For thousands of Chicago-area adults and children, BDE makes the arts come alive. Barrington Dance Ensemble’s outreach program raises arts awareness through off-site performances at preschools, public schools, community centers, senior citizens facilities, and support agencies.

Students at Hough Elementary School Participating in a dance workshop led by BDE

The Barrington Dance Ensemble takes their love of dance to the community, especially seniors who are unable to travel to attend our performances.

BDE presents dance mini-courses at area elementary schools and preschools. Children learn about dance technique from a trained professional, experience the joy of movement, and participate in a performance experience.
BDE also visits area preschools on a rotating basis to present dance workshops for children. Preschoolers get the opportunity to participate in a creative movement class led by BDE staff and meet a BDE ballerina.

“Salem Methodist Preschool was happy to host the Barrington Dance Ensemble for a short program. The children were enthralled with the dancing. The dancers were talented and gave a wonderful performance. They represented themselves as mature young ladies and were a credit to the Ensemble. It was enjoyed by all and we look forward to hosting them again!” -Cynthia Schaefer, Salem Methodist Preschool

In addition, Barrington Dance Ensemble offers financial need scholarships, discounted and complimentary theater tickets to senior citizens and school age children. “Our thanks to BDE for the free tickets to the Nutcracker. Our seniors really enjoyed the evening out.” -Christine Betz, Barrington Area Council on Aging

We are always looking for local schools or organizations who would be interested in a performance. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.


BDE partners with the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township to provide a series of dance workshops. The workshops are led by BDE artistic staff, providing dance lessons to the Boys and Girls Club students. The workshops culminate in the performance of set dances for parents and guardians of the students to watch. BDE uses scholarship funds to offer an opportunity to study dance at the Barrington Dance Academy.