Dance education is a wonderful way for children to learn how express themselves and communicate through movement. And the energy it can burn is a helpful remedy for parents of lively youngsters. While the Twin Cities has an abundance of classes that teach dance techniques, the following list provides kids with a chance to try something distinctive. Read on for our top choices for dance classes in the area that are truly unique.
R.G.K. Modern Indian Dance Academy
17430 45th Ave. N.
Plymouth, MN 55446
Boys and girls over the age of four can learn the elements of folk, Bollywood and contemporary Indian dances at beginner and advanced levels. Students are immersed in Indian culture and represent its beauty through movement at both the Plymouth and Shoreview locations. Each class starts off with a bit of candlelight yoga, meditation and pranayama breathing exercises. The opportunity to perform the exciting dances is then offered at both a recital and various community events.
Zenon Dance Company
528 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Zenon Dance Company is in tune with the sometimes chaotic schedules families keep, which is why its ‘class card’ option is so handy for children’s dance sessions. At an extremely reasonable price, the ‘class card’ allows you to mix and match 10 sessions over the course of a year in which you can drop-in. Zenon also offers regular consistent classes, camps and workshops for kids ages three to 14. The small youth class sizes of no more than 15 students allow for personalized attention of each child. Dance styles taught here include modern, hip hop, ballet, tap, break dance and jazz.
Moore Than Dance – Angelina Ballerina
1220 E. Moore Lake Drive
Fridley, MN 55432
The popular character of Angelina Ballerina is the inspiration for these children’s dance classes at Moore Than Dance. Kids ages 2.5 to six learn dance steps and creative movement based on stories of the dancing mouse. The class curriculum also encourages strong bodies and pursuing dreams. It’s a great way for young Angelina Ballerina fans to become excited and eager to try something new.
QC Dance Kids Clog Classes
1051 109th Ave.
Blaine, MN 55434
Kids can stomp up a storm with QC Dance clogging. Open to ages five and up, this fun class teaches the basics of clogging during each 35-minute session. There’s no need for new students to run out and buy a brand new pair of clogs either – tap shoes are just fine. This class is a fantastic way for youth to get a heart-pumping workout while raising some noise.
Dancin On Broadway Father & Daughter Classes
716 Freeport Ave.
Elk River, MN 55330
No dance experience is required for fathers who want to spend 45 minutes per week learning dance moves with their daughters. At the end of the series of classes, you’ll perform a costumed number in the recital. Dancin on Broadway has mother and daughter classes available as well. Class fees are currently only $20 per parent/child combo each month when paid in advance.
Cortney Mohnk is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota. She is also a public relations and event planning professional. Her most important job is mother to her young daughter, who is her partner-in-crime when checking out the family entertainment scene in the Twin Cities. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.