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Dance Classes for Kids

Every dancer was once a beginner! At LAAPA our teachers have a true talent and love for working with kids and teens. All of our faculty are especially hired for their abilities to work with children in a kind, patient, and fun manner!

Dance Classes for Kids (ages 1.5 yrs-up)

Dance Classes for Kids in Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and more in New Orleans, Mandeville, Covington

When is My Child Ready for Dance Classes?

So how exactly do you know when your child is ready for dance classes? How do you know if they are even interested? Perhaps they have been dancing and leaping around in the living room or tapping their feet to the rhythm of their favorite songs. These are excellent indicators that it just may be time to begin exploring the possibility.

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How Soon Can My Child Start Dance Classes?

We offer dance classes to ages 18 months and up. Students under the age of 4 years old participate in our ballet-focused toddler dance class with parental involvement and support. We encourage all of our students to begin with ballet, as ballet is the foundation for all other dance styles. At age 4, students are promoted from the toddler dance class to Pre-Ballet or Pre-Ballet/Tap. Once our students reach the age of 5, the doors open up for them and they may try other styles such as hip hop/jazz, acrotumbling, and contemporary/modern. We also welcome older beginners and work with each student at their specific level making all of our classes fully inclusive and tailored to your child’s needs.

What Styles of Dance Do You Offer to Kids?

Our faculty are certified to teach all styles including ballet, tap, jazz, hop-hop, musical theater, tumbling, creative movement, and strength & conditioning.

What Will My Child Learn in Dance Class?

Students will learn to stretch, master different dance combinations, choreography and more! In addition to learning proper dance techniques, students will build their dance vocabulary through terminologies used in each class to describe movements and techniques. Our faculty prepare all dance students for our recitals each December and June so that you’ll be able to invite your family and friends to see you perform on stage! Our main goal each class is to impart the joy of dance to each student so that he/she is able to enjoy dancing for a lifetime.

Is My Child Too Old to Begin Lessons?

While it's wonderful if children have an early exposure to dance, it's certainly not a requirement. For students getting a later start in dance, we recommend taking more than one class per week and/or participating in our Strength & Conditioning class to help with muscle development, body awareness, and stretching.

Does My Child Have to Perform on Stage?

Stage performance is a vital part of a dancer’s training! In our dance program we strongly encourage participation in our June recital and annual Christmas show; however, we realize that not all kids - especially beginning students - are eager or willing to perform on stage. While participating not only helps the student grow as an individual and the class grow as a team, it is not mandatory. Students who decide to not perform during recitals are still able to attend and participate in weekly classes.

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Please note that during holiday breaks, the office will be open between 9 AM and 5 PM. It is always best to call the office before dropping by the Academy in person during holiday breaks.

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