Ballet and Dance Classes for Kids in Marin and San Francisco


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Are you looking for a dance class for your children? Here’s our guide to ballet and dance classes in Marin County and the San Francisco Bay Area for kids of all ages.

Our guide to ballet and dance lessons is sponsored by Marine Dance Theater, whose courses for young dancers (18 months to 9 years old) are offered both at their premises in San Rafael and in the new premises of Corte Madera. Learn more about

  • Marin Dance Theater – San Rafael and Corte Madera
    Marin Dance Theater aims to support child development while facilitating a love of dance in a stimulating and encouraging environment. Classes for young dancers (ages 18 months to 9 years) are open at both their main campus in San Rafael and at the Corte Madera studio. For more information, schedules and registration, visit, call (415) 499-8891 or email [email protected]
  • Joy of Dance Ballet School — Sausalito and Saint-Raphael
    Joy of Dance Ballet offers virtual dance lessons for children and adults of all ages and dance abilities. Classes start with the first ballet class (2.5 years old) and go to primary ballet (11 years old and up). For more information, call (415) 812-4821 or visit their website.
  • Just Dance Academy – San Rafael
    Lessons are offered to students from the age of 4 in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary and bollywood. The Just Dance Academy produces several shows a year, offers a dance competition program as well as specialized dance workshops. The Just Dance program has been in operation in Marin County for over 20 years and provides recreational and intensive dance training. For more information, call (415) 451-1734 or visit their website.
  • Love2Dance — Novato
    Love2Dance offers ballet lessons from 2 years old. From Little Feet ballet for the youngest to intermediate-advanced ballet for older children. For more information, call (415) 898-3933 or visit their website.
  • Marine Ballet — Saint-Raphaël
    Marin Ballet offers pre-ballet lessons for ages 3-7 through level nine for ages 12-18 at its six practice studios in its 20,000 square foot facility near the Dominican University of California, San Rafael. Classes are offered year-round. For more information, call (415) 453-6705 or visit their website.
  • Marin Dance Conservatory — Mill Valley
    The Marin Dance Conservatory offers classical ballet classes for children aged 4 and over. They are within walking and biking distance of Mill Valley Middle School and Tamalpais High School, as well as Mill Valley Elementary Schools. For more information, call (415) 326-5117 or visit their website.

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  • PAAM Arts—Mill Valley
    PAAM offers a variety of dance classes for all ages. For more information, call (415) 380-0887 or visit their website.
  • Presidio Dance Theater – San Francisco
    For over 20 years, Presidio Dance Theater has provided high-quality training in Vaganova-style ballet, character and folk dancing, as well as professional performance opportunities for budding artists ages 6-18. For more information, visit their website.
  • Rhythms Performing Arts — Novato
    Rhythms offers tap and ballet lessons for all age groups as part of its Shine Your Way, starting with a mommy and me class for 2- and 3-year-olds. For more information, call (415) 898-9717 or visit their website.
  • RoCo Dance—Fairfax and Mill Valley
    RoCo Dance, with studios in Fairfax and Mill Valley, offers a variety of dance classes including hip-hop, ballet, modern, jazz and breaking. From 4 years old, according to programme. For more information, call (415) 456-1590 (Fairfax) or (415) 388-6786 (Mill Valley) or visit their website.
  • SF Ballet School – San Francisco
    The San Francisco Ballet School offers a challenging curriculum, taught by faculty members drawn from the ranks of San Francisco Ballet and companies around the world. For 8 to 18 year olds. For more information, visit their website.
  • Splitz Dance Academy — Novato
    Splitz Dance Academy offers a variety of ballet classes for ages 3 and up. Choose from Tiny Toes for the little ones to advance ballet lessons for older kids and teens. For more information, call (415) 598-7732 or visit their website
  • Stapleton School of Performing Arts – San Anselmo
    The Stapleton School of San Anselmo offers magical music and movement for children as young as 18 months old, as well as creative movement for the early years, pre-ballet and a full program of ballet lessons for toddlers. older children. For more information, call (415) 454-5759 or visit their website.
  • Tutu School – Larkspur and San Francisco
    Tutu offers ballet lessons from 18 months to 8 years old. They offer classes ranging from toddler tutu to primary ballet prep. For more information, call (415) 380-0887 or visit their website.

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