Chicago Lights Dance Academy

Chicago Lights Dance Academy supports learning and creative self-expression through dance instruction for students who attend under-resourced, and often under-performing, schools in Chicago.

With support from the Polk Bros. Foundation and Greer Foundation, professional artists teach dance classes to more than 1,000 students at Manierre Elementary School, Belmont-Cragin Elementary School, Ruben Salazar Bilingual School, William H. Brown Elementary School, R. Nathaniel Dett Elementary School, and Augustus Tolton Catholic School.

Dance ensembles comprised of advanced students are hosted at these schools. Many of the students in the ensembles participate in our highly successful dance intensive held at Fourth Presbyterian Church over the summer.

These in-school classes uncover talents, build self-esteem and confidence, and increase students’ desire to apply themselves in school. Courses are offered during the school day and are integral to students’ learning process. The curriculum is closely linked to Social Emotional Learning, Illinois State Standards, and Common Core Standards.

For more information about Chicago Lights Dance Academy, contact Cescily Washington at 312.981.3561 or cwashington@fourthchurch.org.


Dance Academy Class Offerings

Click here for more information about our Saturday Classes, Audition Preparation, and Summer Dance Intensive.


Chicago Lights Dance Academy Photos

Summer Dance Intensive Showcases | July 28 and 29, 2016

New Studio for the Dance Academy | June 7, 2016

A Liturgical Dance for Pentecost | May 15, 2016

Mother’s Day Flamenco | May 10, 2016

CLASS Students Offer a Liturgical Dance | August 16, 2015

CLASS Summer Dance Intensive Showcase 2015 | July 24, 2015

CLASS Dancers at Taizé Service | March 27, 2015


More information about Chicago Lights Dance Academy is available on the Chicago Lights website or by contacting Cescily Washington, Director of Chicago Lights Dance Academy.