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Why Choose Us?

  • Professional 'Floating Marley Dance Floors' reduce fatigue and prevent injury
  • Small class sizes
  • Customer service - desk staff available during class times for assistance
  • Wide selection of class times to fit your busy schedule
  • University trained teachers
  • Instructions in rock, classical, pop, jazz and more
  • Optional, low pressure recitals

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  • Once again I was blown away by the hard work and dedication displayed by your professional staff at the dance and music recitals. They have been very helpful and supportive of my two girls throughout the year and I would like to thank you for always going above and beyond expectations and holding your staff to high standards.

    Susan King

  • The School of Dance & Music has been a part of our family for 6 years and we are thankful that it is in our community. My daughter's dance teachers are extremely dedicated and have allowed her to shine by finding her strengths and meeting her needs. They have made all the classes challenging and fun. These teachers are passionate...

    Susan Yoon

  • The School of Dance & Music is a wonderful studio and I'm thankful to have such passionate and dedicated faculty teaching Kevin. He has grown so much technically and emotionally in the warm, encouraging atmosphere over the years. Having him dance at the school is one of the best decisions I have made as a parent.

    Kazue Le

  • The dance studio really feels like family to us and we just couldn`t imagine going anywhere else!

    Andrea Rice

  • My daughter has gone from a recreational to a serious scholarship dancer and career-minded student, all while being guided and nurtured by her wonderful teachers the entire way.

    Kelly Kelley

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Dance Classes All Ages All Levels

Santa Monica School of Dance and Music was established to bring exceptional dance instruction to Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Culver City, Venice, Mar Vista, and the greater West LA area.  We are the first dance studio in Santa Monica to offer both music lessons and dance classes.  In cooperation with our first rate Music Program, we offer a wide range of options for children to adults.  You can take dance classes and lessons in the following:

We offer:
Ballet Classes - Hip Hop Classes - Jazz Classes - Contemporary Classes - Tap Classes
Preschool Dance Classes - Mommy and Me Classes


What Makes Us the Best Choice for Dance?

Variety of Dance Styles & Methods

Highly qualified teachers with varied training and teaching methods are available to teach in a broad range of dance formats such as Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Ballroom and Break Dance, as well as Preschool Dance and Mommy & Me.

Smaller Class Sizes

Enabling a student to get more individual instruction from a teacher results in greater progress over a shorter period of time. Capping our class sizes also ensures that the teacher can catch problems before they turn into bad habits or improper technique.

The "Floating" Professional Marley Dance Floor

Our floor rests on a system of 2900 high density foam blocks to absorb the shock and impact of regular dance movements. This benefits students by reducing fatigue and preventing injury that can result from dancing on hard surfaces. The top layer of our flooring surface is a professional vinyl composite "marley" floor similar to the surfaces used by Royal Academy of Dance, and Riverdance-the-Touring Show. This marley floor surface has a certain amount of controlled slip to allow for sliding in dance movement, but is not slippery like common tiles found in most other dance studios.

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Mommy & Me

Teaches basic beginning Ballet and Tap movements to 1½ to 2 ½ yr. olds. Geared toward the 2 yr. old that wants to dance with Mommy in the class, or for those even younger that are already movin’ and boppin’ to the music at 1½ yrs. old! This dance class helps develop your child's motor skills and enhances creativity through imaginative play, and story-telling through movement...until they’re ready to be on their own!

Preschool Dance

Introduction to Ballet and Tap for children from 2½ to 6 years of age. Curriculum is based on child development principles. They will learn the basic steps and positions through fun and exciting exercises while introducing ballet's French terminology. The specially designed class for this age group provides a sound foundation for the transition into classical dance training.

Dance Company

All dance students are given the option of performing in our year-end recital held at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica. Students may also have the opportunity of participating in additional performances such as our annual Company production, dance showcases, workshops and community events by being a part of our Dance Company. For more information, check out the Dance Company page or please contact the dance director through the front desk.

Can I Get Immediate Assistance and Customer Service?

In many studios the teacher or the studio owner conducts classes and does the administration. By trying to do two jobs at once, the class may suffer as the teacher has to use class time for customer service issues, or the studio may have no customer service available if the teacher is in a class. To have a good experience it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with details like costumes or schedules, even if a teacher is occupied in a class. Our studios have office staff on hand during all regular class times, so you can get immediate assistance.

Ask any dance or music school in Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Culver City, Venice, Mar Vista, and the greater West LA area these questions and you will see why more families choose our studio each year than any other.  Feel free to browse our website for more information and don't be shy to pick up the phone and give us a call or even stop into the studio.  We would love to see you and introduce our studio to you!

Santa Monica School of Dance and Music can be reached at 310-453-7617.

Santa Monica School of Dance & Music provides dance classes and music lessons to the greater West LA area for all ages in a professional and friendly environment.

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