunds, so make sure to triple check your calendar before deciding to join us. Party Passes are non-refundable, non-exchangeable and non-transferable. **