Boys and girls love to dance. Watch any young child when music comes on and see how they move to the music. Enrolling a child in a dance class would let them more fully explore their dancing talents. Many of the schools in the Tampa Bay Area offer dance classes for children as young three years old and as old as 65. Many of the schools offer payment plans for those families on a budget and offer discounts on tuition when a family enrolls more than one child from the same family.
Patel Conservatory
David A. Straz, Jr. Center For The Performing Arts
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 222-1002

The Patel Conservatory received its accreditation from the Southern Association of College and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). Patel Conservatory accepts students of all ages and all experience levels. Instructors strive to help students achieve their best in the performing arts and teach them how to integrate those lessons into their daily lives. The conservatory offers over 100 classes in theater arts, music, acting and dance. Monthly payments are offered for all classes scheduled during the regular school year. Summer camp and summer classes do require payment in full. Prices vary by the age of the student and the type of class the student is enrolling in.

America’s Ballet School
15365 Amberly Drive
Tampa, FL 33647
(813) 558-0800

America’s Ballet School is one of Tampa Bay’s premiere classical ballet schools. It was founded in 2002 and has received the “Outstanding School” award for four years. Many of the school’s students go on to dance with the Miami City Ballet, the American Ballet Theater and more. ABS accepts students ages three and up. There are five divisions of classes that are based on age and experience level. The school produces two performances a year to highlight the progress of the students. Prices are based on the classes taken and the level of experience of the student. Payment plans are available when signing up for a full year of classes.

John Leggio’s Center For The Performing Arts
10455 County Road 578
Spring Hill, FL 34609
(352) 683-8395

This performing arts center offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop, as well as acrobatics classes and musical workshops. Acting and voice lessons are also available. Boys and girls ages three and up can sign up for classes on a month-to-month commitment. No long-term commitment is required. Prices range from $35 up to $225 depending on the age of the student and the number of classes requested. Discounts on tuition are offered when enrolling multiple children from the same family. Students can take part in the large-scale productions presented by John Leggio’s Center for the Performing Arts throughout the year.

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STEPS School Of Dance
1836 Main St.
Dunedin, FL 34698
(727) 734-7121

STEPS School of Dance provides a caring and nurturing learning environment for children ages five and up. Classes offered include jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, tumbling and musical theater. At STEPS, children not only learn about dance, but they also learn discipline, posture, physical fitness and social skills. Class sizes are small to provide a more productive environment for learning. Prices vary depending on the classes taken and the age of the child. The philosophy of STEPS School of Dance is to make learning fun and to provide a safe environment for the children they teach.

The Academy Of Ballet Arts
2914 1st Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 327-4401

The Academy of Ballet Arts was founded in 1969 to provide a place for students to study classical ballet exclusively. The Academy is a not-for-profit facility and is governed by a Board of Trustees. Class prices range from $60 all the way up to $340. All income is channeled back into the school to enhance training and performance programs. Many of the students go on to dance with major dance groups like the Rockettes, the Sarasota Ballet, the Luminarium Dance Company, as well as appearing on television and stage musicals.

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