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Researchers claim that dance is not only good for the body but for the mind as well. Dancing of all types improves physical health, increases stamina and improves balance and coordination while simultaneously building confidence and social skills. Recognized benefits like these have parents enrolling their kids in dance classes across LA. With so many to choose from, it’s difficult to know which ones are productive and creatively stimulating and which ones are a waste of money and time. While the interest and attention span of every child is different, it’s important to find the right class that suits your child’s personality. Here are the top five dance studios to look into for kids dance classes.
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LA DanceFit Studio
10936 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 473-3530
www.ladancefit.com

Think you have the next Michael Jackson or Justin Timberlake in your family? LA DanceFit Studio has great hip hop classes for kids ages three to five, four to seven and eight and over. All classes improve focus, boost self-confidence and improve coordination. These high-energy classes burn calories like crazy and help keep kids at a healthy weight. For the older kids (13+) there are Zumba and Salsa Hip Hop classes that offer the same mental and physical benefits.

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Fire Groove
671 N. Berendo St.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(800) 755-6423
www.firegroove.com

For the more progressive family who feels ballet, tap and hip hop are far too conventional for their child, there is Five Groove. Recommended for children 12 and up, Fire Groove offers classes on Poi and hoop. Poi (ball on a cord) teaches dexterity, coordination, flexibility and strength as well as rhythm. Hoop classes take hula-hooping to a new level as your child will learn how use their entire body to hoop vertical planes, angles and jump in time to music.

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(credit: Studio A Dance)


Studio A Dance
2306 Hyperion Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 661-8311
www.studioadance.com

If you want nothing more in life than to see your toddler twirl around in a glittery tutu, then Studio A Dance can make that dream come true. Children as young as two years old are introduced to ballet, tap and jazz and learn to move to music. Older children have more of a focused regimen and learn a tap and ballet routine they will perform in a recital. Each class is a fun and active environment.

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Cirque School
5640 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(424) 226-2477
www.cirqueschoolla.com

Find that your child is getting bored with their current dance or gymnastic training? Well, let them join Cirque. Kids ages eight to 14 with prior circus, dance or gymnastics training will master fundamentals of technical skills of trapeze, wire walking and acrobatics as well as fabric, hoop and rope dancing. With these unique skills, perhaps they’ll be the next winner of “America’s Got Talent.”

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(credit: Marat Daukayev School of Ballet)


Marat Daukayev School of Ballet
731 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 965-0333
www.maratdaukayev.com

If your child has a natural gift for the art of ballet dancing and takes their training very seriously, then look no further than Marat Daukayev School of Ballet. The teachers are strict yet nurturing and motivating. Students learn at an early age (classes are open to children as young as age three) that hard work pays off, which is not a bad core to instill in your child. Many graduates of Marat Daukayev School of Ballet go on to win competitions, scholarships and are invited to join renowned ballet companies.

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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.