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Ballroom dance lessons and classes

Dance lessons for kids: your child can learn to tango, samba, waltz, and more

Dance is a popular activity for girls and boys of many ages. Luckily, there are many great options for your child. One of these is ballroom dance. Ballroom dance classes and lessons are offered across Canada, from Toronto and Montreal, on the east coast, to Vancouver and Victoria, on the west coast.  

What does a ballroom dance lesson offer my child?

In a ballroom dance lesson, your child will receive instruction from an experienced teacher. Typically, this teacher will have a strong dance background. They may also be a professional dancer.

Your child will learn the basics of ballroom dance. They’ll learn many different dance moves and steps, through practice, repetition, and rehearsal. They’ll also likely take part in a dance recital at the end of the session, where you’ll be able to watch them in action

Ballroom dance involves a mishmash of different types of classic and modern dance. On the classic side, your child will learn what’s called “smooth style dance,” where they’ll move around the dance floor, usually in pairs, performing dances such as the jitterbug, foxtrot, waltz, and tango.

On the modern side, they’ll engage in what’s called “rhythmic dance,” often in a latin style. They may perform the swing, cha cha, merengue, and samba, among other dances.

This means ballroom dance lessons offer variety. Your child will learn several different types of dance, including many of the following:

  • Salsa    
  • Swing
  • Tango
  • Waltz
  • Foxtrot
  • Quickstep
  • Cha cha
  • Samba
  • Tango
  • Waltz
  • Jive
  • Rumba
  • Disco
  • Merengue
  • Paso doble

What are the benefits of ballroom dance for my child?

Ballroom dance lessons and classes have lots of benefits. These lessons not only teach kids the basics of dance. They teach your child to be a versatile dancer, since they’ll learn a wide variety of dance steps, moves, and routines.

These lessons also have a number of other benefits. Like other types of dance classes (such as ballet and hip hop), not to mention other sports and arts programs, they can benefit your child in the following ways:

  • They can improve coordination.
  • They can cultivate a love of music and motion.
  • They can nurture and spark creativity.
  • They can boost confidence and self-esteem.
  • They can be a great way to meet new people and improve social skills.
  • They can be great fun!

Different types of ballroom dance lessons

Ballroom dance lessons can take place in the summer or the winter. They’re also offered after school, in the evenings, on weekends, or during March or spring break or winter break.

Ballroom dance is sometimes offered as part of a dedicated dance school or camp. In this setting, it may be the only type of dance offered, or offered as one among other types of dance. Also, ballroom dance lessons may be offered in a traditional camp, where your child can participate in a variety of activities, including soccer, tennis, swimming, and arts and crafts.   

Below, find kids’ ballroom dance lessons and classes near you. Click on a link to find out more about what is being offered.







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Camps offering as an activity
Ridley College Summer Programmes   
Ridley College is located in St.Catharines Ontario, Canada. Summer camp offers ESL credit/camp, Summer Academy, Enrichment, Discover Canada, Experience Niagara, Multisport Camp, Lego Robotics, Rowing and many more!

St. Catharines

Education (multi)

  • Ages 4 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $260/session
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight Coed 260 4-17 0 St. Catharines
YMCA Wanakita   
A co-ed camp offering 1, 2 and 4-week Overnight and 1-week Day Camp sessions. We offer leadership development, a wide range of activities, tripping, a sense of belonging and fun. Come have the time of your life!

Haliburton Highlands

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $885/session
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight Coed 885 7-16 1 Haliburton Highlands
City of Mississauga   
We offer a variety of camps for ages 4–14. Choose the camp that’s right for your child, whether it’s creative, sports, learning, adventure, swimming, skating, dance or drama we have it all! mississauga.ca/camps


Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 14
  • Coed
  • Day, Program, family
from $36/week
Day, Program, family Coed 36 4-14 2 Mississauga
Sport Western Summer Camps   
A premier march break and summer camp offering sport specific and academic based programming with over 25 camp options and a staff team, which consists of primarily Western University students and student-athletes.


Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Day
from $118/week
Day Coed, Girls, Boys 118 4-18 3 London
Life Time Kids Academy   
Your children can spend up to a whole summer immersed in healthy and fun activities. School-break camps- if school is out, your kids can always have fun with sports, rock climbing, arts & crafts, swimming, and more.

Mississauga; Vaughan; Ajax

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • Day
from $230/week
Day Coed 230 4-12 4 Mississauga, Vaughan, Ajax
Home Sweet Home Montessori Academy: Artsfilled Day Camp   
Does your child enjoy Sports, Arts, Music,Dance & more? When each day is dedicated to a new area of fun, children are always engaged in learning something new and there's never a dull moment! Spaces fill fast-call today!


Art (multi)

  • Ages 4 to 12
  • Coed
  • Day
from $120/week
Day Coed 120 4-12 5 Caledon