Calling all dancing queens (and kings!). These dance studios and instructors in Hong Kong offer dance classes for kids of all ages, from classical Ballet to contemporary hip hop, K-Pop and more.
Have you got a kid who can’t stop tapping his or her toes and just loves to dance? If you want to enrol your child in a dance school or academy and don’t know where to start, we’ve rounded up the best kids’ dance classes that Hong Kong has to offer. From your standard styles of ballet, tap, jazz and ballroom, to traditional Chinese dance, K-pop and even Bollywood styles of dancing, this city has a plethora of dance studios and offerings for whatever your dancing kid is into!
Dance Studios In Hong Kong Offering A Range Of Dance Classes
Red Shoe Dance – Dance classes for children who are keen on pursuing a career in dance
Red Shoe Dance specialises in a wide variety of dance styles to suit whatever your kid might be interested in, with the aim of providing the best dance training and learning to create career dancers. And now, it’s launching The Urdang Musical Theatre Syllabus Programme. This has been designed by teachers and professionals who recognise the need for innovative, up-to-date and industry-ready progressive training in Musical Theatre. So if you have a Judy Garland, Gene Kelly or even an Emma Stone at home who’s passionate about acting, singing and dancing, do make sure to sign up for Red Shoe Dance! Red Shoe Dance also offers RAD Ballet and Pre-professional Ballet with Venus Villa, Adult Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical and Hip Hop.
Ages: 3 years and up for most classes, 5 to 16 years for the Urdang Musical Theatre
Classes: Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre
Red Shoe Dance, Unit 3A, 3/F Arbuthnot House, 10 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2217 9126
StudioDanz Academy – Multi-level dance programme for kids interested in street dance and jazz dance
StudioDanz Academy has a child-specific programme that aims to nurture children through the love of dance. It offers a multi-level approach (beginner, intermediate and advanced) so that children are dancing with other kids with similar skills as them, as well as encouraging children to improve through performances and competitions. The Academy focuses on kids from 3 to 11, with older kids moving on towards its regular studio, StudioDanz. There, kids can continue to dance, train and perform into adulthood.
Age: 3 to 11
Classes: Jazz and Street dance
City Contemporary Dance Company (CCDC) – Dance classes and studio for kids based in the New Territories
The CCDC is one of Hong Kong’s oldest leading dance companies having been established in 1979. The academy works with youngsters, adults and professionals, and puts on top-notch performances every year. It offers a huge variety of dance classes for children, such as traditional Chinese dance, K-Pop, modern, alongside the standard ballet, jazz, and tap. Dance classes cater to those of all ages with plenty of opportunities for kids to develop and continue their dance passions and skills as they grow up.
Age: 3 to 13 years
Classes: Baby ballet, hip hop, jazz and much more
Infinity Dance – Contemporary dance classes
Infinity Dance Studio offers classes for kids as young as 4 years old (K2 onwards) with class options from hip-hop, to jazz and jazz-funk. The energetic classes are sure to draw out even the shyest kids!
Age: 3 to 16 years
Classes: Hip hop, jazz-funk, jazz, urban dance, Popping
Island Dance – Dance class provider with locations all across Hong Kong
Island Dance is one of Hong Kong’s largest dance companies holding dance classes at 13 locations across Hong Kong. So even if you live in one of the outlying islands, there is sure to be a location near you! Children as young as 18 months can participate in classes that include freestyle, tap, ballet, acro and hip-hop, with options for competition, examination and plenty of performance opportunities at local events including the Chinese New Year Parade and Arts in the Park. There are also dance classes for children with special needs.
Age: 18 months and up
Classes: Freestyle, ballet, hip-hop, tap and acro
Twinkle Dance Company – Popular dance school in Hong Kong kids of all ages
Twinkle Dance Company believes in getting those dancing shoes on early! It also offers dance classes for kids as young as 18 months all the way up to adulthood. There’s even a complimentary dance workshop for kids with special needs. With four studio locations across Hong Kong and dance classes conducted at schools and clubs across the city, you’re sure to find a class near you.
Age: 18 months and up
Classes: Ballet, K-pop, jazz and more
Move For Life – Dance class that focuses on multi-dance
Combining dance with gross motor skill development, Move for Life introduces different dance forms at different ages to help develop necessary coordination, balance and overall body control. After a certain age, the dance classes also encourage social and emotional development by getting kids to work in pairs or in a team. Move for Life offers regular holiday camps, including some for kids with special needs.
Ages: 2 to 12 years
Dance Studios In Hong Kong Offering Specialised Dance Classes
Hong Kong Youth Ballet Academy – Ballet classes for budding ballerinas and ballerinos
If you and your kid are serious about ballet then check out the elite ballet school at the Hong Kong Youth Ballet Academy. The academy aims to inspire the next generation of ballet dancers, with classes taught by professional instructors, paying special attention to this dance form’s prestigious heritage. It has a high number of award-winning students, many of whom have been accepted into professional dance schools around the globe – something to consider if you think your little one might go pro in the future.
Age: 3 and up
Jean M. Wong School of Ballet – Well-reputed ballet school
Recognised as one of the most prestigious ballet schools in Asia, Jean M. Wong School of Ballet has been on the dancing scene in Hong Kong since 1960. The school’s main priority is classical ballet that starts training kids from the age of two and upwards and uses the RAD system for classes and examinations. There are six schools in operation across Hong Kong, including the New Territories, with plenty of opportunities for kids to compete and perform.
Age: 2 and up
BallroomBees – Getting kids to love ballroom dancing
Founded by “Strictly Come Dancing” star Katya Virshilas and her world Champion husband Klaus Kongsdal Jensen, BallroomBees focuses on teaching young kids ballroom dancing. Starting from BabyBees and moving right up to MightyBees, the classes teach dancing with its strong fundamentals of etiquette and movement with a partner. The team behind BallroomBees believes that this helps kids develop good motor skills, body control and respect for their peers.
Ages: 18 months to 11 years
Classes: Ballroom dancing
Other Dance Classes For Kids In Hong Kong
Academy of Dance – Ballet, jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance classes for kids, www.academyofdance.com.hk
Agnes Huang School of Ballet – Classical ballet, www.agnesballet.com
Christine Liao School of Ballet – Ballet classes for kids, www.christineliaoballet.com.hk
Dance for Joy HK – Jazz, hip-hop, funky and gymnastricks classes, www.danceforjoyhk.com
DMR School of Ballet – Ballet, tap and modern dance, www.dmr-hk.com
Echoes of Erin School of Irish Dance – Irish dancing for kids, www.echoesirishdance.com
Ek2Three – Private Bollywood dance classes for kids and teens, www.ek2three.com
Ivy Chung School of Ballet – Classical ballet training for kids, www.facebook.com/IvyChungBalletSchool
Neverland Dance House – Hip hop, jazz-funk, Popping, Waacking, K-Pop dance classes for kids, www.neverland.com.hk
Rhythm Studio – Private swing dancing classes for kids and teens starting soon, www.rhythmstudiohk.com
Russian Ballet School – Ballet school using the Vaganova system, www.russianballetschool-hk.com
Southern School of Dance – Ballet, tap and modern, funk, hip hop and contemporary dance classes, www.southernschoolofdance.com.hk
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in August 2019 and updated in December 2021