Best Dance Classes for Kids in Portland

Published Jun 14, 2019

Looking for a dance class for your child? We'll help you find toddler & preschool dance classes, from basic ballet classes to beginners jazz, tap & hip hop classes designed specially for young kids.

If you want your child to improve his or her agility and confidence and have a lot of fun with new friends, enroll your little one into a dance class. Dance builds respectful, supportive kids who work hard, strive to reach goals, and always commit to doing their best. ChatterBlock has put together a killer list of the hottest, kid-friendly dance camps and classes in town! Scroll through and see if anything inspires your kids to get their groove on!

June Taylor's School of Dance

June Taylor's School of Dance strives to deliver the highest quality of dance training, while nurturing each student’s unique gifts of talent and creativity. They wish to encourage their students to achieve their fullest potential to support them as they grow artistically and academically, and develop into well-rounded individuals nourished in body, mind and spirit. June Taylor's has dance classes for all skill levels, from very beginners to those who want to pursue a career in dance. They offer Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, and Stretch and Tone lessons. 

19318 SW Mohave Court 

Portland Dance Center

Portland Dance Center has classes for students ages 3 and up in many styles: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Acro, Musical Theatre, and Breakdance. They have 2 full-size studios, and 2 smaller studios used for small classes, private lessons, and stretching and conditioning. They offer classes for students who  just want to dance for fun, students who want to learn multiple dance styles, and for students who are interested in advanced training in either ballet, hip hop, or competitive dance.

15320 NW Central Dr., D4

Elite Dance Studio

"Elite Dance Studio is dedicated to providing dancers with professional dance training in a positive and inspiring atmosphere." Their devoted staff encourage students to explore the art of dance through self expression, movement and music, while promoting life lessons such as respect, self discipline, commitment and hard work. Elite offers classes in Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Tap for dancers in kindergarten and up. 

4062 NW Saltzman Rd 

Center For Movement Arts

The Center for Movement Arts offers Classical Ballet, Creative Movement, Steps, and Workshop classes for kids and adults. They ensure that all of their students are learning in a safe and encouraging atmosphere. For students that have an above-average talent and passion for dance, CMA has an intensive pre-professional track. Many students who have graduated from this program have gone on to attend prestigious dance programs including the San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet Academy, Boston Ballet, and more. 

1734 SE 12th Avenue 

Beaverton Dance Center

Beaverton Dance Center is a breath of fresh air in the Portland Metro dance community as it prides itself on providing a fun and healthy environment for its students in which they can thrive in both their personal and artistic development. BDC offers classes in African, Acro, Ballet, Breakdance, Contemporary, Hip Hop, lyrical, musical theater, and more for ages 3 to adult. Their expert teaching staff has over 200 years worth of teaching experience. Whether you're training to become a professional or just dancing for fun, you will receive the highest level of instruction from BDC's instructors. 

10160 SW Nimbus Ave., Suite F6 

Northwest Dance Project

Northwest Dance Project is Portland's world-class, award-winning contemporary dance company dedicated to the creation and performance of inspired new dance works from the field's most talented choreographers from around the world. For youth ages 4 to 18, NW Dance offers year-round Ballet and Contemporary programs. Your child will get a comprehensive dance education that focuses on technique, movement, strengthening and conditioning, versatility, and creativity at NW Dance.

211 NE 10th Ave (at Davis St) 

Classical Ballet Academy

The Classical Ballet Academy's mission is "to educate, inspire, and transform dancers of all ages through the study of classical ballet and complimentary dance forms." Because of their wonderful instructors, pre-professional training programs, and commitment to inspiring all levels of dancers, they have been attracting dancers from all around the Portland area for over 12 years. Dancers ages 2.5 and above are welcome to sign up for classes. CBA even has a Ballet class just for boys!

7970 SE Milwaukie Ave 

Polaris Dance Theatre

The Polaris Dance Company believes that people of all ages and abilities should have the right to celebrate themselves through movement. They have a very inclusive program where seniors and students with developmental and physical disabilities can take classes. They offer instruction in a range of different dance styles like Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Aerial, Tap, and more. Polaris' programming is broken up into three sessions per year - September to December, January to May, and June to August. They have flexible options, so if you can't commit to enrolling in an entire season of dance classes, you can purchase a Class Card at a discounted rate, and there are drop-in options to some classes.

1826 NW 18th Ave 

More Great Dance Studios:

Oregon Irish Dance Academy - offers non-competitive Irish dancing classes for ages 3 and up, in multiple locations across Oregon. 

Yellow Rose Dance - offers dance classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, musical theatre and production time for kids.

Pacific Dance Academy - offers classes in Tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and hip hop for ages 3 - 18.

Westside Dance and Gymnastics Academy -  offers a wide range of programs from their Pre-School to their competitive dance and gymnastics teams. They have classes from ages 18 months through adult.

You can see a complete list of dance studios and available schedules in our directory of dance classes.

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