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Keep these questions in mind when choosing a new dance studio for your child. A good studio will foster a love of dance while educating your child and building her self-confidence.
One local mom's email inspired the New York City Ballet to create special dance workshops for kids with disabilities. Their reaction will melt your heart.
Peter Cirolia, who danced alongside New York City ballet, owns Ballet Muscle, a studio that offers ballet and fitness classes for kids and adults in New Rochelle. Ballet Muscle recently began offering summer ballet and fitness programs for kids.
Posey School of Dance, located in Northport, now offers a dance intensive class for tweens and a dance class for preschoolers. The preteen dance program is a summer dance program, while the preschool program runs year-round.
Surge Studio, a studio that offers dance classes and birthday parties in Congers, will host its first summer dance camp this year.
Ballet and Body, a dance and fitness studio, recently opened on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. The studio offers ballet and dance classes for kids and ballet and fitness classes for adults.
The School at Steps, which offers various levels of dance classes for children in Manhattan, now offers two mother-and-child dance classes.
South Shore Ballet Academy, a Long Island classical ballet dance program, recently opened in Amityville. The ballet school offers dance classes for children of all ages and levels of dance.
Westport Dance Center is scheduled to begin its newest preschool dance class Leap N' Learn in January. The center aims to offer the best dance programming in Westport.
Ballet des Amériques School and Company in Port Chester now offers a program for home- and cyber-schooled students. The new program at the dance school in Westchester County is a full-day dance class with breaks for school work.
Posey School, a dance school for kids in Northport, recently announced the launch of its preschool program for ages 2-4 in Suffolk County.
West Nyack-based JCC Rockland is expanding its dance program by welcoming Debi Klein as an instructor and is adding a musical theater program for kids of all ages in Rockland.
Ballet des Enfants, an established ballet studio for young children, recently opened a ballet studio in Armonk. The studio offers ballet classes for young children as well as birthday parties.
Greenwich Ballet Academy, which offers ballet classes in Westchester County, recently introduced its Early Prep Program, a ballet class for preschoolers. The academy also offers a ballet summer camp.
Manhattan’s DanceSport recently began offering its junior ballroom program for ages 5-16. The dance classes teach children discipline, partnership and teamwork skills, and a variety of dance styles including rumba, jive, waltz, and tango. Children in the program also participate in competitions. DanceSport is also offering a discount for "Big Apple Parent" readers.
The Performing Arts Conservatory of New York, which was originally located in Jackson Heights, recently opened its second location in Elmhurst. The Performing Arts Conservatory of New York offers after-school classes to children in Queens, including drama, music, and dance. The conservatory also offers introduction to music classes for preschoolers, as well as Spanish classes.
Dance and Theater Arts Studios in Dobbs Ferry, which offers dance and theater arts classes in Westchester, now offers Brain Dance. Brain Dance helps children’s brain development, and children gain body awareness and strengthen their core.
Dance With Me USA and Rising Stars Dance merged to create Dance With Me Juniors. The dance program for children in Nassau County teaches a variety of styles including ballroom, hip-hop, and contemporary.
Manhattan ballet company Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet now offers an after-school ballet program for aspiring professional dancers.
New York Kids Club, a children's activity center, recently opened its Park Slope location. The center offers various kids classes including theater, dance, gymnastics, and cooking, as well as birthday parties and after-school pick-ups.
UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2014: Prepare for back to school time in Brooklyn, New York, with a wide range of after-school programs for kids, Brooklyn sports teams and programs for kids, after-school tutors in Brooklyn, music classes, dance and gymnastics classes in Brooklyn, from Carroll Gardens, to Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights to Park Slope.
UPDATED JULY 2014: Find dance studios and gymnastics programs for kids on Long Island. These dance classes for kids include lessons in ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop and the gymnastics studios for kids have professional instructors. You can find dance and gymnastics studios in Nassay County, including Long Island City, Port Washington, Levittown, Bellmore, Valley Stream, Syosset, and Suffolk County, including Commack, Stony Brook, and East Patchogue.
A list of dance programs for kids in Manhattan, from the Upper East Side and Upper West Side to Midtown and East Village for parents to sign their kids up for jazz, ballet, hip hop, pointe, and more dance classes in New York City.
UPDATED JULY 2014: The best Fairfield County, CT dance schools and programs for kids are here. Whether you're located in Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich, or Westport, discover kids dance classes and programs in Fairfield County including instruction for ballet, Pointe, jazz, tap, and hip-hop dance classes and programs for kids.
UPDATED JULY 2014: Find dance classes for kids in Westchester County, NY, including dance studios and schools that teach ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, point, and other dance styles in and near White Plains, Scarsdale, New Rochelle, Rye, Peekskill, Mamaroneck, Yonkers, Mount Kisco, Irvington, Tarrytown, Pleasantville, and beyond.