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.
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, 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.
Equilibrium Dance Academy- South Philadelphia
Equilibrium Dance Academy focuses on each dancer's individual development. With mainly after-school classes (there's only a couple on Saturday mornings), Equilibrium focuses mostly on children age 5 and older.
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 littest ones (Mommy & Me) to adults.
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.
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.
First Person 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 Hip Hop, Breakin', Jazz, Funk, Tap, and Creative Dance classes. Perhaps what's most exciting is the dance teams which start with elementary-aged kids and continue through high school.
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.
Napoli 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.
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.
Image courtesy of Lori Foxworth via The Philadelphia Dance Academy.