Youth program

Kids should dance, too.

Learning to dance with a partner is a unique and rewarding experience for anyone, but can be especially so for young people. Besides learning a valuable skill, what kids learn on the ballroom dance floor is relevant and beneficial socially and developmentally. The benefits are full-spectrum, from physical ones - balance, posture, coordination and general fitness - to social ones like etiquette, non-verbal communication and working as a partnership.

The ballroom offers something else that is becoming more and more uncommon in our highly technological world: direct human interaction. It’s hard to find another activity where your attention is directed to another real-live person who is standing right in front of you. The dance floor doesn’t use emails, text messages or phone calls. Dancing is real.

We’ve watched our youth students’ personalities and self-esteem blossom with their dancing. Watched them become more aware, more connected. Watched them become more attuned to music and movement.

All good things.

Youth Private Lessons

As with adult students, learning to dance by working one-on-one with an instructor is the fastest and most thorough approach. Youth students are paired with one of our youth program teachers (boys and girls can work with either a male or female teacher) for their 45-minute lessons. When getting started, the instructor will likely begin with lively social dances like Salsa, Swing, Cha Cha or Hustle to keep kids’ bodies and minds active and engaged while developing important basic skills. Depending on the student’s age, skill level, interests and dancing goals, he/she may then move into more traditional ballroom and Latin dances like Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba and Samba, and others others.

YOUTH/JUNIOR INSTRUCTION RATES

Private lessons: $50 per lesson (discounts available)
* New Student Special: One assessment lesson, two private lessons & personalized dance plan/recommendations $75

YOUTH DANCESPORT & PERFORMANCE

DanceSport, or competitive ballroom dancing, is a popular way for youth to become more involved and focused dancers. Preparing for a competition ensures that students are working toward specific goals with their dancing. It also structures their training in a way that social dancing simply does not. Preparing for a performance at one of many showcases held throughout the year is another great way for student dancers to work toward a goal and give them the invaluable experience of dancing in front of an audience. Unlike competition dancing, performing gives students the opportunity to be more artistic with their dancing and not focus on judging or placement. While never required, youth students will be given opportunities to perform or compete throughout their training.

find your rhythm.