Life is Better When You’re Dancing.
Dancing isn’t about just twirling and tutus. In addition to the great physical benefits, dancing is a confidence builder and offers a great opportunity for social growth and creative expression.
We’ve outlined a few of the Kalamazoo area’s dance studios. When deciding what studio or class is right for your child – ask to observe a class, most studios are happy to oblige! Make sure to check the dance studios website for detailed information such as class schedules, attire, registration forms, tuition and other fees.
This guide is sponsored by Wellspring Dance Academy. Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers is a professional modern dance company that houses a dance academy staffed by working professional dancers and other dance professionals. The schedule includes classes for ages 3-adult in a variety of contemporary disciplines. Wellspring Dance Academy offers a unique and authentic voice in modern dance and serves to engage, educate, and inspire the community. They are located in downtown Kalamazoo in the Epic Center.
Photo courtesy of Wellspring Dance
359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Ste. 204, Kalamazoo | (269) 342-4354
Classes at the Wellspring Dance Academy are taught by working professional dancers and dance professionals. Wellspring Dance Academy promotes healthy, artistic movement, without a focus on costuming. In each class, students learn solid technique and repertoire. Instruction takes place in a modern, professional performance theater, giving students the taste of the real stage. Classes are small (allowing for individualized instruction for students at all levels) and offer opportunities for social development and individual artistic expression.
Wellspring offers a variety of classes, beginning at age 3, such as Creative Movement, Dance Fundamentals, Modern, Contemporary Ballet, and beginning Hip Hop. Make sure to check out their new class Dancing Side-by-Side (family dance). No previous dance experience is needed. Winter session classes start January 9, 2017.
169 Portage Street, Kalamazoo | 269-267-6681
Amy Russell, Artistic Director/Owner, [email protected]
Ballet Kalamazoo focuses on teaching a high standard of classical ballet technique using the AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® National Training Curriculum combined with the syllabus from Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Teacher Training Intensive.
At Ballet Kalamazoo, you will find a dance studio filled with kind, friendly and welcoming dancers and families. Together, we create a positive, fun and healthy atmosphere to learn dance. Ballet Kalamazoo’s goal is to mentor young people of all ages to be beautiful dancers who are grounded with solid values and personal integrity.
Through our commitment to family-friendly programming, age appropriate costumes, and music, we provide an environment that will inspire and empower, leading to the consistent achievement of goals.
Classical ballet classes are available for dancers age 3-17 yrs. Classes are held weekly at The Station, Downtown Kalamazoo.
The Station Dancewear and Studio
169 Portage Street, Kalamazoo | 269-870-5226
Once you have found a dance studio for your dancer, the dancewear shop at The Station can supply everything your dancer needs for class, from bunheads to toes. The Station stocks a large selection of leotards, shoes, tights, warm-ups and accessories, in toddler through adult sizes. Visit our website for shop hours and online shop.
MORE DANCE OPTIONS
2018 Rambling Road, Kalamazoo | (269) 345-3433
Ballet Arts School of Dance believes that dance is a special aid in developing the mind, body and emotions. Classical Ballet forms the base from which the total dancer is created. Their goal is to help children find their own creative abilities while gaining these basic techniques. They offer Creative Dance (3 years), Pre-Ballet (4-7 years), Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Character. Classes start in early January
6136 S. Westnedge Avenue, Portage | (269) 321-8385
The Family Center for the Arts mission is to offer high-quality programs in dance, drama, art, and music that encourage families to learn and grow together in a safe, fun, educational, and positive environment.
Dance classes start for children age 2.5 years and older with a Creative Dance class where students grow and learn by exploring and creating through dance. FCA offers a Mommy (or Daddy!) and Me Ballet class where an adult student also participates in the 30 minute ballet class with their son or daughter.
Winter classes start January 9, 2017. Additional offerings include Teeni Ballerini, Tiny Tappers, Pre-Ballet/Pre-Tap, Hip Hop Kidz, and Lyrical. Visit HERE for additional information.
536 Romence Road, Ste. 109 Portage | (269) 329-2002
The dance studio offers a full curriculum including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and hip hop classes. Classes begin at age two. Academy of Dance Arts also has age groups for Kool Kids 7-9 years, and pre-teen and teen level courses. In addition, check out the Our Kids Love Dance Combination classes filled with high energy and incorporate several dance styles into one class. The 2017 session begins the first week in January.
7211 Oakland Drive, Portage | Contact Sue MacQuarrie at (734) 765-5324
SMLC Ballet offers formal ballet training by a Christian instructor with years of experience teaching ballet. Classes are held on Saturday mornings in the gym of St. Michael Lutheran Church & School beginning January 14, 2017 through May. Partial & full financial assistance is available Email [email protected] for more information or to register.
9:30-10 | Little Dancers | ages 2-3
10 – 10:30 | Preschool Ballet | ages 4-5
10:30 – 11 | Primary Ballet | ages 6 – 8
11 – 12 | Ballet & Praise | ages 9 – 14
Fee for the 30 minute session: $60, Fee for the 60 minute session: $120
6775 West Q Avenue, Kalamazoo | (269) 568-0582
Located in Texas Corners, Excel Dance Centre offers a wide variety of classes including; Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Gym, Musical Theatre, and Performing Company. Classes begin for children age two – with the “Play Pals” class designed for child and parent/caregiver. In addtion, Excel Dance offers a number of combination classes such as Pre-Ballet/Pre-Tap. Check out the full listing of classes and times HERE.
All classes are age-appropriate and focus on student growth and development of skills in a bright, fun and family-friendly environment. Excel offers a wide variety of class times – day and evening. Winter classes begin January 9, 2017.
1001 W. Maple St., Kalamazoo | (269) 345-9622
The YMCA offers a Creative Dance class at the Maple Branch for 3-6 age group as well as 7-9 age group. In this class, students become aware of body alignment and movement through exposure to dance fundamentals and dance exercises.
Classes start January 12, 2017
10097 Oakland Drive, Portage | (269) 321-4400
Mosaic Dance Center is located in South Portage and offers dance and fitness classes to children and teens in ballet, baton, jazz, pointe, modern, tap, lyrical and hip-hop. The Mommy & Me class is a perfect way for children to get acquainted with dance. This class is for children 18 months – 3 years. The dance center also offers Pre-Dance (ages 3-4 and 5-6) which is a great first class for exploring the world of dance!
Mosaic holds a Baton class for beginners from ages 6 and up that covers correct body positions, basic twirls, marching fundamentals and learning a fun team routine incorporating dance. The Dance studio offers a Musical Theater class, one of their most popular that incorporates songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. Winter class begin in early January.
Class location: 2930 W. Main Street, Kalamazoo | (269) 345-5953
The Ballet Academy is West Michigan’s only Royal Academy of Dance certified school located right in Kalamazoo. Classes are held at Endurance Fitness & Health on West Main Street. The Academy offers classical ballet and character dance for all ages for beginning through pre-professional levels.
719 E. Allegan Avenue, Otsego | (269) 694-4565
The Patti Herm School of Dance is a family-owned artistic center that provides dance instruction in the Otsego/Plainwell area. Professional instruction is offered in classical ballet, modern jazz, tap, and hip hop. A special pre-ballet/creative program is offered for children 3 – 6 years of age. For a detailed class description, visit HERE. Winter session begins in early January.
28895 Red Arrow Hwy., Paw Paw | (269) 655-1500
and 56330 City Center Circle, Mattawan | 269) 668-3832
The Dance Zone offers two locations in Southwest Michigan. Classes begin for children starting at age two. The Dance Zone offers Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Acro (short for Acrobatics) and a variety of Combo class options. They also offer Teen Classes starting from beginner to intermediate at both locations. Fall session runs from September through May and Summer sessions begin in June. The Dance Zone’s studio philosophy is to enhance the minds and bodies of ALL their students while providing a safe and nurturing environment for them to learn. The Dance Zone provides a dance education tailored to the individual. Each student is surrounded by positive role models and opportunities to create great friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. High energy and enthusiasm play a part of the educational environment.
6712 Financial Parkway, Kalamazoo M| (269) 544-3000
Momentum Dance Studios offers a wide variety of classes. Classes begin for students at age 2 ½ and include Music ‘n Motion, Tiny Tutus, Tap Puppies and Boogie Bugs. For basic through advanced levels, Momentum Dance offers Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Gymnastics combo. The combo classes include ballet/gym, jazz/gym, and hip-hop/gym that utilize the junior and training gymnastic equipment. They also have a performance group which is a non-competitive performing group for dancers who are interested in extra training and performance opportunities.
The winter schedule is available HERE.
9975 E. M-89, Ste. 1 Richland | (269) 365-5344
Located in Richland, Tracy Phelps Studios offers recreational-level and competitive dancing for dancers ages 2 ½ and up throughout the week.Classes include ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, tap, musical theatre, acro, tumbling, technique and several combo classes. All dancers are considered part of the dance family and much is done through the year to help to local community organizations, to develop the whole dancer, help build character, integrity and confidence and create an environment where everyone feels welcomed and appreciated.
678 Maple Hill Drive, Kalamazoo | (269) 254-8781
WMDC provides instruction for beginners through advanced dancers in ballet, pointe, lyrical/contemporary, tap, jazz, gymnastics and hip-hop. They also offer intermediate and upper level classes, as well as a competitive company, for the serious minded dancer. They hold an annual recital for dancers to perform in the spring of each year. Classes begin at age 3 through 18.
Have we missed any one of your favorite places for the kiddos to take dance lessons? If so, please let us know in the comment section below.