Listed: Where to Find Dance Studios & Dance Classes for Kids in SWMI – 2021

Kalamazoo Dance Class

Do You Have a Born Dancer in the Family?

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 can begin 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. 

Directory: Kalamazoo Dance Studios + Dance Classes

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


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Ballet Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo

Dance Studio, Dance Classes, Dance Company

About Dance Classes at Ballet Kalamazoo

Be the next generation of dancers and a part of first-class ballet training at Ballet Kalamazoo.

Ballet Kalamazoo is a youth ballet company in Downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan. Ballet Kalamazoo focuses on teaching a high standard of classical ballet technique.

​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.

Even the dream of dancing professionally is within your dancer’s reach!

After just a few classes, you will discover Ballet Kalamazoo truly delivers on our commitment to helping our students discover their individual talents, propelling them forward to reach their fullest potential.

Make your dream more than a wish!

T E S T I M O N I A L

"Beyond the excellent content and teaching, Amy sets a tone with her students to be encouragers of others, to support their fellow dancers, and to grow their hearts."
-Samantha A.

AGES: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
OFFERING: Toddler Dance Classes, Ballet Classes, Jazz, Lyrical

Academy of Dance Arts & Apparel in Portage

Dance Studio, Dance Classes, Dance Company, Competitive Dance

About Dance Classes at Academy of Dance Arts & Apparel

Your child will feel the magic of dance as they grow and become confident in everything they do.

At Academy of Dance Arts, dancers experience a nurturing environment where everyone shines. Our staff is full of enthusiastic, knowledgeable individuals who adore their dancers and create a classroom where dancers progress each week with a curriculum that is both challenging and exciting.

Dancers will build friendships, confidence, and learn what it means to be part of a team. The memories that dancers create at ADA will last forever.

T E S T I M O N I A L

"Emily and her staff have proven to be talented, delightful individuals that truly care about the happiness of their students."

AGES: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
OFFERING: Toddler Dance Classes, Mommy & Me, Ballet Classes, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Acro Dance

Mosaic Dance Center in Portage

Dance Studio, Dance Classes, Dance Company, Competitive Dance

About Dance Classes at Mosaic Dance Center

Mosaic Dance Center is a state of the arts performance studio offering dance and fitness classes to children, teens, & adults in the Kalamazoo/Portage, MI area. All instructors have dance degrees, certifications, or finishing up with a dance degree.

Classes are offered year-round in recreational and competitive dance. Mosaic Dance Center offers convenient, online registration. We would love for you to join us for an exciting, rewarding season of dance!

Looking for adult dance classes in the Portage/Kalamazoo area? We offer Belly Dance/Latin Dance, Slim & Tone, and Tap classes for adults.

Join the fun! Online registration.

T E S T I M O N I A L

"We really have fallen in love with MDC! My child has had the most amazing experience with the professional staff and love and kindness MDC promotes through dance."
- Jennifer

AGES: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
OFFERING: Toddler Dance Classes, Mommy & Me, Ballet Classes, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Breaking, Lyrical, Acro Dance, Belly Dance

Wellspring Dance Academy in Kalamazoo

Dance Studio, Dance Classes, Dance Company

About Dance Classes at Wellspring Dance Academy

At the Wellspring Dance Academy (WSDA), we place value in training our students to be authentic, judgment-free, creative community members giving them the chance to fall in love with dance. We offer classes and events for ages 3 through adult in the Wellspring Theater located downtown Kalamazoo.

AGES: Preschool, Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12
OFFERING: Toddler Dance Classes, Ballet Classes, Hip Hop

Dance Studios

Academy of Dance Arts | 536 Romence Rd, Ste 109, Portage, MI 49024

Ballet Arts School of Dance | 2018 Rambling Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Ballet Kalamazoo- Kalamazoo Mall | 354 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Ballet Kalamazoo- Portage Street | 169 Portage St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Bernatche School of Dance | 6722 S Westnedge Ave, Ste B, Portage, MI 49002

Excel Dance Centre | 6775 W Q Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Momentum Dance Studios | 6712 Financial Pkwy, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Mosaic Dance Center | 10097 Oakland Dr, Portage, MI 49024

Patti Herm School of Dance | 719 E Allegan Ave, Otsego, MI 49078

SMLC Ballet Ministry (St. Michael Lutheran Church & School) | 7211 Oakland Dr, Portage, MI 49024

The Dance Zone- Mattawan | 56330 City Center Circle, Mattawan, MI 40971

The Dance Zone- Paw Paw | 28895 Red Arrow Hwy, Paw Paw, MI 49079

Traci Phelps Studios LLC | 9975 E M-89, Ste 1, Richland, MI 49083

Trinity Prep Center | 6018 E Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Wellspring Dance Academy | 359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Ste 204, Kalamazoo, MI 49007

West Michigan Dance Center | 678 Maple Hill Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49002

YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo | 1001 W Maple St, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

All About Kids Dance Classes

Enrolling in dance classes can feel overwhelming at first. We’ve rounded up the most frequently asked questions to help get your future dancer started:

What Age Do Dance Classes Start?

Many dance studios offer classes starting at age two, but kids can enroll at any age.

When Do you Register for Dance Classes?

Most studios open registration in the Spring (May) for the following Fall season. Many stagger enrollment, offering sign-ups to existing students first before expanding to all local families.

Where Can My Child Dance Without A lot of Experience?

Most studios offer both recreational and competitive dance options. Recreational would be open to all interested dancers, irrespective of experience level.

Will We Have to Travel for Competitions?

Yes. If your child is enrolled in competitive dance, travel will be required. We recommend confirming travel expectations (locations- national/regional and frequency) before registering your child.

How Much Does it Cost to Participate in Dance?

For the youngest dancers, expect about $40 per month for lessons plus dance attire and recital costs.

As dancers age, they frequently enroll in multiple disciplines (ballet, tap, acro, jazz, etc) so costs will increase. Competitive dance costs more and would also include travel expenses.

Recital costs are additional: parents usually have to pay separately for performance tickets and costumes.

What Clothing or Equipment is Needed for Dance?

Dancers would be required to wear a leotard and tights with the proper shoes for most disciplines and comfy clothes for hip hop. The dance studio should provide apparel requirements at registration.

Dancers (whether recreational or competitive) will also need special costumes for recitals.


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