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Toddler Dance Classes

Fun and engaging dance classes for two and three-year-olds in Hamilton.

For pre-kindergarten, 2 years old and up, we explore movement with dance-based learning, structured play and inquiry with a parent or guardian in the room. We dance, jump, spin, reach and stretch, roll, cartwheel and stand on our hands.

Summer classes operate separately from the full schedule. Select your summer program to see program costs.Get in touch for tuition and fees for programs that run through the school year.

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Pre-K182 Dundurn Street SouthTuesdays
August Pre-K 2+
Level: Pre-K / Age: 2+ years old
Tuesdays – 4:20pm to 4:50pm
182 Dundurn Street South
Pre-K623 Upper Wellington StreetWednesdays
August Pre-K 2+
Level: Pre-K / Age: 2+ years old
Wednesdays – 4:20pm to 4:50pm
623 Upper Wellington Street
Pre-K182 Dundurn Street SouthSaturdays
Septemeber Pre-K 2+
Level: Pre-K / Age: 2+ years old
Saturdays – 9:20am to 9:50am
182 Dundurn Street South
Pre-K623 Upper Wellington StreetSaturdays
Septemeber Pre-K 2+
Level: Pre-K / Age: 2+ years old
Saturdays – 9:20am to 9:50am
623 Upper Wellington Street

Lyrical Dance Classes in Hamilton

The Lyrical dance style is all about storytelling. It’s full of emotion, creative expression, softness, and strength. It is also included in the Jazz Program, one of the most in-demand dance programs available at Elev8 Dance. The lyrical dance style is best practiced in the studio through lessons that teach students how to use jazz and ballet dance to be lyrical storytellers. In our fun and engaging Jazz Program, dancers learn about:

The skills learned in Lyrical dance lessons help students develop subtle movements and big gestures to convey a full range of emotions. In Lyrical class, students listen to story-driven songs while developing:

  • storytelling through dance
  • emotional range and improvisation
  • elements of choreography
  • and more

The Lyrical dance style is taught in our Jazz Dance ProgramJazz teaches students the foundation to perform the movement skills necessary to perform Lyrical dance. For a full and richer experience, students who enjoy the storytelling aspects of Lyrical Dance should also take part in our Ballet program to learn grace and poise in their dance. Get started today!

Learn more about Ballet Dance

Contemporary Dance Classes in Hamilton

The contemporary dance style is unbound, expressive, and versatile, and it is part of our jazz program, one of the most popular dance programs offered at Elev8 Dance. The contemporary dance style is best explored through structured lessons and performed in free and unchained choreography. In our fun and engaging Jazz Program, dancers learn about:

The skills learned in Contemporary dance lessons help students develop their posture, stage presence and confidence. In Contemporary class, students listen to a variety of story-based music while developing:

  • personal expression
  • improvisation
  • creative choreography
  • and more

The Contemporary dance style is taught in our Jazz Program. Jazz teaches students the foundation to perform the movement skills necessary to perform Contemporary dance. For a richer experience, students passionate about Contemporary Dance should also participate in our Ballet program to learn grace and flow in their dance. Get started today!

Learn more about Ballet Dance

Mini & Junior Combo

We try a little bit of everything in our Mini & Junior Combo program. Our dancers explore explosive and graceful movements, develop their rhythm and groove and spend some time upside down. For our students aged 6 to 10 years old who love to move, this is the perfect class to get started.

In the Mini & Jazz Combo students have fun learning:

The Mini & Junior Combo program is for our first-year students. New students are welcome all year-round. Book Your Trial Class Today and check it out for yourself.

Learn more about Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop!

1st Steps KinderDance

This is where it all begins!

Our kindergarten students have a mixed program where, throughout the school year, we learn to dance, jump, spin, reach and stretch, roll, cartwheel and stand on our hands. Sometimes, we hop like bunnies; other times, we fly like eagles, learning the movement skills that lead to bigger things.

Adult Dance Classes in Hamilton

Readers Choice Winner Best Dance School for Children

“Hamilton’s Best Activities for Adults”

Hamilton Spectator Best Dance School for Children

Elev8 Dance proudly offers adult dance classes in Hamilton for new and experienced dancers! Tap dance, hip hop, ballet, contemporary and lyrical and various other classes are available.

With fun, engaging and community-driven lessons, Elev8 Dance has three adult programs this season. We want you to share an experience, have a laugh and enjoy some exercise, all while taking part in a class just for you.

Contact us for more information.

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Adult Dance182 Dundurn Street SouthTuesdays
August Adult Lyrical Contemporary
Level: Adult Dance / Beginner & Experienced
Tuesdays – 8pm to 8:50pm
182 Dundurn Street South
Adult Dance623 Upper Wellington StreetWednesdays
August Adult Tap Level 1, 2 & 3
Level: Adult Dance / Beginner & Experienced
Wednesdays – 8pm to 8:50pm
623 Upper Wellington Street
Adult Dance182 Dundurn Street SouthThursdays
August Adult Combo (Ballet HipHop Jazz)
Level: Adult Dance / Beginner & Experienced
Thursdays – 8pm to 8:50pm
182 Dundurn Street South
Adult Dance182 Dundurn Street SouthTuesdays
September Adult Lyrical Contemporary
Level: Adult Dance / Beginner & Experienced
Tuesdays – 8pm to 8:50pm
182 Dundurn Street South
Adult Dance623 Upper Wellington StreetTuesdays
September Adult Combo BalletHipHopJazz
Level: Adult Dance / Beginner & Experienced
Tuesdays – 8pm to 8:50pm
623 Upper Wellington Street
Adult Dance623 Upper Wellington StreetWednesdays
September Adult Tap Level 1 & 2
Level: Adult Dance / Beginner & Experienced
Wednesdays – 8pm to 8:50pm
623 Upper Wellington Street
Adult Dance182 Dundurn Street SouthThursdays
September Adult Combo (Ballet HipHop Jazz)
Level: Adult Dance / Beginner & Experienced
Thursdays – 8pm to 8:50pm
182 Dundurn Street South
Adult Dance623 Upper Wellington StreetThursdays
September Adult Tap Level 1 & 2
Level: Adult Dance / Beginner & Experienced
Thursdays – 7pm to 7:50pm
623 Upper Wellington Street
Adult Dance623 Upper Wellington StreetThursdays
September Adult Tap Level 3
Level: Adult Dance / Experienced
Thursdays – 8pm to 8:50pm
623 Upper Wellington Street

Adult Tap Dance

Adult Tap Beginner & Continuing

The Beginner and Continuing Adult Tap class is for our adult students looking to get moving. Tap dance is a fantastic art that teaches rhythm, musicality and movement. We learn terminology and practice fancy footwork. Tap dance is a wonderful low-impact exercise that helps students improve their coordination, memory and focus.

Adult Tap Experienced

The Experienced Adult Tap class is for our adult students who are ready for something a little more. This is an excellent class for adults returning to tap dance after training in their youth. Many Experienced Tap students have practiced for a few years in the Beginner program and are prepared for a new challenge.


Adult Combo

Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet & Everything in Between

The Adult Combo class is seamlessly divided into different genres, continuing back to back through the school year, each with a different focus. New students can start at any time throughout each session if space allows. Classes begin by practicing our posture, range of motion, strength and balance. Next, we set our sights centre stage with dance struts, kicks and spins. Each class finishes off with a dance combination changing every couple of weeks.

The Adult Combo Class is for beginner and experienced adult students. We’ve combined the best parts of Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary into one class to explore posture, graceful and explosive movements and getting down and funky. This is fun and silly, and exciting. Laugh, learn and sweat.

Learn more about Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop dance classes at Elev8 Dance.


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Hamilton Spectator Best Dance School for Children

Wedding Dance Lessons

Elev8 Dance offers thoughtful dance lessons for couples preparing for their big day. This will be the best part of your week. Forty-five minutes with your partner, you are laughing and dancing together, building memories to last a lifetime. Do not hesitate to get started with your wedding dance lessons. Get started today!

Broadway Classes in Hamilton

Broadway Dance (or Musical Theatre) is a fun combination of acting and dancing. In this class, dancers learn classic and contemporary songs from various musicals, such as The Little Mermaid, Wicked, The Lion King, Annie, Cats, Hairspray, and many more. Jazz, Ballet, Tap dance, and Choir are perfect together to help dancers become well-rounded by improving overall stage presence and character and developing a knack for choreography and style. Get started today!

Acrobatics Dance Classes in Hamilton

Acrobatics, or Acro Dance, is more than just gymnastics for dancers. Much like gymnastics, acrobatics has the splits, handsprings and awesome tricks you find in gymnastics, but acrobatics allows dancers to incorporate those tricks into their dance routines. An aerial (no-hand cartwheel) accentuates beautiful ballet pirouettes, or a backhand spring adds a punch to an energy-packed jazz dance. Acrobatics starts with building strength, flexibility and body awareness. We take the time to warm up properly, stretch and learn proper body placement to perform tricks. A safe and fun class is always the priority in each acrobatics class.

In our Acrobatics classes, dancers learn, practice and develop a variety of:

  • handstands
  • cartwheels
  • bridges
  • balances
  • walkovers
  • splits
  • and much much more!

Ballet and jazz lessons will teach your acrobat the dance steps to put it together. Get started today!

Learn more about Ballet and Jazz.

Jazz Dance Classes in Hamilton

Jazz dance is the basis for almost everything you see on tv, in music videos and on the internet. Jazz dance is sharp, crisp and energetic and is one of the most requested dance programs at Elev8 Dance. In our fun and engaging Jazz Program, dancers learn about:

The skills learned in Jazz dance lessons help students develop their posture, confidence and stage presence. In Jazz class, students listen to upbeat music, and while practicing:

  • high kicks
  • pirouettes (spins)
  • big jumps
  • and more

Jazz and tap dance complement each other so well they are often combined in the same program for a fuller dance program and richer experience. Get started today!

Learn more about Tap Dance

Tap Dance Classes in Hamilton

In tap class, students laugh and learn while making music with their feet. We use special tap shoes that let our feet make music. The taps allow the dancer to act as an instrument, creating sound when they dance and strike different parts of their feet on the ground.

In Tap Class, students develop their awareness of:

  • rhythm
  • performance
  • and musicality

At Elev8 Dance, students learn how to execute those incredible tap sounds and the ability to carry themselves with confidence and poise. Students in tap dance class love to move their feet, and parents regularly tell me their child is practicing their steps everywhere.

Jazz and tap dance complement each other so well they are often combined in the same program for a fuller dance program and richer experience. Get started today!

Learn more about Jazz Dance

Hip Hop Dance Classes in Hamilton

Hip Hop is an evolution of dance suitable for everybody. Elev8 Dance has fun and energetic classes, learning classic and mainstream moves. Students can take the skills they learn in the dance studio and apply them right away to their dance creations with friends and family.

In Hip Hop classes at Elev8 Dance, we learn more than just steps and moves. We also learn about:

  • musicality
  • choreography
  • rhythm
  • groove
  • performance
  • and more

As well as fundamental classroom skills such as:

  • collaboration
  • self-regulation
  • active participation
  • and initiative

Elev8 Dance provides an age-appropriate and safe environment for all our dancers to explore their inner bebopper or diva. The crossover training between ballet, jazz, hip hop and acrobatics can make our dancers unstoppable. New students are welcome all year-round. Book Your Trial Class Today and check it out for yourself.

Ballet Dance Classes in Hamilton

Ballet is a refined art danced by dedicated athletes. Over half a century old, ballet is defined through its poise, grace, power, control and speed. At Elev8 Dance, our Ballet program is overseen by our studio director, Mr. Chris; former professional ballet dancer, 4-time Canadian National Champion and World Dance silver medalist. Mr. Chris makes our ballet classes fun and engaging.

Although graceful and remarkably beautiful on the surface, Ballet teaches our students to develop:

  • strength
  • elegance
  • power
  • grace
  • balance
  • agility
  • flexibility
  • body awareness
  • muscular control
  • and so much more.

Pointed toes and stretched knees are where it all begins. The skills of a well-trained ballet dancer build an exceptional foundation to excel at all other styles of dance and transfer over to our everyday lives in all kinds of hidden ways.

Ballet is highly recommended for students interested in improving their skills and performance in Acrobatics and Gymnastics, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary and Modern Dance. New students are welcome all year-round. Book Your Trial Class Today and check it out for yourself.


At Elev8 Dance, we strive to deliver the best experience possible, and we do that with teachers who love what they do and bring that to our students.

We deliver fun and engaging programs that introduce our students to dance and take them from kindergarten through high school, developing skills that extend far beyond the dance studio. That is why the Hamilton Spectator named Elev8 Dance Hamilton’s Best Dance School for Children and Activities for Adults.

Come and meet some other people, learn some new steps and share a smile.

Readers Choice Winner Best Dance School for Children

“Hamilton's Best Dance School for Children”

Hamilton Spectator Best Dance School for Children

World-Class Dance Lessons at Elev8 Dance

Our dance teachers work collaboratively to build a safe and caring environment for our students to learn, train and flourish. We take part in ongoing training to develop our skills as dance teachers and community leaders. We are committed to fulfilling our responsibility of teaching our students to become outstanding dancers and valuable community members.

With years of experience across different age groups, our instructors use proven teaching techniques that consistently produce classroom results.


Why Choose Elev8 Dance?

One of a Kind Dance Instruction

  • Exceptional teachers
  • Comprehensive curriculum
  • Wide range of dance styles
  • Supportive and welcoming environment
  • Proven track record
  • Open to both recreational and academy dancers

Elev8 Dance has been named “Hamilton’s Best Dance Classes for Children,” “Hamilton’s Best Dance Teacher,” and an overall award of “Hamilton’s Best Dance School” (Hamilton Spectator). We take pride in providing top-quality dance education with fun and engaging dance classes in an environment that will help your child reach their full potential.


What to Wear for Dance Class

Elev8 Dance has a uniform in place, which helps to eliminate distractions, promotes a sense of community and makes getting ready for class easy. Only your teacher can set you up with the class uniform.


How Much Do Classes Cost

We provide affordable programs and free trials for students wanting to try it out for the first time. Contact us with the program and classes you are interested in for more information.

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Confidence

“My daughter cannot wait for her dance classes every week, making each class such a fun and enjoyable learning experience!”
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Leadership

“Clearly in it for all the right reasons. They have created a fantastic community of dancers and parents!”
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Creativity

“Mr. Chris makes learning fun and he really cares about the kids he’s teaching. We love being a part of his inclusive community...”
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