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Dance Instruction by Lyn Cole

Dance is my passion. I started dancing at age nine and never stopped. I started teaching at age 18 and have taught continuously to present. My earliest classes were in Tap and Ballet with Agnes Gleason School of Dance in Chicago. I then studied at Ideal School of Dance in Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn under Jerry Ann Soule. I studied dance in college and also studied under Mary Marks at Applause Dance Academy in Chicago. Attending dance conventions and taking master classes with Frank Hatchett, Diane Walker, Tony Waag, Margaret Morrison, Germaine Salsberg, Dr. Jeni LeGon, Dr. Harold Cromer, Lane Alexander, Tre Dumas III, Jabowen Dixon, and Star Dixon are highlights of my resume. I continue to study with Bril Barrett as part of my continuing experience as an instructor and a performer.

I have previously taught at Hyde Park School of Dance, Ruth Page, Old Town School of Folk Music, Vero Dance Studio and S.P.A.C.E. in Chicago. I most recently taught Tap, Pre-Ballet, Kids Hip Hop and Creative Movement at Old Town School of Folk Music for 19 years. Currently, I am teaching at Sway Dance located at 3317 W Irving Park Road in Chicago. My dance group is called Rhythm of the Street which has included members from age 8 to 88.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in General Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Class Schedule

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Class Descriptions

These classes are currently available at Sway Dance located at 3317 W Irving Park Road in Chicago. Click here for class sign up and payment via PayPal.

For other forms of payment, please email lcole@rhythmofthestreet.org

Beginner Adult Tap

This class is for Adults anywhere from "never taken Tap", those who have a little experience, or students are getting back into Tap classes. You learn basic movements and combinations along with turns and timesteps. You will also learn basic choreography. You will study Tap history and develop knowledge of the Tap Legends.

Intermediate Adult Tap

This class is for Adults who have taken prior Tap classes and know the basics. You will learn more advanced combinations, classic dances, and turns. Students work on speed, clarity and execution of steps while learning choreography.

Beginner Kids Tap

This class is for kids ages 4.5-6 who want to learn basic Tap steps and basic combinations. You will study Tap history and develop knowledge of the Tap Legends.

Intermediate Kids Tap

This class is for kids ages 5-7 who know basic Tap or want to learn basic Tap steps and combinations. You will study Tap history and develop knowledge of the Tap Legends.

Intermediate/Advanced Kids Tap

This class is for kids ages 7-9 who know Tap and would like to advance even further in their knowledge. Combinations, musicality, clarity of steps and footwork are emphasized. You will study Tap history and develop knowledge of the Tap Legends.

Advanced Kids Tap

This class is for kids ages 9-14 who know Tap and would like to perform more difficult steps. Students learn Tap tricks and advanced turns and movements. Clarity, synchronization and footwork speed are emphasized. You will study tap history and develop knowledge of the Tap Legends.