Dance is a great hobby for kids of all ages, whether they dance for the fun of it or are so passionate about dance that they want to pursue it as a career. Dance helps children grow by boosting their confidence and self-esteem and by teaching them discipline and dedication.
I know that summer has only just begun, but it's not too early to start thinking about signing your child up for dance classes in the fall. In fact, some dance studios have already started fall registration, and dance classes tend to fill up quickly. To help you get the ball rolling, below is a list of some our favourite dance studios in Seattle.
All That Dance is a dance studio that recently relocated to Northeast Seattle. Their new location has six studios, a professional sound system, and air conditioning. ATD is an inclusive community; they emphasize a non-competitive environment and invite everyone, regardless of skill level or background, to join their team and work hard to improve their dance skills. ATD has programs for kids, teens, and adults. All students have the opportunity to perform for friends and family on the final day of each semester and at the annual June Spring Performance.
Woodinville Dance Company opened in 2001 in a small, one-room studio. It quickly grew, and today it's located in Woodinville in a building with three studios. Since it's opening, Woodinville Dance Company has strived to be a non-competitive dance studio where students grow not only as dancers, but also as positive, tenacious, and dedicated individuals. Woodinville offers classes for kids and teens in many dance styles - Ballet, Hip Hop, Ballet/Tap, Pre-Ballet, Contemporary, Acro, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, and Open Tumbling. Though it's a non-competitive studio, Woodinville Dance Company provides its dancers with many opportunities to perform.
The Creative Dance Center offers dance lessons for kids, teens, and adults. Their unique teaching methodology is called Brain-Compatible Dance Education, which focuses on making the brain alert, ready, and willing to learn through dance and movement. CDC's classes are offered through three main programs: Early Childhood, Children and Teens, and Adults. All lessons follow a five-part lesson plan that incorporate the BrainDance, a holistic exercise that integrates mind and body; exploring the lesson's dance concept, developing skills, creating, and cooling down.
CDC is also home to the Kaleidoscope Dance Company, the oldest modern dance company in Seattle. The company is made up of youth ages 6-17, works will well-known choreographers, and performs locally, nationally, and internationally.
Salsa Con Todo is a Salsa, Bachata, Zouk, Tango, Swing, and Kizomba studio located in Fremont. Though they're primarily an adult Latin dance studio, they recently started offering classes for kids. Their classes are a great way for youth ages 6 to 12 to develop a love for Latin dance and culture. Kids will grove to Latin rhythms and play traditional games, like Cuban Rueda. Kids dance classes are for beginners and are a lot of fun!
The American Dance Institute has two locations in Seattle, one in Greenwood and the other in Magnolia. Everyday, the studio's instructors work hard to maintain a non-threatening and non-competitive environment. They are accepting of all abilities and are dedicated to help young dancers improve their technique and foster a love of dancing. They offer dance instruction in Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern/Contemporary, Tap Children's Flamenco, Jazz, and Irish. The American Dance Institute is confident in the quality of their classes and knows that your child will love taking lessons with them. They offer a risk-free trial class for all new students.
Allegro is one giant dance family. Parents sign their children up for dance classes at Allegro because of its nurturing, safe, caring, and positive environment and superior dance instruction. Allegro offer lessons in the following dance styles: Lyrical and Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tumbling, Musical Theatre, Tap, Drama, and Stretch and Strength. They host classes for tiny tots and their parents, young students who have never had dance instruction before, and experienced dancers who are extremely serious about dance.
Backstage Dance Studio's instructors work with students to build self-esteem, confidence, and discipline. They offer dance classes for ages 2 to 18 in a warm and encouraging environment. The styles they offer are Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Pointe, Lyrical, Creative Movement, Pre-ballet, Pre-Hip Hop and Musical Theater. All dancers have the opportunity to show off what they've learned throughout the season in the Spring Showcase, Footnotes (an annual competition showcase), or Creative Movement show.
The Academy of Music and Dance offers excellent music and dance lessons for youth and has two locations in Ballard and Shoreline. They have small class sizes with a maximum 12:1 student-teacher ratio. Their professional educators are all university-trained and many have had successful performing careers. They offer a variety of dance styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and World Dance. At the end of a dance class at the Academy of Music and Dance, your child will go home excited to show off the new routines they've learned!
Did you find a dance class that you think your son or daughter will enjoy? Or is there a dance class that you think should be on our list? Let us know by commenting below - we'd love to hear from you!