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For those wishing to possibly unlock their own inner Fred Astaire, here are some great options for tap dance classes available in the Orange County area. There is also good news for those whom may be looking for a new summer activity for kids: most also offer instruction for children as well. You will never know if your child will be the next Savion Glover unless you allow them the opportunity to give it a try. Tap is for everyone, after all.
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(credit: Cat Cunningham)


Jimmie DeFore Dance Center
151 Kalmus Drive, Suite G3
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 241-9908
www.deforedance.com

Operating since 1978, the renowned Jimmy Defore Dance Center, is a great choice. Offering four levels of tap dance instruction, from beginning to advanced, this is a great place to either start
or refine your tap dancing skills. Professional instructors teach weekly one-hour classes on Monday and Tuesday. Mondays are reserved for Beginning and low intermediate classes while Tuesdays are reserved for intermediate and advanced classes. Whatever your level, you will find what you need right here. If you have been thinking about expanding your tap dancing horizons, look no further.

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(credit: Shaylen Simons)


Huntington Academy Of Dance
16601 Gothard St, Suite A
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(714) 847-6657
www.Huntingtonacademyofdance.com

Located in Huntington Beach, the Huntington Academy of Dance has something for everyone, no matter what age. The academy offers a wide variety of tap dancing classes for anyone of age five and older. This is an excellent choice for unlocking the creativity in a small child, or for an adult who would like to see what tap dancing is all about. There are weekly one-hour classes for children age 5-7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A variety of classes for adult tap dancers of all levels are also available. Another positive, so you can be sure before you commit, one complimentary class is available for any prospective student, whether child or adult. It’s well worth looking into, and you are sure to be impressed by the friendly, professional instructors.

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Laguna Dance Theatre
23854 Via Fabricante, Suite F3
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(949) 855-4702
www.Lagunadancetheatre.com

This is the perfect place for those in south Orange County. Located in Mission Viejo, Artistic director Shery Gilbert has put together a top-notch staff. Teaching tap are instructors Ellen Cretti and Shannon Higuera. Ms. Cretti is a former Manhattan Rockette, and Ms. Higuera has been dancing for over 20 years. Fun for all ages, not only are there ongoing adult and children’s tap and ballet classes, but children’s summer camps are available beginning mid-August. In case you would really like to get in shape, there are also both group and private Pilates classes available.

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(credit: Inspire Dance)


Inspire Dance Of Corona
211 Dupont St, Suite 109
Corona, CA
(951) 371-1700
www.Inspiredancecorona.com

Specializing in teaching dance to children ages two to 18, Inspire Dance of Corona does indeed, inspire. By specializing, the studio has been able to build an environment which fosters the artistic development of the next generation. Here, parents can quickly and easily discover if the dance studio is their child’s milieu. Tap dance classes are led by talented dance instructor/choreographer Cyrian Reed. Summer is upon us, and there is no time like the present to unlock your child’s creativity. There are five levels of tap class available, in order to meet the needs of beginner thru advanced. Classes are 60 minutes in length and sign up is available online.

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