Youth Programs

Belvidere Theatre Company at Rivers Edge

Winter Break Theatre Arts Camp/Dec 27-30

Join us for this wicked winter theatre arts camp filled with four days of fun. We’ll sing, dance, play games, enjoy a snack and make crafts. Students need to pack a sack lunch for camp. Each camper will receive a t-shirt.  Min/Max: 10/25    register

Spring Break Theatre Arts Camp/March 27-31

Join us for a fun week filled with games, singing, dancing and acting. It’s the perfect place to have your student be immersed in the arts. Additionally, we’ll put on a final performance for the families. Price includes a shirt and snacks. • Min/Max: 10/25   register

Musical Theatre: Aladdin

Ready to take your skills to the next level? Our musical theatre classes will help boost your confidence while refining your skills. We’ll learn to sing, build character, dance, work as an ensemble and tie it all together with a final performance. Min/Max: 15/50   register

Musical Theatre: Tales of the Villians

Students will explore the dark backgrounds of what makes a villain. They’ll sing, dance, dress and talk like their selected villain and will come out feeling more wicked than ever. Will have a final performance to showcase what they’ve learned. Min/Max: 5/18  register

Creators Club

Calling all creative minds who like to read, write and create. We’ll learn to explore our minds by reading different stories and dissecting them, as well as writing our own comics and fictional stories. Not only that, but we’ll build our own story with art and publish our own book by the end of class, written by the students. Min/Max: 5/10

Acting, Directing & Backstage

This introductory class allows students who are interested in pursuing theatre to explore various options. They will try out acting, playwriting, directing, leading exercises, building props, set design and how to manage their show. Min/Max: 5/10   register


J&J Dance at Rivers Edge

Creative Movement

This class serves as an introduction to dance where preliminary ballet and tap skills are taught. Our youngest athletes will learn how to follow directions, stand patiently in line and work on counting, shape identification, and balance. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a recital hosted by J&J! Additional $70 costume fee (billed directly by J&J Dance). Shoe Requirements: Each dancer will need BLACK patent leather tap shoes and PINK ballet shoes.  Min/Max: 4/20 • Register by Feb 20.   register

Ballet/Tap combination

Our ballet/tap classes are offered separately for athletes ages 3.5-5 and 6-9. Instructors work to expand students’ current dance knowledge. They will continue to work on following directions, standing patiently in line and working on counting, shape identification and balance. Flexibility is a key skill worked on. Athletes in this class also have the opportunity to participate in a recital hosted by J&J! Additional $80 costume fee (billed directly by J&J Dance). Shoe Requirements: Each dancer will need BLACK  patent leather tap shoes and PINK ballet shoes.  Min/Max: 4/20 • Register by Feb. 20.   register

Jazz/Hip-Hop combination

In this class, dancers implement basic jazz techniques and learn floor skills to create awesome routines. Body awareness, partner work, balance and flexibility are also main focuses. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a recital hosted by J&J!  Additional $80 costume fee (billed directly by J&J Dance).  Shoe Requirements: Each dancer will need BLACK slip-on Jazz shoes. Min/Max: 4/20 • Register by Feb. 20.   register

Lyrical/Tap Combination

Through ballet and lyrical styles, students have a higher focus on technique, artistry, story-telling and choreography. These dancers will keep expanding their technique, foundation, ballet, flexibility and overall awareness of how their body moves. When focusing on tap, students will work on advanced sounds, counting, rhythm and choreography.  They will also have the opportunity to participate in a recital hosted by J&J! Additional $105 costume fee (billed directly by J&J Dance). Shoe Requirements: Each dancer will need BLACK tie tap shoes, and for lyrical, we dance barefoot.  Min/Max: 4/20 • Register by: Feb. 20.   register


little ninjas tae kwon do

Our little Ninjas program is specifically designed to help teach 4 to 12 year old’s the important qualities of respect, self-control, and confidence, while building motor skills and coordination. In addition, they will learn important “stranger danger” and bully drills. The first years are the most important, so start early and give your child the important skills to succeed throughout their lives. Volunteer Instructor: Master Sung Sop An (8th Degree Black belt) and his black belt staff. (AG) Location: Rivers Edge Recreation Center • Min/Max: 9/25    register


Tumbling

The Belvidere Park District and Kids Spot Inc. have partnered up to offer high energy tumbling programs. The Kids Spot organization, located in Roscoe, IL, has over 20 years of coaching experience and has received numerous regional and national awards. All classes will be held at the Rivers Edge Recreation Center and taught by Kids Spot staff. (PK) Location: Rivers Edge Recreation Center • Min/Max: 6/14 • Ages: 3-17

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nerf war night

Gather your friends, your Nerf guns, your courage for a night of games and competition. The gym will be transformed into an awesome battlefield that will need you to defend it. Nerf War has been declared! Safety and fun are the main priority. Goggles must be worn and will be provided. No need to bring your ammo we will have plenty. If you don’t have a Nerf gun, you can use one of ours. These nights will be EPIC! (PK).  Location: Rivers Edge Recreation Center    register


chef’s creations

Your gourmets will begin learning the basics of kitchen knowledge. They will build confidence in the kitchen by measuring, following directions and reading a recipe. They will make yummy treats to sample in class as well as bring home delicious recipes to share. A recipe book will be passed out on the last day of class so you can easily repeat at home. (PK) Location: Special Recreation kitchen • Min/Max: 5/10   register


adventure club

Where is your sense of adventure? Come out and join us for this non-typical sports class. We will be trying new sports/activities that you wouldn’t normally be exposed to. Like rock climbing, disc golf and team building to name just a few. We may even invent our own new fun game or sport. The class will be indoors and out, so dress appropriately. (PK) Location:  Rivers Edge Rec Center • Min/Max: 5/12   register


Adventures in science

Encourage your child’s curiosity and expand their understanding of the world of science. Different scientific concepts will be explored in each session through a variety of activities. (PK)   Location: Rivers Edge Rec Center • Min/Max: 5/10   register