Are you overwhelmed thinking about which of the dance schools on the Gold Coast to choose for your child? Are you struggling to narrow down the options?

Perhaps, like many other parents, you believe that lesson price and distance to your home are the most important things to consider?

There are many other factors however, beyond simply searching for “dance studios Gold Coast” or “dance schools near me” and picking from the top few results.

  • What qualifications and experience do the instructors have?
  • Are the classes age-appropriate for your child?
  • How much will added extras, such as shoes, costumes and uniforms, cost on top of lesson fees?
  • Does the school enter students into professional exams and grade progress?

You will also want to consider yours and your child’s main motivations for attending dance lessons.

For example, are classes for fun or to potentially train for competitions and/or a profession?

This article will lead you through questions you may not even have realised you had, and help you to choose the best dance classes on the Gold Coast, from ballet to tap to jazz.

You’ll discover the range of different dance styles offered by the many dance schools on the Gold Coast and you can learn more about the various classes for toddlers and kids, along with the benefits dance can have on your child’s mental, emotional, and physical health and development.

The article will guide you through the dance industry on the Gold Coast, including recreational classes versus performance classes, end of year concerts … in short, everything you need to know before signing your child up for dance classes.

And now, let’s jump right in and help you find the best dance school on the Gold Coast.

Dance Styles Offered By Most Dance Schools In Gold Coast

Many Gold Coast dance schools offer a similar selection of dance styles.

Children starting out their dance journey will typically begin with learning one of the more mainstream types of dance before branching into other areas or developing complementary skills.

We’ll take you through each of the main dance styles available at local dance schools now…


kids dance lessons gold coast

“Dance” is a generic term that refers to the moving of the body in sequence or in rhythm. For kids, this means having fun while developing rhythm, flexibility and strength at the same time as making new friends and building confidence.

Different dance genres have a variety of steps and body movements to coordinate, and there are infinite ways to choreograph dance routines.

As well as being aesthetic, dance may also have symbolic elements or be used to portray a story. This means there are lots of ways for kids to experiment with dance and plenty of new things to discover to hold their interest.

When searching for “dance school for kids near me”, keep in mind that there are many types of dance to choose between. Specifically, are you looking for tap dance schools, ballet schools Gold Coast, or something else?

No matter which type of dance you are looking for, you’ll be able to find the perfect place among the many dance schools in Gold Coast, Qld.

Dance Classes for Toddlers Gold Coast

Dance classes for toddlers (infant to three years old) help small kids to develop a range of skills.

Physically and mentally, toddlers are in a major growth and development stage. Dancing helps to build physical strength, along with balance, coordination, flexibility, and agility.

Furthermore, tiny tots can work on their poise and posture whilst having fun!

Remembering even basic sequences can assist with cognitive function and memory. Any early developments will serve your little one well for the rest of their life.

Learning new movements successfully helps to build confidence from an early age too. Toddler dance classes on the Gold Coast start to expose your young child to other settings outside of the home.

They develop interpersonal skills as they interact more independently with adults and other children away from their immediate family.

Tiny tots dance classes on the Gold Coast start to expose your child to a team environment, which will encourage group work and bonding as well as fostering a sense of personal responsibly.

No child is too young to start reaping the benefits of dance. Dance classes for babies stimulate the senses and imagination.

Some experts also claim that dancing and literacy are connected, meaning that dance classes for infants may also assist with your child’s language development skills.

You may not immediately think of benefits for dance classes 18 month old or dance classes for 2 year olds, but most children are walking by this time—if they can walk, they can dance!

You’ll probably notice your kids starting to enjoy dancing alone at home at a young age.

Dance classes for 3 year olds, for example, can harness that early passion and instill a love of dancing from a young age.

Don’t worry if you want your little one to experience the joys of dance but don’t want to leave them alone in class—some schools offer parent-and-child sessions where you can both have a great time!

For example, you’ll find mummy-and-me (or daddy-and-me!) kids ballet classes on the Gold Coast to get you both moving and smiling.

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Dance Classes for Kids Gold Coast [3 Years to 12 Years Old]


Whether your child attended preschool dance classes or is starting dance classes for children when a little bit older, there are many benefits to be enjoyed.

As with toddlers, dance classes for kids help them to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Suitable for all children, there are mixed classes as well as separate dance classes for boys or girls.

Dancing is a terrific way for youngsters to keep fit and healthy while having fun. It helps to develop core strength and stamina too.

Other physical benefits include faster development in coordination, balance, posture, poise, and self-awareness.

Dance lessons can help children to build their confidence and reduce any negative issues surrounding being self-conscious. Youngsters who are otherwise shy may really flourish in the studio.

Kids can develop friendships outside of their school environment and have fun with extra-curricular learning.

Dancing can also help children learn more about body language, a great tool when it comes to non-verbal communication in life.

Kids can develop team-working skills while also being aware of the importance of individual practice and responsibility to the group.

Getting ready for shows and performances can show young dancers the importance of preparation.

Dance classes on the Gold Coast allow kids to explore their creative talents more and experiment with artistic interpretations. Children can also learn different ways to uniquely express their thoughts and emotions.

While valuable for all kids, this can be particularly beneficial for neurodiverse kids who may struggle with verbal communication.

As children get older, they can learn more about the history of dance, dance styles, and dance cultures.

For example, dance classes for 10 year olds and dance classes for 11 year olds could include dance theory, technique and performance skills than, for example, dance classes for 4 year olds.

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Kids Ballet Classes Gold Coast

Ballet is a traditional form of artistic dance, with graceful movements performed to music.

Ballet uses formal steps and gestures, and is usually thought of as being very elegant. Many parents feel like they will burst with pride when they watch their children performing ballet.

Beautiful to watch; discipline and hard work are needed to really master this type of dance. Your child will learn the importance of striving to meet goals.

Ballerinas may perform pieces individually or together as part of a dance troupe, meaning your child will develop both individual and team-working skills.

This type of dance is known for dancers wearing special shoes with blocked toes, known as pointes, and use of equipment known as a ballet barre in training.

It’s common for female ballet dancers to wear a tutu—a bodice with an attached layered skirt—a delightful sight for any doting parent.

Although stereotypically seen as being a dance for females, it is also possible to find a boys dance class that involves ballet.

Indeed, you’ve probably already heard that it’s fairly common for football players to practice ballet too—a fact that may make sporty sons keen to add ballet to their hobbies.

Ballet Classes Gold Coast

Searching “ballet classes for kids near me” will bring up many good schools here on the Gold Coast where you can find weekly ballet classes for kids of all ages.

Ballet tones muscles and builds muscle strength, improves flexibility and balance, improves stamina and posture, enhances coordination, and helps to make bones strong.

As well as increasing energy, ballet releases endorphins for that feel-good factor in your kids and is also terrific for keeping a calm mind.

Ballet classes for toddlers or older kids can also help to develop concentration and memory skills.

As with all types of dance, kids ballet classes on the Gold Coast help your child build self confidence and learn different methods of self- expression.

Ballet schools on the Gold Coast offer a great introduction for any kids wishing to discover the joys of dance.    

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Tap Dance

Kids Tap Dance Classes Gold Coast

Tap dancing originated in the USA. It began life as a fusion of Irish, British, and West African dancing traditions.

It is now popular across the globe, and it’s easy to get plenty of results when looking for “kids tap dance classes near me”.

Tap dance requires special shoes, known as tap shoes, which have metal plates attached to the toe and heel.

These metal strips create a “tapping” noise when your kid steps on the floor, something that usually entertains little ones no end.

Tap dancing combines movement and sound, turning the feet into percussion instruments.

Sometimes, tap dancing is performed without music, to allow the rhythmic noises from the shoes to be the highlight.

When music is used, it is commonly jazz based—kids often love the energetic and lively music.

Tap Dance Schools Gold Coast

There are loads of reasons to book tap dance lessons for kids. As well as being good exercise (dancers are constantly moving!) and great for balance and breathing, it is an especially perfect form of dance to develop concentration and coordination.

Dancers must be precise in their moves to create fun-to-perform and fun-to-watch routines that involve both movement and sound.

Tap dancing is popular for people of all ages, with the tapping noises particularly enchanting for little ones.

Preschool tap dance can really capture the attention of younger children.

It can also offer a fantastic release for young dancers, with kids actually encouraged to make noise and move as opposed to being expected to sit quietly when in their school lessons.

Another plus point is that tap dance is a very social form of artistic dance. Your child is bound to make new friends in no time.

Search for “tap dance classes for kids near me” and book your child into fun, lively, classes that offer a terrific release.

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Acrobatics Classes Gold Coast

Acrobatics is similar to gymnastics, whereby kids use their skills to perform striking maneuvers using balance, agility, and coordination.

Acrobatic techniques can cross over into other areas too, including martial arts and sports.

What happens when you combine acrobatics and dancing? Acro dance!

Acro dance is an energetic dance style that blends dance movements with elements from acrobatics.

If your child is already into acrobatics for kids, gymnastics, and dance, acro classes could take their skills to the next level.

While not something parents would generally consider for a preschool dance class, starting basic acro from a fairly young age is ideal for building a solid foundation.

A fantastic benefit of acrobatics classes for children is that they don’t need any equipment.

A child doing gymnastics classes needs to go back to the gymnastics centre every single time they want to practice. Learn acrodance for kids and they can practice at home, in the living room and outside at the park!

If you’re thinking about extra dance classes for 7 year olds or supplemental dance classes for 8 year olds, for example, acro classes could be perfect.

Kids Acrobatics Classes Gold Coast

What can you expect from sessions after finding “acro dance for kids near me”?

Your child will learn how to combine acrobatic elements, such as the splits, walkovers, cartwheels, handsprings, and aerial movements, with techniques from classical dance.

Eye-catching routines are put together using a blend of elements—your child will have lots of fun!

Classes will certainly keep your child physically active. Acro dance helps children to remain flexible and supple, and builds muscle strength in both the upper and lower body.

Balance, control, and coordination are developed, and your child can have a tremendous sense of pride when they accomplish challenging feats.

Attending acrobatic schools on the Gold Coast is also a fantastic way for youngsters to meet others with shared interests, form new friendships, and develop interpersonal skills.

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Jazz Dance

Jazz Dance Classes Gold Coast

Jazz dance is a broad term that today encompasses various dance styles. Popular around the world, jazz originally came from the USA.

Strongly linked with the development of jazz music, early jazz contained elements of both European and African dance traditions.

Jazz evolved greatly over the years, and continues to develop in current times.

Jazz dance was originally used in social settings, with dances like the jitterbug and Charleston incredibly popular.

Later, jazz styles developed that were more choreographed and controlled.

Some jazz dance schools on the Gold Coast teach diverse types of jazz, while others focus on particular styles, such as vernacular, contemporary, or Latin.

Lively and fun, jazz dancing is popular with people of all ages; it’s almost as easy to find “jazz classes for toddlers near me” as it is to find jazz dance classes for teens.

Kids Jazz Dance Classes Gold Coast

Most youngsters start jazz dance lessons after already developing skills in a more classical dance form, such as ballet.

If you’re considering extra dance classes for 6 year olds, for example, jazz is well worth thinking about. While jazz does teach a variety of basic dance moves, there is a strong emphasis on individual expression and improvisation.

Energetic kids will love the big jumps, exaggerated movements, fast turns, and fancy footwork of jazz dance, while this dynamic type of dance can really help more introverted kids to develop confidence.

There’s a big focus on individuality and independence.

As with all types of dancing, jazz dance helps to keep your kids fit too.

At jazz dance classes on the Gold Coast, boys and girls are encouraged to develop groovy dance skills like isolating particular body parts, changing the moves or rhythm depending on changes in the music, and performing grounded movements.

Find cool “jazz classes for kids near me” to really nurture your child’s enjoyment of dancing.

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Singing—creating tunes or songs with the voice—is a complementary type of performing art to dance.

It’s not uncommon for kids to share a love of both singing and dancing, and, if your child might want to one day follow a professional path, having both skills can open up many more doors.

Children usually aren’t ready to start formal singing lessons until around the age of five to nine, as younger kids can struggle to concentrate on learning voice techniques.

Also, many vocal teachers are reluctant to work with young children because of the fact that their vocal cords are still developing.

If, for example, you’re looking for dance classes for 9 year olds, you might wish to also consider signing your child up for singing lessons too.

The most important factor when considering singing lessons for children, of any age, is that the coach is professional, has a strong background in singing coaching and has experience of working with children.

While there are plenty of individual schools, some dance studios also offer singing lessons for kids on the Gold Coast.

Singing tuition may be individual or in a group, and students will learn various vocal techniques, tempos, pitches, and different styles of singing.

Even when kids are highly skilled at both singing and dancing, merging the two in a joint performance can be tricky.

Starting kids singing lessons on the Gold Coast from a relatively young age, therefore, gives your child the best chance at being able to use both skills simultaneously.

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Musical Theatre

Kids Musical Theatre Classes Gold Coast

Musical theatre is a multi-discipline performing art that uses dancing, singing, and acting in combination to tell stories and convey a wide range of emotions.

If your child has been dancing since they were young, for example in preschoolers dance classes, and has well-rounded talents and a desire to further their creative skills, you might want to consider letting them add to their repertoire.

Rather than signing your son or daughter up for more singing lessons or dance classes for 12 year olds or adolescents of other ages, for example, how about musical theatre classes for kids on the Gold Coast?

If your child has no previous singing or dancing experience, however, they can still start musical theatre sessions for beginners.

Combining different performance elements is a lot of fun and offers plenty of diversity to extracurricular activities.

Musical Theatre Classes Gold Coast

There are many benefits of taking musical theatre classes for kids.  Children develop a broad range of skills that can be used individually or in combination.

For a young learner, classes are enjoyable and help to build confidence and new friendships.

Your child can stay healthy and active (both mentally and physically), and musical theatre classes on the Gold Coast are inspiring and creative.

Your child will learn diverse ways of expression, and musical theatre definitely stimulates the imagination!

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Common Questions

How Many Classes Per Week Should My Toddler or Child Attend?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question, and it ultimately comes down to what you, as the parent, and your child wants.

Each dance schools varies on their requirements; some schools have a minimum attendance commitment.

On average, a toddler will attend one class per week. Some might do two or three classes, with the same or varying dance styles, depending on what is available locally as well as parent preferences.

Older children will usually start out with one to three classes per week. More performance driven dance schools may have children attending five to ten classes each week, while high-level students may attend more than ten sessions per week.

Older children and teens who want to pursue a career in dance may look into attending full time dance schools.

Is My Child Obligated To Be In Performances?

Different schools have different requirements regarding events and performances.

Some dance schools require students to take part in an end of year show, and performing in Eisteddfods is highly encouraged for some dance centres.

Other dance studios, on the other hand, are more relaxed, and either have no organised events or participation is voluntary.

Overall, the requirement to take part in shows depends on each individual school, the dance styles studies, the frequency of classes, and the wishes of your child.

How Many Dances Or Dance Styles Will My Child Learn At One Time?

This depends on the school and what your child is hoping to achieve from their classes.

Some schools allow one class, of any dance style, per week, while others have minimum attendance requirements.

There are schools that require students to attend more than one class per week and some that expect children to commit to a minimum of ten hours (or more) each week of dance education.

While a few schools will allow children to begin learning certain types of dance with no previous experience, many expect at least a basic standard of competency in ballet before allowing kids to learn other kinds of dance.

Is There a Grading System In Kids Dance?

While there are official grading systems for dance at all levels and ages, some schools do not use formal grading structures.

There are schools that use grading processes in order for kids to develop and progress through the different levels, and other organisations that operate for purely recreational purposes with no rigid grading systems in place.

Different syllabus programs used in different dance schools have varying levels of examination requirements, with those that use formal grading options and those that have informal methods of scoring students.

Some dance schools place a child in a class depending on their age, whereas others place kids in classes with other students of a similar ability level.

Gold Coast Dance Schools: 27 Things Every Parent Needs To Know (What to Expect And How To Choose The Right Dance School)


Now we’ve covered the main forms of dance and given you the answers to some common questions, here’s even more information about what to expect and how to choose the best dance school when you look for the top “children’s dance classes near me”.

We’ll look at everything from instructors and outfits to achievements and facilities.

27. Location Is Everything

While not the primary consideration, thinking about the dance school’s location is important.

Although many parents are happy to travel a short distance to make sure their child attends a great dance school, you should consider how long it will take you to get there and home again, particularly if attending right after school finishes or if you need to drive during peak-hour traffic.

26. Dancing Goals Are Important

What do you and your child want from a dance class? What are the primary goals of dance lessons?

Consider whether dancing is primarily to be a fun hobby or whether you ideally wish for your child to progress to professional level.

Having this clear in your mind is a major factor for choosing the most appropriate dance school.

25. Recommendations Are Useful

Consult with other parents to find recommendations for dance schools.

While you don’t need to take their recommendations, having third-party views is often helpful.

24. Dance School Gold Coast Online Profiles Can Give Insights

When you’ve found a dance school (or maybe several schools) that you are interested in, check out their website and social media pages for a better understanding of how they operate.

You can often find reviews and comments from other parents and/or students too.

23. Schools Have Different Facilities

Find out what facilities dance schools offer. Look for things like safe and secure changing rooms and toilets, somewhere where your child can grab a drink of water if wanted (dancing can be very energetic!), and the suitability of the overall space.

For example, the hall should be big enough for the class size and clear from obstructions. Depending on the type of dance class, other facilities will likely be needed.

For example, in ballet lessons on the Gold Coast a height-appropriate barre is essential. Large mirrors help your child to check their posture and position in all types of dance class.

22. Class Sizes Vary

Ask about typical class sizes before you enroll your child. Usually, a class is managed by just one teacher, with perhaps an additional assistant.

Smaller class sizes aren’t necessary better—your child will benefit from having peers to work with and form friendships with—but huge classes aren’t ideal either.

For dance classes for 5 year olds, for example, 10-15 students works quite well.

For younger kids, slightly fewer students might be better, whereas sessions for older kids may have a few more students.

21. Trial Sessions May Be Available

Many dance schools offer trial lessons or short packages to begin with, so parents and kids can check whether they want to commit to longer term tuition.

It’s well worth trialing a school before making a large commitment in case you or your child changes their mind regarding the style of dance / teaching methods / and so on.

20. You Might Not Be Allowed In Class

Most dance schools don’t allow parents or carers to sit in classes. This is mainly to prevent distractions for kids, but also as a safety and privacy measure for all students.

Some centres, however, have viewing areas or live link screens where you can watch your child in their dance class.

Do check on the availability of viewing facilities before enrolling if being able to see your child in their lesson is a major factor for you.

Connected to this point, consider where you will wait while your child is in class—is there a lobby where you can sit, will you sit in your car, is there a café nearby, etc.

19. Schools May Not Offer All Dance Styles

Think about the styles of dance offered at different dance schools. Many classes for beginners include a variety of styles to help your child develop a variety of skills while having fun experimenting with different movements.

Ballet is often an integral part of early dance classes, though you may also find classes that include various other styles like tap, jazz, hip hop and many more.

It’s common for children to specialise in a particular type of dance after general mixed lessons. If the style of dancing is important to you or your child, make sure you find out exactly what kinds of dance are taught in classes.

Most dance centres follow a program or syllabus—ask about this before signing up.

18. There Might Be Extra Costs

There will usually be additional costs on top of lesson fees.

This can include things such as registration/enrolment fees, insurance fees, uniform, ballet/jazz/tap shoes, concert fees and costume fees.

If the school enters students into exams there may also be costs for these.

17. Teachers’ Credentials Are Vital

It’s vital to know the experience of the dance teacher(s). Kids dance schools on the Gold Coast are largely unregulated, so it is important that you fully check out any teacher’s credentials before enrolling your child in lessons.

Choose a teacher who has relevant qualifications, skills, credentials, and expertise.

This ensures your child not only learns the correct techniques and progresses well, but also that you can be sure you are leaving your son or daughter in safe and capable hands.

While there are no formal requirements to open a dance school, look for teachers who have things like:

  • A Bachelor Degree in Arts or Education
  • Have competed at a high level in dance competitions
  • A certificate in teaching dance gained at an accredited education organisation
  • Previous professional work as a dancer
  • A dance teaching history with a good reputation
  • First aid certificate
  • Working with Children Blue Card

Ensure that teachers follow safe dance practices and have basic first aid skills.

Ideally, dance instructors should demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development too.

16. Teachers Have Different Teaching Approaches

Understand the teacher’s approach to lessons; you want your child to have fun and flourish in their dance classes.

Look for a qualified teacher who creates a positive experience while also encouraging progression.


15. Insurance Matters

Think about insurance. Check that the dance school has public liability insurance and that dance teachers have professional indemnity insurance.

14. There are Different Methods Of Assessment

Ask how dance schools assess students. Some kids dance classes on the Gold Coast operate purely for fitness and fun, while others take a more formal and structured approach to dance progression.

Your child might need to take dance exams to be able to progress to the next level. Think about which type of internal organisation is best for you and your child.

13. There May Be Competitions And Events

Some dance schools expect their students to take part in competitions and dance events. These may be regular occurrences, or they may be infrequent.

It’s better to know up front any extra time (and money) commitments that your child would have.

Consider too that you will also need the time to take your child to competition venues, which can be quite far away.

Are you prepared to give up weekends every now and then?

Think about whether your child would thrive in a competitive atmosphere, or whether they would be better suited to more informal dance programs.

There can be a fair amount of pressure at kids’ dancing competitions; is your child good at dealing with pressure? Some kids, however, get lots of motivation by competing.

12. Schools Might Expect a Minimum Number Of Classes

Ensure you (and your child) are happy with the number of classes your child will attend each week.

Some schools are quite flexible, whereas some have a minimum number of hours/sessions students must commit to each week.

Generally, it’s better to start out with fewer lessons and, if required, increase the number of sessions later on, rather than committing to a large number of hours each week from the start.

11. Communication Channels Vary

It’s important to find out how the dance school communicates and keeps in touch with parents.

Do they have a newsletter? Do they post announcements on social media? Will they send letters home with your child?

This is important so you know of any forthcoming events, any special outfits or equipment that you need to source, any timetabling changes, etc.

It’s also important to know how a teacher will contact you during class in the case of emergency, for example if your child is sick.

Enquire how schools keep you up to date of your child’s progress. Are they open to after-class discussions?

10. Dance Schools Can Be Big Or Small

The size of the school matters as well as the size of the class. In a smaller school, your child might have a more personal experience and more tailored tuition.

It’s common for the teacher(s) to get to know the parents through informal chats before and after class.

A larger school may not always have the same intimate vibe. But it does vary between different schools. A very well run, large dance school with a great culture should still be very intimate, welcoming and connected to their students.

A larger school will usually have better access to a range of teachers, equipment, timetable options, facilities and opportunities.

9. Parental Involvement Could Be Required

Outside of classes, there might be a requirement at some schools for parents to lend a hand.

Do you have the time and desire to do so, if required?

Ask if the dance school expects parents to do things like fundraising, supervising at events, helping at recitals, making costumes, and similar.

8. Policies About Missed Classes Vary

Find out what happens if your child misses classes from time to time, for example because of sickness or conflicting commitments.

Some dance companies have fairly strict policies that only allow for a small number of absences without your child needing to repeat the program, for example. Others have a more flexible approach.

Most dance schools don’t give refunds for missed classes, although some may offer credits against the next block of classes booked.

7. Requirements For Fee Payments Are Different

Ask when fees are due and how you should pay. Some schools operate dance classes in Gold Coast on a pay-per-class basis, whereas others require payment by the term or monthly.

Schools have various payment methods too; some prefer cash, others prefer direct debit or bank transfer. Some will have credit card facilities too.

6. Music Is Used In Classes

While you’ll almost certainly hear classical music in ballet classes on the Gold Coast, parents can sometimes not approve of music used in classes for other dance styles.

For example, if your son or daughter is taking hip hop, jazz, or street dance classes, ask about the music used to check it is both age appropriate and that you are okay with the teacher’s choices.

5. Children Dance Class Timetables Can Be Different

While finding out the day(s) and time(s) of classes is probably high on your list of questions, don’t forget to also ask whether classes stop during school holidays.

Some dance schools operate all year round, while others take a break inline with the local schools.

Some parents prefer the break to be able to go on holidays etc., while others don’t like the idea of their child pausing their dance tuition.

4. Some Schools Have Dress Requirements

Most dance classes children have certain requirements for what students must wear in class. Some have a standard uniform while others have a basic guide to dress expectations.

Some schools ask that students maintain a well-kept appearance during class, which can involve, for example, well-groomed hair in a high ballet bun.

Other schools, however, have a greater emphasis on creative expression and are more relaxed on dress codes and appearance.

3. Private Tuition Might Be Possible

If you want one-on-one training for your child, some schools offer private dance lessons on the Gold Coast.

Most parents prefer classes, because of the sociable and fun element as well as your child being able to learn from their peers.

However, if your child is training for a big event, is struggling to master certain techniques, or has missed a number of classes, you may want to think about arranging a few private sessions on top of regular classes.

2. Some Schools Offer Joint Classes

Some schools run parent-and-child classes, where you and your little one can both enjoy the beauty of dance.

For example, some schools offer things like ballet classes for toddlers and parents, allowing you to help your child and bond while having fun.

It can be a great social event for parents as well as tiny tots!

1. Photography Policies Vary

Photography is not allowed in many Gold Coast dance classes. This is for privacy and safety as well as to minimise distractions. Some schools do, however, allow parents to snap a few pictures of their kids.

Consider if this is important to you—would you be happy with other parents taking photos during your child’s dance class or, on the other hand, is having a photographic record of your child’s progress important to you?

If the teacher takes videos and photos in class ask how these are shared with parents. Are they available to the public? Are they used in advertising and promotions for the school?

Ask about the dance school’s position regarding photographs and videos and consider whether you are happy with the approach.

Competitive Dance Schools Vs Recreational Dance Schools: What’s The Difference?

Most dance schools on the Gold Coast use some kind of grading/examination/scoring system to monitor progress and development, and many enter students into competitions.

There are, however, many marked differences between competitive dance schools and recreational dance schools.

Competitive dance schools typically:

  • Have greater attendance requirements, such as ten-plus classes per week
  • Require students to take part in competitions and Dance Eisteddfods
  • Demand higher fees
  • Expect uniforms and costumes, as well as a high standard of appearance

Recreational dance schools usually:

  • Have a lower attendance requirement, for example one or two classes per week
  • Are cheaper in terms of tuition (although there may be extra costs for shoes and outfits)
  • Have a more sociable ambience
  • Stage concerts for fun
  • Have more flexible cancellation and refund policies

Dance School Locations


Inspire Academy Gold Coast is one of the most welcoming, friendly, and inspiring dance schools on the Gold Coast.

The main focus is on dance for recreation and pleasure, and the goal is to encourage children to fall in love with dancing in a laid-back and stress-free environment.

There’s no competitive pressure and everyone is valued and welcome. The atmosphere is all about enjoyment, friendship, nurturing, growth, and joy.

The school offers classes in:

  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Tap
  • Acrobatics
  • Singing
  • Musical Theatre

The school follows known and respected syllabuses and programs for lessons.

A top choice when you search for “ballet classes for kids near me”, Inspire Academy uses the syllabus from the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) in classes and allows students to take examinations.

Younger children (18 months to five years) can join the Butterfly Ballet classes for preschool children—the only program licensed on the Gold Coast to offer the Kinder-Ballet accredited course.

Acrobatics classes follow the Acrobatic Arts syllabus, as recommended by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.

Teachers are experienced and qualified, and love watching kids develop their passions and skills through dance.

No uniform is required for any style of dance classes, though children should wear clothes that are comfortable to dance in. There is an optional uniform available.

The End of Year Concert offers the perfect opportunity for all students to come together and showcase their talents, and for parents to watch with pride as their children put on a fabulous show.

Course prices are reasonable, and there are discounts for students who take multiple classes each week and for siblings attending lessons.

There are two dance studio locations: Burleigh and Helensvale.

This means that whether you’re looking for dance classes north Gold Coast or dance classes southern Gold Coast, you’re within easy reach of an Inspire Academy.

And, if you’re searching for dance classes in Southport, both locations aren’t too far away.

Dance Schools Helensvale

If you’re looking for a top recreational dance school in Helensvale, Inspire Academy offers lively and engaging dance classes for girls and boys.

If you live in one of the following suburbs, you’re only minutes away from the Inspire Academy studio: Hope Island, West Coomera, Willow Vale, Upper Coomera, Coomera, Pimpama, Norwell, Kingsholme, Wongawallan, Guanaba, Maudsland, Eagle Heights, Studio Village, Pacific Pines, Arundel, Hollywell, Coombabah, Parkwood, Gaven, Runaway Bay, Labrador, Biggera Waters, Paradise Point, and Mount Tambourine.

Inspire Academy
138 Siganto Drive Helensvale

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Dance Schools Burleigh

If you’re looking for a top recreational dance school in Burleigh, Inspire Academy offers a warm welcome to young dancers looking for fun and friendship.

Dance classes in Burleigh help your child to develop a range of skills in an inclusive environment, nice and local to home.

If you live in one of the following suburbs, you’re only minutes away from the Inspire Academy studio: Currumbin, Tugun, Tallebudgera, Palm Beach, Reedy Creek, Elanora, Mudgeeraba, Varsity Lakes, Miami, Robina, Burleigh Waters, Clear Island Waters, Mermaid Waters, Merrimac, Worongary, Broadbeach Waters, Carrara, Surfers Paradise, Gilston, Highland Park, Benowa, and Bundall.

Inspire Academy
44 Dover Drive Burleigh Heads

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Are dance classes good for toddlers?

Absolutely! There are many benefits such as early development physically, mentally and emotionally than other peers.

Can a 2 year old do ballet?

Definitely! Parent-and-child classes are a great introduction to the beautiful dance style.

What do toddlers learn from dancing?

Balance, coordination, social skills, rhythm, and more.

What age should a child start dancing?

Any age! If your child is old enough to recognize fun, they are old enough to start dancing.

Can I watch my child dance during their dance class?

This depends on the individual school’s policies. Most prefer to not distract or put pressure on the child by having parent’s present.

What can I expect from a dance class?

For your child to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally, while having fun and learning new skills.

Final Thoughts

While there are many things to consider when looking for “dance classes for kids near me”, this useful guide will steer you in the right direction.

You should now have a good idea of what you are looking for and what questions to ask before enrolling your child in dance classes.

There are many benefits of dance for children of all ages and, as a parent, you’ll have the wonderful opportunity of watching your child blossom in many ways as they discover the beautiful joy of dance.

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