15 Best dance schools for talented locals and expats

18.06.2018 - Dries Tack

The legacy of Maurice Béjart has started a great love for dance in Belgium and not only for the classical ballet. The Belgian way is far more contemporary. From Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker’s ROSAS in Brussels to Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman and even Ballet Vlaanderen - Belgian dance has gained an international reputation.

While the professionals are continuing to establish Belgium's name all over the world, the dance lovers also need a place to move their feet. We might not all have the talent, but where there’s a will, there’s a way… so where can we, ambitious mortals, go dancing?

Choréart

Location: Uccle, Brussels

Dances: Classical, Jazz/Modern, Ballet Barre, Contemporary, Hip-hop, Salsa, African, Zumba, Belly dancing, Aerobics, Fusion

Languages*: French

Choréart is the biggest dance school in Brussels. The school is equipped with 4 large studios and offers classes in a variety of different styles. Dancers of all levels are welcome. Every two years, a big recital is organized to allow students to show their progress and to learn to express themselves on stage. 

Chaussée d'Alsemberg 985, 1180 Brussels 

More info: Official Page | Facebook

Flic Flac

Location: Uccle, Brussels

Dances: Classical, Jazz/Modern, Ballet Barre, Contemporary

Languages: French

Extra: Theatre

Directed by Myriam Lepaepe, Flic Flac is a dance school that welcomes young children from 3 years old. The school takes part in national and international dance competitions and several students have been accepted to prestigious dance schools all over the world. 

Avenue Adolphe Dupuich 42, 1180 Brussels 

More info: Official page

Joëlle Morane

Location: Auderghem, Brussels

Dances: Ballet, Dance Theatre

Languages: French

Extra: Singing, acting

For Belgian choreographer, Joëlle Morane, discipline and passion are key elements to become a great dancer. She shares her passion with all her students through every dance class (ballet, funk, tap, and Irish dance). Singing and acting classes are also available. The most talented and highly advanced students are invited to participate in various shows and on TV (Télévie, Make a Wish, etc.). 

Jean Van Horenbeecklaan 286, 1160 Brussels

More info: Official page | Facebook

Ecole de Ballet Marly

Location: Uccle, Brussels

Dances: Ballet, Jazz/Modern, Contemporary

Languages: French

This dance school is open for children and teenagers of all levels and ages. Advanced students can take part in a great number of competitions. Many of them have won important prizes. Furthermore, all the students can participate in a grand final show at the end of the year.

Chaussée de Saint-Job 721, 1180 Brussels

More info: Official page | Facebook

Terpsichore

Location: Bornem

Dances: Classical, Jazz/Modern, Contemporary, Hip-hop, Breakdance

Languages: Flemish

Established in 1975, Terpsichore is a dance centre specialized in modern and professional dance. The dance centre offers weekly lessons for all ages and levels. Dancers can also participate in workshops, dance weeks during the holidays, and master classes taught by international guest teachers.

The students of Tepischore can become a part of dance groups like ‘DANCE N MOTION’ (street dance) and ‘Junior Company’ (jazz/modern dance). The groups give dancers the chance to develop their skills on stage.

Barelveldweg 154, 2880 Bornem

More info: Official page | Facebook

Yantra

Location: Ixelles, Brussels

Dances: Classical, Jazz/Modern, Ballet, Ballet Barre, Stretching, Contemporary, Belly dance, African, Hip-Hop

Languages: French

Extra: Guitar, Singing, Yoga, Pilates

Yantra is a dance academy located a few steps away from Place Flagey. For more than 25 years, the school has been teaching a great number of classes of different dance styles. In 2014, a pre-professional training has been created for advanced dancers from 15 to 18 who want to follow after-school intensive ballet and contemporary classes. Professional ballet classes are organized and given by excellent guest teachers.

Rue de la Cuve 16b, 1050 Brussels

More info: Official page 

Conservatoire de la Danse Bruxelles

Location: Central Brussels

Dances: Classic, Contemporary

Languages: French

At Conservatoire de la danse de Bruxelles (a.k.a. Studio Maison Béjart), motivated and talented young dancers are intensively trained to give them the opportunity to pursue a career in ballet and contemporary dance while going to school. Directed by two very renown dancers in Belgium, Menia Martinez and Benedicto Cieza, the dance studio offers high-level classes taught by international dancers and teachers.  

49, rue de la Fourche (place de la Monnaie), Brussels

More info: Official page | Facebook

Studio Vibes

Location: Saint-Gilles, Brussels

Dances: Hip-Hop, New Experiment, Belly dance, Poppin & Lockin, House, African, Ragga

Languages: French

Studio Vibes is a 200m2 dance space devoted to Hip-hop culture. The school also organizes workshops, amazing shows, and trips abroad.

Rue de la Glacière 16-18, 1060 Brussels

More info: Official page | Facebook

Brussels International Ballet

Location: Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, Brussels

Dances: Classical Ballet, Jazz/Modern, Contemporary

Languages: French, English

Extra: Pilates

Anderson Santana created the school in 2005 with the purpose to offer a high-quality ballet education for the great dancers of tomorrow wishing to join international companies. The school is recognized for its professionalism and its prestige. A great number of students take part in international competitions each year and have won scholarships for dance schools around the world.   

Rue François Gay 83a, 1150 Brussels  

More info: Official page | Facebook

Royal Ballet School Antwerp

Location: Antwerpen

Dances: Ballet, Contemporary, Spanish dance

Languages: French, Dutch, English

The Royal Ballet School of Antwerp is open for students from 12-18 wanting to graduate with a secondary art education degree in ballet. Students must pass the audition to enter the school. Dancers are coached to perform on stage and to take part in national and international competitions. All academic classes are taught in Dutch but knowledge in French or English is required.

Meistraat 2, 2000 Antwerpen

More info: Official page

Dancingkids | P.A.R.T.S.

Location: Forest, Brussels

Dances: Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Creative dance

Languages: French

Dancingkids is the well-known contemporary dance company founded by the talented Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. It offers weekly classes for children from 4 to 16. P.A.R.T.S. is an internationally recognised professional course for young adults.

Avenue Van Volxem 164, 1190 Brussels

More info: Official page | Facebook

Dance Center Ducatillon

Location: 3 of them - Oudenaarde, Ghent, and Wezembeek-Oppem, Brussels

Dances: Classical Ballet, Jazz/Modern, Contemporary

Languages: French, Dutch

All Ducatillon dance centers follow the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing) syllabus and methodology. From the age of 4, children can participate in classical examinations graded by an international jury to obtain ISTD qualifications. Students are taught to acquire all the essential elements of a pure classical training. Some excellent teachers and dancers have been trained according to this program.

Dance Center Ducatillon Brussels: Castle Club - Houtsniplaan 16, 1970 Wezenbeek-Oppem

Dance Center Ducatillon Gent: Arena van Vletingen - Lange Violettenstraat 277 a, 9000 Gent

Dance Center Ducatillon Oudenaarde: De BroeBELschool - Wortegemstraat 14-16, 9700 Oudenaarde

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Royal Academy of Dance (Danz Royal)

Location: 5 of them - Waterloo, Tervuren,  and 3 in Etterbeek, Brussels

Dances: Ballet

Languages: English

The RAD is a global organization that promotes the practice of dance internationally. The Academy follows a specific program with three elements: classical, free movement and character dance. The program follows a graded examination system to recognize the progress and achievements of young dancers. RAD teachers have followed a specific training in order to acquire the qualifications necessary to teach dance to young children and students.  The classes are taught in English so it is extremely useful to make English-speaking friends. A lot of international schools use this program to teach dance to children.

Agnes School - Rue Louis Hap 143, 1040 Brussels

BICS (Brussels International Catholic School)- Rue Général Leman 86, 1040 Brussels

BJAB (British Junior Academy)- Rue des Atrébates 122, 1040 Brussels

BSB (British School of Brussels)- Pater Dupierreuxlaan 1, 3080 Tervuren

St. John’s International School - Drève Richelle 146, 1410 Waterloo

Website: Official page | Facebook

Studio Arabesque

Location: 2 of them in Waterloo

Dances: Classical Ballet, Modern/Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop

Languages: French

Studio Arabesque runs the internationally recognised ISDT program. It welcomes children from age 3 and a half for ballet and accompanies them through their exams to a professional level, as well as puts on full shows.

Studio Arabesque, 81 rue du Roussart and 576 chaussée de Bruxelles, 14010 Waterloo

More info: Official page 

Malaïka The Lab

Location: Forest, Brussels

Dances: Breakdance, Tap dance, Hip-Hop

Languages: French

Extra: Singing, Theatre

This friendly dance studio offers all kinds of funky, breakdance, tap and Hip-Hop classes for children from age 5. They recently opened a program for mentally disabled children and adults.

Rue du Charme 34, 1190 Brussels

More info: Official page

 

*The indicated languages are used on the official web pages. Not all schools specify the language of classes.

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