Every child deserves to dance!
Why? Dance builds confidence, creativity, problem-solving and higher-order thinking skills. It aids in neural development and builds kinesthetic intelligence, and creates opportunities for self-expression and teaches alternative forms of communication. Dance teaches an understanding and respect for other cultures as well as our own. And dance education helps students develop physical fitness and healthy lifestyle practices, an appreciation of their bodies, sound stress management approaches to cope with the tensions in their lives.
In addition to the many wonderful organizations that provide dance education to our children in the schools and in after school programs, etc., you can also give your child the gift of dance by enrolling them in a private dance school.
The following studios offer classes for children. We don't provide a day-by-day class listing since most of these classes are session-based and each lesson builds on the prior one (so drop-ins are sometimes discouraged).
Please click on the links (where available) below to learn more about each studio, the types of dance it offers and for details on curriculum and instructors. We are also happy to help you find studios in your area - just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria and Isla Vista
The City of Santa Barbara - Parks and Recreation Dance Classes - Not a "studio" per se, but the City offers dance classes for kids, many of them offered year-round.
Curtis School of Dance - 4915 9th Street, Carpinteria, CA - (805) 684-4099 - studiobdancecompany.com
The Dance Network - Offers tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary dance in a fun, supportive environment. 4141 State St. (inside El Mercado), Suite A4, Santa Barbara, CA - (805) 225-6078 · thedancenetworksb.com
Goleta School of Ballet - 303 Magnolia Ave., Goleta, CA - (805) 328-3823 email@example.com
Inspire Dance SB - Offers a variety of dance classes for children. 5679 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA - (805) 770-5295 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Vega Dance Studio - Offers classes for kids and adults. 215 West Victoria Street, Santa Barbara, CA - (805) 963-0073 · vegaflamenco.com
Zermeno Dance Academy - 5575 Hollister Avenue, Suite A & B • Goleta, California 93117 • (805) 451-3349 -
Santa Ynez / Buellton / Solvang:
Classical School of Ballet - 124 South J Street, Lompoc, CA - (805) 736-4646
Adkins Dance Center - 1110 East Clark Avenue, Santa Maria, CA - (805) 934-1922
Arroyo Grande / Grover Beach:
Please also check out the fantastic dance class listings onsantabarbaradancewiki.com, which has a listing by dance type (as well as a ton of other cool dance stuff.)