Kids' dance classes and lessons

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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) (21 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.

  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 2 to 3 (Coed)
  • From $105
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

In this toddler dance class, children begin to learn self-discipline, listening skills and coordination skills. Read more

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

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

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

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PROGRAM
Dance
Teen Contemporary
Jul 19 - Aug 27, 2022

  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 11 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $120
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Dancers explore concepts of movement such as, rise vs. fall, suspend, release and use of breath. swings, leaps and improv. Read more

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Hip Hop
Kinder Hip Hop
Jul 19 - Aug 27, 2022

  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 3 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $120
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Your little one will steal the show as they bounce, stomp, slide and groove to the beat. Hip hop class helps build focus. Read more

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Hip Hop
Teen Hip Hop
Jul 19 - Aug 27, 2022

  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 11 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $120
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Build confidence and don't miss out on this amazing experience! Read more

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 3 to 5 (Coed)
  • From $120
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Litlle ones discover their love of dance! This is a dance combo class (intro to Ballet, Jazz and Acro movement). Read more

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Ballet
Teen Ballet
Jul 19 - Aug 27, 2022

  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 11 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $120
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

For teens interested in a great full body workout. Read more

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Dance
Dance
Dec 07, 2021 - Jun 09, 2022

  • Mississauga, ON
  • Age 3 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $255
MississaugaOntario

The dance program focuses on developing the technique, creativity and artistry of all students while having lots of fun. Read more

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Jazz
Teen Jazz
Jul 19 - Aug 27, 2022

  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 11 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $120
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Expression and style through dynamic movement are encouraged in combinations and dance routines. Read more

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 5 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $120
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Acro Dance is a combination of dance and gymnastics. Develop flexibility and strength while learning acrobatic and jazz Read more

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Hip Hop
Big Kidz Hip Hop
Jul 19 - Aug 27, 2022

  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 5 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $120
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Hip hop class helps build focus, coordination, strength and fitness. Watch their eyes light up as they express themselves. Read more

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $120
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Ballet is a wonderful form of exercise. Your young dancer will be learning safe and proper technique for pirouettes, sautés.. Read more

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $120
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Our jazz dance class these skills are developed through warm-up exercises and progressions incorporating, kicks, jumps... Read more

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $120
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

A high-energy dance form focusing on technique, style, flexibility, and coordination. Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 5 to 7 (Coed)
  • From $120
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Ballet is the foundation of this class which develops students’ physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression & musicality Read more

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 8 to 10 (Coed)
  • From $120
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

A fun and energetic class for the hip-hop dancer that is ready to learn the latest moves. Read more

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  • Toronto (2)
  • Age 3 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! Read more

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  • Toronto (2)
  • Age 7 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $40
TorontoEast-York, ScarboroughEast-YorkScarboroughOntario

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

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Dance
FITNESS CLASSES FOR ADULTS
Dec 06, 2021 - Jun 14, 2022

  • Toronto (2)
  • Age 19 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $12
TorontoEast-York, ScarboroughEast-YorkScarboroughOntario

Fitness classes for adults are currently: - Adult Ballet Monday 8:30-9:30pm - Contemporary Yoga Sunday 10:15-11:30am Read more

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Programs offering Dance (multi) as an activity (8 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
HamiltonOntario

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

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • From $250
Online

Mind boosting workshops and activities. Cooking & baking lessons, crafts, Storytime, dance, singing, art and so much more. Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $76
Online

innovative online Summer Drama Camps offer a variety of fun, engaging and interactive activities for youth ages 6-14 years. Read more

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PROGRAM
Glee
Show Choir
Feb 04 - Jun 17, 2022

  • Burlington, ON
  • Age 9 to 17 (Coed)
  • From $30
BurlingtonOntario

Music makes us move, and what better way to celebrate rhythm in our bodies than singing and dancing simultaneously?! Read more

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  • Online
  • Age 6 to 14 (Coed)
  • From $120
Online

Since 1994 ! GBTC's experienced staff will introduce your kids to stage performance and guide them toward self-expression. Read more

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  • East-York, Toronto
  • Age 1 to 3 (Coed)
  • From $35
TorontoEast-YorkEast-YorkOntario

Make something artistic with your little one! OurClub is a unique class that uses artistic activities to develop toddlers. Read more

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  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 8 to 18 (Coed)
  • From $1,600
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

Build your music theatre skills and work with industry professionals in this fast-paced, audition-only program! Read more

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PROGRAM
Music
Private Music Lessons
Sep 07, 2021 - Jun 30, 2022

  • North-York, Toronto
  • Age 5 to 18+ (Coed)
  • From $39
TorontoNorth-YorkNorth-YorkOntario

High quality private instruction in piano, voice, guitar, music theory, songwriting, acting, and dance! Read more

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Dance classes near you

Find kids' dance programs in cities across Canada listed on OurKids.net. Links below go to our advanced search page, with selected programs from each of the cities listed:

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More than just after-school programs

On OurKids.net 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 OurKids.net. 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.” Harvard.edu

"Does dance increase your brain power?" Elevatedance.com.



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