Best dance school for students from age five to 65

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Le Ballet Petit School of Dance

4630 N. Francisco
773-463-3385

leballetpetit.org

At Le Ballet Petit School of Dance, you can learn not only to plié and pirouette, but also how to master your jazz and hip-hop moves. Kittie LaPointe dreamed up Le Ballet Petit back in 1954, and it's been more than 40 years since the school upgraded from the basement to a wide studio space, a place where girls and boys from age five to 65 come to twirl and tap. Students perform full-length productions of The Nutcracker in the winter and either Cinderella or Swan Lake in the spring. Be prepared: no matter what your age, you very well might end up in a tulle-trimmed costume. —Sarah Louise Klose