Peridance offers toddlers to teens the opportunity to learn dance from some of the best professional dance instructors in the city. They offer accessible classes for every level from toddler movement classes to more stylized classes such as tap, hip-hop, African dance and traditional ballet so that your child is bound to find a class that suits their personality and likes. My seven year-old daughter has taken ballet classes at Peridance since she was four and has loved every minute of it especially the annual concert where she gets to showcase everything she has learned over the course of the class.
The Ys throughout the five boroughs offer a multitude of dance classes at each of their locations. There are several great dance and gymnastics programs to note. The Flushing Queens location offers hip-hop, tumbling and ballet. At the McBurney Greenwich Village Y, they offer a youth dance program with classes for children three to fifteen. Be sure to contact the Y in your area for classes, times and fees.
If your child is a tumbler then head to NYC Elite which offers a safe learning environment in their 13,000 square foot facility. This family run business offers both classes in gymnastics and ballet. The Soho location also offers jazz and hip-hop focused classes.
Based in Brooklyn, founder Dina Gray has created an alternative dance program. CityKids offers a variety of classes that teach your child the basic elements of dance while still allowing your child to express themselves in more creative and individual manners. Their dance program includes parent and child dance, ballet and tap classes.
Uptown Sports Complex
170 W. 233rd Street | Bronx, NY 10463
This Bronx sports facility offers affordable sports classes, fitness and fun. There are age appropriate gymnastics programs for ages three and up as well as beginner ballet, hip-hop and break dancing classes. As an added plus, there are mom and me gym classes for moms with small infants.
Linda Grant is a blogger at Mom in the City