Free online dance classes for kids, plus free dance music and other dance activities
By: Mindy Scirri
Homeschoolers love to dance! Some dance professionally, some for fun and exercise, and some just around the house for breaks while doing their schoolwork! You can pay for dance lessons for kids at a local dance studio or work directly with a choreographer, but you also have the option to share the gift of dance with your kids through more convenient and less expensive means. How about a kids online dance class or some freestyle online dance music? Need some ideas for how to teach your kids about the history and culture of dance? How can you encourage your budding dancer at home?
You can do all of this for free online, and we’ve created a nice list to help you:
Free Online Dance Music & Activities for Preschoolers
What age should a child start dance lessons? While you may find dance classes for your three or four-year-old, lessons are mostly about fun and basic coordination. As a parent, you are often a participant. So get silly and join your kids dancing and singing to the tunes found at these websites:
Bounce Patrol – Kids Songs
Help your kids learn the alphabet, numbers, colors, animals, and more when you get them dancing and singing with this group from Australia and their original children’s music.
Join Daniella Ballerina and her friends Pique the dog, Sousous the ladybug, and Allegro the bird as they have fun dancing, learning new Ballet words, and reading stories.
The Learning Station – Kids Songs and Nursery Rhymes
Find dance songs geared toward babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-aged children. Songs include “active participation, nursery rhymes, brain breaks for the classroom, learning videos, camp songs, dance, holiday songs, action songs, and our very popular move and freeze dance songs for children. Also, ESL songs for children combined with music and movement galore!”
Petite Feet Dance
Check out dance videos for our youngest dancers. Find balance challenges, position practice, and more.
Pink Fong! Kids’ Songs & Stories
>Browse for “hundreds of kids’ favorite songs and stories, including nursery rhymes, phonics songs, number songs, bedtime lullabies, children’s classics, fairy tales and more!”
Ready, Set, Dance (nick jr.)
Share these dance and ballet songs with your preschooler. Designed to build confidence, creativity, and coordination, these dance videos are a fun way to practice hip hop, ballet, jazz, and tap moves while you sing together.
Search for videos on all kinds of dancing—from a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Dance Class to a Lego Movie Dance Class and so much more!
Follow your favorite Wiggles characters as they dance and sing in “Say the Dance, Do the Dance” music videos.
Free Online Dance Music & Activities for School-Aged Kids
Cosmic Kids Yoga Dance Party!
“GET THOSE WRIGGLES OUT with a mix of our Yoga Disco tracks. Yoga-based movement set to upbeat music. Can you do the full 12 minutes?”
Dance Parent 101
Follow this dance teacher mom’s YouTube channel to help parents of dancers support their dancers at home. Find instructional videos, creative dance lessons, and educational dances.
Go Noodle – Get Moving
Check out these dance videos often used in schools as brain breaks.
Hang out with Madison, Sierra, Gracie, and Olivia as they sing and dance to popular music.
Try a free trial of the Just Dance app, where you can learn “dance routines without a console.”
“Have a KIDZ BOP Dance Party in your living room to get the wiggles out! KIDZ BOP Dance Along videos are the best way to incorporate music + movement into your daily routine.”
Free Online Dance Classes for Kids
What is the best dance to learn first? Ballet? Jazz? Hip Hop? There are so many different kinds of dancing. How do you choose a genre? Here are some kids dance classes online for you to put on the menu:
Check out these videos on simple steps for hip hop, popping and locking, and breakdancing.
Hand-Bone Bodyrhythms (OffJazz)
Watch these instructional videos to learn a form of jazz using body “slaps” and claps for percussion.
How to Dance Videos (Howcast)
Click on these video links to learn everything from merengue to Irish step dancing to ballet. So many choices!
How to Do Beginning Ballet Steps (CosmoLearning)
“In this course, Ballet Instructor Eileen O’Brien gives 15 easy video lessons on how to do Beginning Ballet Steps. Learn how to do beginning ballet dancing steps and positions with expert tips in this free ballet lesson video series.”
Browse the collection of videos on hip hop dance steps.
Kids Dancing Lessons (Fit for a Feast)
Access lessons like “Jazz Pumps,” “Michael Jackson Step,” and “Hoedown Throwdown.”
Learn How To Dance
Step-by-step dance tutorials uploaded every week showing easy dance moves. Perfect for beginners! This channel also includes videos on how to do popular Tik Tok and Fortnight dances.
Learn the Dances (BallroomDancers.com)
Watch these videos to teach yourself Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, Jive, Bolero, Mambo, East Coast Swing, West Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, or Salsa.
Masters of American Tap
Dance along with these video tutorials and learn to tap dance like a pro.
Mihran Kiakosian Dance
Check out these dance videos and tutorials from Mihran Kiakosian, a top Los-Angeles based choreographer and dancer. Learn Tiktok, breakdancing, and other specialty dance moves.
Online Dance Classes for Teens (LearntoDance.com)
“Learn to dance online from your home with our… free online dance classes…. You will find video tutorials in these styles: Club dance, Hip Hop dance, Ballroom and Latin, Ballet, Breakdancing, Tap dance, Irish dancing, Country Western, Free style, Belly dancing, and more.”
This site has tons of useful dance lessons, but beware it also includes “sexy” dance moves that are inappropriate for kids.
Studio T Arts and Entertainment Dance Tutorials
Learn how to dance hip hop through these fun dance tutorials.
Information about Dance
About Pointe Shoes
So why special shoes for ballet? Find out about how a pointe shoe works, the anatomy of a pointe shoe, and the history of pointe shoes.
Andros on Ballet
“Andros on Ballet is a collection of articles about ballet history and classical ballet technique written by Dick Andros, a ballet teacher and writer who was based in New York City and provided this site to share the knowledge and stories he accumulated through his long career as a dancer and teacher.”
History of Dance
Brief histories of over 25 genres of music, including Argentine Tango, ballet, breakdance, flamenco, and many more.
History of Folk Dance
“Because folk dances are highly traditional and are taught through the generations, the evolution of the genre has been slow as various cultural groups preserve their inventories of cultural dances.” Read about folk dance across the world.
The Notation Process
Read a good dance lately? Notation of a dance captures movement on the page so that it can be shared in all parts of the world and with future generations.