Hip Hop Dance Classes for Kids Ages 8-11

Our 'hip hop dance classes for kids' students performing at our 29th Annual dance recital in 2019.

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About Our Hip Hop Dance Classes For Kids Program

Movement, Improvisation & Fitness For Ages 8-14

Hip Hop Classes For Kids: Develops amazing core strength.

A hip-hop dance class for children ages 8–11 begins after a thorough warm-up, students work on strengthening their core muscles, which are essential for body control and the development of sound dancing techniques and a strong sense of rhythm.

Later, the class focuses on funk and hip-hop techniques and a lot of choreography to help the students enhance their expressive ability.

An effort is required, and your child will get a terrific workout. If you're looking to get your youngster into shape, this class is for sons and daughters. However, all they know, though, is that they are enjoying themselves.

Hip Hop Classes For Kids: Not a fad, an art form.

Hip-hop dance is often dismissed as little more than a passing craze, though it has been around since the 1960s and is still popular. Kid's hip-hop dancing is quickly becoming a part of mainstream dance culture if it hasn't already done so. If your child is interested in learning hip hop dance, we will teach them the most important aspects of this type of dance, which is known for being incredibly exciting, fashionable, and "hip."

You'll see steady improvement week after week, and before long, your child will fashion their very own style and creativity.

And of course, we play only clean music selections that are always family friendly.

Class Levels

  • Hip Hop I: Starts at the very beginning. It is designed for students who have never taken a hip hop dance class before or have studied hip hop long enough ago that they need a refresher course.
  • Hip Hop I.5: For students who have had 4-6 months of recent hip hop dance training.
  • Hip Hop II: Have been studying Hip Hop recently and or consistently for a year of more.
  • Intermediate: An intermediate is fairly accomplished dancer with considerable skill who is well versed in movement vocabulary and has the ability to learn complicated dance combinations readily. 

Some semesters have us combining levels to insure enough students for a high fun/energy level. These levels are paced to insure that level I students feel comfortable in class and Level II students feel challenged.

Hip Hop Dance Class Schedule

  • Masks are optional effective, 3/12/22. **Masks are required for individuals that have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed to Covid-19 for a 10 day period following onset of symptoms, positive test results, or Covid-19 exposure.**

Fall 2022 Schedule

classes will run from September 19, 2022 - February 12, 2023

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Winter/Spring 2023 Schedule

classes will run from February 13, 2023 - June 22, 2023

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Winter 2023 Schedule

classes will run from January 2, 2023 - March 26, 2023

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Meet Your Kid's Hip-Hop Dance Teacher

Jay Tan, dance teacher, American Dance Institute
Jay Tan, Teacher

Hip Hop & Urban Dance

Jay Tan’s love for dance and movement began at 15 years old, in Singapore, when he participated in a cultural festival that incorporated various art forms to promote peace. From there, he dabbled in both modern contemporary and hip hop for two years, before fully immersing himself in hip hop and its culture. 

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Jay found his first dance family with Singapore’s Soka Youth Dance Crew and has competed and performed internationally.

He became Artistic Director of NTU MJ Hip Hop and eventually produced and directed a 2-hour dance musical production involving 120 dancers in the company.

Jay’s other accomplishments include providing artistic direction for the opening ceremony of the first inaugural Youth Olympic Games, Artistic Director of Hip Hop Connxion Indiana, and founder/director of the ‘Jaywalkerz’ an Indiana based kids hip hop dance company.

He also had the opportunity under Boogiezone, to learn and perform alongside Napoleon and Tabitha (Nappytabs), Emmy Award-winning choreographers who are best known for their choreography on the television show So You Think You Can Dance.

Jay has mentored close to 150 dancers, using movement to instill positive values and life lessons. His classes focus on foundational techniques as well as choreography that fuses elements from different dance forms.

Jay believes that dance is more than just movement. It is an expression of the soul that needs to be seen and heard and a powerful tool that can instill positive change in our society.

When Jay is not dancing, he is either reading to expand his perspectives or exploring the beautiful outdoors in Washington and getting inspiration from his surroundings for his next creative endeavors."

Emma Holden, Teacher, Shoreline

Emma Holden

Emma Holden studied Hip-Hop at the American Dance Institute for several years while in elementary school and served as the Dance Captain for Ballard High School’s Dance Team while in high school. She currently attends UW, serves as an administrative assistant for ADI, and will teach Hip-Hop and Creative Dance at our Greenwood location this Fall.



Ivy Anderson teaches for the American Dance Institute
Ivy Anderson, Teacher, 

Ivy Anderson has been dancing for 17 years, many of those years also serving as a teaching assistant and Instructor. Ivy will teach Mommy/Daddy and Me, Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet, and Hip-Hop at our Magnolia location.

Kalena Tadio, (center) Hula and Hip Hop Teacher American Dance Institute
Kalena Tadio, Teacher, Shoreline

Kalena Tadio joins the American Dance Institute's Shoreline studios, where she will teach hip-hop, hula, and contemporary dance to
adults, teens, and children.

Kalena Tadio started dancing when she was five years old. She studied hip-hop, hula, ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical/contemporary, and modern dance.
She received training at


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Pac West Performing Arts in Snohomish, Washington. She has gone on to teach and choreograph many performances.

Kalena loves to dance and wants to share it with all her students.

She can't wait to dance with you!

Where Are The American Dance Institute Dance Studios Near Me?

Six spacious dance studios in four locations including Greenwood, Wedgwood, Magnolia, and Shoreline.

Click on any red flag above to learn more about our studio locations.

Elizabeth Chayer, American Dance Institute Seattle, Greenwood, Magnolia, American Dance Institute-Magnolia, dance classes

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The teacher is the determinant factor...


"Just as in the best public and private schools, the quality of the teacher in a class room and dance studio determines the quality of the student's class experience. American Dance Institute's teachers are the best. I know because I work very hard to find, mentor and retain them."  

Elizabeth Chayer Founder, Director, The American Dance Institute

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Finding Great Hip Hop Classes for Kids

You're looking for Kids Hip-Hop classes for your son r  daughter.  How do you find a great class? What questions do you ask?  Here is some advice. 

  • Try to find non-competitive Kids Hip Hop Dance Classes in Seattle and Shoreline where everyone is friendly and your child will always feel welcome.
  • Look for a dance class where the teacher understands that the pace of the class has to be good for your child and know how to maintain the correct pace.
  • Insist on hip hop studios with specially designed 'sprung' dance floors that 'give' to protect kid's feet and ankles. Avoid studios with regular wood floors and heaven tobid, run, run away from dance studios with concrete floors.
  • Look for accommodating dance school policies like a 100% money back guarantee if you don't like your class for any reason.
  • Most importantly look for a school that has expert hip-hop dance teachers who know how to give your child personalized attention so they will progress faster.

We wrote a quick read guide: 10 Top Questions All Beginners Ask . It's FREE here.

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