Guide to Music, Theatre, Art and Dance Classes in Grand Rapids

Are Your Kids Interested in Dance Classes in Grand Rapids?

How about Music, Theatre or Art?

Our guide compiles all the options for music, dance, theatre and art opportunities for kids around greater Grand Rapids!

West Michigan is filled with awesome options to get your children plugged into music, dance, theatre and art programs. Allowing your child to grow in their creativity is an amazing gift! Check out these fantastic local businesses that will help your child’s creativity blossom.

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the mud room art classes for kids grand rapids

The Mud Room is a DIY Art Studio for all ages, offering pottery painting, clay and potter’s wheels, canvas, wood signs and more!

Voted Top Art Class/Studio for Kids in the Grandtastic Awards, The Mud Room is the perfect place for a birthday or bachelorette party, corporate retreat or family outing. You can also stop in during open studio hours and their friendly staff will be there with tips and inspiration to help you create a masterpiece of your own.

The Mud Room first opened its doors in Ada in 1996 and soon became a popular destination for those looking to get creative in West Michigan. Check out their new larger studio at Knapp’s Corner for parties, workshops and even more of the creative fun our readers have enjoyed for the past 20 years!


1971 East Beltline Ave NE, Suite 103 | Grand Rapids, MI 49525

“Love this place with lots of options. Great for adults and kids. Can’t wait to go back again with my kids. :)”


Joyful Sounds Music Classes for kids grand rapids


Make music an exciting part of your child’s life!

Each week in Music Together classes, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the grownups who love them come together for 45 minutes of fun-filled family time. You’ll have so much fun singing, dancing, playing, and laughing that you may not realize how much learning is taking place. We can help your child grow into a confident music-maker while also tapping into all the developmental benefits that music brings. And as you discover fun ways to play with music and rhythms all week long, you’ll be supporting your child’s music-learning and overall development.

Classes are offered throughout the year, with a new song collection each season. Contact us today and bring the joy of music into your family’s life. You are welcome to try a class for free anytime.

Joyful Sounds is now offering Rhythm Kids™, Music Together’s newest music, movement and drumming program for children ages 4-8!


959 Lake Dr SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Musical collage

Voted the #1 music studio by Grand Rapids Kids, the Academy of Music in Grand Rapids offers lessons on the most popular instruments – piano, guitar, voice, drums, and strings – to more than 500 students each week. In addition, we offer Rock Band, Keyboard Games, and Music Play N’ Learn classes.

We have the largest and most qualified teaching faculty in the area! They are experts in their field and undergo background checks. With at least 30 teachers, you can be assured that your child will have the right personality and teaching style that works for them.

Call West Michigan’s largest private music lesson school today at 616-965-1655 or visit for more information.


6159 28th St SE, Ste 24 | Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Ada Conservatory of Music Kids music lessons


Ada Conservatory of Music offers piano, voice, violin, viola and guitar lessons in the heart of downtown Ada Village. Our exceptional qualified faculty works with each student individually to meet their musical goals.

Accepting students of all ages and ability levels.


7267 Thornapple River Dr SE | Ada, MI 49301

WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE THIS YEAR YOUR CHILD’S BEST YEAR YET? Then let’s get started! Challenge your child’s creativity to an imaginative level and watch them succeed with ease. From Piano – Strings – Woodwinds – Guitar – Singing and more, you’ll be able to find their perfect instrument to play; any level, any style and any age (2 – 18).  It’s EASY to get started. Contact us TODAY!


6249 Adacroft Drive SE | Ada, MI 49301

  • Alabanza Piano Studio
  • Allegro School of Music
  • Arts in Motion
  • Caledonia Dance & Music Center (see Dance section for additional information)
  • City of East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation
  • Firehouse Guitars
  • Girls Choral Academy
  • Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses
  • Gymboree Play & Music
  • Kindermusik with Miss Lynette
  • Lowell Early Childhood Education – TOTS Program
  • Main Street Music of Ionia
  • Marshall Music Company
  • Meyer Music
  • Music Everyday
  • St. Cecilia Music Center
  • Triumph Music Academy
  • Tunes4Tykes
  • YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids


Integrity School of Dance Lessons Byron Center


Integrity School of Dance Arts strives to create an atmosphere where students are trained in proper dance technique while upholding high standards of tasteful music selection and appropriate dance moves. We also provide positive mentoring in an environment where students can achieve combining their passion for dance with a desire to dance with integrity. Dance . . . with Purpose!

Classes offered in: Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, Boys Only, Special Needs, Mommy and Me. Preschool through Adult, Beginner through Advanced.


2495 84th St SW | Byron Center, MI 49315

Hearts In Step Dance Classes Grand Rapids


HIS Dance Academy is the 2016 GR Kids Grandtastic Winner offering both a Recreational Division for ages 2 – Adult and a Graded Technique Division for Levels I-VII.

Graded Technique classes for ages 8+ are taught using our Vaganova-based ballet curriculum which includes Bible verses relating to all terms and positions. Graded Technique students have the option of participating in Outreach; Ensemble, under the directions of Tassia Johnson and Hannah Sullivan; and the Pre Professional program which offers greater performance opportunities and guidance for those who have post high school and professional aspirations.

Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz and Tap Recreational classes allow students to explore dance in a fun, Christian environment. Parents, don’t let your kids have all the fun! HIS Dance offers Adult Ballet, Hip Hop and Barre classes just for you!

Contact us at 616-245-9501.


2840 Elmwood Dr SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49506

CARE Ballet Classes Grand Rapids


The CARE Conservatory of Ballet, under the direction of Judy Genson-Wadsworth, offers instruction for students interested in pursuing classical ballet as well as other dance forms. The studio is affiliated with Creative Arts Repertoire Ensemble, an all-student ballet company that presents three family-friendly ballets in Grand Rapids annually.

The ballet curriculum at CCB is based on the Italian Cechetti Syllabus. The studio also offers Lyrical, Boys’ Class, Pointe, Partnering, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Pilates, Yoga and Zumba. Children may begin dancing at age three in Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet classes. Ballet and all other classes are open to students ages six through adult.

The CCB has a professional staff, three bright, friendly studios equipped with sprung floors, and a large parking lot. Parents are welcome to observe their children’s classes through a wall of windows in each studio space.

The CCB offers three 10-week sessions of instruction each school year, as well as “8 Wednesdays of Dance” in the summer and a one week “CARE Camp” in August.


2661 29th St SE, Suite I | Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512

Caledonia Dance & Music Center

Take your first steps at Caledonia Dance & Music Center!

For over 16 years, Caledonia Dance & Music Center has built a reputation for excellence in children’s education. From your child’s first class to their graduation solo, Caledonia Dance & Music Center has a class for everyone. We welcome beginners of all ages and offer training through advanced and pre-professional levels. Our classes are taught by skilled teachers in a positive atmosphere. We pride ourselves on age appropriate costuming, music, and choreography, but it’s about more than just great dancing and music! Our students go beyond proper technique and poise to develop important life skills, learning to be respectful, confident and conscientious young people who share their gifts and talents with the community and carry it all forward into life after their school years.

At Caledonia Dance & Music Center, it is never too late to register! With classes opening year around, we always offer something new for your child. Call now or visit us online for more information and registration!


131 E Main St SE, Suite E | Caledonia, MI 49316

Hearts in Motion Dance Classes Grand Rapids


Hearts in Motion is a unique dance studio located on Plainfield in Grand Rapids.

We offer a number of different options for students of all ages and abilities. Drop-in classes and mini sessions set us apart from the average dance studio, giving your child a chance to try dance classes out before committing to an entire year. Year long classes and various dance teams encourage dancers to grow in both their ability and love for the art of dance.

So what are you waiting for? Come try out Hearts in Motion!


4336 Plainfield Ave NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Body Language Dance Company Grand Rapids


At Body Language Dance Company, dance is our passion! Our experienced adult instructors offer a comprehensive program for students of all ages and ability levels.

Our faculty is devoted to giving each student the individual attention they deserve. Qualified, adult instructors bring joy to the lives of young people by exposing them to the exciting world of dance. Whether a student attends one class a week or twenty, our students thrive with the genuine care and quality instruction provided by their dance teacher. Our passionate faculty provides outstanding dance instruction in a nurturing and loving environment that also develops confidence, creative skills, dependability, respect, and teamwork. These skills enable our students to excel in every aspect of their lives.

Our Building Blocks Program was created with our youngest dancers in mind (2.5-6 years). Children will build stronger, more coordinated bodies by expanding on basic behaviors like skipping and jumping while being introduced to a broad range of dance forms including; tap, ballet, jazz, tumbling basics and creative movement.

Body Language Dance Company offers a 12,800 sq. foot facility with a large lobby, changing rooms, bathrooms, drinking fountain, eating area, homework stations, free wi-fi, reception office, and eight spacious studios.


888 Chicago Dr | Jenison, MI 49428

  • Academy of Dance Arts
  • Ada Dance Academy
  • Arts in Motion
  • Avalon School of the Arts
  • Balletmore
  • Cassell Gymnastics and Dance
  • City of East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation
  • City of Kentwood Parks and Recreation
  • Dance Creations
  • Dance With Me by Amber Marie
  • Dorr Dance Academy
  • Expressions Dance Academy
  • Grand Rapids Ballet
  • Imprint Dance Company
  • Kathy’s Dance Company
  • Rapid City Dance Factory
  • Rockford School of Dance
  • Rhythm Dance Center
  • Scoil Rince Ni Bhraonain (Irish Dance)
  • Spotlight Dance Academy
  • Studio Dance
  • YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
  • Zeeland Recreation


Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Classes


The award winning, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre School of Theatre Arts offers the most comprehensive community theatre education program in the country.

The School of Theatre Arts offers a variety of acting, musical theatre, improv, and dance classes for ages 4 through adult. Classes occur as 6 week sessions and are offered in the fall, winter and spring. All classes are lead by experienced theatre professionals. The School also provides special workshops and mini-classes on select topics throughout the year.

Please see our website for specific course information and for registration details.


30 N Division | Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

  • Arts in Motion
  • Avalon School of the Arts
  • Creative Youth Center
  • Stage GR
  • Vocal Music Workshop


Painting Art Classes for Kids Grand Rapids Arts & Carafes


Arts & Carafes Studio is an Art as Entertainment Company. Our artists will lead you step-by-step through an acrylic painting of your choosing. Not an artist? No worries! We make it fun and easy for you to create a masterpiece you can call your own.

Join us for a girl’s night out, date night, kid’s class, corporate event or fundraiser! We offer scheduled events, both on-site at our Studio in Grand Rapids or off site at different venues in Greater Grand Rapids.


2675 East Paris Ave, Suite E | Grand Rapids, MI 49546


The Art Engage Creation Station is where creativity rules! Paint on canvas, make a craft, build with 65,000 LEGOs and more! We are Michigan’s premier STEAM focused creativity center. Dig for dinosaur bones, crawl through caves, shoot a giant Angry Birds slingshot, construct marble runs and make glow in the dark art. We also have gears, hex bugs, funhouse mirrors, optical illusions and more! The creativity never ends! Come make something cool.

We book parties and field trips!


3150 Plainfield Ave NE | Suite B3 | Grand Rapids, MI 49525

  • Accidental Art
  • Arts in Motion
  • ARTengage
  • Brush Studio
  • Captured in Clay
  • Cookies and Canvas
  • Grand Rapids Children’s Museum
  • Gymboree Play & Music
  • Hearts for the Arts
  • Kendall College of Art and Design
  • Kent District Library
  • Lowell Early Childhood Education – TOTS Program
  • Paint a Pot
  • YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

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By | 2017-06-14T19:55:47+00:00 September 5th, 2016|Categories: General, Guides, Learning Opp|6 Comments

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  1. Angie September 7, 2016 at 8:59 am - Reply
  2. Kailey June 2, 2016 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Grand Rapids Civic Theatre offers drama classes and drama summer camps for kids age 4 and up! 🙂 Scholarships are available for qualifying families.

  3. Jennifer November 12, 2015 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Need to add Arts in Motion Studio at Lake/Diamond – music, dance, art, drama classes for kids and adults with special needs. Because the arts are for EVERYONE.

  4. Lori Visser October 18, 2015 at 6:34 am - Reply

    Wondering why Girls Choral Academy is never listed. A wonderful opportunity for singing instruction, performance opportunities, and making friends with a like interest/talent. School age choirs, from little girls all the way through High School, drawing from all around the Greater Grand Rapids area (Rehersal / instruction is Downtown GR).

  5. Crash Nelson via Facebook October 9, 2015 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Again there is a fee ! Why can’t we get volunteers to teach and get rid of the costs?

  6. Carole Brinkert via Facebook October 9, 2015 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Well dancing is good for the soul, is it afforadable for all these kids?

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