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Best Dance Classes for Kids in Halifax

Published Jul 10, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Whether you're looking for dance classes for your toddler or seeking a studio to grow with your budding ballerina, we are here to help you! Check out the best dance classes offered in Halifax. 

There is really no perfect age to put your child into dance classes. Whether they are 3 or 13 all children can benefit and have a blast increasing their coordination, grace, rhythm and skills. 

For parents who are looking to enrol their child in a dance studio we have provided a list of some of our favourite in the city.

Please take a look and get ready to boogie.  

Halifax Dance 

Halifax Dance is dedicated to the development of dance and movement arts through education, performance and community development in an environment that values the diversity and potential of all individuals.

Their Children’s Recreational Program offers classes in a variety of disciplines for girls and boys between the ages of 2 and 12 years old (must be of age by September 30th). Their Teen Program fosters self esteem, a healthy competitive spirit and an outlet to allow our youth dancers to express themselves artistically.

They also have summer camps, it will be a variety of styles ranging from Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Physical Theatre, Musical Theatre, Baton, Modern, Creative and more! On sunny days they will adventure outside and each day will include arts and crafts. 

Maritime Dance Academy

Maritime Dance Academy provides a variety of dance styles for people of all ages and skill levels.  They have classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Contemporary & Hip Hop for ages 3 to adult. Children's combination classes include ballet, tap and jazz. We also offer Theatre, Musical Theatre, Voice & Piano.

Rising Tide Irish Dance Academy

Rising Tide Irish Dance Academy has something for everyone. With two dance programs, Children’s & Competitive and Adults people of any age can enjoy dancing the day away.

For beginner, a fun and energetic introduction to Irish dance is run for children 4 and up. Dancers will learn the basics of technique, musicality and skills of Irish dance in a dynamic and engaging classroom. Using the technique and skills learned, dancers will also practice introductory steps for soft shoe dances which include reel, light jig, single jig and slip jig.

Diaga Irish Dance

Introduce your little one to the rich cultural dance traditions of Irish. Diaga Irish Dance has classes for children ages 4 and up. The teacher offers students lots of practical performing experience and works hard to prepare them for competitions.

Diaga Irish Dance has blossomed into thriving community of dancers. Their school is connected to the rich Celtic heritage of our region and our performances often feature local musicians. They host The Celtic Christmas Show, an annual showcase of Celtic culture, and co-host Fundy Feis, an Irish dance competition in the Maritimes. 

Studio 26 Dance Company

Studio 26 Dance Company offers beginner dance classes in Ballet,Jazz and Hip hop, as well as a competition team in Dartmouth, NS. This year, they have summer classes from July to August. Students will build their dance repertoire by learning steps as a group, and develop their own creativity during free dance time as well.

Coastal Dance

Coastal Dance offers ballet, hip hop, contemporary and more to children ages 3 to 18 years old. Tots ballet starts at age 3, and other classes include jazz/lyrical, hip hop, tap and multiple levels of ballet for kids up to age 12.

In ballet class your child will build an elegant, strong classical ballet technique on a firm musical & artistic foundation.  In modern classes, they will develop a  natural movement patterns, emphasizes creativity & rhythmic coordination.

In Jazz, your child will learn dynamic combinations with upbeat rhythms. Jazz classes will focus on body isolation and complex rhythms. And in hip hop, they will learn the latest dance trends. 

Element Dance Studio

Element Dance Studio is a positive and professional dance school located in the heart of Nova Scotia. Their youngest dancers enjoy classes such as Baby Dance With Me and Creative Movement, specifically designed for their age and development. School-aged children and adults receive progress training in a variety of styles (contemporary, hip hop, ballet, jazz, tap, technique, & more). We offer internationally recognized dance exam opportunities, and extra performance opportunities for our company members.

They believe that every student can learn correct technique and dance beautifully. With proper instruction and sound technique training, we build and inspire a natural love of movement. Technique training creates self-discipline, strength, stamina and grace, and is the foundation for long-term dance success. Their classes are specifically designed to increase technical skill, stamina, and discipline appropriate for the student’s age and level as they progress.

Ready to go dancing? We hope so! If not do not despair. We have hundreds of other amazing camps and classes to browse through. Discover more here.


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