How Old Should Children Be to Start Baby Ballet?

November 9, 2021 at 10:00 PM
A young girl taking a baby ballet class to learn dance.

Dance classes like baby ballet are not only a fun, structured way for toddlers to release their wiggly energy, they also provide great benefits for kids. Early dance classes teach coordination, cooperation in groups, and rhythm that will continue to benefit your child even if their interests change as they grow up. Kids who fall in love with ballet, tap, or jazz will get the foundation they need to pursue excellence later in life. Dance is a rewarding activity that teaches creativity, self-expression, self-discipline, and teamwork. In baby ballet, kids get to have fun, make new friends, and develop a lifelong love of dance.

You may wonder how old your child should be for their first class of baby ballet.

Kids as young as two-and-a-half can take baby ballet.

At The Landing Dance Center, we want every young dancer to get the best start with an introduction that teaches the fundamentals of ballet. Our mission is to make dance fun for our youngest students, focusing on building confidence, learning how to work in a group, and the basics of rhythm.

Preschool Classes are for kids under age six who are too young to register for General Classes. Our children’s teachers bring patience and understanding into the studio to make the class a fun, engaging experience for all students, regardless of their abilities.

Baby ballet is a great way to introduce your toddler to group learning in a fun, relaxed environment where they learn the principles of dance.


What comes after baby ballet?

The Landing Dance Center offers a full range of kids’ dance classes, beginning with baby ballet for our youngest students. As toddlers grow up, they can take all kinds of dance, including:

  • Acro and Jazz: for three to five-year-olds
  • Ballet and Tap: for three to five-year-olds
  • Jazz and Tap: for three to five-year-olds
  • Hip Hop: for four to six-year-olds

We offer ISTD Foundations for kids ages four to six if your toddler falls in love with ballet and wants to pursue a more rigorous course of study. The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing classes uses technical training to guide children aged five to 18 towards excellence in the craft of dance.

The Foundations class introduces toddlers to the training style used in ISTD General Classes while prioritizing inclusion and encouragement to foster a lifelong love of ballet.


What are the benefits of baby ballet for young kids?

Besides the social benefits of dance classes, even toddlers as young as two and a half can enjoy the physical benefits of dance. Students experience:

  • Improved flexibility
  • Greater range of motion
  • Improved physical strength and stamina

Kids who dance grow up with a love of physical activity that will stay with them even as they become adults. Baby ballet students also learn healthy, creative ways of expressing themselves. Dance students also have improved self-esteem and self-confidence as they become teens.

The Landing Dance Center in Vancouver offers dance classes for all ages and abilities, including baby ballet.

Our premier dance faculty provides Vancouver area dancers with a place to pursue excellence regardless of their age or ability. We encourage everyone who joins our classes to embrace their authentic selves, both in the studio and out. The Landing Dance Center courses range from preschool through general youth and adult beginners. Sign up for a trial class for an in-studio experience before committing to a full season for your toddler.

The preschool classes harness the wiggly energy of babies and toddlers while introducing rhythm, working in a group, and the basics of ballet and tap. Register for baby ballet and explore our full and half-season classes.