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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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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Joel Hall Lauded with Black Excellence “Lifetime Achievement”

JoelAAAAAmong the highlights of the star-studded African American Arts Alliance’s 14th Annual Black Excellence Awards show at the DuSable Museum, was the presentation of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” to Chicago native son, Joel Hall.

The prestigious accolade recognized Joel Hall’s enduring dedication to his artistic craft and innumerable international achievements in dance, extending more than 4 decades in the Chicago arts community.

“Joel is a pioneer,” said Jackie Taylor, president of the African American Arts Alliance board of directors. “He is nationally and internationally recognized. Who better to recognize than someone who has added to the development of the arts in our community. He is legendary.”

The award was presented on stage to Mr. Hall by Chuck Smith, associate director of the Goodman Theater, who echoed Taylor’s remarks, saying that the decision to award Hall with this honor was a “resounding unanimous vote” and further that “Joel Hall’s name is known the world over for his excellence and his energy.”

In his gracious and moving acceptance speech, Mr. Hall chose the occasion to challenge the audience to take better care of the youth of today, as they represent the “next wave … and without them there is no wave.”

“Dance has played a very important role in my life because I had the opportunity to receive it,” said Joel Hall. “But many young people in the streets that I see today do not have those opportunities. I want to make sure that you notice who they are when you see them … because they are everywhere. I want you to look into their eyes and let them know that you love them and that you care about them … because without that, there is no dance.”

A large group of Joel Hall’s current and former dancers, friends and family were on hand at the event to help celebrate his “Lifetime Achievement Award.” (click on thumbnail photo above to enlarge.)