Listed: Where to Find Dance Studios & Dance Classes for Kids in SWMI – 2022

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Searching for Dance Classes for Your 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 a 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 continues as they get older and want to enroll in formal dance classes to convert those early wobbles into graceful movements.

But where to start?

Fortunately for Kalamazoo, the community offers a wide variety of dance 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. And if you’re looking for more experiences, try our sports and extracurricular activities guide.

Featured Dance Studios

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The Habitat Performing Arts Center in Kalamazoo

Dance Classes

3731 Covington Rd, Kalamazoo MI 49001


"The Habitat provides amazing classes and choreography, and instructors who are great role models and mentors. My daughter has consistently been challenged, inspired and loved. The Habitat’s culture is unparalleled."


The Habitat Performing Arts Center, a dance studio located in Kalamazoo, MI, provides recreational and competitive dance for all ages and offers an Adaptive Dance program for those who are differently abled. EVERYONE deserves the chance to experience the love of dance!

Belonging to a special community fosters a humble confidence. Dancers can train their bodies anywhere, but true growth happens in your soul. Growth happens when you feel your most self. The Habitat was created to give dancers just that. A place to BE themselves, BELONG to a supportive community, and BECOME the best dancer they can be.

The PAC, the competitive team at The Habitat, prioritizes a healthy environment first, and exquisite dance training at a close second. With a focus on innovative choreography and self expression, the competitive dancers are challenged and encouraged to become the best version of themselves, every single day.

Academy of Dance Arts & Apparel in Portage

Dance Classes

536 Romence Rd, Portage MI 49024


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


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.

Ballet Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo

Dance Classes

316 S Kalamazoo Mall Ste 108, Peregrine Plaza, Kalamazoo MI 49007


"Above and beyond the excellent content and teaching, students are mentored to be encouragers of others, support their fellow dancers, and grow their hearts."
~ Samantha A


Ballet Kalamazoo is a youth ballet company in Downtown Kalamazoo!

Ballet Kalamazoo was created to be welcoming of families of all backgrounds and to teach and inspire young dancers while focusing on a high standard of classical ballet.

Through ballet we build strength, determination, commitment, goal-setting, discipline, teamwork, artistry, leadership, and responsibility. At Ballet Kalamazoo, we prepare dancers to overcome challenges through focus and dedication. Ballet provides you with the tools you need for success in anything you dream of doing.

Be the next generation of ballet dancers and make your dream more than a wish!

Learn more: https://youtu.be/ehrAIg_cRvM

West Michigan Dance Center in Portage

Dance Classes

6136 S Westnedge Ave, Portage MI 49002


"My daughters have danced at WMDC for 5 years. With love and instruction from their teachers, they have blossomed into beautiful, confident dancers. We love WMDC and highly recommend them!"
- Stephanie


Our mission at West Michigan Dance Center is to instill a love and passion for dance within each and every one of our dancers, while also inspiring self-confidence, discipline, and daily life skills.

We care deeply about the well-being of our dancers, and take an individualized approach for each dancer, as every child has different needs and goals.

It is clear that the skills learned in dance create success in all aspects of life, and our goal is not to just develop a well-rounded dancer, but to develop an even more well-rounded human being in each one of our students.

Wellspring Dance Academy in Kalamazoo

Dance Classes

359 S Kalamazoo Mall, Ste 204, Kalamazoo MI 49007


"We appreciate the Wellspring space so much! I feel grateful to have found a place that focuses on the fun of dancing and shares the values my family has."


Wellspring's dance programs offer unique and engaging dance experiences for all levels. We value community, artistic expression, individual differences, and making dance accessible to all.

All programs are held in the stunning Wellspring Theatre and are taught by Wellspring company members and Kalamazoo dance educators.

Class offerings for ages 3+.

All About Dance Classes for Kids

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:

At 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.

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.

Academy of Dance Arts
536 Romence Rd, Ste 109, Portage, MI 49024
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Ballet Arts School of Dance
2018 Rambling Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Ballet Kalamazoo
316 S KALAMAZOO MALL, STE 108 (PEREGRINE PLAZA), KALAMAZOO MI 49007
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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
Move with Joy Dance Studio
1103 Portage St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Patti Herm School of Dance
719 E Allegan Ave, Otsego, MI 49078
Rootead
​505 E Kalamazoo Ave, Ste 3, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
SMLC Ballet Ministry
St. Michael Lutheran Church & School
7211 Oakland Dr, Portage, MI 49024
The Dance Zone- Paw Paw
28895 Red Arrow Hwy, Paw Paw, MI 49079
The Habitat Performing Arts Center
3731 Covington Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
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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
136 S WESTNEDGE AVE, PORTAGE MI 49002
YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo
1001 W Maple St, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

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1 thought on “Listed: Where to Find Dance Studios & Dance Classes for Kids in SWMI – 2022”

  1. Move with Joy – Dance, Yoga, and Pilates Studio in Downtown Kalamazoo! She has lots of different dance classes for kids. She makes them incredibly fun and amazingly informational. Joy is an incredible teacher.

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