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Kids dance classes in Queens

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As your kids start a new school year and exercise their minds again, it’s a great time to sign them up for an extracurricular activity that will exercise their bodies, such as dance. Here’s a list of places in Queens where they can take dance classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and more.

All Star Studios
108-12 72nd Avenue, Forest Hills, 718-268-2280

Ballet, tap, jazz/contemporary, theatre, hip-hop and gymnastics/acrobatics. New students can come try a class commitment free. Private lessons also available.

Heavenly Bodies Dance & Exercise Studio
85-20 101st Street, Ozone Park, 718-843-7222

Ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and hip-hop for students 3 years old and up.

Landrum School of Dance
11-02 Clintonville Street, Whitestone, 718-767-9787

Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, musical, theater, acrobatics and much more. All boys classes are 50 percent off (excluding company classes).

Louise Benes Dance Company
87 – 18 114th Street, Richmond Hill, 718 849-3099

Creative movement, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop for beginners of all ages, including toddlers through to adults.

Moves & Motions Dance Academy
7402- Eliot Ave, Middle Village, 718-672-3700
70-20 88th Street, Glendale, 718-417-8500

This dance school has two locations in Queens and classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, gymnastics and acrobatics, cheer dance, and nursery and pre-school dance. Private lessons available.

Nadia’s Performing Arts Centre
150-33 14th Avenue, Lower Level, Whitestone

Voted best children’s dance school by the Queens Courier’s Best of the Borough 2012, it offers classes in pre-ballet, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theatre and more.

Rising Stars Dance Studio
11005 Liberty Avenue, Richmond Hill

Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, salsa and acrobatics classes for all ages.

Robert Mann Dance Centre
214-10 41st Avenue, Bayside, 718-225-3696

Classes for beginners through professional levels for both children and adults in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical/contemporary, acrobatics modern, theatre dance, stretch Zumba and ballroom. In addition, it offers four special programs for children from 1.6 to 7 years old.

Studio E School of Dance
187-16 Union Turnpike, Flushing, 718-264-0100

Classes in ballet and pointe, hip-hop and street styles, tap, contemporary/lyrical, creative and pre-ballet classes for 3 to 5-year-olds and a Music Together program that offers music and movement classes for mixed ages (birth to 4 years old).

The Astoria Dance Center
42-16 28th Avenue, Astoria, 718-278-1567

Classes offered include a Dance Together programs for ages 2 and 3 (with a parent), pre-school dance for ages 3.5 to 4.5, pre-dance for ages 4.5 to 5.5, pre-ballet, jazz and tap for ages 6 to 9 and classes in ballet, tap, jazz and modern for ages 10 through teens.

The Dance Project
150-47 Willets Point Boulevard, Whitestone, 718-353-2450

Classes in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, modern and hip-hop. There is also a program where boys, 10 and up, can take hip-hop classes for free.

The Dance Source
98-11 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park, 718-997-1278

Classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, gymnastics, ballroom, hip-hop, ballroom and international ballroom for all ages and levels. Private coaching and private classes are available by appointment.

Landrum School of Dance: Dancing to build confidence

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Frances Landrum, one of the original 36 Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, decided to take her talent in performing and combine it with the art of teaching.

Thus the Landrum School of Dance was born in 1948. It is among the first few original businesses that started in Whitestone, drawing students from all five boroughs.

Annette Vallone joined the school at the age of three as a painfully shy little girl. Today, she is the owner of the Landrum School, helping other young girls to gain confidence.

“Mrs. Landrum assured my mother she would develop my self-confidence through dance and she was absolutely right,” said Vallone. “The two of them became mentors to me and guided my career right into the Rockettes; then I took over the dance school at the age of 18.”

Vallone realized her passion for teaching the art of performance to others outweighed her desire to dance solo after witnessing the gradual progression of her students.

“I love to watch the development of a student — through the stages of adolescence, into teen years, then into womanhood,” said Vallone.

The Landrum School is a place where children come together to express themselves and bond through their love of dance. The friendships made at the dance school are those that last for quite a while.

“A young woman that has made me proud since the age of eight, when her mom brought her to my school, is Miss Gina Teri,” said Vallone. “I named her assistant director in 2010, and she has done a magnificent job with choreography and directing the overall cool edge and sharpness of the school.”

After 33 years of teaching, dance is more than just movement for Vallone. It is the gift that keeps on giving.

“Giving a child a gift of self confidence — the same gift that was given to me — has been the greatest joy of teaching,” Vallone said. “I look forward to many more years.”

The Landrum School of Dance is located at 11-02 Clintonville Street in Whitestone. To learn more, call 718-767-9787.