All ‘Bout’ Kids Dance comes to JAC

ALTON – Jacoby Arts Center (JAC) is a dance destination.

The popular All “Bout” Kids (ABK) Dance Co., founded and owned by Dominique Williams, held its first two years at YWCA Alton, is now in its third school year at JAC.

“I’m thrilled to have ABK Dance Company join us at Jacoby,” said Rachel Lappin, JAC’s General Manager. “Dominique offers programs focused on the art of dance and fun, not necessarily competition.

“His classes are affordable and open to all children who wish to enjoy dance. ABK is ‘All Bout Kids’ because they love children and believe in the power of dance to enrich their lives.”

Williams’ most popular dance class is Kids Hip Hop, with two sessions from 5-6 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Other ABK dance classes are Kids Acro Acrobats from 5-6pm on Thursdays and Kids Pom Poms from 6-7pm on Thursdays. The center is accepting donations for cheese/wedge mats or yoga mats for acrobats. Right now they are borrowing mats from the YWCA.

“These are the classes we offer because they’re just high-energy, fun classes,” Williams said. “My most popular age range seems to be 5-13 right now.”

Spring classes begin after Labor Day and end on June 11, when classes conclude with a recital at the Jacoby Arts Center. Recitals also include performances at JAC’s annual Halloween Trunk or Treat and Christmas show in the fall and winter.

“It’s not too late to join us, it depends on how many kids we get and move to Jacoby,” said Williams, of Alton. “We’re probably going to slow down next month to allow the kids to join those classes, so they’ll just wait for the summer classes.”

This is Williams’ third school year to hold ABK dance classes. He still works with the YWCA after-school program.

“The Y is awesome,” Williams said. “I made the switch to dance because it’s an arts program. I knew coming to Jacoby would be the right thing to do because it’s an arts center and dance is art.”

Williams founded ABK Dance because of COVID.

“I was teaching for people and it all stopped,” Williams said, “and I found myself without classes to teach for the first time in over 10 to 15 years, so I started my own program of dance.”

Williams’ personal style is hip hop, growing up taking up dancing, including some ballet and jazz.

Other programs this month at the Jacoby Arts Center include Free Meditative Art with Jules Fair; Dance Ballet adult and modern, from Tuesday to May; Wheel throw on Wednesdays; and every Tuesday, Kids Free Art Club from 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

The Kids Free Art Club is free thanks to a local private donor for ages 5-15. All skill levels are welcome. The program offers free artistic activities each week. The cost of instruction and supplies are provided by the Jacoby Arts Center through a generous private donation to provide youth arts programs to the Riverbend community. Young artists are exposed to different mediums such as drawing, painting, clay, fibers and more. Follow on Facebook and Instagram to see the Art Club’s past and future projects.