Sometimes you just have to bust a move. And so do your kids! Let your kids have their own dance party every time they attend a local dance class. Portland is packed with a variety of options from classes for beginning ballerinas to tenacious tap dancers. The following are studios and dance centers that are sure to waltz right into your little one’s hearts. Read on to find out more.
Photo: NW Dance Project via yelp
NW Dance Project
NW Dance Project has earned itself a reputation for cultivating and nurturing young dancers. Their Youth Dance Program offers exceptional year-round programming for youth ages 4 to 18. Dancers will experience the joy of dance taught by Portland’s finest teachers. Sign your little dancer of for beginners ballet or contemporary dance. We promise they will
Location:211 NE 10th Ave (at Davis St), Portland
Pricing: Varies, based on class.
photo: Flavio via Flickr
Center for Movement Arts
As soon as we heard that this dance center teaches techniques emphasizing the positive, we were doing pirouettes for joy. CMA’s children’s classes include creative movement, our “Steps” dance exploration series and classical ballet from beginning to advanced levels—plus pointe work. They even have a handy “For Parents” section to let you know about fees, attire and what to expect. The center is a place that teaches by putting positivity above all with a focus on what dancers are doing right through encouragement, love, and acceptance.
Portland Parks & Recreation
If you are as proud of where you live as we are consider taking your little ones to our city’s dance classes. Portland Parks & Recreation is a reflection of all we stand for as Portlanders: variety, community, kindness, and an affinity for being eccentric. Offering an array of dance classes for a variety of ages plus parent/child classes, Portland Parks & Recreation helps everyone boogie. With a variety of locations, an easy online schedule and registry (complete with class description and how many spots are left!) this site is a great way for your family to find their groove.
Classes: Beginning classes include parent-involvement (up to age three) and either focuses on balance and coordination or music and fantasy with dance. Older children start classes to learn the basics of ballet and jazz. Pre-ballet, pre-tap and pre-hip hop classes also available, beginning at age four.
Location: Greater Portland area
Pricing: Varies, based on class
photo: Tommy Wong via Flickr
Portland Metro Arts
Portland Metro Arts is home to dance, theatre, music, and visual arts programs. They focus on helping dancers discover their favorite form of self expression through supportive, quality classes and an emphasis on always being a kid at heart. Their dance program breaks down by the school year and the summer season with performances peppered in.
Dance With Joy Studios
It’s no surprise that this studio’s mission is “to be a positive force in your world by adding joyful moments to your day!” They work to enrich the mind, body, and soul through teaching with creativity, excellence, responsibility, teamwork all while honoring each dancers individual learning style and needs. So smile, twirl, and leap on over to this center full of classes for “little toes” to kids.
— Kris Wilhelmy