Jazz & Hip Hop Dance Classes

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  • Breakdancing classes

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    My 6 year old son wants to take break dancing classes.  Does anyone have any recommendations? 

    RE: Breakdancing classes ()

    Breakdancing classes and more for kids!  http://www.destinyarts.org/pages/classes/

    RE: Breakdancing classes ()

    I spent a bunch of time last year looking for breakdancing classes for my then-6 year old. Most places start at 8 years old. The only place I found was Head Over Heals Athletic Arts in Emeryville. They are pretty expensive and the classes were ok (my son didn't love it as much as he thought he would, though this may be because he wasn't as good at it as he imagined he would be!). Ultimately, we might still be doing it if we lived on that side of town, but the drive during rush hour kinda killed it for me. (Maybe it will be more convenient for you.)

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2011 Reviews

Hip-hop for 9-yr-old, without sexy moves & music?

Sept 2011

My 9-yr-old daughter wants to take jazz/hip-hop dance, but everything I've seen in this genre (friends' kids performances, camp dance group) has little girls performing seductive moves to raunchy, explicit music. Any recommendations for something less sexualized? Am I just way out of it?

Destiny Arts Center should have just what you need. Check it out at http://www.destinyarts.org/.

My 10 and 12 year olds really enjoyed Destiny Arts Center hip hop dance classes and summer day camp. I would say that the instructors were conscious of the adult nature of some hip hop music and were judicious in their choices. Plus, they have some great dance and martial arts instructors. Albany Mama

Hip Hop Dance lessons for 10 year old girl

Aug 2011

My 10 year old would like to try out hip hop. A patient teacher that takes the time to really teach the kids would be a bonus. Any recommendations for evening or weekend classes that meet in the Berkeley/Oakland/Orinda/Lafayette area ? Thanks so much! - she really wants to dance!

Kids 'N Dance'N Theater Arts has great hip hop classes in Oakland and Lafayette. Check out kidsndance.com Anin

Destiny Arts Center in North Oakland! A Destiny parent and fan

I didn't see the original post, but I'd strongly recommend Cerrito Dance Arts (near Potrero/EC del Norte BART). Fabulous and low key dance studio with great hip hop.

I highly recommend Drew Looner! He teaches hip-hop, b-boy and b-girl styles to kids, and he is FANTASTIC. His music is totally appropriate content. His moves are inspiring and fun. He teaches at La Pena, 4 pm mondays. My daughter *loves* it. Mommy's lil b-girl

Hip Hop Dance Class for 8 year old Boy

April 2011

I'm looking for a hip hop class for my 8 year old son. He loves to dance at home, but is shy about taking classes. Does anyone have recent experience with the classes at Destiny Arts Center, or other places? I'm looking for a Saturday class. Thanks!

My 8 year old daughter has been taking a class at the downtown YMCA and she really likes it. there are 2 other boys in the class and their teacher does a really good job of making all the movement ''gender neutral'' (as well as picking family friendly music). The class is for 7 to 11 year olds and they run in 8 week sessions throughout the year. Also, they usually let you try a class out for free if you ask the teacher before you sign up so he could see if he would like it. Angel

My son loves the hip hop classes at Destiny Arts Center! He's been taking classes at Destiny for 18 months. The kids in the 7-12-year-old class represent the full age range, which is great -- the older kids help the younger ones. The class is high energy, and the kids always seem to be having a good time. The Destiny community is wonderful, and all their classes are backed up by the themes of community building, developing non-violent solutions to problems, and building self-confidence. Elisa

2010 - 2009 Reviews

Breakdancing or Popping classes for 16-y-o daughter

Aug 2010

My daughter who is currently 16 years old is interested in taking some beginners breakdancing or popping classes. She has never done dance before but she has been very active with soccer and cross-country. Does anyone have any recommendations for places in the East Bay or San Francisco that specialize in those styles? Thank you so much! -Anonymous

Try The Beat over on 9th St (off Parker) in Berkeley. The class is every Saturday from 2-3:30. It's a good group of teens that real seem to enjoy the class. m

Jazz dance for college aged son

Jan 2010

My 19 year old son will be home from college this summer. He wants to learn how to read music and take a beginning jazz dance class. Anyone know of a good jazz dance class for his age group?

Have you looked into Shawl-Anderson's? It's near the Rockridge BART station. They have classes in ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop and Pilates for dancers of all levels and ages. I took modern dance classes there as a child and now my daughter takes classes there. http://www.shawl-anderson.org Brenda

2008 - 2007 Reviews

Private hip hop or club dancing lessons

May 2008

Looking for a dance instructor for private lessons to help my husband and I learn some of the more current dance styles. I used to dance quite a bit, but haven't for a number of years, and so am feeling just kind of at a loss when we go out to dance now. Would like to get lots more practice doing high energy aerobic dancing that is current. Any help or ideas would be great. Wanna get back in the groove

Contact New Style Motherlode Dance Studio on College in Rockridge. They have AWESOME group cardio hip hop classes, a great hip hop performance group, and really incredible choreographers/teachers. www.newstylemotherlode.com 5451 College Ave. 597-1056

Lateef is the hip hop teacher at the Y in Berkeley , and he is an absolutely incredible teacher and dancer. Contact the Y for his contact information.

Breakdance classes for 16-year-old

March 2008

My 16 year old son is interested in learning to breakdance. He is very athletic and we are looking for suggestions on classes or an instructor that is affiliated with a gym. anon

I would recommend he try a class at The Beat (google it), a dance studio in Berkeley, taught by Binly. His class is on on Saturdays from 12:30-2 and anyone can drop in. Binly teaches all ages and levels and the class is small enough that he can do it all in one class. He's really good and patient and it's a completely non-competitive, relaxed atmosphere. Joan

Berkeley Hip Hop Class for 7 year old

Sept 2007

My 7 year old daughter is very interested in learning hip hop. Does anyone have any recommendations for a class afterschool in Berkeley, Albany or El Cerrito? I am aware of both Destiny Arts and the East Bay Dance Center, but was hoping for something closer so that I can juggle pick-up/drop-off schedules for both of my kids. Thank you!

I have two daughters who attend Katie's Dance studio on San Pablo in El Cerrito. They are in tap, jazz, acrobatics and hip hop classes. They love it! The classes are offered at various times. They are just now beginning the new semester, so now is a good time to contact them. (510)524-1310 www.katiesdancestudio.com Keisha

Katie's Dance Studio in El Cerrito (on San Pablo, across from the Guitar Center) has hip hop. It's a fun, but serious studio. My daughters (5 & 7) took tap and jazz all this past year and loved it. heidi

Hip Hop or Jazz dance for 9-year-old boy

April 2007

Looking for a hip hop or jazz dance class for my 9yr old son. He loves to dance! He is so agile and feels the beat! I am having trouble finding something for his age group. Any suggestions? Thanks

Try Katie's Dance Studio on San Pablo in El Cerrito. Both of my daughters have taken jazz, tap and hip hop there and love it. They are thrilled to have boys dance there, and recently started a new class just for boys around your son's age. I think it is on Thursdays, but call to find out. (Boys are also integrated into classes with girls, if he prefers that.) Dancin' Mama

Amazing choreographer and dance teacher Lateef Swain is teaching two inspiring hip hop classes - FOR BOYS ONLY - at the Rhythm Room Dance & Movement Center in Lafayette (phone: 925.283.4801, website http://www.rhythmroomdance.com/). The atmosphere is great, the music is cool and I am sure your young dancer will have the time of his life while rapidly developing his talent. a mom of a dancing boy

You might want to try Flamenco dance for your son. It's a really fiery, rhythmic and fun dance form from Southern Spain that is very machismo for boys. There are also a lot of opportunities to watch Flamenco in the Bay Area (check out www.sfflamenco.com for monthly listings of local performances by many different groups) so he can see it and decide if he would like to try it. As far as a teacher goes, there are many, but I would recommend Yaelisa. She is an awesome artist who really connects with the kids, teaches them to respect the art form and keeps their attention easily with healthy challenges. She also sets up performances for the kids, which I think is neat. She has kids classes (ages 6-12) in Alameda and Berkeley. Here's her website with class info: http://www.caminosflamencos.com/ Best of luck! The bay area is full of dance! Holly

Kids 'N Dance has Hip Hop for age 8-12 on Mindays at 5:00. There are boys in the class and you are welcome to do a trial class. We are at 3841 Macarthur Blvd. in the Laurel District. 510-531-4400 Kris

For martial arts, hip hop, african dance and more, have you tried Destiny Arts at St. Augustine church on Alcatraz near College? http://www.destinyarts.org/programs/dance.html Or Malonga Casquelord Dance center (formerly Alice Arts Center) at Alice St & 14th St downtown Oakland? This is a state of the art facility. http://aliceartscenter.org/ dancer mom

Katie's Dance Studio in El Cerrito prides itself on welcoming and encouraging boy dancers. Call to ask to visit some classes. -- El Cerrito mom

2006 - 2005 Reviews

Summer Hip Hop class for teens

May 2006

Does anyone know of a really good hip hop dance class for teens in Berkeley that has summer classes. I'm looking for a class for an experienced dancer, which is really challenging. jan

New Style Motherlode , in Rockridge. It's the real deal. www.newstylemotherlode.com

Hip hop classes for daughter, 6 1/2

Sept 2005

My daughter, who's 6 1/2 would like to take hip hop dance classes, does anybody know of a good teacher in Berkeley? Christie

World Dance Center , at the top of Solano Ave., has hip hop classes for kids your daughter's age. I don't personally know anyone who's taken that class, but their other classes are great. You can view their schedule at: http://www.brasarte.com/modules/week/. anon

Corey Action at New Style Motherlode in Rockridge is excellent. Newstylemotherlode.com

I just saw a flyer at Head Over Heels for hip hop classes for ages 6-9. It's a 60-minute class, and if you have one of the flyers, you can try one class free during the month of September (flyers are inside the gym). Classes are Tues and Thurs 5-6 p.m. Head over Heels is located at 1250 45th Street, Suite E in Emeryville. Phone 655-1265. While Emeryville may seem far, it's pretty easy to get to. HOH also has gymnastics, circus, etc. Janna

2004 & Earlier

Hip hop/jazz/modern dance classes for 13-year-old


I'm looking for hip hop/jazz/modern dance classes for my 13 yr. old daughter that are fun but somewhat structured where she would also learn about dance (not just hip hop aerobics). Preferably in Berkeley or nearby (Oakland, Albany or El Cerrito would be OK too). Any one have any recommendations? Miyoko

Recommendations received:

  • The Beat Berkeley
  • CitiCentre Dance Alice Arts Center, Oakland
  • Destiny Arts Center Oakland
  • East Bay Dance Center Oakland
  • Katie's Dance Studio El Cerrito
    Other suggestions:

    Have you tried No Sweat on Solano Ave. In Berkeley? Narnia

    There is a dance studio on Solano in berkeley called No Sweat which offers classes in hip hop on tue and thur at 5:30pm BAMB
    Do you know someone under 18 who likes to dance?!? It's just that simple to join our family and to enjoy Hip-Hop music and its culture. FUTURE SHOCK is the under 18 group of CULTURE SHOCK www.CultureSchockDance.org
    Future Shock practices are Sundays from 12-2 at Club One. No charge for Troupe members.

    Club One at City Center/Oakland
    1200 Clay Street

    For more information and directions please call: 1-800-971-8090 email CSSF13 at cs.com

    There is a hiphop dance class offered at the Albany YMCA. Call 525-1130 for info. nancy
    The Albany YMCA is starting a hip-hop etc. dance class for middle school kids near the end of the month. Call the Y for more information. Linda
    Several of my 7 yr. old's friends have taken what sounds like a great dance class held at a church near the bottom of Marin near San Pablo Ave. in Albany. We're thinking of starting. It's taught by a woman who specializes in West African dancing. Her name is DeLisa. I got her card at the Solano Stroll. I don't know off hand what age groups she teaches but you can call her at 524-2807 Stefanie
    I would recommend Rhythm and Motion, which is located in a great old sewing machine factory at around 7th and Mission in downtown SF. Deborah