So They Think They Can Dance: Best Dance Studios for Kids

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If your little one has been cuttin’ a rug since they could crawl, it might be time to consider harnessing that raw talent in a dance class. Whether she’s on track to be the next Misty Copeland or he just wants to learn some basic Bollywood moves, there’s something for everyone at the dance studios we’ve rounded up for you.

Photo: Joy of Motion

Joy of Motion
The Joy of Motion Dance Center truly thrives on the notion that dance is for everyone. They offer an array of classes for kids in their three studio locations (H Street, Friendship Heights and Bethesda). With over forty years in business, they are well known for their dance education, range of class options and community service. Children’s classes range from ballet to hip hop and modern to tap.

Locations in D.C. and Bethesda, MD

Kirov Academy of Ballet
If classic ballet is what you’re looking for, look no further then the Kirov Academy of Ballet. They train young dancers through their After School Program for ages 2 and up. Instructors work with each dancer in a step-by-step approach introducing the solid foundations of classical ballet, along with character building qualities such as focus, a strong work ethic, determination, and self-esteem. From Creative Movement classes for their youngest students to Pre-Academy for more advanced dancers, there’s a class for someone at all levels. Students learn how to have fun while exercising, as they also learn basic discipline and poise.

4301 Harewood Rd., NE

Photo: Flamenco 4 Kids!

Flamenco 4 Kids!
At any age Flamenco is a lot more than just dance. But for young children it is a unique outlet for self-expression. Flamenco 4 Kids! balances discipline with fun and independence! Children ages 4-12 can learn Flamenco Rhythm, Music, and Dance. Teacher, Magdalena, uses a natural technique of ear training to build age-appropriate skills in movement and musicianship. If you stay for a class and peek through a window, don’t be surprised to see your little one standing tall and proud like royalty, or stomping her feet like a stampede of horsesMagdalena mixes rhythm and dance while traditional music from Andalucía plays in the background. 

3000 Connecticut Ave., NW

If tap is your little one’s thang, look no further than All2Dance in the Palisades. They offer classes filled with fun and experienced instructors, that create an exciting class. Your child will learn the foundation of tap with lively classes she’ll love. All2Dance also provides students with opportunities to showcase their tap dancing talent in community showcase performances.

4380 MacArthur Blvd NW

Adrenaline Studio
Adrenaline offers fun classes to take your technique to a new level.  Classes include hip hop, jazz, ballet, tumbling, cheerleading, acro, and tricking. If choreography is what you’re looking for, Adrenaline is the place to go! They do theater choreography, cheer routines, sidelines and much more! The fun at this place is off the charts!

8450 Tyco Rd. (Vienna, VA)

Photo: Rhythmaya

As elements of South Asian culture permeate the American mainstream, Rhythmaya engages kids of all backgrounds, and abilities in an interactive Indian dance experience. Rhythmaya is a contemporary dance instruction and performance group dedicated to bringing South Asian dance traditions alive throughout the DMV. Choose from fun options like Mother and Daughter Bollywood fun or Tots Bollywood classes. As the kids get older, the options expend to other types of Indian dances for both boys and girls. This is the perfect place to learn about a new different culture through dance!

Various locations throughout MD and VA

Born2Dance Studio
Born 2 Dance was founded by husband and wife team, Azin and Rami Shalan, who have a specialization in Middle Eastern dance and passion for a variety of dance genres from around the world. Ten years later, their studio has grown to become one of the largest providers of dance programs in Northern Virginia. The main studio is located in Vienna, along with two satellite locations in Arlington and Chantilly. Born 2 Dance provides group classes, workshops, private lessons, and summer camps in over a dozen dance styles. Their genres range from Ballet and Bachata to Hip Hop and Salsa.

Various Locations in Northern VA

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