If your kids love moving to music and can’t seem to sit still, you might want to bring up the idea of taking modern dance. Bay Area kids have a choice of several dance academies that teach a wide variety of dance styles to children of all ages, and modern dance is perhaps the most popular among young girls. This dance style emerged in the 1900s and is very similar to ballet, minus its stringent rules. Because of its more relaxed style, modern dance can be used as a true vehicle for self-expression. Does this sound like something that would interest your kids? You can begin your search with these schools that offer modern dance classes as well as ballet, jazz, and similar dance styles.
City of San Mateo Dance and Fitness Program
Did you know that the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of San Mateo has a good dance curriculum? They offer classes for kids as young as 2-years-old (with their parents’ participation of course) and kids as old as 18. The Creative Dance program is a series of dance classes for kids between the ages of 5 to 12 years old; included here is the modern dance class for 7-12 year olds.
Dance Arts Center
San Carlos’s Dance Arts Center was founded in 1970 by Berle Davis, who is well-recognized in the Bay Area for his work as a choreographer and dance instructor. Dance Arts Center offers group classes in ballet, hip hop, ballroom, and modern dance, as well as private instruction and drop-in classes. However, the modern dance class is only available to teens and adults with a background in ballet. Still, you probably won’t have a hard time finding a class that will suit your kids’ interests. Dance Arts’ Center is open 7 days a week.
Ayako School of Ballet
The renowned Ayako School of Ballet in Belmont has an excellent reputation for molding young dancers into mature artists of professional quality. Although their primary focus is on ballet, the Ayako School also offers classes in modern dance and jazz to expand their students’ artistic understanding of dance.
Kirkpatrick’s School of Dance
Kirkpatrick’s School of Dance is for many a family tradition. Since it was established in 1959, hundreds of families in the Bay Area have sent their children to take up various dance styles, from ballet to modern jazz. Their modern dance class branches off from jazz and ballet to create a free-form dance style, focusing on letting the body move from within. However, students of the modern dance class must already have a dance background, preferably in ballet. Kirkpatrick’s fall season begins in September and ends in June with a recital at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. There are also summer classes offered at the start of July.