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
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 17
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $4,995/session
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed499510-170Forest Hill, Toronto, Ontario
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 $1,400/week
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed14009-171Lakefield, Ontario
Camp Edphy International Canada   
An international summer camp offering quality language and sports camps for children aged 4 to 17. Come and discover a multitude of sports and activities for an unforgettable summer stay.
Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 17
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $439/week
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight Coed4394-172Val-Morin, Quebec
Ridley College Summer Programmes   
Ridley College is located in St.Catharines Ontario, Canada. Summer camp offers ESL credit/camp, Summer Academy, Enrichment, Discover Canada, Day Camps, Advanced Performance Sports and many more!
St. Catharines
Education (multi)

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight
from $280/session
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight Coed2804-183St. Catharines, Ontario
Camp Davern   
Eastern Ontario summer camp where kids participate in a variety of activities and sports including rope courses, leadership and more.
Eastern Lanark County
Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Coed
  • Overnight
from $875/week
sessions & dates
Overnight Coed8756-164Eastern Lanark County, Ontario
Shadow Lake Centre   
A summer camp for children, youth, and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Accessible activities that include sports, swimming, arts and crafts, and lots of music.
Whitchurch - Stouffville
Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 7 to 65
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family
from $1,575/week
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed15757-655Whitchurch - Stouffville, Ontario
Oneida Baptist Camp   
Located on Lake Erie's shoreline near Port Dover, offering half/full-week overnight Christian camping for all kids ranging from 4-18 years, plus family camp (ages 0-99) and leadership training for 14-15 year olds.
Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • Overnight, family
from $300/week
sessions & dates
Overnight, family Coed3004-186Haldimand, Ontario
Kids in the Spotlight   
Kids in the Spotlight is an evidence-based performing arts organization helping children and youth develop self-confidence, social skills, and harmonious relationships with family and friends.
Gabriola; Jasper; Montreal
Education: Musical Theatre

  • Ages 3 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day, Overnight, family
from $500/week
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight, family Coed5003-187Gabriola, British Columbia, Jasper, Alberta, Montreal, Québec
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 $940/session
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight Coed9407-168Haliburton Highlands, Ontario
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 for more information.
Ontario (7)
Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 2 to 18
  • Coed
  • Day, Program, family
from $4/week
sessions & dates
Day, Program, family Coed42-189King, Nobleton
The Taylor Statten Camps   
Camp Ahmek and Camp Wapomeo offer a balance of canoe tripping and programming. Activities include swimming, canoeing, arts & crafts, horseback riding, sailing and more. Canoe trips range in length from 2 to 50 days.
Algonquin Park
Traditional (multi activity)

  • Ages 6 to 16
  • Girls, Boys
  • Overnight
from $895/session
sessions & dates
Overnight Girls, Boys8956-1610Algonquin Park, Ontario
Gee-Gees Sports Camps   
The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees pride ourselves in offering a wide variety of bilingual sport camps to youth in the Ottawa and Gatineau area.
Sport (multi)

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • Day
from $275/week
sessions & dates
Day Coed, Girls, Boys2756-1511Ottawa, Ontario
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 $250/week
sessions & dates
Day, Overnight Coed2504-1612Harbourfront, Toronto, Ontario

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