Dance Classes, Programs, & Studios for Children in Manhattan

Dance Classes, Programs, & Studios for Children in Manhattan

Help your child advance in dance at one of these New York City dance studios.

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UPDATED July 2019: Dance can help build children’s self-esteem, self-confidence, and even enhance their social skills—and New York city offers a wide range of dance instruction from mommy-and-me classes and creative movement for preschoolers and toddlers up through pre-professional training for kids up to the age of 19. Children can choose from a wide variety of dance classes and techniques from classical ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, and pointe. Some schools offer performance and choreography opportunities while others focus solely on mastering the proper techniques. These dance studios are located throughout Manhattan, including after-school dance programs on the Upper East Side and Upper West Side, Chelsea, Lower East Side, Soho, Harlem, and Midtown.

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10 W. 25th St., New York
200 West End Ave.
6 Stuyvesant Oval

apple seeds is an all-in-one children's play space with more than 80 exciting weekly classes. Join them in art, movement, dance, and songs for seeds! Looking for a gentle introduction to school? seedlings PREP 2/3's group is the perfect start. Through activities such as music, art, gym, imaginative play, story time, and snack kids learn classroom routines and develop social skills. apple seeds also has an indoor playground and offers onsite and offsite party packages. Plus, they offer sibling and twin discounts on all their classes!

1651 Third Ave., New York
Danielle Cortier, birthday party coordinator

Ballet Academy East, Young Dancer Division, unleashing children’s potential through dance. Ballet Academy East is home to aspiring dancers of all ages in its Young Dancer, Pre-Professional, and Adult Divisions. BAE is internationally recognized for exceptional dance training and is the Upper East Side’s ballet school of choice. The accomplished faculty lead classes that nurture students’ physical and emotional well-being, build technical skills, and develop artistry. All classes feature two teachers and live piano accompaniment. Young Dancer Division: ages 18 months-6 years, Pre-Professional and Enrichment Divisions: ages 6-19.

328 E. 61st St., 2nd Floor, New York

The Ballet Club is a unique school that offers excellence in training in a nurturing environment. Our programs range from Dance Together classes for ages 18 months-3 years of age, The Children’s Creative Dance Club Division for ages 3-9, and The Performing Arts Pre-Professional Division for ages 7-teens. We have a holistic approach to training, with an emphasis on healthy training for both the body and mind. To register, contact The Ballet Club at 917-281-1030 or register online at

37 W. 65th St. 3rd floor, New York

Broadway Dance Center Children and Teens' 16-week Semester Program is offered in the fall and spring. Options are available Monday through Sunday. Dancers of all levels and ages can register for Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Jumps and Turns, Breaking, Acro, Lyrical, and Triple Threat! In addition to working on technique each week, our dedicated faculty strive to nurture and develop a young dancer's creative side.

466 Grand St.,

East Village Dance Project (EVDP) made the exciting move to Abrons Arts Center in January 2018. Now in its 22nd year, EVDP offers innovative dance classes in Modern, Ballet, and Pointe techniques. The schedule allows dancers the opportunity to plan a pre-professional regimen, or just attend one or two classes a week. EVDP is excited to announce a Performance Workshop class this fall. Students and professionals will create work together and culminate in an alternative Nutcracker production the week of Dec. 17 at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theater.

Three Locations: Soho, Chelsea, and PMT Studio at 14th Street and Sixth Avenue , New York

Ellen Robbins’ dance classes for children do what dance is supposed to do: train their bodies in technique, attune their ears to great music, immerse them in the thrill of improvisation, and coach them in composition–the natural outcome of which is performance. Dances by Very Young Choreographers is an annual, professionally produced dance concert. Students perform their own solo compositions and participate in a group work choreographed by Ellen. Each child’s unique personality shines through. Modern Dance for ages 5–18: Technique, Composition, Improvisation, and Performance.

434 Sixth Ave., 5th Floor, New York

The Joffrey Ballet School offers classes in Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Contemporary Ballet, and more. We specialize in dancers ranging in age from 2-18. We also offer superb adult evening dance fitness classes. The Musical Theater classes for kids are instructed by actual Broadway stars. Come and experience our more than 60 years of excellence in dance training. You will love the way we care for your child's dance training. Come and grow with us.

777 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
2121 Broadway, 2nd Floor (between 74th and 75th streets)
Upper West Side, Manhattan

The Little Gym is an exercise and motor development center for children, offering gymnastic classes, sports skills development, dance, cheerleading, and karate classes for children ages 4 months to 12 years, in a loving, non-competitive environment. Qualified instructors implement programs designed to build self-esteem and confidence. An emphasis on music and fun encourages both physical and emotional growth. The Little Gym also offers summer camp, holiday camp, Parent Survival Night, and Awesome Birthday Bashes.

217 W. 147th St., New York

National Dance Institute (NDI) is a non-profit arts education organization founded in 1976 by Jacques d’Amboise, New York City Ballet principal dancer. Through school partnerships, workshops, and public performances, NDI uses dance as a catalyst to engage children and motivate them toward excellence. At the National Dance Institute Center for Learning and the Arts, NDI offers classes that provide children the opportunity to experience the joy, rigor, and excellence of NDI’s award-winning arts education programs. Need-based scholarships are available for all center classes through an application process. Please call 212-226-0083.

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