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 JULY 2015: 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.
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UPDATED JUNE 2016: If you're looking for dance classes for kids in NYC, look no further. This list includes dance programs in hip hop, ballet, jazz, tap, and modern for kids in Queens including neighborhoods like Forest Hills, Middle Village, Astoria, Jackson Heights, Fresh Meadows, and Flushing.
The education director of TADA! Youth Theater in Manhattan answers why it might be a good idea for parents to enroll a shy child in musical theater classes to help their development, why parents' support is essential in nurturing an artistic child, and the importance of "failing forward."
Star Kidz, a performing arts program, will open its new location in Mount Kisco in the fall and registration for fall singing, dancing, and acting classes is now open.
Elliott's Classes, which offers gymnastics classes for infants, toddlers, and young children and dance classes for young children, now offers an alternative preschool program to introduce children to separation from parents in a school setting.
Fleur de Lis Academy, a facility that offers ballet and etiquette classes, now offers two different classes to help children build self-esteem: Under the Mustache and yoga.
Looking for a Zumba-like cardio dance class? Applause Westchester is now offering a hip-hop cardio class for adults to its schedule, teaching fun dance moves while getting your heart rate going.
American Dance and Drama, a major talent producer, has opened a second location in Glendale. This dance studio in Queens will offer dance, acting, and singing classes for Glendale Kids.
Bird River Studios, newly opened in Williamsburg, offers a variety of creative classes for kids including music, art, ceramics, printmaking, dance, and creative writing. And if the studio doesn't offer what your child is interested in, it will strive to offer it. Bird River Studio also offers classes for parents while their children are in class.
If you're looking for musical theater classes for kids on Long Island, New York, look no further: we've rounded up the best places in the area for kids to learn how to act, sing, and dance. These Long Island studios offer musical theater classes for kids of all ages.
If you're looking for musical theater classes for kids in Westchester, New York, look no further: we've rounded up the best places in the area for kids to learn how to act, sing, and dance. These Westchester studios offer musical theater classes for kids of all ages.
Stephanie Urbina recently opened The Dance Gallery, a dance studio in Tuckahoe that offers dance classes for kids, including creative movement dance classes for preschoolers and five levels—based on age—of ballet classes for kids of all ages.
From Disney’s “High School Musical” franchise to “Glee,” it’s clear there’s an appetite for musical theater. But beyond entertainment, performing arts—proven critical to learning—are less accessible in schools than they once were. We're issuing a call to action.