Top Dance Classes for Kids in the SF Peninsula

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Published Aug 18, 2015

So many dance lessons are available in the area, but which one should we choose? Ballet, jazz, hip hop.... Here is a bit of our own research to help choose the right class for your young dancer.

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Top Kids' Dance Classes on the SF Peninsula



Dance Expressions

Dance Expressions is a jazz based dance program. Jazz is very versatile and easily fused with other styles of dance such as hip hop to lyrical and everything in between. Expect every class to be a fun and upbeat experience. The program gives students the opportunity to focus on all aspects of dance from their technique to their performance ability. The regular dance season runs September-June, and concludes with a spectacular end-of-the-year performance.



Myriad Dance Academy

The Myriad Dance Academy's programs include hip hop, jazz, tap, ballet, and Pilates classes for most of which are available for kids aged 4 and older. Classes will all be age-appropriate for toddlers through adults.

MDA offers small class sizes for more personal attention, taught by an experienced and educated teaching staff.




Principal Creative and Performing Arts

PCPA offers a welcoming dance environment for kids and teens ages 5 and up. They teach ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, modern, and musical theater. They are currently focused on offering more beginning classes than anything else. For more experienced dancers, they offer performance teams which not only perform more, but also compete.




Small Fry Dance Club

SFDC began in 2007 as an on-site preschool dance class. Today Small Fry Dance Club has over 700 actively enrolled dancers, and are are affiliated with the Principal Creative and Performing Arts school (mentioned above).

Combined with new students in the PCPA program they are the largest dance school in San Mateo.



Dance Connection

DC offers classes for ages 3 to adults from beginning to advanced levels. Children’s combination dance classes and graded classes in ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and tap dance are guided by experienced professionals. They offer a pre-professional Ballet Company, a competitive Performing Company and Hip Hop Crew, and two Jazz Dance Teams. DC is also the official school of the Palo Alto Dance Connection Youth Ensemble.



San Juan Dance

SJD is a place where every student is provided with a positive learning environment. The quality staff is comprised of certified teachers, many of whom are members of The Royal Academy of Dance (London), Dance Masters of America, and/or hold college degrees. A full range of classes are available in acro, ballet, contemporary, tap, hop hop, jazz, lyrical dance, Mommy & Me toddlers' classes, and more.




Kirkpatrick's School of Dance

Since 1956, young dancers, many even second or third generation students of Kirkpatrick’s, began their training at Kirkpatrick's, as they are known for their quality instruction. Many students have moved on to perform and study dance in the professional world.

Classes are available in modern, hip-hop, jazz, tap, and ballet. Pre-dance classes are offered for younger kids aged 4-6.



Millbrae Dance Academy

Instructors are versed in the traditions of dance, but also explore new concepts to expand their horizons. While some students have gone on to perform with dance companies or film/video productions, all students learn to appreciate the work and the fun that goes into dance, as the process has it’s own reward and excitement. Varying levels of dance classes are offered for children age 3 through teens in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and lyrical dance.




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