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. 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 it may be offered as one among other types of dance.  Lists below separate dedicated ballroom dance lessons from lesson providers who offer a variety of activities rolled into one program. Click on a link to find out more about what's offered. Read more


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

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. 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.  

 


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