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Best Kids Dance Classes Around the San Francisco Bay Area

Published Jul 10, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Check out ChatterBlock's awesome lineup of the best kids dance classes around the Bay Area!

Long before the kids have had the chance to jump for excitement that school’s out for the summer, parents are already having to plan for their return. It’s a little sad, isn’t it? But not to worry- we’ve gathered some great local dance studios in the Bay Area that will give your kids something to look forward to. Whether you have a toddler or teen, first-time dancer or seasoned professional, we’ve found something for you. Dancing is great for the mind, body and soul, so plan ahead and get your kids moving to a beat this fall!

San Francisco

ODC School / Rhythym & Motion - San Francisco

ODC School and Rhythm & Motion Dance partner in offering classes for everyone, from absolute beginners to professionals. Classes are taught by an excellent professional faculty who believe that dance should be a visible, accessible, and joyful part of a larger world. It is a nurturing, exciting and dynamic setting for students who seek either sheer enjoyment or a career in dance. 

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts – San Francisco

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) was established by artists and community activists with a shared vision to promote, preserve and develop the Latino cultural arts that reflect the living tradition  of the Chicano, Central and South American, and Caribbean people. MCCLA makes the arts accessible as an essential element to the community’s development and well-being, and offers exciting dance classes from ballet to flamenco.

Shan-Yee Poon Ballet School - San Francisco

For over 24 years, Shan-Yee Poon Ballet School has been proudly providing outstanding dance instruction for toddlers, children, teens, and adults in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, acrobatics, tumbling for tots, boys’ ballet, ballet/tap combo, as well as innovative music movement classes for toddlers. Instructors are professionally trained dancers who provide high quality instruction in a nurturing learning environment.

Calliope Dance Studio for Kids - San Francisco

One of the only studios specifically offering kids dance classes in San Francisco. The kids go to Calliope to enjoy their bodies. Self-confidence evolves naturally as every kid gets to be themselves. Through the art of dancing, instructors are able to address specific developmental stages, enhance their physical motor skills, as well as their intellectual, emotional and social capabilities.

Salsa with Tianne - San Francisco

Tianne believes that everyone has the innate ability to dance, and her goal is to share her years of knowledge on the study of movement and music with as many people as possible. Unlike your conventional Salsa dance class, Salsa with Tianne focuses on the connection to your partner and the fun that is possible when two people come together on the dance floor. No experience or partner necessary.

The Peninsula

Dance Expressions - Menlo Park

The programs at Dance Expressions gives students the opportunity to focus on all aspects of dance, from their technique to their performance ability.  Ran by two very passionate dancers, they make classes fun, positive and safe which instills a love of dance in all of their students. Dance Expressions specializes in Jazz and offers classes for all ages!

HeartBeat Dance Academy - Belmont

HeartBeat Dance Academy offers more than 40 classes each week for dancers ages 3 and up. They offer a large variety of dance styles, such as classes in tap, jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical/contemporary, dance conditioning, acro, and hip hop for beginners through competition level. The love for dance fills the HeartBeat dance studio from Ms. Teri and her instructors through to the kids.

Small Fry Dance Club – Foster City

Small Fry Dance Club specializes in teaching dance to children ages 18 months to 7 years. They are different from other dance studios in that they specialize in the preschool age group. Apart from being a talented group of accomplished dancers, the teachers are also well educated in early childhood education. Small Fry’s curriculum is designed to help develop kids at each stage in their early years, but is done through the medium of dance.

Peninsula Dance Academy - Foster City

Peninsula Dance Academy offers a range of dance classes with a core of Pre-ballet, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical and Jazz, as well as tap and Hip Hop. They also have performance and competition groups that perform and compete locally. The staff is comprised of expert instructors who believe in the motto: “Passion, Practice, Perfection. Our kids love dance, love to practice, and they work very hard”.

East Bay

Berkeley Ballet Theater - Berkeley

Berkeley Ballet Theater’s mission is to provide rigorous classical ballet training in a diverse and nurturing environment to students of all ages and enrich the community by providing the joy of dance to everyone. Whatever a student’s goal, they believe it is best achieved in a well-disciplined but positive and loving environment. The school school emphasizes a pure classical style.

East Bay Dance Center – Oakland

East Bay Dance Center offers a fun, clean and safe environment where children and adults can learn a variety of styles of dance. The caring, professional staff has many years of dance and teaching experience. Styles offered are preschool dance & creative movement, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tumbling/Acrobatics, and Voice.

Art of Ballet School of Dance - Richmond

Art of Ballet School of Dance provides pre- professional dance training and performance experience to children of all ages, colors, races, ethnic groups and socio-economic backgrounds. For 37 years, Mrs. Townsend has instructed hundreds of children in classical ballet, tap, jazz and ethnic dance techniques. Art of Ballet has given hundreds of children an opportunity to perform throughout California.

California Gymnastics Academy - Livermore

Get your kids moving in a slightly different way with some exciting gymnastics classes! California Gymnastics Academy offers Kinder Gym programs which focuses on building a strong basic understanding of gymnastics skills, self-awareness, strength building, improved coordination, and focus. There is also opportunity for parent participation classes to ease children in and feel more comfortable.

South Bay

Ballet San Jose School - San Jose

Ballet SJ School is proud to include the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum, a breakthrough program that combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dancer health and child development. The ABT National Training Curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.

Veksler Academy of Music & Dance – Sunnyvale

The Veksler Academy of Music & Dance is one of the largest music and dance schools in South Bay Area with an active enrollment of over 730 students. Veksler Academy strives to provide students of all ages with the skills they need to enjoy music and dance for a lifetime. Dance-wise, they offer Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, as well as brand new exciting Angelina Ballerina dance program.

North Bay

Poise Ballet School – Sausalito

Poise Ballet School offers more than just a ballet class, they teach using the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) program- the high international standard of classical ballet instruction. Instructors nurture and empower students with strong dance knowledge, cultivate their creativity, artistry, self-expression and musicality. Students learn in an atmosphere that promotes self esteem; encouragement, safety.

Performing Arts Academy of Marin - Mill Valley

PAAM offers comprehensive musical theater and dance programs for youth. They are proud to announce the formation of Spotlight Theatre Marin, the new resident theatre company featuring adults and older teens. Youth ages 18 months – 18 years have opportunities train and perform within the Conservatory Program throughout the school year and in engaging summer programs.

Find even more kids dance classes in San Francisco and the Bay Area at ChatterBlock like:

  • 1st Russion Ballet School – San Francisco
  • Ace Dance Academy – Walnut Creek
  • Achieve Dance Arts Academy – San Jose
  • Alameda Ballet Academy – Alameda
  • Ballet with Miss Tilly – San Francisco
  • Funkanometry SF Dance Company – San Francisco
  • Stapleton School of the Performing Arts – San Anselmo
  • Valley Dance Theatre – Livermore
  • Zaccho Studio: Center for Dance & Aerial Arts – San Francisco

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Clearly San Francisco offers a ton of fantastic kids dance classes, but maybe your kids want something different?  Did you know that ChatterBlock lists all the best events in San Francisco for Kids and Families?  Check out the most popular events!


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September 14, 2019, 3:28 p.m. Flag

Grate Blog, Very informative blog about all dancing form. I love too hip-hop,salsa and Bollywood dance style form and I am big fan of Michel Jaction.
Thanks for sharing such beautiful information with us. I hope you will share some more info about Bollywood dace form, Please keep sharing.


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