Whether you want to learn some basic skills in dancing or pursue dancing as a career, there are many schools to match your interests and skill level. Whether you are looking for lessons for a child or an adult, a beginner or a professional, there should be a class for you. For those looking to train professionally, most metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles and New York have a variety of studios, programs, and classes. Doing some research on the Internet and through friends, family, and school alumni, can give you the information you need to make a decision about the type of dance school you want to attend.
There are dance schools that focus solely on one type of dance, most commonly ballet. Ballet schools are prominent in the United States and usually offer training for students as young as five years old and at all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. Some schools offer fun and informal training, whereas others are more strict and professional, and require an audition for admission. Ballet usually requires very rigorous training schedules, with frequent performances and practice for five hours a day or more.
Some dance schools offer instruction in a variety of dance types, such as jazz, modern, tap, or ballroom dancing. These schools immerse students in a variety of dance types so they can discover new interests in dance. They get a taste of a variety of dance moves and find out if dance is the right path for them before getting fully involved in it.
There are also short-term dance programs, such as dance camps and short classes offered locally through a community dance studio. Dance camps often last throughout the summer, with students attending for several hours a day for 3-5 days each week. These camps usually cater to children and teenagers. Local classes in the community cater to all ages and levels and are taught by certified dance teachers. The classes are short-term, about 6-8 weeks in length, and are perfect for people interested in learning a new type of dance without having to make a long-term commitment.