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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.








Camps offering as an activity
UCC Summer Life   
A Co-ed Summer Enrichment Experience in the Heart of Toronto, Canada for International and Local Students ages 10 to 16.

Forest Hill, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 10 to 16
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $4,995/session
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed 4995 10-16 0 Forest Hill, Toronto
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
Day, Overnight Coed 260 4-17 1 St. Catharines
Joy of Dance Centre   
Joy of Dance Camps are exciting, challenging and rewarding. We work on building self confidence, awareness, empathy, and how to use dance to express their feelings in a safe and warm environment.

Riverdale, Toronto

Dance (multi)

  • Ages 3 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day, Program, family
from $170/week
Day, Program, family Coed 170 3-18 2 Riverdale, Toronto
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
Day, Overnight Coed 885 7-16 3 Haliburton Highlands
Township of King   
With a mixture of sports, arts, and nature based programs, you are sure to find the perfect camp or program for your child! High Five and OCA Certified. Visit www.king.ca for more information.


Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 2 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day, Program, family
from $4/week
Day, Program, family Coed 4 2-18 4 King
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 $115/week
Day, Program, family Coed 115 4-14 5 Mississauga
Lakefield Camp International   
Lakefield Camp is a traditional Canadian overnight summer camp that offers various outdoor & indoor land/water sports & activities, from sailing to theater arts, a complete ropes course, language classes & so much more!


Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 9 to 17
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $1,300/week
Overnight Coed 1300 9-17 6 Lakefield
McGill Conservatory Day Camp   
Camps.Arts.Challenges.Fun.Music.Memories. A downtown Montreal day camp filled with performing & visual arts, multimedia and music programs, all in a bilingual setting! Programs for the 4 to 17 year-old!


Art (multi)

  • Ages 4 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day
from $250/week
Day Coed 250 4-17 7 Montreal
Harbourfront Centre Camps   
Since 1979, Harbourfront Centre Camps has provided a a unique setting in which learning and fun intersect. Our campers gain life skills through meaningful participation and in all facets of arts and contemporary culture.

Harbourfront, Toronto

Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 16
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $285/week
Day, Overnight Coed 285 4-16 8 Harbourfront, Toronto