Cultural Arts

Acting Methods

An introduction to the principles of stage acting. Students, 16 and older, will learn fundamentals and take part in auditions leading to involvement in the rehearsal, production and performance process at Normal's Community Activity Center. Productions will be created in connection with the Playwriting course. Flyer {PDF}

Art Camp

This is a one-week camp that is offered to youth entering 2nd through 10th grades. It is taught by a local art instructor and is a specialized and more advanced art program. Participants usually take an in-town field trip during the week. This program takes place at the Anderson Park West Shelter in June.

Ballet Classes

Ballet I & 2 (ages 5 1/2 - 7 and 7 1/2 - 9) – Classes emphasize the development of classical ballet skills with a focus on proper placement and alignment. Students will learn basic ballet vocabulary through barre and center work while building strength and flexibility.  Flyer {PDF}
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Ballet/Jazz Camps

Week long Themed Camps are offered in the summer months to children ages 7-10. Camps are offered in the mornings and/or evenings.

Beginning Jazz

Children ages 5-8 will enjoy a fun and creative combo of street dancing and the basic technique and terminology of classical jazz dance. Flyer {PDF}

Children's Theatre

Children’s Theater is an eight-week summer program introducing participants to various theatrical areas, including music, makeup, dancing, set design and building, and the process of putting them all together in a play / musical production at the end of the eight weeks. The program meets three mornings a week at the Connie Link Amphitheatre. Participants must be entering 2nd-8th grade to participate.

Circus Art

Classes for those ages 8-18 years meet on Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm and include warm up, strength training, conditioning tips and stretching. Beginners will focus on proper body position, muscle usage, basic positions and basic balances. More advanced students will learn more difficult skills, choreography and artistry. Participants learn at their own pace and interest level. As  strength and confidence increases, participants will be amazed at what they are capable of doing. Some of the skills learned are: Juggling, Lyra Hoop, Silks, Tight wire, German Wheel, Spanish Web, Rolla-Bola and many more. Classes meet September through April. Flyer {PDF}

High School Summer Theatre

This program provides an excellent opportunity for teens to express themselves and use their talents as part of the cast of a summer production. All teens entering 9th grade through 12th grade are welcome to try out. Try-out dates take place in May. Performances are in June and July.

Intro to Guitar

This 8 week course, taught by guitar instructor Scott Terrell, will give a solid foundation for the beginning guitarist, 6 years and older. Subjects covered will be basic chords, proper technique, tuning, etc. using the framework of actual songs to create a fun and informative experience. Flyer {PDF}

Let's Bring Back Dance

Hosted by Mickey Lower and her dance council, adults 18 and older will enjoy learning various social dancing steps. This series offers casual dancing for fun and exercise. Classes meet September thru April on Tuesdays, 7-9 pm. A different step will be learned each month. Pay $3 each time you attend. No partner needed.

Let's Bring Back Dance-Weekend Social Dances

Hosted by Mickey Lower and her dance council, adults 18 and older will enjoy and opportunity to meet others who love to dance. The class will begin with a 45 minute lesson and the remainder of class time is spent dancing and socializing to a variety of music. Dances are held one Saturday per month, September thru May, 7-10 pm. No partner needed.


An introduction to the form and principles of playwriting. Students, 16 years and older, will create short plays that will be produced and performed at Normal's Community Activity Center. The class will work in conjunction with students from the Acting Methods course to create the productions. Flyer {PDF}

Tango Quick Start

Adults 18 and older will learn the basics of one of the world's most engaging partner dances.  You will learn the essentials of Tango by gaining confidence, poise and elegance while having fun! Enjoy a creative outlet with like-minded peers. No pre-requisite and no partner necessary. Flyer {PDF}

Tango Fundamentals

This fun and lively class allows adults 18 and older to explore various rhythmic dimensions of tango while building tango dance foundations. No pre-requisite required and no partner necessary. Flyer {PDF}

Tango Lab

This adult course includes how to enhance partner connection, improve floor craft and navigation especially on crowded dance floors and how to feel and experience the music more artfully in your dancing. EAch six-week session uses a new movement vocabulary (set of steps) as a framework for developing the aforementioned skills. Dancers will acquire ability to dance tango fluently on any dance floor and with any partner. Please wear dance shoes to allow for easy pivoting and no partner is necessary. Previous experience with Argentine Tango is required. Flyer {PDF}

Tiny Tappers

Children ages 5-7 years will be introduced to the very basic fundamentals of tap dancing. The goal of the class is to successfully instruct and help the participants to advance to the next level of tap as we begin to develop this new form of dance within our overall youth dance program. Flyer {PDF}