Dance Classes for Kids in the Western Suburbs

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Dance is great for fitness, coordination, and fun! Whether your family has an aspiring breakdancer or a ballerina (or both), the western suburbs are full of awesome options. Many of the studios listed below offer the typical ballet and tap, but also hip hop, instruction for boys, and classic cultural dance styles. Check them out and bust a move to a studio near you, then check out our guide to kids classes and teams for more options.

This article is sponsored by Jo’s Footwork Studio and Expression Dance Studio.

Jo’s Footwork Studio

Jo’s Footwork Studio
1500 Walker Street
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-6878
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Jo’s is celebrating 38 years of dance in the community! They offer many types of dance, from Twinkle Stars for preschoolers and kindergarteners to ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, performance companies, and more for all age groups, which are all taught by master instructors, professional performers, certified and/or degreed teachers. Jo’s mission is simple: to provide a creative environment for all ages that allows dancers to excel and enjoy forever memories.

Expression Dance Studio

Expression Dance Studio
25 S Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
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Expression Dance Studio’s goal is to provide students with a safe environment in which they can express themselves through movement. All dancers learn correct technique in a fun and enjoyable way, instructors encourage each student to express their own unique individuality and style, and students develop an appreciation and respect for the art of dance. Expression Dance Studio has created a family friendly environment where kids can be kids. They use age-appropriate music and costumes. Whether a dancer is 18 months or 100 years old, there is a place for you at Expression Dance Studio!

Enjoy a free class to see what they are all about! *Register before September 1, 2022 and they will waive your registration fee. Simply mention Kidlist in your registration.

Local Dance Classes and Dance Studios for Kids

Academy of Music & Art
350 E. Ogden Ave.
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 654-8426

Allegro Music & Dance Academy
1014 South Hamilton
Lockport, IL 60441
(877) ULEARN3

Alma Dance School
999 N Main Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 491-9930

Aspirations Dance Company
350 S. Main Street
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 889-5299

Beyond the Stars Academy
317 75th Street
Willowbrook, IL 60527
(630) 568-3610

Center Stage Dance Studio
364 Army Trail Road
Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108
(630) 529-9080  

Dance Center of LaGrange
539 S. LaGrange Road
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-5552

Dance Dimensions
595 N. Pinecrest Road – Suite B
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 739-1195

Dance Spot of DuPage
605 E Ogden Avenue
Naperville, IL 60563
(331) 276-2572
Ballroom dance for ages 4+

DanceQuest
14511 S Van Dyke Road
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 609-6360

DanceWest Ballet
1665 West Quincy Avenue Suite 163
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 778-1303

Deforest Dance Academy
300 W. Lake St, Elmhurst, IL: (630) 832-3700
483 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL: (630) 469-3600

DLD Dance Center
416 75th Street
Darien, IL 60516
(630) 673-2623

Dynamic Perception Dance Company
766 Burr Oak Drive
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 468-2380

Elevate Dance Experience
1112 S Washington Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(331) 204-6984

Elite Feet Dance Center
266 Glen Ellyn Road
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
(630) 433-7985

Envision Dance Company
790 Royal St George Drive
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 734-8839

Expression Dance Studio

Expression Dance Studio
25 S Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
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Expression Dance Studio’s goal is to provide students with a safe environment in which they can express themselves through movement. All dancers learn correct technique in a fun and enjoyable way, instructors encourage each student to express their own unique individuality and style, and students develop an appreciation and respect for the art of dance. Expression Dance Studio has created a family friendly environment where kids can be kids. They use age-appropriate music and costumes. Whether a dancer is 18 months or 100 years old, there is a place for you at Expression Dance Studio!

Enjoy a free class to see what they are all about! *Register before September 1, 2022 and they will waive your registration fee. Simply mention Kidlist in your registration.

First Steps Dance Program
2867 95th Street
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 849-7849

Flourish Dance Academy
455 Kehoe Blvd
Carol Stream, IL 60188
(630) 588-8205

Freedom of Movement Dance Company
936 Route 59, Unit 108
Naperville, IL 60540

Front Street Dance
26W229 Geneva Rd
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 373-2623

Hinsdale Dance Academy
645 Blackhawk Drive
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 484-3241

Impact Dance Studio
6B S. La Grange Road, La Grange: (708)354-5867
6475 Joliet Road, Suite C, Countryside: (708) 469-7678

Inspire School of Dance
24125 111th Street #300
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 527-4777

INTUIT Dance Studio
237 Harrison
Oak Park, IL 60130
(312) 505-0186

Jo’s Footwork Studio

Jo’s Footwork Studio
1500 Walker Street
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-6878
Website | Facebook | Instagram

Jo’s is celebrating 37 years of dance in the community! They offer many types of dance, from Twinkle Stars for preschoolers and kindergarteners to ballet, tap, pointe, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, performance companies, and more for all age groups, which are all taught by master instructors, professional performers, certified and/or degreed teachers. Jo’s mission is simple: to provide a creative environment for all ages that allows dancers to excel and enjoy forever memories.

Kaavya Performing Arts
Uses space at Expression Dance Studio
25 S Cass Avenue, Westmont, IL 60559
(331) 642-0577
Indian dance for kids ages 3 and up.

Lively Arts Dance Academy
415 West 8th Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(708) 482-4240

LOVV The Dance Studio
600 South County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 909-9271

Luis Arturo Dance
141 W St Charles Road
Lombard, IL 60148
(312) 473-5232
Hip hop and break dance classes for kids

Miss Mickey’s Dancers
7933 39th Street
Lyons, IL 60534
(708) 447-0700

Moves Dance Studio
921 E. Roosevelt Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187: (630) 682-3600
14 East State St, North Aurora, IL 60542: (630) 264-6300

Panda Dance Studios
1913 S Mannheim Road
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 223-0531

Pure Vibe Dance
102 Chestnut Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 861-0540

S R Dance Academy
2272 W, 95th Street
Naperville, IL 60564
(833) 888-3262
Bollywood dance classes

Sunshine Dance
35 East North Avenue
Glendale Heights, IL 60139
(630) 868-3732

The Academy of Dance Arts
4300 Weaver Parkway
Warrenville, IL 60555
(630) 495-4940

The School of Dance West Ballet
1665 Quincy Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 778-1303

The Upper Room Dance Studio
209 South Hale Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 752-1836

Thrive Center for Dance
6927 Joliet Road
Indian Head Park, IL 60525
(708) 505-3122

TranscenDance Studios
120 Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
(773) 944-5352

Ultimate Dance on the Move
710 E Ogden Avenue
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 809-2010

Upper Room Dance Studio
209 S Hale Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 752-1836

Versa5
6218 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 963-0456

West Suburban Ballet Conservatory
915 W 55th Street
Countryside, IL 60525
(773) 441-1874

Xtreme Dance Center
1911 Glacier Park Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 922-5678

Yang Dance Academy
24W500 Maple Avenue Unit 102
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 328-3598
Also offers Chinese classic/folk dance.

Irish Dance Classes in the West Suburbs

Bentley Academy of Irish Dance
6218 Main St
Downers Grove, IL 60516
(630) 209-6725

Flannery School of Irish Dance
2867 95th Street
Naperville, IL 60564
(312) 344-0957

Harling School of Irish Dance
7850 S Quincy Street
Willowbrook, IL 60527
(224) 698-9030

McNulty School of Irish Dance
Locations in Glen Ellyn, Naperville, and Westchester
(224) 639-8644

Onórach Mulhern Geraghty School of Irish Dance
414 Plaza Drive, Suite #303
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 417-5210

The Trinity Irish Dancers
747 N. Church Road, Elmhurst, IL 60126
4221 Lawn Avenue, Western Springs, IL 60558
(877) 326-2328

How to Choose the Right Dance Studio for Your Child

We often hear parents asking a lot of questions about dance classes, such as “My preschooler has so much energy, where should I take her/him?” or “My daughter has a great sense of rhythm, where can I get her in a dance class?” or “Should boys take dance?”

Parents also make comments like, “I feel like my dancer is having a lot of fun, but not learning anything.” or “I don’t want a studio that does competitions.” or “The dance studio we go to right now is conveniently located, but my dancer is just not progressing.”

When you are looking into signing your child up for dance classes, how do you know what to look for? We recommend that you ask the owner or director some questions, see the facility and how the classes are conducted, and understand what type of instructors are on staff. 

Questions to Ask

  • Are the instructors on staff Professionals, Master Instructors, Certified, or Degreed?
  • When you call to ask questions, how was the phone answered? Was your call returned within the next day? Was the person polite? Did they answer all of your questions?
  • What does the facility look like? Is it clean and presentable?
  • Did your contact person show you around? Did they seem to know what they were talking about?
  • Were you able to see classes in session?

Asking these questions and visiting a dance studio is just as important, if not more so, than the cost. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for, so know what you’re getting before you make your commitment.

Should Boys Be Taking Dance?

The true answer is all of us should be taking dance class for the purpose of flexibility, stretching, warming up, cooling down, learning how to move, how to center our bodies to maintain our balance and postures. It’s true that most males can a lot of weight but can’t move left or right. Also, it’s a known fact that major motor skills and movement are fully developed before a child is 12 years old. The key time to truly work on those elements, in a dance-movement environment is to start the boys as soon as one would start girls in order to have the opportunity to develop. And, it will give the boys a competitive edge in sports!

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  • LOVE this post! My daughter is 2 and I am super excited to enroll her in dance. Thanks for all the details on so many studios.

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