Menagerie Dance

Dear Parents:

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“My child loved her ballet class.” -Patron

“I am amazed at how much my daughter learned in class.” -Patron









Pre-Dance Division

Creative Dance (3 yrs):

Assists the very young dancer in identifying basic forms of movement through imaginative games, songs, music and rhythmical patterns as well as encouraging taking turns and direction from the teacher.

Pre Ballet I (4 years) and II (5 – 6 years):

Students begin the transition from fairy-tale excitement to the self-awareness and pride of dancing ballet. Still emphasizing the use of imagery and imagination, we begin development of ballet concepts such as turn out, coordination, spatial awareness and class etiquette.  As they progress, students learn ballet terminology, how to identify correct and incorrect movements and begin learning how to self-correct themselves while dancing.

Pre Ballet and Tap I (4 years) and Pre Ballet and Tap II (5 – 6 years)*NEW

This class offers students an opportunity to learn all of the concepts presented in the Pre-Ballet class along with the fun, energetic rhythm of tap dancing.

Pre Jazz (5 – 6 years):

This class is for first time jazz students who are excited to “move to the music” and show off their natural flair for dance.  The main goals include learning class format, listening to their teacher and cooperating with other students.  The main focus at this first level is listening to the music, finding the rhythm, building basic jazz technique and vocabulary, and using power and energy in their movements.

Pre Modern (5 – 6 years):

Modern dance explores movement, space, rhythm and the dancer’s own creativity with emphasis on momentum, shapes and patterns.  It is inspired by nature, music, art and human emotions. This class will contain a very basic technique study & improvisation

Student Division

(First Grade and above – contact Meghan Reimers for placement inquiries)

The second division is a Graded-training program.  Age is used as a guideline for class placement; however a student’s individual ability becomes more important.  Students will be evaluated at the end of each year to determine appropriate class placement for the following year.  It is typical for a student to remain at the same level for 2 years.  Promotion to the next level does not occur until the student has mastered the current levels syllabus.  This is important for the students’ safety, as well as their confidence.


Ballet is the foundation of all dance styles. As students grow, they naturally begin to dance as a form of expression and imagination. We capture this enthusiasm and incorporate it into our ballet program for young students. As our students mature and their bodies develop strength, we transition to a more serious study of ballet technique that will prepare them to be both confident and technically proficient dancers and artists.


Students who show a natural flair for drama and performance love Jazz class. Jazz curriculum is a perfect complement to our ballet program. We follow the typical jazz class format of building strength, balance and extension through isolations, rhythmic exercises, floor stretches, across the floor patterns and dance routines. Movements continue to develop as the students’ progress and mature.


Tap dancing allows students to learn the art of making music with their feet through the rhythmic movement of the choreography. This is a unique style since dance steps can be audibly matched to the beat of music.

Hip Hop 

A fusion of high-energy dance styles equates to the dance style that is hip-hop, which is featured in many music videos. Groove to the beats of the latest songs as you warm-up and learn an exciting, lively dance routine.  Movements will continue to increase in difficulty from level to level.


Turning against the structured techniques and shoes of ballet, modern dance favors a freer style of dancing.  Dancers will explore the concepts of contract/release, drop/flow, and gravity. This class consists of floor work, center work, a barre, and combinations that use the founding principles of modern dance and evolve them to the present.


Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and jazz dance. A lyrical dancer uses movement to express strong emotions such as love, joy and anger.  Music may consist of many genres including pop, rock, and Hip Hop.

Meet Our Instructors

Meghan Reimers-Dance Coordinator

Meghan received a B.A. in Dance Movement Therapy/Psychology from Barat College.  She is a former company member and guest artist of Judith Svalander Dance Theatre.  She performed with Vibe Dance Productions at The Jazz Dance World Congress in N.Y. and Chicago, Barat Repertory Dance Company and Prairie Spirits Dance Ensemble as one of the first American companies ever to perform at the Prague International Dance Festival in the Czech Republic.

Before coming to the Wauconda Park District Meghan had been on faculty at North Shore School of Dance for seven years,  She is the resident choreographer for the Wauconda High School and the current Dance Director for Grayslake Park District.   Meghan is a Wauconda native and currently resides in Volo with her husband and three daughters.

Christina Barnak-Instructor

Christina has 30 years overall experience in dance.  Her passion for the arts started at the age of 2 at various Dance studios in the local area focusing on Ballet, Tap and Jazz as well as Lyrical expression.  She started teaching at the age of 16 at the Mundelein Park District for ages 3 and up.  During her many years of teaching for the Park District she taught two of their three Dance Companies, bringing children/young adults to local competitions and appearances.  The ability to see children’s expression through dance is why she has this love of dance.

Cari Holmes-Instructor

As a dancer for more than twenty years, Cari is trained in many forms of dance including Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Pointe and Hip Hop.  She has studied with many Chicago area instructors and choreographers at various studios in the Lake County area as well as at Hubbard Street and Joel Hall dance studios.  Cari has had the privilege of performing throughout the Lake County and Chicago area as a member of Terpsichore Dance Ensemble, Prairie Spirits Dance Troupe, TJ & Company Dancers, and Dave Beck’s Evolution: The Next Level. Cari holds an AA in Dance and an AFA in Vocal Music Performance from College of Lake County as well as a BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She has been teaching and choreographing in the Lake County area since 1999, and loves to share her passion for dance with her students.


There are no refunds after three weeks of class. A pro-rated class credit will be provided for classes if requested after the 3rd class.

For more information or answers to questions please contact Meghan Reimers, Dance Coordinator at (847)526-3610 or

Class Attire

Ballet: Any color leotard and tights with pink leather ballet shoes (no slippers).  Ballet skirts and leg warmers are permitted. Hair must be off the face.

Jazz/Modern/Lyrical: Black jazz pants with any color leotard, tank top, camisole or fitted t-shirt. Jazz dancers should have black jazz shoes, lyrical and modern dancers will be barefoot. Hair must be off the face.

Hip Hop: Black jazz pants with any color leotard, tank top, camisole, or fitted t-shirt.  Dancers should have black jazz shoes or dance sneakers (NO Street Shoes).  Hair must be off the face.

Boy Dancers: Sweat pants, shorts, athletic pants or jazz pants, with any color fitted t-shirt and black jazz or ballet shoes according to the appropriate dance style.

Tap: Solid colored leotard or tank top with black jazz pants, shorts or capris. Hair should be secured off the face and neck. Tap shoes required.


Is the class you want full?
If the class you want is full, we encourage you to place your child on the wait list. If we see that there is a need to offer an additional class to accommodate a growing wait list, we will do everything we can to get your child dancing!