Studio Dance

Our Studio Dance program is designed using a detailed curriculum that takes you from beginner to advanced levels of instruction in a variety of dance forms. Our professionally trained and dedicated staff will teach and encourage your dancer to grow to his or her maximum potential.

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Theatre and Drama

Dance, sing and act! Learn stage presence and performance by learning songs and dance routines set to numbers from popular musical theatre productions. Build self-esteem, confidence and creative expression all while having fun! Click here to learn about all of our current offerings.

Theatre Instructors

MelissaGorrMelissa Gorr is an established actor, singer and theater director who recently moved to the area from Pittsburgh, PA. Melissa has her BA in Musical Theater from Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts, in Pittsburgh PA. She is an accomplished Opera singer, singing the roles of Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen, Sesto in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Cornelia in Handel’s Giulio Cesare to name a few. Her musical theater credits include Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz, Nettie Fowler in Carousel and Grace Farrell in Annie. In addition, she is an audiobook narrator and voice actor, you can find all of her work on Since 2010, Melissa Gorr has taught musical theater and acting at several performing arts schools. She had a thriving private vocal studio in Pittsburgh where her students went on to major in vocal performance and musical theater at prestigious schools like Carnegie Mellon University, Point Park University as well as Seton Hill University. Finally, Melissa is a seasoned theater director. She has directed over 15 plays and musicals for students as young as six years told to adults.

SkylarReinhardSkylar Reinhard is thrilled to be back working with Gurnee Park District where she had her first set of jobs as a swim instructor and pool attendant. Skylar graduated from Carthage College where she received B.A. in Theatre Performance and Communication. At Carthage, she developed an original Theatre for Young Audiences adaption of "Alice in Wonderland," her favorite directing credit to date. Skylar has previously taught and directed theatre classes at Improv Playhouse, Buffalo Grove Park District, Round Lake Park District, and Glenview Park District. Past directing credits include, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, 1000 Paper Cranes, The Lion King Jr, You Can't Take it With You and Shrek the Musical. Skylar’s favorite acting credits include: The Diary of Anne Frank (Meip), Legally Blonde the Musical (Enid), Romeo and Juliet (Prince) and No One in the World (Gayla).

Dance Teachers MarieMarie San Pedro has played an integral role in Gurnee Park District's theatre programs for over six years. During that time, Marie has been a choreographer, seamstress and coach to all of the participants throughout the 26 musicals she has helped host at Gurnee Park District. Marie’s students consistently share with us that Marie is the heart and soul of each production doing whatever is necessary to make the show a success!

Marie has a versatile background and studied acting, film directing and dance during her college years. In 1993, Marie landed a wonderful opportunity where she became choreographer and dancer on one of the Philippine’s T.V. Hip Hop Dance shows. In 2008, Marie was hired by Gurnee Park District to instruct a variety of dance classes. During this time Marie’s talents were called upon to assist in the development and enhancement of the Gurnee Park District cultural arts programming, where in Marie took on a leadership role in this artistic venture.

Viking Park Singers

Do you have previous choral experience and are currently looking for a great group of enthusiastic singers to perform with? Viking Park Singers is the perfect group for you to join! They are a community chorus composed of adults who enjoy singing a varied repertoire and having fun.

The group performs throughout Lake County throughout the year at Gurnee Park District's holiday and summer concert, at Viking Park Singer's annual fundraiser - Italian Fest and at additional community events.

Viking Park Singers were originally founded in 1989, and the chorus continues to evolve - new singers, new songs and new performance venues. Under the direction of Rita Byrd, the chorus welcomes any interested newcomers to start with the chorus at the beginning of each program session.

For more information, contact Rita Byrd at 847-599-5499 or through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parent and Child Music Classes

Parent and child classes are designed to allow the child and parent to work and play together, plus interact with others of the same age. Parents have the opportunity to meet other parents while children make new friends. These programs create lasting memories and build strong parent/child relationships! Click here to learn more about all of our offerings. Classes are contracted by Music-in-the-Box and Kindermusik.

Youth Art Programs

Our goal is to provide highly informative instructional art classes, emphasizing a "how-to" approach to each lesson, while allowing a personal level of creative expression for each student. Click here to view all current youth art program offerings. Classes contracted by Young Rembrant’s.

Adult Painting

This class, for beginning to advanced artists, introduces composition, color theory, and  techniques needed to successfully complete a painting. Individual instruction will be given. Click here to learn more about our painting programs.

Foreign Language

Learn a new language while playing games, singing songs and doing art projects. This type of class can be very helpful to those families with a child who is part of a dual language kindergarten, or who may be considering this option. Click here to learn about all of our current foreign language offerings.

Adult Dance

Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore to stay healthy. Dance is a great way to burn calories, strengthen your bones and provides a great cardiovascular workout. Besides the health benefits, you will have fun along with socializing with friends. Click here to learn more about all of our current adult dance classes.

Inclusion with WSRA Special Recreation

Gurnee Park District strives to ensure all the necessary accommodations are available to provide recreational opportunities to the entire community. To help us achieve this, we partner with Warren Special Recreation Association (WSRA) to provide support for the individuals that participate in our programs. For those that may need one on one assistance to help individuals with special needs participate in activities, please indicate a special need exists in your activity registration. If you feel your child has this need, we can work to secure an Inclusion Aid from WSRA, please be sure to register at least three (3) weeks prior to the start of your child’s activity so a proper companion can be secured. Availability of companions may vary, and certain criteria must be met for this support, but early registration is the most important way to allow enough time to secure this assistance.

In addition to support from WSRA, the Gurnee Park District provides accessible accommodations at its facilities, parks, and playgrounds to maximize access to all of our customers.