Best Dance Classes for Kids in Washington, D.C.

July 4, 2014 8:00 AM

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It’s no secret: children are a bundle of energy. Instead of letting your kids bounce off the walls, why not encourage them to sign up for a dance class. Dance classes provide a variety of benefits including an increase in concentration, coordination and flexibility. Choose from one of the best dance classes for kids in D.C. and channel all of that energy towards something beneficial today.

Joy of Motion
1333 H St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 399-6763

Want to enroll your kid in a dance class but unsure where to start? At the Joy of Motion, there are plenty of classes to choose from throughout the year including ballet, jazz, hip-hop and urban dance styles. The dance studio has maintained an excellent reputation since its founding in 1976 and is recognized as one of the largest nonprofit dance organizations in the country. The Joy of Motion dance center also offers workshops, festivals, adult dance classes, performances and community outreach programs. Each dance session lasts eight weeks. Classes are available for children as young as 25 months. H.Y.P.E., a special program for children in grades 1 through 12, is also available.

Dance Place
3225 8th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 269-1600

Keep your kids moving with dance classes at Dance Place, a dance center that provides a variety of dance classes, workshops, school assembly programs, work/study and internship programs to DC residents. Sign junior up for tap, ballet or hip-hop/step. The dance center also offers Mommy and Me classes, which introduces rhythm and movement, coordination and stretch exercises for children between the ages of 18 and 30 months, as well as tumbling and creative movement, an introduction to dance for preschoolers. Each dance session lasts eight weeks. Dance performances are performed every weekend. Adult dance classes are also available.

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The Lab DC
6925 Willow St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20012
(202) 882-5221

For children who are a bit more sassy, sign them up for the Lab DC. This dance studio specializes in teaching children the art of breakdancing. For the young ones, start them off with a Lil Breakers’ class where they will learn basic breakdancing techniques as well as develop their coordination and gross motor skills. For the bigger kids in your family, sign them up for the Big Kid Breakin’ session where they will learn more advanced breakdancing techniques and further enhance their individual creativity and style. The Lab DC also offers breakdancing classes for adults. Summer camp is also available.

Centre de Danse
3254 Prospect St. N.W., Suite 1
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-0268

If you envision your little one dancing among sugar plums and fairies, then sign them up at the Dance Institute of Washington, a full-service ballet school located in Georgetown. Ballet is known to help develop a variety of skills in children including coordination, concentration and flexibility as well as help build self-confidence and discipline. The Centre de Danse not only helps children learn the art of ballet, but helps them appreciate the beauty of the dance. Children and teen classes include pre-ballet, pre-primary and advanced pointe. Children classes are provided in 12-class sessions. Adult classes as well as group and private lessons are also available for dance students of all levels.

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Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at