Early Childhood and Beginners

Ages 3 - 9  

CMDC offers dance classes for children starting at age 3.  Students can choose from Creative Movement (ages 3 - 6), Beginning Ballet ages (6 - 9), Tap, Acrobatics, Hip Hop and African dance.  Classes are held on Saturday mornings from September through June. 

Open Dance Class - Age 10 & up

The Open Dance program allows students ages 10 and up the opportunity to study dance at their own pace. Open Dance students can choose their own schedule, and try different styles of dance.  CMDC offers classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, African, Latin, Contemporary and Lyrical

Bryant Youth Professional Training Program (YPP)

The YPP training program offers dance classes for students who wish to train at a pre-professional level.  YPP students are placed in classes based on ability, not age.  Students are required to take a minimum of 2 ballet classes per week, plus 2 - 3 electives from the  multidisciplinary  dance  offerings. 

The Health and safety of our students, staff, and community are our first priority. We’ve structured our program to ensure we maintain and abide by the CDC guidelines and procedures.


CMDC guidelines and procedures 


To accommodate greater flexibility with potential COVID restrictions, we will hold three 12-week sessions (Fall, Winter, Spring) instead of our normal 18-week sessions

  • Quarter 1: September 8, 2020 - November 23, 2020  

    • Winter Break: November 24 - January 3 

    • Body By Bryant Bootcamp: December 21 - 23 & December 28 - 30

  • Quarter 2: January 4, 2021 - March 26, 2021 

    • Holiday: Martin Luther King Day

    • Spring Break: March 29, 2021 - April 2, 2021​​

  • Quarter 3: April 4, 2021 - June 18, 2021 

  • Quarter 4: Summer Program 2021 


Pricing / What to Expect. . 


 In-studio Training: $150 per class (12 weeks)  


  • Daily temperature and symptoms screening prior to entering the studio. 

  • To reduce density in the studio each day we will be splitting the divisions to maintain the 1:9 ratio (1 instructor/9 students). For example Division 1a, Division 1b

  • Safe social distances of 6ft are marked on the floors to designate where each student should stand in the class.


Virtual Training: $100 per session  

We understand the precautions of COVID and the fear of returning to in-person training. However, it is important that your dancer maintains his/her physical health and technique. With you in mind, CMDC has partnered with CLI Studios to provide our students with a virtual self-study program.

  • Students will have access to pre-recorded classes of every style and genre tailored to their specific needs and skillset

  • Ability to take these classes at any time, providing your family with flexibility in scheduling.

  • Weekly Zoom sessions with CMDC instructors for live personalized corrections and progress check-in. 

For 30 years CMDC has provided a safe and welcoming environment for students to pursue serious dance training at the Historic Dearborn Station in the South Loop.  We hope you will join us for a class soon!

CMDC’s signature style is classical ballet with an Afro-Caribbean flair.  The studio also offers classes and performances in a variety of styles.  Programs are as diverse as the students, and include traditional Classical Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz, Latin, Tap, African, Belly Dance, Hip-Hop and Hiplet™

​​The work of the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center (CMDC) is supported in part by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Art Works Fund, The Chicago Community Trust, The University of Chicago Community Programs Accelerator and countless individual donors.

CMDC is a member of the Black Legacy Project, made possible with support from The Joyce Foundation, The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, The University of Chicago Community Programs Accelerator  and the Doris Duke Charitable Fund.