Dance Classes for Kids

Dance classes are a wonderful way to teach your children fundamentals of rhythm, good posture, core strength, and balance. These dance studios offer everything from tap and ballet to modern, hip-hop, and team competition. Dance classes are not just for girls—many offer classes specific to boys! Some also start as young as babies with mom/tot classes. There are also many Irish Dance studios in our area as well, offering opportunities for solo and team competitions. Check out one of these schools today! This post is sponsored by The Dance Shop in Chicago Ridge.

Dance Classes for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs

The Dance Shop
11025 Ridgeland Avenue
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
(708) 423-6544

The Dance Shop Inc. offers professional instruction in a variety of classes that accommodate a wide range of ages, skill levels and dance styles. From Creative Movement classes to Tots classes that stimulate your little one’s body and mind to Ballet Technique that cultivates well-rounded dancers and builds foundational skills, The Dance Shop Inc. has you covered! In addition, classes such as Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz and Lyrical are offered for boys and girls of all ages. These classes explore a multitude of movement and proficiency in different styles of dance.

Classes start for children ages 2 years old and up and they also offer birthday parties where kids learn a fun dance routine in the style of your choice!

Dance Dimensions
595 N. Pinecrest Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 739-1195
Creative movement (age 2–3), tumbling, jazz, hip-hop, pointe, contemporary, and Kinetic Dance Company.

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Ohana Academy of Gymnastics Dance Music & Art
7504 W. 85th Place
Bridgeview, IL 60455
Phone: (708) 598-0800
Pre-ballet (age 4–6), ballet/gymnastics, ballet/lyrical, jazz/contemporary, poms, and hip-hop/jazz funk.

Mongan Dance Academy
3521 95th Street
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
(708) 658-6165
Pre-ballet (ages 2–3 ½), ballet, pointe, modern/contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, tap, Academy program, and dance camps.

Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts
20517 S. LaGrange Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
(708) 329-8773
Creative movement (ages 2–3), pre-ballet, ballet, tap, hip-hop, boys dance classes, and professional company members.

Dance Company Frankfort
21230 S. LaGrange Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 464-1220
Preschool and kinderdance, ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, pointe, modern/lyrical, summer camps and performance group.

Elite Dance Academy
12109 West 159th Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 301-8800
Discover classes for children as young as walkers and ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, acro, and modern classes.

Allegro Music & Dance Academy
1014 S. Hamilton Street
Lockport, IL 60441
(877) ULEARN3

315 Canal Street
Lemont, IL 60439
(877) ULEARN3

1175 Lily Cache Lane
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(877) ULEARN3

Three locations for music, dance, and musical theater classes. Dance classes include Sing and Stomp (ages 18 month–3 years), Leapin’ Littles, Hip Hop and Tumbling, cheer/hip-hop, princess dance, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, Acro, competition teams, and summer camps.

Wings Dance Studio
850 N. State Street #1
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 838-3333
Pre-dance, poms, jazz, musical theater, modern, tumbling, ballet, tap, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, and Soar dance company.

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Turning Pointe Dance Company
934 E. 9th Street
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 836-3970

2351 E. Joliet Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 320-6201

Two locations, Baby discovery (6 months–14 months), Tiny tots (15 months–2 years), pre-dance, kinderdance, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, modern, and tumbling.

Precision Dance Project
4722 147th Street
Midlothian, IL 60445
(708) 535-1300
Jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, tap, ballet, musical theater, poms, Zumba, dance bootcamp, contemporary, tot classes, various adult classes, and Precision Dance Elite team.

Stage Door Dance Academy
15801 Oak Park Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452
(708) 687-7418
Jazz, Pointe, ballet, hip-hop, Twinkling stars (Age 3–5), lyrical, and Wee dance (age 2).

American Dance Center
10464 163rd Place
Orland Park, IL 60467
(708) 349-4964
Offering classes in Homewood and Orland Park. Pre-dance (Ages 3–4), Ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, street funk, lyrical/contemporary, leaps and turns.

The Dance Workshop
9015 W. 151st Street
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 226-5658
Adaptive dance program with a licensed OT specializing in dance and Autism Movement Therapy, Twinkle babies ballet (age 2), ballet, tap, hip-hop, jazz, pointe, funk jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theater, and All-star Pom Dance.

Limitless Dance Studio
6350 W 135th Street
Palos Heights, IL 60463
(708) 631-3141
Hip hop, jazz, contemporary and more for ages 5-20.

Vaughan Dance Academy
24116 W. Lockport Street
Plainfield, IL 60544
(630) 750-3238
Pre-ballet/tap, jazz/tumbling (ages 3–6 years), Mommy and Me (age 2), ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, hip-hop, tumbling, and INNOVATION dance company.

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Dance Images Studio
18475 Thompson Court #B
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 614-7123
Dance with me classes (ages 18 months–3 years), preschool and kindergarten program, ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, poms, and opportunity to join recreational or intensive/competition program.

Heart & Sole
7038 183rd Street
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 532-6237
Ballroom dance for ages 5+. Offering classes, opportunities for Performance troupe and Competition troupe.

Southwest Synergy Dance
7909 W. 171st Street
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 444-0427
Wiggles and giggles (age 15 months–2 years), Dancing in Diapers (age 2), preschool and kinderdance, ballet, tap, jazz, zumba, and hip-hop.

Irish Dance Schools

Tooromeen School of Irish Dance
Evergreen Racquet and Fitness
2700 W. 91st Street
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
(773) 429-8947
Classes are held at Pleasant Dale Park District Recreation Center and Evergreen Racquet & Fitness.

Eilish Sullivan School of Irish Dance
13923 E. Illinois Highway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 462-3273

Blackbird Academy of Irish Dance
17054A Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 802-0793
Offering classes in Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, and Tinley Park.

Lavin-Cassidy School of Irish Dance
6401 W. 107th Street
Worth, IL 60482
(708) 361-3741
Classes beginning at age 4.

Cross Keys School of Irish Dance
Offering classes in Oak Forest (Gaelic Park), Beverly (Morgan Park Presbyterian Church), and Palos Heights (Palos Courts).

Weber Irish Dance
Offering classes in Bolingbrook, Matteson, Plainfield, and many other southwest suburbs.

About the Author

Kristen Sheehan
Kristen is a Burbank native who settled with her family in New Lenox in 2016. She loves her new neighborhood and could not be happier with her new home. Kristen and her husband have three amazing children – two daughters, ages six years and twelve months, and a three year-old son. She also has a furry shih-tzu baby, who is 10 years old. The kids are active and energetic, but Kristen enjoys providing a mix of structured play/activities and downtime at home. She is passionate about keeping her family healthy and happy. During the winter, Kristen likes to go sledding and skating – as well as experiencing indoor play spaces. During the summer, she loves getting outside with her family – playgrounds, festivals, fairs, picnicking, bike riding, and trips to the zoo. Her kids love helping in the kitchen, and Kristen enjoys cooking and baking with them!

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