Des Plaines Park District

Des Plaines School of Dance

Des Plaines School of Dance

The Des Plaines School of Dance Mission

To provide our students with the finest dance instruction through inspiration, artistry, technique and performance.


All dance are being taught via Zoom, until at least Monday, January 11. Zoom information has been emailed to each participant. Questions? Contact Nancy Suwalski, via email: nancys@dpparks.org.

Updated December 7, 2020
Until further notice, Tier 3 Mitigation Guidelines will continue to affect park district programs and facilities. While we encourage everyone to follow the stay at home advisory and limit social gatherings, we’re committed to providing our members with as many recreation services as possible under the current guidelines.

FACILITY CLOSURES: The Administrative & Leisure Center will close at noon on December 24 and remain closed through January 1. Closing the facility is a safety precaution, as most COVID-19 related exposures occur after some type of indoor gathering. Within a short time after those gatherings, individuals know if they have been exposed or are infected with the virus. We will reopen on January 2 for regular winter hours. Facility Hours.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please stay safe throughout the holiday season.



For more than 50 years, The Des Plaines School of Dance at the park district has provided studio quality instruction and recitals, at a fraction of the cost of what you would pay at a private studio. Our teachers are professionally trained dancers, who are committed to the growth and development of each student. Our goal is to offer our students a positive dance experience in a fun and creative way.

The Des Plaines School of Dance consists of three different groupings:
Recital A 9-month program, culminating at our June recital.
Tots in Motion Pre-dance classes, with minimal commitment.
Artistry in Motion Dance Company A nationally recognized, award-winning company, under the Artistic Direction of Laura Witter.  Artistry in Motion website.
Other We also offer programs such as AiM for the Stars, Dance & Arts Camp, Master Classes and more!

Each program is specifically designed to accommodate every individual’s desire to dance. Our hope is to teach and inspire each individual on the various aspects of dance, including how to reach their fullest potential. We strive to offer the ultimate dance experience!

For more information about the Des Plaines School of Dance, please call 847-391-6924.

Instructors (click here for bios)

Administrative & Leisure Center2222 Birch Street • 847-391-5700

Golf Center Des Plaines353 N. River Road • 847-803-GOLF

Lake Park Golf Course & Marina1015 Howard Avenue • 847-391-5730

Mountain View Adventure Center510 E. Algonquin Road • 847-391-5733

Mystic Waters2025 Miner Street • 847-391-5740

Prairie Lakes Aquatic Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-390-4949

Prairie Lakes Community Center515 E. Thacker Street • 847-391-5711