Best Ballet Classes for Kids in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Besides the opportunity to gracefully dance in a tutu, allow your child to build their flexibility and muscles while learning the art of ballet at one of these ballet classes for kids.

Does your child enjoy twirling around and mirroring some of the ballerinas or dancers they see on TV? If so, here you’ll find a list of several ballet classes for kids in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties where your child can unleash their talent while learning from the pros. Enroll your children in one of the dance classes below to let them learn the basics and key components of ballet.

And if you’re not sure which school is right for your child, check out our advice for choosing a dance studio.

2nd Street Studio of Dance

  • Address: 100 E. Second St., Rochester
  • Phone: 248-266-6026
  • Ages: 2.5-plus
  • Costs: Registration fees: $20/yearly per student, $30/yearly per family; plus tuition which varies by class. Summer camps are available for $75-$150/student; plus a $25 reservation.

Dancers will learn grace, poise, coordination and flexibility in ballet classes here. Ballet 1 is open for ages 7-plus, while Ballet 2 is open to ages 9-plus. Classes such as Ballet 3, Ballet 4 and more are also available for certain ages and skill levels. Outside of ballet, there are also classes for tap, jazz and hip hop.

Ann Arbor Dance Classics 

  • Address: 3777 Plaza Dr., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-302-4248
  • Ages: 3-plus
  • Costs: Call in advance for details.

Kids as young as three can try out this spots creative movement course to get the taste of dance. As they grow, they can try out other types of classes including tap, modern, ballet and jazz.

Ballet Chelsea

  • Address: 1050 S. Main St., Chelsea
  • Phone: 734-475-3070
  • Ages: 3-plus
  • Costs: Tuition varies; call for more information.
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Your children can receive professional-level training in ballet as well as other forms of dance. The school offers ballet classes during the summer. Options include creative ballet for ages 3-4, pre-ballet for ages 4-5, beginning ballet ages 5-6 and more.

Ballet Renaissance

  • Address: 1419 W. Warren Ave., Detroit and 10301 W. Seven Mile Road, Detroit
  • Phone: 313-469-0694
  • Ages: 4-adult
  • Costs: Caries depending on number and length of classes attended; call for more information.

Founded in 1997, Ballet Renaissance has offices in Detroit and the state of Colorado. Children will learn the art of classical ballet and feel inspired. The students will have the opportunity to perform twice annually as well as throughout the community.

Bravo Dance Center

  • Address: 51138 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb
  • Phone: 586-781-3188
  • Ages: 2-plus
  • Costs: Rates vary based on season, call for details.

With a variety of dance styles to learn from tap, ballet and Zumba to jazz and more, this spot will teach your little ones how to blossom on the dance floor.

Dancetera Dance Studio

  • Address: 17806 13 Mile Road, Roseville
  • Phone: 586-917-4682
  • Ages: 2.5-plus
  • Costs: Call ahead for class availability and prices.

Since opening in 1991 in Roseville, Dancetera – unlike several other studios – is not a competition studio. Instead, it’s meant to provide an enjoyable atmosphere with more of an emphasis on extracurricular activity than competition. Classes are held Monday-Thursday with faculty experienced in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and more.

Eisenhower Dance Center

  • Address: Rochester: 103 South St.; Birmingham: 2155 Cole St.
  • Phone: 248-609-0370 (Rochester), 248-594-9400 (Birmingham)
  • Ages: 3-plus
  • Costs: Varies based on class length

With a variety of classes and workshops, students will enjoy classes taught by the pros including pre-ballet and ballet. Children can learn the basics of ballet or enhance their skills.

Grosse Pointe Dance Center

  • Address: 20945 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods
  • Phone: 313-886-1365
  • Ages: 2.5-plus
  • Costs: Vary based on class; call for more information.

Enroll your child at this school to not only dance but to gain the physical and cognitive benefits of dancing. Kids can start pre-ballet at age 2.5. Other classes include jazz, modern, tap and hip-hop.

Juliart Dance

  • Address: 83 E. Long Lake Road, Troy
  • Phone: 248-828-7841
  • Ages: 2.5-plus
  • Costs: Vary based on class; call for more information.

In pre-ballet, your tot will get an introduction to basic ballet techniques and will get a hand in improving their motor and coordination skills. After that, they will advance to ballet where they will focus on the classical Russian technique. Students can also choose from other classes like tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop.

Motor City Dance Factory

  • Address: 21630 Melrose Ave., Building i, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-905-5678
  • Ages: 2.5-plus
  • Costs: Tuition: $55/monthly for one class per week, $100/monthly for two classes per week, $135/monthly for three classes per week, $160/monthly for four classes per week, $175/monthly five or more classes per week; $25/registration.

Students as young as 2.5 can start creative movement with ballet and tap. As they get older, they can take more classes to enhance their ballet skills. There are also tap, hip hop and other dance styles offered.

Randazzo Dance Studio 

  • Address: 4569 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Phone: 734-477-9350
  • Ages: 3-plus
  • Costs: Call in advance for details.

This studio has been serving Washtenaw county since 1940 and offers classes in pre-ballet, ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip-hop and others. Themed mini camps start as early as age 3.

Rhythm Pointe Dance Academy

  • Address: 50685 Mound Road, Shelby Township
  • Phone: 586-726-9565
  • Ages: 2.5-plus
  • Costs: Contact academy for details.

This studio, once voted Best Dance Studio in the Vote 4 the Best contest, offers a variety of classes from ballet to gymnastics, pom, hip-hop, break dancing, lyrical and more.

Studio A

  • Address: Birmingham: 2217 Cole St.; Walled Lake: 2065 E. West Maple Road, Suite C308, Commerce
  • Phone: 248-433-1100 (Birmingham), 248-668-1000 (Walled Lake)
  • Ages: 2-plus
  • Costs: Varies based on class; call for more information.

Known as “the happy place to dance,” Studio A has two locations where kids learn dance and have fun. From ballet to jazz, hip hop and more, kids as young as 2 can start twirling and busting moves on the stage.

The Dance Place, Ltd.

  • Address: 7544 Highland Road, Waterford
  • Phone: 248-666-9929
  • Ages: 3-plus
  • Costs: Call in advance for details.

With friendly instructors and age-appropriate music and choreography, your little ones can learn to ballet and other forms of dance here. Preschool ballet classes are offered for ages 3-4.

This post was originally published in 2015 and is updated regularly. 

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