7 dance classes that kids can give a whirl

Whether your kids love to bop along whenever music is playing or you simply need an activity to channel all of their boundless energy, dance is beneficial to children of all shapes, sizes and interests. Here are a few of our favorite places for kids to learn ballet, hip hop, jazz and more.


Le Ballet Petit School of Dance


As you can imagine, this North Side studio is a true haven for ballet lovers, and is the perfect place for your tiny dancer to learn how to plié. Kinder ballet courses start at just 3 years old and there’s a class every day of the week. Always wanted to learn dance as a child, but never had the opportunity? Le Ballet Petit has adult classes that prove it’s never too late to gain a new skill. Jazz, hip hop, lyrical, tap and stretch & strength classes are also offered.


4630 N. Francisco, Chicago


ABC Dance Academy 


A small class size makes learning how to dance a lot less scary for little ones. ABC Dance, located in Portage Park, believes a more personalized class experience results in better dancers. All age levels are welcome here, with pre-ballet and hip hop offered to tots as young as 3 and 4. Looking for a less traditional class? Kids will love learning how to strut their stuff in breakdancing lessons or perfect their cartwheel in rhythmic gymnastics.


4444 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago 


Joel Hall Dancers & School


World renowned choreographer Joel Hall, along with artistic director Jacqueline Sinclair bring their knowledge and expertise to life at Joel Hall School. The only problem with this dance studio? The shear amount of classes available makes deciding which one to take a bit of a challenge. There’s truly something for everyone; from Baby Hip Hop to Teen Jazz (and lots of adult programs, as well!).


5965 N. Clark, Chicago


Tutu School 


If your little one isn’t quite ready for a hardcore dance class, Tutu School could be the right fit. Lessons are low pressure, and often involve fun elements like bubbles, silly music and plenty of imagination. Tutu Toddlers starts at just 18 months, so children can become familiar with ballet and movement at a young age. Classes go up to age 8, with the highest level helping prep kids for more disciplined ballet.


2223 W. Roscoe St., Chicago


Dance to Evolve


Dance to Evolve has branch locations all over the city (plus Skokie and Evanston), so you’re sure to find a studio near your neighborhood. Their classes, including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop and more will help children develop coordination and boost confidence. Families with toddlers will love the parent/child Movement and Music class, where toddlers can get their wiggles out.


Various locations around Chicagoland


Studio One Dance Theatre


Offering tap, ballet, modern, jazz and more, Studio One has made a name for itself on the South Side. There’s even an African dance class for kids ages 4-17 to learn traditional movement and music. While the courses here are incredibly disciplined, the outcome is worth it. Instead of traditional recitals, they put on full, professional productions with elaborate costumes, and many parents say the studio is ideal for an introduction into the arts world.


1849 W. 95th St., Chicago 


DaMaira Dance Studios 


From private lessons to performance troupe, DaMaira has a class for every skill level and need. Ballet, jazz, pointe, hip hop, lyrical and combo lessons are all available to kids ages 3 and up. Parents are welcome to watch their child’s class on a video screen in the waiting area or through a viewing window. And a fun bonus for any engaged couples in your life — the studio also offers affordable and private wedding dance lessons.


1146 Chicago Ave., Oak Park 



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