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The Academy offers a variety of classes including Dance Play, Creative Dance, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Tap, Be-Moved® and specialized classes. We offer challenging programs designed for the serious dance student who plans to continue in the field. We also provide classes for children, teens and adults who simply love to dance or just want to experience the rewards that this artistic discipline can bring to one’s life!

Everyone and anyone should and can dance!

Professional dance instruction will be offered year round for three year olds through adults. Classes will be scheduled at a variety of times in the dance studios at the Recreation Center building. Special workshops will also be offered throughout the year. A formal dance recital is held in May to showcase the dancers' progress.

Why Choose Lake Forest Dance Academy?

Founded in 1974, Lake Forest Dance Academy is the oldest established dance studio in the area, with a long-standing tradition of excellence in all forms of dance, from classical ballet, jazz and tap; to hip hop, to the
cutting edge of today’s contemporary dance scene!

Did you know that LFDA is the only local studio that…

  • offers induction into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts
  • offers a complete certification in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet
  • provides you with the most cost-effective, comprehensive dance program available
  • has concerts and recitals of all levels of dance held at Lake Forest High School

We are proud of our highly educated and trained faculty dedicated to total student development!  Did you know that LFDA faculty members include…

  • graduates with Masters degrees from the University of Michigan and Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; undergraduate degrees from Northwestern University, Barat College, University of Wisconsin, Columbia College, Sarah Lawrence College and other top university dance programs
  • graduates of London’s Royal Academy of Dance, the Kirov Academy of Ballet and Ballet Theatre of St. Petersburg Conservatoire; a former American Ballet Theatre soloist, Radio City Music Hall Rockette and past members of Gus Giordano Company, Joel Hall Dancers, River North, Luna Negra and Thodos & Dancers
  • certified members of the National Dance Education Organization, National Honor Society for Dance Arts, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Dance Masters of America and the Cecchetti Council of America. We have the only local teachers to hold the highest level Teaching Certificate awarded in the Cecchetti method!
  • members active in the regional and national dance convention circuit as judges and guest faculty and the rehearsal director for the acclaimed Chicago Tap Theatre
  • adjunct faculty members of Lake Forest College, Carthage College and Northwestern University

Choose Lake Forest Dance Academy!

Live it! Dance it! Love it!

Lake Forest Dance Academy Commission

The Dance Commission is made up of parents of dance students from every discipline and program. The purpose of this Commission is to establish and secure good communication between the dance participants and the Parks & Recreation Department and to supplement and support the activities of the Dance Academy. Meetings are held once a month. Please consider supporting your dance community by serving as a Commission member. Call the Dance Office 847-810-3948 for more information.   

Lake Forest Dance Academy
400 Hastings Rd.
Lake Forest, IL  60045


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220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600

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