Affordable & Accessible Dance Classes EVERY Day!

Joel Hall Dancers & Center offers one of the most extensive dance & movement curricula in the Midwest. Whether you are an avid dancer … someone who just enjoys dancing recreationally … or someone new to the dance world altogether … we offer Modern Jazz Dance, Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern (Horton/Graham based), Musical Theater and Tap. Plus, Joel Hall’s unique signature urban dance style — based in jazz and expressing a rich vocabulary embracing both classical & modern idioms. Students of all ages will learn terminologies, proper technique, body awareness, strengthening and movement control.

Classes Every Day

We’re open 7 days a week with over 
150 adult & children's classes — serving students of all ages, 
interests and experience levels. Click link below for more on this week's class schedule.

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Our Story. Our Mission.

The Joel Hall Dancers are celebrating 40-plus years of innovative creativity and, along with the Dance Center, giving back to the community! Click the link below to read more about the history of how this illustrious institution came to be and what we strive to do.

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Join & Give

Joel Hall Dancers & Center — a 501(c)(3) non-profit — relies on generous community support to fund our programming & performances. Please explore the benefits of JHDC membership for individuals, families & business partners.

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“Many Rivers to Cross” — Black History Month Dance Experience Debuts in February

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On the weekend of February 20, 21 and 22, in celebration of Black History Month, Joel Hall Dancers & Center will debut a brand new dance experience — “Many Rivers to Cross” — at their studio location in Edgewater at 5965 North Clark Street.

Shows begin at 7 pm each night, and a donation of $15 to benefit the Chicago-based non-profit, is requested at the door.

“Many Rivers to Cross” is a multi-dimensional artistic and educational journey through Black History from the 1700’s to 2014 — and will be explored through song, dance, drama, spoken word, and various other visual artistic expressions. Audience members will travel throughout the studio space on “the Underground Railroad” and experience the many trials and tribulations of our African American ancestors, through authentic slave narratives and first-hand accounts and recollections.

Joel Hall Dancers & Center have invited some of the area’s most talented friends in the theater community to help bring this journey to life, including Miss Alexis Rogers, Lyrical Paradigm, Durel Sankofa, Deeply Rooted’s Mature Hot Women and Pre- Professionals, Studio One, Terry Francoise, Jessie Dean Stanford, Daniel Phillips, April Ship, Breon Arzell, SketchNTyme, Christopher Manning and many more.

“We look forward to welcoming the public for what will hope will be an exciting and provocative adventure,” said Dereque Whiturs, who has conceived of, and is choreographing, this unique experience. “We will also invite the audience to stay after the performances and actively engage as interactive participants in a dialogue about the circumstances of where we are as a country then and now … exploring what’s changed and what’s remains the same.”