Queens Dance Classes for Kids: Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop

Sol Dance Center, New York Irish Center, City Kids Dance, All Star Studios, Studio E School of Dance, Nadia's Performaing Arts Center,Landrum School of Dance, Moves & Motions Dance Academy, Louise Benes Dance Company, Heavely Bodies Dance & Exercise Studi

Hey Queens parents: Do you have a kid who's pleading for dance lessons but you dread the thought of schlepping to Manhattan or Brooklyn? That was my worry when my preschooler started begging for ballet. But after doing a little research and talking to many of my fellow Queens moms, I was happy to discover that I don't need to leave the borough to find quality dance studios for children. Bonus: Dance classes in Queens tend to be significantly less expensive than their Manhattan and even Brooklyn counterparts, and many offer scholarships or sliding-scale tuition for those who qualify.

Some Queens dance studios are local favorites that have been serving their communities for years, like Landrum in Whitestone and Heavenly Bodies Dance Studio in Ozone Park. Others, like Astoria's Sol Dance Center, are part of the wave of new kid-friendly businesses opening up throughout the borough. And if you have a dance-loving boy, don't worry: Most of these programs offer classes for boys, including ballet and hip-hop.

Here are 12 Queens dance studios offering classes for kids and teens who are serious about ballet, tap, modern and other dance styles. You can find other enriching programs in our Classes Guide and Directory Listings.

Sol Dance Center – Astoria
Opened in 2009, this dance studio has a wide array of classes for movers of all ages. The children's programs are split into two age groups - Kids Division for 3 - 8 year olds has pre-ballet, pre-hip hop and pre-Salsa. Teen Division 8 - 19 year olds expands with classes like Capoeira and Tap . 

Astoria Dance Centre – Astoria
Although this performing arts hub offers acting lessons, dance is its primary focus. Its slate of recreational and pre-professional classes starts at age 2 and goes through adulthood. Choose from ballet, tap, hip-hop, modern, jazz and Broadway plus boys' programs.

Cathy's Dance Studio - Astoria
Cathy's is celebrating 62 years in dance. They have the traditional array of classes plus Boy's Dance. They offer discounts on ambitious students taking multi-classes and siblings.

All Star Studios – Forest Hills
This popular performing arts studio offers kids' classes in multiple dance styles including ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, acrobatics and more.

Studio E School of Dance – Flushing
A true Queens staple, Studio E has been around since 1969. Children ages 5 and up can study ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap and contemporary, and there's a separate program for preschoolers.

Queens Dance Project – Bayside
This studio has classes for ages 6 months through adulthood. For the toddler set there is the Creative Movement class and ballet, hip-hop, jazz, tap, break dance, lyrical and acrobatics for older children.

Nadia's Performing Arts Centre – Bayside
Nadia's moved to Bayside in the summer of 2013 and specializes in small classes with lots of individualized attention. Classes are offered for ages 2.5 years and up, and placement is based on age and ability. You'll find the usual selection here including ballet, jazz, tap, and all-boys hip-hop. There are also a variety of audition-only performing companies.

Landrum School of Dance – Whitestone
A neighborhood favorite that's been around for more than six decades, Landrum offers classes in 16 different dance genres in its spacious, three-studio location. Classes cater to students as young as 2.

Moves & Motions School of Dance – Middle Village & Glendale
This mini-chain has two studios in Queens and one in Long Island. Here, dancers can learn all the standard styles including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, etc. There are also audition-only competitive dance teams.

Louise Benes Dance Company – Richmond Hill
With more than three decades of experience, this dance studio offers lessons for all ages from toddlers to adults. Find a complete list on the website including creative movement, ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and more.

City Kids Dance! – Sunnyside
A great option for younger kids, City Kids Dance! offers lessons for children ages 6 months to 9 years. Little kids can enjoy a range of programs including mommy and me options like Baby Dance & Play and drop-off sessions for ages 3 and up in ballet, tap and creative movement.

New York Irish Center – Long Island City
1040 Jackson Avenue at Davis Street
Queens' Irish Arts Center offers step dance classes taught by the renown Niall O'Leary School of Irish Dance. Lessons are for ages 4 to adult for all skill levels and take place weekly. Niall's dancers perform every year in the St. Patrick's Day Parade and they're amazing.

Find out about other enriching programs for kids in our Classes Guide.

This post originally published in August 2013.

Photo credit: Flikr, Jim, the Photographer.

Sol Dance Center
30-16 Steinway Street
11103 Astoria , NY
Phone: 718-935-3955
40° 45' 48.4128" N, 73° 54' 55.3788" W
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New York Irish Center
1040 Jackson Avenue
11101 Long Island City , NY
Phone: 718-482-0909
40° 44' 44.5236" N, 73° 56' 44.9484" W
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City Kids Dance!
Greenpoint Avenue and 46th Street
11377 Queens , NY 40° 44' 31.8372" N, 73° 55' 8.0688" W
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All Star Studios
108-21 72nd Avenue
11375 Forest Hills , NY
Phone: 718-268-2280
40° 43' 12.0252" N, 73° 50' 33.1836" W
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Studio E of Dance
187-16 Union Turnpike
11366 Flushing , NY
Phone: 718-264-0100
40° 43' 44.4468" N, 73° 46' 53.4936" W
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Queens Dance Project
214-26 41st Avenue
11361 Bayside , NY
Phone: 718-229-1133
40° 45' 49.2444" N, 73° 46' 12.0432" W
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Nadia's Performing Arts Center
208-42 Cross Island Parkway
11360 Bayside , NY
Phone: 718-279-3980
40° 47' 22.0272" N, 73° 47' 2.8824" W
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Landrum School of Dance
1102 Clintonville Street
11357 Whitestone , NY
Phone: 718-767-9787
40° 47' 30.0444" N, 73° 48' 45.81" W
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Moves & Motions Dance Academy
74-02 Eliot Avenue
11379 Middle Village , NY
Phone: 718-672-3700
40° 43' 19.0848" N, 73° 53' 7.5624" W
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Moves & Motion Dance Academy
70-20 88th Street
11379 Glendale , NY
Phone: 718-417-8500
40° 42' 36.7632" N, 73° 51' 52.8264" W
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Louise Benes Dance Company
87-18 114th Street
11418 Richmond Hill , NY
Phone: 718-849-3099
40° 41' 51.702" N, 73° 50' 5.1144" W
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Cathy's Dance Studio
33-19 Crescent St.
11106 Astoria , NY
Phone: 718-843-7222
40° 45' 43.9596" N, 73° 55' 45.102" W
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Astoria Dance Centre
42-16 28th Ave
11103 Queens , NY 40° 45' 51.894" N, 73° 54' 41.2848" W
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