Advanced Contemporary/Modern with Elysia C. Banks

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Advanced Contemporary/Modern with Elysia C. Banks

Class will be fast-paced and energetic accompanied by an eclectic playlist. We will focus on weight shifts as they relate to floorwork and dancing and moving with intention and purpose. Timing and musicality will be explored during the class combination, while also leaving the dancer enough freedom to make their own defined artistic choices within the choreography. It’s important that each dancer dances for themselves and connects with the how and why they are doing what they do.

Elysia C. Banks graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. After graduating, Elysia danced with Winfred Haun and Dancers from 2012-2014 until she took a hiatus to devote herself to motherhood. She returned to teaching and choreographing in 2016 and in 2017 was named one of Deeply Rooted’s Emerging Choreographers. Elysia is also a 2018 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Greenhouse Artist, receiving a grant to fund her continued growth as a dancemaker. Using this grant, she founded Banks Performance Project in September 2018. BPP is a South side based, modern dance company in Arts Partnership at Hamilton Park Cultural Center in Englewood. Banks Performance Project strives to create works that are honest, sincere, and authentic to real life experience.

Take the class in-person with a mask in our Studio II (cap of 23 dancers).
Registration closes 3 hours in advance of in-person classes.

New this year - join us at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts for Open Company class with rotating guest artists, every Friday at 9am.

The class will feature rotating guest artists and combines with the Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company*. Method and technique will vary by teacher.

Invited Artists:

Rigo Saura
Olivia Gonzalez
Nelson Reyes
Lucas Segovia
Jamy Meek
Elysia C. Banks
Jackson Liee
Joshua L. Ishmon

Please click the registration link for the most up to date information on who is teaching each week.

*The Ruth Page Civic Ballet Training Company is an elite group of pre-professional dancers, ages 17-25 who train daily, 9am-3:30pm, August – June at the Ruth Page School of Dance. The program provides continued comprehensive technique training, unique performance experiences, focused study with guest artists and choreographers, and travel to our International Sister Schools in Cuba, Italy and Spain.

As of January 3, 2022, students ages 5+ must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to take class in person.

The City of Chicago has issued a Public Health Order (2021-2) mandating businesses (including Ruth Page Center for the Arts and School of Dance) verify the vaccination status of all patrons age 5 and older. Please be prepared with a Government Issued ID (ages 16+) and proof of vaccination upon entering the lobby, unless you've been previously verified by Ruth Page Center staff. Even with previous verification, you must still check in with Front Desk staff.

(Patrons and/or students with a medical or religious exemption must show proof of exemption, a government issued ID, and negative (PCR) test within 72 hours of entry to the building.)


Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary


Ruth Page Center for the Arts

1016 N. Dearborn Parkway
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 337-6543