Top Dance Classes for Kids in London

Dance classes have always been a staple pastime for kids, they offer a way to develop artistic expression, stay fit, and a social hub to find like minds. But with so many dance schools on offer in London, choosing the right class for your kids can be a lot of work and quite frankly, a headache. 

It’s just as hard to know what style of dance will most suit your child. They may benefit by gaining the poise, grace and discipline that comes from traditional styles of ballet, or they may prefer the free-flowing style of hip hop. All forms have their benefits but as with anything you need to know that the institution and teachers that you decide to go with are experienced and highly-rated within the dance community. 

We’ve put together a list of some of the best dance classes for kids in the London area that include trial classes so your child can try out and see if the class, teachers and students are a good fit for them.

Specialised Classes

Ballet

To start off with a classic, Ballet has been a long time favourite kids class, and a good entry into the world of dance and performance. Known for its elegance and timeless appeal, ballet provides a world of benefits for a child’s development both physically and mentally. As probably the most popular choice it’s no surprise that there’s a lot of options in London, which makes the choice all the more difficult. 

While many of the providers on our list come as very highly recommended ballet schools, Kensington Ballet School focuses solely on ballet as its specialisation and so deserves a mention here. The school was created by Karen Lowe who has performed professionally in productions including “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker”. Along with her team of classically trained ballerinas and teachers, Karen offers a style of ballet that is focused on theatrical performance and fun while using a mixture of classical and children’s music to stimulate creativity and musicality.

Book a trial with Kensington Ballet School

 

Street Dance

Founded in 2005 Funky Moves is a modern street dance institution focused on making the benefits of dance accessible to everyone. Their award-winning classes, parties and events have earned them a reputation for fun and vibrance within the dance community. Perfect for kids who like to try something outside of the more controlled dance forms, Funky Moves is all about freedom of expression. Classes are taught by a long list of professional dancers and the benefits your kids will see from a street dance class include boosted confidence, coordination, tension release and fitness.

Book a class with Funky Moves

Varied Classes

The Little Dance Academy is a great place to start if your child is looking for a wide range of possible dance styles. The Little Dance Academy offers ballet, hip hop, drama and tap classes in the form of both group and private classes. Their focus is on creating a nurturing and warm environment for dancers of all levels and ages to grow their confidence and skills. The Little Dance Academy is a great option for fostering a love for dance and creativity in your kids. 

Book a trial with The Little Dance Academy

Dakoda’s Dance Academy or D.D.A. is another great all-rounder academy to consider. Originally just focusing on RAD ballet for kids, Dakota’s has expanded over the years to include top-quality tap and jazz, hip hop, and street dance classes. With a strong group of staff many of whom still work in the industry and a well known annual show for students held at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Piccadilly your kids will be in for a unique and empowering experience with this school. 

Book a class with Dakoda’s Dance Academy

Honourable mentions:

Blue Performing Arts in Wandsworth offer a great range of dance classes as well as Acting and Singing to provide a full range of options for creative development. 

Book a class with Blue Performing Arts

Sporty Minis in South West London focus on dance and sports classes for younger kids who’d like to try dance with a strong focus on fun. 

Book a trial with Sporty Minis

Flourish Dance in Bermondsey for a more central/East option focusing on ballet, tap, and modern dance styles aimed at kids aged 3-7. 

Book a trial with Flourish Dance

Search a for a full list of dance class options at kiddiplan

Things to do with kids in South London

We’re only a few days away from the school holidays, and if you’re already dreading the cries of “I’m boooooooooored!”, fear not – there’s plenty on to keep youngsters entertained this summer, whatever the weather. Read on to find out our top picks for a fabulous family outings in South London, and don’t forget to visit KiddiPlan to effortlessly find and book amazing classes for your kids.

South London icon, Battersea Power Station, is constantly running seasonal activities in the Grosvenor Arch Pop-Ups and across the piazza at Circus West Village.
The activities generally take place from Thursday to Sunday from and include origami boat making , summer bunting and special cinema events.

Another mainstay for south London parents, Battersea Park Children’s Zoo is often running event days focusing on different animals, so whether your child wants to sssssstroke a snake , cuddle a guinea pig or handle a giant snail , you’re sure to find an event that suits. Each day is accompanied by themed crafts, games and stories, all of which are included in the ticket price. Usual admission fees apply.

While you’re in the park, you can also hire a bike from London Recumbents and do a tour of the park and its playgrounds, cafes and other attractions – the perfect way to spend a family day in the open air.
And finally in Battersea, don’t forget that families take over Battersea Arts Centre on the last Saturday of every month, with an entire day of FREE fun and activities for the whole family
Activities include face painting, music, toy and clothes swaps, workshops and more, while under 5s can enjoy storytelling and free entry to the centre’s magical indoor play space, the Bee’s Knees.

Although not quite as nice as last year we’ve had some fantastic days this year, and where better to enjoy the remaining few than by chilling out in the cool blue waters of Tooting Bec Lido? Special summer events often see the arrival of new toys like their fantastic floating obstacle course, challenging the whole family to make it all the way across without making a splash! Dates and times change, so keep an eye on their website for details.

If you want to cool down but aren’t quite in the mood for a swim, head over to Wimbledon Park’s fabulous splash park, which includes a variety of fountains and sprays for all the running, jumping and splashing any child could possibly want; or for something a little calmer (maybe?!), try one of Merton Council’s six paddling pools, including one in Colliers Wood and three in Morden . All the council’s splash parks and pools are free to use, and are supervised and maintained during opening hours.

Another fabulous way to spend a day outdoors, Luna Kids Cinema is the first open air cinema designed for kids. It’s always showing a range of much loved kids’ films from Frozen to Star Wars. There’s a Little Kids’ Bar serving soft drinks, healthy juices and water, a variety of tasty food from their gourmet partners, and a Big Kids’ Bar serving a range of drinks including hot drinks, wine and chilled prosecco – well, it would be rude not to.
Obviously there’s a slight chance of rain – this is Britain after all – but fortunately there’s plenty to do even if (or when) the skies do open.

The Bright Emporium in Clapham Junction is the home of some of the world’s best books for children, and every weekend they open their doors to share the magic of their books through creative workshops for kids. Their new summer timetable is out now, including messy play for toddlers and bigger kids, drama classes inspired by books and story building with boxes and boxes of Lego: find details here .

If your children are feeling energetic or need to blow off some steam, head over to Clip n Climb Chelsea, a climbing arena like no other in London. It’s the safest and easiest way to try indoor climbing, with no experience necessary, and is suitable for all from age 4. There are 21 different climbing walls offering various levels of challenge and difficulty, alongside three special attractions: the infamous Vertical Drop Slide, the Leap of Faith and the Stairway to Heaven.

Or for a day of culture, head over to the wonderful Horniman Museum, their events timetable includes Plonk Crazy Golf, storytelling, Family Art Fun, pond dipping, and Hands on Base sessions where you can complete fun challenges and explore and touch objects from the Horniman collections.

Finally, for children with special needs and their families living in Wandsworth, the Lady Allen Adventure Playground  is open from 10 am to 4 pm from Monday to Friday, offering a wide range of play equipment in a closed access site with qualified staff.

To find more activities head over to KiddiPlan. 

How Kiddiplan came about

As parents we couldn’t find an easy way to book local activities and classes for kids, so we created KiddiPlan to make the process as easy as possible.

My son had shown an interest in attending football classes, and when I mentioned it to my wife, she said “Great. You sort it out.” “Sure,” I thought, “- how hard can it be?”

Over the next few hours and days, I found out exactly how hard it can be to book a single children’s class. First, finding the classes themselves: Googling, sifting through endless websites, and rifling through the myriad of listings magazines that seem to pile up all over the house, from the kitchen counter to the hall table to my son’s bookbag. Once you’ve found the classes themselves, you enter the next stage of booking: email after email, text messages, phone calls and voicemails; some unanswered, some bouncing back through the ether, some with waiting lists. After a couple of days, you emerge bruised and confused from the process: did I actually manage to book anything, or will we turn up to a session only to find our name’s not on the list and we’re not coming in?

We’re parents too and we get it: you have almost zero time. You’re already overwhelmed with work and trying to keep the house in some sort of state that won’t have casual visitors fearing they’re going to contract salmonella, while the laundry pile seems to have taken on a life of its own, you’re juggling what you have in the fridge that you can turn into a reasonably nutritious meal that everyone in the family will actually eat, and your kid has just told you that they need to build a working model of a rocket out of recycling for school tomorrow. Oh, and they’d also like a snack, and a drink, and for you to change the channel on the telly, and find their favourite bowl, and put their socks on for them. Finally you complete the two hour war of attrition that is bedtime, then you just have time for a quick glass of wine before you collapse into bed knowing that tomorrow you get to do it all again. It’s joyful and it’s messy and it’s wonderful, but it’s also absolutely exhausting.

We’re parents too and we get it: you have almost zero time.

If only, we thought, there was a website where you could find out quickly and easily what was on near you for kids, and book classes online? No more internet searches or voicemails or bouncing emails. And so, Kiddiplan came about. Search quickly and easy for amazing kids’ classes, and filter by age, day, activity and distance. Book online, stress-free, in just a couple of clicks. Then let them enjoy kids’ yoga, French classes, football, drama and so much more.

And you never know: with any luck, they’ll be so tired out for the fantastic circus skills workshop that you just found, you might be able to shave down bedtime by half an hour and have time for a second glass of wine.

Are you ready to dive in and find brilliant classes, activities and workshops for your kids? Click here to start your search.