If your kid loves to dance, check out this list of all the very best dance classes and studios across Singapore...
If you’re looking for a dance class for your kids here in Singapore, you’re in luck! Yep, we’ve already covered the best drama classes for your little thespian, and we know where to head if your little ones want to learn a musical instrument, but how about getting your kids, girls and boys, into a dance class? Here’s the good news: we’ve found the best dance schools in Singapore all over the island! Without further ado…
BEST DANCE CLASSES FOR KIDS
Here’s an award-winning dance company that welcomes aspiring little dancers as young as two years old! STEP Studio is a well established studio that’s known within Singapore and the global dance scene. Your little ones will be in good hands as its founder, Stephanie Loh, has over 30 years of dance experience and 17 years of choreography. STEP Studio has three classes for kids: Little Steps Toddler Class for children aged two to four (optional parent accompaniment), Mini Crew for five to eight year-olds, and Junior Crew for nine to 13 year-olds. Looking for a fun and intensive dance course for the school holidays? STEP Studio has got you covered with Camp Wonder as well, held during the June holidays from 9am to 3pm. More than just teaching the techniques of dance, kids will also learn important lessons of friendship and teamwork through the classes. Plus, your child may just have the opportunity to take the stage at local and regional dance competitions!
STEP Studio, 231 Mountbatten Road, Block G Mountbatten Centre, #01-05, Singapore 397999
Centre Stage School of the Arts
Centre Stage School of the Arts have something for every age, from six months old – right the way through to adult classes (because who said dance classes were just for little ones?). Choose from ballet, contemporary, boys’ dance, musical theatre dance, and so much more. Centre Stage should also be high on your list for drama and musical theatre – offering loads of classes for a wide range of ages.
Centre Stage School of the Arts, Block 15 Woking Road, Singapore 138694 and Laguna Park, 5000G Marine Parade Road, #01-32 Singapore 449290
Tanglin Arts Studio
Tanglin Arts Studio offers dance classes for kids from two and up. Its Babyballet Tinies class is a great parent participation option covering an intro to all forms of dance for the very youngest dancers, from one to two years old. From age four, kiddos can get to grips with ballet, jazz-focused lessons, hip hop, musical theatre, and so much more!
Tanglin Arts Studio, Hollandse Club, 22 Camden Park, Singapore 299814
Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre
Interested in learning one of Singapore’s cultural dances? Then sign up for lessons at the Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre, which aims to promote Chinese dance to the masses. Parents and their kiddos at age three can partake in the parent-child class, with simple and fun-themed activities that’ll ignite imaginations and creativity. Those between four and six can join the First Step classes, where they can learn the basics of Chinese dance. From there, your tiny dancer can move on to the class that they want to excel in. There’s even a class that combines both Chinese dance and kung-fu!
Singapore Chinese Dance Theatre, Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Cultural Academy, 5 Sennett Road, Block A, Unit 202, Singapore 466781
CLASSES AVAILABLE FOR KIDS UNDER THREE-YEARS-OLD
Situated between Pasir Panjang and Labrador Park MRT, Evolve Arts is a great option for kids in this neck of the woods (although families come far and wide to try out the classes here!). Littlies aged two to four can sign up for ballet. We can vouch for this one, and our mini-reporter would love to attend every day if she could. This is also a great spot for drama, with a wide range of musical theatre as well as adult acting classes.
Evolve Arts, 44 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore 118504
Dance At The Difference
We checked out Dance At The Difference for ourselves and crowned this super-duper boutique dance studio as our Find of the Week! It runs fun-packed parent-and-child classes for tiny tots from eighteen months to five years and then some pretty cool drop-off picks for older kids aged five to seven years. Classes include tap dancing, ballet and hip-hop. Psst: it also runs some pretty cool classes for grownups which are not only great for getting fit but are a great way to meet new friends while having a ton of fun. Win-win!
Dance At The Difference, Goldhill Centre, 203A Thomson Road, Singapore 307638
Stepping Out Studios
The Melody Bear dance movement, created by Jill Bridger, is in Singapore at Stepping Out Studios! Kiddos aged two and above are catered for through ballet, tap and music classes. And little ones will be delighted to dance alongside the super cute Melody Bear, who’s used to help ignite a love for dance in the tiniest of tots.
Stepping Out Studios, City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, #08-05, Singapore 208539
Dancer’s Dream Studio
Here’s another dance technique to pick up: this studio offers Latin ballroom dance classes for all ages and experience levels. Choose from cha cha, samba, Paso doble, jive, and rumba. In the Twinkle Tots group, littlies between 2.5 and 4.5 years old will pick up simplified Latin dance concepts and Latin music rhythm using musical instruments within 10 weeks per term. From there, the kiddos can progress to the Ruby & Saphire class, where they’ll learn all 5 Latin dances. That will culminate in an end-of-term choreography performance. How fun! Parents, there are adult classes where you can participate in. How does a couple date class sound?
Dancer’s Dream Studio, 8D Dempsey Road, #03-06, Singapore 249672
The Ballet School Singapore
If you’re looking for the best dance institution for your child, look no further than The Ballet School Singapore. It even caters for the littlest ballerinas in the house, who can enrol for Tots Ballet from two and a half years, where they’ll learn the basic elements of ballet and creative movement. From there, they can progress through the other programmes. All students can even take part in the annual school performance, overseas dance immersion programme, and even international masterclasses. Wow!
The Ballet School Singapore, several locations across Singapore
One of the oldest dance establishments in Singapore, this dance school provides classes in ballet, modern jazz, tap, and contemporary dances. Kavanagh Dance firmly believes in the mantra of dancing both in the feet and the heart, which correlates with its philosophy of education, enjoyment, encouragement, and expression. Classes start from 2.5 years old, where they’ll learn the rudiments of music and movement, all the way through to classical ballet and modern jazz for the older kids.
Kavanagh Dance, classes at Toa Payoh, Orchard Cineleisure, and CHIJ Our Lady of Nativity (only for students of CHIJ OLN Primary School)
All That Jazz
All That Jazz places emphasis on classical ballet training as a foundation for all dance classes. Kids between two and three years old can go for the Mommy and Me ballet and jazz combo classes. It’s a great participation class that nurtures the bonds between parent and child. Slightly older kids have a wider variety of dance classes to choose from, such as acro dance, which focuses on fundamental acrobatic moves and floor work. Don’t wor; therere are no gymnastics bars or beams involved.
All That Jazz, lessons held at Winstedt Road, Claymore Hill, Forum the Shopping Mall, and i12 Katong
CLASSES AVAILABLE FOR KIDS FROM THREE YEARS OLD AND ABOVE
These classes at Tahiti Dance are all about empowering girls through dance and Tahitian-style movement classes. There are classes available for little ones from age three all the way up to 12. Grace, focus, self-confidence and coordination are the name of the game here, with Tahitian dance combining moves from ballet, jazz, Zumba and belly dancing for a fun workout.
Tahiti Dance, 46 South Bridge Road, #02-02, Singapore 058679
Amy’s School of Dance and the Arts
Parents can enrol children from three years old in preschool dance classes at this Serangoon dance studio, with classes right the way through to 18. Amy’s School of Dance and the Arts offers a wide range of dance classes for all levels and abilities; check out the site for all the deets.
Amy’s School of Dance & The Arts, Blk 265 Serangoon Central Drive, #03-267, Singapore 550265
Maddspace runs all kinds of dance classes that your kid can move and groove in. Register your toddler in the preschool and toddler dance classes (for three and a half years and above), where they can improve their speech, develop motor and social skills, and build up their concentration and self-confidence. Older kids? There are loads of classes depending on where their interests lie. Besides ballet, there are also classes to learn K-pop choreographies, modern jazz, contemporary dance, and more!
MADDSpace, GR.ID, 1 Selegie Rd, #02-12, Singapore 188306 and The Chevrons, 48 Boon Lay Way, Singapore 609961
Wanna have fun as you pick up some groovy dance moves? Dancematazz is where you should sign up. Learn different forms of dance, such as Bollywood and BollyJazz, from a national-level dancer with years of experience. Your little groove machines will definitely enjoy themselves and discover their own rhythm throughout the lessons.
Dancematazz Studios, Singapore Sports Hub, OCBC Arena, Sports Hub Fitness Studio, Level 2, 5 Stadium Drive, Singapore 397691
The Academy of Dance
The Academy of Dance offers RAD classes from grade one all the way through to grade eight, catering for all ages. Got a keen ballerina at home? Three and four-year-olds are welcome to Baby Gems, a one-year dance programme written by the academy’s founder. It comprises a series of exercises that are choreographed to popular nursery rhymes and Disney classics. Tots will have a ball of a time being introduced to classical ballet training. Once they’re done with the programme, they can move on to pre-ballet or pre-primary classes.
The Academy of Dance branches in Tampines and Yishun
Emerge Arts & Media Academy
One for the older kids (from four and above), Emerge Arts & Media Academy offers a whole host of dance class options. Twinkle Tots Ballet & Jazz classes are the best bet for younger kids, catering for four to six-year-olds. With its convenient location in Marina Square, plus professionally trained instructors – this dance school ticks all the boxes. Don’t just take our word for it either; check out the video performances on the website too!
Emerge Arts & Media, Marina Square, Ziggy Feet, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #B1-01/02/03, Singapore, 039594 and Marina Square, School of Music and the Arts (SOMA), 6 Raffles Blvd, #03-142/143/144, Singapore 03959
The folks at Jitterbugs Singapore bring dance and movement to a whole new level with their Circus Swingapore classes, where munchkins learn circus and acrobat skills! Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and musical theatre are also on offer too. If the kiddos are flip-flopping about what they’d like to really learn, there are trial classes and holiday workshops available for a sampler sesh.
Jitterbugs Singapore, #B1-08 The Cathay, 2 Handy Road Singapore 229233
Singapore Ballet Academy
Affiliated to the veritable Singapore Dance Theatre, the Singapore Ballet Academy has a good, long 50 years of experience in ballet dancing behind them. So if the littlies are head-over-heels in love with ballet (a la Natalie Portman in Black Swan), this is the institution to enrol them in.
Singapore Ballet Academy, 5 Stadium Walk, #04-01, Singapore 397693
For kids who love to dance but do not have aspirations for pirouetting at a ballet barre, the oh-so-cool O School has classes from age five through to 19. Reggae Dancehall, Hip Hop and Street Jazz are just three of the body-popping type choices available, and the programmes introduce basic techniques in Old School and New Style urban dance genres. The Junior Urban Dance Course is perfect for anyone who fancies learning how to spin on their heads. Literally.
L5 by O SCHOOL, GR.iD (formerly PoMo), #05-01/02, 1 Selegie Road, Singapore 188306
Kids from three years and up will definitely find a class they love at one of Dancepointe Academy’s three different types of schools: Dancepointe (ballet), Dance Factory (hip hop and K-pop) and dAcademy (Contemporary). Located at 19 branches across Singapore, kids from three and above will easily find a groove to suit! Besides regular classes (which are suitable for beginner level), students with extra flair will be chosen to join the Dance Factory Crews, where training is free! The Crews will get the chance to train in all things hip hop and K-pop, plus get opportunities to represent the school in competitions and performances.
Dancepointe Academy, various locations
John & Josephine Dance Creative
Why not introduce the kids to the waltz and foxtrot? John & Josephine Dance Creative offers a whole host of fun classes for kids aged five and up where they can take up traditional styles such as tango, rumba, jive and quickstep to keep them on their toes!
John & Josephine Dance Creative, 1 Sophia Road, #06-27/28, Peace Centre, Singapore 228149
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