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Dance Classes

Are you looking for a dance class for your child? The Greenville, SC area has lots of options for dance classes, dance studios, and dance schools for kids of all ages! With a large number of dance studios in and near Greenville, you’ll find options that include everything from dance classes for toddlers to classes for teens and advanced dancers, dance classes for boys, competition dance, and more. So, whether your toddler has dreams of sparkles and tutus or your teen dancer is ready to get a little more serious about dance, you’ll find the perfect place to enjoy dance.

Dance studios in the area offer classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, acro, hip hop, and many more. Choose a class in one genre, or introduce your child to multiple genres of dance.

Use our list to find the perfect dance studio and dance classes for kids near Greenville, SC.

Looking for more classes & activities for kids? Check out our Class & Activities Guide to Upstate, SC. You’ll find everything from cooking classes to horseback riding to art classes and even more!

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Artistic Edge Dance Center

SPONSORED 864.631.2156 | 75 Orchard Park Drive, Greenville, SC

Artistic Edge Dance Center offers diverse classes for all dancers. Our goal is to instill a love for dance, while emphasizing technique, style, performance quality, self-confidence, classroom etiquette, and self-expression. Whether dancing for sheer pleasure or aspiring to a dance career, we provide training, encouragement, and unwavering support.

Dance for Fun with Friends:

If you’re dancing simply for the enjoyment, our classes are the perfect fit. Our experienced instructors will provide a fun class while learning proper technique. Choose from upbeat hip hop, energetic jazz, graceful ballet, rhythmic tap, or emotional contemporary.  You’ll find a class that matches your dancers’ passion and create unforgettable memories with new friends.

Ready Take It to the Next Level:

For dancers ready to elevate their skills and explore their potential further, we offer a wide range of classes designed to challenge and inspire. Our talented and dedicated instructors will provide you with top-notch training in styles such as contemporary, ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. We’ll help you refine your technique, expand your artistic expression, and encourage your growth as a dancer. Whether you have dreams of performing on stage or simply want to deepen your dance knowledge, our classes will provide you with the tools and support you need.

YMCA of Greenville

SPONSORED | Various Locations, Upstate, SC

2024 KABOOM Family Favorites First Place: Overnight Camp & Sports Program

2024 KABOOM Family Favorites Finalist: After School Program, Summer Camp, Family Membership, Places to Splash or Swim and Youth Organization

 

 

The YMCA of Greenville offers classes and activities for children throughout the year at five locations – Caine Halter Family YMCA (downtown Greenville), Eastside Family YMCA (Taylors), Prisma Health Family YMCA (Simpsonville),  YMCA Judson and the George I. Theisen Family YMCA (Travelers Rest). Classes and sports leagues are available to members and non-members.

Basketball: Did you know that basketball was invented at the YMCA? The love for basketball remains at the Y where each player is met at their skill level. Children, ages 4-14, can sign up for summer and winter basketball leagues or try it out for a week in one of our Summer Day Camps 

Soccer: Soccer’s simple rules are a great way to introduce children to sports. The YMCA of Greenville offers spring and fall soccer leagues or kids can try it out for a week in one of our Summer Day Camps. Teams are available for children ages 3-14.

Swim: The YMCA of Greenville offers swim lessons for anyone six months or older. Classes are progressive and build off each individual’s skills and are available throughout the day. For more advanced swimmers, the YMCA has Swim Academy, a specialized program that teaches the basics of swim team and competitive swimming and helps advanced swimmers hone their skills.

T Ball: The YMCA of Greenville’s T-ball program is designed to be a developmental league for the youngest players. Children ages 3-7 will learn the necessary skills they need to master before moving on to play coach’s pitch, travel baseball or travel softball.

Flag Football: Spring and Fall Flag Football is open to children ages 4-14. Participants learn football fundamentals such as footwork, ball control, passing and teamwork.

Volleyball: Did you know that volleyball was also invented at the YMCA? This popular indoor sport is offered to ages 8-16 twice a year at select branches at the YMCA of Greenville. Kids can also try it out for a week in one of our Summer Day Camps.

Dance: Seasonal dance classes are offered at the Prisma Health Family YMCA in Simpsonville, and throughout the year via Carolina Dance Collaborative at several other YMCA of Greenville locations.

Golf: The YMCA Youth Golf Program is designed for children ages 5-14 that have varying levels of golf experience including beginners, intermediate and brand new to the game. 

Adventure Guides and Trailblazers: Parent/Child pairs are grouped into circles of others and their surrounding community.  Circles meet on their own for different events and activities on a regular basis and the program as a whole offers events open to all circles throughout the season.  Events include two weekend camps out at YMCA Camp Greenville, pinewood derby race, a chili cook-off and a father-daughter semi-formal Valentines Dance.

World Upside Down Art Studio

SPONSORED 864.775.5514 | 1200 Woodruff Road, Building H7, Greenville, SC

WUDAS C&A Guide 2023

World Upside Down Arts Studio offers classes in music, visual arts, dance, and theater for children, youth, and adults. 

August – May we offer morning, afternoon, and evening classes in all of the arts for students 18 months through adults.

Theater Program: Tim St. Clair II directs our fall and spring seasons. For the fall 2023 season, we are producing Beauty of the Beast and will have two casts. Tuesday: 9am-12pm (Cast 1) and 5pm-8pm (Cast 2). Rehearsals are weekly until the month of the show.

After School Program: Choose two, three, or five-days a week from 3pm-6pm (early drop off included). One hour of homework assistance and two hours of arts daily from 3:00PM-6:00PM. Show and Tell and Guest Speakers on Friday.

Homeschoolers: Pick a morning or afternoon or both to take classes in all of the arts at our studio.

Birthday Parties for all ages! Choose a theme and an art genre (music, visual arts, dance, or theater), and we’ll create a magical experience you’ll never forget.

Dance Nights: Learn partner dances like Swing, Salsa, Waltz, and Ballroom with 30-45 minutes of instruction, then open dance floor.  

Private Music Lessons: piano, ukelele, acoustic guitar, voice, and more

Dance Without Limits

SPONSORED 864.412.7788 | 115 Pelham Rd. Ste. 24, Greenville, SC

Dance is for everyone, regardless of age, shape, size, or ability at Dance Without Limits. Dance classes are offered for students ages 18 months to 18 years old.

Offerings include the Twinkle Toes preschool program (ballet, tap, and hip hop/tumbling combo) and elementary through high school classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, acrobatics, and hip hop. A special Limitless Friends class is also offered for students with disabilities. All classes are inclusive, and Dance Without Limits enjoys offering a family-friendly, non-competitive dance program.

Class Listings:

Twinkle Toes Preschool Dance Program

Twinkle Baby and Me: (ages 18-24 months) A 30-minute introductory class containing ballet, tap, and creative movement. Young dancers will learn the basics in a positive environment. Engaging age-appropriate music is used to get these little ones inspired to dance. An adult is required to participate in this class.

Twinkle Babies: (ages 2-3) A 45-minute introductory dance class containing ballet, tap, and creative movement. Young dancers will learn the basic steps while learning how to follow directions and imitate movement in a positive environment. Engaging music is used to get these little ones inspired to dance. The use of props, like Twinkle Bears, hula hoops, and bubbles, enables the young dancers to use their imagination and creativity, but mostly to have fun!

Twinkle Stars: (ages 3-4 and 4-5) An age-specific 45-minute class containing tap, ballet, and jazz/creative movement. The purpose of the class is to introduce young dancers to the three styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment. Dancers will also learn basic steps and terminology in all three styles. The use of fun age-appropriate music engages the young dancers’ minds and bodies. Plus, hula hoops, scarves, and bubbles for free dance makes the end of class so much fun!

Tot Hop & Tumble: (ages 3-5) This upbeat 45-minute class introduces our young dancers to basic elements of hip hop, creative movement, and beginner-level tumbling. We incorporate obstacle courses and fun props, such as our mini trampoline and hula hoops! The perfect way to release the wiggles while learning hip hop fundamentals.

Twinkle Ballet: (ages 3-5) This 30-minute class for our young dancers incorporates all the ballet elements from our regular Twinkle Stars class, without the tap portion. The perfect class for little ones who enjoy a bit of a quieter setting.

Elementary, Middle, and High School Classes

Tap: (ages K5-18) A percussive style of dance which gets its name from the sound made when the metal plates on the dancer’s shoes contact the floor. Emphasis on rhythm and clarity of sounds from the feet.

Ballet: (ages K5-18) A class which progresses from beginning ballet steps to advanced technique and placement. Each class will begin at the barre, then move to center floor work and across the floor. Ballet is the building block of all other forms of dance and necessary to excel in all other forms. For this reason, we strongly encourage all students to take a ballet class.

Jazz: (ages K5-18) Jazz builds on the fundamentals learned in ballet and is very structured in technique. The class progresses from a center warm-up with emphasis on strength and flexibility, then moves to across the floor combinations, finishing with a fun combo in center floor. Jazz takes many forms, and is often performed to upbeat, popular music.

Lyrical/Contemporary: (ages K5-18) Lyrical/Contemporary is a fusion of jazz and ballet which uses movement to interpret a song’s lyrics. The class progresses from a center warm-up with emphasis on strength and flexibility, then moves to across the floor combinations, finishing with a combo in center floor. Typically, lyrical is very fluid and quite beautiful!

Hip Hop: (ages K5-18) Also known as street dance, hip hop is an upbeat dance style that has become hugely popular with fun and exciting choreography and engaging music. All music and dance moves are age appropriate. All-boys hip hop class also available.

Acrobatics: (ages K5-18) This class teaches the basics of floor tumbling (such as forward and backward rolls, backbends, cartwheels, etc.) and progresses to advanced tumbling (such as handsprings and aerial work). Teachers work with students on their individual level.

Limitless Friends: This is a movement class for students ages 6 and up with disabilities. Elements of jazz, hip hop, and acrobatics are incorporated in this fun class, along with games and free dance.

Find out more at Dance Without Limits.

Unique Dance Academy

SPONSORED 864.360.4743 | 2301 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville, SC

Unique Dance Academy C&A 2022

Unique Dance Academy is all about inspiring individuality within the community. That’s why we’re proud to open up a dance school as of August 5th, 2022. We offer classes in kids fitness, hip hop, tap, ballet, k-pop, dance with me, adult ballet and tap, yoga and more. Here, we encourage all students to participate in our classes and build self-expression, discipline, and enjoyment. Our school provides fun dance activities for everyone with a team that is ready to support you on your fitness journey.

Check out our list of classes!

Carolina Dance Collaborative

SPONSORED 864.315.3732

Carolina Dance Collaborative is a mobile dance outreach 501(c)3 organization that seeks to make dance education accessible to all people regardless of location, ability, or resources. Collaboration, equity, and empowerment are the basis for all our classes. We do not maintain a facility but rather bring our services into the community to make dance accessible to everyone.

YMCA DANCE CLASSES:

Where?
Carolina Dance Collaborative (CDC) partners with the YMCA Branches in Greenville (Caine Halter, Eastside, GIT, and Verdae) as well as the Powdersville YMCA.

YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE A YMCA MEMBER TO ATTEND THESE CLASSES.

What?
Little Learners 1 & 2: ages 2+
Pre-Ballet: ages 5+
Ballet: ages 7+
Tap: ages 5+
Jazz/Hip-Hop: ages 7+
Classes run 45 minutes – 1 hour, one time per week.

Scholarship Program:
CDC has a Scholarship Program for individuals and families who need additional resources for enrichment classes. For questions regarding the scholarship program contact: info@CarolinaDanceCollaborative.org.

For more information about our After School Programs or Adaptive Programs, visit Carolina Dance Collaborative’s website.

Southern Dance Connection

864.414.0974 | 215 W. Wade Hampton Boulevard, Greer, SC

Southern Dance Connection offers classes in various forms of dance, tumbling, and cheer. Children aged 2 and up can participate in ballet, tap, and hip-hop dance. They also offer themed dance summer camps.

Dianne's School of Dance

864.246.0923 | 7601 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC

Dianne’s School of Dance offers dance classes for ages 2.5 and up with professionally-trained teachers and choreographers. Instruction focuses on various styles of dancing and life lessons.

International Ballet

864.879.9404 | 1018 S. Batesville Rd. Suite 1C, Greer, SC

IB C&A Guide 2022

International Ballet (IB) offers the highest quality of classical ballet training for students ages 3 to adult, and offers Mommy & Me classes for ages 18 months-3 yo.

IB is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that awards over $30k annually in need and merit based scholarships to students in Ballet 1 and up. World-class faculty teach Vaganova based technique, and dancers (8 yr+) are eligible to audition for The Nutcracker (performed at the Peace Center with the live Greenville Symphony Orchestra). Dancers of all ages perform at an End of Year Demonstration in May.

IB provides the education needed for each student to achieve his/her greatest potential in ballet, while also teaching life skills (self-discipline, self-respect, teamwork, and much more) that facilitate success in life beyond dance.  The initial trial class is FREE.

Visit www.internationalballetsc.org for more information.

Ignite Dance Company

864.510.1713 | 1317 W. Poinsett Street, Greer, SC

Ignite Dance Company offers summer dance classes and camps for ages 2 and up. Ignite wants to both educate and inspire their dancers.

Foothills Gymnastics and Cheer Center

864.855.9660 | 198 Couch Lane, Easley, SC

Foothills offers gymnastics, cheer, and tumbling classes for children, a 10,000 square foot facility with a separate gym for preschoolers. Classes offered from parent and tot classes to adult classes.

Let's Dance

864.297.0895 | Two Locations, Mauldin & Fountain Inn, SC

Offers:  Dance classes of all varieties for both boys and girls ages 2 and up. Classes have one way glass so parents can observe without distracting children.

Dance Arts Greenville

864.297.1635 | 255 Service Bay Road, Mauldin, SC

Offers:  Dance classes for even the youngest of children, beginning at age 3. Drop in classes are offered for a low commitment to see if your child enjoys dance. Summer camps and week long classes are also available.

City of Greenville Parks and Recreation

864.232.2273

Offers: Youth programs for ages 5 and up including dance, soccer and day camps. There is also an after-school study buddy program from 2:30 – 6 pm.

The Little Gym of Greenville

864.772.3887 | 1607 Laurens Road, Ste. 102, Greenville, SC

The Little Gym of Greenville’s age-appropriate activities for kids are designed to facilitate maximum fun and ongoing skill development through movement, music, learning and laughter. Children progress at their own pace, having fun and building confidence as they develop new skills.

Greenville Ballroom Dance

864.915.6792 | 28 Bolt Street, Greenville, SC

Youth Ballroom Dance Classes  for ages 6-18.

Greer Children's Theatre

864.848.5383 | 804 Trade Street, Greer , SC

The Greer Children’s Theatre produces three family-friendly musicals or plays. These productions are performed at Greer, SC area venues.

Classes Offered:  Multiple theater, dance and drama classes and camps. Students learn all aspects of theatre from make up to stage presence to dance to set design.