Kids' dance classes and lessons

Find different types of dance programs for kids

Dance is a fun, creative way for your child to keep active year-round. In dance classes, kids build muscle strength, increase flexibility, improve balance and coordination, learn correct posture, and develop body awareness. On this page, find:
A list of programs focused on dance lessons
A second list of programs with some dance activities
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Programs specializing in Dance (multi) (10 results)

This list includes programs put on by dance academies and other professionals, where kids and teens will get intensive training in dancing such as ballet, hip hop, etc. Take a closer look at each listing to get more details.

  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $280

Our award-winning dance instructors will help you develop technique, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

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Performing Arts
Tot Dance
Sep 06, 2022 - Jun 25, 2023

  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 3 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $65

Our award-winning dance instructors will help you develop technique, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

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Performing Arts
Kids Dance
Sep 06, 2022 - Jun 25, 2023

  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $70

Our award-winning dance instructors will help you develop technique, grow your confidence and get qualified. Visit website

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  • Kingston, ON
  • Age 10 to 13 (Coed)
  • From $0

Dance is more than learning cool tricks and flashy poses. Dance is a form of expression. Visit website

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  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 1 to 4 (Coed)
  • From $110

The DiscoverDanceTM Program is a series of movement classes designed to introduce children to the creative world of dance. Visit website

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  • Kingston, ON
  • Age 6 to 9 (Coed)
  • From $0

Dance is more than learning cool tricks and ashy poses. Visit website

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  • Toronto (2)
  • Age 2 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $50
TorontoEast-York, ScarboroughEast-YorkScarboroughOntario

Come try dance classes in ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, acro, contemporary and modern dance styles. Find your favourite! Visit website

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  • Kanata, ON
  • Age 3 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $270

Come learn Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. Work towards competing and performing with our team! Visit website

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  • East-York, Toronto
  • Age 19 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $12

Fitness classes for adults are currently: - Yin Yoga with Lucie - Deep stretch for all levels - Mondays from 7:30-8:30pm Visit website

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  • Toronto (2)
  • Age 7 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $225
TorontoEast-York, ScarboroughEast-YorkScarboroughOntario

Dancers pursue a specialized schedule of weekly classes, working toward RAD and Cecchetti ballet certifications. Visit website

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Programs offering Dance (multi) as an activity (2 results)

Programs below offer a moderate focus on dance, with a variety of other activities also offered.

  • Hamilton, ON
  • Age 6 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $140

This is a year-long program that trains young people in musical theatre and prepares them for a full stage production in June Visit website

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  • West-End, Toronto
  • Age 2 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $328

Childhood Expressions ™ Fine Arts Curriculum provides a positive learning environment for young children using movement & art Visit website

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More than just after-school programs

On you'll also find other ways to indulge your love of dance. Here are more options:

What will your child learn in dance lessons?

Here's a quick overview of what kids learn in dance programs and classes found on Consult each class linked to above, to find specifics of what they offer. 

Genre-specific techniques. Kids gain general dance knowledge in relation to aspects like rhythm, coordination, and synchronization. They also learn techniques associated with specific dance genres. For example, tap dancing requires more movement from the heels and toes, while contemporary dance focuses on the fluidity of the limbs. 

Coordination. Body awareness is a big part of dancing. Kids learn to control their movements and keep their balance. In dance classes, instructors provide kids with coordination techniques and other skills that help them excel in performance.

Self-discipline. Perfecting any dance routine is a deliberate, time-consuming process that requires dedication. Kids must discipline themselves and practice regularly to improve skills and to be part of the dance team.

Collaboration and trust. In group dances, synchronization and emotional awareness are vital to a good performance. To achieve this, students must be able to communicate, provide constructive feedback, and trust one another. 

Self-awareness. Through dance, kids identify, analyze, and monitor their personal strengths and weaknesses. Dance class shifts students’ focus away from personal insecurities toward a shared success. Kids gain confidence as they master dance moves, patterns, and styles. 

Six benefits of dance classes and lessons

The benefits gained from enrollment in dance extend far beyond the studio. Here is what your child will gain from the programs and classes listed above. 

Keeps kids active. In dance programs, kids take part in an extreme cardio workout. Whether they are doing jazz, hip hop, or acro, students exercise their core, legs, and upper body muscles. This encourages them to maintain their physical wellbeing in and outside of class.

Broadens artistic expression. Dance is a unique art form as it uses the whole body to tell a story. Youthful dancers embody the rhythm, tempo, and beat of the music, and learn to interpret it individually. It’s a completely unique, easily accessible form of artistic expression that doesn’t require tools, supplies, instruments, or equipment.

Stimulates the brain. Research shows that dance can improve a child’s ability to learn new information by stimulating the brain’s visual, auditory, and memory centers. Dance opens children up to more creative ways of analyzing and solving problems. Other studies have suggested a direct link between physical activity and an increased attention span in children.

Gateway to other performance opportunities. Enrolling in dance class opens the door for related performance opportunities. Dancers are required for musicals, operas, ballets, and other performing arts. Classes expand kids’ performing repertoire.

New friendships. A byproduct of any class, program, or camp is that kids meet others with the same interests. Kids grow and learn alongside the peers in each class. They connect with one another through their mutual love of dance, and friendships flourish in this setting.

Release of energy. Classes require kids to pour their energy into their routines. Energy must stay elevated while learning choreography, rehearsing a routine, and performing. It’s a positive way to release childhood energy that eschews screen time and other passivity.

Questions to ask dance teachers

Here are questions to ask programs providers in your area, in order to compare responses you receive and find one that best suits your family:

  1. What will children be required to bring to class (i.e. water, specific footwear, etc.)?
  2. What qualifications, experience, and certifications do they have? 
  3. Will there be recitals or performances?
  4. How much practice is expected per day/week?

Related types of camps and programs you might like

Branch out into more specific kinds of classes or programs, or try camps focused on an activity that puts dance into a broader context. Consider these alternatives:

Dance camps offer a weeklong or longer experience for kids, including both day and overnight camps, where they can really immerse themselves in dancing, and get to know others from a much broader area. 

Ballet lessons focus on this very disciplined genre, offering dedicated training in this very elevated form of dance. 

Jazz dance classes are fun and energetic, as are hip hop dance classes, which are ideally appealing to kids who may already love this form of music. 

Gymnastics camp focuses on much of the same physical development, while also appealing to those with Olympic aspirations–or who simply enjoy  the unique expression possible in this activity.

Musical theatre camp (as well as performing arts camp) focuses on a fun, challenging way to incorporate dance into stage productions where kids may also get a chance to try acting and singing. 

Combine this list with other information in our guide:

Further reading online

Dancing and the brain.”

"Does dance increase your brain power?"

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Kids' dance classes and lessons are there?
There are 10 programs specializing in Dance (multi). In addition, there are 2 programs offering dance (multi) as an activity. Use the filters to narrow by age and program type, then click on matched programs to see daily activities, dates, rates and registration information.

What are the fees to attend Kids' dance classes and lessons?
Fees for Kids' dance classes and lessons range from FREE to $700 per program (program types and lengths vary). Use the filters here to narrow programs by age and type.

What age do Kids' dance classes and lessons start at?
There are programs available for children aged 1 through 19.

Where can parents meet with Kids' dance classes and lessons?
Meet with program directors and staff at the Our Kids Camp & Program Expo. The Expo is held annually in February, and is a fun and informative day for parents, kids, and teens. Find event details and free tickets here.


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