Dance Classes for Kids

Do you have a little one who loves listening to music and twirling around your house? If your kids are anything like mine, they love any excuse to have a family dance party. Participating in dance activities is great for fitness and coordination — and dance is for everyone! Many of these studios offer the typical ballet and tap, but also hip hop, boy-specific classes, Irish dance, and even adult classes. Check them out and get everyone moving.

This article is sponsored by Jo’s Footwork Studio and the featured listings.

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 36 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, competition teams, 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.

Local Dance Classes and Studios for Kids

Allegro Music & Dance Academy
1175 Lily Cache Lane
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(877) ULEARN3
Dance classes include Sing and Stomp (18 month – 3 years), Leapin’ Littles, Hip Hop and Tumbling, cheer/hip-hop, princess dance, ballet, tap, lyrical, Acro, competition teams and summer camps.

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.

Lively Arts Dance Academy
919 A. 55th Street
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 482-4240
Ages 18 months and up. Classes offered at recreational and competitive levels in this family run center.

Impact Dance Studio
6475 Joliet Rd., Ste. C
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 469-7678
and
6B S. La Grange Rd.
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 354-5867
Ages 18 months and up. Offering 100 classes per week for 30+ years.

The Academy of Dance Arts
1524 Centre Circle Drive
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 495-4940
Ages 2 1/2 years and up. This offers a competitive and performing dance company. Also offers recreational dancing in a variety of styles.

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Versa5 (Formerly Bluestone Academy of Dance and Music)
6218 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 963-0456
Ages 2 years and up. A boutique movement studio which combines dance, theater, acrobatics and fitness.

Dance One
6400 Woodward Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60516
(630) 655-4210
Ages 3 years and up. Dance classes and private dance instruction.

Principle Dance
7610 Roosevelt Rd., Suite 102
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 548-5476
Ages 2 years and up. Recreational and pre-professional classes cultivate the student’s well-being.

INTUIT Dance Studio
7515 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 524-0500
Preschoolers and up. Recreational, pre-professional and adult classes help develop life long lovers of dance.

Deforest Dance Academy
300 W. Lake St.
Elmhurst, IL
(630) 832-3700
and
483 Roosevelt Rd.
Glen Ellyn, IL
(630) 469-3600
Deforest believes everyone can dance. Ages 3 years and up.

Sunshine Dance Project
525 Crescent Boulevard
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 790-1880
Ages 2 years and up
Sunshine Dance Project features a raised dance floor with Marley overlay, which is designed to be easier on the body’s bones and joints.

Thrive Center for Dance
6927 Joliet Road
Indian Head Park, IL 60525
(708) 505-3122
Ages 3 years and up
Dance classes offered in a variety of styles.

Dance Center of LaGrange
539 S. LaGrange Road
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-5552
Ages 2 1/2 years and up. Celebrating 20 years of dance instruction with classes for all ages.

Aspirations Dance Company
350 S. Main Street
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 889-5299
Ages 12 months and up. A competitive dance school for all ages.

Miss Mickey’s Dancers
3903 Joliet Ave
Lyons, IL 60534
(708) 447-0700
Ages 2-6 years old. Teaching the basics of ballet, tap, hip hop and jazz.

Beyond Words Dance Company
7933 39th Street
Lyons, IL 60534
(708) 447-0700
Ages 10-18 years old. Dancers audition to be part of this company.

Inspire School of Dance
24125 111th Street
Naperville, IL 60564
(630) 527-4777
Ages 2 years and up. Nationally recognized for training young dancers.

DanceWest Ballet
1665 West Quincy Avenue Suite 163
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 778-1303
Ages 2 and up. Offers high quality ballet training in a professional atmosphere.

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Yang Dance Academy
24W500 Maple Avenue Unit 102
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 328-3598
Ages 4 years and up. Dance ad fitness classes for children and adults.

TranscenDance Studios
711 Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
(773) 944-5352
Ages 3 years and up. Classes, performances and special events offered in a friendly setting.

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.

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.

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 36 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, competition teams, 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.

Salt Creek Ballet

Salt Creek Ballet
98 E. Chicago Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 769-1199
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Salt Creek Ballet offers a Complete Ballet Curriculum, Pre-Ballet through Pre-Professional Company, including Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Character.  Fall classes begin August 19!

Fairy Tale Ballet (2 ½ years) combines imagination and storytelling with music, movement and fun! Classical ballet concepts lay a foundation and enrich child development.

Ballet I – IV (3-6 years) introduces basic ballet positions and terms in a playful and imaginative atmosphere.  As dancers develop their cognition and coordination, their program offers creative movement combined with classical ballet.

Register now at saltcreekballet.org or call (630) 769-1199 for more information!  

New Enrollments – Come for a free trial class and they will waive the registration fee when you sign up!

Expression Dance Studio
21 S. Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 968-5678
Ages 2 years and up, Mommy and Me begins at age 12 months. Students are encouraged to express their own unique individuality and style while developing an appreciation and respect for the art of dance.

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Hinsdale Dance Academy
645 Blackhawk Drive
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 484-3241
Ages 3 years and up, Mommy and Me classes for under the age of 3 years old. Classical dance education in a caring environment.

The Center for Dance
226 N Cass Ave
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 541-9207
Ages 3 years and up. Beginning through advanced levels in a variety of styles and disciplines.

Academy of Music & Art
350 E. Ogden Ave.
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 654-8426
Ages 2 years and up. Offering art, music and dance lessons all in one studio.

Dynamic Perception Dance Company
766 Burr Oak Drive
Westmont, IL 60559
(630)468-2380
Ages 18 months and up. A focus on technique and performance in a fun environment.

The Upper Room Dance Studio
533 West Front Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 752-1836
Ages 4 years and up. Trains technically sound dancers at a progressive pace.

Front Street Dance
26W229 Geneva Rd
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 373-2623
Ages 2 years and up. Main focus is ballet with an emphasis on technique.

Elite Feet Dance Center
26W281 Geneva Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 690-0838
Ages 2 1/2 years and up. Create a custom designed program for your dancer.

Moves Dance Studio
921 E. Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 264-6300
Ages 3 years and up at this studio with over 30 years in business.

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

Irish Dance Classes in the West Suburbs

Bentley Academy of Irish Dance
6360 Belmont Rd and 6218 Main St
Downers Grove, IL 60516
(630) 209-6725
Beginner classes through competitive dance.

McNulty School of Irish Dance
572 Weston Ridge, Suite #128, Naperville, IL 60540
935 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 963-1300
What began as a studio dedicated to sharing Irish dance and culture in Naperville has now spread throughout the midwest.

The Trinity Irish Dancers
747 N. Church Road, Elmhurst, IL 60126
4221 Lawn Avenue, Western Springs, IL 60558
(877) 326-2328
Founded in 1982, Trinity Irish Dance brings Irish dance to Chicagoland with a focus on affordable classes taught by experienced teachers.

Mulhern School of Irish Dance
414 Plaza Drive, Suite #303
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 789-1127
Ages 2 years and up
Mulhern trains students from the Introductory Beginner all the way up to World Championship level.

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.

Adult Dance Classes Only

There are dance studios that have ballroom dance for adults such as Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha-cha, Swing and Salsa. If you are interested in grabbing a partner and learning to dance or even competing, check out these studios:

Celebrity Dance Studio
2115 63rd Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516
(630) 969-2800

Arthur Murray Dance Studio
1915 S Meyers Road
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
(630) 953-2623
and
1911 Glacier Park
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 355-6240

Have a favorite? Let us know in the comments and help other local parents out! Then, check out our giant guide to kids’ classes and teams in the west suburbs. It’s an awesome resource.

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 18 months, and a four year-old son. She also has a furry shih-tzu baby, who is 11 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!

1 Comment on "Dance Classes for Kids"

  1. 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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