Twist and Shout with Dance

One of my favorite memories of my kids as toddlers is how early they started dancing. On those little wobbly legs where they tumble time and time again, you see a tiny bounce in their step, a wave of their arms, and nodding of their heads to the beat.

Dance is a powerful art that begins so early in a child’s life. For many, their interest in dance continues as they get older and want to enroll in formal classes to convert those early wobbles into graceful movements.

But where to start?

Fortunately for Kalamazoo, the community offers a wide variety of classes, ranging from 18 months to 18 years, for boys and girls. These classes offer opportunities for social growth and creative expression.

This guide is full of options, whether your child’s interest is ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz or modern dance, or something in between. 

Beyond Ballet – Finding the Right Fit

Like Cinderella with a glass slipper, dance classes need to be the perfect fit.

When choosing a dance studio, you’ll want to research all costs involved (class attire, tuition, recital attire and tickets) and the studio’s goals/style. Do you want to travel for competitions on a team? Or is your child simply looking for a recreational lesson?  

Call around and visit studios before enrolling; most will let you watch (or try) a class before committing to a session.

We’ve rounded up over 15 locations in Southwest Michigan for your child to twirl, tap, twist and flip into dance.

Big List of Dance Studios Around Kalamazoo

Academy of Dance Arts | 536 Romence Road, Suite 109, Portage | 269-329-2002
Ages: 2+ | Classes: ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, pre-pointe, pointe

Ballet Arts School of Dance | 2018 Rambling Road, Kalamazoo | 269-345-3433
Ages: 3+ | Classes: ballet, jazz, tap, character, pre-pointe, pointe

Ballet Kalamazoo  |169 Portage Street, Kalamazoo | 269-267-6681
Ages: 3+ | Classes: classical ballet (American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum)

Bernatche School of Dance | 6772 South Westnedge Ave – Suite B, Portage | 269-350-3774
Ages: 2+ | Classes: tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, pre-pointe, pointe, acro, Boys: hip hop 

Excel Dance Centre  | 6775 West Q Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-568-0582
Ages: 2+ | Classes: ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, gym, acro, musical theatre, modern, pointe Boys: hip hop (meets once a month)

Momentum Dance Studios  | 6712 Financial Parkway, Kalamazoo | 269-544-3000
Ages: 2.5+ | Classes: ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, gym, acro

Mosaic Hall & Dance Center 10097 Oakland Drive, Portage | 269-321-4400
Ages: 1.5+ | Classes: acro, ballet, baton, breakdance, body percussion, jazz, modern, tap, lyrical, hip hop, belly dance, flamenco, musical theater

Patti Herm School of Dance  | 719 E. Allegan Avenue, Otsego | 269-694-4565
Ages: 3+ | Classes: ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, modern, pointe

SMLC Ballet Ministry (St. Michael Lutheran Church & School) 7211 Oakland Drive, Portage | 734-765-5324 (Sue MacQuarrie)
Ages: 2-12 | Classes: ballet, jazz, lyrical

The Dance Zone 28895 Red Arrow Hwy., Paw Paw | 269-655-1500 and  56330 City Center Circle, Mattawan | 269-668-3832
Ages: 2+ | Classes: ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, acro, contemporary, teen class (no dance experience required)

Traci Phelps Studios LLC 9975 E. M-89, Suite 1, Richland | 269-365-5344
Ages: 2+ | Classes: ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, tap, musical theatre, acro, tumbling, pointe

Wellspring Dance 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Suite 204, Kalamazoo | 269-342-4354
Ages: 3+ | Classes: ballet, modern, hip hop, modern, creative movement, side-by-side (family dance)

West Michigan Dance Center 678 Maple Hill Drive, Kalamazoo |  269-254-8781
Ages: 3+ | Classes: ballet, lyrical/contemporary, tap, jazz, gymnastics, hip hop Boys: hip hop

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YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo 1001 W. Maple Street, Kalamazoo | 2693459622
Ages: 1.5 – 9 | Classes: creative dance, ballet, tumbling

Dance Kraze 141 N Main Plainwell | 269-685-5310
Ages: 2+ | Classes: ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, stretch & conditioning, pointe

Shari Rarick School of Dance |1400 W Columbia Avenue, Battle Creek | 269-963-0669
Ages: 2+ | Classes: ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, acro

Dance in Motion | 1650 Goguac Street West, Battle Creek | 269-968-5468
Ages: 3+ | Classes: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pom, acro, contemporary

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