October 18, 2008,
D.A. asks from Fort Worth, TX on October 15, 2008
All She Wants to Do Is Dance
Hi everyone,my 4yr. old daughter loves to dance and has mentioned she wants to be a ballerina. Does anyone know of an affordable place where I can take her for ballet or dance lessons of some sort. I'm a single parent so I can't afford too much on my own. I also thought about ballroom dancing for her but I don't know what's the right age to start that at. Any suggestions anyone? You all always give me good advice so I want to say thank you in advance.
L.S. answers from Dallas on October 16, 2008
I'm not sure where you live, but the Hurst Recreation Center offers dance for kids. They are very reasonable with their prices. They offer sign up to Hurst residents first, and then offer the open spots to non-residents. I think there is a like a $2 or $4 extra fee for living outside of Hurst. I don't have girls, just boys, but I know they do offer dance classes. God bless you.
S.M. answers from Dallas on October 16, 2008
I would check the city rec center you live in. When we lived in Euless we got cheap memberships to their rec center and my daughter who was 2-4 at the time took ballet, tap, tumbling, soccer, etc. They were short classes and very cheap ($10-$20/class if I remember correctly). I like it so that she could try it out and see what she liked and didn't. If your daughter liked it she could keep going. I think it'd be a good thing until you can afford a regular dance academy.
What about gymnastics or something like that to keep her active? We've never paid more then $70/month for gymasntics for one class a week. One on Hwy 26 we went to 1st was only $55. Some of them offer dance classes as well maybe they would be similar price range.
M.H. answers from Dallas on October 16, 2008
I am not sure what city you live in but my girls go to the Dance Workshop in Arlington. They are GREAT with the little ones.
K.W. answers from Dallas on October 16, 2008
What area are you in? I know that AIM (Arts in Mansfield) has a dance ballett class at the First United Methodist Church in Mansfield that is reasonable. If that is in your area, you may want to check it out.
T.Z. answers from Dallas on October 16, 2008
Try your local parks/recreation b/c they have very affordable dance classes - ballet, tap, jazz and more! Good luck.
T.H. answers from Dallas on October 15, 2008
my 4 year old just started dance yesterday at the n. richland hills rec center. it was $44 for 8 weeks. the shoes (tap and ballet) and leotard cost as much as the class! so i'd check the rec center near you, it's probably as cheap as you're going to get and they may even have financial aid. good luck.
D.S. answers from Dallas on October 16, 2008
I would definitely take advantage of it without pushing it and make sure its not b/c she wants the pretty outfits. Most schools have an area where they have slippers that kdis have outgrown for re-use- stick with basic outfits so you don't fall into that expense- sinple leotard with a little ballet skirt that she can use with different colored inexp leotards. Call your local Chamber of Comemrce and there are a lot of area recreation centers that offer inexp classes for young kids- check those out first before committing to a school. Then check with local schools- tell them about your situation- they may alter the fee- you never know until you ask. Expose her to differnt types of dance for sure- but do a small trial class here and there- dnt inundate her with too much- My dgt danced for 10 years and it ended when she hurt herself- but she made way for basektball and volleyball instead which I was ok with- but boy we had some amazing years- Competing is fun but expensive but buidls charater and helps developement. it hink any sport- art- involvemnt is great and well- it can be costly but...its cheaper than rehab.! lol- Most children that do stay involved in an art or sport have a less likely chance of getting in trouble or involved in drinking and drugs- Keep em busy!
R. answers from Dallas on October 18, 2008
I don't know where you live but I have a couple of suggestions. DoubleTake Dance in Bedford is great and in my opinion affordable. Also, Bedford Boys Ranch usually offers some affordable dance classes. If you aren't near here, check with your local Rec centers. HTH
M.L. answers from Dallas on October 16, 2008
look into the city recreation centers in your area - I know in Plano, Liberty Recreation Center had dance for children your daughter's age
J.C. answers from Dallas on October 16, 2008
Hi, D.. I'm not sure where you live, but all my 4 year old wants to do is dance, too. She takes dance at StudioOne Dance Center in Keller. It just opened in August 2007, and my daughter started taking dance when it opened. Jennifer, the owner/instructor, is wonderful. You can tell she loves what she does and loves the kids as well. She is patient and kind with them always. We love, love, love the studio. My daughter takes a tap, ballet, tumbling combo class on Monday evening, and she absolutely loves the class. Feel free to contact me if you'd like more details. I couldn't say enough positive things about the studio. We also love the fact that it is a Christian dance studio... we don't have the concerns about appropriateness of moves/costumes as our daughter gets older. We pay $50/month for one hour/week class. There is also a recital fee in the spring. I think that fee is $50, and a costume fee of $65. Good luck with your search. If you'd like to check out their website it's www.studioonedancecenter.com.
P.N. answers from Dallas on October 16, 2008
Im dont know where you live, but in arlington there is a place called Dance Invasion. The cost is 55 a month for one class. They have combo classes there. Your daughter can go there free for first class and try it out. This is where i am taking my daughter for hip hop classes
K.P. answers from Dallas on October 16, 2008
I'm not sure what area you live in, however, there is a place called Dance Workshop in Arlington on LIttle Road. This is where my girls dance. The recitals can get pricey, but they charge a monthly fee and you go once a week. I think the price range for 4 year olds is $48-56 a month, plus recitals. If you don't do the recitals then you just pay monthly.
C.B. answers from Dallas on October 15, 2008
Not sure where you live but most recreation centers offer ballet at a very low cost. Hurst has a pretty inexpensive program, keller also has one,not sure what they charge though. Also there is north central ballet in keller and north richland hills, I have heard great things about them and the cost there is about 40-50 dollars per month for a weekly class.
L.B. answers from Dallas on October 16, 2008
You didn't say where you live...The City of Hurst has great affordable classes..