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.
91st Street Academy
316 E. 91st St.
Spend up to 6 exciting weeks developing acting and dance skills, growing in confidence and self-expression, and having lots of fun! Classes offered: Hip-Hop, Jazz and Ballet, Kids’ Yoga, Drama, Music Theatre, and Kids’ Zumba! Morning Session: 3’s, 4’s, 5’s OnStage (3-5 yr olds) 9-11:30am. Afternoon Session: All Stars (1st-8th Grades) 12-3pm.
92Y May Center for Health, Fitness, and Sport
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd St.
92Y May Center has sports classes for all ages and levels. For the little ones, we have Tiny Tumblers and Tumbling Toddlers gymnastics classes. Older kids enjoy a variety of gymnastics classes and team options. Aquatics at 92Y are second to none. Polliwogs, Minnows and Guppies are classes certified by the American Red Cross for infants and preschoolers. Private and semi-private lessons offer professional one-on-one instruction. There’s coaching, the Flying Dolphins Swim Team, and the Learn-To-Swim program. Basketball leagues, classes and coaching are also available for youth and teens.
The Ailey School
The Joan Weill Center for Dance
405 W. 55th St.
The Ailey School’s junior division offers classes for children beginning at age 3. The First Steps and Bounding Boys programs offer an enjoyable introduction to dance, bringing the joy of music and creative movement to young children. The pre-professional program for students ages 7-17, encompasses a broad curriculum of dance classes including Horton, Limón, and Graham-based modern dance techniques, classical ballet, tap, West African, and Spanish dance. Classes are taught by experienced, nurturing dance instructors with extensive experience working with children.
American Academy Of Ballet Junior Program
250 west 90th St., #3A
Applause New York City
Performing Arts for All Ages
St. Jean's Community Center, 184 E. 76th St.
Audrey Kaplan is the founder of Applause. Prior to opening the program 18 years ago, Audrey had a performance career starring in commercials, theatre, and television. After receiving her master’s in education from NYU, Audrey became a model teacher for nine years in NYC, training numerous teachers throughout the country. In 1995, Audrey merged her passions for both education and theater by founding Applause Theatrical Workshops. She has directed over 25 productions at Applause, coaching many children privately for performing arts schools, colleges, and professional auditions.
Ballet Academy East
1651 Third Ave.
Ballet Academy East’s Summerdance program immerses children ages 4-10 in exciting and creative activities centering on the arts. BAE’s teaching staff is highly gifted and experienced, and loves working with young children! Summerdance children participate in a huge variety of enriching and fun activities including ballet, tap, modern dance, musical theater, drama, and jazz.
Ballet Hispanico Pre-School Summer Dance Camps
167 W. 89th St. (between Amsterdam & Columbus)
June 6–July 1, Monday through Friday, 9am-noon. This fun and engaging class for children ages 3-5 explores the sounds, movement, stories, and art of Mexico, Dominican Republic, Spain, and Cuba. Each week-long camp takes place at Ballet Hispanico. For more information about pre-school summer dance camp, contact the Ballet Hispanico school office. To download the registration packet or to receive more information on Ballet Hispanico, visit the website.
Body & Spirit
Rutgers Presbyterian Church
236 W. 73rd St.
Join us in celebrating 10 years as the Upper West Side’s best value! Our programs include many dance classes and a fabulous musical theatre workshop offered by a professional staff, as well as our usual classes. This year, our art instructor Cindy Schaffer will also be teaching afterschool programs, in addition to the handprints classes she has taught for years here during the mornings. Take a look at our website for details.
Broadway Bound Kids
St. Michael's Church, 225 W. 99th St.
Kids belt out show tunes, create scripts, become songwriters, take master classes with Broadway stars, and perform on stage in our stress-free summer programs. In "CREATE-A-MUSICAL," 1st-6th graders sing, dance, act, and create scripts, songs, sets, and costumes. In "GLEEK WEEK," 4th-12th graders learn to create choreography and rock out "Glee”-style. In "BROADWAY BOUND PLAYERS," 4th-12th graders are cast and perform in a musical. Go to broadwayboundskids.net for more information and to register!
Downtown Dance Factory
291 Broadway, 5th floor
Downtown Dance Factory, a comprehensive dance school located in a brand new, multi-studio complex in the heart of Tribeca, offers dance classes to kids aged two through teen in jazz, hip-hop, tap, ballet, and lyrical, as well as musical theater from TADA!. Downtown Dance Factory also offers a popular all-boys hip-hop program. With adult dance classes and dance-themed kids’ birthday parties on the menu as well (think ballet, hip-hop...even breakdance!), Downtown Dance Factory has something for everyone! Register now!
Ellen Robbins Modern Dance Classes for Children and Teenagers
Studio Maestro, 68 W. 48 St.
Modern Dance Classes with Ellen Robbins do what dance is supposed to do: train bodies, enrich minds, set free imaginations. Ellen’s classes include technique, improvisation and composition – the natural outcome of which is performance. At year’s end, students present their own solo compositions and participate in a group work choreographed by Ellen. Each child’s unique talent and personality shines through. Register now for fall classes with New York’s most acclaimed modern dance teacher for children aged 5 through teens.
127 West 25th Street, 11th Floor
244 W. 54th St., 4th Floor
Flamenco and salsa/mambo dance classes, year-round. Taking enrollment for September-December term. Monday-Thursday and Saturday. Ages 5-9, 10-15. Single class, $12; packages available. Commitment required. Flamenco shoes and costumes available through subsidy. Student recitals and performance opportunities. Lecture-demonstration performances and residencies at your school or community center.
224 W. 30th St.
Join Greenwich House in the heart of Greenwich Village for loads of fun and creative children’s programming for kids ages 6 mos.-14 years. There’s early childhood enrichment, private and group music, ballet and jazz, basketball, science lab, architecture and design, photography, ceramics, and much more! Greenwich House has it all for every age! Registration is ongoing. Walk-over and late pick-up options are available for the after-school programming. For more information, please visit greenwichhouse.org or call 212-991-0003 x402.
In Grandma's Attic
Various locations in Manhattan
In Grandma's Attic, a fantasy-based creative children's dance program for ages 2-16, celebrates the Nutcracker Ballet in our popular Nutcracker Workshops held December 7, 10, 14, 17-21, 29 and 30 and January 2-3.
Joffrey Ballet School
434 Ave. of the Americas, 3rd, 4th, & 5th Floors
Joffrey Ballet School transforms passionate dance students into versatile artists, able to collaborate and evolve fluidly in a fast-changing society. We offer a complete program for pre-professional students or trainees, a full curriculum for young dancers, and open classes for professional level and adult beginners. The Joffrey Ballet School provides a positive, nurturing environment for students of all levels and abilities. Programs: Children (ages 2½-7), Young Dancer (ages 7-17), Pre-Professional Trainee (ages 14-24), Adult/Open (ages 18-80).
579 Broadway, #4B
Kinderdance® is a nationally acclaimed developmental dance, movement and fitness program for 2-8 years olds. Children learn the physical skills of creative movement, gymnastics, ballet and tap, blended with educational concepts. Besides providing a quality dance program for young children, Kinderdance® offers an enormous benefit to busy parents — convenience. Classes are taught right in your child’s school, generally at a lower cost than outside locations. Contact Carol Baird for information.
Murray Street Dance
67 Murray Street, #4
New Dance Group
305 W. 38th St
Taking Stages is a progressive dance training program for 6 – 12 year olds. With the opportunity to delve into Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Modern Dance, your child will learn the basics and develop their technique. Our professional teachers provide an exciting, nurturing environment and promote confidence in their students. Register your child today for the Fall Session (Oct 6–Dec 19). Visit our website for class times and levels or email us with your questions.
New York Chinese Cultural Center
390 Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York Chinese Cultural Center hosts a seven-week Chinese-culture-specific program for children ages 3½ to 10, including daily language, basic dance, Kung Fu, and arts and crafts classes. Open rolling registration with weekly basic fee of $300. Early drop off and late pick-up services are available with additional fees. July 8-Aug. 23. Call 212-334-3764 or visit chinesedance.org.
NYC Elite Gymnastics-Soho
100 Avenue of the Americas
NYC Elite Gymnastics-Upper East Side
421 E. 91st St
At NYC Elite Gymnastics you and your guests will enjoy gymnastics activities hosted by New York’s best party staff! Activities include gymnastics, trampolines, inflatables, pit play, and games. All parties include an hour of exciting, fun-filled activities and a half hour of refreshment time. As always at NYC Elite you have exclusive use of the facility for your party. NYC Elite will provide an enjoyable, stress-free experience for parents, and your child will leave an unforgettable birthday party feeling like a STAR. Call now to reserve your party.
Peridance Capezio Center
126 E 13th St.
Rutgers Community Programs
Ready, Set, Go! Summer Preschoolers Program at Rutgers
236 W. 73rd St. (at Broadway)
Rutgers Community Programs offers fun, enriching classes where children, ages 1-9, learn through creative play: playgroups, art, Mandarin, dance, musical theater, soccer, movement, and Ready, Set, Go!, our preschool alternative. New in 2013 is a support group for moms with babies up to age 1. Our facilities include an art studio, a gym, an auditorium with stage, and a new classroom for Ready, Set, Go! RCP is conveniently located at the corner of 73rd and Broadway. Come to our open house on September 7, 9:30am-12:30pm, to learn more (RSVP required).
Salsa Babies (Non-Stop Play)
SALSA BABIES was named "Best Kids Class 2008" by Westchester Magazine! Dance your way back into shape with the best little partner of all...your baby! We will show you how to wear your baby safely and comfortably while you learn popular Latin dances and get your groove back! All levels of fitness and dance experience are welcome; however babies must be at least 6 weeks old. Classes available in the Upper East Side, Midtown West and Tribeca! $120 for a six-week session.
The School of American Ballet
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
45 E. 81st St.
330 Smith St., Brooklyn
Stagecoach is not just for performers, it is for everyone who loves to act, sing and dance for pure enjoyment. Stagecoach helps children grow, at their own speed, into effective human beings. At the same time our caring and talented teachers and principals make sure they keep their feet firmly on the ground. Classes run on Saturday mornings from 10am to 1pm. StageCoach training is training for life!
Star Kidz - NYC
NYC (Upper East Side)
Westchester (White Plains)
Star Kidz is a unique program combining singing, acting, hip-hop, and more, all in one class! Since 2004, we’ve helped hundreds of kids, ages 3-17, learn performance skills and build confidence through fun, motivating classes. Through a carefully designed curriculum, Star Kidz features a staff of New York City-trained instructors who teach technique, develop performance skills, and build confidence for every level and age group, from Broadway hopefuls to those on the shy side. View our online video: starkidzonline.com. Let your child shine!
Third Street Music School Settlement
235 E. 11th St. (at 2nd Avenue)
Third Street Music School, the oldest community music school in the country, has a long history of providing excellent arts instruction. Third Street offers after-school and Saturday instruction (group and individual) in most instruments, voice, theory, composition, ensemble, and performance activities. The School also offers classes in ballet, hip-hop, and tap dance, as well as a range of early childhood arts activities, including a licensed preschool program. The School also provides music instruction to adults of all ages and levels, and presents more than 200 free concerts and recitals every year.