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Originally published by Sophie Pettit. Last updated by Kopal Manglik.
Has your little one got the moves like Jagger? Then why not help them nurture that talent and sign them up at one of Hong Kong’s top dance studios? From budding ballerinas to tapping tots, our city’s dance scene has got all avenues covered, so whichever style your kids prefer, healthy bodies and happy faces are guaranteed. Here are the best dance classes for kids in Hong Kong.
If your kid has an adventurous spirit and curiosity, then your best bet is to let them explore a variety of dance forms before they decide their passion. Whether its tap, Latin, contemporary, or ballroom, the following dance studios are specially designed to help your future Shakiras and Madonnas find their love of dance.
Has your baby just started walking and is already ready to dance? Then Ballroom Bees is the place to go! With options for kids aged between one-and-a-half and eight years old, these classes are designed to be a fun and friendly way for kids to connect through dance, music, and play. Children find a creative outlet to develop key skills, whether it is hand-eye coordination, body awareness, or confidence. The upbeat music and charming teachers will definitely make this an experience to remember.
Twinkle Dance Company knows that your little ones cannot always remember all the steps or positions, so they use cute and playful terms to help them learn the dances. A team of fun-loving and experienced teachers will create interesting and innovative classes, whether it’s ballet, jazz, K-pop, or dance workshops for children with special needs. Mummies and daddies are also invited to join the party with programmes for adults and private classes.
For the more experienced dancer looking to hone their skills, Red Shoe Dance provides training for children looking to take their RAD or ADAPT dance examinations. It also holds a pre-professional programme for select students—a series of invitation-only, rigorous training workshops designed to prepare kids for a professional career in the dance industry.
Specialising in dance categories including classical ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, and musical theatre, the studio boasts a roster of world-famous artists and dancers providing individualised and expert training to help your young dancers reach their dreams!
If you think ballet is just about pointy toes and pretty tutus, then think again. From coordination and concentration to stamina and social skills, this style of dance aids all kinds of development during the most crucial years of your children’s life. Here are some of the best ballet schools in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Youth Ballet Academy welcomes boys and girls as young as three years old through their doors, introducing them to the basic concepts of this elegant dance. With a fully equipped studio and a gleaming track record of past students winning places at top international dance schools, you can be sure that your children are in good hands. Your little ones will be leaping around like professional swans before you know it!
Hong Kong Youth Ballet Academy, 1/F, KP Tower, 93 King’s Road, North Point | (+852) 2234 6317
For a focus on classical ballet—in particular the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance—you cannot go wrong with one of the finest and most prestigious dance schools in the Asia-Pacific region. Founded over 60 years ago, the Jean M. Wong School of Ballet boasts highly qualified, dedicated, and experienced teachers. With several performance opportunities, the school helps your ballerinas hone not only their dance skills, but also their poise and self-confidence.
On the other hand, if you are looking for training in the Vaganova system of ballet—which the vast majority of ballet stars worldwide are trained in—the Russian Ballet School is your best bet. It is highly disciplined and designed to avoid injuries, thus preparing your little dancers for their place in professional ballet schools all over the world. With small class sizes, high-quality teachers, and continual assessments, your kid will be doing plies and pirouettes in no time!
Russian Ballet School, Unit 1010, 10/F, Fortress Tower, 250 King’s Road, North Point | (852) 2570 2006
What child can resist the lure of the vibrant colours and high-energy routines that Indian dance has to offer? While we might all be familiar with the “screwing the lightbulb” and “patting the dog” steps, Indian dance is far more diverse than what you have seen on screen. Check out these dance teachers in Hong Kong to learn more about the beauty and grace behind Indian dance forms!
If your kids are looking for a fun, energetic, and uplifting dance class, look no further than the Bollywood dance classes hosted by Hanisha. A viral dancer herself, she teaches Bollywood choreography that aims to improve technique, confidence, and performance skills. She has summer classes planned for kids between four and 12 years old, where your future Bollywood stars will learn to enact the thumkas and expressions that they see on the big screen!
Ek 2 Three, Hong Kong Funky Dance Centre, 16/F–18/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
Kathak is derived from the word “katha,” which means “story.” The merging of music, dance, and drama is the birth of Kathak. Siddhi Nikhil Naresh, a trained dancer with a master’s degree in Kathak, teaches this storytelling dance form to students of all ages and levels. She brings with her not only exceptional knowledge of this Indian classical art form, but also a fun and rewarding teaching style. With classes offered in the comfort of your own home, this is perfect for the little ones looking to learn a beautiful, graceful, and unique dance form.
Taking the world by storm is bhangra, the high-energy folk dance and music form that originated in Punjab, India. With catchy music and unique steps, this is perfect for kids who love to learn something new! Harry Baath, a certified bhangra instructor and the brand ambassador of Learn Bhangra Dance & Fitness Company in the US, will teach the basic arms, shoulders, and foot work—and then the stage is set for your dancers! Donation-based classes held every Saturday—call ahead at (+852) 6902 1704 to double-check the schedule.
Want your tots to jam out to the latest tunes while learning how to bust some moves? Hip-hop is the ideal introduction to dance classes, teaching your kids how to move to the rhythm and find their groove. Most of the following schools also offer a range of other styles such as jazz, tap, and contemporary, if your child is willing to take their dancing to the next level.
The baby of mother company Infinity Dance Studio, a key influencer in Hong Kong’s dance scene since 2003, Seed by Infinity Dance is focused on providing all rounded dance training to little dancers aged three to 16 years old. With styles including hip-hop, jazz, and K-pop, your kiddos are going to love the high energy and positive attitude at the studio.
Seed focuses on building strength, emotional intelligence, and determination in their students, through the belief that encouragement works like magic to boost self-confidence in young dancers. And the results can be seen—just check out the videos of their little champions!
Seed by Infinity Dance, Shop 117, 1/F, PopWalk, 12 Tong Chun Street, Tseung Kwan O | (+852) 2603 6809
If you have seen the flash mobs around Hong Kong, you have probably seen the performers from Island Dance! Kids from the age of 18 months to 18 years are taught a variety of dance styles with style, grace, and energy. Certified by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), their instructors teach hip-hop, disco freestyle, jazz, ballet, and much more. Students have also gone on to take the ISTD examinations. With classes across 17 venues in Hong Kong, you will surely find one that suits yours and your little dancer’s needs.
For easy access and a great variety, English speakers should check out Dance @ Central. Your budding talents between two and 16 years of age can learn jazz, contemporary, and K-pop dancing, along with with hip-hop, of course! Dance @ Central offers weekly classes to ensure that your dance star is sticking to the routine and learning all they need for the examinations, performances, and overseas expeditions! If you are looking for a more intimate setting, you can sign your kids up for a private lesson, with the teacher and style of your choice.
Dance @ Central, 15/F, Man On Commercial Building, 12–13 Jubilee Street, Central | (+852) 9202 8831