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Brooklyn Arts Exchange
421 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215
BAX is no-profit in Park Slope that offers classes in music, dance, baby & me, various baby and toddler classes, dance and movement classes, yoga and theater and acting. It also has a summer arts program.
Brooklyn Dance Project
495 3rd Ave (corner of 11th Street) Park Slope
Ages 20 months and up. Ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, belly dancing, flamenco, musical theater, salsa, drama, voice, dance workout, pilates, yoga, stretch and tone and Mommy and me. They can also host birthday parties.
1635 Bath Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11214 (Bay Ridge)
Starting at the tender age of 1, with adult assistance, we begin our training. Children are encouraged to interact with others while learning the fundamentals of discipline, patience and self awareness. The program is taught in a fun, noncompetitive atmosphere. Gymnastic training is continued through age 3 with a slow removal of adult support. The children are encouraged to develop their independence. At age 4, participants graduate to regulation gymnastic equipment. With the teaching of additional skills, our littlest gymnasts become more flexible and coordinated. When the children reach 6 years of age, they are trained on regulation equipment for their gender. Classes are lengthened to 1 1/2 hours. The pre-team system is designed to prepare athletes for the step-up to competitive gymnastics. All skills are taught at an advanced level. Classes are extended to 2 hours. Our current level V through Elite gymnastic teams will participate at local, state, regional, national and invitational competitions.
I know people have continuously raved about Bklyn Gymnastics so I decided to enroll my son, age 3, in a class, completely sight unseen. We took our free “try out” class and our son had so much fun, we’re hooked. Just thought I’d put a plug in because they have lots of time slot choices and age ranges. BG seems to allow a lot of makeup chances in case you have to miss. Also, it’s the EASIEST drive from Bay Ridge and parking’s no prob. Just fantastic!
Brooklyn Music School
126 Saint Felix
Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Fort Greene)
The dance program is based on classical ballet training. Intermediate students are encouraged to take a minimum of two classes per week. Pointe class is for children ten years and older who have had at least two years of ballet training. Modern/Jazz and Tap are also offered. Children in the dance program can join the Journey Dancers (ages seven to 12 or ten and older), the school’s ensemble which performs in the community throughout the year. Journey Juniors, for kids ages six to eight, prepares students for the pre-professional division.Younger children, ages three to five, can register for a Creative Movement program. These classes are offered September to June, and cost $570 and up, annually.-Go City Kids
Cobble Hill Ballet
Christ Church Parish Hall
326 Clinton Street (corner of Kane)
I met owner Colette in the park and she sent me to her site. They have pre-ballet (ages 2.5-4) all the way up to adult ballet and a lyrical jazz/theater jazz class. Colette employs a few different instructors, and from the looks of it, they are from some top institutions. The photos from the performances are so happy and sweet it made me want to go!
My daughters, ages 8 and 4, ADORE their classes at Cobble Hill Ballet. The littlest students are introduced to basic ballet technique, along with plenty of joyful creative movement (think swirling around the room trailing scarves, pretending to be fairies). Older girls (and the occcasional boy) follow a thoughtfully constructed, age-appropriate dance curriculum. It has been such a pleasure to watch my older daughter and her friends develop into graceful, competent dancers! The school’s founder and head teacher, Colette Linton-Meyer, trained at the Royal Academy of Dance; her classes are consistently challenging and enjoyable. Students ages five and up are well prepared for the beautiful end-of-the-year recital in the auditorium of P.S. 261 each spring — in full costume. (Younger students hold an “open class” performance in the studio.) There is a lovely, gentle formality at the school. Ballerinas wear pink or black leotards, pink tights, pink ballet slippers; students curtsy at the end of class and say “thank you” to their teacher. My older daughter has taken dance classes at two other schools, but Cobble Hill Ballet is by far her favorite.
Creative Arts Studio
310 Atlantic Ave (Boerum Hill)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
119 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231 (Carroll Gardens)
Teaching art to children and adults. Art: Arfie’s Art & Play (ages 2 & up), Artscetera (Affiliate Program) will be holding these classes at CAS, Art Adventures (ages 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 ), Art Playgroup (ages 2 & up)Dance/ Movement: Creative Movement (ages 3-7), Modern (ages 9 & up), Art of Making Dances (ages 9 & up), Pre Ballet (ages 5-6), Ballet (ages 7 & up) , Tap (ages 5 & up), Hip Hop (ages 7 & up), Hip Hop for Tots (ages 5-6), Pointe Technique (ages 12 & up), Yoga For Teens, Fit Play (ages 5-8), Tumble and Roll (ages 3-5) Drama: Creative Drama (ages 7-9), Musical Theatre (ages 8 & up) Writing: Writer’s Collective (ages 9 & up) Music: Our World, Our Music, Composers Collective Songwriters Workshop Ensemble (ages 9 & up) Filmmaking: The Artist Niche (Affiliate Program), Young Filmmakers Niche is a mentor and training filmmaking program for young adults ages 13 and up. Play School (ages3-4) for 3 mornings a week.
Cynthia King Dance Studio
1256 Prospect Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11218 (Windsor Terrace)
Ages: Toddler to Adult
Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Adult Ballroom, Salsa, Swing & Tap! CKDS presents an innovative curriculum that embraces traditional and emerging styles, inspiring dancers to strive for both technical excellence and meaningful artistry. Teachers are deeply in tune with a child’s perspective, creating dance that captures their enthusiasm, depth and humor.
Dance and Develop
45 Newel St (btw. Nassau and Driggs)
Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Williamsburg)
Ages: 1 to 4
Jump start your child’s development! Classes focus on developing gross motor skills and musicality by using a blend of creative movement, music, props, and storytelling. Children begin to explore shapes and dynamics, and are introduced to basic dance techniques. Excellent for developing coordination and self-confidence. Ages 18 months to four years. Call to register.-Go City Kids
45 Fourth Avenue @ Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, R, W to Atlantic/Pacific Street
Dance classes for all ages from babies to adults in Creative Movement, Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Pilates. Many performance opportunities for kids & teens. Our convenient location, a couple blocks away from the Atlantic/Pacific Street subway station, meets all your dance class needs. Trial classes available Sept 14-19.
Dancewave, Inc. is a nonprofit arts organization that offers unique exposure to world-class, pre-professional performing arts training to New York City youth.
Dancewave brings together a diverse community of young people through dance education and performance. We believe that dance provides a forum for meaningful, positive exchange between kids of all backgrounds and cultures. Since its inception in 1995 by Diane Jacobowitz, Artistic/Executive Director, Dancewave has created programs that are challenging and artistically substantial, and which address young people’s needs for individual achievement and group identity. Our pre-professional dance education and performance training programs offer young people a rare combination of high-level artistic integrity, educational rigor, and nurturing support.
386 Marlborough Road
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11226
Classes for Mommy and Baby, or Daddy too. We offer weekday and weekend classes for children ages 6 to 36 months. We offer Kid Gym classes, Music Maestros, Baby Sign Language, and an Emergent Artist class. Check out our schedule online and drop in for a FREE class.
Embora Wellness & Movement Studio
900 Fulton St.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Movers & Shakers: Creative Movement for Children allows BOYS and GIRLS ages 18-months through 4-years old to explore spatial relationships, rhythm, body orientation and creative thinking in a relaxed and non-competitive environment. The skills acquired will prepare your child for a variety of activities including, athletics, dance and theater.
Espana-Streb Trapeze Academy
51 North 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)
Ages: 4 and up Cost: Children $375/16-week semester (one-hour class)
Espana-Streb Trapeze Academy, a year-round indoor flying trapeze school, offers classes for children ages four and up, and adults. Safety is the number one priority. Each student wears a safety harness attached to safety lines and flies over a huge foam mat. Experienced instructors demonstrate and guide students through various trapeze techniques. Classes are limited to 10 participants to ensure personal attention. Slam Summer Camp, offered for four weeks in July, offers kids, ages seven through 13, the opportunity to learn PopAction Technique, Tumbling, Flying Trapeze, Streb mini-repertory, and other Circus and Aerial Arts. Each weekly segment culminates with a Friday performance showcasing the skills and dances everyone has learned. Campers can choose any one week, or take all four to gain the most skills. The session fee is $525; multiple week and sibling discounts are available. The Academy also offers a mini camp for younger children.-Time Out New York Kids
Everyday Family Center at the Everyday Athlete
136 Union street (between Hicks and Columbia.)
Brooklyn, NY (Carroll Gardens)
Everyday Athlete Kids offers Tumbling Classes from ages 18 months to 12 years. They also offer a course called “Functional Play for Girls- ages 6-10″ and one for “Boys”. This one hour class encourages imagination and expressiveness through movement. The activities are to help improve coordination, sensory motor skills and develop mental focus. They also have “One-on-One Youth Personal Training”. Everyday Athlete Kids now offers tumbling and movement classes for kids. These parent/caregiver participation classes includes singing, dancing, climbing, parachute games and tumbling exercises that will have your baby inspired to get moving! At EA Kids, joy-filled classes help kids develop balance, coordination, self-confidence, social skills and motor skills in a supportive atmosphere.
They also offer specialty classes including those for kids with differently-abledchildren with APraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorder or ADHD.
61 Tompkins Place
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Ellynne Skove, MA, LCAT, NCC, RPP, is a New York state licensed Movement therapist, yoga teacher, Orff music educator, nationally certified counselor, and Polarity therapist. She has worked for over 25 years with all kinds of children and has created numerous programs for learning disabled and special needs children. She recently opened her own space, True North Wellness in Brooklyn, where she sees private clients for body/mind integrative therapies and teaches prenatal yoga and conscious parenting work. Additionally, over the past two decades, Ellynne has served as a consultant and faculty member for numerous New York City schools specializing in early intervention. Currently Ellynne is a student of Pre and Peri Natal Psychology at The Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.
I took Ellynne’s class at Families First with about 8 other mothers- most of them had pre-crawlers like mine. Ellynne creates a supportive community in the class by asking each mother/baby couple for updates. Ellynne does deliberate slow movements combined with activities that are informed by her background in child motor development and yoga. She plays unique instruments, blows bubbles and finds intriguing toys . As she introduces each segment, she tells you why she has introduced it and how to encourage your babies during the segment. It was great to watch the babies stop rolling balls with glee, track and trap scarves and clap at a loopy sounding slide instrument. All in all, it was a warm, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable class.
The Montauk Club
25 Eighth Ave at Lincoln Pl (Park Slope)
1385 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY (Bay Ridge)
5206 Avenue N
Brooklyn, NY (Flatbush, Brownsville, East NY)
Gymboree offers developmental classes and hosts birthday parties for babies and toddlers, accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Choose music, play, or arts.
Various locations including:
At the corner of Clinton and Kane – Entrance on Kane Street
Families First Brooklyn
50 Baltic Street (bet. Clinton & Court)
117 Remsen btw. Henry and Clinton
318 Warren Street btw. Smith and Hoyt
Hamilton Dance Studio
45 Newel Street
Brooklyn, NY 11222 (Williamsburg)
Ages: 3 and up
Hamilton Dance Studio provides dance education in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Ridgewood, Queens. Dance programs range from tap to hip hop to jazz, ballet, and modern. A Young Beginner program introduces preschoolers to the various disciplines, as well.-Time Out New York Kids
¡HOLA! A Playgroup in Spanish
A Spanish program for 18 mos-3 yr olds and they also have a Ballet en Español Program for 3-5 yr olds. Verónica Braun is the Founder and Creative Director of ¡HOLA! a unique program that was established to teach Spanish to young children between the ages of 12 months to 8 years.
The program will run at:
NY Kids Club- Brooklyn Heights location
182 Henry St.
To register, please call (718) 228-0800
Hootenanny Art House
426-28 15th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215 (South Slope)
The Art House has classes in art, ukulele, dance, movement, guitar lessons, music together and more.
Cynthia King Dance Studio
1256 Prospect Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Pre-K Dance, ballet, hip hop, tap, jazz, modern and adult classes.
Sarah East Johnson Artistic Director, LAVA
524 Bergen Street (btw. 6th Ave and Carlton)
Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Prospect Heights)
Trapeeze classes, acrobatics for kids. For information on or to register for classes, please email: email@example.com
138 South Oxford Street
Brooklyn, NY (Fort Greene)
I have taken the Mommy and Me class with Birch for 3 semesters. Birch loves it. And, honestly, I do too. I get to stretch, jump and get my body moving. At 2.5 years old, Birch has learned how to hop, jump, skip, leap, do somersaults, bridge and chause (spelling?). What I especially like is that none of the teachers stress perfection or following the rules. If a child, (like mine) wants to watch one day, there is no pressure for him to participate, or if he wants to jump backwards instead of forwards the teachers don’t correct him. The songs and dances are fun and teach the children to listen for the different instruments and the beat. The two main teachers are fairly different. Liz is bubbly, goofy and really gets the humor of the children. She also uses the parachute (which the children LOVE) and the children dance like animals along with the regular routines. In general, I think her classes are more creative and varied. Dina, the founder and owner of Let’s Dance Brooklyn, stresses tempo, listening and learning techniques. She helps the children isolate movement and think about their bodies. She works on repeating dances each week so that the children feel confident doing them by the end of the semester. Then she makes the dances more complex the next semester so that the children are building on their skills. Both are good, just different. I would suggest this class from 22 months on. We tried it at 17 months and it was too advanced for Birch. He had just figured out how to walk.
The Little Gym of Brooklyn Heights
221 Atlantic Ave between Brooklyn Bridge Blvd and Court St
Subway: F, G to Bergen St; 4, 5 to Borough Hall.
Their programs are based on a curriculum designed to build motor skills while having fun. Classes include: Parent/Child, preschool/kindergarten gymnastics, gymnastics, sports skills, karate.
We took the trial class when he was 13 months and we decided it wasn’t for us. But, then we decided to take it when he was 18 months old and he really likes it. There is a circle time in the beginning that might frustrate parents who take a music class because it might seem repetitive of their other activities. But don’t dismiss the class because of the circle time. My son is learning to walk on the balance beam, swing from the bars, somersault (front and back), running in a big circle (which helps with their periprehal vision), backwards running, jump on a moon walk, parachute, wheelbarrow walking, etc.
The Little Gym of Bay Ridge-Bensonhurst
8681 18th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11214
Phone: (718) 259-6878
289 Kent Ave (btw. S 1st and S. 2nd St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)
Ms J’s Gymnastics and Dance is a colorful studio where children and teens can learn to listen, have fun, be social, and work out. We provide nuturing and encouraging classes for children ages 18 months to 12yrs, and teens and adults. Our instructors help children develop an awareness of their body and a love for physical activity. Friends and peers provide the motivation we need as adults to maintain great physical health. Please contact Jes to start your own adult group meeting. Scheduling and contact information at www.msjsgym.com
The NY Chinese Cultural Center’s School of the Arts
390 Broadway, 2nd fl. NY, NY 10013
The country’s oldest, full time professional school of Chinese dance offers over 3,000 classes to almost 300 students a year at our Center in Chinatown. Satellite classes are also held in various schools and centers in the tri-state area. The dance curriculum includes Chinese classical dance, diverse regional folk dances, martial arts and Peking Opera acrobatics and weaponry. Visual arts classes include ink brush painting, paper cutting, paper folding and calligraphy. We also offer a summer camp, monthly workshops and a Creative Chinese Dance Workshop for toddlers (flyer attached).
NY City Explorers
388 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
186 Underhill Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Mini Movers & Shakers: Your child will have fun unleashing their energy and enhancing their movement skills with our dance and movement class that touches on many dance genres from Pre Ballet to Jazz. Free playspace admission on class days!
The Kid Fitness Class: Based on the award winning PBS television series Kid Fitness The Program “Jumping Jungle Jam”: Run like a cheetah, fly like a butterfly, and leap like a monkey! The entire family will enjoy our creative movement and healthy living enrichment class. Join us while we explore the globe and learn about animals and their movements from around the world. During each class, we will engage each participant in educational, creative play and structured games. Both you and your child will leave invigorated and ready to continue this fun fitness program with our healthy take-home recipes and active play routines. Free playspace admission on class days!
Mark Morris Dance School
3 Lafayette Ave between Flatbush Ave and Fulton St
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Subway: B, D, Q, R to DeKalb Ave (B, M weekdays only); C to Lafayette; G to Fulton St; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins St.
$185 to $200. Call or go online for class schedule and registration.
Beginning and intermediate dancers head to Brooklyn to study modern, creative, jazz. ballet, tap, West African and hip-hop dance in the school’s spacious new digs. Ages 4 to 17. There is live music accompaniment for all dance classes, and they are starting new music appreciation classes. -Time Out New York Kids
Midwood Martial Arts and Family Fitness Center
1302 Avenue H (at the corner of E. 13th Street)
Brooklyn, NY (Ditmas) 11230
tel: 718-258-KICK (5425)
Classes include: Aikido, Capoeira, Karate, Tai Chi, Wing Chun Kung Fu/Catch as Catch Can Wrestling/Western Boxing, African Dance, Cardio Kickboxing, Pilates, Chi Gung, Feldenkrais, Nei Kung, Pilates Mat, Yoga, GymStars, Juguemos A Cantar, Creative Movement, Music and Rhythm, Pre-Ballet, Sign-A-Song, Story Time, Yoga for Children
432 3rd Ave (btw. 7th and 8th Sts)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
They offer holiday camps for December, February and April, summer camps. Gymnastics for infant and toddler (9mos-3yrs), pre-school gymnastics (3.5 to 5 yrs) and special needs children classes, recreational gymnastics for children ages 7 and older, pre-team and team programs, technical soccer classes, rhythmic gymnastics, karate, rock climbing and after-school program.
S.L.A.M., 51 North 1st St between Kent and Wythe Aves
718-384-6491Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
$260; siblings receive ten percent off.
Little kids get an intro to circus arts a la STREB choreographer Elizabeth Streb’s high-impact dance company while their older sibs are learning the philosophy and technique behind Streb’s Pop Action technique. Be prepared to watch your child suddenly fly through the air. Ages 3 to 5; 8 to 10.-Time Out New York Kids
Spoke the Hub
Spoke the Hub Re-Creation Center
748 Union St between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Park Slope, Brooklyn
718-408-3234 Subway: M, R to Union St (M weekdays only). $275 – $450.
Every type of dance seems to be on offer at this community center which was created back in 1995 by the “cultural pioneers” who started the Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Kids and teens can take classes in ballet, creative dance, tap, folk and other forms of dance; Spoke the Hub also offers kids yoga, aerobic workouts, meditation, drama, sketching, tai chi, Brazilian percussion and a Make Believe class for toddlers. Ages 2 and up.-Time Out New York Kids
Upbring Dance Company
Classes held at Area Yoga
320 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Offers dance classes for babies through teens. UpBring Dance Company is an exciting dance group for kids and teens ages 0-15, based in beautiful Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. UpBring incorporates all styles of dance – jazz, hip- hop, lyrical, theater dance, modern, Salsa, Hula, African – but most of all, it’s fun! UpBring nurtures self-esteem and creativity in children while teaching many aspects of dance performance including technique, stage presence, and choreography.