We believe that there are dance studios in Ottawa that have something for anyone who loves dancing (and even those with two left feet!).
So today, we’re going to be reviewing what makes these dance studios worthy of your time and effort.
Aside from the quality of their dance lessons and programs, we’ll also be looking at their fees and their value for money.
How Much Do Dance Studios Cost in Ottawa?
Most studios offer small group lessons and private ones for those who don’t want to be part of a class. The national average for a private dance lesson would be around $60 per hour but there are different factors that can influence hourly rates.
Dance studios in Ottawa can charge according to their discipline and specializations. If reputable and famous teachers are in the mix, their talent fees could also play a big part in the fees.
If you opt to have the lessons held at your own home studio, the instructor will likely charge you for the transportation costs.
Of course, there are the lesson lengths to consider, as well. Some charge by the half-hour, hourly, or with weekly, monthly, or yearly term rates.
|DANCE STUDIO CLASS||ESTIMATED COST|
|Private lesson with a customized plan||$45 – $85 an hour|
|Dance program (18-week term)||$265 per term (45 minute-class)|
$290 per term (1-hour class)
|Customized choreography for special events||$350 – $400 (five lessons)|
$600 – $650 (ten lessons)
|One-off lessons||$35 (30 minutes)$45 (45 minutes)|
$60 (60 minutes)
The table above reflects some national averages, though a lot will also depend on the studio’s curriculum (if available) and if the dance instructors are much sought-after.
The good news is that packaged lessons are available with significant discounts for return clients or those enrolling in regular terms or programs.
The Best Dance Studios in Ottawa
Ready to slip on your dancing shoes and shimmy until you drop? Let’s now take a closer look at what the best dance studios in Ottawa can do to give you rhythm and groove.
Make sure to stick around for some helpful FAQs at the end of this listicle, too.
1. Fred Astaire Dance Studio Ottawa
|SERVICES||Dance classes (ballroom and Latin), special events programs, gift certificates|
|ADDRESS||Fred Astaire Dance Studio Ottawa|
149 Second Avenue, Suite 203
|CONTACT NUMBER||Phone: 613-567-3237|
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Friday 12 noon – 10.30 PM|
Weekends by appointment only
If you’ve ever wanted to trip the light fantastic like Fred Astaire, now’s your chance. The Fred Astaire Dance Studios in Canada offers a free introductory lesson to new students 21 years and older.
This Better Business Bureau-accredited dance studio might seem intimidating to beginner dancers. However, it emphasizes the basics of dancing and can create a fitting program for dance students of any level and experience.
The core lessons were designed by Fred Astaire himself and each franchise holds the same kind of classes throughout the world. The Ontario studio is also the headquarters of the first TeamAstaire Dance Training Centre where some of the industry’s finest instructors get trained.
Dance classes cover ballroom and Latin dances. The Waltz, tango, foxtrot, rumba, cha-cha, line dancing, and other dances are available every weekday, with weekend lessons strictly by appointment only.
And though there’s no proper pricing information on the website, there’s an exclusive online offer of $25 for five lessons.
Friendly, charming, well trained, and dedicated staff
“I was still nervous but not for long. A friendly instructor/teacher came, introduced himself, put me at ease and relieved my anxious fear of learning ballroom dancing. I must say that the staff at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio has to be the most friendly, charming, well trained and
dedicated gangs of any staff I have ever met outside of my teaching career.” – Lucille Blair
Brought happiness and confidence
“My deepest appreciation goes to all the staff at Fred Astaire’s for helping me reach my goals. I can’t thank you enough for the happiness and confidence that you have brought into my life.” – Wendy Jennings
2. Dance With Alana
|SERVICES||Weekly dance classes, wedding dance lessons, private dance lessons|
|ADDRESS||109A Fourth Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1S 2L3|
|CONTACT NUMBER||+1 613-233-3456|
|OPERATING HOURS||In-person and virtual schedules are available on the website|
Dance With Alana has a team of instructors specializing in different dance styles and levels. Adults can enroll for lessons in beginner swing, pre-or intermediate Lindy Hop, beginner and intermediate tap lessons, and even Zumba.
The centre has been around since 1999 and currently offers both in-person and virtual classes via Zoom. Classes are held weekly or can be arranged for private one-on-one instructions with hourly rates.
There’s a registration page on the website for different classes that include fitness sessions and special dances like 90s hip-hop and jazz dance. Most of the lessons run for an hour but there are options for recurring weekly sessions for a single reasonable fee.
The great news is that some classes are on sale or can be paid in installments! Average drop-in lessons are just $9 and clients can also consider unlimited virtual monthly classes for around $100.
With attractive rates, reputable instructors, and options for both in-person and virtual classes, it seems the only thing missing with Dance With Alana would be classes for younger students.
The least stressful and most enjoyable part of wedding planning
“Alana is AMAZING! She choreographed our first dance for our wedding and she was an absolute delight to work with. We had SO much fun working with her and it was the least stressful and most enjoyable part of wedding planning. Neither of us had any dance experience (or natural talent) but she was able to teach us a routine that made us look great on our wedding day. We had so many compliments on our first dance and are so happy we decided to work with Alana. We would highly recommend her to anyone!” – Colleen Rhodes
First-class teacher and choreographer
“Alana is an incredible dance teacher! I first studied tap dance with her 20 years ago, and then she moved to a different city. As a silver lining of the coronavirus pandemic, I have the opportunity to take lessons with her again on Zoom! She’s a first-class teacher and choreographer, extremely experienced including extensive knowledge of the history of her craft. Alana is patient and encouraging, and the lesson is delivered with a delightful sense of humour. Fun fun fun!” – Jennifer Ruth Young
3. Kali Andrews Dance Company
|SERVICES||Competitive, recreational, tiny tots, summer, and private dance lessons|
|ADDRESS||2664 Lancaster Rd, Ottawa, ON K1B 4T7|
|CONTACT NUMBER||(613) 601-5254|
|OPERATING HOURS||(Office hours) Tuesday to Thursday 4 PM – 7 PM|
Saturdays 9 AM – 1 PM
Weekly and yearly calendars available on the website
The Kali Andrews Dance Company was launched in 2009 with a primary focus on fundamental dance training. Today, it offers traditional dance styles like ballet and jazz along with contemporary dance, hip-hop, aerial acrobatics, and more.
There are different dance programs geared for students of all ages: competitive, recreational, summer, and private lessons. We think it’s great that this company offers dance classes to students as young as three years old via the Tiny Tots program.
The dance company itself has competed across the region and has taken home numerous awards. Those who wish to participate in the Kali Andrews Dance Company can train under the instructors and sign up for audition classes.
The tuition fees depend on the term registrations. The terms can run from 12 to 18 weeks with 45 to one-hour classes for each and can be paid for with different options.
The downside is that the monthly installment option is only available for students who are enrolling in 36-week programs.
Dancing has improved so much
“My daughter recently started at this studio after we moved to Ottawa. She has been so welcomed by everyone and she absolutely loves it at KADC. Her dancing has improved so much and I can’t thank the staff at KADC enough!” – Natalie Sutton
The environment is warm and teachers treat the kids well
“My daughter is very shy but loves to dance. The teachers did an amazing job making her feel safe and welcome. The environment is warm and the teachers treat the kids well.” – Alison Gareau
4. KV Dance Studio
|SERVICES||Dance programs for children, youth, and adults|
|ADDRESS||PO BOX 14033 Glebe PO PO Ottawa, ON K1S 3T2|
|CONTACT NUMBER||613-656-0214 |
|OPERATING HOURS||Different schedules available on the website and KV app|
KV Dance Studio calls itself a safe space for anyone who wants to turn dance into a healthy and joyful way of living. It aims to provide well-rounded dance education for its students by way of a curriculum that’s free from pressure.
The company also encourages competitive dancing, but the emphasis is always on using dance as an expression using innovative techniques.
Aside from dance lessons for adults, there are child and youth programs and an online merch shop. So if you’re looking for a dance studio that everyone in the family can enjoy, this studio might be your cup of tea.
Virtual courses and in-person private bookings are available for booking, though the latter’s rates are a bit higher at $90 – $200 per hour.
To keep up with the times, there’s a KV app available at both the AppStore and PlayStore. The app allows clients to book classes online, request lessons, buy drop-in passes, and more.
The teacher has been knowledgeable and personable
“Their virtual classes have brought back so much joy and happiness for our dancers from Mississippi during the pandemic. Every teacher has been very knowledgeable, personable and delivers high-quality instruction. We are very impressed!” – Jennnifer Shettle Wood
Community of teachers, students, and staff
“KV Dance Studio is not just a dance studio, it is a community of teachers, students and staff who always go the extra mile to provide its clients with the best possible experience both for youth and adults!” – Victoria Fruci
5. The Flava Factory
|SERVICES||Street style dance classes|
|ADDRESS||1076B Wellington St W Ottawa, ON, Canada K1Y 2Y3|
|CONTACT NUMBER||+1 613-798-7878|
|OPERATING HOURS||Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 3 PM – 10 PM|
Tuesdays 4 PM – 10 PMFridays 3 AM – 9 PM
Saturdays 9 AM – 4 PM
Closed on Sundays
Class schedules posted on the website
The Flava Factory takes pride in being Ottawa’s only dance studio that’s dedicated to teaching and promoting urban dance styles. So if you’ve always wanted to learn the correct way of hip hop dance, popping, locking, breaking, house, and other moves, hop on over to this studio.
If you aren’t too familiar with all of the urban dance styles, don’t fret. There are some pretty good explanations of each one on the site under its Styles page in case you want to understand what breakin, dance hall, waacking, and vogue are all about.
Its dance programs cover youth classes (kids as young as four years old can enroll!) for different seasons. There are also adult intro classes, a crew program, a summer dance intensive program, and drop-in classes for people who just might happen to be in the area.
The Flava Factory also offers special programs for team building, professional development, school workshops, and even birthday party classes. And you can also rent its studio spaces for meetings, parties, as a rehearsal space, or just about anything.
Teachers have a lot of experience and have travelled across the world
“These guys really know their stuff in terms of street dance. They offer urban dance, hip hop, breakdancing and b-boying, popping, locking and wacking. The teachers have ALOT of experience under their belts and have travelled across the world to craft their skills. You can really see that they love teaching and they love what they do. The atmosphere is nice here – you take a class here and everyone vibes along. Instead of competing against one another. You don’t feel like you’re being judged here. Love this place!” – Amy N.
A vibrant and inclusive space
“Phenomenal artists who are also incredible teachers. They have created a vibrant and inclusive space where dance culture/history are shared and community flourishes.” – Erin Eckler
6. Arise School of Dance
|SERVICES||Various dance programs for all ages|
|ADDRESS||119 Iber Road, Stittsville, ON|
|CONTACT NUMBER||info @arisedance.com|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 4:00 – 7:30 pm |
Wednesday: 3:45 – 8:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 – 6:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Arise School of Dance is a dance studio that offers various programs to teach and help improve the skills of their students. In Ontario, they are known for instilling Christian values to their students so that they may worship God through dancing as well.
They have a preschool program up to the adult program for all ages starting at two years old. Arise School of Dance is inclusive for everyone who wants to dance, regardless of age.
For children who have busy schedules in school, they offer a summer program with three different options available. We like that interested dancers can choose from a camp for a week or two and dance intensive programs for full but shorter days of duration.
Since they recognize that every individual should have an opportunity to harness their talent, they are partnered with Jumpstart and Their Opportunity to provide financial support to those who need it. They are also partnered with Dance Safe to ensure the safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
So far, most of their students have commented on the nurturing environment that they promote in the studio. Aside from professionalism and the quality of their teaching, having this kind of environment would encourage their students to learn more and grow.
Here are some reviews from their clients:
“Arise teachers have pushed me to grow in every way imaginable and I can’t imagine what my life would been like without Arise” – Daisy
“I trained at Arise for 10 years and the community is amazing. I’m so happy to call this studio family.” – Michelle
7. The Studio School of Dance
|SERVICES||Jazz, ballet, contemporary, acro, lyrical, hip hop|
|ADDRESS||74 Jamie Ave, Nepean, ON K2E 6T6, Canada|
|CONTACT NUMBER||+1 613 225 6820|
|OPERATING HOURS||Class schedules posted on the website|
Ever since opening its doors in September 1992, The Studio School of Dance has developed the dancing skills of countless Ottawans.
The first thing we loved about this school is its various modes of dance education. The studio offers summer classes, day camps, recreational dance classes, and competitive programs.
Their fees are also affordable. You can even avail discounts if it’s not your first class or you’re attending with an additional family member.
Although we noticed that they tend to be rather overly specific when it comes to their dress codes. That means you might need to buy new dance outfits again to match the colours prescribed by the studio.
You also need to make sure you can dedicate yourself to the schedule once you’ve enrolled, because they don’t issue refunds.
But other than that, we think that The Studio School of Dance is pretty impressive. Aside from teaching several types of dance, they also have all the facilities to hold all their classes comfortably.
They provide protection for children’s feet and legs, and their studios have professionally installed sprung wooden floors. Parents also have a comfortable lounge while they wait for their children.
Good for upcoming dancers
“I think its good for upcoming dancers to learn there weather its hip hop to contemporary arco jazz and ballet they have it all and the teachers are nice its a great environment for kids.” – Kam Borw
Child & family centric environment for dance
“Wonderful child & family centric environment for dance and art! Also the perfect place for a birthday party! I can’t recommend this studio enough. Curricula varies from what is needed for the casual lover of dance to more intensive instruction.” – Holly MacKenna
8. Dance With Emilie
|SERVICES||Adult street dance classes for all levels: winter session, spring session, summer session and fall session. Private lessons, special events and wedding dances.|
|ADDRESS||175 Third Avenue, Ottawa ON, K1S 2K2|
|OPERATING HOURS||Schedule is posted on the website|
Dance With Emilie is a dance studio headed and operated by Emilie Phaneuf who is an instructor, choreographer, and performer herself. With extensive experience in the dance industry, she has since then been helping her clients see and explore the art of dance with every session with her.
We like that her classes are flexible wherein she is able to offer drop-in classes and workshops for a variety of genres such as Latin, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Burlesque, Reggaeton, Soca… Among many other styles!
Furthermore, she also specializes in choreographing dances for weddings and bachelorette parties from which their clients have repeatedly commended her technique and work ethic as well.
There might be some issues when it comes to her individual availability since she is able to accommodate both private and group sessions aside from her usual classes.
Overall, with her energetic and welcoming take on dancing, we highly recommend her to clients in the area who intend to learn dancing or perhaps a new genre through her summer and spring classes.
Here are some reviews from their clients:
“Emilie is amazing and her classes are a total blast! She really takes the time to help you learn while making sure it’s still a fun and comfortable place to continue to improve. I’ve been a student for over a year and I look forward to going every single week! So good for the soul! Highly recommended, no question about it!” – Cindy
“Emilie’s boundless energy and positivity are inspiring. I wanted to try dance because I’d always felt clumsy and uncoordinated. At my first class, I was very anxious. Within weeks, I found myself looking forward to each class. Thanks to Emilie’s patient and positive teaching style, my self-confidence improved. I’m happier, more focused and productive at work, and more comfortable in my own skin. I’m extremely grateful to Emilie and the wonderful dance community that she’s created. Dancing with Emilie changed my life, and I’ll keep dancing as long as I can!” – Kamila
FAQs About Dance Studios in Ottawa
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