Dance studios and classes come in a variety of styles for all ages. Some focus on fun and fitness while others trend toward competition and professional training. Many offer classes starting with Mommy & Me for the youngest dancers, and expand their variety as children get older and more skilled. Whether the aspiring dancer is into ballet, jazz, tap, modern, or hip hop, this list has something for everyone from Center City to the 'burbs.
1. Philadelphia Dance Academy- Old City, Rittenhouse, Wynnewood
For classical training in ballet and modern dance techniques, the Philadelphia Dance Academy offers classes for children starting in preschool all the way to adults. Philadelphia Dance Academy has three locations: Old City (which is their main location), Rittenhouse Square, and Wynnewood. Instructors use the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum, a program that consists of a comprehensive set of age-appropriate, outcome-based guidelines to provide the highest quality ballet training to dance students of all ages and skill levels.
2. Equilibrium Dance Academy- South Philadelphia
Equilibrium Dance Academy focuses on each dancer's individual development. With mainly after-school classes (there are a few Saturday and Sunday sessions), Equilibrium focuses mostly on children age 5 and older. However, there are a few preschool age classes and a Zumbini class (for children 4 and under) starting in the fall. Every student may take one free trial class before registering.
3. Merge Dance Studio- Manayunk
Merge's mission is to combine dance and fitness in a fun, positive environment. A pre-professional studio, Merge offers classes for the littlest ones (Mommy & Me) to adults.
4. The Rock School for Dance Education- Philadelphia
Since 1963, The Rock School has been focused on its mission to provide the best in dance training. Offering school year programs for young ones through adult, this comprehensive dance studio is located on the Avenue of the Arts and has five floors with six state of the art sprung-floors, an in-house costume shop, and a cafe. The Rock School also has summer classes. Serious dancers can participate in the Rock Academics program which provides academic flexibility while students prepare for a future career in the arts.
5. Living Arts Dance Studio- Northern Liberties
An affordable, professional performing arts studio for all, Living Arts Dance Studio offers dance programs for everyone ages 2.5 to adult. Living Arts Dance Studio also offers all pricing info on its website. In addition, Living Arts Dance Studio provides camp opportunities and traveling classes.
6. Dancexpress- Narberth
With a yearly program that runs from September thru May, Dancexpress offers Baby Dance, Creative Movement, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, and Pointe. Classes are available for students ages 2 thru adult from levels beginner to advanced/pre-professional. Yoga, Pilates, and special workshops are also offered throughout the year. Camps run over the summer.
7. First Position Dance Arts- Ardmore
With the tagline, "Where classical meets cutting edge," First Person Dance is not your traditional dance studio. Yes, there's ballet, but there's also modern, jazz, tap, urban choreo, hip hop, breakin', and creative dance classes. Perhaps what's most exciting is the dance teams which start with elementary-aged kids and continue through high school.
8. Movements in Motion- Havertown
With many introductory classes that focus on having fun while learning basic dance skills, Movements in Motion encourages children ages 2-7 to enjoy learning by combining dance traditions in early classes. Beginning at age 6 or 7, children can choose to focus on one area as they develop their skills. Mommy and Me classes are available for 1-2 year olds. Movements in Motion also hosts birthday parties and holds summer camps.
9. Napoli School of Music & Dance- Ardmore and Springfield
Napoli has been teaching students on the Main Line since 1988. They offer a comprehensive dance program for all levels with one of the best studio spaces around. As a bonus, Napoli also offers music lessons including piano, guitar, and voice as well as karate classes.
10. Ballet 180- Wayne
Ballet 180 has a commitment to community and personal well-being. Its goal is to uplift the mind, body, and soul. It seeks to enrich students' lives through high-quality artistry and service to society. This studio offers a full schedule of classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, and lyrical contemporary.
11. The Pointe! Dance Studio- Philadelphia
Celebrating 20 years of dance, The Pointe! Dance Studio focuses on performance training classes that enrich dancers skills while boosting their self-confidence. Classes for beginners ages 2.5 through 8, acrobatics, African dance, ballet, modern, praise dance, hip hop, Pointe, and tap are offered.
12. Top Hat Dance Studio- Philadelphia
This dance studio features youth programs that include pre-ballet, ballet, ballroom dancing, hip hop, and tap but also offer special hip hop classes for boys and periodic special needs workshops.
13. Motion N' Dance- Philadelphia
Little ones can participate in the Little Star Program while older students can sign up for regular classes featuring ballet, hip hop, jazz, and modern at Motion N' Dance. Dancers who have reached their highest level can take part in a master program which is an accelerated level with intense training in a specific style of dance.
14. L.A. Dance Galaxy- Jeffersonville
Close by King of Prussia, Skippack, Plymouth, Collegeville, and Royersford, this dance studio offers plenty of opportunities for children 2.5 and up. Dancers can expect classes such as jazz, ballet, hip hop, and Pointe as well as musical theater, lyrical/liturgical praise, and dance dynamo combo.
15. Philadelphia Studio Ballet- Haverford
This Main Line studio encourages dancers to have fun while learning ballet dance technique in a stress-free environment. Early Division include Mommy & Me sessions beginning at 18 months and preschool ballet opportunities. Primary Division is for students in grades 1-3 and Pre Professional Ballet is for students with 3-4 years of classical ballet training.
Image courtesy of Lori Foxworth via The Philadelphia Dance Academy.