No matter what your age, dance classes are a fantastic way to have fun, boost confidence, improve fitness, get your groove on and even learn new moves. Dancing is fabulous for children, teens, adults and seniors. With so many dance styles to choose from, including ballroom, ballet, tap, jazz, funk and hip-hop, there are classes for every personality and skill level.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing dances classes and a dance studio, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great dance studio?
Choosing the right dance class will keep your motivation levels high and ensure the right fit for age, personality and objectives.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a dance class.
- Age appropriate. Different dance classes cater for different age groups—young kids, teens, adults and seniors. You’ll want to make sure the dance class you choose is age-appropriate.
- Dance style. Dance studios differ in what they teach. Some cover a broad spectrum of styles and others zero in on one genre of dance. Check out dance studios for a style that suits your dance aspirations.
- Quality teachers. Friendly and experienced teachers are essential to a fulfilling dance class. You want teachers to inspire and make you feel confident. The best teachers will bring out the best in students of all levels and ages.
- Flexible schedules and price. Dance studios should have flexible schedules through the week and on weekends. Price is always important, so compare a few dance classes to get a feel for the market and then choose one that suits your budget. Also consider that professional training will be more expensive than dance classes held only for fun.
- Cleanliness. Dance studios should be neat, clean and tidy, with a quality hygiene regime.
The best dance studios in Canberra
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Fresh Funk is Tuggeranong Arts Centre's flagship program and Canberra’s original hip-hop dance and choreographic development program. Founded over two decades ago, it has paved the way for young dancers to learn, explore and create hip-hop and contemporary dance.
Unique projects such as the Young Choreographers Initiative have also offered young people the opportunity to explore self-expression through dance, build social cohesion, and develop their artistic practice. Many of Fresh Funk’s dancers are now working professionally in dance worldwide, and many more have evolved into confident, creative individuals because of their participation in the program.
Between its fun-filled classes, large-scale shows, competitive crews, overseas tours, additional development opportunities and guest choreographers, Fresh Funk is an unstoppable force that continues to grow and thrive, with new faces combining a legacy of long-term committed role models. Fresh Funk has an incredible team, vibe, and energy – it is a very special place to dance.
With over 300 participants, there are classes available for all ages, skill levels and body types. Fresh Funk Littlies Program caters for young kids 18 months to three years. The performance program is broken down into juniors (9–14-years), seniors (14–18-years), and adults (18 years and over). Performance open classes offer new routines and choreographic challenges. Performance master classes are for tutors and the most experienced dancers, to challenge and extend their dance skills (invitation only).
Fresh Funk prices are stable, competitive, and affordable.
On Google, Sienna Bilski wrote, “I’ve been dancing at Fresh Funk for about six years and have enjoyed every moment.”
Established in 2002, Kulture Break conducts dance classes and mentoring programs for the wellbeing, transformation and empowerment of young people. Its goal is for young people to believe in themselves and live life with purpose.
‘Make Ya Move’ dance classes are for those with no dance experience through to those dancing their hearts out at Master level. They have classes suitable for children aged 3 through to adults. Classes cover contemporary, ballet, jazz, hip hop, break dance and adult fitness. All are held in a safe and active environment.
Genesis (Level 1) inspires those who have never danced or who have little experience through foundations and techniques. Nexis (Level 2), perfect for those with two years of experience, builds more advanced techniques. Edge (Level 3) is for dancers who know techniques and foundations of style and are keen to build more skills. The highest level, Advanced (Level 4), is fast-paced learning at its best.
Kulture Break also runs risk prevention dance mentoring programs for 12 to 17-year-olds. Its Elevate Academy provides high-level training and mentoring for Canberra’s aspiring talent. Its Dance Nation arts program is designed for primary and high school students.
Classes are held over four terms. Kulture Break holds a mid-year expo and end-of-year concert. School holiday programs are available.
Kulture Break’s other services include social skilling programs, tailored workshops, seminars, motivational talks and performances. Since inception, Kulture Break has engaged more than 400,000 young people around the world. Tuggeranong classes are held in Wanniassa and Gungahlin classes in Nicholls.
On Google, Rachel Lariosa wrote, “Great place to meet new friends, teachers are super nice & awesome place to learn some dance skills!”
Dance Central is Canberra’s premier dance studio, bringing the energy and exhilaration of performing arts, fitness, and parent-toddler programs to thousands. The studio offers more than 120 classes, including hip hop, contemporary, ballet, lyrical and acrobatics. Classes, held in state-of-the-art studios, are perfect for children through to adults with no or little dance experience. Classes are also held for elite dancers.
On Facebook, Sandra Harrison wrote, “Great instructors that do a really nice job of making me feel comfortable no matter how unco I am. I'm having a blast!”
Project Beats offers a hip-hop style of dance for like-minded dancers of all ages and fitness levels. The welcoming studio is committed to creativity and everyone supports one another. Project Beats has an impressive track record of achievements, with some students winning dance competitions.
Michelle Page wrote on Google, “Have never looked back since signing my son up with Project Beats! He has grown as a young man and dancer and is happiest when he’s there. He’s met the most amazing people …”
Dancing is the perfect activity for keeping children healthy. Gumnut Dance classes help build healthy bodies. They also help build children’s confidence, creativity, teamwork and ability to express how they feel. Gumnut Dance is creative, imaginative, inclusive and non-competitive. It also values diversity.
Gumnut Dance offers a positive dance education, from a child’s first creative movements into a life journey of dance and learning. Teachers are trained to enhance a child’s physical and social capabilities as well as artistic and musical appreciation.
At Gumnut Dance, programs cater for toddlers through to primary school aged children (2 to 12 years). Classes are held for girls and boys. Holiday programs and birthday party dance classes are available. Gumnut Dance also offers trial classes.
On Google, Jen and Mark Hastings wrote, “Our girls started at the beginning of the year and they absolutely love it! The no-pressure program is a perfect introduction to dance and all the staff are wonderful.”
6th Position is a traditional dance school catering to beginners and experienced dancers aged 16 years and over. Highly experienced teachers offer classes in ballet, pointe, lyrical (contemporary), tap, jazz, dance foundations, and barre fitness.
Erin Wells wrote on Facebook, “6th Position is a wonderful dance studio for everyone! It doesn't matter how much dance experience you have, what you wear, what size or age you are, everyone is there to dance and enjoy themselves!”
Established in 2011, Play Dance Agency is the leader in the Canberra Dance Community in competitive hip hop, jazz, lyrical dance styles and talent management. The studio runs nine-week terms. Classes start Week 1 of each school term. Classes are a perfect balance of hard work and fun. Play Dance Agency only takes 250 students, to maintain a family feel. Parents can watch classes.
Annabel Pryor wrote on Google, “Best dance studio in the whole of Canberra.”
If you’re looking for more information on fun ways to keep active and fit, you might like our articles on the best Pilates studios, best martial arts schools, best yoga studios and best gyms Canberra has to offer. Or if you’re looking for something for your children, check out our article on the best school holiday programs and activities and the best playgrounds in Canberra.
Your experience with dance studios in Canberra
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to take dance classes?
This varies depending on the type of dance class, the level of teaching required (for example, beginner versus professional), whether you want individual tutoring or a group class, location and more. It’s best to head online to check out dance studio websites for costs.
My child has never been to a dance class. How do I pick the right one?
It’s important to choose a dance studio that shares the same values you do, one that can meet your child’s needs and consider your child’s personality type. Check out dance studio websites to read about their philosophy, approach and values and then talk to teachers about what you want your child to get out of dance classes.
Do dance studios offer free trials?
Some do and some don’t. Some also offer trials for a nominal fee. You can also ask if the dance studio will allow you to sit and observe a class, to get a feel for how things work.
I’ve never danced in a class before. How do I prepare?
Most dance studios cater well for beginners and don’t require advance preparation to get your groove on. Teachers understand that not everyone is super coordinated or able to learn at the same speed. First and foremost, quality teachers just want you to have fun and enjoy a bit of exercise. They’re not there to judge.
How do I know if the dance instructors are good?
A good dance studio will have profiles on dance teachers on their website, listing their qualifications, experience and even sharing some of their personal beliefs. You can also chat to staff at dance studios about the type of teacher you want based on what you want out of your dance class.