What kid doesn’t love to dance? There’s something about kids, music and dancing that goes together so perfectly! If your little dancer is ready to take their skills out of the playroom and into the dance studio, we have suggestions for where to get started. Here are six studios in Portland that offer dance classes for your enthusiastic little dancers.
Location: 1201 NW 17th Avenue, Portland
Classes: Beginning classes include Move Together Parent and Child (up to age three) and My Rising Stars (ages 3-4), which incorporates storytelling into dance and movement .
Ages: Classes start at 14-months.
Attire: No requirements, comfortable clothes for movement suggested.
Cost: $100 for 10-weeks, discounts available for enrolling in more than one class.
Contact: 503-229-0627 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cami Curtis Performing Arts Center
Location: 1932 W Burnside Street, Portland and 2005 SE 192nd Avenue, Vancouver/Camas.
Classes: Beginning classes include Pre-Ballet and a combination Pre-Tap/Pre-Hip Hop class.
Ages: Classes start at age three.
Attire: Ballet classes require ballet shoes and hair away from the face. Leotard and tights are preferred, but any tight fitting comfortable clothing is acceptable. Tap classes require tap shoes and cropped pants that expose the ankles are preferred. Hip hop classes require comfortable clothes and athletic shoes.
Cost: Drop-in classes are available for $15 each, with drop-in punch cards available that will get you a nice discount. Session prices run between $56 – $70 for 4 to 5 classes.
Contact: 503-227-8649 or email email@example.com
Center for Movement Arts
Location: 1734 SE 12th Avenue, Portland
Classes: Beginning classes are Creative Movement for ages 4-5, followed by Classical Ballet.
Ages: Classes start at age four.
Attire: Beginning students are asked to wear plain dance wear – no bling, please! Ballet shoes required for all classes and hair must be pulled away from the face.
Cost: Please call to inquire.
Contact: 503-236-1007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurelhurst Dance Studio
Location: 3756 SE Oak Street, Portland
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.
Ages: Classes start at 12-months.
Attire: Varies, based on class.
Cost: Starting around $30 for a six-class session.
Portland Metro Arts
Location: 9003 SE Stark Street, Portland
Classes: Beginning classes include Tiny Boppers (parent/family-involvement class), Pre-Dance and Creative Dance.
Ages: Classes begin at birth for parents who want to expose even their infants to dance!
Attire: Pre-dance classes require specific dance wear, but ballet shoes are optional. In general, no tutus or costumes allowed and hair must be pulled back from the face.
Cost: Varies, based on class.
Contact: 503-408-0604 or email email@example.com
Portland Parks & Recreation
Location: Community Centers around Portland
Classes: Choose from a variety of classes, including parent-involvement classes such as Baby Boogie or Ballet for Two. Pre-Ballet and Ballet offered for older toddlers and preschoolers.
Ages: Classes start at age 18-months.
Attire: Varies, based on class.
Cost: Prices begin around $30 for a ten-week session.
Tell us – where does your tiny dancer love to get his or her groove on? Do you have any tips for making the best of first dance class experiences?
– Katie Kavulla