If you’re looking for a class that combines creativity and exercise for your child, then a local kids dance class is the perfect solution. 

Not only are dance classes fun, interactive and a great way to allow your little one to get their wiggles out, but there is also a wide variety to choose from for children of all ages, including:

  • Ballet
  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • Hip Hop
  • Modern
  • Creative Movement
  • Ballroom
  • Swing
  • Folk
  • Irish
  • Bollywood
  • Clog
  • African

Kids dance classes also promote a healthy balance in lifestyle for children and a lifelong appreciation of the arts. They can spark your child’s imagination and help develop strength and flexibility. There are plenty of other benefits as well, so put on your dancing shoes and let’s explore the many reasons why dance classes are great for kids!

1. Screen time be gone

As a parent these days, one of your biggest concerns is most likely too much screen time. Kids dance classes give you a fun excuse to get your child off screens and into an environment where there is physical, mental and social stimulation. Through instructional learning from the teachers and interaction with other kids, your child will forget all about missing their favorite show or video game because they will be so immersed in learning rhythm, technique, balance and having fun! And because many dance classes require at-home practice, your child will be so excited about what they learn at the studio, they won’t even think of getting back on that iPad for hours. Okay, so maybe that’s just wishful thinking. But rest assured, as they get older and if they stick with it, your child may develop a passion for dancing, which means that screen time will become a casualty as they pursue their dream of performing on the big stage! 

2. Let's get exercising!

One of the most obvious benefits of dancing is the physical benefit kids get out of it. Dance classes promote flexibility, strength conditioning, stamina, healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which all lead to a decreased risk of childhood obesity. Other health benefits of dancing are:

  • Improved agility
  • Increased coordination and spatial awareness
  • Healthier heart and lungs
  • Better balance

And the more kids exercise, the more tired they’ll become, which means...

3. Your child will sleep better

Children who don’t get enough sleep are at a greater risk for obesity, diabetes, injuries, poor mental health, attention and behavior disorders, and poor academic performance, according to a study from the Center for Disease Control. If your child has trouble sleeping, it may be tough to motivate them to participate in a dance class. But if you can make it happen, the benefit of more, higher-quality sleep awaits. A New Zealand study found that children who were inactive took three minutes longer to fall asleep for every hour they were sitting than kids who were physically active. That means kids who are more active sleep longer. In terms of a workout, dance classes will check all the boxes to ensure your little ones rest well, but did you know dance classes are also a great mental workout? Listening, following directions and the strain of learning new skills, all contribute to more restful minds at bedtime and better sleep. 

4. The arts improve self-confidence

Dance classes—and the arts in general—help kids learn to socialize at an early age. Through learning in a group environment, children learn patience and communication skills by asking questions when they need help. And by watching their peers struggle and succeed just like them, they learn to empathize with others. Your child will learn valuable problem-solving skills that will build an atmosphere of trust. But not just that, your child will learn leadership and team-building skills, perseverance and self-motivation, along with the ability to absorb and hold information for longer, all helping to build confidence and self-assurance.

5. Movement fosters creativity 

Lastly, dance classes help your child become comfortable with creatively expressing a wide range of emotions in front of others, which shows mental maturity. But it also offers him a healthier outlet to show emotion rather than yelling, screaming or throwing objects. Dancing improves mood and tackles anxiety and depression and also relieves stress. But most of all, dancing allows children to use their imagination, combining expressive movement with emotional music. 

If you live in the New York, Los Angeles or Chicago area, be sure to look into these and other dance classes using Sawyer. Or, use our tool to find other classes, no matter where you live. 

New York

Ballet 1 (Ages 5 - 7)

Dida NYC, 160 Studio, 160 Broadway, 200, New York, NY, 10038

This class starts to introduce a more traditional structure of ballet, focusing on proper alignment, class progression, as well as sequencing movement. For beginning and intermediate dancers.

Beginning Tap (Ages 6 - 10)

Dida NYC, 160 Studio, 160 Broadway, 200, New York, NY, 10038

For the beginning tap student- this class focuses on rhythm, basic technique, and dynamics.

Little’s Hip Hop/Tumbling Combo Class (Ages 3 - 5) 

Dida NYC, 160 Studio, 160 Broadway, 200, New York, NY, 10038

This class teaches floor gymnastics and tumbling skills that can be incorporated into dance. Strength building, flexibility, and coordination are the main focus for the 30 min session. Hip-hop mixes funk and street dance styles to create fun and freestyle movement.

Jazz 1 (Ages 5 - 7)

Dida NYC, 160 Studio, 160 Broadway, 200, New York, NY, 10038

Geared towards beginner dancers, this Jazz 1 class incorporates ballet, gym, and jazz into the curriculum. Class etiquette and class structure are reinforced along with building strength and musicality.

Los Angeles

Toddler Ballet (Ages 2 - 3)

Twinkle Toes Dance Company, 5917 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA, 90042

Come explore creative dance and ballet in this whimsical dance class. We get these young dancers moving with imaginative props, fun music, creative imagery, and storytelling. Learn to plie with our balloon dance, leap like a dolphin, chasse like a unicorn and so much more.

Inter/Advanced Modern/by permission (Ages 11 - 18+)

Twinkle Toes Dance Company, 5917 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA, 90042

This class is for more advanced modern dancers. It introduces classical modern dance technique and movement and serves as a platform for creative self-expression. This expressive curriculum encourages dancers to see the connection between the body and mind and also learn to collaborate with other classmates in composition projects.

Beginner Hip Hop (Ages 6 - 9)

Twinkle Toes Dance Company, 5917 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA, 90042

Get ready to move and groove to the latest music in our Beginner Hip Hop classes. Dancers learn to pop and lock, bounce, wave and body roll. We’ll be strengthening our muscles with energetic exercises, dance combinations, choreography, and floor work. We also introduce and encourage freestyle movement in a fun and safe environment. This Beginner Hip Hop class welcomes all students with no previous dance training.

Chicago

Mini Ballet/Tap Combo Class (Ages 3 - 5)

Simantikos Dance, 1835 S Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60608

Our Fall 2018 session will run September 10th through December 15th (13 Classes).

Our Winter Informal Recital will be in December (Time and Location TBA). There will be no costume purchases necessary or recital fees. Tickets will be $7 to cover the cost of the space and tech. No Classes November 19th - 24th

Beginner Ballet (Ages 3 - 5)

Design Dance, Jesse White Community Center, 412 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654

Beginner Ballet is the perfect way to introduce your little one to ballet! In this class, dancers will learn the basics through games and other activities. Beginner students are not required to wear ballet attire, though they are more than welcome to wear ballet slippers, tights, and a leotard.

Beginner Hip Hop (Ages 3 - 5)

Design Dance, Jesse White Community Center, 412 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60654

Beginner Hip Hop for 3- to 5-year-olds is a drop-off class that's a great introduction for new and returning students who love to dance! This program follows the structure of a Hip Hop dance class and introduces young dancers to the basics of Hip Hop and Pop Music style while growing independence, self-expression and community.