Top 5 Dance Programs for Kids

From toddlers to teenagers, Cincinnati offers world-class lessons in movement.

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  1. Cincinnati Ballet’s Academy provides the crème de la crème of kids’ dance classes. The Academy offers classes for kids (and adults!) at varying levels of skill and knowledge in classical ballet, starting with the Creativity, Confidence and Capacity Through Danceprogram for ages two though seven. Bonus: check out their themed summer camps for kids; registration for division two is now open. Cincinnati Ballet, 1555 Central Pkway, downtown, (513) 621-5219, cballet.org
  2. Planet Dance is the edgy studio in a sea of traditional teaching styles. Boasting benefits like drop-in classes with no commitment and a better-rounded education for students, Planet Dance is open to students three to adult. Planet Dance, 2230 Gilbert Ave., (513) 505-6340, planetdancecincinnati.com
  3. You may know the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati from their flashy Broadway-style productions geared for young audiences, but their classes at the TCT Academy may be even more impressive. They offer lessons in everything from drama, to tap, to stage makeup for kids ages two through eighteen at their state-of-the-art facility on Red Bank Road. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, 4015 Red Bank Rd., Madisonville, (513) 569-8080, thechildrenstheatre.com
  4. Emerge Dance Academy is the place for flexibility. Offering a range of class levels and times, your child can learn ballet, tap, or tumbling on your schedule; two west side locations add to the convenience. Emerge Dance Academy, 5882 Cheviot Rd., White Oak, (513) 923-2356, 1150 Harrison Ave. Suite 106, Harrison, (513) 923-2356, emerge-dance.com
  5. The University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music’s Prepatory and Community Engagement department provides opportunities city-wide for serious and recreational dance students of all ages. Classes in ballet, musical theater, and tap culminate in a recital or showcase so that students can fully experience the thrill of performing. CCM, 3860 Corbett, Clifton, (513) 556-2595, ccm.uc.edu

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