We want to thank Family Center for the Arts for their sponsorship of this post. They offer dance, drama, arts, and music classes and more! The Family Center for the Arts is holding its Grand Opening on Saturday, September 13 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm for families to stop by and learn more about the Center. They will have a special musical guest Benjammin’ and Annalisa, as well as Kindermusik with Coryell, face painting, dance demos, drama games, craft make and take projects and much more. There is also an Open House on Sunday September 14 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm if families are unable to come to the Grand Opening.


by Robin Brendlinger



Do you have a child who loves the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance?” Have they been twirling and jiving around the house over the summer and now want to put all those moves to good use? Dance helps children develop discipline and focus in a fun setting. So, even if your child is not destined to be the next Baryshnikov, there is a real benefit to teaching him or her to develop an appreciation for the art.

Tips In Finding The Right Fit

We’ve outlined a few of the Kalamazoo area’s dance studios here for your review. 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.


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Family Center for the Arts (formerly Y Arts Center)

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 18 months with the “Parent & Child Creative Moment”. They also offer Tumbling, Hip Hop Totz, Tap Kidz, Lyrical as well as the traditional Tap, Modern and Ballet classes. New this year is the “Mommy (or Daddy!) and Me” Ballet class. Adult students participate in the 30 minute ballet class with their son or daughter. Another offering is the “Daddy and Daughter Ballroom” for ages 8 and up to learn the basics of Ballroom dance. There is a Teen/Youth Combo dance class for beginner to intermediate levels. This class will encompass various styles of dance. The Family Center for the Arts is holding its Grand Opening on Saturday, September 13th from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm for families to stop by and learn more about the Center. Families can call 269-321-8385 or email familycenter4thearts@gmail.com for more information.[/tab]


Academy of Dance Arts

536 Romence Road, 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. They also have age groups for “Kool Kids” 6-9 years, and pre-teen and teen level courses. In addition, one of the most popular dance offerings is the combination classes. The focus is on the fundamentals of movement, and the joy of expression. Academy of Dance Arts uses a wide variety of colorful props, rhythm instruments, and age appropriate music. The fall session begins the first week of September.



SMLC Ballet Ministry (St. Michael Lutheran Church & School)

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 September 13th and run for 14 weeks. Classes are tuition-free and funded by donations.

10 – 10:30 | Preschool Ballet | ages 3 & 4
10:30 – 11 | Primary Ballet | ages 5 – 8
11 – 12 | Ballet & Praise | ages 9 – 12

Suggested donation for a 30 minute class: $50
Suggested donation for a 60 minute class: $100

Homeschool Dance Classes (offered through TLC – The Learning Community).  Classes are held at the Lighthouse Community Church 4321 S. 11th Street, Kalamazoo on Wednesdays.  Classes begin for students at age four and include Princess Ballet and Jazz & Praise. A Modern Ethnic Dance class is offered for students age ten and older.
Pointe and Praise Class offered for ages 12 and up. This classical ballet technique class begins September 9th and will be held at the Family Center for the Arts in Portage.  For information, e-mail pointdancestudio@gmail.com or contact Sue MacQuarrie at (734) 765-5324.

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Excel Dance

6775 West Q Avenue, Kalamazoo | (269) 568-0582

Excel offers a wide variety of classes including; Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Gym, Musical Theatre, Performance Teams and Zumba. Classes begin for children age two – with the “Play Pals” class designed for child and parent/caregiver. Excel Dance offers several combination classes such as Pre-Ballet/Pre-Tap and Pre-Ballet/Pre-Jazz. 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. Fall classes begin September 3rd.



YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo

2900 W. Centre, Portage | (269) 321-8385

Make sure to check out the local YMCA for several dance class offerings this fall. They have a “Jitterbugs” class for toddlers starting at 18 months old which provides an introduction to dance and creativity through movement and a Creative Dance class. Classes begin in early September.



Mosaic Hall & Dance Center

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, breakdance, 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 over 18 months and under age three. Mosaic also offers a Baton class for beginners from ages 5-10 years and a Baton Competition class for those ages six and over. The Dance studio offers a Musical Theater class (Ages 8+) that incorporates songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. Fall classes begin in September.


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The Ballet Academy

169 Portage Streets, Kalamazoo | (269) 870-5226

The Ballet Academy is West Michigan’s only Royal Academy of Dance certified school located right in Kalamazoo. The Academy offers classical ballet and character dance for all ages. Classes are located at “The Station” (http://www.kalamazoostation.com). Private and semi-private lessons are also available.



Leap of Grace

169 Portage Street, Kalamazoo | (269) 377-4134

Leap of Grace is a Christian ballet company offering ballet classes for ages three to 11+. Classes are held during the week and classes begin in September.



Wellspring Dance

359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Ste. 204, Kalamazoo | (269) 342-4354

Wellspring offers an alternative approach for children’s and adult modern dance classes through its unique philosophy of teaching and learning from the “inside out” versus traditional methods of learning rote movements, copied from the outside. Wellspring offers Creative Movement, Dance Fundamentals, Modern, Contemporary Ballet, and beginning Hip Hop. No previous dance experience is needed. Classes require no special attire, just comfortable clothing and bare feet. Classes are ongoing and students are welcome to join at any time during a semester. Wellspring provides scholarships for families demonstrating financial need.

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Ballet Arts School of Dance

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 (Age three), Pre-ballet, classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Character. Classes start in early September.



Patti Herm School of Dance

719 E. Allegan Avenue, Otsego | (269) 694-4565

The Patti Herm School of Dance provides dance instruction in the Otsego/Plainwell area. The school, located just east of downtown Otsego on M-89 was founded in 1982. 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. Fall session classes begin the first week in September.




The Dance Zone

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 (Tot Time). In addition, The Dance Zone offers Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acro (short for Acrobatics) and a variety of Combo class options. They offer after school transportation from Mattawan schools and also offer Teen Classes starting from beginner to intermediate at both locations.

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Momentum Dance Studios

6712 Financial Parkway, Kalamazoo | (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.




Traci Phelps Studios LLC

9400 E C Avenue, Richland | (269) 365-5344

Located in the Richland Area Community Center, Tracy Phelps dance studio offers recreational-level and competitive dancing for dancers ages 2 ½ and up. Classes include ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, tap, music theatre & technique. New to the studio is a dance competition team incorporated into the program. Check out the website for more detailed information.




West Michigan Dance Center

678 Maple Hill Drive, Kalamazoo |  (269) 250-0555

WMDC offers dance instruction for dancers ages two to adult at beginning to advanced levels. The classes include ballet, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, pointe, tap, hip-hop, gymnastics, and pre-school creative movement. Classes ages 3-adult.






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.



By | 2014-08-31T06:11:16+00:00 August 27th, 2014|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Guides, Learn, Newly Published|Comments Off on Where To Take Dance Classes Around Kalamazoo

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Robin is a native Michigander and mother of two. She has a keen eye for discovering deals and an honest desire to share local activities and family fun. In addition to enjoying early mornings with strong coffee, she likes hanging outside with her kids, biking and reading.

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  1. Bethany August 28, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Ms. Lisa Ballerina is a wonderful teacher who has classes throughout the year: http://www.mslisaballerina.com/